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The 50 Greatest Baseball Books of All Time

The baseball season is now upon us. "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball," wrote Columbia University scholar Jacques Barzun in 1954. That observation remains true today and in the intervening years our national pastime has inspired great poems, music, …

Baseball

What caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster?

On the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, BBC Future revisits a Horizon documentary that shows how the tragedy unfolded - and explores what Nasa learned in the aftermath.<p>On 1 February 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia began its descent back to Earth after a 16-day mission. The crew …

These days, writing isn’t a career. It’s a rich man’s hobby

Writing's always been lopsided, but it's got a lot worse in the last decade<p>I envy William Hague. <b>Not the £2.5 million country house he’s just bought in Wales</b>, although that would be nice. Rather, the fact that he plans to spend his retirement writing books.<p>These days, you need a substantial private …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Libraries

The 50 Mini Modern Classics of Literature

From F Scott Fitzgerald's brilliant Babylon Revisited to a modern Saul Bellow classic, these are Penguins Mini Modern Classics<p>In 2011 Penguin launched 50 Modern Mini Classics. Here is our guide to the books.<p><b>HELL SCREEN (1918) by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa</b><p>Japanese author Akutagawa's book was first …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

7 Stunning iOS Apps For Fiction Lovers

The best novels are immersive -- either their plots compel readers to turn page after page, or their ideas buzz wildly in our minds. But novels necessarily don't inundate <i>all</i> of our senses. Unlike most other artistic mediums, much of the sensory legwork must be completed on the part of the readers' …

Apps

The Striking Scale of Pakistani Taliban’s Attack on Peshawar School

In Pakistan, sadly, there is precedent for attacks on children, including the shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai in 2012 and an assault on kids playing soccer last year.<p>But the scale of Tuesday’s attack by Taliban gunmen on a military-run school in Peshawar is shocking. Five hundred school …

Peshawar Attack: Pakistanis Blame India for Massacre of School Children - IBTimes India

A prominent Pakistani security analyst claimed that the group that attacked the school children was funded by India.<p>Despite Taliban gunmen taking …

The Best of 2014 Movies, Books, Music and More: A List of Year-End Lists

What were the best movies of 2014? What 2014 TV shows should you catch up on? What were 2014's biggest songs? And why trust just one outlet for …

Top 10

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryIt’s Time to Forgive <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> Inkoo Kang The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian …

The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014

This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with …

Books

Malala Yousafzai Is the Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner in History

The Pakistani teenager shares the award with the Indian children’s campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.<p>Malala Yousafzai has won the Nobel Peace Prize at the …

The Psychology of 2014: Understanding Protests, Ice Buckets, Taylor Swift and More

<i>From the silly to the serious, Troy Campbell of Duke University's Center for Advanced Hindsight discusses five highlights of 2014 in no particular order with the "advanced hindsight" of psychology science.</i><p><b>#1: The Birth of Modern Charity</b><p>It dominated Facebook feeds for weeks -- everyone from your …

Psychology

Protests in Mexico after claims of Guerrero student deaths

<b>Hundreds of protesters in the Mexican state of Guerrero have attacked government buildings in the capital, Chilpancingo, burning cars.</b><p>They accused the government of involvement in the murder of 43 students in the town of Iguala in September.<p>The protest came after the attorney general said gang …

The 20 Best Moments for Women in 2014

From the editors of Cosmopolitan.com, feminism made a lot of milestones in the year 2014.<p>As 2014 comes to a close, women have a whole lot to cheer about in pop culture, politics, sports, and art. Of course, this year, like every other year in human history, was ripe with misogyny, sexism, …

Feminism

Ebola wipes out every mother in Liberian village

In Joeblow, Liberia, every mother has been killed by Ebola leaving a village full of confused and devastated children<p>For 11-year-old Montgomery Philip, childhood is over. Six months ago he would have been playing football with his schoolmates, but now his job is to care for his 10-monthold baby …

How To Watch The Quadrantid Meteor Shower, The First Shooting Star Show Of 2015

Skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere can celebrate the start of 2015 with the year’s very first meteor shower, set to peak this weekend.<p>The Quadrantid meteor shower, always the first of the year, is expected to peak on the night of Saturday, Jan. 3, at 9 p.m. EST (0200 GMT). The best viewing …

For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future

I have had enough of dystopias.<p>Don't get me wrong here. I love a good vision of destruction — to stand at some safe distance and watch the world burn. I have an affection for zombies, have stared down plagues, have, through pulp and pixel, seen this world brought low in any number of ways and, no …

Top 12 Young Adult Books of 2014

It's that time of year again when we reflect on the past 12 months and attempt to sum it up into one concise "best of" list.<p>As impossible as this task always is, I found it especially difficult this year when thinking about the top young adult books I've read. This genre hosts some of the best …

5 YA Books To Help You Get Through Even The Worst Breakup

Every girl will go through it at least once in their lives: the dreaded breakup.<p>Read more on

How I Read

How can we read better? Recently I suggested the value of reading with a pen in the hand, ready to mark the pages at any moment. In return I received …

What Amazon Fails to Understand About Readers (...and Authors)

I recently bought a friend's first novel. It was so exciting, launching my Kindle Reader and clicking on the cover in my ebook library, then boom -- there I was, on the first page of Chapter One, thrust right into the first line of her smart, funny story.<p>Except when I start a new book, I don't want …

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

In the past few days you may well have scribbled out a shopping list on the back of an envelope or stuck a Post-it on your desk. Perhaps you added a comment to your child’s report book or made a few quick notes during a meeting. But when did you last draft a long text by hand? How long ago did you …

Readers' 10 best books of 2014

These are the books our readers picked as the best of 2014 – from searing polemic to stunning fiction and a story of very intimate science

How to talk to terrorists

Terrorism can never be defeated by military means alone. But how do you go about negotiating with people who have blood on their hands? Britain’s chief broker of the Northern Ireland peace deal explains how it can – and must – be done (for a start, always shake hands)<p>In 1919, the British government …

From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale

When it came to clothes, Bill Clinton was a disaster, or so thought his tailor the first time he peered into the newly elected president’s closet. It …