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10 more great books from 2018 to catch up on, by genre

The Best of the Rest

Fans of The Expanse May Have Annoyed Amazon Into Bringing the Show Back

Within hours of Syfy canceling <i>The Expanse</i>, diehard fans of the space opera swarmed the internet to make as much noise as they possibly could about …

Science Fiction

‘Aquaman’ Trailer: First Reaction Surfaces

The first reaction from Warner Bros.’ yet-to-drop <i>Aquaman</i> trailer has surfaced online.<p>Russian website <i>KinoMetro.ru</i> gave a brief description of the …

When you write your will, don’t mess this up

Two chores that most people gladly put off: The first is writing a will—and the second is updating it to reflect changed circumstances. Either way, …

Quick reads: 10 short, classic books for those with little time on their hands

<b>Seeing as everyone these days is so busy, it seems timely to compile a ‘no-excuses’ list of short classic books that you can read under one …

Books

Will Iain M. Banks’s Bonkers Space Opera Novels Work On Screen?

Last week, Amazon announced it will be adapting <i>Consider Phlebas</i>, the first book in Iain Banks’s acclaimed space opera Culture novels. On Twitter, CEO …

These First Images From the Scifi Film Prospect Are Very Intriguing

Written and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell, <i>Prospect</i> is about a father and daughter (<i>Transparent</i>’s Jay Duplass and newcomer Sophie Thatcher) …

2 of the loneliest characters in literature find companionship in Pride and Prometheus

Jane Austen and Mary Shelley get Frankensteined together in John Kessel’s achingly sincere new novel.<p>So the nerdy sister from <i>Pride and Prejudice</i> and Frankenstein’s monster walk into a bar...<p>That is more or less the premise of John Kessel’s <i>Pride and Prometheus</i>, which sees Mary Bennet, the dourest of …

15 new science fiction and fantasy books to read this March

I’ve been working to sprinkle in some non-science fiction and fantasy books into my to-read list lately. To that end, I picked up Brian Merchant’s <i>The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone</i>, and I’ve been working my way through it whenever I have a couple of spare minutes. It’s a fascinating …

You Can Find the Gravitational Constant with String and a Mountain

There are quite a few fundamental constants. These are things like the speed of light (<i>c</i>) the charge on an electron (<i>e</i>), and the Planck constant (<i>h</i>). …

The No. 1 TED Talk of All Time Teaches a Remarkably Important Lesson in Intelligence

It has close to 50 million views ... and infinite wisdom.<p>The most-viewed TED Talk of all time is more than a decade old. This is not just a testament to its popularity at the time, but the longevity of its relevance.<p>It's called "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" and it has been viewed over 49 million …

TED Talks

The depression diet: Is our food influencing our mood?

A new study from researchers at Rush University Medical Center has found that people following a healthy diet designed to reduce their risk of …

A photographer who took pictures with people she met on Tinder and pretended to love revealed a lot about true intimacy

The product of her search is a breathtaking project titled Lifeconstruction, a series of photographs that show Hyld embracing, kissing, and spending time with various individuals. While their intimate poses may suggest that these people are Hyld's lovers or longtime partners, they're actually all …

‘Annihilation’ on Netflix: Moviegoers Need to Take Responsibility For Paramount’s Controversial Deal

Alex Garland's science-fiction thriller was a box office dud in the U.S., but it's not Paramount's fault these kind of movies are a hard …

Science Fiction

5 Classic Occult Books to Bring Out Your Inner Warlock

In the grand scale of things, <i>The Kybalion</i> isn’t what you’d call a particularly ancient text: The first edition of this mystical work appeared on …

How to extract text from a PDF or image in Google Drive

If you're wanting to convert an image into text, Google Docs has a powerful Optical Character Recognition feature built right in. Here's how to make …

Laser Scans Reveal Maya "Megalopolis" Below Guatemalan Jungle

A vast, interconnected network of ancient cities was home to millions more people than previously thought.<p>Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, …

Archaeology

Star Trek Enters the Black Mirror Universe in This First Look at 'U.S.S. Callister'

Something’s not right on the U.S.S. Callister—but at least the outfits look groovy.<p><i>Black Mirror</i> has released the trailer for one of the …

Quentin Tarantino Doing a ‘Star Trek’ Movie Is Both Good and Bad

Quentin Tarantino has always maintained that he only plans to make 10 films in his career before retiring. Whether or not that turns out to be the …

Star Trek

Ken Scholes Finishes Hymn and the Psalms of Isaak

I relish in authors pushing the envelope of what has come before.<p>Ken Scholes is one of those authors, a writer whose Psalms of Isaak is parts …

Psalms

10 Little-Known Words You Need to Add to Your Vocabulary Right Now

Your vocabulary needs a little agerasia. Please trust me on that.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>As the dark parts of the day get ever longer, I find myself contemplating what's been lost.<p>And, of course, what's been overwhelming.<p>…

The Only Cryptocurrency I'd Consider Buying

Hint: It's not bitcoin.<p><i>This article was updated on April 8, 2018, and originally published on Nov. 26, 2017.</i><p>As we look back on 2017, it'll likely be …

Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust is a conflicting but rewarding fantasy adventure

Worth the 17 year wait<p>It’s been 17 years since Philip Pullman finished off his celebrated fantasy trilogy <i>His Dark Materials</i>. In trilogy’s first installment, <i>The Golden Compass</i>, he introduced readers to Lyra Belacqua, a girl from a parallel world, who sets off to rescue a missing friend. It was an …

10 Math Tricks That Will Blow Your Mind

Are you ready to give your mathematics skills a boost? These simple math tricks can help you perform calculations more quickly and easily. They also …

Mathematics

Do black holes collapse?

These cosmic sink-holes do gradually shrink, but it’s impossible to get any more compact than a black hole.<p>The Schwarzschild radius (event horizon) …

What the Internet is Saying About the Casper Mattress

Casper is only two years old and has already developed a cult following — notorious for disrupting the $14 billion mattress industry and completely …

I Seriously Could Not Put This Book Down

If there is one must-read book this summer, this is it.<p>As an avid reader, there’s nothing I love more than becoming so entranced by a book that the …

Books

How to extract sounds from a full track using plugins

<b>Thanks to the magic of cutting-edge audio restoration software, we can dig deep into a full stereo mix and steal isolated parts of it, transforming</b> …

How and Where You Can Make Money Testing Websites

In a world of illegitimate online job opportunities, it’s nice to know there are a few honest internet side hustles you can tackle to earn a healthy …