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What to do if you break your leg in the middle of nowhere

Know how to improvise, but try to be prepared.<p>So you’re out in the wilderness, enjoying the fresh air and leaving civilization far behind, when suddenly your friend slips and—crack! Maybe he falls onto his outstretched hand, or she lands on her leg. Either way, you have a bad feeling a bone might …

A Word, Please: Grammar blog’s passive-voice advice was laughed at by experts

The great thing about being a grammar expert is you don't have to know anything about grammar to be one. Just launch a blog, say whatever you think is true and bask in the certainty that no one will ever call your bluff.<p>Until they do.<p>A few weeks ago, one of the copy editors in my social media feed …

We Mean Business: Twelve Agents Who Want to Read Your Work

To say there are a lot of literary agents out there is an understatement—almost like saying there are a lot of writers looking for an agent (but not …

Rocky worlds discovered by Kepler telescope are right distance from their parent stars for water to pool on the surface<p>Astronomers have added 219 candidates to the growing list of planets beyond our solar system, 10 of which may be about the same size and temperature as Earth, boosting their …

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This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence | Inc.com

Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her Christian faith.<p>Many readers know …

Creative Writing

If Proxima b has an atmosphere like Earth's, it might be habitable

A second Earth may orbit our nearest neighboring star, and according to new simulations, it may be comfortable for life as we know it. Maybe.<p>Proxima …

Astronomy

Dark Matter: Exploring Multiverse Theory in Fiction and Fact

In Blake Crouch’s novel <i>Dark Matter</i>, physics professor James Dessen is knocked unconscious by a masked abductor. When he comes to, he’s strapped to a …

'Astrophysics for People in a Hurry': Charlie Rose

On "Charlie Rose," a conversation with astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson. He is the director of the world-renowned Hayden Planetarium at the Museum …

A Whole New Jupiter

Early science results from NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, …

Breathtaking Pics From Cassini's Journey to Saturn

Cassini went out like a gangsta today; check out these images from its 20-year mission.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Do We Finally Have Evidence of the Multiverse?

For a long time, astronomers have hypothesized about parallel universes and ultimately the multiverse, but have never been able to prove the …

Mastodon Bone Findings Could Upend Our Understanding of Human History

Paleontologists have dug up a 130,000-year-old mastodon skeleton that looks like it was smashed apart by humans. But they found it in America, where people were not supposed to have arrived for another 100,000 years.<p>How could that have happened?<p>The researchers say they think early humans must have …

Anthropology

Mysterious cosmic explosion surprises astronomers studying the distant X-ray universe

A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained. This source likely …

Russian scholars unlock the secret of the mysterious Voynich manuscript - Russia Beyond

Mathematicians at the RAS Institute of Applied Mathematics concluded that the Voynich manuscript was written in two languages, except for the vowels, reported RIA Novosti.<p>The manuscript, which is kept at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, is an illustrated medieval codex …

Our Consciousness Is Just an Illusion, Scientists Say

In an infamous memo written in 1965, the philosopher Hubert Dreyfus stated that humans would always beat computers at chess because machines lacked …

47 Books You Should Add To Your Shelf, According To Poet Rupi Kaur

The provocative artist and poet shares her list.<p>Rupi Kaur has vision beyond her years.<p>At 24, the Indian-Canadian artist and poet decided to create a menstruation-themed photo series for a college project. She posted one now-famous photograph to Instagram, showing herself lying on a bed facing the …

Literary icons Colson Whitehead and George Saunders agree: Work on the one thing you’re scared of

Last year, Colson Whitehead’s <i>The Underground Railroad</i> was the talk of the literary town. It was published weeks head of schedule, Oprah endorsed it, and it won the US National Book Award for fiction. But Whitehead said recently that it was for years an intimidating project, one he was afraid to …

J.K. Rowling’s Top Tricks for Working Magic With Your Writing

One of the most miraculous aspects of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world is that it’s just so darn big. If you’re an aspiring author, you may wonder just …

A sympathetic biography argues for a feminist reappraisal of a tortured genius of American gothic<p>“One who raises demons,” the writer Shirley Jackson once observed, “must deal with them.” Whether fiction could raise demons and deal with them remained for her an open question, one that drives Ruth …

Books

Why You Should Consider Writing With an Omniscient Narrator

Today’s guest post is by Martin Cavannagh. Martin is a writer for Reedsy, a publishing network that helps educate authors and connect them with the …

Heisenberg's Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years

Discovering that our Universe was quantum in nature brought with it a lot of unintuitive consequences. The better you measured a particle’s position, the more fundamentally indeterminate its momentum was. The shorter an unstable particle lived, the less well-known its mass fundamentally was. Solid, …

Physics

This Could Be The First Observational Evidence That Our Early Universe Was Once a Hologram

Wha??<p>For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is - or once was - a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require …

Cuba is changing rapidly

Within a few months more has changed here than in the past few decades. Cuba, the last "socialist paradise" is opening up to the west - and thereby …

The 25 Most Anticipated Books by Women for 2017

Your guide to the most potent, relevant, and important fiction of the year.<p>Phew, 2016. We can't remember ever being so happy to see a year end, even as the next brings only uncertainty. There is one thing we know for sure, though: Misogyny has had far too big a public platform, in these past few …

Books

It is liberating and terrifying to write whatever comes into my head. The following morning, I read over it: it’s full of cliches<p>• From being happier to quitting sugar – how to achieve your goal<p>Ambition, people say, is an itch, begging to be realised. I’ve been intending to write a book for a …

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9 Thoughts On Visiting Cuba As An American

On Saturday I returned from a two day trip to Cuba, and boy was it interesting. I apologize for the lack of posts on Friday and Saturday, as I’ve …

The Best Books We Read in 2016

The Atlantic’s editors and writers share their favorite titles—new, classic, or somewhere in between—from a year of reading.<p><b>Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky</b><p><i>Roadside Picnic</i> is a book about aliens in which no aliens appear. Rather, one character hypothesizes, aliens seemed to have …

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The 13 best novels of 2016

2016 will go down in history as a year that changed America’s political landscape forever. And it gave us books that grapple with that changing landscape, fiercely and provocatively; books that delve deeply into the American identity and change the way we see it.<p>But it also gave us books that allow …

'Iraq + 100' Is Painful, But Don't Look Away

<i>Cool, they flee war zones, but the problem ain't ours</i><p><i>Even if our bombs landed on them like the Mayflower</i><p>-- Riz MC, "Immigrants," <i>Hamilton Mixtape</i><p>In a just world, every single person who was in favor of invading Iraq would have to read this book. It would be tattooed on the eyes of the invasion's …

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