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Thailand human trafficking investigator quits, raising questions over commitment to probe

BANGKOK (REUTERS) - The resignation of a senior Thai policeman in charge of a sweeping human trafficking investigation raises serious questions over …

Human Trafficking

Nearly 90 Suspects Face Human Trafficking Charges in Thailand

A senior army general was among 88 suspects who appeared in a Thai courtroom Tuesday to face charges of human trafficking.<p>The suspects are accused of …

Dragon Boats

These 12 Quotes By William Wordsworth Are A Must Read For Poetry Lovers

Did you know that William Wordsworth, one of the best English poets of all time, felt strongly against the description of “falsehood” in certain …

Having A Baby VS Having A Cat (9 Pics)

Matthew Inman, the brilliant cartoonist behind the highly successful Oatmeal webcomic, has created a hilarious comic that compares and contrasts the …

4 memory-boosting activities

Did you know that as we age, the memory parts of our brains actually shrink?<p>Puzzles and crosswords can keep your mind sharp, but here are four other ways to exercise your brain.<p><b>1. Go for a walk.</b><br>Research shows that walking for about 40 minutes three times a week will help increase the size of the …

Humanity

How to create a super-secure password you’ll never forget: Use poetry

If you’re like most people, your passwords are terrible. You might have just one insecure password that you use for everything.<p>A pair of computational linguists at the University of Southern California have a possible answer to your easy-to-hack habits. They set out (pdf) to automatically generate …

Bill Gates

Dad Writes Insane Late Notes for His Kids, Wins Internet

Nothing like public humiliation to set a 10-year-old straight.<p>Seth King, father of five from Salt Lake City, Utah, got fed up with how often his kids were late to school. Whether it was because the young ones slept in too late or because they took too long to get dressed, King wanted to teach his …

Parenting

An A-Z of Mental Wellbeing

<b>Keeping our minds well deserves as much attention as keeping our bodies healthy and strong. Use the A-Z below to investigate where your mental</b> …

Happiness

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

6 subtle things highly productive people do every day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

Time Management

Top 10 literary biographies

From Shakespeare to Shelley, Edith Wharton to VS Naipaul … literature’s greats have biographies to match<p>The idea of writing about authors is, for me, irresistible, and I’ve just published my seventh. It was about Gore Vidal and I have often recalled Vidal’s wise suggestion (made 30 years ago) that …

9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook

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Sudanese forces committed mass rape; women attacked in hospitals: HRW

Human Rights Watch is accusing the Sudanese military of another mass rape in Darfur.<p>Members of Sudan's Rapid Support Forces raped at least 60 women in the country's troubled western region, after taking over the town of Golo in January, according to a new report by the rights group released …

Five atheists who lost faith in atheism

Atheism is cool. At least, that's the popular perception of a worldview that's enjoyed a rebrand and a renaissance in the last couple of decades. …

Faith

Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

In his latest book, "The Sense of Style," Harvard cognitive scientist and linguist Steven Pinker explores the most common words and phrases that people stumble over.<p>The book is like a modern version of Strunk and White's classic "The Elements of Style," but one based on linguistics and updated for …

Linguistics

Get Your Glow on With 13 Hot Highlighters

Fall’s darker hues and darker days are no excuse for letting your complexion go dim, especially not when it’s so easy to keep skin bright with help from this year’s most versatile beauty product — highlighter. Whether you’re on team strobing or team contouring, highlighter is a true must-have for …

Makeup

We finally know what the villain of the next 'Star Wars' movie sounds like

Much of the next "Star Wars" movie is still shrouded in mystery.<p>We don't know much about the plot of "The Force Awakens" and we don't even know what …

Science Fiction

Illuminated Book Sculptures Form Highly Detailed Magical Worlds

Artist Su Blackwell utilizes beloved novels as an uncommon canvas and builds upward to create bewitching book sculptures. For her latest standout exhibition, she was inspired by how one's dwelling can act as an imaginative space. “The works include dwellings, such as lighthouses, wood cottages, …

Books

The do's and don'ts of Yellowstone National Park

Do's and don'ts in Yellowstone National Park:<p><b>Don't get within 100 yards of a wolf or bear</b>, or within 25 yards of bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and coyotes. Rangers say more people are hurt by bison than by bears. (Bison can run about 35 mph — three times faster than most people.)<p><b>Don't</b> …

National Parks

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Gag Reel Isn't Just Funny, It's Creepy Too

What Archaeologists Really Think About Ancient Aliens, Lost Colonies, And Fingerprints Of The Gods

It’s no secret that far more people watch TV shows like the History Channel’s ‘Ancient Aliens’ than attend lectures by professional archaeologists and historians. Millions of people tune in to watch TV series and docu-dramas with a questionable grip on facts about the past. The stories spun by …

Joe Rogan

Cary Fukunaga’s IT Was Just Too Awesome for Warner Bros. to Handle

I Drank This Much Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day And Lost Weight Fast

There’s a crybaby in your gut. It’s called ghrelin, otherwise known as the “I’m hungry” hormone. When your stomach is empty — or thinks it is — it …

Writing And Editing: Five Problems to Avoid in Your First Novel

<i>The first novel is definitely the hardest! You think you have internalized how a story works as a reader and then you discover there is so much more</i> …

Writing

Superhero Bits: Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Joker, Punisher, Superman, Captain America – /Film

Did <b>Jared Leto</b> just drop a <i>Killing Joke</i> reference? Does <i>Wonder Woman</i> have a new VFX supervisor? Is <b>Henry Cavill</b> bummed about not getting to star in</i> …