Nicholas Ellerbrock

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4 Ways to Instantly Improve Your Writing

A new survey shows we're wildly overconfident in our writing abilities. Here's what to do about it.<p>It's easy to complain about the state of business writing in general. Not only does teaching employees how to express themselves clearly cost companies billions each year (as my Inc.com colleague …

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Physics

Five Worst Mike Pence Quotes on Science

Mike Pence, the putative next vice president of the United States, does not believe in evolution, thinks smoking doesn’t kill, would like creationism …

The scientific mystery of a man living with 90% of his brain missing

What we think we know about our brains is nothing compared to what we don’t know. This fact is brought into focus by the medical mystery of a …

Dental Care

Artificial Intelligence Recreates Nobel Prize-Winning Physics Experiment - In One Hour

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence capable of recreating the physics experiment that won the 2001 Nobel Prize.<p>The AI system was able to recreate the complex quantum experiment to create an extremely cold gas trapped in a laser beam, known as a Bose-Einstein condensate.<p>“I didn’t …

Artificial Intelligence

The deepest 3-D map of the universe ever made confirms Einstein was a genius

This theory, among other things, stated that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the source.<p>In 1915, he followed this up with the publication of his theory of General Relativity, which asserted that gravity has a warping effect on space-time.<p>For over a …

Universe

Religion Declining, Secularism Surging

An ongoing spate of recent studies - looking at various countries around the world - all show the same thing: religion is in decline. From Scandinavia to South America, and from Vancouver to Seoul, the world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of secularization. Indeed, as a recent <i>National</i> …

Dark Matter --"Is a Parallel Universe That Could Harbor Rich Physics and Complex Behavior"

Astronomers believe they might have observed the first potential signs of dark matter interacting with a force other than gravity. An international …

Chemical Exposure Linked to Billions in Health Care Costs

Researchers conclude they are 99 percent certain that hormone-altering chemicals are linked to attention problems, diabetes, other health problems.<p>Exposure to hormone-disrupting chemicals is likely leading to an increased risk of serious health problems costing at least $175 billion (U.S.) per year …

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Did Dog-Human Alliance Drive Out the Neanderthals?

With the help of wolf dogs, early humans out-hunted—and outlasted—Neanderthals.<p>In popular culture, they're often portrayed like members of a heavy-metal band: fur clad, shaggy haired, ape-like. But in most ways they were like you and me. They used fire and made tools, lived in social groups, and …

Why People "Fly from Facts"

“There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” “Actually, the researcher in that study lost his medical license, and overwhelming …

March 2015

Spare Time Short Fiction: How To Build a Career

Many writers want to write fiction, but they’re hesitant. They need an income from their writing, even if it’s a small one. Fiction can be …

Writing

12 Things Every Writer Should be Storing in Your Writer’s Vault

<i>by Edie Melson</i> @EdieMelson<p>Saving for a rainy day isn’t just good financial advice—it’s good writing advice. We all have those times when inspiration …

Win Prizes of over 20K in the Freeditorial Long- Short Story Contest on WTD (Free Entry)

If you want to win big with your writing, and need some strong motivation to write, here’s your chance.Our new Freeditorial Long-Short Fiction Story …

How Not To Write Misogynist Literature (A Guide For Dudes And Bros)

<i>By Amorak Huey</i><p>It’s tempting to start this piece by repeating the obvious, only speaking slowly: <i>Don’t. Write. Literature. That. Is. …

Feminism

Getting better all the time: simple ways to hone your craft

Writers may sometimes feel overwhelmed by the many aspects of fiction they must attend to when learning to write. As you hone your craft, aspects …

Creative Writing

How to Plan a Short Story – About Writing: Part 2

<i>Hey guys, this is the second article in my series about the writing process. If you’re interested in a broader look at the basics, check out Part 1,</i> …

Creative Writing

The Writer's Journey – Three ways to craft your future

Last week I wrote about The Writer's Journey - Five exercises to get you started. This week, I want to offer three ways to help you craft your …

Creative Writing

Do You Have to Write Books to Make Money From Writing

So the question is, if you want to make money from your writing, do you have to write books?<p>And the simple answer is, no.<p>Naturally, being able to …

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Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Internet Cats: Banksy Kitten Highlights Gaza's Plight

A new mural in Gaza by the anonymous artist Banksy features a kitten seeming to play with a ball of tangled metal rods as if it were yarn. The playful kitty is a jarring contrast to the destruction that surrounds him, but that's Banksy's point. On his website, Bansky says, "A local man came up and …

Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza: Watch a Mini Documentary by the Shadowy Street Artist

The world’s most mysterious street artist released a 2-minute documentary online Wednesday that details the horrors of Gaza—allegedly shot by the man …

Tehran's answer to Banksy: Medhi Ghadyanloo hits Britain

Flying cars, magic portals, levitating giraffes … street artist Medhi Ghadyanloo’s eye-popping murals make Tehran smile – but his paintings also probe Iran’s turbulent past<p>On a wall in east London, two giant crows loom over two young women who are swinging a rope. As a child jumps over the skipping …

4 simple steps to train your puppy: Watch Wrangler demo his tricks

Animal Planet's Andrea Arden stopped by Studio 1A Wednesday with a few tips and tricks for how to train your pooch.<p>On hand to demonstrate the techniques were TODAY's Puppy With a Purpose, Wrangler, and his trainer, Saxon Eastman.<p><b>1. Sit</b>Using small bits of food as a lure, slowly lift your hand up and …

Dogs

The Fine Art of Ambiguous Writing

The author Reif Larsen says Joseph Conrad and Anselm Kiefer taught him how to practice omission without infuriating his readers.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and</b> …