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The Most Epic Rail Trips Around the World

Grand Tour of Switzerland<p>With the 4-day Swiss Travel Pass, you can choose from three Grand Tour of Switzerland itineraries. For example, the popular …

Switzerland

7 of The Best Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Brands for Men

What are Direct-to-Consumer Brands?<p>The trend for direct-to-consumer (DTC) brands is showing no sign of slowing down, with positive growth charts for …

The Surprising Reason Why Neutron Stars Don't All Collapse To Form Black Holes

There are few things in the Universe that are as easy to form, in theory, as black holes are. Bring enough mass into a compact volume and it gets more and more difficult to gravitationally escape from it. If you were to gather enough matter in a single spot and let gravitation do its thing, you’d …

There are two ways to read, but one is useless

Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.<p>Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway—these are names without a living body. We can’t talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word.<p>Aristotle’s logic, …

The rust belt is being sold a lie – China has funded US spending

The president’s bizarre solutions to the US trade deficit threaten to send his country into recession<p>First it was Europe, Canada and Mexico. Now Donald Trump’s focus has switched to the real target for his trade war: China. Wilbur Ross, the US commerce secretary, is in Beijing for talks aimed at …

Wilbur Ross

We don’t need nearly as much protein as we consume

Many of us consciously eat a high-protein diet, with protein-rich products readily available, but how much protein do we really need? And does it actually help us lose weight?<p>In the early 20th Century, Arctic explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson spent a collective five years eating just meat. This meant …

The demise of the nation state

After decades of globalisation, our political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of its irreversible decline. By Rana Dasgupta<p>What is happening to national politics? Every day in the US, events further exceed the imaginations of absurdist novelists and …

Civil Rights

This Podcast-Based Writing Course Will Get You Working on Your Dream Novel

Tim Clare’s Couch to 80K writing podcast is a delightful, intense, encouraging eight-week journey towards writing a novel. For the best experience, …

It's Looking A Lot Like 2008 Now...

Economic and market conditions are eerily like they were in late 2007/early 2008.<p>Remember back then? Everything was going great. Home prices were …

13 Clever Ways to Increase Your Instagram Engagement

Speakers at Social Media Marketing World share their lesser-known tips to upping your Instagram game.<p>Over the past year, I've been going all inon Instagram. I've talked to experts and sought out advice on how to turn this channel into a primary means of engaging my audience, versus just an …

I Spent 15 Years Studying Why People Hate Their Jobs. This Is the Top Reason Why

Here's the biggest reason people choose unfulfilling careers.<p>Finding a career path that makes us feel satisfied and successful isn't easy. It's not something they teach us in school, which makes the journey that much more challenging.<p>For the past 15 years, I've been devoted to studying the deep …

Study Skills

For centuries the West has found it useful to compare black people to monkeys

In the history of European cultures, the comparison of humans to apes and monkeys was disparaging from its very beginning.<p>When Plato—by quoting Heraclitus—declared apes ugly in relation to humans and men apish in relation to gods, this was cold comfort for the apes. It transcendentally disconnected …

Americans Love Spices. So Why Don't We Grow Them?

Nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves are probably ramping up in importance in your spice cabinet right about now — the classic flavors of the winter season. But while you might be shopping for local ingredients for your favorite recipes for eggnog or maple-glazed ham, the odds are that the spices you're …

Spices

Bulletproof Graphene: Paper-Thin Material Becomes Harder Than Diamonds On Impact

Graphene has revolutionized material science. This super-tight sheet of Carbon atoms is thinner than a sheet of paper but has some amazing physical …

Exclusive: Tracing ISIS’ Weapons Supply Chain—Back to the US

“Habibi! Aluminium!”<p>The call echoes through the courtyard of a trash-strewn home in Tal Afar, a remote outpost in northern Iraq. It is late September …

The Best Science Books Of 2017

IRA FLATOW: This is Science Friday. I’m Ira Flatow. It has been a long and bumpy road for science in 2017. A few examples– President Trump declares …

Books

The Top 10 Websites for Science in 2017

As the year comes to a close, <i>RealClearScience</i> likes to take stock of all the terrific (and downright awful) science journalism and communication of …

In 'Bombshell,' The Double Identity Of Hollywood Star Hedy Lamarr

If you're reading this through some kind of Bluetooth or Wi-Fi gadget, here's an interesting fact: Some ideas behind that technology can be traced back to a famous actress from the 1930s. Her name was Hedy Lamarr.<p>The story of this stunning beauty of the silver screen is told in the new documentary</i> …

To get a state, Palestinians should do what the Zionists did

Seventy years ago, the United Nations created Israel. At least, that’s how Turtle Bay’s boosters and Israel’s critics remember it.<p>In reality, the UN …

Zionism

The Banality of White Nationalism

The existence of extremists like Tony Hovater doesn’t require extraordinary explanations—they stand in a long American tradition.<p>In 1963, Air Force Captain Ed Dwight was assigned as the deputy for flight test at the bomber test group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside of Dayton, Ohio. …

Menswear Label Buck Mason Makes It Impossible For Guys To Mess Up

Foolproof.<p>If you're a guy who wants to look great, but doesn't want to spend a lot of time shopping, we've found the perfect clothing label for you: Buck Mason.<p>Sasha Koehn and Erik Schnakenberg started the Los Angeles-based menswear line back in 2013 because they felt the market was void of …

The Books You're Fated to Read

photo by Loughborough University Library<p>It is that very particular exhilarating feeling, when you find a book so scrumptious and exotic you open it with a whisper and close it with a sigh. You've found this book through no one's urging or description or advertising. You wandered alone, woozy in …

8 Cities That Show You What the Future Will Look Like

Cities used to grow by accident. Sure, the location usually made sense—someplace defensible, on a hill or an island, or somewhere near an extractable …

“If You Can’t Do This Deal ... Go Back to Tehran.”

The inside story of the Obama administration's Iran diplomacy.<p>They made 69 trips across the Atlantic together and celebrated nearly everyone’s birthday at least once overseas, far from their own families. Sleep-deprived and sometimes giddy, the U.S. team negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran …

[SF/F/H Link Post] Books for Doctor Who Fans; Sci-Fi Every Woman Should Read; Never-Before-Seen Drawings by J.R.R. Tolkien

<b>Interviews & Profiles</b>• Barnes and Noble interviews Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, author of <b>Nightfall</b>.<br>• Fast Forward interviews Laura Anne Gilman, …

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

5 Outfit Formulas Every Blogger Uses

Part of the reasoning behind why we’re so enamored with fashion bloggers is because they know how to translate trends into everyday life. Their …

Plus-size women are using exercise as activism, and it's glorious

It was a warm summer night and Ragen Chastain was in the middle of a training walk for her first marathon — a solid five miles into a nine mile trek. …

Plus Size

Egypt sentences Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison

Hopes of an acquittal are dashed as Egyptian court draws condemnation by sending journalists back to jail<p>Egypt’s regime was accused of jailing journalists for “doing their job” on Saturday when three Al-Jazeera correspondents were sentenced to three years following a retrial that many hoped would …