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Deep Underground, Oceans Of Water May Be Trapped In A Crystal 'Sponge'

Science teachers may have to add a whole new layer to the water cycle.<p>Scientists have discovered evidence of a vast reservoir of water hiding up to 400 miles beneath the surface.<p>The discovery could transform our understanding of how the planet was formed, suggesting that Earth's water may have come …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing

In the winter of 2010, inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 rules of writing published in <i>The New York Times</i> nearly a decade earlier, <i>The Guardian</i> reached out to some of today’s most celebrated authors and asked them to each offer his or her commandments. After Zadie Smith’s 10 rules of writing, here come …

The Decline of the American Book Lover

And why the downturn might be over.<p>The Pew Research Center reported last week that nearly a quarter of American adults had not read a single book in the past year. As in, they hadn't cracked a paperback, fired up a Kindle, or even hit play on an audiobook while in the car. The number of …

In 1900, Ladies’ Home Journal Publishes 28 Predictions for the Year 2000

At least since that 17th century architect of the scientific revolution, Sir Francis Bacon (who was mostly right), people have been making …

Prospero’s Precepts: 11 Rules for Critical Thinking from Some of Humanity’s Greatest Minds

It’s been argued that Shakespeare changed everything. Yet even if this is true, it’s true of the literature we consider Shakespeare’s legacy — which, it turns out, might not be Shakespeare’s after all. So holds the Authorship Question — the age-old debate about whether or not a single man we refer …

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How To Write An eBook Single Nonfiction Bestseller

If you’re a journalist or an author who enjoys writing nonfiction stories, the eBook single represents a new revenue stream for you. In some cases, …

Did Frank Lloyd Wright create America's greatest office?

Many would argue that the Great Workroom at SC Johnson headquarters in Racine, Wis., is the most beautiful office space in the U.S. CNET Road Trip 2013 had to investigate and decide.<p>RACINE, Wis. -- There's always stiff competition for the title of America's best workplace. But when it comes to the …

Architecture

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to …

'Star Trek' tricorder becomes reality

Decades after "Star Trek" made famous the small scanning device that could read your vital signs, the medical tricorder is now ready for prime time. The Scanadu can take everything from your heart rate to your blood pressure to your temperature in just...<p>Transcript<p>-The hard [unk] this time. -The …

Medical Technology

'Harry Potter' Author Conjures Pseudonym For Debut Crime Novel

Amazon describes Robert Galbraith's best-selling novel, <i>The Cuckoo's Calling,</i> as "a brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein." But as brilliant and classically inclined as it might be, the real mystery until now has been all about the author.<p>It turns out that Robert Galbraith is the nom de plume of …

Stephen King on Writing, Fear, and the Atrocity of Adverbs

<i>“Employ a simple and straightforward style,”</i> <b>Mark Twain</b> instructed in the 18th of his 18 famous literary admonitions. And what greater enemy of simplicity and straightforwardness than the adverb? Or so argues <b>Stephen King</b> in <b>On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft</b> (<i>public library</i>), one of 9 essential books …

Clergy Contribution To America's Wellbeing Ranks Below Military, Doctors, Scientists, Engineers: Survey

Do clergy contribute to America's well-being?<p>A new Pew Research Center survey finds that when it comes to views of professions' positive roles in society, clergy rank lower than people in the military, teachers, medical doctors, scientists and engineers, but higher than artists, journalists, …

An inspiring reminder that life is a special offer and you need to read the fine print. In the WORDS BRAND™ US Store and EU Store

An inspiring reminder that life is a special offer and you need to read the fine print. In the WORDS BRAND™ US Store and EU Store.

8 Successful Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Known Then

Execs and investors from Pandora, IDEO, Andreessen Horowitz, SoundCloud, and Kleiner Perkins, among other masters of disruption, share the wisdom they’ve gathered on the way to the top.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Looking …

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How to Hone Your Creative Routine and Master the Pace of Productivity

We seem to have a strange but all too human cultural fixation on the daily routines and daily rituals of famous creators, from Vonnegut to Burroughs to Darwin — as if a glimpse of their day-to-day would somehow magically infuse ours with equal potency, or replicating it would allow us to replicate …

Apple played 'central role' in ebook price-fixing conspiracy, says federal judge

Apple has been found guilty of conspiring with book publishers to raise ebook prices, in one of the biggest anti-trust lawsuits ever brought by US …

Lake Vostok may boast a thriving ecosystem

Buried beneath the Antarctic ice for 15 million years, Lake Vostok is one of the most extreme environments on Earth. A group of Russian scientists …

Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early

If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This story is part of 5 Habits Changes You Can Actually Make In 2015. Check out the full list here.</i><p>I am not a successful entrepreneur. I do not know the secret to life. I know that I love what I do …

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Mark Twain Drafts the Ultimate Letter of Complaint (1905)

<i>Click above for a larger version of page one and click here to see page two.</i><p>I recently made the mistake of crafting a letter of complaint that …

Jesus Statue Survives Atheist Legal Challenge, Thanks to Snowboarders

A federal judge ruled last Tuesday that the cultural significance of a statue of Jesus near a ski resort outweighs any religious meaning the statue …