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30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

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Books

The Lost City of the Monkey God

THE MYTH of the Lost City of the Monkey God has been a bedtime story for generations of Honduran children, but myths are often rooted in fact, and in …

Hydrogen Has Been Turned To Metal, And It’s About To Change The World

Metallic hydrogen is one of the holy grails of modern science. It would essentially be a magic material, creating everything from impossibly fast computers to hovering cars (themselves powered by hydrogen) to batteries that never need charging. It was also supposed to be impossible, as it would …

Hydrogen

Want to Question Your Reality? Read Carlo Rovelli’s New Book

Most of us would characterize our perception of the world as a continuous flow: the steady stream of time, and the smooth, reliable, recognizable matter in the form of a table, say, or a piece of stone. Such matter is perhaps most often considered in the realm of art. But for physicists, objects …

'Priceless' ancient artefacts found hidden in Isil commander's house in Mosul

Iraqi authorities have found more than 100 “priceless” Assyrian artefacts plundered from ancient ruins hidden in an Islamic State leader’s house in Mosul.<p>The discovery was made in the Az-Zirai neighbourhood in eastern Mosul, which the special forces troops recently recaptured from Islamic State of …

The Late Roman Empire Army Was A Changing, But Still Massive, Force

If there’s one piece of the Roman Empire that has managed to weave its way into popular culture, it’s the army. Every decade or so, we get a new …

Ancient History

Secret WWI telegram holds lessons for today, historians say

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — In a secret telegram a century ago, Germany tried to get Mexico to join its side during World War I by offering it territory in the United States. Britain intercepted, deciphered and shared the "Zimmermann Telegram."<p>Historians, seeing parallels to today, say there's a lot to be …

National Security

Japanese Artist Spends 3+ Years Drawing Massive, Incredibly Detailed Tsunami

Three years, three months, and 12 days later, Manabu Ikeda's 'Rebirth,' is nothing short of epic.<p>Standing 10 feet tall and 13 feet wide, a great wave crashes into an ornate cherry blossom tree rendered in exquisite pen-and-ink lines in Japanese artist Manabu Ikeda's latest epic drawing, <i>Rebirth</i>. …

Art Galleries

4 history books that changed my view of the world in 2016

One of the surprising pleasures of approaching middle age is the way that the habits I started to cultivate as a young fogey are becoming more …

Take 3 Minutes & Learn (Almost) Everything You Need to Know About the Art of Time-Lapse (VIDEO)

Time-lapse photography and time-lapse videos are still immensely popular and interest in them shows no signs of slowing down (so to speak). In fact, …

8 books that will change your life in 2017

And if your New Year's resolution isn't to read more ... well, have we got some recommendations that will make you change your resolution.<p>The following eight books will help you stop worrying, stop being tired, and stop feeling overwhelmed — and start excelling in your field, embracing life's …

Happiness

Investigating the algorithms that govern our lives

<b>On March 15,</b> Instagram posted a note on its blog that sent the internet into a frenzy: “To improve your experience, your feed will soon be ordered to …

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

Billy Collins On How To Become A Poet, And Why Poetry Can Be A Game

For many NPR fans, Billy Collins needs no introduction. The former Poet Laureate is widely acknowledged as America's most popular poet, regularly popping up on national best-seller lists (terra incognita for most poets, even beloved ones).<p>Public radio fans might know him best from his frequent …

Literature

Walking In Berlin by Franz Hessel, book review: It captures a portrait of a city on the brink of irrevocable change

“Walking down bustling streets is a particular pleasure,” begins “The Suspect”, the first piece in Franz Hessel’s <i>Walking in Berlin</i>, elegantly …

ISIS is manufacturing arms on industrial scale, report finds

The Islamic State terror group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely bought in bulk from Turkey, according to a report published by an arms research group Wednesday.<p>The findings showed that ISIS maintained a "robust and reliable" supply chain …

The Marduk Prophecy

<i>The Marduk Prophecy</i> is an Assyrian document dating to between 713-612 BCE found in a building known as The House of the Exorcist adjacent to a temple …

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

Writing

These 32 books will please everyone on your gift list

No gift beats the perfect book.<p>Joel Grayson, bookseller from Manhattan children’s bookstore Books of Wonder, sums up the joy of finding that ideal …

This new printer creates *moving images* on paper — YES, just like in "Harry Potter"

Are the pictures hanging on the wall of your living room a little boring? Do you wish they could be a little more lively, and a lot more lifelike? Do …

When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings

Eighty years ago JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis dared each other to write a sci-fi novel. It was a challenge that would lead to the creation of The Lord of the Rings<p>Once upon a time two friends made a wager. "Tollers," one said to the other, "there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am …

Literature

11 Websites To Learn To Code For Free In 2017

You know that it’s totally possible to learn to code for free…but what are the best resources to achieve that? Whether you already have some knowledge under your belt or have never typed a line of code before, start by exploring your options on these 11 fantastic websites.<p><b>1. Codecademy</b><p>Codecademy is …

Online Education

Beyond Athens: The Best Books on the Ancient World

Anthony Everitt’s newly released book the <i>Rise of Athens</i> carries the provocative subtitle <i>The Story of the World’s Greatest Civilization</i>. While that’s certainly debatable, Everitt does make a very strong case for the great Greek city-state. Athens is, after all, the birthplace of democracy: a lasting …

The List Of 2016's Best-Selling Books Features Historic First

As Christmas hurtles towards us like an oncoming train, we're sure that you're on the lookout for something to give that proves you've read a book …

Books

The ancient place where history began

The idea of Mesopotamia has intoxicated the West for centuries. Alastair Sooke takes a look at a civilisation where much of modern culture took form.<p>“Everybody has heard of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the Tower of Babel, Nebuchadnezzar, and the Flood,” says Ariane Thomas, a curator in the …

Ancient History
Dessert

Bread Machine Caraway-Rye Bread

Rye bread lovers, we didn't forget you. This light rye has the added bonus of nutty-flavored caraway seed. And, there's a tasty chive-Swiss spread, …

Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread Muffins and Honey Butter

<b>Chipotle Cheddar Cornbread Muffins with Honey Butter are a Southern-inspired side with a hit of complex, smoky flavor.</b><p>You don’t have to be a …

Italian Food