Vinaya Bhagat

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515 Travel Experts (Including Me) Choose The World's 50 Best Journeys: Do You Agree?

What resulted is a collection of the top 50 trips every traveler can aspire to in their lifetime, a guide to diverse and dynamic adventures and activities in some of the most stunning and culturally-rich lands on the planet.<p>As you read, you’ll be tempted to travel to massive icebergs in Antarctica, …

National Parks

Giant, newly discovered dinosaur was literally a huge weirdo

You're standing in a lush forest 230 million years ago in what is now Argentina.<p>You're alone among the Triassic shrubbery. Suddenly, an …

Research

15 Books With Chilling Protagonists That Will Keep You Guessing Until The Very Last Page

Nothing is more haunting than an unreliable narrator or unsettling protagonist. Perhaps that's why psychological thriller novels are so darn hard to …

Books

The Importance of Sentence Length in Writing

First published in 1985, <i>100 Ways to Improve Your Writing</i>, is a book by author Gary Provost that is loaded with constructive tips for writers of all …

Writing

Ask Ethan: Would Life On Earth Be Possible If We Were Anyplace Else In The Galaxy?

While there are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy, many with Earth-sized planets at the right distance for liquid water on their surface, there are great chances for life all throughout the Milky Way. At least, that’s what we assume. But isn’t it possible that the conditions we have at …

Universe

Complex Organics Found on Saturn Moon Enceladus: What It Means for Life

Carbon-rich organic molecules, which could potentially form the building blocks of life, have been discovered in the watery plumes spewing out from …

Astronomy

Best summer books 2018, as picked by writers – part one

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>Meg Wolitzer’s <i>The Female Persuasion</i> (Chatto) is wonderfully dense and wise, a page-turner that succeeds both at character and ideas. It felt true to life.<p><i>Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A</i> (Bodley Head) by Danielle Allen, a memoir about the loss of a beloved cousin, is …

Books

What Was It Like When The Big Bang First Began?

Looking out at our Universe today, we not only see a huge variety of stars and galaxies both nearby and far away, we also see a curious relationship: the farther away a distant galaxy is, the faster it appears to move away from us. In cosmic terms, the Universe is expanding, with all the galaxies …

Dark Matter

Read 'The Cabin At The End Of The World' And You Won't Sleep For A Week

The worst kind of horror plays for shock — for extremes of blood and gore and screaming nonsense. It is instantly recognizable for existing in a universe too far gone from our own to truly haunt anyone still tethered to the everyday.<p>The best kind of horror is soft. Quiet. Almost gentle in its …

Stephen King

The best recent fiction for children

The first decision a children’s author needs to make before putting fingertips to keyboard is whether to invoke hocus-pocus, or not. Done believably, magic can be, well, spellbinding; but it can just as easily feel like the scoundrel’s way out of gaping plot holes. A trio of recent offerings play …

Books

The Complete Guide To Stir-Fry Cooking [Infographic]

Image: iStock<p>Once you know the basics of stir-frying, an endless variety of quick and healthy dishes will await you. These infographics from Cook …

Cooking

21 books you don’t have to read

21 books you don’t have to read<p>We’ve been told all our lives that we can only call ourselves well-read once we’ve read the Great Books. We tried. We …

Literature

These 14 Short Story Collections Will Change Your Approach to Life

If you're someone who loves reading but can never seem to find the time for it, we've found a solution: the humble short story. We get it, it can be …

Books

Birth of a planet captured for first time as gas giant bigger than Jupiter swirls into existence

Even by astronomical standards it is a discovery that is out of this world.<p>Scientists have for the first time witnessed the birth of a planet, a huge gas giant many times the size of Jupiter, swirling into existence 370 light years from Earth.<p>The theory of how gas planets form from a vortex of …

Astronomy

So You Want to Read Comedic Fantasy: Here’s Where to Start

The Tales of Pell<p><i>Iron Druid Chronicles</i> author Kevin Hearne and <i>Star Wars: Phasma</i> author Delilah S. Dawson’s <i>Kill the Farm Boy</i> is a take-no-prisoners …

Books

How to Turn Great Ideas into Exciting Plots

This is the one thing you need.Eureka!…Now what?Ever so often you get that flash of inspiration, the lightning bolt of FUN IDEA, the quirky character …

Creative Writing

Top 10 lost women's classics

What is a “lost” women’s classic? How unappreciated does something have to be before you consider it lost? Also, lost to whom?<p>As a Virago author, I am proudly, painfully aware that my book was paid for – literally and figuratively – by the art of women who are now dead. There wouldn’t be a taste …

Books

What's the Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything?

The Standard Model. What a dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

Unique neuronal firing patterns in our "second brain" observed for the first time

Using a newly developed imaging technique, a team of researchers in Australia has directly observed a unique neural motor firing pattern outside of …

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The need for sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours. Our brains actually change states when we sleep to …

Neuroscience

Meet Supercontinent Pangaea Proxima—in 250 Million Years

Our maps show how Earth's mountains collide and oceans swirl as a new landmass takes shape.<p>The continents are in constant motion: Tectonic plates crash together and break apart, creating new crust while old crust is pulled below the surface. The process shrinks and widens oceans, uplifts mountain …

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

Our Brains Are Too Puny to Fully Understand The Scale of The Universe

This will blow you away.<p>As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly …

A Physicist Has Proposed a Grim Explanation For Why We Never See Aliens

The fault in our stars.<p>The Universe is so unimaginably big, and it's positively teeming with an almost infinite supply of potentially life-giving …

Universe

Lonely Planet reveals the best places to visit in Europe this year – and one UK spot makes the cut

Have you visited this ‘exciting’ and ‘creative' UK city?<p><b>Lonely Planet has named its much-anticipated top 10 European destinations for a holiday in 2018, and its travel experts have picked an overlooked UK city for the selection.</b><p>Dundee in Scotland was chosen as the sixth best place to visit in …

The 19 coolest places for a European holiday in 2018, according to travel experts

Globetrotters are always looking for inspired travel recommendations from those in the know in order to experience new destinations in the most authentic way possible — and those passed by word-of-mouth are always best.<p>As summer kicks off, Business Insider asked friends, colleagues, and some of the …

Neil Degrasse Tyson, Author and Astrophysicist - Brief but Spectacular | PBS NewsHour

<b>Judy Woodruff:</b> Finally, we turn to another installment of our weekly "Brief but Spectacular" series. Tonight, author and astrophysicist, Neil …

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness is Directly Linked to Light

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!<p>The photons, strangely enough, appear …

9 New Audiobooks For Road Trips To Keep You Entertained On The Long Drives Of Summer

Taking the scenic route to your vacation destination this year? You're going to miss out on valuable reading time, but not to worry, book nerds! I've …

Neukom Institute Announces Winners of Speculative Fiction Awards

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College has awarded the inaugural 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards in …