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A 2016 TV Preview

A guide to the returning hits and new shows on network, cable, and streaming services<p>2015 may have spawned the phrase “Peak TV” thanks to an onslaught of shows in every format imaginable, but 2016 isn’t going to offer much respite. In the coming months, terrestrial networks, premium cable, and …

TV

A reading list to expand your mind

This year, we published stories that enlightened, moved and excited us. The BBC Future team share their personal favourites.<p><i>David Robson – Writer</i><p>My pick: How your eyes trick your mind<p>It's been a privilege to see my stories appear alongside the work of some really talented writers this year. Tom …

University of Cambridge

Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees

The tables in bookstores can be overwhelming: Every book cover looks appealing, every blurb glows with praise. Sometimes, you just need a …

53 Of The Best Opening Sentences In Literature

"All this happened, more or less." —Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut<p>2. "The war in Zagreb began over a pack of cigarettes."<p>—<i>Girl at War</i> by Sara Nović<p>3. "Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to …

25 Summer Essential Recipes You Should Master

Summer foods shouldn't be complicated—they don't need to be when so much is in season—it should just be good. We've gathered up 25 classic recipes to take you from Memorial Day to Labor Day.<p><b>Summer, man. It's back.</b> And with it comes long, warm days and nights that should be spent next to the grill, …

Cooking

11 amazing things that Portugal is known for

PROVING THAT PORTUGAL is so much more than Cristiano Ronaldo, Port wine, and Fado, here are 11 other pretty awesome things Portugal has given the …

Tens of Thousands of Nude Bodies Form a Floating Feather

All is not what it seems in this fascinating new work by artist Angelo Musco. Called <i>P1 (Aves)</i>, at first glance it looks like a digital photo of a floating feather but upon closer inspection you'll notice that the feather is made up of tens of thousands of nude bodies. Musco created this image by …

Art

V&A's What is Luxury? exhibition questions the value of objects

The What is Luxury? exhibition at London's V&A museum features over 100 "luxury" objects, from a diamond made out of roadkill to furniture and …

Luxury Lifestyle

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Books

Slovenia: Europe's outdoor adventure playground

The central European country of Slovenia packs an adventure-sports punch much greater than its diminutive size would suggest. The north of the country is dominated by towering mountain ranges that provide plentiful challenges for hikers and skiers. In the west, pure alpine streams strengthen as …

European Travel

Top 10 free things to do in Hamburg

Cosmopolitan, posh, naughty…Hamburg is many things, but one thing it’s not: cheap. To help you stretch your euros further, we’ve ferreted out some delicious bargains that have the bonus of letting you experience the city like a local. Skip the tourist traps and tourist tat and let us help you to …

European Travel

Combine Incompatible Ideas to Shift Perspective, with Jonathon Keats

The Art and Science of Failure

<i>We are excited to share a reading (and watching!) list on science and failure from guest contributor Louise Lief. In 2014 Louise Lief began the</i> …

Women in Science

What It Means for an Object to Be ‘Context Free’

In a recent piece for <i>Vice,</i> Jules Suzdaltsev discussed the ubiquity of white plastic chairs and what that ubiquity means for world culture amidst …

Revisiting Frida Kahlo’s Style and Cult of Personality

This year marks the 90th anniversary of the traumatic trolley accident that hospitalized artist Frida Kahlo and inspired, perhaps cruelly, her …

The Billionaires at Burning Man

For his 50th birthday, Jim Tananbaum, chief executive officer of Foresite Capital, threw himself an extravagant party at Burning Man, the annual …

Burning Man

The Dark Arts: A Corporate Espionage Reading List

Corporate espionage takes many forms and is known by a number of names. At its most benign, it’s “competitive-intelligence,” which is the kind of …

Hotels with Height: The World's Ten Best Treetop Stays

<i>By Kristen McKenzie, HotelsCombined.com</i><p>A treehouse sojourn is a memorable holiday that every avid traveler should add to their bucket list. From the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand, we've unearthed the planet's most incredible treetop escapes:<p><b>Tongabezi</b> …

New Zealand

5 Intimate Places to Hear Live Music in NYC

New York City is home to some of the world’s most famous music venues—Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing …

Live Music

Nicholas Negroponte: Nanobots in Your Brain Could Be the Future of Learning

25 reasons why Rome is one of the most beautiful cities in the world

Whether it’s your first trip or your twentieth, the Eternal City is sure to impress. From the ancient beauty of the Roman Colosseum to iconic sites …

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p>The countdown to Thanksgiving is officially on! If you're looking for a few out-of-the-box ideas for what to serve on Turkey Day -- be it hasselback …

5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong

<b>Mandarin Oranges</b><br>"I love how peeling an orange gives me sticky hands," said no one, ever. Which is why we're obsessed with this mess-free method from JewelPie. Just use a paring knife to slice off either end, cut a slit in the orange peel, and roll the whole thing out in a strip. We can't say for …

21 Snacks for Flat Abs

These guilt-free nibbles will leave you satisfied and bloat-free.<p>There's no reason to cut snacking out of your life just because you're trying to shed belly flat—but you <i>do</i> have to be smart about it. The saying "abs are made in the kitchen" exists for a reason. Enhance your efforts at the gym with …

In an age of distraction, find your stillness (Book trailer)

Top 10 Better Ways to Cook an Egg

Eggs are one of the most versatile—and nutritious—foods. In addition to the traditional ways you've been taught to cook and enjoy eggs, here are a …

Breakfast

Aromatic Pork and Noodle Soup

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Vietnamese pho is built on a long-simmered and aromatic stock infused with charred ginger and onion, spices, and fish sauce, ladled over rice noodles and most commonly served with thin slices of beef. This is not that. We borrowed the technique of …

Spices