Anita Lo and her cauliflower chaat for one, in her New York apartment. Photograph: Daniel Krieger/The New York Times

Cookbook covers can be like optical illusions. Take Microwave Cooking for One, which features the author, Marie T. Smith, alone with some platters of (...)

The red light district in Amsterdam: ‘Sometime it is as simple as tourists not realising that real people live here.’ Photograph: Getty Images

It is not a problem many holiday destinations spend much effort worrying about or money trying to fix: the wrong kind of tourist. But that is the chal(...)

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s co-founders. Photograph: Christie Hemm Klok/The New York Times

In a companywide meeting earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg was asked if Instagram could have hit one billion users if it had not been bought by Faceb(...)

Hotpot has gained in popularity in recent years, but customers across China have complained about questionable hygiene standards at hotpot chains. Photograph: Getty Images

At hotpot restaurants in China, most of the ingredients are relatively inexpensive. Customers dip pieces of raw meat and vegetables into a big vat of(...)

Cher: from variety-show TV star to pop diva, and from concert headliner to Oscar-winning actor

“Can we do it in bed?” Cher asks, smiling slyly as she emerges from a knot of corridors in her sprawling hotel suite in midtown Manhattan at about 9pm(...)

US-appointed supervisor at car maker Volkswagen Larry Thompson:  firm  has only just begun to take steps necessary to prevent future scandals. Photograph:  Holger Hollemann

Nearly three years after Volkswagen admitted to a vast emissions cheating scheme, the company has only just begun to take steps necessary to prevent f(...)

Elon Musk has been one of Silicon Valley’s most brash and ambitious entrepreneurs, helping to found several influential technology companies

Elon Musk was at home in Los Angeles, struggling to maintain his composure. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,(...)

Director Kathryn Bigelow on  the set of her film The Hurt Locker: one of the few women to benefit from the same critical treatment her male counterparts receive. Photograph: Johnathan Olley/Summit Entertainment

There are more than double the number of male film critics than female critics, and that, according to a new study, has a demonstrable impact on how f(...)

Rachel Talbott, who makes style and beauty videos for 1.1 million subscribers on YouTube, films a video with the help of her husband Byron Talbott, a chef with 1.4 million subscribers to his YouTube channel

Recently at a California convention centre, about 50 people entered a room decorated as a stylish lounge for a speed-dating event. They moved from tab(...)

Shipping containers awaiting transportation on a railway line   in Long Beach, California.  Photograph:  Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The US-China trade war has begun, and it arrives with potentially far-reaching consequences for international relations and the global economy. But wh(...)

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