Nicole Blanton

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21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

11 TED Talks that show how strange and mysterious the human mind really is

captionThese talks will make you think about thinking.sourceTED<p>We use our mind every second of every day, but it’s safe to say no one understands</i> …

The Science Behind Why You Should Keep Reading Print Books

Every time we move, my husband and I have the same argument. “Do we have to take ALL of these books?” (The answer is always a dirty scowl and a “YES!”)<p>I have a ton of physical books that I insist on carting from house to house, state to state. It drives him crazy. Boxes of heavy books are not …

Books

Is the treehouse the pinnacle of sustainable living? - CNN Style

Written by Katy Scott, CNN<p>Many a child spent their youth scrambling up trees and building secret dens in the branches.<p>In an instant, plain-planked interiors propped in the trees transformed into faraway lands, forts and hideaways.<p>Brothers Andy and Simon Payne were no different. Growing up in Kenya, …

CNN

Is There Another 'You' Out There In A Parallel Universe?

One of the most exciting and enticing topics to speculate about is the idea that our reality — our Universe the way it is and the way we experience it — might not be the only version of events out there. Perhaps there are other Universes, perhaps even with different versions of ourselves, different …

Dark Matter

The Rise of Neo-Geocentrism

You are a born narcissist. You know you are conscious, and you don’t worry about whether others are too, because only your experiences matter. The …

Experience the Majestic Poetry of the Alps Through the Lens of Swiss Photographer Sebastien Staub

The world’s mountains have always captured our imagination, and photographers have spent careers documenting the majesty of high peaks only …

Paragliding

"Strange Terrains" Story and Pictures

Sponsored Story ?<p>Strange Terrains<p>Published <b>Nov 9, 2016</b> | View the Assignment | Features Photos From <b>22 Contributors</b><p><b>23 photos</b> selected by<p><i>National Geographic Photographer</i><p>View Slideshow<p>Thanks so much for every one of the 7,000-plus submissions for this assignment! This was my first time in the editor …

Tibet

The Hindu Belief of Samsara is Examined in Modern Paintings | City of the Seekers

Natalia Fabia's new show 'Rainbeau Samsara' examines the mystical cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.<p><i>In the late 19th century, Southern California attracted misfits, idealists, and entrepreneurs with few ties to anyone or anything. Swamis, spiritualists, and other self-proclaimed religious</i> …

Art

Breathtaking Photos of Ancient Trees Against Starry Skies

The timeless beauty of trees and constellations.<p>A sequoia can live for over 3,000 years. There’s one baobab tree specimen that has been dated at over …

Astronomy

Blood-Squirting Lizards and More Awesome Reptiles and Amphibians

Author: Matt Simon. Matt Simon Science<p>Date of Publication: 12.11.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Advertisement<p>Related Galleries<p>Free Speech, …

Researchers investigate how neurons sample probability distributions

For observations based on sensory data, the human brain must constantly verify which "version" of reality underlies the perception. The answer is …

Neuroscience

Scientists might have found the source of human conciousness

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>If humans can understand where consciousness comes from then it’s possible we can one day understand how it “works”, and …

Quantum Weirdness is Everywhere in Life

Weird quantum effects are so delicate it seems they could only happen in a lab. How on Earth can life depend on them?<p>The point of the most famous …

Earth - The world now sounds different to how it did a century ago

You can hear the climate changing. As the world warms, the soundtrack of the ocean is shifting.<p>In 2015, a US team of scientists and engineers reported that the loudest sound in some waters now comes from millions of tiny bubbles, which are released by melting glaciers and icebergs. In the fjords of …

The Experimental Quest To Disprove A Quantum Postulate

Quantum theory is probabilistic by nature. Because of fuzzy effects of quantum indeterminacy, the equations of quantum mechanics can’t tell us exactly what an object is doing, but only what the likely outcome will be when we interact with it. This probability is determined by the Born rule (named …

Quantum Mechanics