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When Did You Realize You 'Weren't' An Artist?

It's a question I'm asked all the time: At what point did you realize you wanted to be a writer? Was it after reading that great book in school? Did Mom or Dad push you into it? Or was it just something you fell into, because having a normal career didn't sound interesting and you realized you had …

Notes for Young Writers

<i>The following advice was sent to the creative writing students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, following a series of talks Ms.</i> …

How the Curse of Sykes-Picot Still Haunts the Middle East

In the Middle East, few men are pilloried these days as much as Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot. Sykes, a British diplomat, travelled the same turf as T. E. Lawrence (of Arabia), served in the Boer War, inherited a baronetcy, and won a Conservative seat in Parliament. He died young, at …

The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats

A new documentary follows some of the city’s famous felines as they navigate the ever-changing urban environment.<p>You’ll find them greeting foreign dignitaries at one of the city’s most famous sights, lounging on café chairs and shop displays, and lapping up attention wherever they go. They have …

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If You’re Having Fun, You’re Doing It Wrong: Andrew Kevin Walker On Screenwriting

The legendary screenwriting veteran behind Se7en has a new film coming out, and a lot to say about not letting the industry eat you alive.<p>Never underestimate the power of a mistake. Andrew Kevin Walker’s entire career may have hinged on one.<p>It all started with the then-fledgling writer’s …

How the Universe Solved the 'Hard Problem'

For some inexplicable reason the most common element in every possible experience -- consciousness -- has kept itself a secret. How the human brain produces consciousness -- if it does -- is an age-old question, currently traveling under the name of "the hard problem." Philosopher David Chalmers, …

You Should All Be Reading These Criminally Underrated Comics Right Now

We at io9 tend to cover a lot of comic book news, but there are a lot of smaller titles that, while not making headline news, are absolutely worth …

These Digital Paintings Are Wired for Success—Literally

With his new series of digital paintings, artist Jonas Lund wants to know: "What is an optimized artwork?"<p>Earlier this month in Milan, Jonas Lund's latest research shone through plexiglass panels in the Steve Turner booth at the Miart fair. Alongside a set of screens streaming online content …

8 Easy Ways to Kill Bad Habits, According to Research

Bad habits; we all got’em. You know what they are. You know you should stop. But… it’s hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. And …

Comment on Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future by Personal Bankruptcy Information | Mega Tech Software

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Ray Kurzweil

NASA has detected a burst of light that might be linked to one of the most monumental space discoveries ever made

Using equipment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the researchers detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, something Einstein's general theory of relativity predicted a century ago.<p>These gravitational waves should allow scientists …

7 Psychological Life Hacks You Can Use In Everyday Situations

These ingenious mental tricks can influence others and give your own mind an edge.<p><b>1. Assume a power pose by dislocating all of your fingers while</b> …

10 Ways Teens Are Hiding Their Online Behavior from Parents

According to security company McAfee, most parents don’t actually know the <i>real</i> online behavior of their teens.<p>Veer<p>Remember the slogan from those old …

How This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Creativity

Learning to channel your thinking--both conscious and subconscious--creates the conditions that make achieving your goals inevitable.<p>"Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep."--Napoleon Hill<p>Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it …

Feminists in a tangle over Islamic fashion

When Laurence Rossignol, France’s minister for women’s rights, likened women willingly wearing the burka to African-Americans backing slavery, she …

Photographer 'stitches' images to create new worlds - CNN Style

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What We'll Wear To Mars

The evolution of NASA's space helmets<p>In the 47 years since humans first stepped on the moon, space-helmet technology hasn’t exactly made a giant leap. But the prospect of exploring Mars has NASA’s designers scrambling for their drawing boards. “The requirements are different from anything we’ve …

Space Exploration

Inside a Stunning Monastery-Inspired Home for a Buddhist Family

Light! Drama!<p>Ho Chi Minh City has seen an abundance of brilliant vertical residences as of late, and this home built for a family of Buddhists is just the latest example. Designed by Vietnamese studio HA, the four-story home, appropriately named Zen House, offers a simple, natural material palette …

Cosmic Eye: Video by Perth astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow goes viral

A Perth astrophysicist says he is surprised but delighted to find a video he made four years ago has suddenly gone viral online, clocking up 36 …

Why Time Is One of Humanity's Greatest and Most Important Inventions

Without the pendulum clock, the Industrial Revolution doesn’t happen. Without the quartz clock, the technology in the digital revolution doesn’t …

NASA's latest video may be the most beautiful thing you see today

<b>(CNN) —</b> NASA has released a video shot in space of the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena and it is, quite frankly, phenomenal.<p>The five-minute clip, produced for NASA TV by Harmonic and released on Apr 17, uses time lapses shot from the International Space Station and shows the dancing …

Northern Lights

10 fashion trends inspired by the Queen's style

As the Queen celebrates her 90th birthday this month, we've been pondering over her mighty influence on fashion - which is greater than you might …

15 Body Language Blunders Successful People Never Make – Page 13

<b>12. Scowling</b> or having a generally unhappy expression sends the message that you’re upset by those around you, even if they have nothing to do with your mood. Scowls turn people away, as they feel judged.<p>Smiling, however, suggests that you’re open, trustworthy, confident, and friendly. MRI studies …

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