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From Middle Earth to Hundred Acre Wood: putting fiction on the map

If a picture tells a thousand words, then does a map tell a million? From JK Rowling’s Marauder’s Map to JRR Tolkien’s map of Middle Earth, maps in novels help both characters and readers to find themselves<p>In praise of travel books and the places they take us<p>Maps. They help us to make sense not …

Books

Jennifer Lawrence says Hollywood pay gap complaint was self-critical | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence said on Saturday that her recent critique of the gender pay gap in Hollywood raised as many questions about herself, and her willingness to be assertive, as it did about bias in the U.S. film industry.<p>Actress from the upcoming movie …

Gender

5 amazing predictions by futurist Ray Kurzweil that came true — and 4 that haven't

He's so influential that Google (now Alphabet) hired him to lead its artificial intelligence efforts.<p>Kurzweil is known for making predictions about the future, which are right about 86% of the time.<p>Here are a few of the predictions he's made about life up to 2015. They're shockingly accurate.<p>And …

Singularity

Mars moon landing planned before permanent base set up on red Planet for 3-year missions

NASANasa could be sending men to the (Martian) moon before landing on Mars itself<p>It released a "journey to Mars" plan, saying it was closer than ever …

Space Science

Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

So which one are we (we human beings, I mean)?<p>Infinitesimal<p>String scale<p>Nanoscale<p>Subatomic scale<p>Atomic<p>Molecular<p>Mitochondrial<p>Cellular<p>Microscopic<p>Minuscule<p>Tiny<p>Lilliputian<p>Small<p>Medium<p>Bulky<p>Large<p>Immense<p>Massive<p>Giant<p>Mammoth<p>Colossal<p>Leviathan<p>Vast<p>Galactic<p>Cosmic<p>Universal<p>Well, it depends on who’s asking. To a …

18 things you should do immediately to best prepare for the next five years

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What Can People Start Doing Now That Will Help Them A Lot In About Five Years?</i> <i>Answer by David Cannon, Founder, Solutionbank.org.</i><p>There’s already a lot out there, but I couldn’t resist writing a note to my 23-year-old self:<p>If you do anything, do this first …

Entrepreneurship

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Water: the weirdest liquid on the planet

The more scientists examine H2O, the stranger it starts to seem. Water bends all the rules – but if it didn’t, ice would sink and firefighters’ hoses would be useless<p>Water is the only substance on Earth whose chemical formula has entered the vernacular. We all know H2O, even if we don’t understand …

Weird

How Germs Might Shape the Future of Architecture

Design-minded scientists are harnessing the power of bacteria to move toward healthier buildings.<p>We know that buildings can make us sick. Take, for example, cases of lead poisoning, mold exposure, or the aptly namedSick Building Syndrome. But can they also make us healthier? Scientists are trying …

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Medicine

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

Gender