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Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks

The dazzling thought-world of the Greeks gave us our ideas of democracy and happiness. Yet learning classics tends to be restricted to the privileged few. It’s time for ‘elitist dinosaurs’ to embrace a citizens’ classics for all<p>Just how special were the ancient Greeks? Was there really a Greek …

Ancient History

6 Simple Ways To Unlock Your Inner Power

Some studies suggest that normal human beings only use 10% to 20% of their brain and the majority of their mind potential is still locked. To …

Your Brain On: No Sleep

You feel it the moment your alarm goes off—that soggy, sickly sensation of having slept all wrong. You pour OJ on your cereal and get 10 steps out of …

12 Reasons To Date A Woman Who Reads

Filmmaker John Waters once said, "If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have any books, don’t f**k ’em."<p>Excellent advice.<p>I may be biased when I say that readers are cool, dateable people -- after all, I was the kid who brought my books to the dinner table -- but there are definite perks to …

Books

10 Ways to Lose 25 Pounds

Follow these steps and weight loss won’t seem impossible.<p>Want to lose 25 pounds? Sure, it’s a tall order. But if you follow these 10 steps, it doesn’t have to feel like mission impossible.<p>You can shed weight quickly, depending on how much you have to lose and how focused you remain. Oftentimes, …

Fitness

The Oreo Upside-Down Cake That's Making Us Reconsider Everything In Our Lives

Sometimes we come across a recipe so simple and brilliant that it makes us ask ourselves what we've been doing our whole lives. Oreo upside-down cake is one of those recipes.<p>Food blog Sally's Baking Addiction shared a recipe last spring for an Oreo Cake in which the cookies are set in the bottom of …

Nepal quake survivors face threat from human traffickers supplying sex trade

Criminal networks using cover of rescue effort to target poor rural communities in country from which an estimated 15,000 girls are trafficked a year, warn NGOs<p>Tens of thousands of young women from regions devastated by the earthquake in Nepal are being targeted by human traffickers supplying a …

Natural Disasters

'Alone time' is really good for you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Americans have a complicated relationship with alone time. Though we often feel a constant connection because of social media, the fact is, we're more on our own than ever: More than 50 percent of American adults are single, and some 27 million people live alone. In 1950, just 22 percent of …

Psychology

Graveyard of Stars May Lie at Milky Way's Center

An unidentified blast of powerful X-rays suggests something violent is happening at the core of the galaxy—but astronomers aren't sure what it is.<p>The center of the Milky Way is a crowded, violent place, where stars and gas clouds whirl at high speed around a gigantic black hole. Now astronomers …

Unexpected Desserts You Can Make Using Boxed Brownie Mix

Boxed brownie mix is a staple pantry item, offering home cooks a shortcut to sweet after-dinner deliciousness. As much as we all love brownies, …

Dark Matter Is Necessary For The Origin Of Life

When you look up past the stars of our Milky Way and out at the galaxies beyond, it might surprise you to learn that most of what we see <i>isn’t</i> most of what’s actually there. Sure, in our Solar System, 99.8% of the mass is in our Sun, and astronomy has taught us a tremendous amount about how stars …

Dark Matter

Aid begins arriving in Nepal's remote quake-hit villages

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The first supplies of food aid began reaching remote, earthquake-shattered mountain villages in Nepal, while thousands clamored to board buses out of Kathmandu, either to check on rural relatives or for fear of spending yet another night in the damaged capital.<p>Frustration …

Natural Disasters

13 Things To Remember When You Love A Person Who Has Depression

1. Depression is <i>not</i> a choice.<p>Depression is one of the most helpless and frustrating experiences a person can have. It’s sometimes feeling sad, …

Does the language you speak change your view of the world?

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

NASA --"Is It On the Verge of Discovering 'Warp Bubbles' Enabling Dreams of Interstellar Travel?"

There have been hints in recent news that NASA may be on the path to discovering warp bubbles that could make the local universe accessible for human …