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Why we should celebrate shyness

From Agatha Christie and Charles Darwin to Keira Knightley, Francoise Hardy and Morrissey, the socially awkward and anxious have changed the world for the better. Have we forgotten the benefits of being shy?<p>If you are ever overcome by feelings of self-doubt, just remember Agatha Christie. In April …

Agatha Christie

35 Books Time Magazine Suggests To Open Your Mind

<b>35. 1984, George Orwell</b><p><b>34. Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes</b><p><b>33. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley</b><p><b>Douglas Adams</b><p><b>Kurt Vonnegut</b><p><b>Joseph Heller</b><p><b>29. Do Androids</b> …

Can incineration and landfills save us from the recycling crisis?

In many parts of the US, it now costs more to recycle old plastic than to make new products. So what are the alternatives for getting rid of our waste?<p>It’s been a tough year for plastic recycling, and the culprit is oil.<p>Over the past two years, petroleum prices have plummeted, at one point dropping …

Recycling

The Mind of Donald Trump

Narcissism, disagreeableness, grandiosity—a psychologist investigates how Trump’s extraordinary personality might shape his possible presidency.<p>I<b>n 2006, Donald Trump</b> made plans to purchase the Menie Estate, near Aberdeen, Scotland, aiming to convert the dunes and grassland into a luxury golf …

Harriet Tubman: 5 Things You Didn't Know About the Underground Railroad Icon and Civil War Spy Who Will Grace the New $20 Bill

Many Americans rejoiced when it was announced Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the front of a new $20 …

Exercise can take 10 years off your brain's age, new study shows

There’s more evidence that what’s good for your heart is good for your head. A new study shows that people who run, swim or do other moderate exercise have brains that look, on average, 10 years younger than the brains of couch potatoes.<p>"Our study showed that for older people, getting regular …

I’m Leaving You to Love Myself.

<i>“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.” ~ Ernest …

Is solitude the secret to unlocking our creativity?

Charles Dickens didn’t just have a great mind, he had great calves as well.On any given day, Dickens averaged 12+ miles of walking through the lush …

The correlates of Trumpism: early mortality, lack of education, unemployment, offshored jobs

Wonkblog runs the numbers on the counties with the strongest support for Trump and finds that the typical Trump supporter is likely to live in a …

Originals: How To Spot One, How To Be One

Consider this: Frank Lloyd Wright was a procrastinator. Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are afraid of taking risks. Most of Beethoven's compositions are pretty awful. Conventional wisdom suggests these originals were successful <i>despite</i> their hemming and hawing, their hedging, and their …

The Life Project: what makes some people happy, healthy and successful – and others not?

The factors that most affect our life chances are revealed as the first group of British babies followed in a remarkable cradle-to-grave study turns 70<p>In March 1946, scientists recorded the birth of almost every British baby born in one, cold week. They have been following thousands of them ever …

Chomsky: Trump's Rise Is Due to the 'Breakdown of Society'

By <b>Aaron Williams / AlterNet</b><i>This interview originally ran on AlterNet.</i><p>Noam Chomsky, 87, is without a doubt the most significant academic figure to …

3 Steps To Make A Cat Tent From An Old T-Shirt

Meow-velous! 🐱<p>If you have a cat, chances are they're your best friend. And what do best friends do? ...Go camping together! (Indoors, of course.)<p>Make your cat this comfy T-shirt tent with 3 steps adapted from Instructables.<p>To make the tent, you'll need <b>2 wire hangers</b>, <b>4 safety pins</b>, a <b>square</b> <b>piece of</b> …

The Romanovs 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore – review

This no-holds-barred history of the Romanovs shows how they presided over three centuries of cruelty and slaughter<p>Peter the Great was transfixed by decapitation as biological experiment. And he wasn’t the worst of them. Simon Sebag Montefiore’s journey through 300 years of the Romanov dynasty is a …

Can your brain reveal you are a liar?

Your brainwaves never lie. Or at least that’s the story believed by a growing number of police and law courts worldwide – the truth is more complicated.<p>At Northwestern University in Illinois, a group of psychologists are teaching students how to commit the perfect crime.<p>They are taught how to break …

The Brain

Forensic Facts From the Fatal Franklin Expedition

The 1845 expedition led by Sir John Franklin to find the Northwest Passage was one of the biggest disasters in exploration history. Despite being outfitted with the best provisions and equipment of the time, the entire complement of 129 officers and men aboard the British Royal Navy ships <i>HMS Erebus</i> …

Seventh-Grade Boy with Autism Cannot Speak, But He Just Wrote a Beautiful Article About His Condition

Philip Reyes is a seventh grader at Heim Middle School in Williamsville, New York. He’s on the autism spectrum and is nonverbal, and felt like a …

33 Books Millennials Need to Read Before Turning 30

To lay the foundation for a fulfilling career, turn to these classic titles.<p>Your 20s are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life.<p>While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the …

20 fascinating facts that make you think twice

Luckily, the folks over at Reddit have a collection of true facts about life, and we've combed through them to find our favorites.<p>From a creature that can survive the harsh vacuum of space to the odd state sport of Maryland, you're bound to learn something that makes you think twice.