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29 Times Tumblr Perfectly Summed Up Social Anxiety

Raise your hand if you've ever felt personally victimized by social anxiety.

Mental Health

80 Books Every Person Should Read

We invited eight female literary powerhouses, from Michiko Kakutani to Anna Holmes to Roxane Gay, to help us create an updated list of books everyone should read. Each participant made 10 picks. It's a new year, a new Esquire.com. We're looking forward to reading and we hope you are, too.<p>What can …

Austerity is their best weapon: How the rich and powerful sold inequality to the masses

A budget approach cloaked in technical jargon has become a tool of oppression, explains economist Orsola Costantini<p><i>Orsola Costantini, Senior Economist at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is the author of a new paper which exposes the disturbing history of how a budget approach cloaked in</i> …

Exploding The Myth Of 'Unengaged' Students

Jordan Shapiro drew a lot of attention this year with his four misconceptions about the future of education. As with much of his work, he tries to take a cattle prod to the conventional education narrative.<p>In an era of highly polarized ed debates, Shapiro doesn't fit neatly into any of the …

Teaching

The 10 strangest animal discoveries of 2015 will totally weird you out

Every year, scientists wade into jungles, deserts and museum collections to examine animals and, if they're lucky, discover a new species.<p>For …

BBC - Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

If you fell into a black hole, you might expect to die instantly. But in fact your fate would be far stranger than that<p><i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human …

NASA tested a 3D-printed rocket engine, and it worked

NASA has been developing the technology to 3D-print an entire rocket engine, and it recently tested a collection of the parts it has already made. The successful rocket firing is a fiery proof of the future of this technology.<p>When you think of 3D printing, you may think of the kind of small, …

3D Printing

Scientists find hormone that controls sugar, alcohol cravings

Still desperate for another candy bar or cocktail, but don’t know why? Never fear - US scientists have found a liver hormone that could curb our …

The Hottest Space Porn of 2015

We got up close and personal with a bunch of beautiful space rocks this year.<p>If 2014 made space look easy, 2015 made it look hot.<p>Thanks to boundary-pushing missions that have taken us closer than ever before to a bunch of photogenic space bodies and increasingly high resolution imaging …

We Teachers Have Earned Our Breaks

It's Winter Break for us teachers. That means two weeks of unadulterated vacation filled with Netflix, video games, trips, reading and lots of sleep. That also means receiving passive aggressive comments from adults who work in other fields on how lucky we are to have such a long break. If you …

The Common Core math quiz that has everyone outraged isn't about Common Core — it's worse

A bafflingly graded third-grade math quiz caused a firestorm on Reddit last week and has spread across the internet, causing several people to question Common Core math standards and the teacher's implementation of them.<p>The quiz is on some of the most fundamental aspects of basic whole-number …

The 18 Best Fiction Books Of 2015

Don't sleep on these bad boys.<p>In 2015, we were overwhelmed by the thoroughly kickass roster of new books on offer. We tore through some, and others we savored slowly. A few disappointed us, while many more thrilled us unexpectedly. Sci-fi, memoir, magical realism, short fiction, very (very) long …

Ask Ethan: How Do Black Holes Really Evaporate?

Perhaps the greatest thing Stephen Hawking ever discovered — and the reason he’s so renowned among physicists — is that black holes don’t live forever.<p>Rather, they radiate their energy away over extraordinarily long timescales through a process discovered in 1974 that’s now known as Hawking …

Physics

Earth's Gravitational Pull Cracks Open the Moon

Earth's gravitational pull is massaging the moon, opening up faults in the lunar crust, researchers say.<p>Just as the moon's gravitational pull causes …

Have We Detected Megastructures Built By Aliens Around A Distant Star?

Or just a cloud of comets? Scientists want to investigate further<p>The Kepler space telescope's job is to find faraway planets that could potentially support life. But as <i>The Atlantic</i> reports, scientists are exploring the possibility that the telescope may have detected something even more …

Universe

5 signs you're overworked — and what to do about it

The more dedicated you are, the more solid your standing with your boss and employer.<p>Add to the mix never-ending, pervasive technology and a gadget-centric world that cannot disconnect, and you have the makings for a very un-relaxed society.<p>Did you stay home this summer? In a recent Allianz survey, …