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Armchair archaeology: find lost civilisations using your laptop

Ever fancied making like Indiana Jones and searching for ancient treasures? Now you can do it in your pyjamas<p>Indiana Jones had to eat chilled monkey brains, escape from snake pits and punch Nazis. I’m at home in my pyjamas, looking at blurry bits of ground and using 90 seconds of training to click …

Finding a lost city, and also a flesh-eating illness, with Douglas Preston

Abandoned cities, deadly snakes, and flesh-eating diseases<p>In January, author Douglas Preston released his latest book, <i>The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story</i>. In 2015, Preston had been part of an expedition to Honduras that located an unexplored city deep in the rain forests of the country, …

Art of the one-liner: wit and grit for a deadly hit

And why the late, great Carrie Fisher deserves to join Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx and Dorothy Parker as one of the genre’s most brilliant exponents<p>For a while, I had the perfect tagline on my dating profile, and it was all thanks to the wit of Carrie Fisher: “Instant gratification takes too long.”<p>It …

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Improve Your Creative Writing By Practicing the Art of the Dirty Joke

Creative writing is a unique beast among writers. You can get swept away writing out every detail of a room, or stuff your stories with characters …

7 Wonders Of The World | Ancient And Modern 7 Wonders

<b>The list of the original 7 wonders of the world dates back over 2000 years. They were the most notable man-made structures known to the Ancient</b> …

The seven books that won’t be in your high school English curriculum, but you should definitely read

I sometimes wonder if the worst possible way to raise a lifelong reader is to expose them to high school English classes. It’s not that these …

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8 steps you should take if you want to write a book

But publishing isn't the hardest part of writing a book. Not even close. It's the writing.<p>If you're not a full-time writer, living in a cabin in the woods, how will you actually write your book?<p>How will you do the work of writing when the demands of real life threaten to overwhelm your already busy …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

10 Daily Habits Of The Most Successful Entrepreneurs

Objection: What Film Gets Wrong About Criminal Law

Each chapter of Adam Benforado's captivating new book could be an episode of "Law & Order": the nineteen-year-old who falsely confessed to a brutal …

History’s Most Creative Paintings, Determined By Algorithm

What’s freaky is, the computer sort of gets things right.<p>A pair of computer scientists at Rutgers University has developed an algorithm that they claim is capable of discerning true artistic creativity from the stuff that just happens to be in a museum. Good news! It’s totally fine for you to love …

Creative writing lessons from Patricia Highsmith

Highsmith’s book Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction is an inspiring primer for budding psycho-crime novelists<p>Earlier this month, Reading group contributor Mmeritt1 recommended Patricia Highsmith’s book Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction. It is “edifying and inspirational”, s/he wrote. And …

How To Be A Beer Snob In One Simple Chart

When it comes to beer, there's a great big world out there, and it can seem overwhelming and confusing if you don't know what lies beyond Bud Light (and trust us, a <i>lot</i> lies beyond Bud Light).<p>We put together this handy chart to give even the most novice of beer drinkers a craft beer crash course. …

Craft Beer

The Four Stages of Homebrewing

After a post busting homebrewing myths, I wanted to put together something a bit more positive. So I came up with four sets of brewing …

City of the future sinks into the ocean

Japanese firm devises plan for an Ocean Spiral community that descends nine miles to the seabed<p>With dry land increasingly at a premium, a Japanese construction company has come up with a plan to sink a spiralling city into the depths of our oceans.<p>Each Ocean Spiral will be home to about 5,000 …

How Iron Man's Arc Reactor (Probably) Works

Since the <i>Iron Man</i> arc reactor is a fictitious device, and it has no <i>official</i> scientific explanation in the Iron Man canon that I'm aware of, we might …

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