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12 Things The Most Lively Speakers Do To Make Their Presentations Funnier

If you think that great presenters are simply just born then think again as there are proven approaches they use to make their presentations funnier …

Public Speaking

The Story Of Nancy Drew, Once Far More Ballsy Than The Girl Sleuth You Know

<i>Illustration by Priscilla Frank</i><p>"Almost as many girls write to me as boys, and all say that they like to read boys’ books," Edward Stratemeyer, head of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, wrote in 1905. "But it's pretty hard to get a boy to read a girl's book, I think."<p>A couple decades later, Stratemeyer's …

Did you solve it? Are you smarter than Jo Nesbø?

Earlier today I set this puzzle:<p><b>The Three Switches</b><i>Downstairs in a house are three identical on-off switches. One of them controls the lamp in the attic. The puzzle is to work out which switch controls the lamp.</i><i>The rules are as follows. You are allowed to manipulate the switches all you like, and</i> …

Mathematics

Japanese Students Draw Stunning Chalkboard Art For Blackboard Drawing Contest

Over the last few years, Japanese students have gotten into the habit of drawing beautiful works of art on their chalkboards during downtime between …

Here’s how a five-day diet that mimics fasting may ‘reboot’ the body and reduce cancer risk

Fasting has long been acclaimed as an effective way to lose weight, improve the immune system and boost brain function. But doctors have been loath to recommend it because of the dangers associated with such extreme dieting.<p>Now scientists say they've developed a five-day, once-a-month diet that …

Holistic Medicine

Avoid "Hedonic Adaptation" by Breaking Routines to Stay Happy

No matter what it is that makes you happy, you can get bored of it after a while. This is because of a concept known as “hedonic adaptation.” Simply …

Robots in Japan now have emotions

Amid a growing debate over humanity’s place in the world alongside artificial intelligence, a Japanese telecom company has released a robot that it says has emotions. But rather than run in fear from it, we’ve welcomed it into our homes: Pepper, the “emotional robot,” sold out within a minute of …

Robotics

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.<p>"Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That's how much food goes wasted every single day in America."<p>Komal Ahmad, CEO of Feeding Forward

How To Read A Bad Book By A Great Author

Czech writer Milan Kundera poses in a garden in Prague in 1973. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)<p>What do we make of a bad book, written late-career, by an acclaimed author?<p>With a whiff of schadenfreude, some revel in the literary hero’s fall from grace. Others avert their eyes, saddened that a great artist …

A Scientist Asked His Girlfriend To Marry Him In The Geekiest Way Possible

Here's a new important discovery, but also, will you marry me?<p>"<i>Current Biology</i> is aware of the proposal and we are wishing the very best for the couple. I checked with several editors and this is a first for <i>Current Biology</i> as well as Cell Press," a spokesperson told Retraction Watch.

Biology

8. Lunar Park By Brett Easton Ellis

This one will mess you up big time, and the main question you'll be asking yourself is: was it all real, or was it all made up to create a best …

Stephen King

Shania Twain on Final Tour, New Album and Taylor Swift

Tomorrow night, Shania Twain kicks off her Rock This Country Tour in Seattle. Following a wildly popular two-year showroom run at Caesars Palace in …

Music

The paleontologist who worked on 'Jurassic World' is trying to create a real dinosaur within 5 to 10 years

No, there isn't dinosaur DNA trapped in amber, waiting to be replicated and cloned.<p>But that's not the only way to make a dino, said Jack Horner, the paleontologist who worked on "Jurassic World" (and the rest of the "Jurassic Park" films), and he wants to make it happen.<p>How did we get to this …

Bill Gates' Summer Reading List Is Heavy on Nerd, Light on Non-Nerd

Would you believe the Microsoft founder has a soft spot for comics?<p>You're likely still thumbing through the books on our summer reading list, so forgive Bill Gates for piling on. The Microsoft founder and noted philanthropist has shared a list of the six "beach reads" he's hoping you'll tackle this …

Books

Moms In Opera: Women On The Edge

We love mothers for all the Hallmark reasons: for their compassion and patience, not to mention giving birth. But some moms aren't exactly greeting card friendly — and none less so than those who live in the opera house.<p>This is opera, after all, so we expect the outrageous. But operatic moms seem …

The Guy Who Plays Big Bird Told A Heartbreaking Story About His Impact On A Child

You might need some tissues. Like, a lot of tissues.<p>The 81-year-old, who has four Daytime Emmy Awards (plus a Lifetime Achievement Award), also does the puppetry for Oscar the Grouch.<p>Spinney was doing the AMA to promote his new film, <i>I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story</i>.<p>H/T @ben_cameron

Filmmaking

Magnifying Glass Reveals In-Focus Tokyo Among a Dazzling Blurred Landscape

Japanese photographer Takashi Kitajima captures the same Tokyo scenes in two different ways and juxtaposes them in one gorgeous composition. His series is titled <i>Glassporthole</i>, and it features a diffused and blurry view of the city where the buildings, streets, and signage are fused into a dazzling …

Photography

13 amazing comics that have nothing to do with superheroes

In recent years, comics culture has moved thoroughly into the forefront of mainstream culture. As superheroes ascend into the pantheon of truly …

Inked Magazine

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Simon Stålenhag’s Retro Sci-Fi Images of a Dystopian Swedish Countryside Published In Two New Books | Colossal

<p>Across the backdrop of an expansive retro-Scandinavian landscape, Swedish illustrator Simon Stålenhag has spent the last few years imagining a world …

How to Eat a Healthy Whole Foods, Plant-Based Diet on $50 Per Week - One Green Planet

Having a tight grocery budget is something most all of us can relate to at least at some point or another. We all have our ups and downs when it …

Plant-Based Diet

Understanding HoloLens in 5 steps

Microsoft’s most impressive and strange project right this minute is the augmented reality headset “HoloLens.” This headset was first introduced back …

Who Really Wants to Have Children?

◊◊◊<p>I had an epiphany last week. Well, okay, technically it had been brewing over time (I had not yet reached the level or <i>epiphanous</i>), but the moment was coming to a head, and it finally topped off during a routine visit to a coffee shop last weekend.<p>On the weekends, I tend to visit the same coffee …

Audi creates synthetic diesel with CO2 at Dresden plant

Audi has announced that its Dresden facility has produced the maker’s first batch of “e-diesel”, a synthetic diesel that is made using CO2 and that, …

Channel your inner poet by tweeting a 140-character poem

Snaps are in order: It's National Poetry Month.<p>Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has dedicated the month of April to increasing awareness and …