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Man rescued at sea was suspected in grandfather's slaying

BOSTON (AP) — A 22-year-old man rescued from a life raft after a fishing trip that left his mother missing and presumed dead had been a suspect in the still-unsolved 2013 slaying of his rich grandfather, adding to the multitude of questions swirling around him and what happened at sea.<p>Nathan Carman …

Crime

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

My middle-age dread

Fortysomething blues? In this extract from her new book, Miranda Sawyer reflects on the existential puzzle of midlife<p>These are the facts. I am in my 40s. I have a job. I am married. We have children and a flat with no garden, and a mortgage and a fridge-freezer and a navy blue estate car. None of …

Every Single Pinky and the Brain Plan to Take Over the World, Ranked

Are you pondering what I’m pondering? No, it has nothing to do with monkeys and dental floss. We’re ranking every single one of Brain’s schemes—both …

The Widow is a delightfully trashy thriller

It’s not surprising that Fiona Barton’s debut novel <i>The Widow</i> was optioned by the team behind the <i>Wolf Hall</i> miniseries before it even hit stores. The …

19 things keeping you from getting rich, according to a journalist who spent his career studying millionaires

Journalist Napoleon Hill set out to uncover the key to wealth around 80 years ago. He studied more than 500 self-made millionaires over a span of 20 years, and his research culminated in what would become a timeless personal-finance classic: "Think and Grow Rich."<p>In addition to boiling down the …

Self-improvement

Sick and Tired of ‘God Bless America’

THE population of nonreligious Americans — including atheists, agnostics and those who call themselves “nothing in particular” — stands at an all-time high this election year. Americans who say religion is not important in their lives and who do not belong to a religious group, according to the Pew …

How You Can Learn the #1 Persuasion Technique of FBI Hostage Negotiators

FBI Hostage negotiators know how to listen and this is the secret to connecting with people.<p>We’ve all been told we could be better listeners and that …

How to Write Fast & Well, Part 10: Get Rhythm

So far in this series, I've focused on the content of your writing: choosing a good topic, giving structure to your thoughts, and finding the right words.<p>Unfortunately, you can excel at all that and still produce writing that's hard to read. If so, the problem may be rhythm -- or the lack …

Write your best with Grammarly.

Finally, the Polish You ExpectGrammarly leaves outdated spelling and<br>grammar checkers in the dust.<p>Checked byOther Grammar CheckersNo issues found<p>Bill …

7 truths that will transform how you think about yourself

"The essence of knowledge is self-knowledge," claimed the Greek philosopher Plato. But how do you go about learning <i>actual</i> new truths about yourself when it's so easy to get caught up in comforting confirmation biases and pleasant patterns that only support what we already know?<p>Well you could try to …

Psychology

Why novelists in 2015 couldn't resist the lure of fantasy

Was there something in the water this year? Marlon James’s fearsomely energetic Seventies-set crime novel A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld, £8.99) – the first book by a Jamaican writer to win the Booker Prize – opened with a chapter narrated by a ghost.<p>The Blue Guitar (Viking, £14.99), …

Books

7 times John Oliver perfectly captured what’s wrong with America — and triggered real reform

The HBO host has accomplished what Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert never could. Here are a few of his best segments<p>John Oliver's "This Week Tonight" is far and away the most refreshing thing on late-night TV. While other shows center around round-table chats and celebrity interviews, Oliver uses …

Writing That Is Effortless to Read Takes Great Effort to Write

As for how to write well," writes Paul Graham, "here's the short version: Write a bad version 1 as fast as you can; rewrite it over and over; cut out everything unnecessary."<p>It's all too easy to follow his first piece of advice and then neglect to follow the rest.<p>The root of the problem lies in our …

Bill Maher’s epic anti-PC Halloween rant: “I’m going to vote Republican, because I just can’t stand being on the same team as these humorless jackoffs”

“This is the lazy liberalism in which scolding has become a substitute for actually doing something,” Maher said<p>Bill Maher defended Halloween costumes getting a bad wrap on Friday evening's "Real Time." In his "New Rules" segment, Maher said that those who practice "fake outrage" get 364 days a …

Make them shut up about God: The right-wing’s religious delusions are killing us — and them

Carson, Fiorina, Huckabee and Jeb! can’t stop spouting insanity about the Lord. Journalists should call them out<p>These are trying times for rationalist rejecters of make-believe celestial tyrants and human-authored “magic” books.<p>A paunchy old man in a white frock and beanie (aka Pope Francis), who …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

5 Exercises That Are More Effective In Shaping Your Body Than Running

Everyone wants to be in shape. But not many people absolutely love working out and running. However, there are a variety of exercises you can do in …

Fitness

This illustrator is raising mental health awareness by drawing conditions as monsters

LONDON – A UK-based illustrator is creating a series of drawings that aim to raise mental health awareness – by depicting different disorders and …

10 popular grammar myths debunked by a Harvard linguist

It's why many teachers ingrain in their students a combination of white lies and formal habits that are meant to keep their writing focused but aren't actually based on rules of the English language.<p>As the students grow into adults, these habits result in plenty of incorrectly worded but …

Language

18 Charts That Will Help You Sleep Better

Because good sleep is glorious.

10 Healthy Foods That May Help You Sleep Better (Infographic)

Former West Coast Editor<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Looking to sleep better longer? Desperate for a cure for insomnia? Avoid caffeine six hours before your bedtime. Do your body good and sip a warm cup of milk instead, like the old wive’s tale suggests.<p>Actually, …

Sleep

100 Writing Practice Lessons & Exercises

by Joe BuntingWant to become a better writer? Perhaps you want to write novels, or maybe you just want to get better grades in your essay writing …

Creative Writing

Practical Art: On Teaching the Business of Creative Writing

<b>1. The Gift Economy of Creative Writing</b> <i><br>McSweeney’s</i>, one of my favorite magazines, is currently holding a fiction contest for undergraduate and …

23 Underrated Horror Books You Have To Read ASAP

You won't sleep with the lights off ever again.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

10 Of The Best Books Of Summer 2015

So many books, so few hours at the beach! Get your summer reading on with these 10 great novels that will take you near and far, from the present to the past. Don't forget the sunscreen!<p>What books are you reading this summer?<p><b>Luckiest Girl Alive</b> by Jessica Knoll<p>From Amazon: "With a singular voice …

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology