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Readers recommend playlist: songs with great drumming

A reader bangs the drum for your cut-making suggestions, including songs from Elvis Costello, the Ronettes, Tool and Bob Marley<p><b>Here is this week’s playlist – songs picked by a reader from hundreds of suggestions on last week’s callout. Thanks for taking part. Read more about how our weekly series</b> …

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Corruption

Learn the Guitar Habits of Eddie Van Halen

If there was a Mount Rushmore of guitar players, I’m pretty sure Eddie Van Halen would be carved directly in the middle, with frazzled hair and a …

Fender Play doesn't judge -- it just teaches you guitar

If you ask Ethan Kaplan, chief product officer of digital at Fender, about the death of the electric guitar, he gets a bit incredulous. And it's easy to understand why. As he's quick to point out, "for some reason, there's still a guitar on every stage." But while he's adamant his company and the …

Guitar

Police kill bear hanging out near New Jersey beach town

A black bear wandering around a New Jersey beach town was killed by police over the weekend, sparking outrage on social media.<p>The bear was first …

New Jersey

Jimi Hendrix – 10 of the best

Nearly five decades on from his death, Hendrix’s guitar playing is still electrifying. Here are 10 key songs by a musician never equalled<p>Jimi Hendrix introduced himself to the world in December 1966, when he turned Hey Joe, a Los Angeles garage rock standard that had been a hit for the Leaves, into …

Guitar

Compulsive behaviour? It may make more sense than you think

Some compulsions are simply expressions of psychological needs we all feel<p>There are endless motivations for human behaviour, from the basic drives for food and sex to more complicated ones, such as compassion, envy and anger. But none of these explain behaviours that we feel irresistibly, often …

Underwater Photographer of the Year: Award-finning images from our oceans

The winners of the prestigious 2017 UK Underwater Photographer of the Year Competition have recently been announced and the winning photographs will …

The real problem with hypocrisy

What, exactly, is the problem with hypocrisy? When someone condemns the behaviour of others, why do we find it so objectionable if we learn he …

So much promise, so much disappointment: A Muslim bids farewell to president Obama

<b>President Barack Obama tours the Egypt's Great Sphinx of Giza (L) and the Pyramid of Khafre (Pete Souza/The White House)</b><p>American Muslims embraced this cosmopolitan leader with an Arabic middle name — but his actual record was mixed<p>Jalal Baig<p>January 21, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Before Barack Hussein Obama …

Religion

Easy Ways to Explore Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State

<i>Mount Rainier, Washington State's glorious stratovolcano, as seen from Reflection Lakes. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>If you've ever been to the city of Seattle and looked off into the distance on a nice day, you have undoubtedly seen a glimpse of Mount Rainier on the southern horizon rising like a …

The 15 best attractions in the USA

From the best art museums in America to the best national parks in the U.S., Americans clearly know a thing or two about monuments and historical …

The Top 10 Workout Songs of 2016

<i>Flickr: Mysza831</i><p>The most consistently striking aspect of this year's top workout songs is their consistently slower tempos. For many folks, "workout music" is interchangeable with "club music." To that end, it's natural that--as club music's emphasis has transitioned from high energy beats to …

Did illiterate Egyptian miners invent the alphabet?

Who invented the alphabet, and why?<p>First, the hard facts: The earliest evidence of what’s thought to be the world’s first alphabet is a group of 3,500-year-old inscriptions found in Egypt’s Sinai desert — a simplified form of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.<p>Scholars call the alphabet Proto-Sinaitic. …

If Your Boss Could Do Your Job, You’re More Likely to Be Happy at Work

“People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw. Our research suggests there’s truth behind this saying: bosses matter far more for employee job satisfaction than any other factor we measured. But what makes someone a great boss?<p>Studies of leaders often focus on their …

Employment

Are You an Animal Lover? Visit These 4 Unique Animal Parks in Japan! – Japan Info

There are many interesting and unique places to visit all across Japan. It is a beautiful country that is rich in natural resources, especially in …

3 Ways to Explore Lake Clark National Park in Alaska

Lake Clark is one of the National Park System's true gems--a large sliver of all of the best parts of Alaska rolled into one easy-to-get-to place. It is almost as if Mother Nature created it with explorers in mind, offering diverse environments for mountaineers, backpackers, paddlers, big-game …

This Stunning Image of Yosemite National Park Will Have You Do a Double Take

It puts a whole new perspective on a familiar natural sight.<p>Even if you've never been to Yosemite National Park, you have a good idea of what it looks like. There's majestic mountains, beautiful forests, and glassy expanses of water. But the latest viral optical illusion offers a whole new …

Isolate Toxic Employees to Reduce Their Negative Effects

We each have a much bigger effect — positive and negative — on one another’s emotions than we might think. In their book <i>Connected</i>, Harvard professor Nicholas Christakis and political scientist James Fowler show that happiness spreads not just between pairs of people but also from a person to his …

The Workplace

Who Is More Stoned, Martha Stewart or Snoop Dogg?

It's hard to decide in the first episode of their new cooking show.<p>As far as I can tell, Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg's friendship dates back to 2008 when he appeared on her show, cooked mashed potatoes, and taught her the definition of "fo' shizzle." Back then, the collaboration succeeded …

This Is the Best Ski Resort in the Alps, According to Travelers

For the second year in a row, Zermatt in Switzerland has been dubbed the best ski resort in the Alps.<p>The ranking comes from the Best Ski Resort …

Skiing

Read, browse, yell! The Cairo bookshop with a screaming room

Bab Aldonia offers paperbacks, coffee and a soundproofed area where you can shout your lungs out. In a country that takes a dim view of freedom of expression, could this primal-scream bibliotherapy take off?<p>‘Here’s a key; you can lock yourself in,” says regular screamer Mohammed el-Debbaby as he …

This Globe-Trotting Brain Surgeon Says Doctors Are Doing Medical Missions Wrong

"You can't just go down there, drop some money, do a photo-op, and come back," Rahul Jandial says about doctors who travel to hospitals in poor countries.<p>Rahul Jandial is one of those people who makes you feel bad about what you've done with your time on Earth. Now 43, Jandial became both a brain …

Physiology

Sounds of the Arab Spring at Beethovenfest

The Arab Spring has changed the Middle East in many ways - and had on effect on the lives of musicians. Six composers from Arab countries met at the …

Middle East

Aleppo strikes trap children in rubble

<b>(CNN) —</b> Bloodied toddlers wail on a hospital bed. Rescuers pull a baby from rubble, unsure whether the child will survive.<p>The latest videos from rebel-held eastern Aleppo purportedly show scenes from a nightmare that a joint US-Russian peace plan was supposed to resolve.<p>Instead, there's been more …

Middle East

The 100-Year-Old Carve-Up Bleeding the Middle East Today

How two men, one British, one French, got together and drew a new map – betraying promises and inventing nations like Syria and Iraq. And left a mess …

10 of the least-visited US national parks

With US national parks such as Yosemite and Yellowstone facing overcrowding, we take a look at 10 beautiful but little-known parks where you’re more likely to see a bear, moose or ‘champion tree’ than another human. Tell us about your experiences in less-trodden parks by clicking the Witness button …

50 Charming American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

Hit the roads less traveled.<p>When you plan a vacation, most people tend to go to more popular places, right? It's usually cities they've read about or towns and attractions that have been recommended by friends and family. But that's about to change, because there are plenty of small towns in …

New England

Israel's Netanyahu celebrates warming ties with Sisi's Egypt

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday praised warming relations with Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who ousted an Islamist government seen as hostile to ties between the neighbors.<p>Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly …

Middle East