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The best kids' books, age-by-age

Head to your local library and check out some of our favorite kid titles. These mom-tested books are guaranteed to please your budding bookworm!<p><b>Baby</b><i><br>The Going-To-Bed Book</i> by Sandra Boynton<i><br>Good Night Moon</i> by Margaret Wise Brown<i><br>Dear Zoo</i> by Rod Campbell<i><br>The Very Hungry Caterpillar</i> by Eric</i> …

Books

Westworld fans are going crazy over a tiny detail from Bernard's interrogation

<i>The following contains spoilers for season two, episode seven of Westworld</i>.<p>This week’s episode of <i>Westworld</i> contained some minor revelations that—as …

The Best Alternatives to Cards Against Humanity

Enjoy a bit more depth without sacrificing the laughs.<p>For better and for worse, Cards Against Humanity has become synonymous with the term “party …

Board Games

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The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Want a Younger Brain? Forget Sudoku and Do This

Mental age is more in your control than you might think.<p>Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business--and life in general--depends on being "on top of it" to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. …

The Brain

It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Christian

America is facing turbulent times. Political unrest is unceasing. The racial divide is deepening. Fear and frustration swirl frantically.<p>This leads …

5 Reasons Not To Buy A 4K TV Just Yet

<i>LG's wallpaper OLED at CES.</i><p>Even though I'm an early adopter geek, I suffer a tech reporter's reflexive professional interest in buying a 4K TV. Why anyone else would buy a 4K TV I find a puzzlement.<p>What's my 4K damage? Five reasons.<p>1. I'd need a BIG TV. To get the full benefits of 4K, I'd need at …

Try these 15 free educational apps for your kids

I filled an iPad with hundreds of learning apps for my students. Here are 15 of my favorites, plus some creative ideas for how to use them.<p>January …

Apps

Pick the Best Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO Settings

Pick the Best Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO Settings<p>Learn to Pick the Best Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO Settings for Every Occasion<p>In this clip …

Why the Humble Push-Up Could Be the Key to the Body You Want

It turned Jake Gyllenhaal into a prize fighter, and it can do the same for you.<p>The one exercise that can be performed anywhere at any time, the push-up is, nevertheless, an often misunderstood and under appreciated aspect of bodyweight fitness.<p>Many men ditch it early on in their workout lives for …

10 apps for enhancing iPhone photos

One of my favorite observations by a now-forgotten sage explained the difference between writing and photography like this: <i>A bad sentence can be massaged, but nothing helps a bad photo</i>.<p>So true. However, I’ve experienced for myself how a good photo-editing app can salvage sloppy composition or bad …

Mobile Photography

7 Solid Tips on How to Be the Best Speaker in the Room

Regardless how you feel about public speaking, absolutely anyone can be a charismatic presenter, provided the right work goes into the preparation.<p>Have you ever suffered through a presentation or talk while your mind wandered, eyelids drooped, and backside ached? Of course you have. Dull and …

Public Speaking

Use these 7 sites to keep your desktop wallpaper fresh

How long has it been since you last changed your desktop wallpaper? It may be time to mix it up a bit.<p>Changing your wallpaper to something inspirational can help you jump right into work without procrastinating in the morning, or one of beautiful scenery might remind you to take a walk and enjoy …

Web Design

How to work less, get better results

When you’ve eliminated everything you don’t need to do, you can focus on ways to increase your efficiency while doing the important tasks.<p>The internet is full of lifehacks that give you tips to help you work better. I’ll just mention a few of them that I use the most (you can Google the rest).<p>The …

If you want to influence people don't try to persuade them. Use ‘pre-suasion’ instead.

Today and every day we are the targets of salespeople, marketers, advertisers, fundraisers and (heaven knows) politicians trying to persuade us to buy something, do something or think a certain way. And they're good at it. Over the years, they've learned a lot about which features to build into a …

How to Raise an Entrepreneur: 18 Bite-Size Lessons to Teach Your Kids [Infographic]

Want to nurture your child's entrepreneurial spirit to 'make a dent in the universe'? Here's how.<p>For any parent, knowing what to teach your children--in the limited time you've got--is hard.<p>As an entrepreneur, that difficulty only intensifies. All around us are studies that reveal more and more …

Parenting

Scientists Say There's a Limit to The Human Lifespan – And We’ve Already Hit It

Is 125 the end?<p>For thousands of years, throughout recorded history, people have searched for a way to live longer. And we've made remarkable strides, …

Medicine

My Gear and How I Use It to Affect Emotion

Photography is a game of emotions. Think about some of the most powerful images that you’ve ever seen. The ones that have left a lasting impression …

8 Unapologetically Meta SF/F Novels

Speculative fiction has a storied and fantastic history, and while every book is in conversation with genre conventions to some extent, some speak a …

12 Mind Tricks That Win People Over and Help You Get Ahead

When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the brain's natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

You Need To See This "Dirty Thunderstorm" Over Mount Etna

Fire and ash and lightning, oh my.<p>Etna sits on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, and is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. On Wednesday 2 December its Voragine crater, one of five craters at the volcano's summit, began erupting.<p>Scientists think volcanic lightning – also known as a “dirty …

11 Great Family Board Games To Get The Kids (And You) Off Of The iPad

We all pretend to love board games but when it comes to sitting down and playing them most of us are remiss. The solution? Pick up any of these fun games for the family and see eyes light up, spirits rise, and iPads get shunted to the side. While we can’t promise there won’t be fights, you will be …

Kids

All the Connections to the Marvel Universe You May Have Missed in Jessica Jones

<i>Jessica Jones</i> may be the most subversive of Marvel’s superhero stories thus far, but it’s still full of cameos, shout-outs and connections—to the …

Comics

Watch Deadmaus shoot at drones outside his mansion

For today's edition of the lives of the rich and famous in Toronto, we see EDM superstar and cat lover Deadmaus visited by three spirits, aka three …

Learn the History of The Justice League and Why Batman Loves Anime

Two of the best iPhone car mounts we’ve tried: Fuse Chicken Une Bobine and MONTAR by WinnerGear

There are a lot of options for mounting your iPhone in your car. I’ve relied on the highly-rated Kensington suction cup windshield car mount for a few years without too much incident. However, I’ve never been too pleased about how it blocks a bit of my driving view and requires a non-elegant wire …

Powerful Portraits of Individuals Before and Directly After Their Death

<i>Jan Andersen was 19 when he discovered that he was HIV-positive. On his 27th birthday he was told that he didn’t have much time left: cancer, a rare</i> …

Anchor (Lush & Simon Remix)

Remixes

Common Animals Morphed Into Terrifying New Species

What would happen if we mixed a baboon with a sparrow, or a shark with a spider? We may never find out in the real world, but here is where Photoshop …