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18 science fiction and fantasy books to read this January

Start off your year with a good book (or two)<p>It’s a brand new year, and that means that it’s time to dust off the reading list and take a look at what’s coming ahead.<p>In the last days of 2017, I finally found some time to catch up on Brian K. Vaughn and FIonna Staples’s brilliant comic <i>Saga</i>. I’ve …

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

The best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels of 2017

Not a good year for humanity, but a great year for books<p>2017 was a hard year for a lot of people. With climate change, haywire politics, and tech companies running amok, there are lots of reasons to put the year in the rearview mirror. But through it all, a run of great books shined a light in the …

Raleigh’s book, packed with veiled political advice and suppressed soon after publication, is a classic of late Renaissance history writing<p>“When Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London,” writes George Orwell in his As I Please column for 4 February 1944, “he occupied himself with …

Literature

10 handy things you probably don't know Netflix can do

The end of the year is when we count our blessings: family, friends... and nearly unlimited movies and television for $10.99 a month.<p>Netflix is a powerful tool for surviving the chaos of December. You can watch movies while traveling. You can set up Christmas specials for the kiddies. You can tame …

What to do if you're in a crowd of panicking people

Basically, don't panic.<p>On December 11, 2017, a pipe bomb detonated at the Port Authority bus station in New York City. Five people were injured from the blast, but no one was seriously harmed in the quick evacuation that followed.<p>That’s not always the case. In 2005 reports of a bomber in Baghdad …

13 science podcasts for short attention spans

<b>(Getty/Totojang)</b><p>Have 60 seconds to spare? You can learn some science!<p>Ma'ayan Plaut<p>November 26, 2017 8:00pm (UTC)<p>These podcasts aren’t your average science class: These mini-lessons are an inquisitive guide to the natural and technological world of observation, research, and discovery.<p><b>1. “60-Second</b> …

It's binge time: What to stream during Thanksgiving weekend

<i>Thanksgiving weekend is upon us. That means it's time to gorge on carbs, nestle in on the couch, and treat yourself to dozens of hours in front of your screens. Here are some old favorites and new releases that landed on streaming services in November, hand-picked for your holiday enjoyment.</i><p>For …

Indian scientists develop technology for effective cancer treatment

A team of Indian scientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School has made an important breakthrough by developing a …

Immunotherapy

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

Caterpillars

Geneticists Are Concerned Transhumanists Will Use CRISPR on Themselves

The biggest debate at the International Summit on Human Genome Editing is where to draw the line between "medical treatment" and "body enhancement."<p>Geneticists developing powerful genome editing tools are worried that transhumanists will try to use them on themselves before they're deemed safe and …

K.S.R. Murthy

Articles about 6 reading nooks we love on Dwell.com - Dwell

Rugs don't just belong in cozy mountain lodges—as proven by a new summer collection from Brooklyn dealer Aelfie.<p>If your manuscript is far from being illuminated, it’s time to drop the task at hand and find a new lamp to read by.<p>Somewhere between the fanciful beasts of Where the Wild Things Are and …

San Francisco

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 …

My bookshelf: Cheryl Strayed's top reads

I didn’t grow up in a house full of books, but my mom read to me and sparked my love for stories. We were poor, and I grew up 20 miles outside of a town that didn’t even have a library, so I was always longing for all the books I wanted and didn’t have.<p>The first books my mother read to me – when I …

Books

Pigeons identify breast cancer 'as well as humans'

<b>Pigeons, with training, did just as well as humans in a study testing their ability to distinguish cancerous from healthy breast tissue samples.</b><p>The pigeons were able to generalise what they learned, correctly spotting tumours in unseen microscope images.<p>They also did well at a particular …

Neuroscientist And Former Addict Explains What We Get Wrong About Addiction

He says addiction is "not a disease" -- and recognizing that may be the first step to better treating it.<p>The prevailing view that addiction is a disease, just like depression or diabetes, is wrong, according to a leading neuroscientist.<p>Marc Lewis, the author of <i>Memoirs of an Addicted Brain</i> and <i>The</i> …

Amen

A Guide to the Groundbreaking Board Games You Should Be Playing Right Now

Some of the cleverest, most exciting, and original ideas in gaming aren't on your PC or your console, but they could be on your kitchen table.<p>I was sitting in the middle of a crowded coffee shop, and my wife was holding a gun to my head.<p>It was a troubling situation, alleviated only slightly by the …

13 Annoying Email Mistakes Even Smart People Make | Inc.com

How good are you at email? We all complain about getting too much of it, and we all try to cut down the time we spend on it. Yet in our email-driven business world, it remains a primary form of communication, something we spend a large part of every workday doing. The amount of time we spend on it …

Hillary Clinton

The 21 most popular novels of the year so far

The beauty of fiction writing is its ability to take the reader into captivating imagined worlds, from fantasy-like environments to tales set back in time.<p>Every year, Amazon pulls together its most popular print books of the year​. Based on sales numbers and updated daily, the list is a good …

Books

19 Banned Books That Actually Changed Your Life

"I can honestly say that reading it for the first time saved my life."<p>*The following books were banned by the user's town, school, or library.<p>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

7 Psychological Tricks for Getting More Work Done | Inc.com

We all wish we could get more work done in less time. If we were more productive, we'd have a better chance at getting that raise, we'd have more personal time to do what we wanted, and we'd get closer to our goals much faster. Unfortunately, you can't bully yourself into working harder. There's no …

​Teaching a Computer Not to Forget

One of the keys to unlocking artificial intelligence will be to figure out why biological brains are so good at remembering old skills—even when learning new things.<p>Imagine if every time you learned something new, you completely forgot how to do a thing you'd already learned.<p>Finally figured out …

Artificial Intelligence

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.<p>Retinal pigment epithelium (cell borders in red) treated with an HIV/AIDS drug are seen in an undated handout …