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Best Folk Music albums of 2013

<b>Philip Henry & Hannah Martin: Mynd (Dragonfly Roots)</b> <br>Devon pair Philip Henry and Hannah Martin can both sing and are talented multi-instrumentalists and they have paired up to create a strong and imaginative album. Read full review here. ★★★★☆<p><b>Will Pound: A Cut Above (Lulubug Records)</b> <br>Harmonica …

If Miley Cyrus Wins TIME's Person Of The Year She Will Be The First Woman To Do So In 27 Years

The artist formerly known as Hannah Montana got tongues wagging—beyond her own—with a scantily clad, twerk-filled performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards and meme-able hit videos.

Miley Cyrus

Top 25 Informative Maps That Teach Us Something Uniquely Different About the World

<b>Population of Southeast Asia Compared to the Rest of the World</b><p>Maps can be great guides for more than just finding routes for traveling. They often provide insight on the rest of the world. Taking a look at certain maps can be incredibly informative, especially when comparing the standing of …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

The Tangible Media Group at MIT’s Media Lab has unveiled a futuristic display made of atoms, not pixels.<p>We live in an age of touch-screen interfaces, but what will the UIs of the future look like? Will they continue to be made up of ghostly pixels, or will they be made of atoms that you can reach …

Liu Bolin, invisible man – in pictures

Liu from Shandong, China, manages to camouflage himself in any surroundings, no matter how impossible the task might seem. Standing silently in strange locations around the world, the 39-year-old artist uses himself as a blank canvas.

Artist Creates Awe-Inspiring 11-Acre Aerial Portrait Using Wood, Soil, Sand and Stones

Art and photography often intersect in interesting and, at times, confusing ways. For instance: if you create a beautiful 11-acre portrait out of …

Comment: Snowden saga has left Britain adrift

<b>By Samuel Lawes</b><p>The Land of the Free has become Big Brother Central. As the Edward Snowden saga drags on, Britain must ask itself: Which side of the …

Why Can People Live In Hiroshima And Nagasaki Now, But Not Chernobyl?

On August 6 and 9, 1945, U.S. airmen dropped the nuclear bombs Little Boy and Fat Man on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On April 26, 1986, the number four reactor at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine exploded.<p>Today, over 1.6 million people live and seem to be thriving …

What Lies Beneath

Deep below the streets of New York City lie its vital organs—a water system, subways, railroads, tunnels, sewers, drains, and power and cable lines—in a vast, three-dimensional tangle. Penetrating this centuries-old underworld of caverns, squatters, and unmarked doors, William Langewiesche follows …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

This map shows what each country leads the world in: http://f-st.co/7SEBzQs Spain takes the top slot in cocaine use, and Australia has more deadly animals and melanoma than any place else in the world. Now that we know Mongolia leads the globe in velociraptor bones, we will never look at that country the same way again.

5 Surprising, Science-Backed Ways To Get Smarter Today

Your intelligence isn’t fixed; it’s fluid. Here’s a handful of ways to improve your brain flow.<p>So it turns out that, contrary to what your SAT scores told you, we can actually get smarter day by day–depending on what we do with our days. As Annie Murphy Paul reports, intelligence isn’t set in …

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day–And How To Avoid Them

The “swimmer’s body illusion,” and other ways our brains play tricks on us.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Get ready to have your mind blown.<p>I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously …

Malala Yousafzai recounts moment she was shot in the head by Taliban

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Malala Yousafzai revisits the day she was shot in the head and neck by terrorists<p>Malala Yousafzai has recounted the moment she was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen.<p>Yousafzai, who was nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, said …