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Scotland 'will not consent' to Tory plans to scrap Human Rights Act

Scottish government source warns there could be a complete standoff as Holyrood says it will withhold legislative consent<p>The Scottish government has said that it will withhold legislative consent on the Conservative proposals to scrap the 1998 Human Rights Act, as it emerged that the SNP has …

The Breathing Trick That Puts You to Sleep in Seconds

A solid snooze can be yours in one minute or less.<p>Nothing is worse than lying awake at night, willing your brain to shut down so you can rest. Warm milk, holding your eyes wide open, counting sheep — we've all tried them. But the new solution could be simply learning to breathe.<p>What is it?<p>The 4-7-8 …

Yoga

Sleeping Giants, Weeping Plums: Japanese Landscape Photography - Photographs and text by Hidenobu Suzuki | LensCulture

My photographs are like Japanese paintings.<p>I feel that realism is a more Western style. Through my landscape photographs, I’d like to express emotions and spiritual feelings.<p>Contemporary theater, art and music stimulate the brain and liven people’s mood. But emotional art heals people and leads …

Landscape Photography

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Microwaves

Conferring Toolkits: Class Stories, Shared Writing and Interactive Writing

I like to keep my writing toolkits pretty plain and simple. I don’t want a lot of extraneous stuff in there cluttering up my folders. So, in order …

Teaching

Psychoanalysis Is a History of Storytelling

Freud, a Cervantes of the couch.<p>Freud loved Shakespeare, antiquity and languages and taught himself Castilian so he could read his favorite book, Don …

5 Weak Words Writers Should Avoid (And What to Use Instead)

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>When I first began writing, I was unsure of myself. My sentences were rife with meaningless words and fillers. What I didn’t realize is that by using them, I was sabotaging myself and my writing. Weak words can sneak into our writing anywhere, anytime …

A Refresher on Storytelling 101

At bedtime, I tell stories to my godchildren, Anna and Noah, when their parents invite me to care for them. Their capacity for stories amazes me. They beg for “just one more” and then “just one more.” It seems we are wired to enjoy a well-told story.<p>And as we grow up, we do not lose our thirst for …

5 Simple Steps to Better Writing | Inc.com

The art of effectively communicating your message has long been valued by employers (and society). Nowadays, nearly everything is communicated through the Web--and can be done so instantaneously--making writing skills arguably more important than ever.<p>So, wanna get your writing skills up to snuff? …

Creative Writing

The Common Elements of Good Storytelling

<i>Paul Jarvis is a Web designer and bestselling author, who’s obsessed with nature and hairless rats. His latest book, Everything I Know, is a guide to freelancing as a creative professional.</i><p>My favourite activity while I lived in Tofino, BC was attending my artist friend, Roy Henry Vickers’ …

High School

Science Is Story: How Science and Storytelling Teach a Love for True Discovery

Writing

Twitter Fiction Reveals The Power Of Very, Very Short Stories

"For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn." So goes Ernest Hemingway's famous six-word story, which, in spite of being perfectly compact, manages to paint a complete picture of thwarted desire and elicit strong feelings from the reader (unless said reader is heartless). It would've been the perfect …

Creative Writing

Elizabeth Gilbert: The 7 books that shaped me as a writer

“The only thing I have ever wanted to be for my whole life was a writer. I wrote all through childhood, all through adolescence, by the time I was a …

Books

The Veneration and Worship of Felines in Ancient Egypt

The ancient Egyptians revered and worshipped many animals, just as the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Norse did, but none were worshipped as reverently …

Passive Prefab House Kit - Cabin Attitude In The City.

The Dogtrot Mod: Celebrating Modern Dogtrot Style, In Modern Prefab Cabin Form.<p>This sleek expandable prefab cabin house kit intertwines passive solar …

Get your head out of that book! The children’s stories that got writers reading

From sinister water-babies to Chinese warlords, Norse gods to star‑crossed lovers … In a new edition of a volume first published in 1992, writers recall the tales that shaped their imaginations<p><b>Margaret Atwood</b><p>I learned to read before I started school. My mother claims I taught myself because she …

Books

Are We Ever Going To Develop Faster-Than-Light Travel?

There’s a cosmic speed limit that unfortunately means you aren’t going to be firing up a warp drive anytime soon.<p>Top image: Mark Rademaker<p>Long before …

Archaeologists in India Discover Ancient Hero Stones that Retell Epic Battles and Honorable Deaths

Intricately carved ancient Hero Stones can be found across India. These decorated stone markers serve as monuments to honorable deaths, commemorating …

Is Cameron The UK’s Last Prime Minister?

Seventy years ago today, as I watched Britain celebrate VE Day, it seemed inconceivable anything could rip the union apart. Until this election.<p>I …

Downing Street

Looking for classic gaming fun? Here are 20 of the best emulators for Android

The rise of smartphones has led to a renaissance for a lot of classic games, but ports don’t always live up to the nostalgic glory of the original. …

Retrogaming

Scotland's favorite four-letter word | CNN Travel

Travel

5 Tips About How to Stop Thinking Like a Starving Artist

Most of my life I believed that if I went after a creative career I would struggle financially. It was deeply ingrained in my belief system. I would think about phrases like "poor starving artist" and "feast and famine are part of an artist's life". It was a nonsensical belief system that was very …

Creativity

Every Design Lover Should Watch These 9 Documentaries

As anyone involved in any creative pursuit knows, inspiration is a necessity for valuable output. Thankfully, you don’t even have to leave the house …

'Silent Hills' Lives On in This Stunning Horror Art - Bloody Disgusting

This week, we learned that the <i>P.T.</i> demo used to cleverly reveal <i>Silent Hills</i> has been almost entirely wiped from existence, leaving those of us who …

Horror

The Creative’s Workspace

This is what my home office workspace looked like in 2007:<p>(I still have that trashcan. And the weird blocks underneath the legs of the desk are there …

Creativity

4. The Police Box Was A Budgetary Decision

While the perennial police box design has served Doctor Who tremendously well over the years, and has probably generated its fair share of revenue …

“The Tolkien Professor” Presents Three Free Courses on The Lord of the Rings

A quick update: Last year, we told you about Corey Olsen, an English Professor at Washington College, who started publishing online lectures on the …