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Could Our Universe Have Arisen From A Black Hole?

If you go back in time as far as you can, you’ll find a Universe that was hotter, denser and more energetic. If you were to extrapolate back to an arbitrarily hot, dense state, the laws of physics that describe space, time, matter and energy break down; you’ll arrive at a singularity. Yet a …

Black Holes

Yes, mathematics can be decolonised. Here's how to begin

Karin Brodie, <i>University of the Witwatersrand</i><p>At a time when decolonisation, part of which involves changing the content of what's taught, is dominating debate at many universities, the discipline of mathematics presents an interesting case.<p>But it's not obvious how mathematics can be decolonised at …

Mathematics

How to read a book a week

In February, I read Belle Beth Cooper’s <i>Fast Company</i> piece “How I became a morning person, read more books, and learned a language in a year,” which listed the four steps to assuming a new hobby: set small goals, focus on one new thing at a time, remove obvious barriers, and build the new routines …

Books

Application of the mathematics of harmony - Golden non-Euclidean geometry in modern math - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Have you heard of Pythagoras's idea regarding the main components of mathematics? According to Pythagoras, mathematics consists of four main …

How writing 750 words a day could change your life

Every morning, people around the world participate in an almost religious ritual. Shortly after waking, they curl up with a journal and pen or pencil. They start writing, and they don’t stop until they’ve filled at least three hand-written pages—about 750 words.<p>The routine is called Morning Pages, …

Creative Writing
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6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

<i>Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily,</i> <i>MashReads</i> <i>went to the best</i> …

Books

Did milk and fur evolve before the earliest mammals?

Research on facial nerves and gene mutations show that milk and fur may have evolved before the earliest mammals<p>Scientists spend an awful lot of time reading papers. Not newspapers (who reads <i>newspapers</i> these days?), but scientific papers published by colleagues and rivals, detailing their latest …

Paleontology

The Bad Batch review: Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey thrive in cannibal apocalypse

Iranian director Ana Lily Amirpour’s menacing second film boasts impressive turns – including from Suki Waterhouse – but conforms to convention after a smart, chilling first act<p>One of the handful of woman directors at Venice, Ana Lily Amirpour made her mark originally with her much-liked …

Construction

Colliding Black Holes Tell New Story of Stars

Just months after their discovery, gravitational waves coming from the mergers of black holes are shaking up astrophysics.<p>At a talk last month in …

The seven books that won’t be in your high school English curriculum, but you should definitely read

I sometimes wonder if the worst possible way to raise a lifelong reader is to expose them to high school English classes. It’s not that these …

Six Writing Tips from Jonathan Franzen

by Monica M. ClarkA couple of weeks ago I attended an author talk with Jonathan Franzen at Sixth and I in D.C. A journalist named Marcia Valdes sat …

Creative Writing

The Untamed review - freaky goings-on and body horror in backwoods Mexico

Mexican director Amat Escalante follows his award-winning Heli with a deeply strange story of orgasmic frenzies and family dysfunction<p>Amat Escalante is the director who made a considerable splash at Cannes in 2013 with Heli, a brutal slice of working-class life in narcoterrorist Mexico, which won …

Horror