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Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Why Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ Is The Album Of The Decade So Far

What sort of record could rise above this dislocated half (and a bit) decade? Six years in which the government has striven to vastly widen the gap …

18 Libraries Every Book Lover Should Visit In Their Lifetime

If you love books, libraries are some of the most spectacular buildings in the world.<p>To celebrate these monumentally important buildings, we've complied a list of the most magnificent libraries on the planet.<p>From a library hidden in the forests of Beijing to one in Egypt that was designed like a …

Libraries

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Cookies, Cookies, Cookies: All the Christmas Cookie Recipes You'll Ever Need

There's always a reason to eat a cookie. So here are 71 of 'em, great for holiday baking or just because.<p><b>Sometimes, you just need a cookie</b>. Scratch that. There's always a reason to eat a cookie. So here are 71 of 'em, great for holiday baking or just because.

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

Learning

Pictures of the Week 11.27.14

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The last unmapped places on Earth

Have we mapped the whole planet? As Rachel Nuwer discovers, there are mysterious, poorly charted places everywhere, but not for the reasons you might think.<p>In 1504, an anonymous mapmaker – most likely an Italian – carved a meticulous depiction of the known world into two halves of conjoined ostrich …

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: The Deals You Need to Know About

It's the biggest shopping weekend of the year! We gathered all the irresistible bargains from our favorite retailers and designers to help make your …

The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

South America

The 5 Must-Read Books of November

Photo: Courtesy of Publisher<p><b>Motor City's Divine Diva</b><p>David Ritz's <i>Respect</i> (Little, Brown) judiciously captures the conflicted life of the legendary Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who came of age as a gospel-voiced prodigy in her preacher father's Detroit church. Her 1967 megahit "Respect" catapulted …

How to become a software developer without a degree

In 2014, careers in the software industry are wide open – even for people who don't have a degree in the subject. Although it is a highly skilled profession, unlike areas such as law and finance, there are no accreditations or formal exams needed to become a developer.<p>Generally, graduate …

The New Baker: Coconut chocolate macaroons

Delicious and simple-to-make coconut macaroons with a dark-chocolate centre<p>Cooking the coconut mixture first, before forming it into macaroons, gives it a subtle and delicious toffee flavour that reminds me of my favourite Girl Scout cookies that I used to sell as a child.<p><b>MAKES</b><br>26 to 30</b> …

Smart Pills That Track Your Health From the Inside

In our latest Mobile Minute video, we take a look at the next phase of wearable technology including smart contact lenses, implantable sensors, and …