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10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

Tale Of Two Popes: Francis, Benedict Appear Together In Public

Pope Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, appeared together at a ceremony anointing 19 new cardinals in what The Associated Press described as "an unprecedented blending of papacies past, present and future."<p>In the solemn event, known as a consistory, Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on …

The 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People

In 1914, Thomas Edison's lab burned down, and years' worth of his work was destroyed. This could easily be described as the worst thing to happen to Edison, but the inventor instead chose to see it as an energizing opportunity that forced him to rebuild and re-examine much of his work. Edison …

The Human Brain Now Reacts to Emoticons Like Real Faces

We're all familiar with the smiley emoticon, and its power to add levity, flirtation, and occasionally passive-aggression to our texts, chats, and …

15 jazz records for people who don't like jazz

<b>Busting the myth of jazz as a private island for the smug, middle-aged and lonely.</b><p>When the idea for this feature first came up it was with the …

Don't Know What To Do With Your Life? Neither Did Thoreau

Every year, students come into my office and say, "I don't know what I want to do with my life." Of course, plenty of people in the world don't have the luxury of such cluelessness, but my students don't look like they're enjoying their privilege; they look scared and depressed, as though they've …

The Beautiful Flow of Pi

Flow Of Life Flow Of Pi. Cristian Ilies Vasile designed this visualization of the first 1,000 digits of the mathematical constant pi using Circos to …

The Internet Map

The Internet Map is an interactive, zoomable design that uses a combination of algorithms and the Google Earth API to display 350,000 websites as …

Essentials: Adventure Tech

Electronic aids for your next winter mission.<p>OtterBox Defender Series for Ipad Mini<p>The iPad mini ($329) may be portable, but it’s still fragile. The Defender’s ($70) hard polycarbonate shell and built-in screen protector hasn’t let us down after months of travel. It isn’t waterproof, but port …

Roland Unveils New 808/909 Drum Machine Hybrid

Gearheads, rejoice: The much-anticipated return of Roland's 808 drum machine is near. After a lot of speculation about the comeback of the classic 808, FACT reports that Roland's new machines will be unveiled at the Brighton Music Conference on April 11 and 12. Rather than a simple new version of …

Watch couples fall in love at the country’s most beautiful national parks

Romance and nature. What more could you want?<p>You don't have to be a fan of Valentine's Day, or marriage, or monogamy, or any of that stuff to appreciate this compilation of couples getting engaged and married at national parks and wildlife refuges, put together by the Department of the Interior. If …

Elizabeth Kolbert: Earth’s growing extinction crisis is a man-made disaster

Earth’s species are dying off at a catastrophic rate, Elizabeth Kolbert tells Salon. And humans are to blame<p>What with everything else going on, you might not have realized that Earth's currently undergoing a mass loss of life -- the so-called Sixth Extinction. The Fifth Extinction was the asteroid …

Worst headline of 2014?

Maxim Korea is under fire for a story titled “How to date Japanese women who haven’t been exposed to radiation”<p>What's wrong with this Maxim Korea cover?<p>Let me rephrase that. What is <i>unusually</i> wrong with this Maxim Korea cover?<p>Can't read Korean? That bit circled in red reads, "How to date Japanese …

Einstein the failure: How history’s greatest physicist flirted with disaster

Before he changed the world forever, Albert Einstein staggered from one early defeat to another<p>During the autumn of 1907, Albert Einstein worked under pressure. He had been invited to deliver the definitive review of his theory of relativity to the Yearbook of Electronics and Radioactivity. It was …

Outdoor learning: Education’s next revolution?

A growing body of research suggests that exposing students to nature could yield extraordinary results<p>If you’ve been out of school for a while, your memory of time spent in classrooms may be bathed in a nostalgic glow. In reality, though, you probably spent a lot of your time looking at the clock, …

American literature’s holy grail: Franzen, DFW and the hunt for the Great American Novel

Critics said the Great American Novel was dead. Then David Foster Wallace and Jonathan Franzen burst onto the scene<p>Because the Great American Novel (GAN) was first framed as and continued long after to be deemed a realist project, it stood to reason that when realism became passé, “the perennially …

Our Neanderthal heritage

The scientist who sequenced the Neanderthal genome describes his quest to find what makes us human<p>I came for the cavemen, but I stayed for the geeky nail-biter of a story about doing historic science in a climate of fierce international competition and rapid technological innovation. Svante Pääbo's …

4 of the best movies about America’s ludicrous war on drugs

These brilliant films offer new insight into the marijuana debate currently taking center stage<p>In the past year there has been an explosion of films that dare to intelligently explore the U.S. drug war. Spurred by the rapid reform of cannabis policy, pot is increasingly becoming a centerpiece of …