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20 Essential Books to Prepare You for What's Next

A handy reading list featuring not-so-speculative dystopian fiction, political memoirs, and cautionary tales from Nazi Germany.<p>One of the many stark differences between the 44th and 45th Presidents of the United States is their attitude toward literature. Barack Obama has credited books as his …

Books

25 Best Personal Finance Books for Your Summer Reading List

<i>By Laura Woods, Contributor</i><p>While you relax in the sun by the pool this summer, make the most of your free time by checking out 25 of the hottest, newest and best-selling personal finance books. Learn how to catapult yourself to success and better manage your funds so that you can have even more …

5 Strange Ways Animal Mothers Carry Their Babies

With Mother's Day around the corner, we take a closer look at how animals tote their youngsters, from putting them on their heads to literally embedding them in their backs.<p>If you think strapping a toddler into a car seat or herding your crew into a minivan is hard work, be glad you're not a wolf …

Zoology

Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Nicola lives in the tartan house, but who owns the fish?<p>Stumped? Here’s how to solve Einstein’s election riddle<p>Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than …

50 Great Genre-Bending Books Everyone Should Read

Sometimes, it seems as though the arguments about genre — be it poetry vs. fiction, fiction vs. nonfiction, literary fiction vs. SF vs. fantasy vs. …

Books

10 essential Finder tricks every Mac user should know

In Mac OS X, you’ll spend much of your time in the Finder, the part of your operating system that manages files and such. While you might think you know all there is to know about it, the Finder is a complex and wonderful app — with its own special tricks to master.<p>Here are 10 essential Finder tips …

Operating Systems

How to get your best ever body

Five diet and fitness experts on body-weight training, eating organically and 23 other tips to help you reach and maintain a healthy body<p><i>One thing that gets me going on days when I don’t feel like working out or eating clean is following people who inspire me on social media</i>"<p><b>Hollie Grant is a</b> …

Fitness

10 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Performance

Success is something all career-driven individuals desire yet it eludes many people — at least at the levels desired. Why are some businesspeople …

Mindfulness Is Effective For Both Anxiety and Depression

Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the …

11 Books That Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally published on Kirkus</i><p>There’s a striking mix of literary elements that have to be present on a book’s first page for readers to keep turning pages: an intriguing character, suspense, a vibrant writing style. The recently published books on this week’s list, which include fiction, nonfiction …

20 apps and games for March

Stuart Dredge picks ten general and ten gaming apps to brighten up your smartphone for springtime<p><b>APPS</b><p>Peak Brain Training<p><b>iOS/Android, free</b><p>Already a hit on iOS, this slick brain-training game is now available for Android devices too. It gets you to play a set of simple, fun mini-games every day, and …

Here Are Some Of The Hilarious, Embarrassing, Or Bizarre Questions People Asked Librarians Before Google Existed

Well, you'd probably have to go to the library and do some research. That, or ask a librarian to do it for you.<p>The New York Public Library recently discovered an archive of reference questions that people asked its librarians back in the last century.<p>The NYPL has been posting some of the questions …

Genealogy

Chocolate-Oatmeal Moon Pies

Ingredients<p>Cookies<p>1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour<p>3/4 teaspoon baking powder<p>1/2 teaspoon baking soda<p>1/2 teaspoon kosher salt<p>2 1/4 cups old-fashioned oats<p>1 cup dried tart cherries, chopped<p>1 cup pecans, chopped<p>3/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (4 ounces), chopped into chocolate …

Dessert

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

10 Brilliant Books That Will Grab You From Page One

<i>Originally posted on Kirkus:</i><p>We expect true crime books to draw us in from page one. But when a vast, epic novel or nonfiction book about the details of an international news story smartly seduces us from page one, count us impressed. Here are some titles that hooked us from the beginning but kept …

The cutest animal ever: melt at the Power of Sloth - in pictures

What's your favourite animal? Warning, it might be about to change when you see these pictures from Lucy Cooke's new book The Power of Sloth.<p>Prepare to crumble, very slowly, into a heap of happiness as you learn more about a species about which you may know very little

The Lost Empire that Ruled the Silk Road

Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennium ago, it was …

Ancient History