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4 ways to make small talk without seeming awkward or boring

Public Speaking

This is how to make close friends: 4 surprising secrets from research

Forget pandas. Close friends are the real endangered species these days.<p>That’s a painful thing. And I don’t mean “sad-painful.” I mean …

Psychology

How To Write A Novel: Step By Step

Thinking about writing a novel? Don’t know where to start? It’s not that hard, if you really want to do it. I guess that really is the first step. …

Creative Writing

Hubble Telescope discovers a light-bending 'Einstein Ring' in space

The perfect circle surrounding a galaxy cluster in a new Hubble Space Telescope image is a visual indicator of the huge masses that are bending time and space in that region.<p>The galaxy cluster, called SDSS J0146-0929, features hundreds of individual galaxies all bound together by gravity. There's …

Universe

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back majestic new photos of the giant planet and its Great Red Spot

Once every 53.5 days, NASA's Juno probe screams over Jupiter's cloud tops roughly 75 times as fast as a bullet.<p>The spacecraft has used these high-speed flybys, called perijoves, to document the gas giant like never before since August 2016. It records the planet with radar systems, radiation …

Astronomy

A new Lord of the Rings book is out this year

The Fall of Gondolin will be the latest addition to the Lord of the Rings setting<p>Another book in J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic Middle-earth setting, <i>The Fall of Gondolin</i>, will be released this August, according to publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.<p>Christopher Tolkien, who is 93, has edited and …

Literature

Dunning-Kruger Effect: Why Incompetent People Think They Are Superior

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

What Astronomers Wish Everyone Knew About Dark Matter And Dark Energy

If you go by what’s often reported in the news, you’d be under the impression that dark matter and dark energy are houses of cards just waiting to be blown down. Theorists are constantly exploring other options; individual galaxies and their satellites arguably favor some modification of gravity to …

Dark Matter

The 10 Weirdest Stars in the Milky Way

Our galaxy has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.<p>Carl Sagan once called the Sun an "ordinary, even a mediocre star." Most of the hundred billion or more stars in the Milky Way are humdrum and plain, but over the years astronomers have found plenty of peculiarities. In a universe bound only by …

Universe

In the gap between writer and reader, the novel comes to life

There’s an exercise I sometimes get members of book groups to do: I ask each of them to draw a picture of the cabin from my first novel, <i>Our Endless Numbered Days</i> (2015). The building is carefully described in the book: one door, single storey, two windows, a stove with a chimney that pokes out …

Writing

Photographer Dies Leading Lava Flow Tour in Hawaii

A well-known Hawaiian photographer has died on the Big Island while leading a tour group near a lava flow. The group was reportedly overcome by a …

Writing Fiction: A Sample Roadmap To Learn Your Craft

The road to real success in fiction runs through mastering your craft.<p>This was the first thing I discovered when I started to research …

Writing

The secret to keeping your brain sharp as you get older may be simpler than you may think

Ask Edith Smith, a proud 103-year-old, about her friends, and she'll give you an earful.<p>There's Johnetta, 101, whom she's known for 70 years and who has Alzheimer's disease. "I call her every day and just say 'Hi, how are you doing?' She never knows, but she says hi back, and I tease her," Smith …

Cognitive Impairment

Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Confident

<b>***</b><b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Self-help

Susan Sontag on Being a Writer: “You Have to Be Obsessed”

Yesterday, FSG published Susan Sontag’s <i>Debriefing</i>, a new collection of the writer’s short fiction. I’m always excited to read more of Sontag’s …

Literature

How to set a budget and stick to it

Whether it's something you need or something you want, creating a budget can help you keep your spending in line so you can reach your financial …

6 ways highly emotionally intelligent people deal with anger

Most of us don't like confrontation — but it's a fact of life we can't run from forever. We have to assert ourselves, our boundaries and our needs — and others have to do the same with us.<p>There are a million terrible ways of expressing your frustration. Here's how to do so with better emotional …

Anger Management

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains the Most Important Communication Tip That Helped Him in His Career | Inc.com

Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson can lecture on just about anything under the sun (and everything around it, for that matter). But what separates him from others in his field is his ability to express complex concepts and theories in a manner that resonates with common audiences. In a …

Public Speaking

Quotes by Mark Twain on Religion

Twain Points Out Flaws in Traditional Religion<p>Mark Twain had strong opinions on religion. He was not one to be swayed by religious propaganda or …

Mark Twain

This memo from Winston Churchill on 'Brevity' is all you need to improve your writing

He likes his briefings to be whittled down to the headlines. "I like bullets or I like as little as possible. I don't need, you know, 200-page reports on something that can be handled on a page," Trump told Axios back in January.<p>Trump's desire to read less has historic pedigree. Winston Churchill, …

Winston Churchill

If You Want to Write a Book, Write Every Day or Quit Now

The key to getting your book written, says Pulitzer Prize-winner Stephen Hunter, isn’t talent or luck or inspiration. It’s the act of sitting down …

Inspirational Photography

Many aspiring (and experienced) photographers dream of making their hobby into a full-time profession. Who doesn't want to make a sufficient living …

The best free software for writers

Writing is a terrible job, and if you’re considering it a viable career path, you’re making a huge mistake. Just kidding. Writing is the best! Unlike …

Writing