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What Writing Has in Common With Happiness

The author Yasmina Reza says that Borges taught her fiction, like joy, is borne of mysterious, instinctual processes achieved in an unconscious state.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan,</b> …

11 Unexpected Ways to Use Grapefruit

During the winter while many fruits are out-of-season and nowhere to be found, it happens to be the peak season for Florida grapefruit. The extreme weather conditions the fruit experience throughout the growing season, including heavy humidity and rain, actually help the fruit's sweetness despite …

Kale and 9 Different Ways to Use It That Don't Involve Salad

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today: The leaf everyone loves to hate -- except us! We just can't quit you, kale.</i><p>With how divisive kale has become, it’s no surprise to hear that kale is a member of the oft-maligned …

7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.<p><b>1. White Bean Ragout</b><p>A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …

Attention, Screenwriters: Lessons from the Sundance Screenwriters Lab

The tone was set early on. Even before I set off on my journey, Paul Federbush and Matthew Takata, the inimitable international director and manager …

How to Read Intelligently and Write a Great Essay: Robert Frost’s Letter of Advice to His Young Daughter

“The sidelong glance is what you depend on.”<p><i>“Only a person who is congenitally self-centered has the effrontery and the stamina to write essays,”</i> E.B. White wrote in the foreword to his collected essays. Annie Dillard sees things almost the opposite way, insisting that essayists perform a public …

Moscow scoffs at U.K.’s warning of ‘real and present danger’ from Russia

Britain's defence minister has said Russia poses a "real and present danger" to European security and could try to destabilize the Baltic states, former Soviet republics that are now part of NATO.<p>Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said tensions between Moscow and NATO were "warming up," and NATO must …

Which country has the world's best diet?

African countries have some of the best diets in the world, according to a new study<p>A new study has revealed that African countries such as Chad and Mali have some of the healthiest diets in the world, while the people in European countries including Belgium, Lativa and Hungary eat the …

Obama accused of skirting Islamic extremist threat, at ‘summit without substance’

President Obama took pains Thursday to stress, once again, that the West is "not at war with Islam" as he wrapped a three-day White House forum on "violent extremism" -- but in the end, drew criticism that he was going to extremes to avoid talking about the threat of Islamic extremists.<p>"Sadly, this …

Netanyahu: We will stand beside Egypt in the ‘war on terrorism’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that Israel would continue to “stand by Egypt in the war against terrorism, which poses a …

Middle East

Anti-ageing chocolate which reduces wrinkles developed by Cambridge University spin-off

A daily 7.5g bar of the chocolate can change the underlying skin stucture of a 50 year old to that of someone in their 30s, say developers<p>It may seem too good to be true, but guilt-free chocolate which promises to slow down the emergence of wrinkles and sagging skin, has been developed by …

#NGTRadar: Travel Lately

Travel Lately—a roundup of the best new dispatches from the travel blogosphere—is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every other Wednesday.<p><b>You can play, too</b>. Follow us on Twitter <b>@NatGeoTravel</b> and tag your favorite travel stories <b>#NGTRadar</b> to help us find the crème de la crème on the Web.<p><b>Here</b> …

Travel

A Writer in the Family: On the Way We Pass Our Stories On

By Daniel Torday February 19, 2015<p>On History<p><i>On writers, glass, Pliny the Elder, and the way families pass on their stories.</i><p>Vesuvius in eruption.<p>Since I started writing, I have sought forebears who might have had literary aspirations. Were there writers in the family? My great-uncle György, who was …

9 Easy Ways to Crush Your Food Cravings

Show your sweet tooth who's boss.<p><i>This article was written by Julie Upton and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p><i>Is your sweet tooth getting out of control, or do you feel like that bag of chips is always calling your name? Thankfully, dietitian Julie Upton, M.S., R.D., of Appetite for</i> …

Instead of the Income Gap We Should Be Talking About the Wealth Gap

And these 8 charts explain why.<p>Earlier this week, David Leonhardt of the Upshot summarized new work from economist Stephen J. Rose as follows: "Income inequality has not actually risen since the financial crisis began." That finding runs counter to conventional wisdom that the rich have gotten …

Dietary Panel: Eating Less Meat is Better for the Environment

If you want to help save the planet, eat less meat.<p>That’s the conclusion of freshly-minted federal recommendations that could radically alter the way …

7 Surprising Ways To Boost Your Memory

Feeling forgetful? Your posture and the fact that you insist on walking through doorways could be to blame.<p>Memory is a tricky thing. Why is it hard to recall what you had for lunch yesterday, yet singing the theme song from Gilligan’s Island presents no problem? The reason some things stick and …

Want to boost brain power? Try these 10 foods for best brain health.

Brain power can be boosted not just by brain training and physical exercise, but also by choosing our diets carefully and taking into account the …

January 2015 Global Analysis

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For Writers: My Revision Breakthrough

Prime Books: June 2015With the upcoming summer publication of my first short story collection, <i>Ghost Summer</i>, I have been focusing on short fiction for …

Who is judging the judges?

What is currently the greatest threat to our democracy and Parliament? My candidate: the Supreme Court of Canada.<p>Some would say, "No, no – it is the Harper government, with its concealment of basic issues in omnibus budget bills, its muzzling of committees and public servants, and its concentration …

8 Trips You HAVE to Take Before You Die

There are trips we strongly recommend you take and then there are those that we basically demand. Trust us, as travel experts, we know the getaways that should make your bucket list. Here are eight trips you HAVE to take before you die -- and we even ordered them chronologically with the adventure …

Nat Geo Staff Picks: Favorite Travel Books

Travel literature. What is it? Memoirs detailing a life-changing trip to the Amazon, fiction that makes its setting a major character, nonfiction that asks its readers to consider a familiar destination in a new light—all of these fall under the travel literature umbrella. And personal preferences …

Books

Here’s what happens to your brain when you stop eating sugar

But Andrew is braver than I am.<p>Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. I can't say that I'm following in his footsteps this year, but if you are abstaining from sweets for Lent this year, here's what you can expect over the next 40 days.<p>Sugar: natural reward, unnatural fix<p>In neuroscience, food is …

Men's Fashion, Style, Grooming, Fitness, Lifestyle, News & Politics

Sales<p>Get a jump on one of the biggest sales of the year.<p>20 Photos2 days agoView More<p>Don't Miss!<p>New York Fashion Week<p>All the cross body bags, swervy …

Men's Fashion

The Atlantic’s big Islam lie: What Muslims really believe about ISIS

Trolling the Internet with stories dressed up as sober, centrist scholarship — it’s what the Atlantic does best<p>Imagine a group of people who rape. Enslave. Maim. Murder. Ethnically cleanse. Extort. Burn. Behead. But then imagine this—they don’t lie? Can't lie. Won't lie. That’s what Graeme Wood’s …