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5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading--a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Digital Noise Is Creeping Out Our Brains’ Fear Network

What happens in our brains when we hear things that creep us out, and how that’s changing in an age awash in digital noise.<p>David Hendy can be lying in bed, driving on the highway, or flying in a commercial airplane, when suddenly his ears perk up. Does the heating boiler always rattle so violently? …

Mysterious 'Ripples' Zooming Away From Nearby Star Baffle Scientists

The waves seen around AU Mic are "unlike anything ever seen, or even predicted, before."<p>Bizarre, fast-moving "ripples" spotted around a nearby star have scientists scratching their heads. They say the waves are "unlike anything ever seen, or even predicted, before."<p>Astronomers spotted the strange …

Here's why a particle that barely exists won this year's Physics Nobel Prize

They're worth it, and the announcement of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes that, following related prizes in 1988, 1995 and 2002. Ironically, these near-undetectable particles can reveal things that cannot be seen any other way.<p>I could begin by telling you that neutrinos are elementary …

Meet the world's deadliest female sniper who terrorized Hitler's Nazi army

Pavlichenko was born in 1916 in a small town in Ukraine.<p>She was described as an independent, opinionated tomboy who was "unruly in the classroom," as the Smithsonian notes.<p>At the age of 14, Pavlichenko's family had relocated to Kiev, where she worked as a metal grinder in a munitions factory.<p>Like …

Remembrance Day

DIY 101: Innovative Tips to Organize Your Garage for Fall

With children going back to school across the country, parents may be looking for additional room at home. If the garage is messy, here’s how you can …

23 images of India we can’t stop looking at

INDIA LOOMS LARGE in the traveler’s imagination. There’s just <i>so much</i> here: thousands of years of history spanning countless dynasties and kingdoms, …

Top 10 Ways to Finally Conquer Your Housecleaning

Everyone loves a clean, tidy home, but cleaning sucks. Big cleans are a pain, and smaller cleaning sessions make sense, but who has time? Here are …

15 Fantastic Books By Women To Read This Fall

Marital tumult, female friendships and unconventional memoirs make up this fall's biggest new books.<p>Jonathan Franzen’s <i>Purity</i> might be the most talked-about new release in the book world this fall, which is well and good -- his novel about naive, youthful attempts to lead morally pure lives is fun, …

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

Literature

This Crazy New Hair Dye Trend I Tried Finally Lets Brunettes Have Some Fun

Is there any phrase more tired than “Blondes have more fun”? My personal heroes (Gloria Estefan, JLo and Michelle Obama, obviously) prove that brunettes can totally keep up with our fair-haired BFFs… unless it’s at the hair salon. As a dark-haired lady — my hair is a color I like to call …

A Bill Gates-backed Canadian company opened a plant that sucks carbon from the air

Carbon Engineering, backed by Bill Gates and other investors, unveiled a test facility able to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere using giant fans.<p>That carbon goes through a series of chemical processes and emerges as pellets, which can be used to make fuel — or simply be stored underground.<p>…

British Columbia

The first photos of water on Pluto are puzzling scientists in 2 ways

Planetary scientists have suspected for months the presence of water on Pluto in the form of towering ice mountains (shown below) — some of which rival Earth's Rocky Mountains in height.<p>But it wasn't until recently that they had solid proof, and the discovery is raising intriguing questions about …

Solar System

Astronauts just shot one of their first videos in ultra-high definition, and it's mesmerizing

What do you do when NASA asks you to push the boundaries of human spaceflight by spending more time on board the International Space Station than anyone before you — 377 consecutive days to be exact?<p>You make green, exploding space balls:<p>Next to the 8K UHD, 4K UHD is the highest-resolution viewing …

Space

I shipped my spit to a genetics company to have it tested, 23andMe style — here's what I found out

That information can be used for everything from finding out where your family came from to figuring out if you're predisposed to certain diseases.<p>Companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have been partnering with drug companies to try and figure out what role genetics plays in getting sick, and how …

Journalism

43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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Journalism

10 young entrepreneurs who didn’t let age hold them back

There was a time when the phrase ‘young entrepreneurs referred to people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who founded Microsoft and Apple respectively at ages 23 and 21. Mark Zuckerberg co-founded Facebook at 19. Following this trend, entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger. So young, in fact, …

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Emotional Intelligence

A 15-feature “travel jacket” with eyemask and neck pillow is Kickstarter’s most-funded piece of clothing ever

Air travel is miserable. Aside from all the hassles of getting on the plane, once you’re in your cramped little seat it becomes difficult to do anything but sit upright, elbows tucked, and wait for the journey to be over.<p>In testament to what a nightmare it is, a Kickstarter campaign for a “travel …

Crowd Funding

There's a surprise in this teen's brilliant poem, and now it's going viral around the world

We all have those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. You know, when you spill something on your white shirt, and you miss the bus, and you …

19 Secrets Hotel Staffers Wish You Knew

10 high-paying jobs you can do on the side

Brie Reynolds, the director of online content for FlexJobs, an online service specializing in telecommuting and remote work, says "side jobs" are defined as anything part-time, including freelance, temporary, short- or long-term, work-from-home, or in-person flexible gigs.<p>To qualify for the list, …

Employment

British politician shuts down sexist questions about her weight with the best answer ever

<b>Liz Kendall (Reuters/Neil Hall)</b><p>Liz Kendall wasn’t having it when a reporter for the Mail asked about her body<p>Mary Elizabeth Williams<p>July 20, 2015 8:45pm (UTC)<p>Women, take notes. Whatever your size, whatever your build, this is the correct response to an inquiry about your weight. As British Labour …

George Osborne

Scientists are on the cusp of these 15 discoveries that will transform the world

Our smartphones are more powerful computers than the Apollo 11 mission to the moon used. Many of the devicIes that power our everyday lives would have been unimaginable a century ago.<p>It's a tough world to keep up in.<p>Concerned about what they argue is a lack of funding and appreciation in the US for …

University of Washington

The Fascinating Way Fashion Bloggers Edit Their Instagrams

Marianna Hewitt shares the secrets to editing your photos like a blogger.<p>If you feel like your Instagram feed can't keep up with today's top fashion bloggers, you're definitely not alone. Fashion bloggers (or Instagram ninjas, depending on how you look at it) have the life-skill of making every …

Top writing tips for new children's authors from top editors

<b>Charlie Sheppard</b>, previous Branford Boase award winner, editor of Bone Jack by Sara Crowe:<p>“A lot of first-time children’s novels are too long – and with the use of computers they’re becoming longer. Whether it’s the Harry Potter effect or because authors no longer have to write out their stories in …

Writing