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'Update' due on gravitational waves

<b>Anticipation is building ahead of a "status report" from an international effort to detect ripples in space-time.</b><p>These gravitational waves were first proposed 100 years ago by Albert Einstein, as a key prediction of his Theory of General Relativity.<p>But in decades of searching they have never been …

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals

Your education shouldn't stop when you leave the classroom.<p>Learning new skills is a great way to expand your mind and get ahead in your career — and it's easier than ever with a plethora of online classes just a click away.<p>A good place to start is with this year's most popular Coursera courses from …

Tibetan Buddhism

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Game of Thrones

2015 Fall Books Preview: 33 Can't-Miss New Reads

BRB, we'll be in our bedrooms reading until winter.<p>Setting aside Jonathan Franzen's ubiquitously discussed new novel <i>Purity</i>, fall 2015 is an embarrassment of literary riches. Intriguing fiction debuts, humorous essays from masters of the form and new offerings from some of the greatest novelists of …

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down

Sometimes you need a pick-me-up.<p>Sometimes, you need a pick-me-up. You're feeling blue, down in the dumps, maybe even dealing with a lump in your throat. Whichever idiom fits your situation, you're just not feeling like your best self.<p>To abate the waves of sadness, or palpitations of dread, we've …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …


The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.


How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Vincent Van Gogh

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.


13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …


Here Are the Best Books of 2015 So Far



12 Series To Catch Up On Before The Next Book Comes Out

Goodreads shares the most anticipated titles in thriller, fantasy, YA, and romance.


A Night at the Cat Circus

The Amazing Acro-Cats is a traveling circus whose fourteen feline members leap, climb, and roll at least some of the times they are asked to.<p>To get it out of the way: yes, cats can be trained. That is the premise of the Amazing Acro-Cats, a traveling cat circus out of Chicago whose fourteen feline …

13 Books From 2015 That You Should Read ASAP

Fiction, memoir and books that blur the lines between both.<p>Before the welcome downpour of anticipated fall books rolls in (a new Jonathan Franzen novel? The conclusion to Elena Ferrante's tear-jerking series? We'll be spending the latter half of 2015 huddled up inside, thankyouverymuch), we …

17 Colouring Books That Every Grown-Up Needs

Fresh ink.<p>Want some more recommendations? Try these out.

See an Unprecedented Close-Up of Pluto's Surface

NASA unveiled new images of Pluto on Friday, revealing in unprecedented detail the craggy and mysterious features on the distant dwarf planet’s …

Mesmerizing Astronomy Photos Are The Best Of 2015

If you have ever questioned the enormity and the drama of our universe, these photos will set you straight.<p>The Royal Museums Greenwich in London selected these 17 stunning images, from more than 2,700 entries, to be considered for their annual Astronomy Photographer of the Year Competition. The …

Pluto Spacecraft Sends Photos As Excitement Builds for Flyby

After the New Horizons spacecraft briefly went silent, NASA quickly returned it to full operations and has released bizarre new photos of Pluto.<p>Pluto will get its closeup in less than a week, despite a heart-stopping glitch that briefly silenced the New Horizons spacecraft over the holiday weekend. …

Solar System

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …


10 influential pulp novels that are criminally good

American pulp fiction first appeared on cheap, wood pulp paper. In the early 20th century, it lived in fiction magazines that cost no more than a …

Science Fiction

See Inside The Human Heart Like Never Before

Most of us envision the human heart as some 2-D illustration from a middle school science textbook, or maybe a crude animation from a Discovery Channel special.<p>This new heart simulation, created by researchers at University of Tokyo, is so accurate that it will at times make you queasy. It takes …


Pink Flamingos and the Landscape of American Taste

What the iconic lawn ornament says about class and aesthetics.<p>When it comes to planning cities in America, we tend to think of beauty as subjective—which, as some philosophers argue, can result in development so ugly it’s bad for emotional and economic well-being. We reserve our taste judgments for …

Hartford Courant

The Battle of Waterloo, as it happened on June 18, 1815

On this 200th anniversary, experience the historic clash of Wellington and Napoleon in real time - just as it unfolded two centuries ago<p><b>• Follow 'live' updates from 200 years ago</b> <b><br>• All times are approximate due to historical uncertainty</b> <b><br>•</b> All pupils should study the Battle of Waterloo<p>END:<p>By the end …

21 Father's Day Books for Every Dad on Your List

Gift suggestions for every type of dad in your life, from dreamers to jokers to Hyperloop builder wannabes.<p>Gift suggestions for every type of dad in your life, from dreamers to jokers to Hyperloop builder wannabes.


Magna Carta: Everything You Need to Know About the 800-Year-Old Document

LONDON — Britain is this month celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, a document more than three times as old as the United States that established many principles of Western democracy. But what exactly is this historic charter, how did it come into being, and why is it so important to …

Magna Carta