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The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2016

Read 'em and weep. (And laugh, gasp, nod, shout "YASSS," and so on.)<p>Each year, when best-of lists start popping up all over promptly on Dec. 1, it feels too soon. Really? We’re saying goodbye to the year already? It’s barely 11/12ths over!<p>For 2016, many have been wishing it gone for some time …

Don’t Miss These Epic Hikes in Boulder, CO

Colorado is famed for being one of the healthiest and most outdoor-oriented states in America. Of course, Boulder is no exception. With access to the …

Using Blockchain to Get Ahead of Insurance Game

The rise of blockchain promises to bring disruption to commercial insurance by fundamentally reshaping principles and processes that have governed …

America's Top 10 Hardest Day Hikes

The word “epic” is uttered a bit too lightly these days. Once reserved to describe the fantastic voyages of brave explorers, it’s now readily used to …

Not-So-Beaten Paths: 11 Lesser-Known Hikes in Popular National Parks

Hit the trail and avoid the crowds! NPCA staff selected 11 lesser-known hikes in some of the country’s most popular parks.<p><b>1. South Fork Skokomish</b> …

America's Desert Playground: Joshua Tree National Park

It's difficult to measure all of the positives that can come from just one visit to a U.S. National Park. By simply dipping your toe into the waters of America's great outdoors, your world is touched by greater health, improved mood, increased knowledge, all the while you are offering support to …

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Meet the $20 Survival Kit That Could Save Your Life

SOL's new Traverse kit has just about everything you need to survive in the outdoors, including a price tag that makes it criminal not to own one.

What the Most Powerful Female Tech Entrepreneur in France Is Bringing to the U.S.

Catherine Barba on where technology—and sexism—are going.<p>At the Women in Innovation Forum in New York (WIN), Marie Claire partnered up with host and French tech entrepreneur, Catherine Barba. After founding WIN in Paris, Barba recently brought the annual conference to the United States—where she …

Computer Science

Driverless cars to dent insurance industry, warns Volvo chief

Håkan Samuelsson says research suggests an 80% fall in crashes by 2035 which could put motor insurers and premiums at risk<p>It is predicted that driverless cars will prevent the vast majority of crashes and dramatically reduce the cost of insuring a car, according to industry experts.<p>Volvo’s chief …

Insurance Industry

The 20 Best Small Towns In America To Visit In 2016, According To The Smithsonian

This year's list by The Smithsonian is bound to give you intense wanderlust — unless you're lucky enough to live in these charming destinations year round.<p>The Smithsonian just released its annual list of the best small towns in America, and this year's roundup is bound to give you intense …

National Parks

Desert Solitaire: Hiking the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in Northern New Mexico

Until very recently, the Bisti and De-Na-Zin Wilderness areas of northwest New Mexico were a locals' secret. They were miles from anywhere, and you were more likely to see cow than a person when hiking around the 45,000 acres of dramatic and desolate desert.<p>Over the last few years, a few high …

Research backs up the instinct that walking improves creativity

For centuries, great thinkers have instinctively stepped out the door and begun walking, or at the very least pacing, when they needed to boost creativity. Charles Dickens routinely walked for 30 miles a day, while the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche declared, “All truly great thoughts are …

Creativity

Agility + Empathy = Quality

I had the chance to catch up with Jeff Sussna (@JeffSussna), founder and principal of Ingineering.IT, ahead of his keynote address on continuous …

Language is failing us: What does teaching sign language to a chimpanzee have to do with our troubled conversation about race?

With my book, I use the story of a pretend experiment to talk about the intricacies of race and memory and history<p>Sometimes, when my mother was very tired, her words would fail her and she would sign to me and my sisters instead. Usually she only ever got as far as signing “stop”—open palm, one …

Fairyland Loop Trail (BCNP) - Bryce Canyon

The Fairyland Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon is a tough hike in southern Utah that feature dramatic canyon scenery. This Bryce Canyon hiking trail is one …

National Parks

Five titillating love poems for the modern age

<b>From Tinder to equal marriage, a romantic relationship today looks very different from 50 years ago</b>– <b>and the most exciting contemporary love poetry reflects this. Here are five love poems for a very modern St Valentine's Day:</b><p><b>Phosphorescence</b> by <b></b>Victoria Gatehouse<br>(Taken from Mildly Erotic Verse, Emma …

Breathtaking Bronze Sculptures Celebrate the Visual Poetry of the Human Form

Michael James Talbot is a master at creating breathtaking bronze sculptures that venerate the gentle tension and balance of the female form. The London-based artist is well known for his exquisite pieces that are intricate celebrations of the human body. Reminiscent of classic Greek and Roman style …

A Chance Encounter Leads to a Literary Goldmine

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf<p>I came upon David Gilbert's novel <i>& Sons</i> by chance: I was browsing the shelves of The Corner Bookstore, an Upper East Side landmark, during the summer of 2013 when I noticed that the staff was setting up rows of chairs for a reading. When I asked what event was …

''Reality Is Unknowable to Us': The Dreamlike Fiction of Leena Krohn

Most U.S. readers probably haven’t heard of Leena Krohn, but among connoisseurs of weird fiction like Jeff VanderMeer, she’s a beloved icon. She’s …

The Soul of an Octopus: How One of Earth’s Most Alien Creatures Illuminates the Wonders of Consciousness

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege… an uplink to universal consciousness.”<p><i>“Despite centuries of investigation by everyone from natural</i> …

Consciousness

7 Books That Celebrate the Beauty of Language

By Elaine Wilson | Off the Shelf<p>I am fascinated by language. Whether diagramming sentences, reciting the appropriate participle in my Catholic school days, or delving into the case systems of Latin and Russian, I've always been uncommonly excited by the rules and regulations of the written word. I …

Obama, Here’s How You Should Be Fighting the Islamic State

Eight military experts weigh in.<p>At his news conference on Monday, President Barack Obama laid down a gauntlet. Just two days after the Islamic State took credit for the recent deadly attacks in Paris, he challenged his critics to come up with alternatives to what he’s already doing to fight the …

The 10 best books of the year, according to Amazon

The winners span two-dozen categories, including everything from literary fiction to mysteries and thrillers.<p>From gripping nonfiction that delves deep into historical accounts to novels that take readers into fascinating imaginary worlds, here are the top 10 books Amazon chose for 2015.<p>1. <b>"</b><b>Fates and</b> …

Why So Few of Us Read Poetry

What is the purpose of poetry?<p>Poetry is a special type of writing. All writing is for the purpose of communication, connecting with others, but poetry has the power of marrying our intelligence and our feelings and thereby creating insight with a very few words.<p>We need something to live for. Joy, …