Slice of Life

Bitter Coffee Today? Try Changing the Colour of Your Cup

We know different coloured plates can affect how food ‘tastes’ … and now we know that the same applies to coffee. (Pete, CC BY)
We know different coloured plates can affect how food ‘tastes’ … and now we know that the same applies to coffee. (Pete, CC BY)

In Australia, around a billion cups of coffee a year are consumed in cafés, restaurants and other outlets. Even Britain, a nation famous for its...

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  • JJ Watt, the Houston Texans star defensive end, was not “caught with coke,” meaning  cocaine, or drugs. In this Nov. 23, 2014, photo Houston Texans' J.J. Watt practices making one-handed catches before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Houston. The one-handed catch by New York Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. that became the most talked-about play from Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014,  did more than just boost his standing with the New York Giants, it paid off a routine growing popular among many skill players of practicing the impractical, one-handed circus grab.(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

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  • I can tell this has been ‘shopped, on account of the pixels. (Mmxx, CC BY-SA)

    Forging a Photo Is Easy, but How Do You Spot a Fake?

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  • In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval sorts packages at an fulfillment center, in Phoenix. Merchants are working hard to make same-day delivery a reality, particularly in major cities, from Amazon testing deliveries via taxis to everyone from Target to Google expanding their same-day delivery services. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

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  • A Forever candle is hand made by Prosperity’s corps of women artisans, who are able to earn a living wage through the work. When the candle burns low it can be returned to Prosperity for a complimentary refill. (AP Photo/Prosperity Candle)

    What to Give This Holiday Season

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  • Jonah Pournazarian (L) and Dylan Siegel (R) in an undated family photo. (Courtesy David Siegel)

    8-Year-Old Raises Almost $1M to Save His Friend’s Life

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  • Dmitry Shchitov, 56: “It was like a test drive of my new approach to medicine.” (Vera Salnitskaya)

    One Man’s Ultimate Cure for Stress, Siberian-Style

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  • Tourists listen to a tour guide speak in the Rotunda of the US Capitol Building on Capitol Hill October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. ( Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

    Tour-Guide Licensing Case Headed for Supreme Court

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  • A letter by Josephine Empress, first wife of Napoleon Bonaparte, is part of a collection of letters written by women throughout history auctioned in Paris on Nov. 17. The letter (1761–1814) was edited by Napoleon and is displayed next to a portrait of the Empress. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

    Rocky Love: Letters by Great Women Are Auctioned

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  • District Court Judge Doug Herdon during a hearing Monday, Nov. 17, 2014 to determine whether ride-sharing company Uber  can operate in Clark County. The judge scolded the state attorney general's office for jumping around to different legal jurisdictions seeking a ruling. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jeff Scheid)

    Uber, Nevada Taxi Legal Battle Gets Complicated

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  • A poster by Welcome to Tulip, a comedy team competing in the CBC ComedyCoup contest. (Welcome to Tulip)

    CBC’s ComedyCoup Contest Coming Down To the Wire

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  • Mary Goode sits by her the body of her father, Frank M. Goode, during a three-day visitation in her home. (Courtesy of the Family)

    Home Funeral: An Unusual Gift of Time and Space

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    Never, Ever Give Up

    This is one of the most inspirational videos I have seen!! Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and... Read more

  • The Inn and Spa at Loretto is located near the Palace of the Governors and the historic Santa Fe Plaza in the heart of the city. (Richard C. Murray/RCM IMAGES, INC)

    Discovering Santa Fe

    The Santa Fe Trail is a shopper’s nirvana for Southwestern art and native handicrafts. A stroll down the roadway will bring you to the plaza... Read more

  • Centre for Intellectual Property 2014 – Spanish Parliament, October 28, 2014. (

    Copyright Act Finally Passed in Spain

    MADRID—The Spanish Congress passed the ‘Act to the revised text of the Copyright Act to be Amended‘ , as well as the Senate Amendments which... Read more