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The world's 50 greatest countries – according to you

21 world wonders that you're not supposed to visit

Middle East

32 Books That Will Make You a More Well-rounded Person

Do you aspire to be one of those people who knows at least a little bit about everything?<p>There's any easy way to do it: Read everything!<p>You can't …

Books

4 Brilliant Work Habits of History's Most Underrated Genius

Claude Shannon was the father of the information age, and we can all learn from him.<p><i>What work habits of geniuses like Einstein, Shannon, and Turing can the rest of us learn from? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better</i> …

Top 10 campus novels

Natural theatres for intellectual ideas and human folly, universities have provided perfect stages for novelists from Kingsley Amis to Michael Chabon<p>What is it about a university setting that opens so many possibilities for fiction? Is it the fact that characters are likely to be young people …

29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati

Little, Brown<p>Bloomsbury Publishing<p>Alfred A. Knopf<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Harper & Brothers<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Jonathan Cape<p>Viking Press, Dell …

Books

Inside the World’s First All-Female Special Forces Unit: Norway’s Jegertroppen

World<p>ELVERUM, Norway — An explosion just a few feet away rocks the unmarked station wagon as it travels along a dirt road in the Norwegian woodland.<p>Immediately, two soldiers jump from their front seats and run for cover behind the carcass of an old, rusty tank. Firing their weapons at targets along …

Military

10 gourmet adventures that prove Asia is the greatest continent for food

“The kitchen is a country in which there are always discoveries to be made,” Grimod de la Reynière, one of the world’s first restaurant critics mused. Nowhere is this truer than in Asia where there are so many types of cuisine to discover and sample. From laksa, a coconut-laced Peranakan noodle …

Top 10 books about the Russian Revolution

A century after the Bolsheviks seized power for communism, Tariq Ali chooses some of the best books about an uprising that changed the world forever<p>A hundred years after the Russian Revolution, history, according to most historians, had pronounced its judgment. October 1917 had been relegated to a …

The key to curing disease could lie in Iceland's genes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The freezer sits behind a heavy door in the basement of an unassuming building on the campus of the University of Iceland.<p>It feels much colder than it looks; inside, the temperature is minus-15 degrees Fahrenheit, but the air is so dry, you can't see your breath.<p>Stored in that freezer are …

Genetics

9 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Happy Friday, Apple fans! You’ve made it to the end of yet another long week and as a reward, we’ve hand-selected a fresh batch of paid iPhone and …

Amazon, Google, Salesforce And Leading Roboticists On The Golden Age Of AI

The 11th annual MIT Tech Conference, a student-led event organized by the MIT Sloan Tech Club, had “exponential technologies” as its theme this year. Here’s what I learned from the event’s morning sessions which covered artificial intelligence, robotics, quantum computing, and biotechnology.<p><b>Look</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners

Five neuroscientists argue that fancy new technologies have led the field astray.<p>It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision. They can turn …

Study Skills

From Star Wars: The Last Jedi to Get Out: the best movies of 2017

Chelsea Clinton: By the Book

<i>The co-author of “Governing Global Health” says she first read Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” in the seventh grade, and “it still makes me uncomfortable, even more so, decades later.”</i><p><b>What books are currently on your night stand?</b><p>Svetlana Alexievich’s “Secondhand Time”; David Morrell’s trilogy …

The Complete Machine Learning Bundle | Popular Mechanics Shop

<b>Quant Trading Using Machine Learning</b><p>Play the Markets Like a Pro After 11 Hours of Integrating Machine Learning into Your Investment Strategies<p>Financial markets are fickle beasts that can be extremely difficult to navigate for the average investor. This course will introduce you to machine learning, …

A Pro Marathoner Shares Her Go-To Power Smoothie

When we sat down with Neely Spence Gracey last week at the Adidas UltraBoostX launch, we had so many questions running through our heads — she's a professional marathon runner, was Team USA's top placer at the 2013 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, and was the top American finisher in the …

Marathons

Thierry Bornier’s Breathtaking Photos of China Will Stun You into Silence

Former fashion CEO Thierry Bornier quit his job and moved to Yunnan, China. The rest is magic.<p>Thierry Bornier is a French landscape photographer living in Yunnan, China. His photographs have been published by National Geographic and he has won numerous awards for his breathtaking aerials. But …

Living in… the world’s most welcoming countries

In these five spots, expats will likely be greeted with a warm welcome, a helping hand and a friendly smile.<p>For many expats, finding new friends can ease the often overwhelming task of adjusting to a new life abroad. But with huge variances in local culture and language capabilities, some places …

Central America

The Detox Kitchen's gluten-free banana pancakes with chocolate sauce

MAKES<p>4 pancakes<p>INGREDIENTS<p><b>For the batter</b><p>1 banana, peeled<br>• 2 eggs<br>• 1 tbsp honey<br>• 2 tbsp self-raising gluten free flour<br>• oil, for cooking<p><b>For the chocolate sauce</b><p>1 tbsp honey<br>• 1 tbsp coconut oil<br>• 1 tbsp cacao powder<p><b>Topping suggestions</b><p>sliced banana, seeds (I like Qnola), extra drizzle of honey<p>METHOD<p>Mash the banana …

The Fall of Singapore: '75 years on, I'm still looking for answers'

Len Tadman remembers precisely the moment he heard. It was a cold February night and the nine o’clock news chimed on the family wireless set at home in Dulwich, south London. His mother was ironing. Len, then 16 years old, and two of his eight siblings were sat at the kitchen table, listening …

Is This the Underground Everest?

Far beneath a remote mountain range in Uzbekistan, explorers are delving into a labyrinth that could be the world's deepest cave.<p><b>‘Don’t worry, you can’t get lost down here.’</b> Larisa Pozdnyakova’s words, in her thick Russian accent, float to me from within the cave’s seemingly endless black void. …

Harvard has created a 'liquid' battery that could last for more than a decade

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from phones to electricity grids but their lifespan is incredibly short, plus they're difficult to recycle. …

26 Literary Tattoos That Are Borderline Genius

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The Case Against Contemporary Feminism

It’s the same with feminism as it is with women in general: there are always, seemingly, infinite ways to fail. On the one hand, feminism has never been more widely proclaimed or marketable than it is now. On the other hand, its last ten years of mainstream prominence and acceptability culminated …

How to Create a ‘Double Exposure’ Using Photoshop

We love a good in-camera double exposure; done right, they can look as surreal as anything we can create in post. But if you don’t have the skills, …

How Were Hieroglyphics Deciphered?

<i>How were Hieroglyphics deciphered?</i><p><b>Steve Theodore</b><b>:</b><p>It was a tricky task, which defied several centuries of effort. Hieroglyphic writing was a very …

Ancient History

Get Smarter in 2017. Here Are 5 Places to Educate Yourself Online (for Free)

Knowledge is power.<p>What do you want to learn more about this year? Nanotechnology? Virtual reality? Bitcoin? How to protect democracy?<p>According to neuroscience professor Ken Kosik, adult education, or specifically engaging in challenging new learning experiences, encourages brain plasticity. And …