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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

<i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> Maurice Sendak scoffed in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i><p><i>“It is an error,”</i> wrote J.R.R. Tolkien seven decades earlier in his superb meditation on fantasy and why there’s no such thing as writing for children, <i>“to think of</i> …

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

20 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

From The Immigrant, boasting an Oscar-worthy turn by Marion Cotillard, to a post-apocalyptic take on class warfare in Snowpiercer, all the movies you …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

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Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space: Imaginative and Illuminating Children’s Book Tickles Our Zest for the Cosmos

In reflecting on the story of the Golden Record, Carl Sagan, in his infinite poetic powers, celebrated our destiny as “a species endowed with hope and perseverance, at least a little intelligence, substantial generosity and a palpable zest to make contact with the cosmos.” Given how gravely space …

Mark Twain on Racism, How Religion Is Used to Justify Injustice, and What His Mother Taught Him About Compassion

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as <b>Mark Twain</b> (November 30, 1835–April 21, 1910), is celebrated as America’s greatest humorist — from his irreverent advice to little girls to his snarky stance on creativity to his masterwork on masturbation. But underpinning his winsome wit was piercing …

The Science of Laughing Through the Tears

A new study shows that illogical reactions may help people regulate their emotions.<p>Oriana Aragón was watching Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS when she noticed something strange: The fashion model and actress Leslie Bibb—O’Brien’s guest for the evening—began describing “a thing where if …

Make your own memories: one day you’ll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones

Science fiction fantasies such as Total Recall, Blade Runner and Eternal Sunshine could become reality<p>Be careful what you wish for. That’s what Joel, played by Jim Carrey, discovers in Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, when he asks a memory-erasure company, Lacuna …

The Power of Sleep

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How Censors Killed The Weird, Experimental, Progressive Golden Age Of Comics

In the 1940s, comic books were often feminist, diverse, and bold. Then the reactionary Comics Code Authority changed the trajectory of comic book culture for good.<p>Comics histories sometimes reduce the Golden Age to the Superman Age: an era of lily white, squeaky-clean, manly-man heroes punching …

It's Okay To Be Smart

<b>What Is Luck?</b><p>Is luck real? Sometimes it might feel like there’s a mystical force tugging you toward good or bad fortune, but it turns out that what …

From Rapunzel to The Little Red Riding Hood, Beloved Children’s Classics as Minimalist Posters

As a lover of children’s books, especially classic ones with timeless wisdom for grown-ups, and an admirer of minimalist posters that distill complex stories or ideas in clean graphic elements, I am infinitely delighted by these hyper-minimalist takes on beloved children’s classics by designer …

How to Tell When Someone Is Lying

On January 27, 2008, Penny Boudreau’s twelve-year-old daughter, Karissa, went missing in her hometown of Bridgewater, Canada. That afternoon, mother and daughter had had a fight in a grocery-store parking lot. They’d been having a “heart-to-heart” about “typical teen-age things,” Boudreau said. At …

Scientists Think Your Body Clock Was Set Before You Were Born

Whether you're a morning person or a night owl is determined on the cellular level.<p>There's a tiny but critical collection of neurons in your brain that tells you what to do and when to do it.<p>It's only the size of a mustard seed, but the suprachiasmatic nucleus, or SCN, regulates when you eat, when …

Almost Earth: A Newly Discovered Planet Could Be a Lot Like Ours

When a faulty aiming device crippled the Kepler space telescope last year, NASA officials reluctantly declared the orbiting observatory’s …

How Hungry Bats Call Dibs On Dinner, And Warn Others to Back Off

Swooping, diving and turning in total darkness, bats hunt their prey, avoid obstacles and dodge their fellow fliers. They can navigate through clouds of other bats and zoom in on a single mosquito with lethal precision. This is all thanks to their biosonar, which gives them the ability to …

Brilliant. Major movements of philosophy in minimalist geometric graphics – see more of them here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/04/14/philographics-book-genis-carreras/

The It-Doesn’t-Matter Suit: Sylvia Plath’s Little-Known, Lovely Children’s Book

<b>Sylvia Plath</b> (October 27, 1932–February 11, 1963) — celebrated poet, little-known artist, lover of the world, repressed “addict of experience”, steamy romancer … and children’s book author? Given my soft spot for lesser-known vintage children’s books by famous literary icons, I was delighted to …

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The Science Of 'Happily Ever After': 3 Things That Keep Love Alive

As Daniel Jones, author of Love Illuminated, explains: we spend youth asking “How do I find love?” and midlife asking “How do I get it back?”<p><b>Anyone</b> …

A Map of God's Countries

The places where people think faith is necessary to be a good person<p>Last week, the Pew Research Center released the findings of a survey that asked a single question: Is it necessary to believe in God in order to be a moral person?<p>Between 2011 and 2013, more than 40,000 people in 40 countries were …

Nutella Lava Mug Cake

Pin It<p>Featured on The Huffington Post Kitchen Daily<p>There’s an air of expectation in February, and everyone else is joining in the celebration. For …

Chocolate Peanut Butter Mug Cake

So I'm pretty much going crazy about this amazing weather. I mean, 80s and sunny in mid-March? YES PLEASE, OBVIOUSLY.<p>But. There is one bad thing …

The Story Behind the Iconic “Migrant Mother” Photograph and How Dorothea Lange Almost Didn’t Take It

At the same time that pioneering photographer Berenice Abbott was busy capturing the urban fabric and trailblazing anthropologist Margaret Mead was laying the groundwork for modern anthropology, <b>Dorothea Lange</b> mastered the intersection of the two in her influential Depression-era photojournalism and …

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To Hell and Back: Spain's Grotesque Recession and Its Surprising New Economy

A not-so-short history of the Spanish economy: The half-century housing bubble, the excruciating recession, the grisly unemployment, and, finally, a glimmer of hope.<p>Bosch/Prado<p>MADRID – It’s been more than a rocky few years for Spain. It’s been a rocky half-century.<p>Run by a military dictator until …

Here are some Wes Anderson characters as awesome ghosts

Writer/comedian/artist Doogie Horner recently released <i>100 Ghosts: A Gallery Of Harmless Haunts</i>, which gathers his fabulous little drawings of ghosts …

Japanese artist “Tama-Chan” makes these amazing pieces of edible artwork out of sushi rolls!