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Introducing 50 Essential iOS Apps, a guide to the best iOS apps around

With a mind-boggling 2.2 million apps in Apple’s iOS App Store, how do you find what’s good? That discovery problem is why we’re starting the 50 Essential iOS Apps series, a curated list of the best iOS apps on the planet.<p>Throughout this series, we will highlight essential iPhone and iPad apps in a …

Apps

34 Writing Contests in April 2018 — No entry fees

34 Writing Contests in April 2018 — No entry fees<p>There are nearly three dozen free writing contests in April. As always, every form and genre is …

Creative Writing

Michael Goolaerts' death raises question as to why so many cyclists suffer heart attacks

Belgian cyclist Michael Goolaerts, who died of cardiac arrest during the Paris-Roubaix race, was just the latest rider to die of a heart attack. This …

Cycling

The Timeless Myth of Medusa, a Rape Victim Turned Into a Monster

Since Ancient Greece, the snake-haired Gorgon has been a sexualized symbol of women's rage.<p>Hanging on the esteemed walls of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, there is a painting by Caravaggio depicting a feminine creature with slithering locks. Its subject is so majestic and terrifying that the 16th …

Feminism

Learn to Paint with 403 Free Episodes of Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting” on YouTube

Have you always wanted to learn to paint but you weren’t sure where to start? If so, why not delve into 31 seasons of the late Bob Ross’ <i>The Joy of Painting</i>, which is now freely available to watch on YouTube. The original series ran from 1983 to 1994, but thankfully didn’t disappear after the …

Filmmaking

Midnight Poem by Thomas Hood

Midnight - Poem by Thomas Hood<p>Autoplay next video<p>Unfathomable Night! how dost thou sweep<br>Over the flooded earth, and darkly hide<br>The mighty city under …

Oceans of writing talent on display at the 'poetry Oscars'

A gay Vietnam-born writer who spent a year in a refugee camp before moving to the US at two years old has won England's most important prize for new …

Poetry

This app is for anyone irritated with iTunes [Deals]

Usually when want to move a file from your computer to your iPhone, you’ve got to deal with iTunes. That means dealing with its often unintuitive interface and sync settings. Let’s be honest, iTunes isn’t exactly user friendly.<p>That makes WALTR 2 a welcome alternative. It’s a app that lets you to …

iPod

The works of art that aren’t as original as you thought

<i>The below is an extract from Matt Brown’s just published book, Everything You Know About Art Is Wrong</i><p>“Fountain”, by Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), was created in 1917. In form, it is simple – nothing more than an upturned urinal with the addition of a few pen marks on the side (“R Mutt, 1917”). In …

Two Of Uranus' Moons Are On A Collision Course

This is what happens when you have 27 moons orbiting a single planet.<p>Uranus will play host to a major astronomical bust-up as two of its moons are …

Astronomy

Killing cancer with vitamin C: Hype or hope?

There are few cancer treatments that give patients long-term hope of survival. Could vitamin C be the missing link?<p>The number of people who die from …

Cancer

John Ashbery, Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet, dies aged 90 - Firstpost

<b>New York:</b> John Ashbery, an enigmatic giant of modern poetry whose energy, daring and boundless command of language raised American verse to brilliant …

Modi's Anti-Graft Drive Hit After Indians Return 99% of Banned Notes

Indians have deposited nearly all the currency bills voided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, denting the central bank’s profit and dealing a blow to …

India

Can't criminalise marital rape, it will destablise intitution of marriage: Centre to Delhi High Court

Marital rape cannot be criminalised in India as it would destabilise the institution of marriage, the Centre told the Delhi High Court on …

These Unholy Facts Bring Out The Ugly Side Of Some Of India’s Most Revered Godmen

During the 1990s, Mohan Agashe played a godman in Sunny Deol-starrer <i>Zor</i>, where he's shown to be the main antagonist, who revels in his followers' …

Crime

Gut bacteria influence the brain indirectly, study shows

A new study has found that there is a three-way relationship between a type of gut bacteria, cortisol, and brain metabolites. This relationship, the …

Vitamin B linked to increased lung cancer risk

Although vitamin B supplements claim to increase energy and improve metabolism, a new study finds a relationship between high doses of certain B …

A Poet’s Garden: Edna St. Vincent Millay at Steepletop

It is a conversation you often hear in New York City, people saying the noise and the crowds are driving them crazy and that they need to move away. …

11 books on the future of humanity that everyone should read

But many writers have imagined the future in their work, inviting us to travel through time.<p>We asked Lynn Lobash, manager of the New York Public Library's Reader Services department, to recommend the books about the future that everyone should read.<p>Here are 11, and you can see more recommendations …

Books

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Amid heated discussions of the power of language to affect international diplomacy, our thoughts naturally turn to the unacknowledged legislators of the world — poets. A new biography of John Ashbery delves into the early years of this nonagenarian American treasure, while Allen Ginsberg’s …

Books

2017 Hugo winners: excellent writing and editing by brilliant women

This year's Hugo Award winners have been announced, and the prizes overwhelmingly went to brilliant women like NK Jemisin and Seanan McGuire, to the …

Science Finally Discovered Why Flamingos Stand on 1 Leg

Flamingos are known for their one-legged perch, but researchers think they’ve finally figured out how and why they do it.<p>The balancing act requires …

Nature

Cancer's Newest Miracle Cure

With the usual mix of anticipation and apprehension, Kaitlyn Johnson is getting ready to go to her first summer camp. She’s looking forward to …

Immunotherapy

Blood donation efforts leads to life-saving medical intervention for Logan woman

When Logan mother Terese Trinh rolled up her sleeves to give blood for the first time in 2014, she had no idea it was her own life that would need …

Medicine

Amazing 'biochip' reprograms your skin cells to do whatever your body needs

Imagine a smart chip that’s able to heal injuries by reprogramming skin cells when pressed onto a part of the body and given a quick jolt of …

Cell Biology

Amazing New Algorithms Will Fix Your Photos Before You Even Take Them

Smart like a pro.<p>New algorithms developed by Google and MIT engineers make it possible for smartphones to process and retouch photos in real-time, …

Machine Learning

Six Brain Hacks To Learn Anything Faster

Research proves there are ways to learn new skills and concepts with speed and ease.<p>Whether it’s a new technology, a foreign language, or an advanced skill, staying competitive often means learning new things. Nearly two-thirds of U.S. workers have taken a course or sought additional training to …

Princeton University

It's Official: Stunning Fossil Is a New Dinosaur Species

A new study of the fossil also makes the controversial claim that the armored dinosaur had anti-predator camouflage.<p>About 110 million years ago in what’s now Alberta, Canada, a dinosaur resembling a 2,800-pound pineapple ended up dead in a river.<p>Today, that dinosaur is one of the best fossils of …

The Entire Universe As We Know It In One Spectacular Photograph

There’s a tremendous amount of information available about the universe, so much so that it’s a feat to even comprehend how much scientists have documented. In 1946, we saw the very first photograph from outer space; 70 years later, we have images of over 5,500 different galaxies courtesy of the …

Universe

5 things I had to give up to be successful

There's an opportunity cost to everything worthwhile in life.<p>No matter what you're trying to accomplish, you'll have to give up something in order to make it happen.<p>When I asked people on Facebook what they had given up to get something else they wanted, I got about 60 answers.<p><i>Even if you get what</i> …

Motivation