September 6, 2012 |
Research sheds light on how food affects mood and the flip side: how emotions impact taste. All day, food metaphors weave their way into our thoughts about others. Watching someone cut in line may leave a bad taste in your mouth. Your current love may be the sweetest person you know. A growing body of evidence is making clear the links between what we taste and how we feel: Repulsion is repulsion, whether caused by a shameful act or a rotten egg. "Your brain can't tell the difference between something that tastes bad and something that makes you feel morally violated," says Kendall Eskine, a cognitive psychologist at Loyola University in New Orleans.
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September 1, 2012 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The brass padlocks on the signature tent cabins at Curry Village are the first sign that something is amiss as one of the park's last busy weekends of the year gets underway. Then there's the medical masks that Jil Johnson, 50, packed for herself, her 8-year-old son and his friend. The locks bar entrance to the park's 91 signature tent cabins, where park officials believe a deadly outbreak of hantavirus originated in June, sickening four people and killing two. The cabins are now closed indefinitely as officials wait to see if their efforts to close gaps between the cabin walls are enough to keep out virus-carrying deer mice.
August 31, 2012 |
Let's face it: Eating at a fast food restaurant is not about the ambience. It's fast, and its music and lighting seem geared to on-the-fly dining -- sort of laundromat-meets-elevator. But did it ever ever occur to you that meals served amid bright lights and intrusive contempo-jazz might contribute to overeating? Or that dimming the lights a tad and soothing the pace of that frenetic soundtrack might have the opposite effect? A new study , published this week in Psychological Reports: Human Resources and Marketing, says it does -- and fast-food restaurants could institute such changes without fear of losing money.
August 12, 2012 |
If online travel planning were a family board game instead of endless price and info comparisons on website after website, it would look a lot like Pixmeaway.com. Name: Pixmeaway.com What it does: It has you select three to seven pictures that reflect your emotions, then suggests your travel type and recommends four top destinations. You can compile a list of favorites, check hotel rates, see weather info and get a list of travelers with similar profiles. What's hot: The best part was discovering destinations I had never considered.
August 11, 2012 |
CAIRO - Chickens huddle in crates near the butcher's block. A shopkeeper stacks mangoes, his hands sticky, drawing flies. Laborers linger in thinning shade and mothers tilt toward home with groceries. A thirst rises. It will be hours before it's quenched. Even the ice man, bent and dripping, hurrying through Koran verses spinning from an old radio, does not allow water to pass his lips. He waits - like everyone else in this listless street market off the Nile - for the heat to ease and the shadows to lengthen.
August 3, 2012 |
The J. Paul Getty Museumis having a Vienna moment, with two historical exhibitions of work by two artists whose profiles have gone from relatively obscure to popular favorite only in recent decades. Partly that's because of their eccentricity: It hasn't always been easy to know quite how they fit into established art historical narratives. Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-83) was an accomplished German Baroque sculptor who, when he moved from Bavaria to Austria, set aside expressive drama for the newly fashionable revival of sober classicism sweeping Europe.
July 24, 2012 |
Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival this morning announced some of their key selections for the Sept. 6-16 event. Here's a look at five trailers to get you in the mood for the fest. "Argo": Ben Affleck is back behind the camera, directing himself in this film based on a true story of how the CIA rescued six Americans from Iran after militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979. The operation involved a cover story using a fake movie called "Argo.
July 5, 2012 |
BEIRUT - Violence in Syria has surged to an "unprecedented level," the chief of the United Nations observer mission said Thursday, as reports surfaced of the most high-profile defection to date from the security forces of President Bashar Assad. Gen. Robert Mood, who heads the observer team in Syria, painted a grim picture of a nation where both sides in the conflict seem determined to use force and show little appetite for compromise or dialogue. "The violence is continuing and escalating because the parties involved have decided that their objectives are better served by using violence than by choosing a political process," Mood told reporters in Damascus, the Syrian capital.
June 29, 2012 |
Make no mistake, this has been a disastrous stretch for the Dodgers. They have lost 10 of their last 11 games, the most recent a 9-0 defeat to the New York Mets on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers ended a 33-inning scoreless streak the previous night, only to start a new one that has extended to 14 innings. But the Dodgers aren't acting or sounding like a team that is now on a six-game losing streak, or one that has squandered what was once a 71/2-game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.
June 28, 2012
A French electronic artist, Sébastien Tellier specializes in delivering lush, dreamy soundscapes drenched in atmosphere. Previously he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Daft Punk and Fela Kuti's legendary drummer Tony Allen, but here he'll deliver a rare performance stateside that focuses on his unique brand of romantic soundcraft. 333 Live, 333 S. Boylston St., Los Angeles. 9 p.m. Thurs. Free. RSVP at rsvp.vice.com/AirParties.