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J.K. Rowling Shares How *Harry Potter* and *Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them* Are Connected

This weekend, as <i>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</i> premiered nationwide, countless Muggles took to the theaters to get a glimpse of the magical creatures that magizoologist Newt Scamander had packed in his suitcase. But even though <i>Harry Potter</i> fans were delighted with the new film, it appears …

Fantastic Beasts

15 writing tips from great 20th-century authors

Although bloggers and novelists have different roles, we've gathered some favorite writing tips from outstanding authors of the 20th century.<p>Their …

Creative Writing

The normalization of Donald Trump began in “1984”: How George Orwell’s Newspeak has infected the news media

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>The mainstream media has been complicit in a dangerous rebranding of Trump, his associates and their views<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>November 21, 2016 12:59pm (UTC)<p>The poet Maya Angelou wisely observed, “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”<p>In keeping with his fascist …

Donald Trump

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 43 – My Early Life: A Roving Commission by Winston Churchill (1930)

Churchill delights with candid tales of childhood and boy’s own adventures in the Boer war that made him a tabloid hero<p>Winston Churchill is renowned as an archetypal Great Briton (statesman, war leader, speechmaker and political maverick), with all the good and bad associations of such a …

Literature

Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it's complicated.<p>Coffee is among the most …

IS counterattacks from populated zones

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi special forces cleared buildings on Saturday in neighborhoods they entered in eastern Mosul a day earlier, losing some ground in …

7 daily habits that can unlock your creativity, according to science

Even if you don't think you're the "creative type," don't assume you can ignore this skillset, or that you can't become creative too.<p>60% of CEOs polled by IBM agreed that creativity was the most important skill to possess in a leadership role, because can help us solve problems and respond to …

Hippocrates' theory linking pain and weather could be right, say scientists

It is nearly 2,500 years since the Greek physician Hippocrates noticed a connection between pain and the weather, but scientists have shown that it may well be true.<p>Researchers at Manchester University spent months tracking thousands of people who suffer from conditions like arthritis, back pain …

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U.S. Will Welcome 10,000th Syrian Refugee Ahead of Schedule

The U.S. will admit its 10,000th Syrian refugee on Monday, a month ahead of the goal the Obama administration set when it sought to receive more …

Hillary Clinton

Tonight, See A Rare Close Encounter Between Venus And Jupiter

The planets will not be this close again until 2065.<p>Tonight, a rare conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter will appear in the western skyline about half an hour after sundown. The two planets will appear to be so close together (less than half of a degree apart in the sky) that in some places …

An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

I recently received in the mail a small cardboard box, solidly constructed and colored a subtle metallic gray, from the future. ELYSIUM HEALTH was …

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

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Facebook and Microsoft to build 4,000-mile underwater internet cable from US to Europe

A massive data cable is to be built across the Atlantic running from Virginia Beach in the United States to Bilbao in Spain.<p>The project, announced by Microsoft and Facebook, is the latest in a series of major cable projects which have become necessary because of the growing demand for internet …

The next time someone tells you robots are going to destroy our jobs, show them this

Studies like these usually generate headlines like "Robots are putting people out to pasture" (the Mail), "After the robot revolution, these may be the only jobs left for human beings" (The Telegraph), and "Robots will steal your job" (er, Business Insider).<p>I, for one, welcome our new robot …

Half-Life 3: Valve adds suspicious code to Dota 2

A set of text files uploaded to Dota 2 by developer Valve may suggest what's to come for the long-awaited Half-Life 3. SteamDB noticed a strange file …

Doctor In Gaza Invents 3D-Printable, Cost-Effective Stethoscope

The goal is self-sufficiency for Palestinian hospitals facing a supply shortage.<p>Eight years since a blockade was imposed on the Gaza Strip, hospitals in the Palestinian territory have faced shortages of basic medical supplies and international donors have not followed through on their pledges to …

Blind cave fish evolved a shrunken brain to save energy

The Mexican tetra lost its eyes - as well as a significant portion of its brain - to ensure survival in a subterranean environment<p>At some point back in deep time, a group of fish were washed into a limestone cave somewhere in northeastern Mexico. With no way out and little more than bat droppings …

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Russian troops already in Syria, Israel says

Russia has been sending military forces into Syria in recent days, Israel's defense chief announced Thursday, as Moscow hinted at broader action to …

The Sex In Romance Novels Isn't Sexy, But Here's What Is

The sex in Girl on the Train is some of the best I've ever read — and it's barely there.<p>I didn’t think I needed much for a sex scene to turn me on, but after trying, really trying, to delve into “literary” romance novels, feminist romance, erotic fiction, and steampunk paranormal romance, I became …

How to Write Compelling Fiction That Readers Can't Put Down

It's no longer acceptable to expect your reader to get ten - or even five - pages in before they are pulled in to your story. With so much …

Why Freezing Didn't Keep Sushi Tuna Safe From Salmonella

A recent outbreak of <i>Salmonella</i> in frozen tuna might have sushi lovers wondering if it's safe to eat that raw fish.<p>The outbreak in question began in California in March. All told, it sickened 65 people in 11 states. There were 35 cases in California, with another 18 in Arizona and New Mexico. The …

Microsoft's HoloLens will ship to developers 'within the next year'

Microsoft will release "V1" of its HoloLens virtual reality headset sooner rather than later. CEO Satya Nadella said that the first developer version of the hologram-projecting device will come out "within the next year" during a video interview with the BBC this week. He added that V1 will be …

Asteroid swings very near Earth: Are you up for a midnight viewing?

An asteroid five football fields wide will make a near-Earth flyby on Monday, and you may be able to see it at the witching hour with a pair of strong binoculars.<p>Late Monday -- particularly at midnight -- will be prime time for trying to catch a glimpse of asteroid 2004 BL86, said the Jet …

How do you break your penis?

Erections are fascinating things. Did you know the little blighters even occur in the womb? And that men well into their nineties report fully functioning trouser salutes? Something to look forward to then, along with the free bus pass.<p>They can also lead to all sorts of mishaps – the type of …