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A 1755 Earthquake in Portugal Pushed Sand All the Way to the Caribbean

Researchers recently discovered evidence of a historic tsunami’s true extent.<p>For two years, the marine geophysicist Jean Roger had been looking for …

Earthquakes

The cosmic water trail uncovered by Herschel

During almost four years of observing the cosmos, the Herschel Space Observatory traced out the presence of water. With its unprecedented sensitivity …

Astronomy

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Learning

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Universe

30 of the World's Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing

Photo Credit: Alamy<p>Slide 1 of 61<p>Lost treasures<p>Throughout history, fantastic treasures from various cultures have been stolen or otherwise gone …

Archaeology

5 Tips to Market Your Self-Published Book in a Cost-Effective Manner

<i>This is a guest post by Sean Early, an experienced reviewer of international publications in the digital marketing and education industries. Besides</i> …

Publishing

Google adds local library ebook listings to search results

The Verge reports that Google has added local library ebook listings to its standard search interface when searching on books.<p>It works, too. When I …

eBooks

Introducing the Audible.ca Distribution Channel!

Hot on the heels of announcing ACX opened its doors to Canadian authors, publishers, and narrators, Audible has announced the opening of Audible.ca. …

Margaret Atwood

What If You Write Something No One Else Is Interested In Reading?

When I first started blogging, I knew I wanted to focus on documenting my life as a writer.<p>Over time, I realized my friends, family, and classmates …

Writing

Writers Tips #102: 17 Tips from The Careful Writer

<b>When you read your story, does it sound off, maybe you can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know you’ve done something wrong? Sometimes–maybe</b> …

Authors

Submitting Your Short Fiction and Poetry: 5 FAQs from a Magazine Editor…

<b>by Elise Holland in Writer’s Digest Online:</b><p><b>For writers of short form literature, submitting your work can mean a variety of positive things.</b><p><b>This step</b> …

Writing

Mystery Fossil Finally Confirmed to Be an Animal After 70 Years of Research

Ooookay, this is a weird one.<p>How animals evolved on Earth is somewhat murky. We know that most major animal phyla we see today appeared during the …

Evolution

More than meets the eye

Despite the advances made in past decades, the process of galaxy formation remains an open question in astronomy. Various theories have been …

Astronomy

What if the dinosaurs hadn’t died out?

Imagine a world where an asteroid hadn’t wiped out the dinosaurs. What would have happened afterwards – and how might their presence have affected mammals like us?<p>It was the kind of cataclysm that we can scarcely imagine. When an asteroid 15km-wide (nine miles) slammed into planet Earth 66 million …

Dinosaurs

Does Your Story Need More Tension? Add A Dash Of Dramatic Irony

Have you read a story where the character knew everything that was going on and merely went through a checklist to solve the problem?<p>I certainly hope …

Storytelling

Your Publicity Timeline: Is There a Best Month to Publish Your Book? @WriterUnboxed

<i>Are you an author? Is your book about to be published? Are you wondering how to promote your book?</i><p>Please welcome twenty-year veteran of the …

Publishing

How a Copywriter Would Write a Book Description to Hook Readers…

<b>By Lisa Brown on The Just Publishing Advice site:</b><p><b>A book description is probably one of the most important sections of a book because a book buyer</b> …

Publishing

Does Your Book Need a Lay-Flat Binding?

<b>by Joel Friedlander on The Book Designer site:</b><p><b>Although the vast majority of print books published by indie authors are print on demand paperbacks,</b> …

Publishing

Don’t Let Your Age Be a Reason to Not Write…

<b>by Enette Venter on Live Write Thrive Site:</b><p>If you are a teenager and you are writing, then chances are someone is going to tell you stop. Might be a …

Writing

As Oceans Alkalized, Life Developed Bones and Shells

A critical feature of many multicellular lifeforms on Earth are hard, biological structures, such as animal bones and snail shells that are made from …

Biology

The Japanese concept of Ikigai could be the secret to a long, meaningful life

What's your reason for getting up in the morning?<p>Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.<p>Originating from a country with one of the world's oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of …

World Economic Forum

The coinage of the Roman Emperor Nerva (AD 96-98)

On 18 September, in AD 96, the 65 year-old senator, Nerva, became emperor of Rome (Figure 1). His predecessor, Domitian, was assassinated in the …

Ancient History

Top 10 Little-Known But Fascinating Roman Emperors

The Roman Empire was one of the greatest civilizations ever established. Lasting over 1,000 years, they dominated the ancient Mediterranean. Roman …

Rome

See the Last Pictures From the Cassini Mission to Saturn

As the beloved spacecraft hurtled toward its fiery doom, it beamed home a final collection of eerily beautiful images.<p>Watch Mission Saturn Friday, September 15 9/8C on National Geographic.<p>Before its fatal rendezvous with Saturn’s flaxen clouds early Friday morning, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft …

Planets

Media Training for Authors – Getting a foot in the door – Press Releases and door knocking.

Despite the fact that it is very difficult to get the attention of the mainstream media, I still believe that you should make every effort to get …

Publishing

Media Training for Authors – Introduction and Opening the Door – Don’t be shy!

I have been an Indie Author for 20 years and without a massive budget behind me to get noticed, I had to push open a few doors myself. For most of it …

Books

3 (well, 4) free tools for writing better blog posts

There are 2.75 million blog posts written and posted every single day. I’ll let that sink in for a second.<p>I wrote my first blog post in 2003 and …

Digital Marketing

The Romanovs: How the royal dynasty began with a kindhearted teenager who liked flowers - Russia Beyond

The founder of the Romanov dynasty is little known not only abroad, but also in Russia. The average Russian would probably be puzzled if you asked about Tsar Mikhail I. They don’t teach much about him in school.<p>Those who are interested in history might point to the fact that his name is connected …

History

Battle of Immae

The Battle of Immae (272 CE) was fought between the forces of the Roman emperor Aurelian (270-275 CE) and those of the Palmyrene Empire of Zenobia …

Ancient History

Archaeologists have uncovered a jade mask in the tomb of a Mayan king revered as a god

Archaeologists in Guatemala have uncovered a jade burial mask over 700-years-old while excavating the tomb of a fouth century king revered in his own …

Archaeology