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Working memory is key to focus, and you can improve it it in 3 simple steps

No matter how hard you try to keep your thoughts in order, ideas continue to bounce wildly around, beating at your limited attention.<p>While working on a project, all of a sudden you start thinking about what you're going to make for dinner or a conversation you had with a friend a few nights ago.<p>The …

These hauntingly beautiful images are proof that NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is a gift to mankind

Crab, Carina, Eagle and Orion are among the colorfully explosive nebulae captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.<p>According to reports, scientists at …

To Raise Kids With More Empathy, We Need to Do Everything Wrong

Every parent wants their children to excel, so we line up tutors, buy the latest electronics, arrange after-school classes, and anything else to help …

The creation of god, part 2

How the creations escaped the creator.<p>This is a three-part series on the creation of god. If you have not seen part one yet, give it a try.<p>Blind …

The arrow of time

In T.H. White’s fantasy novel <i>The Once and Future King</i>, Merlyn the magician suffers from a rare and incurable condition: He experiences time in …

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 2

While state education departments are the first reason why public schools don't teach critical thinking, community pressure against it is the second. While some communities do welcome critical inquiry as an essential part of a good education, others do not, rejecting critical thinking as dangerous …

14 Women Writers Who Dominate The Universe Of Sci-Fi

Octavia Butler, Madeleine L’Engle, Emily St. John Mandel, Karen Russell and more.<p>In Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” a crew of girls are transformed into thread-spinning silkworms, duped by a dark and mysterious man promising a better future. Each girl spends long hours spooling her own …

The one trick to getting the response you want from an email

On one hand, I love that I just need to waggle my fingers to get pretty much anything I want.<p>In fact, my livelihood depends on email, and if I wield my powers of persuasion correctly, life becomes much more efficient, whether I'm requesting a client's approval on a project or asking my roommates to …

Why Public Schools Don't Teach Critical Thinking -- Part 1

The following warning should be affixed atop every computer in America's schools:<p><i>Proceed at your own risk. Don't accept as true what you're about to read. Some of it is fact; some of it is opinion disguised as fact; and the rest is liberal, conservative, or mainstream propaganda. Make sure you know</i> …

Meet the Kindlepreneurs

The bestselling authors you've never heard of<p>Swapping a high-flying career in law to become the author of romantic thrillers was a change of gear that surprised even Louise Ross. Nevertheless, while on maternity leave with her son Ethan, now two, the 30-year-old from Hertfordshire decided to give …

This 'Simple' Multiplication Game Will Help You Rediscover The Joy Of Math

Like math? Like puzzles? Then meet Bojagi, a game created by David Radcliffe (@daveinstpaul).<p>It looks simple enough. A grid has a few numbers in it. The goal is to draw a rectangle around each number as follows: (1) the area of each rectangle is the number it contains; (2) the rectangles do not …

Jigsaw Puzzles

Avenue of Mysteries: An exclusive excerpt from John Irving's new novel

<i>Every Saturday in August, Globe Books will preview some of the fall's most anticipated books. Our summer fiction series begins with an exclusive excerpt from John Irving's new novel,</i> Avenue of Mysteries.<p>It was a Monday – January 3, 2011 – and the young woman seated next to Juan Diego was worried …

Here Are the Best Books of 2015 So Far

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5 inherent benefits to being an introvert

Absolutely there are. Especially in intimate/social relationships...<p>Introverts are master rapport builders in all kinds of relationships. It is an unfortunately common misperception that introverts don't like being around people. This is simply not true.<p>Introverts actually have a greater need for …

5 Completed Series to Read While You Wait for George R.R. Martin to Finish WINDS OF WINTER

It’s that time of year again: <i>Game of Thrones</i> finished its season in June, and of all the <i>A Song of Ice And Fire</i> readers are wondering when George R. …

New Study Reveals E-Cigarette Vapor No More Dangerous Than Air

Inhaling vapor from E-cigarettes is as safe as breathing air, according to a new paper that compared two E-cigarettes with regular cigarettes and air.<p>…

What To Read Next: 100 Timeless Books, Poems, And Essays

<b>What To Read Next: 100 Timeless Books, Poems, And Essays</b>by <b>Terry Heick</b>This collection was put together by a good friend of mine, Nicholas Rudolph, who …

How David Gates Slow-Cooks Great Stories

American writers—like other Americans who work in office cubicles and hospitals, in factories and on farms—are under constant pressure to work …

Books

Joe Gould’s Teeth

The long-lost story of the longest book ever written.<p>little joe gould has lost his teeth and doesn’t know whereto find them<i>— E. E. Cummings</i><p>For a long time, Joe Gould thought he was going blind. This was before he lost his teeth, and years before he lost the history of the world he’d been writing in …

Why You Should Only Read Long Articles and Books

(and why you don’t)<p>by Maxwell Anderson<p><b>Six in 10 Americans say they don’t read full articles, only headlines.</b> This is a big change from how most …

Top 10 uncompromising women in fiction

Photograph: Allstar/WARNER BROS<p>Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). Photograph: Allstar/Warner …

The Last Pilot : British Writer's Startlingly Authentic America

Benjamin Johncock has written one of the most American novels of the year. <i>The Last Pilot</i> is a historical work of fiction spanning across the defining two decades of the space race from 1947 to 1968. Remarkably, Johncock was not born until ten years after the time period of his debut novel, and not …

Stephen Baxter interview: why science fiction is like therapy

The bestselling SF writer talks about the rush to finish the Long Earth series, being the order to Terry Pratchett’s chaos and how maths helps him write<p>In the summer of 2013, Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett published <i>The Long War</i>, the second volume of their Long Earth science-fiction series, …

Science Fiction

Roughly 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism

Exceptional nonfiction stories from 2014 that are still worth encountering today<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I send out once or twice a week. This is my annual attempt to bring some of those …

Paris Review - E. L. Doctorow, The Art of Fiction No. 94

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 101, Winter 1986<p>This interview on the craft of writing with E. L. Doctorow is one of the first in this series conducted in public—which it was, under the auspices of The Poetry Center, in the main auditorium of New York City’s famed cultural spa, the 92nd Street …

These 15 animal 'selfies' will change your view of the animal kingdom | CNN Travel

Living alone can be good for you

There's a growing trend among Millennials towards staying single and living alone.<p>Living arrangements similar to that of the characters in Friends …

Friedrich Nietzsche Bio and Philosophical Style | The Art of Manliness

<i>“What does not kill me makes me stronger.”</i><p><i>“Eternal recurrence.”</i><p><i>“</i><i>Übermensch.”</i><p><i>“God is dead.”</i><p>Even if you don’t know much about philosophy, you’ve likely …