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The 25 Best True Crime Books Every Person Should Read

Because nonfiction is often sometimes more terrifying and unsettling<p>For every suspense novel that shocks and awes readers, there are real life stories that make fiction seem tame and predictable. True crime is a loaded genre: The best authors do not sensationalise violence and human suffering, but …

Books

World's oldest message in a bottle found by beachwalker in Australia

Gin bottle was thrown overboard from a German ship before ending up on a beach in Western Australia 132 years later<p>The world’s oldest message in a bottle has been found on a beach in Western Australia by a couple who thought it might “look good on a bookshelf”.<p>Tonya Illman found the 132-year-old …

Western Australia

The Gone World is a brilliant, complicated novel about the consequences of time travel

How do you solve a murder by jumping back and forth in time?<p>In his debut novel, author Tom Sweterlitsch constructed a fascinating mystery with <i>Tomorrow and Tomorrow</i>, set in a virtual version of Pittsburgh after a terrorist attack leveled the city. In <i>The Gone World</i><i>,</i> he introduces an even more …

Science Fiction

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkein's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Step inside this mind-bending studio where every painting is an optical illusion

Patrick Hughes is an artist like no other – he doesn't do 'normal' and presides over all conventions to create insanely mind-bending paintings that …

Did a Fan Just Find Proof of Quantum Leap's Secret Lost Ending?

The series finale of <i>Quantum Leap</i> was bleak (to put it mildly), with the final title card confirming that Scott Bakula’s character, Sam Beckett, …

Quantum Mechanics

CBS Has Faith In New Bible Sitcom

In my long career as a writer of opinion columns about TV, I have learned that sometimes headlines write themselves.<p>And at other times, the headlines …

Maynard James Keenan says he's almost done writing the next Tool album

It’s been more than a decade since Tool released its last album, 2006's <i>10,000 Days</i>. Now, frontman Maynard James Keenan has announced that the band’s …

Men Are Responsible for Mass Shootings

How toxic masculinity is killing us.<p>Shootings, whether they’re in Parkland, Orlando, Las Vegas or Sutherland Springs, all tend have one thing in common. It’s not that they’re done by mentally ill people (there is no true connection between people with a mental health diagnosis and mass shootings, …

21 Quotes On Womanhood By Female Authors That Totally Nailed It

Books can change the way we feel about ourselves. Sometimes, plots reflect our own experiences, guiding us through the future or refracting our memories through a new lens. Other times, we discover pieces of ourselves sprinkled throughout unfamiliar narratives, finding empathy and resonance in odd …

Tomi Lahren Called Out After Claiming Issue Over Florida High School Shooting Isn't About Guns

Tomi Lahren is well-known for saying all of the wrong things, all of the time. But after 17 students and teachers were killed on Wednesday in …

Communication breakthrough: ‘Her whole world is going to open up’

Using eye-gaze detection software, a severely disabled Nova Scotia woman is communicating with her family for the first time in 21 years.<p>Joellan …

Nova Scotia

All about eaves, Quebec edition

<b>A lovely cottage by Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes breaks all the rules about roofs.</b><p>We don't show big second homes on lakes very often on …

Mike Pence

11 Memoirs By Women That Totally Nail What It's Like Being A Single Woman Today

Despite the fact that more and more millennials are opting out of traditional marriage, there is still pervasive societal pressure on women to find a …

Relationships

Kristen Bell's Marriage Advice Is Better Than Anything You'll Read in a Self-Help Book

She's played a teen detective, a Disney princess, and a woman trying desperately to get into the <i>Good Place</i>, but Kristen Bell's best role is actually that of relationship guru. The actress showed off her skills on Valentine's Day, when she posted a list of pieces of marriage advice on Instagram and …

How to Stop Overthinking

Overthinking is a byproduct of trying to control. The "human" part of our being believes that we can think our way to safety and resolution when in fact, it is a combination of our left (thinking) brain and our right (intuitive/creative) brain that we form the best decisions and conclusions for our …

What will it take to go to Venus?

Undeterred by funding woes, scientists are scraping together ideas to tackle heat, pressure and acidity challenges of landing on Venus.

Jack White Criticizes Today’s Rock Music, Saying Its Missing A ‘Wildness’

Noted contrarian Jack White is a little more than a month away from the release of his forthcoming album, <i>Boarding House Reach</i>. In anticipation of the March 23 drop date, White had an interview with the KROQ program “The Kevin & Bean Show” where he was asked why current festival lineups come up …

Jack White

Gigantic murals of local flora sprout on buildings around the world

These larger-than-life plant murals bring buildings back to nature – and they’re popping up all over the world. Muralist Mona Caron creates these …

'Time-traveller from 2030' PASSES lie detector test over whether his future predictions are true

A man who claims he is from the year 2030 - and has revealed a number of predictions for the future - has undergone a lie detector test and …

In experiments, researchers figured out what men and women really want in a mate

What do women want? And for that matter, what do men want? These are age-old questions, and they are particularly top of mind on Valentine’s Day when we celebrate romance. It turns out that behavioral science has some answers to offer based on careful empirical research, and perhaps not …

Social Sciences

When Did Marriage Become So Hard?

No one will deny that marriage is hard. In fact, there's evidence it's getting even harder.<p>Eli Finkel, a social psychologist at Northwestern University, argues that's because our expectations of marriage have increased dramatically in recent decades.<p>"[A] marriage that would have been acceptable to …

Radio Industry

Facebook employees are next-level paranoid the company is watching them

A recent <i>Wired</i> profile details the lengths at which Facebook employees are willing to go to ensure the company isn’t monitoring their communications.<p>The piece examines two years of Facebook’s struggles, detailing everything from its Trending Topics debacle, to the dismissal, acceptance, and regret …

New antibiotic family discovered in dirt

<b>US scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples.</b><p>The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes.<p>Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to …

Microbiology

Why Did Christianity Prevail?

<b>THE TRIUMPH OF CHRISTIANITY</b> <b><br>How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World</b><br>By Bart D. Ehrman<br>335 pp. Simon & Schuster. $28.<p>“I used to believe absolutely everything that Bill just presented,” the scholar Bart D. Ehrman once said during a 2006 debate with the conservative theologian William Lane Craig. “He …

Theology

We Might Have Been Wrong About What Makes People Left- Or Right-Handed

It might not be our brains.<p>Scientists have long been intrigued by why people tend to naturally favour the use of one hand over the other. We still …

This 320-Square-Foot Tiny House Packs in a Ton of Style

At the beginning of the year, Zillow compiled a list of US cities with the worst housing shortage crises, which predictably included the Los Angeles …

Santa Monica

What will happen to men if the Y chromosome disappears?

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring. Although it …

Genetics

This video of a marble moving through a maze is so mesmerizing you'll forget about everything around you

At first, it looks like a jumble of random things cluttering a desk - little bits of wood, a couple fidget spinners, some coins, a pencil.<p>Then, a hand reaches over and drops a tiny blue marble onto a slope, and the next thing you know both the marble and yourself are in for an epic journey.<p>As the …

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