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If Children of Blood and Bone is the next big thing in YA, we’re all very lucky

In Tomi Adeyemi’s Afrofuturist fantasy epic, a black teenage girl is key to bringing magic back to the world.<p><i>Children of Blood and Bone</i>, a debut YA novel from Nigerian-American writer Tomi Adeyemi, is widely expected to be the next great YA franchise. It’s the first in a planned trilogy, and …

Books

These 7 mindful habits can seriously boost your happiness

There’s more to being a happy person than sheer good luck. Being moved off of the waitlist for your favorite workout class or getting an unexpected …

Happiness

Feast Your Eyes on All the New Scifi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in April

This month brings a deluge of new books, including the latest from genre titan John Scalzi, as well as tales involving dark magic in post-apocalyptic …

Books

Dim Light May Change Brain Structure

Spending too much time in dimly lit rooms and offices may actually change the brain’s structure and hurt one’s ability to remember and learn, …

Neuroscience

These monkeys surprised scientists by sharing even more when no one was looking

Marmoset monkeys exist on a branch of the evolutionary tree that is distinct from the one that led to humans. But these fellow primates consistently astonish researchers with social behavior that seems, well, pretty highly evolved.<p>Marmosets engage in rigorously polite patterns of communication and …

Biology

Two women are reviving India’s forgotten poetry, one postcard at a time

In 1930, Salim Ali, an ornithologist with the soul of a poet, took a walk in a woods in Maharashtra on a Sunday morning and was overwhelmed by this “other world within our world”. He wrote an essay about the natural world and how the birds, animals and trees live harmoniously in the …

Literature

What's The Scariest Book Set In Your State? Here Are All 50 Answers

Every state has its own breed of spooky stories and urban legends, but finding those ghouls and goblins revived in horror novels can be a challenge, …

Books

The best books on Moral Character, recommended by Christian B Miller

Why do apparently 'good' people sometimes behave deplorably? Christian B Miller, professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University, selects five …

Psychology

Write Beautifully

An Epiphany to Perfect Your Novel WritingI was in a funk. A writing funk.The kind within which you rewrite the same paragraph over and over only to …

Creative Writing

Freshly Unearthed Baby T. Rex Skull Is a "1 in 100 Million" Discovery

But not everyone agrees it's a T. rex.<p>When we think of the <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i>, the first thing we usually think of is a massive, fearsome predator. But …

Dinosaurs

Telepathy is real

How do we transmit information from one person to another?<p>(Inside Science) -- Now, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but telepathy, the act of transferring thoughts into someone else’s head is now real. As in, published-in-academic-papers real. People have now telepathically communicated with each …

Paranormal

What Being a Sex Worker Taught Me About Men

On top of intimacy, emotional labor, and ethical sex.<p>Like most women, I’ve been sexualized more times than I can count, both with and without my permission. I’ve been told by bosses to wear a skirt next time—the shorter the better. Like nearly every woman I know, I’ve sat down in a coffee shop with …

Me Too movement

Shirley Manson: 'Men need to start policing their own'

The legendary Shirley Manson of Garbage is being presented with the “Icon Award” at this year’s <i>NME</i> awards.<p>It follows an incredible moment where …

Intimate shots of maikos -- Japan's geisha apprentices

<b>(CNN) —</b> Gaining access into the enigmatic world of Japan's modern-day geishas is no easy task, but award-winning French photographer Philippe Marinig has managed to pull off just that.<p>His new book, "Secret Moments of Maikos: The Grace, Beauty and Mystery of Apprentice Geishas," is an impressive …

Japan

How to Give Strawberries the Gift of Immortality

Strawberry Honey Butter<p>Makes a scant 2 cups<p>2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes, at room temperature <br>1/4 cup honey <br>1/4 teaspoon …

Dessert

AI engineer builds and marries his robot wife

A 31-year-old AI engineer has married one of his robot creations.<p>Zheng Jiajia, who used to work for Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, held an informal …

Robotics

Martin Luther: Catholic Dissident review – a sympathetic reappraisal

Peter Stanford’s highly readable biography seeks common ground with the father of the Reformation<p>This readable, tolerant and intelligent biography of the man who launched the Protestant Reformation in 1517 shows how much the Catholic church that Luther challenged 500 years ago is changing. The …

Theology

'Femininity Is Not Weakness,' Jessica Chastain Says Of 'Zookeeper's Wife'

War movies are generally told from male perspectives, says director Niki Caro — but that doesn't have to be the case.<p>Her new film, <i>The Zookeeper's Wife</i> is an adaptation of Diane Ackerman's 2007 book. It's based on the diaries of Antonina Żabińska, who, along with her husband Jan Żabiński, saved …

World War II

Postnatal depression is not a new phenomenon, only a chronically ignored one

I take three pink pills every morning, small ones, kept on my bedside table in a bright yellow box. Because they look so enticing and so sugary-sweet, I swallow them in full view of my son, part of our morning ritual before I drop him off at care. He knows that they are “Mummy medicine”, pills I …

Mental Health

5 Australian Food Bloggers You Need to Follow

Australian cafes have been popping up here in the U.S., boasting bright, sunny interiors and healthy-ish dishes like avocado toast and gluten-free …

Recipes

The Best Lemon Bars of All Time

<b>Heat the oven and prepare the baking dish:</b> Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 325°F. Lightly coat an 11x7-inch baking glass dish …

Baking

The 15 most useful Google apps you never knew existed

Google can be your best friend when it comes to searching for answers or information online. Millions of people use it every day, but only few can …

Singularity

There's now a device that lets you alert painlessly your friends when you're in danger

Ask any woman in America and she can probably tell you about at least one instance where she was in danger and would have loved to issue a distress …

Mental Health

Stop! You've been cooking pasta all wrong

Making a bowl of spaghetti is a relatively quick and painless task to complete and, as such, has become the meal of choice for students and time pressed cooks. But one author is determined to simplify and speed up the process even further with an interesting food hack.<p>Harold McGee, author of An …

Gladiator 2, the lost script: Nick Cave's demented plan to bring Russell Crowe back from the dead

While everyone mostly died at the end of Russell Crowe's swords-and-sandals epic Gladiator back in 2000, that isn't stopping director Ridley Scott from putting together a sequel. One that will reportedly feature a presumably zombified Maximus Decimus Meridius.<p>"I know how to bring him back," Scott …

SXSW

Scientists stumped by crocodile eggs found in dinosaur nests

Crocodiles and their ancestors have been roaming the Earth for 200 million years, rubbing shoulders (do crocodiles even have shoulders?) with the dinosaurs, the BBC reports.<p>Now researchers—in a study published this week in <i>PLOS One</i>—say they've discovered the world's oldest known crocodile eggs. The …

Paleontology
India