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Florence Nightingale Visits a Mosque: The Founder of Modern Nursing on Women, Islam, and Religion’s Power Structures

“It was so pleasant to see a place where any man may go for a moment’s quiet, and there is none to find fault with him, nor make him afraid.”<p>At twenty-nine, already an outlier in being unmarried and having claimed for herself erudition comparable to what the best formal education offered men at the …

Mark Twain

Ocho lugares para enamorarse de Rumanía

Del delta del Danubio a la seductora ciudad de Sibiu, en Transilvania, ruta por escenarios imprescindibles entre ciudades medievales y leyendas …

The Science of Stress and How Our Emotions Affect Our Susceptibility to Burnout and Disease

How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.<p>I had lived thirty good years before enduring my first food poisoning — odds quite fortunate in the grand scheme of things, but …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2015

The paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, what maturity really means, how our emotions affect our immune system, the transformative power of solitude, and a year’s worth more.<p>After the annual reading list of the 15 finest books of the year, it’s time for the annual look back upon the best …

Beautiful Vintage Illustrations for Scheherazade’s Stories and Scandinavian Fairy Tales by Swedish Modernist Pioneer GAN

A visionary reimagining of beloved storytelling by the Oscar Wilde of the Scandinavian art world.<p>Around the time Kay Nielsen was producing his extraordinary early-twentieth-century illustrations for Scandinavian fairy tales and Arthur Rackham was revolutionizing the Brothers Grimm, an artist far …

Einstein’s Brilliant and Unusual Life, in a Graphic Novel

From relativity to romance, an illustrated chronicle of genius.<p><b>Albert Einstein</b> (March 14, 1879–April 18, 1955) is celebrated as “the quintessential modern genius” and his groundbreaking discoveries have changed the course of science, but he was also a man of enormous and thus inescapably fallible …

A Revolution With No Rewind: Galileo’s Daughter and How the Patron Saint of Astronomy Reconciled Science and Spirituality

“Although science has soared beyond his quaint instruments, it is still caught in his struggle.”<p>Like Blake and Beethoven, <b>Galileo Galilei</b> (February 15, 1564–January 8, 1642) lived a life animated by the tragic genius of outsiderdom. It was only by standing apart from his society that he was able to …

Frida Kahlo’s Illustrious Life, Illustrated

An affectionate homage to one of humanity’s most original and beloved artists.<p><i>“Only an artist can tell … what it is like for anyone who gets to this planet to survive it,”</i> James Baldwin wrote in contemplating the artist’s struggle for integrity. <i>“Being an artist is not just about what happens when</i> …

Hold Still: Sally Mann on the Treachery of Memory, the Dark Side of Photography, and the Elusive Locus of the Self

“Photographs economize the truth; they are always moments more or less illusorily abducted from time’s continuum.”<p><i>“Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation,”</i> pioneering researcher Rosalind Cartwright wrote in distilling the science of the unconscious …

Literature

Beautiful Brain: The Stunning Drawings of Neuroscience Founding Father Santiago Ramón y Cajal

“A graphic representation of the object observed guarantees the exactness of the observation itself.”<p>Oliver Sacks insisted that “ideas emerge, are shaped, in the act of writing,” which he considered “a special, indispensable form” of talking to himself. Unusual creature though he was, the beloved …

Are You An Echo: The Remarkable Story of the Forgotten Young Woman Who Became Japan’s Most Beloved Children’s Poet

A celebration of indiscriminate empathy and a sensitive reminder that the tragic and the transcendent can coexist.<p>In 1966, while leafing through an obscure book, a 19-year-old Japanese aspiring poet by the name of Setsuo Yazaki discovered a poem that stopped him up short with its staggering …

The Measure of All Things: How Two French Astronomers Nearly Lost Their Lives Revolutionizing the World with the Invention of the Meter

“The fundamental fallacy of utopianism is to assume that everyone wants to live in the same utopia.”<p>In her memoir, the trailblazing astronomer Caroline Herschel recounted frequently having to “measure the ground with poles” when she first began making astronomical observations in the 1780s. It …

25 books that will blow your mind

We've put together a list of 25 such books — taking inspiration from Amazon's list of 100 books to read in your lifetime, recommendations from Goodreads users, as well as some of our own personal favorites.<p>These books' exploration of politics, history, and the human condition are so insightful, …

Books

Our favorite books of all time

'A Tale of Two Cities' - Charles Dickens (1859)

Literature

Three simple bread recipes to bake at home

Flour, water, salt and yeast; four simple ingredients that combine to make real bread. It has sustained civilisations around the world for millennia, and yet it took just over 50 years to transform from the humble, home-cooked loaf of yore to the mass‑produced, permanently soft, supermarket staple …

Baking

Frida Kahlo on How Love Amplifies Beauty: Her Breathtaking Tribute to Diego Rivera

“I do not think that the banks of a river suffer because they let the river flow.”<p>As artists, <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) and <b>Diego Rivera</b> (December 8, 1886–November 24, 1957) each possessed boundless talent bolstered by an unbending will. As partners, they possessed each other with a …

11 classic novels that will make you a better leader

But according to Scotty McLennan, a lecturer in political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the school's former dean of religious life, limiting ourselves to manuals and biographies and case studies means we're missing something big.<p>Some of the most valuable insights into the …

Literature

Brownie Base Cheesecake

Combining two of the tastiest desserts, brownie and cheesecake makes this Brownie Base Cheesecake a king of desserts.<p>The Ingredients: <b><br>Base:</b><br>120g …

A Visual Tour of Iran's Tilework

As the country opens up, it's time to discover its extraordinary decorative tile mosaics, some of the most beautiful in the Muslim world, which seem …

Eastern Europe

10 libros que todas las mujeres inteligentes deben leer

Martes, 12 de enero de 2016 7:19<p>Mujeres inteligentes; es decir, mujeres que cuestionan, critican, no se autolimitan, que no se sienten incompletas en …

Red Velvet Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe - Chowhound

1Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Generously coat a 10-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray.<p>2To make the cake, sift the cocoa …

Emeril Dreams and Hamburger Helper: Mission Chinese Chef Danny Bowien’s Oklahoma Childhood

<i>Danny Bowien’s Mission Chinese has been through health department hell and back again. After being shut down for various violations, it came out reborn: bigger, shinier, and still jam-packed, night after night. The chicken wings will numb your taste buds and then demand to be scarfed down—it’s</i> …

General Motors

Keeping Loved Ones' Holiday Recipes Alive, Long After They've Left The Table

We're welcoming an unseen guest to our Jewish holiday celebrations this fall: My mother-in-law, Jan Dale, who died in 2005.<p>Since her passing, I've tried to keep Jan a presence at our festive meals with my attempts to bake some of her favorite recipes. For instance, to mark the start of Yom Kippur …

Dessert

Six lesser-known wonders of the ancient world

While many historical landmarks attract millions of travellers every year, these ancient sites lie off the typical tourist trail.<p>When it comes to ancient wonders, there’s more to explore than Petra, Angkor Wat and the Coliseum. So to uncover a few structures that aren’t typically on the tourist …

Pacific Ocean

Peach Cobbler

The cobbler is a very traditional dessert dish for both British and American people. Thought to have first originated in the British American …