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The 10 best ever podcasts

Ten years since Apple launched a version of iTunes with a new format called podcasting, Pete Naughton selects 10 of the best<p>In June 2005, Apple launched a version of its iTunes software with a new feature which Steve Jobs confidently termed “the next generation of radio”. The technology in question …

Books

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Scientists leave isolation dome after eight months simulating life on Mars

Six crew members in Nasa-sponsored study venture outside dome on dormant Hawaii volcano after eight months of close-quarters living<p>Six scientists who were living under a dome on the slopes of a dormant Hawaii volcano for eight months to simulate life on Mars have emerged from isolation.<p>The crew …

Earth

Magical 'medieval selfies' found in churches put common folk at centre of history

A volunteer group has uncovered hundreds of "medieval selfies" inside churches.<p>The magical images scratched into the stone of some of Britain's …

Archaeology

Trees in the Middle Ages

Where the Middle Ages Begin<p><b>Smartphone and Tablet users click here to sign up for<br>our weekly email</b><p><i>Related</i><p>en_US<p>article<p>Sign up to get a Weekly Email from …

Middle Ages

Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the …

10 ways Christian heaven is more like hell

A close reading of the New Testament reveals Biblical paradise isn’t all pearly gates and streets of gold<p>Most Westerners are at least vaguely familiar with the popular Christian version of Heaven: pearly gates, streets of gold, winged angels and the Righteous, with their bodies made perfect and …

Sigmund Freud

A Dozen DIY Projects Featuring Wood Dowels

Wood dowels are one of the unsung heroes of the DIY world. They're not flashy, but you can dress them up as you wish. Super versatile and super …

Woodworking

Making an Organized Closet Office Craft Space

Shares 35<p><i>I love small, organized spaces. They are like their own little worlds, separate from everything else in the world that’s cluttered and</i> …

Real Estate

Critical Linking: March 7, 2015

<b>Researchers say readers remember the location of information simply by page and text layout — that, say, the key piece of dialogue was on that page</b> …

Harry Potter

How To Make A DIY Charging Station

(Image credit: Ashley Poskin)<p>Whether you're trying to be less tethered to your phone while you're home, or you just need to establish one place where …

Charging Stations

"Known Unknowns" --The Strange Dark Side of the Universe

Although general relativity is now a hundred-year-old theory, it remains a powerful, and controversial, idea in cosmology. It is one of the basic …

27 Incredibly Clever DIYs All True Book Lovers Will Appreciate

Because destroying books is simply not an option.

The Week in Review: Benefits of Coffee

Coffee drinkers received some good news this week from new research pointing to the benefits of the popular beverage. A new study from scientists in Korea found drinking between one and five cups of coffee every day is good for arteries.<p>Calcium deposits in arteries, which cause blockage, were at …

Coffee

Astronomers Have Found Second Exoplanet With Four Parent Stars

Just by looking at the revelations and discoveries made this week, I can say, astronomers are praiseworthily active and motivated to explore the …

10 Positive Thinking Exercises & Activities For A Big Change

In this article you will discover some great positive thinking exercises and activities that will help you immensely in your life.<p>And I know that …

9 senseless social panics that did lasting damage to America

As anti-vaccine hysteria rages on, a look back at some of the lowest moments in our nation’s history<p><b>Editor's note:</b> The following is the latest in a new series of articles on AlterNet called Fear in America that launched this March. Read the introduction <i>to the series.</i><p>America is a fearful and …

Sociology

International Travel: It's the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo -- Time For You To Pay a Visit

Many Americans travel to historic battlefields, most typically sites in which we have a direct emotional stake: places where U.S. soldiers fought at home or abroad and where a piece of our history was made. But absent that direct link, one of the key European battles of the early nineteenth century …

World History

10 snazzy DIY projects you can make for $10

You don't have to wait for pay day to DIY.<p>Crafting can consume your time and money, so budget-savvy makers are always on the lookout for a good deal …

Isil terrorists vandalise another ancient city in northern Iraq

Having bulldozed areas of Nimrud, the terrorists turned on the ancient Parthian capital of Hatra<p>Isil escalated its campaign to destroy Iraq’s archaeological treasures on Saturday when the terrorists began vandalising the ancient site of Hatra.<p>Having used bulldozers to raze areas of Nimrud, once the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

National Geographic Travel

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

Gender

New SAT, New Problems

The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage.<p>In his announcement last spring that a new version of the SAT would be launched in 2016, The College Board President David Coleman drew on a favorite buzzword: opportunity.<p>In his speech, Coleman …

Education

Audiences hate modern classical music because their brains cannot cope

Modern classical music is so widely disliked by audiences because the human brain struggles to find patterns it needs to understand the compositions as music.<p>For decades critics of modern classical music have been derided as philistines for failing to grasp the subtleties of the chaotic sounding …