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The woman who dissected the absurdity of racism through science fiction

Science fiction allowed for freedom, the legendary writer Octavia E. Butler believed.<p>“There are no closed doors, no walls. The only rule is, if you use science, you should use it accurately,” she told Charlie Rose in 2000, when asked why she chose to write in the genre. “You can look at, examine, …

Science Fiction

Fall 2018 Announcements: Mysteries Thrillers

Spies abound this season, from a young Shakespeare who serves the English cause in Venice to a contemporary Syrian boy who has vital information for …

Books

Study suggests your adulthood self-esteem has its roots in the way you were raised as a child

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettStudies of identical and non-identical twins indicate that our self-esteem is influenced by the genes we inherited from our …

Psychology

10 Best Mirrorless Cameras Under $1000

1. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II<p><b>Megapixels:</b> 16• <b><br>Weight:</b> 16.4 ounces• <b><br>The high points:</b> Fantastic sensor, fast autofocus, image stabilization, beautiful …

Cameras

Best food markets in London

Looking for the best street food markets in London? We've rounded up the best ones across the city, whether you want Yorkshire Burrito wraps in …

England

In modern science fiction, religion plays a vital, secular role

It's easy to think that science fiction and religion are anathemas to each other. Science fiction is, after all, about imagining a scientifically …

Science Fiction

Smartphone photography tips: 16 handy tricks you should know

Smartphone cameras have improved dramatically in the last few years, owing to better sensors and smarter image processing. Heck, the multi-camera revolution has also yielded better zoom and depth-of-field effects hitherto unknown to smartphone photography.<p>Nevertheless, having a great camera is only …

Mobile Photography

A Neuroscientist Says Video Games Positively Affect the Brain in Two Ways

They may not be fun for everyone, but they do help the brain in at least two ways.<p>Neuroscientist Ph.D. Shannon Odell says playing video games can …

The Brain

Extreme Stress During Childhood Stunts a Crucial Type of Learning For Years Afterwards

We need to keep them safe.<p>Each year, more than 6 million children in the United States are referred to Child Protective Services for abuse or neglect.<p>…

Psychology

Don’t Buy A DSLR

You want to get more into photography. You’ve got somewhere between a few and several hundred dollars to spend on a camera. You want to learn a …

Cameras

Why Trump Keeps Creating Crises

He needs them to maintain his support.<p>It’s easy to survey the last 10 days in America and be flabbergasted at President Trump’s tendency to inflict politically bruising crises on himself. I know this because I had just that reaction on Wednesday, trying to make sense of his abrupt signing of an …

Donald Trump

12 Easy Skillet Dinner Ideas When You Need to Keep It Simple

We'd be hard-pressed to think of a meal better-suited to weeknight cooking than a one-skillet dish. These recipes are easy to prep, easy to clean, …

Cooking

Sticky Texan-style BBQ beef short ribs

Step 1<p>Preheat a covered barbecue on low. (Alternatively, preheat oven to 150C.) Place ribs in a shallow roasting pan.<p>Step 2<p>Combine cumin, paprika, …

BBQ

Children’s and teens roundup: the best new picture books and novels

The stand-out title this month is a picture book, <b>Julian Is a Mermaid</b> by Jessica Love (Walker). When Julian sees three women dressed as mermaids, he wants to be one too; but how will his Nana react? In this bravura feat of understated storytelling, the richness of Julian’s day-to-day reality and …

Books

Brits are finding it’s hard to leave the European Union

Britain will mark this weekend the second anniversary of its vote for Brexit, and it’s learned one thing for sure: It’s a lot easier to get into …

Great Britain

Coconut Muffins Recipe

"A very simple muffin recipe. Try them with your favorite hot beverage for an early morning treat. Quick note: if using sweetened coconut, eliminate …

Recipes

AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

Machine Learning

Massive Genetic Study Finds Many Links Between Various Psychiatric Illnesses

An excavation of a million people’s genes has provided some interesting clues to how several common psychiatric disorders might arise, including …

The Brain

Anthony Bourdain’s Greatest Triumph Was Calling B.S. on French Food

It took more than a century but who can now seriously believe that French chefs have no equal? Bourdain’s one-man odyssey to Parts Unknown finally …

French Food

Author Matt Haig on switching off: ‘I was crumbling under a tech overload… So I disconnected’

I was stressed out. I was walking around in circles, staring at my phone, trying to win an argument on Twitter. And my wife Andrea was looking at me. Or I think Andrea was looking at me. It was hard to tell, as I was looking at my phone. ‘What’s up?’ she asked, in the kind of despairing voice that …

Mind

Wow Your Book Club With 1 of These 50 New Book Suggestions

Want to impress your book club with a read everyone will like? We're here to help you find a book that every member will rave about. We've rounded up a list of 50 new books to bring to the table, all ripe for discussion and many that might be totally new to your members.<p>Whether your group favors …

Books

The 15 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In California

California dreamin' hard.<p>The Golden State stretches 840 miles long, boasting a truly diverse range of geography. Whether you want to hit the beach, the desert, the mountains, or even an urban city, you can find it all among these most-gorgeous-of-all destinations. Who's down for a road trip?!

California

The Best Casserole Recipe from Every State

Take a bite out of the best casserole recipes in the country.<p>Casseroles are comfort food at its finest. To celebrate our favorite casseroles, we …

Cooking

Childhood Virus May Have a Role In Alzheimer’s Disease

Despite decades of research, scientists have made little progress in halting Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. But researchers may have …

Dementia

6 ‘inter-dimensional time portals’ in London you never noticed

The anonymous author of the Portals of London blog offers a mix of fact and supernatural fiction with his surreal take on the city’s temporal …

Watches

A Definitive Ranking of the Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin

I’ve long referred to Ursula K. Le Guin my literary grandmother, a polestar of my understanding of fiction, fantasy, and the world itself. When I …

Books

Why Kids Say They Love Fairy Tales

Almost any young person can tell you the basic plot of <i>Cinderella</i> or <i>Hansel & Gretel</i> or <i>Little Red Riding Hood</i>. What is it about this genre of stories …

Kids

Spend a summer's evening at London's 5 best street-food markets

Open-air food markets have become a new genre of summer entertainment, with late opening hours and a festival atmosphere. From bao buns in west …

England

Brexit: this poll reveals a sad truth about Britain and Northern Ireland

Recent polling from Conservative peer Michael Ashcroft suggests that two-thirds of pro-Brexit voters would rather leave the Customs Union than avoid …

Northern Ireland

14 Meals You Can Make for Company That Won’t Break Your Diet

These reader recommendations are perfect for a crowd.<p>You’ve successfully followed your diet while keeping your family fed as well. But what happens …

Cooking