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The Creamiest Vegan Soup (Cauliflower)

If you're looking to make a silky smooth, creamy vegan soup, today is your day. This gem caught my attention because it is <i>quite</i> different than most …

Recipes

Richard Dawkins is Writing The God Delusion for Kids and People Are Already Mad

By Hemant Mehta<p><b>Richard Dawkins</b> said over the weekend that he’s working on two new books, both of which are essentially <i>The God Delusion</i> for a younger …

Thai Quinoa Salad

We're not saying that you'll win the New York City Marathon if you eat this Thai quinoa salad on a regular basis, but we're not *not* saying that, …

Recipes

A pod of beluga whales adopted a lost narwhal, and it's too wholesome

A narwhal has been adopted by a pod of beluga whales in the St. Lawrence River, according to CBC, and please be warned, the wholesomeness of this …

Beluga Whales

Anti-Kremlin Activist In Critical Condition After Suspected Poisoning, Pussy Riot Says

Pyotr Verzilov, a prominent member of the Russian art and activist collective Pussy Riot, is suspected to have been poisoned in Moscow on Tuesday, according to the group and local media.<p>Veronika Nikulshina, Verzilov's partner and fellow member in the group, told Meduzathat Verzilov had begun to …

Music

The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch as an Online Interactive Adventure

Surely you've seen Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights, the famous triptych oil painting from the late 15th century.<p>But do you know the …

Artists

Scientists find that hundreds of gut bacteria are electric

New research uncovers a surprising fact about numerous types of gut bacteria: they can generate electricity.<p>Electrogenic bacteria are those that are …

University of California

Writing Fantasy? Here’s How to Build a Vivid Setting

A fantasy novel with a lame setting is like a rock song played on kazoo. A strong setting adds richness and depth to your book that few other …

Is Awe Our Most Underrated and Powerful Emotion?

Awe calms the mind and soothes the spirit. It defuses anxiety, stress, and unhappiness, while also inspiring curiosity and enhancing creativity. And …

Mindfulness

13 Thyroid Facts Everyone Should Know

Your thyroid controls your heart rate, your respiration, major organs, and your metabolism. That’s why no one should take this little gland in your …

Wellness

How to Write like the World’s Best Selling Writer

Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to…Continue …

Writing

How to Create and Use a Character Bible for your Novel

A character bible is the place you collect information about all the characters in your novel. From your heroine to the car wash attendant who says …

Creative Writing

49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child

<i>The following story, written by Renee Jain, was originally published on GoZen.</i><p>It happens to every child in one form or another — anxiety. As parents, we would like to shield our children from life's anxious moments, but navigating anxiety is an essential life skill that will serve them in the years …

Self-help

Anya Krugovoy Silver, Poetic Voice on Mortality, Dies at 49

Anya Krugovoy Silver, the poet who, after receiving a diagnosis of advanced breast cancer in 2004, wrote lyrical verse that gave readers an exquisite, intimate and sometimes angry account of her illness, died on Monday in Macon, Ga. She was 49.<p>Andrew Silver, her husband, confirmed the death.<p>Ms. …

15 Tips For Creating A Fictional World That Actually Makes Sense To The Reader

From Narnia to Neverland, literature is filled with fictional realms. There are High Fantasy worlds like Middle-Earth or Westeros, where everything …

The 8 styles of thinking: Unlock awesome writing by rewiring your brain

The more you understand about how you think, the more able you are to hijack your own psychology to achieve your writing goals. There are ‘8 types’ …

Blue Light Is Causing The Human Eye to Attack Itself

Not good.<p>Excessive exposure to blue light isn't great for our eyes, contributing to a slow loss of vision over the course of a lifetime.<p>Scientists …

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

There’s a biological reason you feel down after having the time of your life

Think about the last time you were really happy. Not just when you were pleasantly surprised, or you had a “nice” time, but rather a moment in which you were smiling uncontrollably and laughing not because someone said something funny, but because it was a moment of pure bliss.<p>Those moments tend to …

Take a Mental Vacation With These Enchanting Magical Realism Books

Magical realism is one of the most unique forms of narrative fiction. It also happens to be one of the easiest genres to fall in love with. Weaving …

Realism

What we found in an undisturbed rainforest hidden on top of an African mountain

Atop Mount Lico in northern Mozambique is a site that few have had the pleasure of seeing—a hidden rainforest, protected by a steep circle of rock. Though the mountain was known to locals, the forest itself remained a secret until six years ago, when Julian Bayliss spotted it on satellite imagery. …

How to Make the Benefits of a School Garden Meaningful in a Child’s Life

Amid the litany of education reforms that emphasize innovation and new methods, school gardens stand out as a low-tech change. In an era where kids’ …

Education

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Online Education

A slew of must-read books for writers

If you’re mired in a writing rut, read.<p>More specifically, to revive and refresh your creativity—and possibly recapture your passion for prose—it’s …

How to plan the perfect healthy day, according to traditional Chinese medicine

Most of us think of the body clock, or circadian rhythm, as the internal system that regulates when we fall asleep and wake up. (When it’s dark, you …

Bacon shortbread is the best reason to hoard bacon fat

As a passionate home cook, it’s something of a moral imperative to never discard bacon drippings. This delicious by-product, which lasts a long time …

A Début Novel of Elderly Millennials, Afflicted with a Selective Strain of Self-Awareness

“Early Work,” Andrew Martin’s new novel of would-be writers sleeping with each other, understands the power of the first impression. Martin introduces characters in sharp, funny flash-portraits that declare the book’s intention to perch, vape in hand, on the border of earnestness and satire. (The …

7 Habits You'll Notice the Happiest People Practicing (but Most of Us Rarely Do)

How many of us can say we live this way?<p>So much has been written about the burgeoning happiness movement. While combing through my own research and notes on what happy and successful people do, it struck me how intentional they are about <i>choosing</i> the right mindset to become happier and more …

Paul Bowles: The Rolling Stone Interview

On the fourth floor of a small gray apartment house at the sunny outskirts of Tangier, Morocco, lives an American who may well rank as the premier …

Guide to Portugal, Europe’s Most Ascendant Destination

Someone once told me to pay attention when I kept hearing about a destination from multiple people. Over the last year, that destination has been …

European Travel

This Is The Ancient Rock Fortress Of Sigiriya, The Eighth Ancient Wonder Of The World

<b>At an altitude of 200 meters, on the top of a massive column of rock lie the magnificent ancient ruins of a temple reaching for the stars.</b><p>Located in …