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7 surprising books that will make your life better

I read a lot of books. I reference at least one book a week in these blog posts but I have to read a lot more than that — usually 4 to 5 times as …

“The Couch to 80k” Writing Boot Camp: Take a Free 8-Week Podcast Course to Start Writing Fiction, or Even Finish a Novel

We've all read fiction, but how to go about writing it? Nobody has the definitive answer, and there, in the multiplicity of possible approaches, …

Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i>, the characters travel from one place to another in space using a hidden fifth dimension, which …

Neutron Stars

A Groundbreaking Study of 5,000 Top Performers Identifies 3 Tactics Used by Great Communicators

A five-year study by an influential UC Berkeley business professor reveals the communication secrets that separate great leaders from average ones.<p>In a groundbreaking study of 5,000 successful employees and managers over a five-year period, UC Berkeley management professor Morten T. Hansen found …

15 things you should be doing after work instead of watching TV if you want to be happier

For the longest time, I would come home from work and immediately pop on the TV. It was mindless — after a day of meetings, intensive heads-down work, and never-ending email chains, the only thing I thought I wanted to do was watch five episodes of some sitcom I'd seen hundreds of times before.<p>But …

For The First Time Ever, Astronomers Have Detected Planets Outside Our Galaxy

This is crazy!<p>In an incredible world first, astrophysicists have detected multiple planets in another galaxy, ranging from masses as small as the …

An aquarium accident may have given this crayfish the DNA to take over the world

It sounds like a bad monster movie plot: A 10-legged mutant creature that reproduces asexually, escapes from confinement in Germany, and quietly …

Biology

29 Simple Ways You Can Prevent Cancer

Cancers don’t develop overnight. These cancer-fighting foods and other lifestyle moves can significantly reduce your cancer risk. Of course, you …

Nutrition

Creationist Warns Bill Nye's New Show Is "Inappropriate" For Children

The dumb is strong with this one.

Critical Thinking

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Kim Kardashian

New Burger King ad breaks down net neutrality in under 3 minutes

Burger King

The secret to becoming a famous writer

How do you become a successful writer? Successful writers offer predictable advice. "Perseverance is absolutely essential," J.K. Rowling says. "Read …

Stephen King

Exclusive: Lawmakers want answers after State Department employees claim 'political retribution'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Key Democratic lawmakers are calling on the State Department's watchdog to conduct an "immediate review" of personnel practices after a number of employees told CNN they were unlawfully targeted for political reasons due to their work under the last administration.<p>The employees had been …

U.S. Dept. of State

Simple math shows how many space aliens may be out there

Space<p>It’s a lot more than you might imagine!<p>If you say you believe space aliens exist, I doubt your friends will be shocked. In a universe aglow with 2 trillion galaxies, you'd be supremely smug to think that Earth alone hosts clever creatures. One 2015 poll showed that 54 percent of Americans feel …

A Never-Before-Seen Virus Was Just Found in the Sea, and It Kills Bacteria

Their genomes are "quite different from other viruses."<p>When you think of a virus, you likely think of the microscopic agents that make life on land …

Improve Your Writing: 6 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer | Tim Knox

Perfect your craft in Advanced Novel Writing with Terri Valentine, an online course from Writer’s Digest University. Over the past couple of years, …

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

More evidence that Trump's advisers talk to him through the television

By Callum Borchers<p>Republicans outlasted Democrats in the staring contest known as the government shutdown, which isn't really saying much, since the whole episode didn't even last three full days. But convincing President Trump not to blink first was a challenge that required coaxing by Senate …

The White House

Fender Unveils New Hot Rod Amplifiers

New series includes the Hot Rod DeVille 212 IV, Hot Rod Deluxe IV, Pro Junior IV and the Blues Junior IV.<p>Fender has unveiled its new series of Hot …

This Founder Walked Away From a Major 'Shark Tank' Deal--and It Might Have Been Her Best Decision Yet

When pitching your business, always know the value of your company. At least, that's what the Shark Tank investors repeatedly tell contestants who appear on the show.<p>The investors on <i>Shark Tank</i> repeatedly tell contestants to know the value of their company, and they just put that advice to the …

Sundance: 'Hereditary' is the most insane horror movie in years

PARK CITY, Utah — If you'd ever like to sleep again, then you should probably steer clear of A24's latest horror offering.<p><i>Hereditary</i>, which flew in under the radar on the Sundance Film Festival lineup, is the paralyzing feature-film debut of shorts director Ari Aster, who wrote the script four …

Film Festivals

Get to know Law/Less, Milwaukee's newest punk project

In a time when seemingly all recorded music is readily available, it’s easy to get lost in the flood of sub-genres and micro-genres. <b>Law/Less</b> are a …

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

Scientists Have Figured Out Why Human Skin Doesn't Leak

Despite us losing 500 million skin cells per day.<p>Our skin might give us grief sometimes, but one thing we can always depend on it to do is not start …

When A Tattoo Means Life Or Death. Literally

The man was unconscious and alone when he arrived at University of Miami Hospital last summer. He was 70 years old and gravely ill.<p>"Originally, we were told he was intoxicated," remembers Dr. Gregory Holt, an emergency room doctor, "but he didn't wake up."<p>"He wasn't breathing well. He had COPD. …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Police evacuated a mall after finding 'pipe bombs.' The FBI says they were just flares.

By Avi Selk<p>Police in central Florida evacuated a small-town mall on Sunday night after what they called two “pipe bombs” blew up outside the J.C. Penney.<p>But the FBI later disputed police reports and said the “bombs” had been nothing more than marine flares, which nevertheless filled a hallway at …

Improvised Explosive Devices

Climate scientists find accidental apostle in unsocial cabin dweller

GOTHIC, Colo. — He didn’t mean for it to happen this way. He simply wanted to be alone.<p>“If I had any social skills at all I wouldn’t be here,” says …

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Trump has heart disease

CNN's Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta weighs in on President Trump's medical exam, saying the numbers provided by Dr. Ronny Jackson prove the president has heart disease.

Donald Trump

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …