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Watch a Musician Play the Last Stradivarius Guitar in the World

Even if you’re not a fan of classical music, you’ve probably heard of Stradivarius violins. Known for their superior sound quality, the rare violins …

TV

The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

How to Deal With a Narcissist: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

You must be tired of them. They’re everywhere. Narcissists. And if you think there are more of them than ever, you’re right. Research shows we are …

Bowie in America: how the US got under the singer's skin, and vice versa

David Bowie was dreaming of the country that would become his home since at least the 1960s. It fired his imagination, and his influence on US culture ran deep<p>“By the time I got to New York/I was living like a king,” sings David Bowie on Lazarus, his final single and also the title of the theatre …

Istanbul Has Always Been a City of Fires and Earthquakes. Today, It Was a City of Terror.

ISTANBUL -- Watching the footage of the aftermath of the suicide attack in Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square this morning brought back memories of three years ago. While researching for my book, "An Istanbul Anthology: Travel Writing Through the Centuries," I had found myself divided between reading …

Oscar Wilde

Don't Hide From Istanbul

This post was originally published in January 2016, but given recent events, we feel it remains a timely topic. We have updated this article with new information.<p>A deadly suicide blast hit Istanbul’s main tourist district on January 12, killing 10 and injuring 15 in Sultanahmet Square, at a time …

Keep Things Simple For A Healthy, Long Life

I'm often asked for medical advice by friends, family members, even new acquaintances: What about this diet? What should I do about this symptom? What about <i>this</i> medication?<p>People are usually disappointed when I don't share their enthusiasm about the latest health fads. Members of my family, in …

Health

Finding the Cultural Bridges of the Middle East in Literary Istanbul

Ortaköy Mosque and the Bosphorus Bridge, Istanbul. PHOTO: Wajahat Mahmood (CC BY-SA 2.0)Istanbul is my favourite city. There is no other place quite …

South Asia

Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves

New clues suggest slaves were vital to the Viking way of life—and argue against attempts to soften the raiders’ brutish reputation.<p>The ancient reputation of Vikings as bloodthirsty raiders on cold northern seas has undergone a radical change in recent decades. A kinder, gentler, and more …

Archaeology

10 Body Language Tricks To Power Up Your Career in 2016

Body language can be your greatest career asset. Here are ten simple and powerful tips to help you have a super successful 2016:<p><b>1) To make a great first impression, begin before you enter the room.</b><p>In business interactions, first impressions are crucial. Once someone mentally labels you as …

Body Language

The Myth of American Exceptionalism and the Uniqueness of America

There is a recurring theme throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, particularly on the Republican side: "Be afraid -- be very afraid."<p>It is enough to conclude American greatness lies in our historical rearview mirror. It is somewhat counterintuitive if one also accepts the myth of "American …

9 Tips For Writing Irresistible Leads – And The One Thing You Must Avoid

I should be up front with you: I have a complicated relationship with leads (also known as an article’s hook or introduction). As a professional …

Creative Writing

Pope Francis urges faithful to reject materialism

Pontiff makes appeal to Christians to criticise consumerism, hedonism and the excesses of modern society<p>Pope Francis ushered in Christmas by urging the faithful to reject the materialism that pervades the gift-giving season, and to embrace "simple, balanced" values, as violence subdued festivities …

Pope Francis

In bed with the Romans: a brief history of sex in Ancient Rome

<i>Wall painting from The House of the Faun, built during the 2nd century BC in the Roman city of Pompeii, depicting an erotic satyr and nymph. (Photo</i> …

Ancient History

13 science-backed ways to appear more attractive

Research has found that attractive people earn up to 14% more money than their unattractive peers.<p>Fortunately, attraction relies on much more than your physical appearance. It's in the way you carry yourself, the folks you hang out with, and how you talk to people — plus a whole lot more.<p>Read on to …

Psychology