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8 Books to Get You Started on Uncanny Nordic Fiction

Karin Tidbeck<p>Karin Tidbeck’s recent novel <i>Amatka</i> was nearly impossible to classify, as it blended elements of dystopian science fiction with surrealist components that took the plot in a more metafictional direction. In the stories collected within <i>Jagannath</i>, Tidbeck showcases a fantastic stylistic …

Were the Jack the Ripper Letters Fabricated by Journalists?

In the autumn of 1888, in the midst of a grisly string of murders, the Central News Office in London, Scotland Yard and government officials began …

International Hot Air Balloon Week in Switzerland: Pictures

Rare Sight of Super Blue Blood Moon and Lunar Eclipse: Pictures

Burma

Long-lost medieval kingdom discovered in Scotland

A team of archaeologists and volunteers has found the location of a long-lost early medieval kingdom in southern Scotland.<p>The excavation in Dumfries …

Archaeology

Looping, Twisting 'Number 11' May Be The Perfect Book For Our Time

So here's something I did not know when I picked up Jonathan Coe's newest novel, <i>Number 11</i>. That phrase, "Number 11," is a kind of shorthand, a phrase that instantly means (to any British person, or people more worldly than me) the home of the chancellor of the exchequer. Something else I didn't …

Why sex and love don’t belong in the same bed

There’s never anything profound about erotic contact. Sex is purely a hormonal act, whereas love, as expressed in a hug, brings true intimacy<p>Sex sells, they say, and I’m as guilty as anyone of finding headlines such as “How to keep the sex alive in your marriage” irresistible. I pore over these …

So You Want to Read Dystopian Fiction: Here’s Where to Start

Consider this book your introduction to dystopiana. Believe it or not, <i>1984</i> is totally hot right now. There have been reports of retailers actually …

Buddhism is not a Religion. It's Something Much More. Here's Why

Buddhism is considered a religion, but for me it isn’t.<p>To be honest, I used to see it as just another religion, before I actually started delving …

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4 old books for the new year

We are already inundated with lists of books published in the past year or about to be published. So I'm going to do something different: I'm going …

10 Unmistakable Habits Of Utterly Authentic People

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain when …

Self-improvement

Be happy, not mindful

As post-Trump anxiety rates go through the roof, it’s time for less introspection and more social engagement<p>“Happiness comes from within,” declare a thousand advice blogs and books, fridge magnets and Facebook memes. Or “withinwards” as my local yoga studio prefers to call it.<p>The idea that …

Happiness

OCD Doesn’t Always Strike Alone

The thing about chronic illnesses is that they like to team up. This is no different for mental illnesses than it is for physical ones.<p>Of course, …

Why You Should Consider Sleeping On The Floor

Sleeping on a mattress is a relatively new phenomenon though most of us have been doing it since we were born. One question most of us have never …

Don't Believe These 8 Menopause Myths

There's plenty of misinformation out there about 'the change.'<p>Menopause is known as "the change" because that's pretty much what happens to the 6,000 women each day who enter it. While hardly uncharted waters -- much has been written about the time when a woman's period stops -- there is plenty of …

Women's Health

The 'Fat and Fabulous' Farce

There are terms tossed about in the media recently: "fat acceptance," "fat and fabulous," "fat-shaming." I am a woman of size. Fat. I don't follow up that word with a sparkly adjective because it isn't warranted. Why? Firstly, "fat" is a word offensive only to the people who decide it is offensive, …

Disability

These Women Defy The Stereotype That Yogis Only Come in One Shape and Size

Yoga is touted as being for everyone, but in my humble opinion as a teacher, we still have some major work to do on our image. Funny enough, the active yoga that we know today was originally created for young Indian men (no women allowed) as a form of calisthenics and way to burn off …

Life on Mars? Newly discovered water is a strong sign, NASA says

It's one of the most intriguing questions in science: Could life exist on Mars today?<p>On Monday came an answer: Yes, quite possibly.<p>Scientists using observations from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter said they've found powerful evidence that briny water routinely flows on the Martian surface.<p>This …

Why Iceland could hold the secrets to the future of medicine

This week, researchers used the complete genomes of 2,636 Icelanders, coupled with a trove of historical data and medical records, to create the most complete genetic map of a nation we've ever seen. (A genome is the complete set of a person's genetic material.)<p>They also spotted several …

Genetics

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Sleep paralysis in medieval Persia – the Hidayat of Akhawayni

<b>Sleep paralysis in medieval Persia – the Hidayat of Akhawayni</b><p>By Samad EJ Golzari et al.<p><i>Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment</i>, No.8 (2012)<p>Abstract: …