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9 Things You Need To Know About Anderson Cooper's Documentary With His Mom

The HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid delves into the long life of Gloria Vanderbilt, who was born into wealth, fame, and tragedy — with her son Anderson Cooper asking the questions.<p>The documentary <i>Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper</i> takes its audience through Vanderbilt's …

Two Libyan soldiers jailed for raping man in Cambridge

Moktar Ali Saad Mahmoud and Ibrahim Abugtila sentenced to 12 years each for raping and aiding and abetting the rape of the man in his 20s<p>Two Libyan soldiers stationed in the UK who acted like “hunting dogs” have each been sentenced to 12 years in jail for raping a man in Cambridge.<p>Moktar Ali Saad …

Crime

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

Books

10 inspiring female writers you need to read

As a response to Gay Talese’s failure to name any inspirational female writers, we asked our readers to explain why and how these authors changed their lives<p>‘Maybe he needs to read more widely’: authors respond to Gay Talese<p>It is hard to believe that this piece is still necessary. We long for the …

Literature

We Asked People at the Library What They're Doing There

In six years, 350 libraries have closed in the UK, with another 111 due to be axed within the next 12 months. We asked who still uses libraries, and what for?<p>Over the last six years, almost 350 libraries in the UK have been forced to close because of drastic cuts to local authority spending. These …

Libraries

The Late Movies: 10 Great Documentaries You Can Watch Right Now (on Netflix)

If you haven't discovered Netflix and its instant streaming feature yet, it's pretty magical. I watch so many more movies now because of it -- and …

Baseball

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

Essential Oils

Owning a cat can lead to mental health problems, study warns

If you're prone to sudden bursts of anger, it could be your cat's fault.<p>A new study has found that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED) - characterised by explosive bouts of rage - are twice as likely to have been infected by a parasite found in cat faeces.<p>The findings suggest that …

Aliette de Bodard picks up two sci-fi awards for 'startlingly original fiction'

Writer is the first to win best novel and best short story at British Science Fiction Association ceremony in the same year<p>Aliette de Bodard has scooped an unprecedented two British Science Fiction Association awards, for best novel and best short story.<p>It is the first time a writer has taken the …

Books

Nurturing steps help build good relationships

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H Hopson and Ted Hagen/Tribune News Service<p>Do you wonder why your marriage or a friendship has fallen apart?<br>One reason …

Relationships

The Ectomorph Workout Program: Building Muscle for the 'Skinny Guy'

When it's game time, are you usually the last one picked? Are you often referred to as the "skinny guy?" Can you eat massive amounts of food and …

Michael Phelps

Apitherapy: The Many Benefits of Bee Products

Apitherapy is the art of using bee products – everything from honey to venom – to have more energy and to control your biology. Modern science is now …

The best science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Eric Brown on Radiance by Catherynne M Valente, Eleanor by Jason Gurley, Empire V by Victor Pelevin, A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab and Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky<p>In <b>Radiance</b> (Corsair, £16.99), her first adult novel for four years, Catherynne M Valente posits an absurdist alternative …

Books

The Fascinating Origin Stories of 7 Famous Novels

These days, everyone knows what an origin story is thanks to superhero movies and comic books. We’ve now seen multiple iterations of the origin story …

Literature

Solar powering your home? An accountant and an economist weigh in

This past year, our family's combined monthly electric and gas utility bill hit $500 for the first time. It wouldn't be the last. In fact, even though we use roughly the same amount of energy we always have — perhaps even less — exorbitant energy costs appear to be the new normal for us.<p>This …

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

Self-help

Book Review: The Secret Language Of Your Birthday

The study of astrology has been a part of our human culture dating at least as far back as the 2nd millenium BCE. These elaborate systems chart the …

What I Learned When People Judged My Bisexual Boyfriend

I was tired of people telling me my relationship wasn't real and people like my significant other didn't exist.<p>"Bisexuality in men isn't real. They didn't evolve that way."<p>"Really? Because my boyfriend's bisexual," I responded.<p>"Oh, I mean, I don't doubt that he actually <i>likes</i> you. I just think …

19 Books That Are Brutally Honest About Mental Health

Memoirs, YA, essays and more.

Survival of the prettiest: The strange power of attractive people

From picking mates to choosing politicians, new research says society’s bias toward attractiveness has ugly results<p>As the owner of a boutique …

How to Develop the Four Primary Skills of All Meditation

Emancipation or freedom from slavery and bondage is ultimately what the human spirit craves. From the perspective of your spirit, slavery encompasses …

Meditation

Internet Heroine Brené Brown Wows SXSW

When Dr. Brené Brown made a speech about vulnerability that would go on to become the fourth most-viewed TED talk, it was “an accident… and I didn’t know they were recording it,” she said.<p>Brown’s passionate explanation of vulnerability had struck a cord and turned her into a star. Recorded at …

Special Forces

Canadian Guy Defies Gender Stereotypes With Sensual Countryside ‘Dudeoir’ Photoshoot

We are used to the boudoir photo shoots that feature women, but Canadian photographer Masika May wants to change the perspective. She offers you an …

Stereotypes

Microdosing: A Creativity And Energy Enhancer For The Business World

Businessmen, entrepreneurs, engineers, programmers, techies, and an entire overall subculture of career oriented, forward moving individuals in their …

San Francisco Bay

How Talking About Kinky Sex Ended My 4 Year Relationship

There was a reason we preferred to keep our distance.<p>When you've been with someone on-and-off for 4 years like I have, it's easy to think you know exactly what they like during sex. Actually, though, many couples struggle to tell their partners what they want in bed, especially if it's kind of …

Relationships

These 7 American Cities Will Compete for $40 Million to Create Transportation Utopias

The US government is offering seven cities a remarkable challenge: reinvent urban transportation for the 21st century, with a particular focus on …

Urban Design

10 feminist books to read after you've gotten through the classics

Literature has always been the foundation of the feminist movement. Since the 18th century, when Mary Wollstonecraft wrote A <i>Vindication of the Rights</i> …

Researchers Show How Depression Affects Your Body

Anyone who has suffered from depression knows that in many ways it feels like a physical sickness, clouding the entire body and affecting every cell. …

Depression