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7 Great Short Stories for Writers

Stories to Read and Study if You Want to Write Short Fiction<p>If you want to be a writer, you have to be a reader first. Here are seven stories that I …

Creative Writing

Bees Are Now Officially On The U.S. Endangered Species List

So, this is bad news<p>In what is obviously terrible news for anyone familiar with cinematic classic <i>Bee Movie</i> (and, you know, in possession of a minimum degree of knowledge with regard to overall environmental health), it's been announced that a species of bumble bee will be placed on the endangered …

Conservation

You Can Be Happy and Lonely at the Same Time

Thanks to the proliferation of digital technologies, never has it been so easy and inexpensive to reach — pretty much anywhere and at any time — …

How To Be A Better Photographer In 2017

The dreaded 2016 has come to an end and from the ashes has risen a brand new year filled with creative opportunity. Everyone wants to be better this …

Motivation

4 Easy Steps to Redesign Your Life

You don't need prior design experience to find inspiration in the everyday.<p>There is a myth that to be truly creative you need no process. False! Actually process is what separates truly creative people, repeat creatives, from the rest. In our studio, we have a rallying cry: TRUST THE PROCESS!<p>My …

Sesame Street

Lingo Live raises $5.2 million to help employees become truly fluent

Tech startups have tried to make language learning possible without human tutors since way back in the 90s when CD-ROMs and Rosetta Stone were state-of-the-art. The rise of social media and smartphones inspired a new wave of language learning apps like Duolingo, OKPanda, or Lingua.ly, to name a …

Happy Couples Have These 6 Things in Common—Do You?

I've always been staunchly against the idea that you should change yourself to please someone else, but I'll admit that this year my perspective …

8 Sources of Strength Powerful Enough to Overcome the Fears Holding You Back

To avoid failure, acknowledge and compensate for your weaknesses. To achieve great success, discover and build on your strengths.<p>7 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What are your powers? Few of us are focused on what our powers are, let alone practicing or leading …

Self-improvement

Is 2017 Your Year To Write And Publish A Book?

Should you write a book this year? Do you have an idea that you’re convinced the world needs to read about? Consider the strange experience of Mr. Franz Kafka.<p>Apparently Kafka became obsessed as a young man with the idea of writing travel guides that would give real, detailed advice about the …

A scientist shares his lonely battle to withdraw from painkillers | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Travis Rieder spent more than four weeks in hospitals and nearly lost his foot after a van ran a stop sign and struck his motorcycle on Memorial Day weekend in 2015.<p>Rieder, 35, a research scientist at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore, considers himself …

America is in the middle of its worst drug epidemic ever. Obamacare’s repeal could make it worse.

A new analysis found 2.8 million people with drug use disorders would lose access to treatment if Obamacare is repealed.<p>America is currently mired in the worst drug epidemic in history, as tens of thousands die every year from overdoses linked to opioid painkillers, synthetic opioids, and heroin. …

Health Care

Treat Yourself Like an Addict to Get Out of Your Own Way in 2017

Every person has habits that keep them from the best version of themselves. These habits are blind-spots and subtle addictions.<p>You may have already created your goals for the year and feel like you are off to a great start. One thing you may not have considered in your goal setting process is how …

addict

Apartment with the slide | Kateryna Goriaieva

Customers’ wishes: “We have enough activities and problems away from home, at home we rest. However, apartment design shouldn’t absolutely be dull or …

Bryan Cranston Steals The Show In James Corden's Spoof Kanye West Soap Opera

Introducing... “The Bold And The Lyrical."<p>“The Bold And The Lyrical” is 2017’s most gripping (spoof) soap opera.<p>On “The Late Late Show,” Bryan Cranston, Giovanni Ribisi and James Corden used lyrics from Kanye West songs to win Jessica Biel’s heart. Except Cranston sometimes took the words a little …

Follow Gandalf's Journey in These Stunning New Lord of the Rings Posters

One of the many reasons why <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy, in both book and movie form, is so good is the characters. Each hero, villain, and …

Mario's newest game seems a whole lot like 'Grand Theft Auto,' at least to the internet

That Italian plumber has finally moved to the big city. And oh, the crimes that he will commit.<p>During Nintendo's Jan. 12 press conference on its …

Luxury solar yacht is just as spectacular as we anticipated

"We can confirm that we do have an unlimited range only powered by the solar roof, during a normal sunny day and a cruising speed between 6-7 kn" …

Sailing

How Mindfulness Helps To Get You Through Tough Times And Increase Resiliency

Life is full of unexpected turns. When faced with difficulties, such as an illness, death, divorce, job loss, failures or other painful life events, it can feel disorienting and you may feel as though the ground beneath you is no longer stable.<p>I recall attending a day-long silent meditation retreat …

Mindfulness

13 cultural references that made Friday the 13th unlucky

Through myths, books and films, Friday the 13th has become an unusual day — even for those who aren't superstitious. The makers of the same-named …

7 Ways To Not Fall Back Into Bad Habits In February 2017

Stay focused, the year just started.<p>Setting goals is easy. Following through with them is hard.<p>At the end of December, I wrote a lot about the importance of reflection, auditing the past year, and the practice of setting realistic and stretch goals for the year to come.<p>However, this is usually the …

setclear

Here's What Losing Sleep Does to Your Heart

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> TIME.<p>The case for getting enough sleep is growing stronger. In a new study, researchers find that sleep …

Netflix now allows you to download movies offline

Netflix unveils plan to let you take your binge with you when you go offline<p>Netflix announced on Wednesday morning that they will now make it possible for viewers to watch their favorite shows even when they don't have access to the Internet.<p>"While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve …

Are 10-Year Marriage Contracts The Best Way To Keep Your Relationship Going Strong?

The idea of getting married for a limited period of time may sound like something out of a dystopian YA novel where characters named something like Oren and Skylark fight a terrifying shadow government that outlaws love and freedom — but according to one relationship guru, it may be time to do away …

Divorce

The Top Four Mistakes That Make Business Leaders Awful Storytellers

“Sorry, let me just tell a quick story” is the fastest way to lose your audience before you even begin.<p>If “storytelling” is a common buzzword in the business world, it’s for good reason–narratives make for effective communication. But the practice has become a victim of its own success. Suddenly, …

Customer Service

A graphic history of sex: ‘There is no gene that drives sexuality. All sexuality is learned’

Changes in sexuality over time have made the modern family what it is. What next? Homa Khaleeli asks the authors of a groundbreaking graphic guide, The Story of Sex<p>Philip Larkin famously announced that sexual intercourse began in 1963 (“Between the end of the ‘Chatterley’ ban / And the Beatles’ …

Anthropology

Tesla's Invisible Solar Panels Are a Big Deal to Suburbanite Homeowners

We’ll only save the world if we can look good doing it.<p>Last night, Elon Musk announced he would save the world in style. At a 20 minute press conference the Tesla CEO announced both the Powerwall 2.0 solar battery and a new way to charge it—solar-powered roof tiles.<p>Tesla's new roofing tiles look …

This £20,000 chair is designed to make you feel weightless

Now, being British, we all like a nice sit down – it’s in our genes. However, WIRED has tried out a new chair that claims to simulate weightlessness …

19 Chocolate and Pumpkin Desserts to Sweeten Up Your Autumn Day

During the fall, pumpkin recipes are <i>obviously</i> the go-to dessert choice for most people. But let’s face it: You can never officially say goodbye to chocolate. Instead of choosing between the two, bring them both together with perfectly balanced pumpkin chocolate treats. Think about it — how much …

Pixar's New Short Film Is Definitely Not For Kids

It's pretty dark.<p>The beauty of Pixar films is that although they're targeted at children, there's usually something in it for larger humans too, as was the case with features like <i>Up</i>, <i>Toy Story</i>, and <i>Finding Nemo,</i> but we've always wanted to know what an actual adult-themed animation from them would …

These Shape-Shifting Solar Panels Can Be Disguised As Tile Or Shingles

The technology would let historic or protected buildings install “invisible” solar panels.<p>Solar panels can drastically bring down the energy footprint of any building on which they are installed. But existing solar panels can’t be used just anywhere. These flat, fragile, and transparent panels are …

Clean Energy