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12 Sci-Fi rules for life

Like so many other scribes, I have been inspired by psychologist Jordan Peterson's fascinating book to sketch my 12 rules of life. But mine are …

The top 10 locked-room mysteries

The first proper mystery novel that I read was Murder On the Orient Express with a gaunt David Niven and a cherubic Peter Ustinov on the cover. Orient Express, you'll recall, is the one where everyone did it, which delighted me no end and I was immediately hooked. I began to work my way through the …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Whatever happened to the future?

<b>Whatever happened to interplanetary travel, hover cars, and hypersonic jets?</b><p>Once it seemed as if there were no limits to how far or fast we could travel, such were the leaps in technological development in the 19th and 20th Centuries.<p>Inventors dreamed up all sorts wonderful vehicles, from …

Frog Fit Challenge - Day 3 Of 3, Week 10

• Check out the 12 Labors Project. I do these challenges to raise awareness about Veteran's Suicide. You can also follow me on my Facebook page with …

Overwatch Level Design - Dorado - by

Level Designer Owen Evans looks into the phases of Overwatch's escort map 'Dorado', as attackers fight to escort a payload to their objective.

The 12 Types of Tools You Need for Survival, in One Graphic

Whether you’re concerned about a weather-related disaster or a potential zombie apocalypse, if either comes to pass, you’ll be glad you had a plan. …

12 Things Dogs Can Teach Us About Love

Advertisement<p>For anyone who’s ever been in love, you know that it is an unpredictable, incredible, and unforgettable adventure–which kinda sounds …

Why too much choice is stressing us out

Photograph: NEIL HALL/REUTERS<p>Scrapping 30,000 products ... Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis is streamlining the supermarket experience. Photograph: Neil …

Charles Dickens

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, …

The Making Of Fallout 4

Coming off of the success of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Bethesda Game Studios began work on its most ambitious game yet for hardware that didn’t …

The Elder Scrolls

Locked In: Behind the Scenes of the Escape Room Craze

You find yourself in a room. An old room, by the look of the decor, like a parlor taken out of history. An antique desk rests at one end, a tall wooden box stands in a corner. A tangle of copper pipes serves as candelabra for a collection of colored light bulbs. None of them are on.<p>The walls are …

San Francisco

Fallout: New Vegas has two massive mods on the way, and one you can play right now

News of <i>Fallout 4</i> reminded many fans of the series (like me) of that one Fallout series game they never finished. For me, that was <i>Fallout: New Vegas.</i> Yes, I'm still outside the city, but with the help of a fan-made tweak I should be on my way shortly.<p>For some developers out there, the announcement …

Top 10 books about spies

Photograph: Harold Clements/Getty Images<p>Kim Philby holding a press conference after being cleared of spying charges by foreign secretary Harold Macmillan in …

Top 10

This Is Why You Should Consider Xeriscaping Your Lawn

This style of gardening reduces the need for supplemental water use — the Earth, and your wallet, will thank you.<p>Don't let the complicated sounding name scare you, xeriscaping is actually quite simple. And, according to Redfin, the gardening technique could help homeowners conserve both water and …

Water

San Diego Wrestles with Densification

Plans for the proposed One Paseo project in San Diego. (Kilroy Realty)<p>A six-year-old attempt to build a $650 million high-density, mixed-use …

Urban Design

Georgia’s new Athos Cave is so large, it requires its own subway line.

<i>Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter.</i><p>For most of its known …

Trains

Before & After: A Shop Your Space Bedroom Makeover

We love a good "shop your space" room transformation. Jay is a Minneapolis-based designer and this bedroom project was completed in a day (another …

Watch New York Subway Trains Run Their Routes in Real Time

LiveTrain NYC maps eight lines using actual train location data.<p>Like every New York commuter, Michael Prude sometimes finds himself wondering where exactly the next subway train is, and not in those words. While most of us stop our curiosity there, Prude took his interest to the next level, …

8 Tips to Master a More Paperless Life With Evernote

When the first Earth Day was proposed at the suggestion of Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, paper was the primary means of communication and …

4 Elements That Make a Room Enjoyable (& How To Get Them Right)

Let's face it: to make the most of the energy and money spent on decorating a room, you have to want to spend time in the space. Here are four …

5 Small-Space Secrets to Steal from a Set Designer

"Your home should scream who you are and what you're about."<p>Kyle Schuneman <i>is a set designer and the Small Space Designer for Bed Bath & Beyond and author of</i> The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces<i>. He's also the art director for the Food Network's "Giada at Home," and his work has</i> …

How to Whistle With Your Fingers | The Art of Manliness

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve wanted to know how to give a commanding whistle with my fingers in my mouth. You know. The kind you see people give in …

Unexpected Color Combos That Actually Work

Outrageous palettes that aren't for the color-shy.<p>Who said that you can't pair pink with red? Or that purple and orange could look so good? These unique room color schemes and paint ideas aren't for the color-shy, but they sure do make a bold statement.

Interior Design

10 Things You Absolutely Need In The Bedroom

How many can you check off the list?<p>The pieces and ideas you need for your most comfortable, luxurious, and personal bedroom ever. How many can you check off the list? This piece originally appeared on elledecor.com.

18 of the Most Charming Small Towns Across America

Small town America is alive and well.<p>Our friends at CountryLiving.com asked their Facebook fans to share their favorite small towns in America. Here are some of the nominations, all with populations of under 13,000.

15 Ways Exercise Makes You Look and Feel Younger

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Silicon Valley

Great Science Fiction Stories That Can Help You Make Sense Of Economics

We all know that economists love science fiction — especially Isaac Asimov fan Paul Krugman<i>.</i> But science fiction and fantasy can also help teach …

Trust Your Taste: Our Ultimate Find-Your-Style Quiz

Learning your own taste can be a lifelong journey. Wherever you are on your path, take our quiz as a way to clarify your current perfect style …

Someone is re-creating San Francisco in Cities: Skylines

Maybe you can’t afford real estate in the real San Francisco. Well, why don’t you just make your own digital City by the Bay instead?<p>A gamer is using the urban-management game Cities: Skylines to re-create San Francisco to a 1-to-1.5 scale. This means that everything in the game is exactly half the …