Chris Plante

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Roald Dahl's letters from the frontline: 'I am on my way to kill Germans or be killed by them'

Roald Dahl is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest ever children’s writers. Yet it was only in his 40s that he attempted to write a book for children, and for many years he appeared to have no aspirations to become a writer at all.<p>He ascribed his change of gear to a ‘monumental bash on the …

Roald Dahl

A new digital archive promises to unlock the stories of fugitive American slaves

Among the millions of people enslaved in the United States before 1865, hundreds of thousands attempted to flee from those who held them in bondage.<p>Some left temporarily to protest mistreatment. Others sought to reunite with loved ones from whom they had been forced apart. Many simply wanted …

Black Culture

The Runaway Bookshelf

Early last decade, Christopher McDougall was visiting a bookstore when he noticed a paucity of offerings about running. “It’s the world’s most popular sport, and yet the shelves were thin,” McDougall recalls.<p>That changed dramatically in the wake of McDougall’s 2009 bestseller, “Born to Run.” It …

Running

Mark Haddon: ‘Ultimately, There Is No Narrative Without Death’

<i>Jessica Gross | Longreads | May 2016 | 15 minutes (3,709 words)</i><p>The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time <i>was Mark Haddon’s first novel, and</i> …

Canadian Literature

Using the Pacing Project to Set a Half Marathon Personal Record

Friday, May 6, 2016 | By Dave Schell<p>Ask anyone and they will tell you that pacing in running events is key. If you go out too hard in the beginning …

Running

On Running Alone

One woman who used to train with a group explains why she loves training solo now.<p>We've heard it over and over. The benefits of running with a partner or a group: You receive support, education, and encouragement. Without a doubt, all that is true. I used to run with a running club and even spent …

Running

Make A High Stride Rate Work For You

Running speed is a function of two very simple things: the length of your running stride and the frequency at which you take those strides. To go …

Running

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

<i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true. About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the …

The Brain

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful quilt laid over the cortex, the atlas displays in rainbow hues how individual words and the concepts they convey can be grouped together in …

Neuroscience

The Achiness Of The Long Distance Runner

<i>This is Strength in Numbers, a new column exploring the science of sports and athleticism. As this feature takes shape, I welcome your feedback,</i> …

Research Finds The Secret to Running Longer, Faster

If you're training for a race and have been totally avoiding high-intensity training to save your energy for running, well, you're doing it wrong. …

How Porn Is Messing with Your Manhood

Finding a needle in a haystack would be easier than finding an adolescent male who hasn’t seen online porn. Surveys indicate the average boy watches …

The retrograde intransigence of conservative Catholics

If there were any doubts that Pope Francis is a stealth reformer of the Roman Catholic Church, the apostolic exhortation he released last week</i> …

Pope Francis

Heterarchy: An Idea Finally Ripe for Its Time

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p>While browsing a recent issue of <i>Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology</i>, I came across an essay titled, “Towards a heterarchical approach to biology and cognition,” and my heart soared. “What a strange heart,” you say. “What an odd person …

Big Ideas

Watch This Animation to Learn One Secret From Neuroscience for a Happy Marriage

There are all sorts of tips out there on how to make sure a happy relationship stays a happy one; usually, they have something to do with “date …

Animation

Art from the Holocaust: The stories behind the images

A new exhibition in Berlin explores the grim realities of life for Jews in Nazi camps and ghettoes. Thomas Rogers meets one of its curators.<p>A historic new exhibit, Art from the Holocaust, opened in the rear wing of the German Historical Museum in Berlin last week. For the first time ever, art from …

12 Famous Scientists On The Possibility Of God

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the Mysterious."<p>When President Barack Obama nominated the Christian geneticist Francis Collins to head the National Institutes of Health in 2009, some American scientists questioned whether someone who professed a strong belief in God was qualified to …

Vatican disputes pope film claim, says pontiff not an actor

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is disputing a U.S. film studio's claim that the pope is making his movie debut, saying no scenes were shot for the venture and that the pope isn't an actor.<p>Los Angeles-based AMBI Pictures headlined its press release: "Film Will Mark First Ever Big Screen …

Movies

Physics of brain wrinkles copied in a jar

<b>Scientists have reproduced the wrinkled shape of a human brain using a simple gel model with two layers.</b><p>They made a solid replica of a foetal brain, still smooth and unfolded, and coated it with a second layer which expanded when dunked into a solvent.<p>That expansion produced a network of furrows …

Physics

What’s History’s Most Unjust “Just War” Justification?

(Eyer Crowe, Slaves Waiting for Sale – Richmond, Virginia, 1861; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100)<p>The concept of “Just War” originates in the …

Catholicism

The book that brings magic to the 20th century's darkest hour

The line between the magical and the real seems particularly thin when you're a child — even when you happen to live in one of the most dangerous places in the world.<p>This truth is beautifully portrayed in the debut novel from Gavriel Savit, <i>Anna and the Swallow Man</i>.<p>The novel is set in Poland in …

Holocaust

The Philosophers

Our System<p>A philosopher had spent his lifetime pondering the nature of knowledge and was ready at last to write down his conclusions. He took out a sheet of white paper and a pen. But he noticed, upon lifting the pen, a slight tremor in his hand. Hours later he was diagnosed with a neuromuscular …

Time Travel

50 Hearty (And Easy) Chili Recipes

It's time to step up your chili game<p>If you want more hearty meals for cold months, try these easy fall slow cooker recipes.

Recipes

Carl Sagan Explains Your Mother

Consider the scale of the universe. If the Earth were the size of a marble, Jupiter would be approximately the size of a grapefruit, while the sun would be the size of a humble exercise ball. From there, one can extrapolate just how vast our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe <i></i>really are. But …

How The Mountains Changed The Way I Run

Grant runs on the broadway traverse during an ascent of Longs Peak via Kiener’s route. Photo: Fredrik Marmsater <i><br>An elite trail runner explains how the</i> …

Mountaineering

9 Google Maps tips that will make your life way easier

Google Maps is constantly getting better with updates. Get to know the hidden tools you may have missed.

Google Maps

Fairy tale origins thousands of years old, researchers say

<b>Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.</b><p>Using techniques normally employed by biologists, academics studied links between stories from around the world and found some had prehistoric roots.<p>They found …

Parenthood Opened My Eyes to How God Loves

For as long as I can remember, I have been taught that we are God's children and that he is our Heavenly Father; but I don't guess I fully understood what that meant... that is, until I became a parent.<p>From the moment we brought our firstborn home from the hospital, I have been regularly shown …

Why Some GOP Candidates Aren’t Taking The Fight To Trump

If you, like us here at FiveThirtyEight, were initially skeptical of Donald Trump’s chances of winning the GOP nomination in part because you assumed …

Donald Trump

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says

New research reveals the biology of why gratitude is such a powerful happiness booster.<p>Fad diets aside, we all know the basic formula for greater physical health -- eat less junk and exercise more. The same can be said for greater happiness. Sure mental health is hugely complex, but the research on …

Psychology