Ashish Malayil

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The best pop music of 2016 (so far)

So much about the first few months of pop in 2016 has been about mourning. David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Merle Haggard, <b></b>Paul Kantner, George Martin, Prince, Scotty Moore, Maurice White, Bernie Worrell and the just-starting-out Christina Grimmie are among those who have left us.<p>But while the music …

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

The Definitive Ranking of Bob Dylan Studio Albums, From Worst to Best

Bob Dylan, one of the greatest and most influential songwriters of all time, turns 75 on Tuesday. To celebrate his graceful march onward into …

Songwriting

What a Chess Grandmaster Can Teach You About Solving Problems

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

6 Inventions That Are Changing the World Right Now

The European Patent Office has identified this year's class of inventions that are shaping the future today.<p>X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging have allowed doctors to glimpse beneath our skin for sometime, but imagine having a real-time view in unprecedented detail to check soft tissues for …

10 TED Talks to Watch for Some Major Career Inspo

Whether you’re dreaming of moving up the corporate ladder at your current gig or you’re considering a career pivot, finding and landing your dream job is no easy task. Luckily for us, the Internet is filled with much more than cat Vines and fail vids (although, we do love a good summer Pinterest …

Shonda Rhimes

Flower Power in China: Pictures

Tulips

9 Motivational Videos to Help You Succeed in Business and Life

Can a few minutes of watching change your life? These deeply inspirational videos just might.<p>There are videos that energize us, inspire us, and motivate us to do great things. Then there are the very few that do all of that--and touch us so deeply that we wind up watching them over and over. We …

30 Most Colorful Cities Around the World

Many of the world's most iconic metropolises are filled with towering skyscrapers and shiny glass-and-steel facades, but not all cities are gray concrete jungles. From the candy-colored buildings of Havana, Cuba to the blue-painted houses of Jodhpur, India, many urban areas have embraced vivid hues …

10 travelers reveal the incredible stories behind their most jaw-dropping photos

Some of the world's most daring travelers have scaled great heights, survived intense weather, and explored remote destinations, all to capture stunning images.<p>We teamed up with @BeautifulDestinations, which is currently one of the most-followed travel Instagram accounts, to pull together 10 …

This app is helping Iranian people avoid the 'morality police'

If you grew up in the US or UK, the idea of someone policing your morality might seem a little alien. However, for young people in Iran, this is just part of daily life. The ‘morality police,’ known as Ershad (guidance) in Farsi, is a branch of the security services in the Islamic republic.<p>They …

Which "Hot" Tech IPOs Have Popped And Flopped Since 2012

Since the start of 2012, there have been numerous high profile initial public offerings for hot technology companies, but despite the buzz many have since traded well below their offer prices.<p>Take former stock market darling GoPro for example. The wearable camera maker entered the public market …

Fun Morphing Animation Summarizes What Happened in 2015

2015 was a year. And like most years, things happened. Pranay Patwardhan summarizes the big events in this wonderful animation. The world’s biggest …

Animation

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

THE SHOT: The Great Migration of 2015

I have been covering the migrant story for three weeks in Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Austria. I wanted to witness, and photograph, the biggest mass migration of people in Europe since WWII. The exodus of people from the Middle East and beyond is testing the European Union and beginning …

Feeling the Burn at Burning Man: Pictures

Music Festivals

The 11 Most Zen Places On The Planet

More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered for their natural beauty and spiritual power. Whether sparkling lake, clear-blue ocean or majestic mountain, these spots will help you find your inner om.<p>More than just vacation destinations, some places have long been revered …

Panoramic Photography

NASA's New Horizons gives final closeup of Pluto's puzzling dark spots

Pluto, the underdog of planetary science, finally gets its time in the spotlight this week. As the New Horizons spacecraft nears its historic …

23 Books All Soccer Fans Should Read

The football season is finishing. Get a book to pass the summer with.

Soccer

The best idioms from around the world, ranked

<i>The following were sourced from</i> I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World <i>by Jag Bhalla (National Geographic Books, 2009).</i><p>25. Ear-nectar<p>Origin: Indian. Meaning: A sweet noise or sound.<p>24. Can’t stop being the owl.<p>Origin: Italian, French. Meaning: Can’t …

How To Better Predict Unicorns

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Tom Jacobs is CTO at Kepler Analytics.</i><p>Of course Airbnb is worth a billion dollars. There’s an expensive asset there sitting unused. People often struggle to make rent. Hotels are expensive.<p>Of course Uber is worth a billion dollars. Taxis are awful, expensive and unreliable, and I’m …

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

We mapped out eight under-the-radar alternatives to popular European destinations, based on the kind of activity you're looking for. Adventure sports, wine tastings, the beach?! These secondary spots are equally as awesome, just a whole lot cheaper.<p><i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French …

National Parks

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

Photograph: PR<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/29/1430317190751/9d096a31-f282-4133-8779-85a6d357bda0-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: PR<p>84<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/29/1430317191028/9d096a31-f282-4133-8779-85a6d357bda0-140x84.jpeg<p>140<p>…

Festivals

Cassius Clay, Here I Come: Bob Dylan and Boxing

Fightland Blog<p>Back in 1961, a record exec named Lou Levy took Bob Dylan to Jack Dempsey’s restaurant on 58th and Broadway in New York to introduce the folk musician to the legendary boxer. Dylan recalls the encounter in his 2004 autobiography, Chronicles, Volume One.<p>Dempsey sized up the young man …

How self-publishing on LinkedIn can elevate your professional profile

It’s no secret that social media and online profiles have changed the rules of the job search game in more ways than one.<p>Data shows that 73% of …

Is this Chinese drone maker worth $10 billion?

The world's most innovative drone maker is not based in Silicon Valley. It's in China -- and it could be worth $10 billion.<p>SZ DJI Technology Co., better known as DJI, is looking to raise money from investors at a $10 billion valuation, according to media reports. A company spokesman confirmed to …

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest its been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan.<p>The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to …

Panoramic Photography

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Literature

How the Rio slums helped inspire a start-up revolution

The Agency, an initiative imported from Brazil's favelas, allows young people from deprived inner-city areas to develop business ideas benefiting their communities<p>Osmond Gordon-Vernon, a 15-year-old pupil at a comprehensive school in south London, recently held a meeting with a senior executive and …