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This just might be the most beautiful roll of sushi ever created


Cooking is an art, but chef Davy Devaux takes that notion to the next level.

For this video, he created a colorful sushi roll that looks like a mosaic.

To start, Devaux made a roll with white rice and cucumber, then added some rice that he dyed pink. He then cut the roll into quarters, using two of those pieces as a base for the mosaic, adding salmon and tuna sashimi as well as a bright carrot sauce. 

Devaux then topped the roll off with the other two quarters, rolling all of it up to make a beautiful mosaic.

You can click here for step-by-step instructions on how to create this roll, and here for more of Devaux's mesmerizing sushi videos.

Story by Sarah Schmalbruch and editing by Stephen Parkhurst

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Deepak Chopra shares 4 ways to be mindful like the most successful people on earth


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Some people don't realize they are biological robots, Deepak Chopra says, but they are.

"They are machines. There is no difference between you and your computer," the award-winning author and physician told Business Insider this week while promoting the new documentary he's in, "Mindfulness: Be Happy Now."

To combat this, people can practice mindfulness, or the art of being present. It's practiced by a number of successful people, including Oprah, Anderson Cooper, and actress Sharon Stone.

Chopra says that mindfulness is a "conscious, unattached, nonjudgemental awareness" that is useful to bring "clarity to mind and more insight and intuition and creativity" into one's life. 

He offered us some tips for those who are interested in mindfulness and how it might help their lives and careers:

  1. Stop and ask yourself if you are aware: "Stopping and asking yourself questions about if you are aware and what you are aware of will bring you to the present moment. That's what awareness is. It has no location or sense of time; it's a state of being," he explained.
  2. Close your eyes and focus on your body and how it is functioning.
  3. Concentrate on your breathing for five minutes.
  4. Before you react to anything, observe your reaction and ask yourself why you are reacting that way.

"People have to be interested [in mindfulness]," he said. "You can show them the tools, but it’s up to them to use the tools and have a more fulfilling life." 

And for those who say that the concept is easier said than done, Chopra has this simple piece of advice: Be aware.

"Once you become aware, it's easy. If you are not, of course it's difficult," he said. "You first have to practice being aware."

Chopra recently released his book "Super Genes," which explores the health and scientific benefits of mindfulness. "Mindfulness: Be Happy Now" also stars Sharon Stone, director Oliver Stone, "dog whisperer" Cesar Millan, and Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh.    

The documentary, produced and directed by Larry Kasanoff, is available now via on-demand services including Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.

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An emotional Prince Harry calls for an end to illegal poaching


Britain's Prince Harry was devastated by the slaughtered rhinos he saw during a recent trip to South Africa, and said that stopping the illegal poaching of rhinos and elephants "is a test for all humanity and we cannot afford to fail."

Harry visited South Africa's Kruger National Park on a tour of the country this week. There, he was exposed to rhinos that had been hunted for their ivory horn. Although the trade of rhino horns has been illegal internationally since 1977, a South African court recently removed a moratorium on their domestic trade. That removal is on hold as the decision is currently being appealed.

"If current poaching rates continue there will be no wild African elephants or rhinos left by the time children born this year, like my niece, Charlotte, turn 25," he said in a press conference at the park. "If we let this happen, the impact on the long-term prosperity of this country and on the natural heritage of the planet will be enormous and irreversible. We can fight this battle. Nature needs us to fight her battles, and in this case, protect her animals, some of which have been on this planet for tens of thousands of years."

Story by Allan Smith and editing by Chelsea Pineda

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There's a strange forest in Poland that's filled with crooked trees — and no one can explain how it got that way


Crooked ForestDeep in the woods of the West Pomerania region of Poland, an entire section of trees bends at sharp angles near their bases, forming an odd and entrancing phenomenon known as "The Crooked Forest." 

Why do the trees bend like this? No one is quite sure. 

Some have theorized that harsh weather conditions made them this way. Others have said that man-made development uprooted the trees. 

Landscape photographer Kilian Schoönberger shared some of his photos of the forest, as well as the folklore surrounding it. 

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According to Schoönberger and the region's oral tradition, the trees were planted around the year 1930. During that time, and throughout World War II, Germans controlled the area.

To this day, there are rumors that some type of man-made method or technique was used to cause the strange shapes of the trees — although it's not clear what purpose that would have served.

"There is no final explanation yet," Schoönberger said. One theory, according to Schoönberger, is that the trees could have been planted specifically for growing bent wood to help construct things like ships, rocking chairs, and sleighs. 

Others have speculated that the war had a significant impact on the landscape. "Some people speak about imprints of the war, since there was so much fighting between the Red Army and the Wehrmacht in this area," he said. "More obscure theories talk about witchcraft and energy fields ... but perhaps there will never be a final answer."


Schoönberger ventured to the Crooked Forest for the first time a few years ago. When he came back to photograph it this year, he got lucky with the weather conditions. During heavy fog is one of his favorite times to shoot.

For these images, he took a spontaneous 450-mile night ride from his home in Cologne, Germany to Poland. 


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The best burger in every state



There's perhaps nothing more satisfying than a good burger. 

With the utmost journalistic integrity, we conducted painstaking research to figure out the very best burger in every state and Washington, DC, from mom-and-pop shops to celebrity-chef restaurants and everything in between.

Based on accolades, reviews, awards, and our own stomachs, we came up with a comprehensive list so that you can devour a truly great burger anywhere in the US.

Additional research and writing by Alyson Penn.

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ALABAMA: Vicki's Lunch Van, in Montgomery, is known for its burger, the king of lunch foods. Called the best burger in the state by Alabama.com, Vicki's burger has a perfect, crispy char and a juicy interior.

Vicki's Lunch Van

ALASKA: Tommy's Burger Stop serves sky-high beef patties topped with all sorts of goodies, from deep-fried jalapeno peppers to onion rings to everyone's favorite: bacon. The Stella Bleu Burger alone — a blue-cheese-oozing monster — is worth a trip to Anchorage.

Tommy's Burger Stop

ARIZONA: Rehab Burger Therapy can fix what ails you. With multiple accolades under its belt, this Scottsdale eatery is known for its outlandishly spicy burger combinations, like the ghost burger (with ghost pepper jack cheese) and the no-explanation-needed jalapeno popper burger.

Rehab Burger Therapy

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I visited Amazon's first retail store, and one thing was especially annoying


In November, Amazon opened its first brick and mortar location, Amazon Books, in Seattle's upscale University Village mall.

The store not only sells books, but also sells Amazon devices such as the Kindle, Echo, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet. It also displays user reviews.

But one thing about Amazon's new store is unlike other retail locations: no prices are listed on any items for sale.

Instead, Amazon forces customers to download their app to look up prices, or to use an in-store scanner.

"Prices at Amazon Books are the same as prices offered by Amazon.com, so you’ll never need to compare our online and in-store prices," the site explained in a welcome letter posted on Amazon. "Nevertheless, our mobile app is a great way to read additional customer reviews, get more detailed information about a product, or even to buy products online."

We'll take the Amazon deals, but we'd rather leave the scanning of barcodes.

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This is what a $150 manicure looks like


This incredible manicure explains why nail art is considered art.

Miho "Mei" Kawajiri, a NY-based nail artist from Japan, is a real artist, drawing inspiration for her work from things she sees online. This design, for example, was inspired by artist Hanna Melin's illustration, "Cats with Glasses," which she found on Pinterest. 

Mei doesn’t paint nails one by one, but works by color, so that you can’t really tell what the design will be until she’s done.

She does everything freehand, with a teeny tiny brush that's barely thicker than a few hairs: the level of detail is astounding.

Maybe that's why she's in such high demand. Mei does around five to seven of these intricate manicures a day, and has worked with celebs like Heidi Klum, Janelle Monae, Lana Del Rey, Meghan Trainer, and Hannah Bronfman, as well as photographers like Terry Richardson. Depending on the level of detail, a manicure by Mei will take around 90 minutes, and cost upwards of $150.

But think of it this way: your nails are essentially her canvases, and when she's done you will have 10 unique paintings with you at all times... or until you remove the gel polish.

Check out more of Mei's work here.

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This tiny, cheap miracle device can solve the most annoying thing about wearing winter sweaters


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Everyone's favorite woolly winter layer has a dark side.

Too much wear (or too cheap a fabric), and a sweater's knit fibers come loose, bunching up and gathering in spots. This unsightly look is known as "pilling."

Many take this predicament as a sign the sweater has reached the end of its lifespan — but fear not, there is a solution!

A "sweater stone" is a small block of volcanic pumice rock, which you can find at major retailers and on Amazon for about $10.

SweaterstoneIt's extremely light and porous, and though the stone feels soft to the touch, the cells inside have sharper edges, which pull and cut the pills marring your knit.

All you have to do to use it is lay your garment on a flat surface and brush the stone along the afflicted areas. The pills will fall right off.

Be warned: The sweater stone can sometimes leave some surfaces fuzzy, and since you are literally removing part of the sweater, it definitely won't increase its longevity or durability.

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A woman who designed Elton John's house now wants to help you design yours


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Leura Fine first got the idea for her startup, Laurel & Wolf, while she was stuck in traffic in southern California.

Fine, who worked for years for renowned interior design firm Martyn Lawrence Bullard Design, was on her way home from a client meeting when she decided she needed to start her own business.

"I had a style board with me in the car that I'd hot-glue gunned samples to in the traditional way that designers do," she says. "It's inefficient, expensive, a waste of time, and there's got to be a better way of doing this."

After years of completing projects ranging from Elton John's house to 40,000-square foot castles in Italy, Fine realized something: "the system is broken," she told Business Insider.

 Fine wrapped up her last design project in December 2013 and started working full-time on her new project, Laurel & Wolf in January 2014. The startup launched in June 2014. 

People just can't do interior design themselves

Fine says she realized two things about interior design: 99% of people couldn't afford it, but it was a huge pain point in people's lives.

"I always joke that being an interior designer is kind of like being a doctor. You show up at a dinner party and someone's like, 'um, can I just show you this one thing really quickly?'" Fine says.

"You walk into another room, and there are teak samples up, and people ask 'what kind of chair would you buy?' I thought, this is crazy that all these people really struggle with putting their homes and businesses together, and very few people can afford the service."

Fine says she's watched over the past five years as technology completely changed interior design. On one hand, you had new sources of inspiration: things like Pinterest, Instagram, and interior design startup Houzz cropped up. "All of a sudden people had access to seeing what great design looked like," Fine says. "They could accumulate their own photos and get their own inspiration and ideas."

And then on the e-commerce side, places like One Kings Lane and Wayfair started catering to people who cared about home decor. Brick and mortar companies started moving their merchandise online and making better-looking products at affordable price points.

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"I saw this happen over and over again. People would pin 40, 50 living rooms and they're getting inspired and shopping from all these sites, but people have no idea how to put it all together," Fine says.

"Interior design as a service exists for a reason. Designers understand not  just aesthetics, but form and function and scale. So having a designer help you put together a space is a really effective way of using your budget when it's done properly. And furniture, regardless of your budget, it's expensive." 

How it works

Fine's startup, Laurel & Wolf, has software that connects designers and clients virtually, letting designers work for customers anywhere across the country. When you're someone who wants interior design work done, you go to the website, take a style quiz, answer questions about the space you want designed, and upload pictures and information about the dimensions of your space.

Then, your project is launched on our platform. A typical customer gets different designs from 3 to 5 designers, who have been matched in regard to your style, your profile and the type of room you're doing. Then, you pick the designer you like the best, and you go through an iterative process with them to figure out how best to style your space. 

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When you're done, you have a much less-intimidating design plan, complete with a fully dimensioned floor plan with directions for install, a shopping list that's to your budget 100%, and a final styleboard showing you what it looks like. You can buy the stuff on your list yourself, or have the startup do it for you for no additional cost.

You pay a flat fee per room. The startup offers packages ranging from $299 to $499. Laurel & Wolf takes a 20% cut. The startup has 800 interior designers across North America, all hand-vetted and established individuals. Laurel & Wolf finds its designers by working with The National Society of American interior Designers and with alumni associations from the nation's top design schools.

The Los Angeles tech scene

Laurel & Wolf has raised $25.5 million in VC funding from big names like Benchmark Capital. Tim Draper contributed to the startup's seed round of funding. Right now, the almost two-year-old startup has 52 employees working out of its West Hollywood offices. 

"It's a great city, we have a very burgeoning tech scene. A lot of companies are being built down here," Fine says of the Los Angeles area's tech scene. "If you're building a consumer tech company, it's a really great place to do it. We're an incredibly diverse city. You have pockets of people from literally all over the world."

In addition, Fine credits Los Angeles' entertainment industry for bringing in lots of creatives to the city, which she says is great for tech. "We have been able to attract incredible talent," Fine says. "People who are interested in relocating to LA from the Valley and from NYC because it's a great place to live, a great quality of life, and it's great for creatives."


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The top 20 most Instagrammed locations of 2015


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Adding your location to your Instagram photos is a great way to keep track of the places you've traveled.

Instagram recently revealed its list of the top 100 geo-tagged destinations of 2015. From the Eiffel Tower to Times Square, you can cruise the app to see where people snap the most selfies, family group shots, or gorgeous professional photos.

Tourists spots like Disney World and Universal Studios made the cut, along with many of the globe's top museums and parks.

The main takeaway? People love Disney.


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20. Disneyland Paris — Paris, France

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19. Tokyo Disneyland — Tokyo, Japan

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18. Empire State Building — New York, New York

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The best gadgets you can buy this holiday season


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It's time to get serious about holiday shopping.

Trying to decide on the perfect laptop, tablet, or tech accessory can be overwhelming.

Manufacturers release tons of gadgets all year, so sifting through all of your options to find the best fit is often a pain.

Our holiday gift guide is full of excellent ideas — whether you're trying to find a new laptop for your son or daughter going away to college, some new cases and accessories to use as stocking stuffers, or the best entertainment devices to spice up your living room.

Audio-Technica's M50x headphones are the best headphones you can buy under $200

The M50x headphones are entry-level audiophile headphones that are stylish too. A fan-favorite for their crystal clear sound and accurate bass, these professional-grade studio headphones will make your favorite songs sound even better.

Price: $158.98

Sennheiser's Momentum 2 headphones are the best headphones under $300

Sennheiser's Momentum 2 headphones blow Beats out of the water with their impressive sound quality and premium design that won't go out of style any time soon. A slight step up from Audio-Technica's M50x headphones, these headphones will ensure you're hearing your music how it's intended to sound, and there's even handy controls for your smartphone too.


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The 10 most expensive Champagne bottles on the planet


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Nothing says celebration quite like popping bottles of Champagne.

Sparkling wine originated in 17th-century France as an experiment for kings and queens. The process was later perfected and popularized by Benedictine monk Dom Pierre Pérignon.

Today, sparkling wine is made from grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, or Pinot Meunier all over the world.

But some bottles of bubbly are so exclusive that they're available only in high-end clubs or by special order. Many of them have retail values of up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Alcohol comparison site Under the Label provided us with a list of the top-10 most expensive bottles of Champagne in the world. Check them out below.

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10. Salon Blanc de Blancs Le Mesnil-sur-Oger (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 — $899

Blanc De Blancs Le Mesnil-Sur-Oger 2002 is the essence of Salon. It's the only Champagne produced by the label and comes from a precise blend of Chardonnay grapes from Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs region of Champagne, France.

This sparkling wine is powerful and lively, yet delicate with "flavors of honeyed orange flower, candied citrus fruits, and madeleine buns fresh from the oven." To taste, the Champagne is rich and restrained.

9. Champagne Krug Vintage Brut (1.5 Liter) 1988 — $949.99

Since 1843, six generations of the Krug family have cultivated a uniquely exceptional Champagne through "painstaking care and unrivaled craftsmanship." They're the only Champagne house that still ferments their wine in small oak casks.

The Krug 1988, which spent more than a decade aging, "explodes on the palate with tremendous depth and complexity" and maintains a surprising freshness with "spiced notes of dried figs and ripe quince."

8. Champagne Krug Clos du Mesnil Blanc de Blancs 1995 — $969

"Fanatics of rarity" will go wild for this highly sought-after 1995 vintage Champagne that was just released from the Krug cellars. The Blanc de Blancs has "rich nutty and honey notes of great Chardonnay wines" coupled with "crispness, freshness, and vivacity."

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Tell us your funniest or weirdest office holiday party stories


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Have you woken up in the wrong city? Gotten into a bar brawl with a colleague? Drunkenly confessed something completely devious to a superior? Or perhaps you were witness to a colleague's disaster of epic proportions?

 Business Insider wants to hear your best (worst?) office holiday party stories!

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The BBC designed a fun quiz inspired by psychologists to test how dark your personality is — and you can take it now


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If you've ever wondered how evil you are, now there's a test you can take to find out.

Although the quiz was designed "solely for entertainment," it still offers an interesting (if unscientific) glimpse into your personality.

The BBC designed the quiz, which was inspired by questionnaires developed by psychologists Delroy Paulhus and Daniel Jones.

Psychologists have defined a "dark triad" of personality traits: 

  1. Machiavellianism - being manipulative
  2. Narcissism - loving yourself too much
  3. Psychopathy - lack of empathy

High scores on these three traits suggests you're a malevolent person, though of course the quiz is still just for fun. Still, some actual studies have linked the traits to negative behaviors like aggression and sexual coercion.

Originally, each of the "dark triad traits" was tested separately, but in 2010, Peter Jonason and Gregory Webster developed a combined test. Four years later, Paulhus and Jones developed a another version of the test. That's the one the BBC quiz is based on.

You can take the quiz here.

The quiz presents a series of statements, such as "I like to use clever manipulation to get my way" and "You should wait for the right time to get back at people," and then asks you to select how much you agree with each (from strongly agree to strongly disagree).

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I took the test, and scored the result "Infrequently vile — you mostly put others before yourself, though you may find occasions in which you dark side shines."

Take it for yourself and see how malevolent you are!

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