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10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Creativity

How Can We All Listen Better?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Extrasensory.<p><b>About Julian Treasure's TEDTalk</b><p>Sound expert Julian Treasure says we are losing our listening in a louder world. He shares ways to re-tune our ears for conscious listening — to other people and the world around us.<p><b>About Julian Treasure</b><p>Julian Treasure …

Questions You Should Ask About Your Sleeping Habits

If you're still tired on a solid night of rest, take a look at how you're snoozing.<p>If you’re getting to bed on time and staying there for the recommended seven to eight hours, but still are routinely fatigued, you may have a sleep disorder. If you answer yes to any of the following, talk to your …

Sleep

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1 Head of Celery, 5 Dinners

<i>Put time into dinner now, and you can make it last forever -- or at least the whole week. Welcome to Halfway to Dinner, where Food52 will show you how to stretch your staples every which way.</i><p><i>Today: Go simple or go fancy -- chances are, we've got a way to use up all your celery.</i><p>Celery seems to be …

Mind-Blowing Video: The History and Future of Everything - Time

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A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Jesus

You Built What?!: A Tesla Coil Gun That Produces Foot-Long Sparks

Modeled after a Nerf gun--but with 200,000 volts under the hood<p>While browsing a bookstore near his home in Seattle last year, Rob Flickenger came across a graphic novel titled <i>The Five Fists of Science</i>. The story portrays inventor Nikola Tesla as a crime fighter who battles his enemies with a pair …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

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Wild weather expected across Canada this winter

Canadians are being warned to expect wild swings in the weather this winter, giving each month of the season its own "distinct personality."<p>The Weather Network is forecasting periods of intense storms that could leave Canadians thinking they're heading for one of the nastiest winters in a while, …

Weather

What The Hell Am I Eating, Yams Or Sweet Potatoes? Here's How To Tell

More than any other political or serious question at the Thanksgiving dinner table, one question remains the most pressing every year: Are those sweet potatoes or yams? America, the answer is devastatingly simple and obvious. So, in order to make your intense Thanksgiving discussions a little …

The 10 Mistakes Keeping You From Making The Most Perfect Mashed Potatoes Ever

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our many blessings, one of them obviously being mashed potatoes. Piled high in a glorious display of showmanship, we like to think their bounteous beauty is a metaphor for the richness of life. (Or something.) Mashed potatoes prove that the humble potato, with …

10 Scientific Blunders That Could Shake Your Faith in Science

The history of science teaches us to question what we think we know.<p>Some scientists who made great discoveries in history were ridiculed and …

Medicine

What Nutritionists Serve at Thanksgiving

As a dietitian, people often wonder what it's like at my house at Thanksgiving. They'll ask me: Do I drink? <i>Not generally.</i> Do I make desserts? <i>Yes! Pumpkin pie and usually an apple crisp</i>. Have I tried Tofurky? <i>Yes... I cooked it one Thanksgiving when I was a part-time vegan, but I prefer turkey brined</i> …

Food

Thor thunders in while The Book Thief makes a quieter but confident opening

The Norse god's return gives Marvel Studios the ninth biggest November opening weekend in history<p>• Thor: The Dark World – review • More US box office analysis<p>Thor delivers hammer blow<p>He's landed in North America with a big thump. Chris Hemsworth returns as the caped god of thunder in Thor: The Dark …

Five Mistakes You're Making with Your Chili

It doesn't matter what kind of chili you like—avoid these five mistakes, and you'll make the best batch you've ever made.<p>There are handfuls of ways to make chili: some people like it with ground beef and beans, some like it Texas-style with big chunks of meat, and plenty go vegetarian. Whatever …

Cooking

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Making Beef Stew

From using the wrong cut of beef to overthickening the stew, the most common ways home cooks ruin beef stew<p>It's stew season! We've been taking advantage of the chill in the air, and making warm, cozy dishes like chili, posole, and chicken stew for dinner. But there's one stew to rule them all: beef …

Cooking

How to Get the Most Out of Your Crockpot or Slow Cooker

Six common mistakes people make when using slow cookers and crockpots—and how to avoid them<p>We've said it before, and we'll say it again: it's now slow-cooked food season. While we usually tend toward our Dutch ovens for things like chili, braised chicken, and pulled pork, we definitely understand …

Cooking