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A US law meant to safeguard religious minorities abroad now covers atheists, too

By updating an 18-year-old religious freedom law, the US Congress has for the first time taken steps to explicitly protect people who identify as atheists.<p>Passed in 1998, the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act—named for a retired Virginia congressman and champion of religious …

Religion

Hacked Android Marshmallow build now available for Nexus S, here’s how to install it

Several old Nexus devices just don’t support Android 6.0 Marshmallow (and many <i>never</i> will), and that has left some owners of older phones feeling left out. But now, owners of the 2010 (yep, 5 years old) Nexus S might be glad to hear that one developer has managed to put together a build of …

Android News

50 Must-See Horror Films Directed by Women

Genre filmmaking has a reputation as a man’s field. That goes for audiences as well as filmmakers. To the novice, it’s easy to see why. For a long …

Facebook Responds To Open Letter Criticizing 'Real Names' Policy

The changes come after activists criticized the company in an open letter.

Internet

8 Truly And Utterly Terrifying Movies To Stream On Netflix Now

because it’s halloween, duh<p>This is it—the home stretch. Halloween is all but two days away, and for those of you too old to trick-or-treat or too over-it-all to go out, the only reasonable option is to stay home and scare yourself to death. These nine terrors courtesy of Netflix should just about …

Ten things I learned about writing from Stephen King

The novelist James Smythe, who has been analysing the work of Stephen King for the Guardian since 2012, on the lessons he has drawn from the master of horror fiction<p>Stephen King short fiction competition – send us your stories<p>Stephen King is an All-Time Great, arguably one of the most popular …

Creative Writing

Stranger than fiction: mother-daughter murder case grips Australia

When the decomposing body of a young woman was found in an Australian forest in 2010, police immediately thought of the country’s most notorious serial killer, Ivan Milat.<p>The Belanglo forest in New South Wales was Milat’s favoured dumping ground for his victims in the late 1980s and early 1990s – …

Crime

Two Nobel Prize winners figured out the perfect salary for happiness

His work investigates how humanity's overall quality of life has surged in the past 100 years, thanks to global advancements of tech and healthcare, as well as Asia's incredible economic growth.<p>But he's also dug into the ways that Westerners relate to money. In a popular 2010 paper, he partnered …

Happiness

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

129 Of The Most Beautiful Shots In Movie History

A visual essay on spectacular cinematography.<p>H/T cinematicpaintings.com, this Reddit thread, and this other Reddit thread.

Mad Max

With Hindu party leading India, beef grows more political

NEW DELHI (AP) — The legislator was full of outrage when he arrived in the north Indian village days after the killing of a Muslim farmer who was rumored to have slaughtered cows. A Hindu mob had smashed through the heavy wooden door to the man's home, then beat him to death with his wife's sewing …

100 books everyone should read Amazon Goodreads

To celebrate, start working your way through this list of 100 Books To Read in a Lifetime, as voted on and ranked by users of Goodreads, the largest book recommendation site on the web.<p>Amazon, which owns Goodreads, had its editors agonize over their own list, but the two turned out very …

The Most Extreme Things Actors Have Done to Prepare for Roles

There seems to be a strong correlation between degree of transformation and number of Oscars.<p>Probably because there seems to be a strong inverse relationship between degree of transformation and number of Oscars, Extreme Role Preparation has become something of a sport amongst actors. Who can …

Universal Pictures

This man invented the digital camera in 1975 — and his bosses at Kodak never let it see the light of day

Steven Sasson went to work for Kodak in 1973, The New York Times reports. He was tasked with figuring out whether a "charged coupled device" (C.C.D.) had any practical application. This led him, through a series of steps, not only to invent the first digital camera but also to invent a device to …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Literature

Why Is My Country Numb to a Child’s Murder?

From the beating deaths of two teen boys to the murder of four bloggers, shocking and brutal violence has become daily reality in Bangladesh.<p>This …

Travel Photographer of the Year: What was the best?

<b>From the harsh reality of the natural world, to stunning beauty seen at some of the planet's remotest locations - the best images from the latest Travel Photographer of the Year competition are now on show in London.</b><p>For a photograph to stand out from the crowd, says Caroline Metcalfe of TPOTY's …

National Parks

The Art of Being A Refugee

The Biennale, with all its national pavilions, will recognize the art of those tens of millions of people who have had to flee their homes and their …

Irish nanny charged in US baby's death released after two years

Aisling Brady McCarthy was charged in the January 2013 death of Rehma Sabir, who was taken to Massachusetts hospital with severe head injuries on her first birthday<p>An Irish nanny charged with killing a one-year-old <b>Massachusetts</b> girl in her care more than two years ago was released on bail on …

Crime

Dark and Bright: Play Up Contrast for the Best of Both Worlds

(Image credit: Allie NYC)<p>A love of dark, moody hues and a love of bright colors don't have to be mutually exclusive. As these pictures prove, dark …

Houzz

Scientists Use Skin Cells to Create Artificial Sperm and Eggs

British scientists from Cambridge have succeeded in using skin cells to create primitive forms of artificial sperm and eggs.<p>The feat could transform …

10 video-making apps that help you make the best home movies

Vloggers, home movie-makers and video enthusiasts can all have a lot of fun and get professional results with these apps<p>Smartphones are not only changing the way we watch films, but also the way we make them. When director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money filming his documentary feature <i>Searching</i> …

“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.” –Keith Haring

Boston Man Breaking Into College Bros' Homes to Tickle Their Feet in the Night

A hooded man has been breaking into male students’ homes at Boston College to tickle their feet in the middle of the night, according to Boston …

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly, also known as Tinkerbella nana, is one of the Top 10 New Species of 2014. Photograph by Jennifer Read. To see the full list of species, visit science.time.com.

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Oscar Pistorius was 'broken' after shooting girlfriend, witness says

A friend of<p>Oscar Pistoriustestified Monday that the South African Olympian appeared "broken" as he wept, prayed and begged his girlfriend not to die in the minutes after he fatally shot her on Valentine's Day last year.<p>Pistorius' murder trial resumed Monday after a two-week break, with the defense …

South Africa

7 Ways The Beauty Industry Convinced Women That They Weren't Good Enough

In America, the perennial quest for beauty is an expensive one.<p>Every year, women spend billions of dollars in exchange for beautiful hair, luxurious eyelashes, and smooth, silky skin. Still, many of our culture's most common beauty procedures were virtually nonexistent a century ago. The truth is, …

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