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Strange and beautiful things under a microscope – in pictures

A competition, now in its 43rd year, dedicated to showcasing the beautiful and bizarre as seen under a light microscope attracted over 2,000 entries from 88 countries. Here’s a selection of the winning and commended images from the 2017 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition

100 Wedding Cocktail Hour Songs That Make a Perfect Playlist

The cocktail hour at your wedding is a magical moment: You're officially a newlywed, drinks are flowing, and there are smiles all around. Create a playlist full of songs to match the golden vibes! Get inspired with this roundup of the best cocktail hour songs (in every genre) to play on the big day!<p>…

Soul Music

How to Stay Young & Hot Forever: Advice from a 96-Year-Old Grandma.

<i>Relephant bonus: on Elephant Market, Eco Beauty offerings.</i><p>My grandma was always the hottest commodity in her town, and in any town for that …

Bette Davis

The full program of Melbourne International Film Festival 2017 is here

Director Michelle Carey has unveiled the full program for MIFF 2017, which kicks off on August 3. Just revealed is a focus on pioneering Australian …

Daniel Radcliffe

5 Apps That Will Change the Way You Decorate Your Home

Home decorating is a hefty investment. Whether you're renovating or rearranging a room, shopping for a new piece of statement furniture, or designing …

Home Decorating

How Strength Training Changes Your Body For Good

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Exercise<i>, which is</i> <i>available at Amazon.</i><p>Dr. Dena Oaklander, a psychiatry …

8 Barre-Inspired Abs Exercises You Can Do at Home

When you think of barre workouts, you probably picture a ballet barre in a studio with walls covered in mirrors and floors lined with mats. You also …

Yoga

Reinventing The Body, Resurrecting the Soul

In this life-changing course, Deepak Chopra reveals "the forgotten miracle"--the body's infinite capacity for change and renewal. "You cannot take …

Scientists Say You Should Do This Exercise at Least Twice a Week to Make Your Brain Work Better

Engaging in <b>regular weightlifting</b> could actually make your brain work better and prevent dementia, concludes new research by Australian scientists. As …

The secret to container vegetable gardening

Maximize your space and reap all the growing benefits<p>If you want to grow your own food but have too little time and space for a garden (or too many …

6 Savory Overnight Oat Recipes that Will Rock Your Morning

As self-proclaimed breakfast enthusiasts, we feel a special kinship to overnight oats and recognize that their potential is vastly undervalued. It’s …

41 Of The Most Suspenseful Books You'll Ever Read

*GASP*<p><i>Note: Entries have been edited for clarity and length.</i>

Books

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

This Is Your Brain on Exercise

Right now the front of your brain is firing signals about what you’re reading and how much of it you soak up has a lot to do with whether there is a …

Art as Therapy: Alain de Botton on the 7 Psychological Functions of Art

The question of what art is has occupied humanity since the dawn of recorded history. For Tolstoy, the purpose of art was to provide a bridge of empathy between us and others, and for Anaïs Nin, a way to exorcise our emotional excess. But the highest achievement of art might be something that …

Higher Levels of Fitness Linked to Executive Function and Brain Activity in Older Adults

<b>The aging process is associated with declines in brain function, including memory and how fast our brain processes information, yet previous research</b> …

The Brain

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

Mashed Potato Croquettes

We thought mashed potatoes' stock plummeted on Day 2—until we had these croquettes. Crispy yet creamy, potatoes might be better as leftovers.<p>Ingredients<p>2 large egg yolks<p>2 cups cold mashed potatoes<p>½ cup grated Parmesan<p>2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped<p>1 tablespoon all-purpose flour<p>4 large eggs<p>2 …

Mashed

One Thing Women Should Do For Stronger Knees

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Self-improvement

The Best Biographies of 2014 (So Far)

From John Updike to Louis Armstrong, from Mavis Staples to John Quincy Adams, we round up the most fascinating life stories published this year.<p>Only …

50 Best Apps and Websites for Travelers

Everyone has an airport horror story. But you can make the most of a bad situation with apps likeFlight+, which will keep you abreast of the latest …

Top Mobile Photographers Share Their Tips for Creating Stunning Images with a Phone

Mobile photography has gone from a convenient novelty of sorts to a full-fledged art form in its own right. And in the video above, some of the best …

The Organized Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel J. Levitin<p><b>New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin shifts his keen insights from your brain on music to your brain in a sea of details.</b><p>The information age is drowning us with an unprecedented deluge of data. At the same time, we’re expected to make …

The Brain

Using Black in Art Journaling

Last week was great. I went to Scotland! I started with a small business conference in Glasgow and then had a couple of days sightseeing. My husband …

How-To: Open Air Wrap

Since spring seems to be sticking around NYC for a while, I’m definitely feeling the love for lightweight knitwear. If you too are in the mood for some breezy warm weather knitting, you’ll definitely want to check out this whimsical open air wrap tutorial from Whit’s Knits on The Purl Bee!<p>I tend to …

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

First impressions<p>As ubiquitous as the smartphone may be for everyday photography, there is still one area that the regular compact camera has it beat: zoom. Sure, there's the Nokia Lumia 1020 which gives you 41 megapixels (38 effective megapixels in the real world) of resolution to crop into, but …