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Why Should We Read Charles Dickens? A TED-Ed Animation Makes the Case

You can’t go near the literary press lately without hearing mention of Nathan Hill’s sprawling new novel, <i>The Nix</i>, widely praised as a comic epic on …

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

Snowden's New App Turns Your Phone Into a Home Security System

Your digital security, any sufficiently paranoid person will remind you, is only as good as your physical security. The world's most sensitive users …

The 20 best films of 2017

2017 didn’t improve much on 2016. If anything, the horror and dread of last year only seemed to take root and blossom this year, as some of our worst …

George Lucas

The 10 best books of 2017

From a short story collection to a century-spanning novel about a Korean family, these were the greatest reads the year had to offer, writes Jane Ciabattari.

Five myths about bitcoin

By Joseph Bonneau<p>Steven Goldfeder<p>This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of $17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Perhaps …

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The Pessimist’s Guide to 2018

Methodology<p>This report was compiled from interviews, data and research.<p>Nightberg, a global macro consultancy based in New York, evaluated the …

17 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Some are new, some are staff favorites, but all are terrific—and you’ll love at least one.<p>If Oddball Families Make You Smile<p><b>The People We Hate at the</b> …

5 Books Elon Musk Thinks Everyone Should Read

Image: Getty Images<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk reminds us of Marvin from The <i>Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy</i>. In addition to being a perpetually …

27 Things You Never Knew About Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's 'Good Will Hunting'

"Good Will Hunting" is turning 20 -- how do you like them apples?<p>Released on December 5, 1997, the drama about a tormented young genius from blue-collar Southie famously transformed relative unknowns Matt Damon and Ben Affleck into Oscar-winning Cinderellas. It finally made Robin Williams an …

6 Morning Routines That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Pay Off For Life

To start your day right, you've got to get into some good habits.<p>The early birds will inherit the earth.<p>At least that’s what a 2009 University of …

4 behaviors that may cut the risk of cancer by 30 percent

Researchers have figured out that about 30 percent of new cancer diagnoses and half of all cancer deaths in the US could be avoided.<p>That's a lot. So what's the secret? The most obvious way is to never smoke or to quit, but the researchers found three other lifestyle factors that matter a lot, too: …

Twenty-six words we don’t want to lose

After academics picked out 30 words that have been ‘lost’ from the English language, self-confessed ‘word geek’ Paul Anthony Jones reveals obscure yet delightful terms that also need to be saved from falling into disuse.<p>He sits next to a bookcase, flicking through titles long out of print. Like a …

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The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he …

The Uber CEO Who Arrived in the US with Nothing

<b>There’s truth in the stereotype</b> that immigrants often get handed jobs others would avoid like the plague. For most of his career, Dara Khosrowshahi, …

Confessions of a rock’n’roll biographer

For almost 40 years, Philip Norman has wrestled with icons, egos and artists (not to mention their widows) to reveal the untold tales of Britain's …

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

The 25 Best Inventions of 2017

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Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?<p>The most remarkable thing about the current tide of sexual assault and harassment accusations is not their number. If every woman in America started …

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Why are children’s authors eccentric?

The writers of Eloise, Goodnight Moon and more pushed boundaries of behaviour. Dark episodes in their pasts may have proved fruitful, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>As new parents and anyone who’s ever gone rummaging through their old childhood libraries quickly realises, much of the best literature for …

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Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

It’s mid-afternoon on a Friday at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, and three of Elon Musk’s children are gathered around him – one of …

50 Box-Office Bombs That Are Actually Great

Movies are big business, so it makes sense that their performance at the box office often determines whether they're considered a "success" or "a …

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

The World According to Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum lives the life we all want to live when we’re 65 and impossibly handsome. And a clotheshorse. And a massive flirt. Meet your delightfully weird (and weirdly delightful) new hero.<p><b>Five decades of</b> Hollywood glory have given us a pretty good idea of who Jeff Goldblum is on-screen. The …

The Explosive Legacy of Guy Fawkes, the Man Behind the Mask

History MagazineHistory Magazine<p>A popular symbol of protest today, Guy Fawkes was first the face of treason because of his role in the murderous Gunpowder Plot of 1605.<p>Tensions were high in England in late October 1605, when an English nobleman, Lord Monteagle, received a mysterious letter. Along …

Tigers team builder Main Stage ready to add crystal to 2017 haul

It might be only a 5 per cent share of Main Stage but the midfield group, led by Brownlow and Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin, might pick up a …

These 7 Writers Got Famous While Keeping Their Day Jobs

Dull day jobs can be the sustenance you need to fuel your side gig.<p>While many aspiring authors harbor visions of the day they can hand in their resignation letter and walk away from their open-plan cubicle and into their dream life as a full-time writer, most still need a steady paycheck before …

Matt Damon’s Limitations Are Catching Up With Him

Damon's struggles in the spotlight for the past couple of years show how the self-styled good-guy Hollywood liberal has not caught up to the world we live in today.<p><b>Matt Damon is</b> a Hollywood A-lister who presents himself as just a regular guy. He’s the star of the Jason Bourne action series, various …

Crows Are Doing the Best They Can

It’s time to give these resourceful, community-minded creatures some credit.<p>The first thing to know about crows is that a group of them is called a <i>murder</i>.<p>In America, crows count as a Halloween decoration, like skeletons and mini-gravestones. Homeowners perch plastic ones in their trees to instill …

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