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21 page-turning books that captivated readers in 2014

2014 was a good year for first-time authors.<p>Relatively unknown writers turned out promising book debuts, and beloved entertainers and Internet …

'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English

Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker talks about a few cherished grammar rules he'd prefer to see forgotten—and replies to critics of his book The Sense of Style.<p>As an experimental psychologist, Steven Pinker <i>thinks</i> about writing. As a linguist, he thinks about <i>writing</i>.<p>In <i>The Sense of Style: The</i> …

10,000 Birds | Here’s the new bird family tree. It’s amazing.

The magnificent history and diversity of birds on Earth came into sharper focus this month with the publication of 28 new scientific papers in …

Birds

The best nature books of 2014

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best nature books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the naturalists on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Yesterday, when I was tearing through my bookshelves hoping to discover books to include on my …

Organized Self: Expert Neuroscience Tips For Using Your iPhone Most Effectively

Steve Jobs had a mercurial temperament. He may or may not have had ADHD, but his greatest creation, the iPhone, has enabled habits that verge on that diagnosis for hundreds of millions of users. Think of the image of Jobs holding up the first iPhone with a mere 15 icons on its home screen. Contrast …

Reading the Guardian first book award longlist: rewards and revelations

For the readers’ group helping to assess the 2014 contenders, it’s been a sometimes arduous but always enjoyable journey<p>We started with Fiona McFarlane’s tiger on the coast of New South Wales and we finished eight weeks later in the company of the volatile “young skins” of Glanbeigh, having …

Love letters to libraries: Chris Riddell

From his first adventures in reading, to the librarians who inspired him, follow illustrator Chris Riddell’s graphic journey through life-changing books - exclusively for the Guardian<p>Inspired? Share your tribute to your favourite library Our celebration of libraries, librarians and free access to …

Google Books: An Invaluable Resource for Students and Educators

Overview<p>From research to reading, Google Books should be the <b>giant wrench in every student’s digital toolbox</b>. Opening access to digital and printed …

The top 10 books of rural Wales

From Alan Garner to RS Thomas, Bruce Chatwin to Dylan Thomas, the mythic power of place in these works casts a potent spell<p>I’ve chosen these books because they go some way towards delivering a more comprehensive picture of rural Wales than is often presented. They are jigsaw pieces in a map.<p>Wales’s …

Describing the indescribable with Jeff Vandermeer

But memory also becomes structural. I always thought of the structure of <i>Acceptance</i> as being like a starfish: it has limbs that feed into the center, …

Lydia Millet: “If men’s cruel tyranny over women is the matter at hand, there’s a bored disinterest of the liberal literary establishment”

The author of “Dept. of Speculation” grills the author of “Mermaids in Paradise” on literary women, comic novels<p><b>Jenny Offill: "Mermaids in Paradise" is a such a funny and giddily absurdist novel. Does it feel of a piece with your other satirical novels? Or is this new territory?</b><p><i>Lydia Millet:</i> The …

A Dozen Delectable Math Books

Reading about math was not like this when I was young.<p>Here are my most favorite books - all yummy!<p>... from board books to adult stories, from number …

Justice in Nailah Franklin death: Years of delay, Cook County Jail havoc

It was seven years ago this fall that 28-year-old Nailah Franklin disappeared, touching off a frantic weeklong search for the bubbly pharmaceutical rep that ended with the tragic discovery of her body in a densely wooded south suburban area.<p>A few months later when prosecutors brought murder charges …

Crime

Court rules parents can be held responsible for kid’s Facebook posts

Kids are notorious for saying dumb things, and now that communication has shifted towards a digital medium, those dumb things are often posted for …

Stated Clearly: Website to support science.

Here at BA Central, we’re* big supporters of evidence-based reality and using science as a way to collect and weigh that evidence.<p>Phil Plait writes</b> …

The U.S. Is Home To Nearly One-Third Of The World's Female Prisoners

The U.S. has a serious female prisoner problem.<p>According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, there are 201,200 women incarcerated in the U.S. -- almost one-third of the world's documented female prison population as of 2013.<p>An infographic designed by Niall McCarthy, charted by Statista, …

Florida jury mulls stand-your-ground defence in loud music murder trial

Jury to decide whether Michael Dunn, who shot dead a black teenager, was guilty of murder or acted in self-defence<p>The fate of a Florida man accused of murdering a black teenager whose rap music was too loud for his liking rested with a jury on Wednesday after prosecutors and defence lawyers offered …

Feds to Probe Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man at Ohio Wal-Mart

The Justice Department said Wednesday it will launch an investigation into the shooting death of a black man inside an Ohio Wal-Mart, just hours after a local grand jury voted not to indict the white police officer who shot him.<p>Immediately after Wednesday's grand jury decision, the city of …

Law Enforcement

FBI study: Deaths in mass shootings increasing

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1111000/1111018_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524711140_bc798900420b2c3a7a5f322b75e27090<p><b>The number of people killed or wounded in mass shootings in the US has increased dramatically in recent years, an FBI study has found.</b><p>More than 480 …

Guns