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Peer out our galaxy’s south window

Tonight, or any clear November evening, try using the Great Square of Pegasus to star-hop your way to a view out our galaxy’s <i>south window</i>. In other …

Cosmology

How to Be a Better Writer: 6 Tips From Harvard’s Steven Pinker

U want 2B a better writer?<p>Good writing is often looked at as an art and, frankly, that can be intimidating. No need to worry. There are rules — even …

Creative Writing

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

Download 55 Free Online Literature Courses: From Dante and Milton to Kerouac and Tolkien

Here at Open Culture, we don't just feature education in your recommended daily servings of culturally wide-ranging video, audio, text, and image — …

Aurora Photos: Amazing Northern Lights Display from Solar Storms

Aurora and Fog Over a Lake<p>Credit: Mia Stålnacke<p>A pair of solar storms in early September 2014 sparked amazing aurora displays for some observers. See …

20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing

Knowing what separates good writing from bad writing is a challenge that every author faces at one time or another in his or her career. With an …

NASA’S NuSTAR Catches a Black Hole Bending Light, Space, and Time

NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) has captured a spectacular event: a supermassive black hole’s gravity tugging on nearby X-ray …

Black Holes

The Strangest Black Holes in the Universe

Photo Credit: Alain R. | Wikimedia Commons<p>Slide 1 of 22<p>Introduction<p>Black holes are gigantic cosmic monsters, exotic objects whose gravity is so …

Black Holes

10 Science Fiction And Fantasy Stories That Editors Are Tired Of Seeing

To you, your short story is unique and perfect. To editors, it's "the third steampunk time-travel story we've seen this week." But which trends …

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How to Break Through Your Creative Block: Strategies from 90 of Today’s Most Exciting Creators

What extraordinary energy we expend, as a culture and a civilization, on trying to understand where good ideas come from, how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, its mechanisms, and the five-step action plan for coaxing it into manifestation. And little compares to the anguish that comes …

10 Tips for designing your Kindle Ebook Cover

<b>Here are a list of a few things to consider when designing a cover for your ebook. The secret is to produce something that attracts your particular</b> …

Galaxy May Host 'Death Spiral' Of Two Black Holes Becoming One

Two black holes in the middle of a galaxy are gravitationally bound to each other and may be starting to merge, according to a new study.<p>Astronomers …

Neil Gaiman lecture in full: Reading and obligation

<b>On 14 October 2013 Neil Gaiman gave our second annual lecture at the Barbican Centre, London. The following is a full transcript of the lecture.</b><p>It's …

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

It’s important for people to tell you what side they are on and why, and whether they might be biased. A declaration of members’ interests, of a sort. So, I am going to be talking to you about reading. I’m going to tell you that libraries are important. I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, …

How Famous Writers — From J.K. Rowling to William Faulkner — Visually Outlined Their Novels

<i>Click for a larger version</i><p>Every great novel—or at least every finished novel—needs a plan. I remember well a James Joyce course I took in college, …

My other favorite kind of bars.

Recycle old technology idea #22 - appPicker

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Spin rate of black holes pinned down

Calculation offers way to probe galactic evolution.<p>Black holes can be described by just two fundamental characteristics: mass and spin. Astronomers …

11 Articles That Will Inspire You to Finish Your Next Book

At BookBaby, we talk to authors all day long about eBook formatting, book promotion, book printing, website creation and hosting, etc. But <b>we don’t</b> …

16 Fancy Literary Techniques Explained By Disney

Because why waste money on an English degree when you can just watch Disney movies?

How to learn the periodic table in 3 minutes

In high school science classes, students are encouraged to memorize the first 20 elements of the periodic table. There are other methods employed at …

Doctor Who | Bakeware & Partyware

Writing Quotes by Famous Authors

Writers on writing: 21 tips to inspire your prose and poetry<p>Are you in need of some big inspiration from masters of verse and fiction? Well sit down …

The Legacy of Franz Kafka As Seen Through His Impact on Gabriel García Márquez

<i>"A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us."</i><p>When Franz Kafka wrote these now famous words to his friend Oskar Pollak in 1904, he …

How To: Slice Cheese on an iPad?

Apologies for the goofy title. I couldn’t resist. Our official stance here at iPad Insight is that you should never attempt to slice cheese, or chop onions, on your iPad.<p>We do not have any policies against using this funny glass cutting board. It’s called the ‘<b>APPealing Glass Cutting Board’</b> – get …

Onions

Falling short: seven writers reflect on failure

• Diana Athill: 'It is possible to make use of failure, and forget it'<br>• Margaret Atwood: 'Get back on the horse that threw you'<br>• Julian Barnes: …

Black hole bonanza in 'next door' Andromeda galaxy

Twenty-six new black hole candidates have been discovered in the neighbouring Andromeda galaxy. According to the astronomers involved, these could be …