Christiane Labelle

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His Dark Materials is two decades old, but its lessons are made for today

The Book of Dust will soon expand Philip Pullman’s landmark fantasy trilogy, but the first books can still teach us a lot about how we live now<p>Fans of Philip Pullman and his wonderful His Dark Materials trilogy are in for an abundance of treats over the next few years. Pullman’s long-promised …

Stellar nonfiction chosen by the National Book Critics Circle

Next month, the National Book Critics Circle will present its 2016 book prizes in six categories; these are the five finalists in nonfiction. Each book deserves to be read for years to come, but every one of them seems to speak urgently about this particular moment — a time of economic inequality …

Books

7 Profound Lessons From Zen Buddhism That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Contrary to what people believe, Buddhism is not a religion. It is a lifestyle and a practical experience. It dates back more than 2500 years when a …

Meditation

Scientists Grow Beating Human Heart From Stem Cells

However, there's still a long way to go before we'll have individualized replacement hearts.<p>Over a third of Americans who need a new heart will not …

Harvard Medical School

16 Mind-Blowing Ribbon Hacks That Will Transform Your Outfit

These are seriously so cool!<p><b>1. Add a ribbon halter to a strapless dress.</b> You can safety pin the ribbon in place or sew it on for a more secure hold.<p><b>2. Turn simple sandals into a fun pair of T-straps.</b> Loop the ribbon around the toe strap and ankle strap. Tie a bow, or cut and sew the ends of the …

Clothing

A List of Coping Skills for Anger, Anxiety, and Depression

A List of Coping Skills for Anger, Anxiety, and Depression<p>What Are Coping Skills and Strategies?<p>Coping strategies and skills are the reactions and …

Self-help

The Ultimate “Harry Potter” Gift Guide for the Wannabe Witch in Your Life

If you didn’t think there could be anything more magical than <i>Harry Potter</i> home decor, you might want to sit back, ’cause we’re not done just yet. We’ve searched high and low for the best <i>Harry Potter</i>-inspired gift ideas for the season and brought them to you in the ultimate gift guide. So whether …

Decorations

We're Drooling Over These Hyperrealistic Art Cakes

Lips, dudes, ladies, and butts inspire Georgia-Rose Fairman's eerie cakes.<p>Some think baking is a science, but look no further than Georgia-Rose Fairman for proof that it's also an art. The assistant to sculptor Phyllida Barlow fuses her art world experience with skills picked up in the prosthetics …

Salvador Dalí

5 top new illustration tools for December

Whether you're a beginner learning how to draw or a seasoned pro, this month's round up of tools are all designed to help you become a better artist …

7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Be More Productive in 2017

Now that 2016 is (finally) coming to an end, we want to make sure you start the new year on the right note. All of those ideas, projects, and new …

How to Unleash Positive Change in Your Life Immediately

When you are aware of your passion, you don't need resolutions. You don't need to suffer through diets. You will see your purpose with clarity.<p>You see people succeed all around you and it seems effortless for them. You feel you've stalled, or worse -- you feel like you've wasted your time doing …

Happiness

Groundbreaking fMRI study finds 4 distinct neurological subtypes of depression - ExtremeTech

By on December 20, 2016 at 12:02 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>New research from Weill Cornell …

The Brain

Wild, Multilayered Portraits Look Like Intricate Paper Sculptures

These digital illustrations are actual dimensional renderings with a tactile textured aesthetic.<p>Mixing 3D modeling with carefully applied shadows, Maxim Shkret’s digital creations evoke densely layered paper sculptures. His 3D digital illustrations range from renderings of animals to figures, …

Digital Art

The 10 most important books of 2016

Books are slow food. It generally takes two years, two hardworking years, to cook up a book from idea to publication. Some writers can go faster — those who publish a book a year (or more) are working at top speed — while others write much more slowly, ruminating and reworking and false-starting …

Books

These Surrealist Caricatures Were Inspired by Medieval Portraiture

Troy Brooks's removes the veil on a new set of portraits in his 'The B-Girls' exhibition.<p>The elongated eerily bewitching women in surrealist painter Troy Brooks' <i>The B-Girls</i> show look as though they could be close relatives of that scowling food critic from <i>Ratatouille</i>. Even though each character has …

Photographers

These Incredible Soothing Illustrations Were Made With a Freaking Pencil

Filled with effortless grace, the fine-lined works of Marsi van de Heuvel deftly modernize Impressionism.<p>Fine-tipped flowers blend with fineliner pens in the soft, soothing tableaus of one visual artist's floral-focused, two-dimensional works. The Cape Town-based artist weaves the delicate nature …

Art

"I Didn't Get Out Of Bed Today"

Season to season, my high-functioning anxiety disorder affects me in different ways. When darkness takes to the sky, it manages to break its way into …

Here's the One Way to Finally Win the Fight Against Procrastination

You only need to commit to one thing to end procrastination forever.<p>There are so many tips and tricks out there to increase productivity and decrease procrastination.<p>Take short breaks, make lists...<p>Remove distractions, prioritize...<p>Drink less coffee, drink more coffee...<p>You've heard them all …

Procrastination

32 Amazing Gifts For People Who Love Drawing

Today... mom's fridge. Tomorrow... The Whitney.

Moleskine Notepads Are Torn Into Vibrant Surreal Cutouts

Everyone’s favorite notebook becomes a gallery of natural wonders.<p><i>Images courtesy the artist</i><p>While many see the Moleskine as a place to journal or write down their grocery list, Dominic Damien sees a canvas. The painter’s 3D Moleskine cutout paintings will put your favorite pop-up children’s book to …

Skew

How the daily routines of 26 successful people throughout history compare

Successful people like routine.<p>Pablo Picasso painted until 3 a.m., then slept until noon. Voltaire spent his morning working from bed. Benjamin Franklin made a resolution for the day after waking up at 5 a.m., as former Business Insider intern Anisa Purbasari learned while following Franklin's …

Pablo Picasso

12 high-paying jobs college students can do in their spare time

The key to finding a part-time job for a busy college student is to look for high-quality positions with a flexible schedule that are from a trustworthy source, says Brie Reynolds, a senior career specialist at FlexJobs.<p>"There are a lot of scams in work-from-home jobs, so college students should be …

Employment

Meet 12 Stunning Models You're About to Be Obsessed With

Beauty has no age, race, gender, or size.<p>Screw standards. Beauty knows no age, race, gender, or size. It's what you feel when you're feeling yourself. Here, models who are redefining the pretty game share what makes them gorgeous. Now it's your turn.<p>MAYE MUSK | LOS ANGELES, CA | @MayeMusk<p><b>WHAT MAKES</b> …

Elsa Hosk

Virtual reality heats up in China

The virtual reality (VR) market in China is expected to reach $860 million in 2016 and accelerate to $8.5 billion by 2020. In the last six months alone, the Chinese VR market has seen a flurry of investments, partnerships and new ventures involving both local and international players. With …

Virtual Reality

Kingdom Hearts 3 May Release In Japan First, A Fragmentary Passage Is Not Entirely Cut Content « GamingBolt.com: Video Game News, Reviews, Previews and Blog

You know how <i>Final Fantasy 15</i> will be launching worldwide simultaneously? That’s really exciting, especially given just how broad and active the …

How Robert Mapplethorpe Captured Raw, Political Gay Desire

Two great exhibitions in Los Angeles reveal the lifetime’s work of photographer Mapplethorpe—with his confrontational treatment of sexuality and male …

Art

What These Artists Do with Ballpoint Pens Is Unreal

Artists Kai & Sunny turn straight lines into straight-up hypnotic artworks.<p><i>Whirlwind of Time (section), Kai & Sunny. Image courtesy of the artists</i><p>The ballpoint pen may be a humble tool for creating art (although it has earned its place in MoMA's permanent collection) but that doesn't mean to say …

Modern Art

This Chip Will Give Your Phone AI Modeled On The Human Brain

MIT’s “Eyeriss” chip would allow for neural networks to run locally on your phone without an Internet connection.<p>In computing, a neural network is a collection of processors that mimic the way the human brain works. Simply put, a neural network analyzes data, learns about it, and then decides how …

Awesome Art Picks: Colossus, Kylo Ren, Batman, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

Drawing

This Addictive Home-Design App Lets You “Try On” New Decor

With a new round of funding, Modsy aims to launch its 3-D design tool out of beta this summer.<p>Shanna Tellerman wants to help you redecorate your home. She’s not a designer, furniture aficionado, or personal shopper. She’s the founder and CEO of a company called Modsy that rolls all of the …