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Millennials are the biggest public library visitors

A new study shows millennials visit libraries more than other generations<p>Millennials — those born between 1980 and 2000 — are way into libraries. In a new Pew Research Center survey, 53% of millennials said they had visited a public library or bookmobile in the last 12 months. This makes …

British Library

All Time 100 : History Books

1.<b>A Study of History</b> by Arnold J. Toynbee<p>Arnold Toynbee’s A Study of History is his magnum opus. In it he analyses the rise and fall of all 26 of the …

This Bizarre Ancient Creature Mystified Darwin - Now We Finally Know What It Was

Mystery solved.<p>Its nose, unlike that of most mammals, was right between the eyes, like an elephant's trunk. It weighed about as much as a horse. Its …

Brrr! How Much Can Temperatures Drop During a Total Solar Eclipse?

During the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, the moon will completely cover the disk of the sun from Oregon to South Carolina. During this period …

Astronomy

5-minute morning routines that can make your whole day better

You don't need to add that much time or energy to your current morning routine to be happy or productive.<p>In fact, plenty of the habits that can help you start your day take <i>five minutes or less</i>.<p>We found a bunch of those habits on the Quora threads, "What can I do in 5 minutes in the morning to make …

Time Management

How to master Google Photos

Tips and tricks for getting the most from Google’s great service<p>By now, you’ve almost certainly heard how good Google Photos is. Your friends, family, and coworkers are probably using it and singing the app’s praises. It makes backing up your photo library effortless. It can identify people — even …

Mobile Photography

10 books everyone is reading right now

But that conversation will be a lot more interesting if you're reading the same thing.<p>We went through the top 50 Amazon bestsellers and grabbed 10 of the most popular, critically acclaimed books on the site across a variety of genres. We skipped children's books and super-niche reads.<p>Amazon's list …

Books

Ancient Egyptian mummy discovered 'in very good condition'

Spanish archaeologists find remains in tomb said to date from between 1075BC and 664BC near Luxor in southern Egypt<p>Spanish archaeologists have discovered an ancient Egyptian mummy in “very good condition” near Luxor, according to Egypt’s antiquities ministry.<p>The remains were found in a tomb …

The psychological trick you can learn in 10 minutes that will be useful for the rest of your life

I poll people regularly about how overwhelmed and distracted they feel. I simply ask them to rate, on a scale from 1-10, how overwhelmed they feel, and how distracted they feel.<p>The average answer to both questions is about 8 out of 10.<p>As a rule, people are overwhelmed in the modern world.<p>Years ago …

Self-help

Joanna Lumley as Viola in Twelfth Night: 'I left no ring with her' – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Joanna Lumley speaks Viola’s soliloquy from Twelfth Night, Act II, Scene 2. Viola, disguised as a page boy, wonders why the countess Olivia has sent her a ring and whether …

Eileen Atkins as Emilia in Othello: ‘If wives do fall’ – video

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, we asked leading actors to perform key speeches from his plays. Here, Eileen Atkins speaks Emilia’s lines from Othello, act IV scene 3. Emilia, Iago’s wife, counsels Desdemona on marriage and fidelity<p>Read the full text for this speech<br>• Read more …

How to activate Siri with ‘Hey Siri’ on macOS Sierra

The ability to activate Siri by saying “Hey Siri” is an incredibly useful feature on iOS. Want to do it on macOS Sierra? Too bad you can’t.<p>Or, rather, you can’t through the usual Siri system preferences. However, if you’re really intent on being able to start up Siri without hitting a single key or …

Operating Systems

An untouched 2400-year-old burial chamber has been found in Turkey

A burial chamber, dating back 2400 years and entirely untouched, has been unearthed in Southwest Turkey.<p>Inside the chamber, located in Milas in the province of Muğla, archaeologists have discovered 103 artefacts dating from the Hellenistic and Roman eras, and that number is set to grow as works …

6 Ways Coffee Can Enhance Your Athletic Performance

Active adults and athletes want to enhance athletic performance with stimulants but without potential adverse effects that can come from unregulated …

Wellness

Hypatia, Scholar and Teacher of Ancient Alexandria

The late 4th and early 5th century philosopher and mathematician Hypatia was one of the most admired women in Alexandria, but she was also one of the …

Literature

Habits of extremely boring people

Mike Nudelman/Business Insider<p>We fear boredom — that we might be bored or, even worse, bore others.<p>One example: For a 2014 University of Virginia psychology study, participants gave themselves electrical shocks to avoid sitting alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes.<p>In a similarly themed Quora …

Public Speaking

This Foolproof 5-Minute Exercise Will Cure Your Procrastination

It's so simple there's no excuse not to try it.<p>There's no shortage of procrastination cures out there, but few of them come with the sort of detailed instructions that make them easy to put into practice. Be kind to yourself, suggest psychologists, for instance. Which sounds nice, but if that were …

Organize Your Financial Documents With These 10 Helpful Categories

Can you quickly locate last year’s income tax return? Do you have the contents of your wallet and your account information recorded somewhere in case it is stolen? Can you find your homeowners insurance policy? If you can’t answer ‘yes’ to these three questions – don’t panic – but you may need to …

Personal Finance

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Consciousness

An Amazing One-Eyed Cat Who Loves to Swim and Surf in the Waters of Honolulu, Hawaii

An orange and white one-eyed cat named Kuli who was rescued from the streets as a tiny, malnourished kitten, amazingly took to water like a fish and …

Man Who Lost Arm Gets Prosthetic Tattoo Gun Arm

French tattoo artist JC Sheitan Tenet lost his arm 22 years ago and just recently got a tattoo gun prosthetic courtesy of artist JL Gonzal, who …

Amazing

11 Affordable Ways to Make Your Home Feel Cozier

Regardless of the season, every home can benefit from adding a little cozy comfort. If you're looking to add soft layers and homey touches without spending a fortune, you'll love these cheap solutions! Check out these 11 styling tricks for making your home feel better on a budget — your savings …

Home Decorating

100 Ways to Eat Eggs

Eggs take to just about anything you throw at them—or rather, to anything you thrown them <i>in</i>. From crack and splat to whisk and pour, they're your best friend in the kitchen from high noon to night. There are very few other ingredients that are so versatile, that can be cooked in so many different …

Breakfast

These Artists Flood 3-D Maps Of Earth To Simulate The Effects Of Climate Change

How an ambitious art project helps people look at their world–and its future–in a whole new way.<p>Throughout time, mapping the Earth hasn’t simply been an effort to accurately model the planet, but to define reality. Behind the great cartographers have stood monarchs, republics, emperors, sultanates, …

Hopscotch's visual coding app is now on the iPhone

Kick your command line interface to the curb<p>Today, Hopscotch Technologies released an iPhone version of its popular visual coding app for kids. The new app lets users design games, art, and animations using a block-based visual programming language and then share those programs in-app with other …

Egyptian mummy's symbolic tattoos are 1st of their kind

More than 3,000 years ago, an ancient Egyptian woman tattooed her body with dozens of symbols — including lotus blossoms, cows and divine eyes — that may have been linked to her religious status or her ritual practice.<p>Preserved in amazing detail on her mummified torso, the surviving images …

Ancient History

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between. The list includes something for …

Books

Make your own Magic Eraser for 10 cents

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are great at scrubbing away the toughest grime and stains, but they can get costly if you use them too often. Use this trick to make your own Magic Erasers for a fraction of the price.<p>Whenever I need to deep clean anything around the house, I usually grab a pack of Magic …

Exploding Balloons Filled With Non-Newtonian Fluid

This is a video of the Backyard Scientist and Mark Rober exploding a bunch of testicle looking hanging balloons filled with non-Newtonian fluid (a …