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Former child soldier wins prize for risking his life to protect Congo's wildlife

<b>(CNN) —</b> He has been beaten, threatened and imprisoned. But the former child soldier and winner of this year's Goldman Environmental Prize says he will not stop until those wanting to destroy the Democratic Republic of Congo's protected wildlife "are held responsible for their actions."<p>"Even if I or …

National Parks

What to Read When Things Go Nuclear

This week, American politics got ugly (uglier?), when the Republicans used to the “Nuclear Option” to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. …

These 10 Books Inspired Obama While He Was President

Our 44th President's reading list shows him to be an intellectual with a love of great fiction.<p>Since today is President Obama's last full day in office, I thought it might be worthwhile to commemorate his presidency with a list of books and authors that he's either mentioned or recommended over the …

The New "O" Book Club: 12 Fiction Picks from President Obama

By Julianna Haubner | Off the Shelf<p>President Obama has made it clear over the past 8 years that books are a big part of his life--whether he's shopping on Small Business Saturday or releasing his vacation reading list. (Plus, he did an impressive interview with author Marilynne Robinson, which you …

Books

A Year of Accomplishment: How Productivity Experts Reach Their Goals | Heleo

“Intentionality lies at the heart of productivity.”<p><b>Laura Vanderkam</b> is the bestselling author of multiple books on productivity and time management, …

Time Management

11 books President Obama thinks everyone should read

Barack Obama is a major bookworm.<p>In his book "Dreams from My Father," he reflected on his lifelong love of literature: "When I wasn't working, the …

The things we can really learn from books

Asking someone what they are reading is like saying, ‘Who are you and who are you becoming?’<p>I believe that everything you need to know you can find in a book. People have always received life-guiding wisdom from certain types of non-fiction, often from “self-help” books. But I have found that all …

Keeping fit on the road: A how to guide

<b>(CNN) —</b> For most people, keeping fit involves an established exercise routine built around a regular weekly schedule. But what if your job involves large amounts of travel?<p>Many people come back from trips away carrying extra pounds from disruption to regular exercise, as well as an increased …

A Planet Skywatching Guide for 2017: When, Where & How to See the Planets

Photo Credit: ESO/Y. Beletsky<p>Slide 1 of 15<p>Introduction: Look Up in 2017!<p>When can you see the planets at their best during 2017? This guide tells you …

Astronomy

The 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On

I hesitate to say it, but the one word that characterizes my best books of 2016 list is "serious." These books aren't grim and they're certainly not dull, but collectively they're serious about tackling big, sometimes difficult subjects — and they're also distinguished by seriously good writing. …

Books

5 Books Bill Gates Says You Should Read Over The Holidays

Gates says he was put off reading David Foster Wallace because of the late author’s length (<i>Infinite Jest</i> is 1,079 pages), but came around after …

Bill Gates

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Self-improvement

Is there another ‘you’ out there in a parallel Universe?

Even if the Universe grows to infinity, there might not be enough space to hold all the possibilities.<p><i>“We are actually living in a million parallel</i> …

What Every Layperson Should Know About String Theory

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Nicholas Sparks' 6 favorite books about family

<b>The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein</b> (Harper, $15).<p>Original and enchanting, this 2008 novel is narrated by the lovable Enzo — a Labrador …

Gillian Triggs hits back at 'deeply misleading' Malcolm Turnbull over 18C claims

But Professor Triggs said the commission had no power to instigate court proceedings and revealed she had been urging the government to introduce a …

Five Independent Signs Of New Physics In The Universe

Since the Large Hadron Collider at CERN turned on, it’s brought with it an incredible slew of results. Large numbers of rare, exotic and unstable particles have been created, and their decays have been measured to unprecedented precision. The Higgs boson has been created and observed to have a mass …

Physics

16 daily habits that are easy to practice and can significantly improve your life

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.<p>The best part is, each one takes only about five minutes to complete.<p>Here are some of our favorites:<p>1. …

Mental Disorders

8 Core Workouts For The Attractive Body Shape

Jenny Marchal<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>Other than having great toned abdominals that look good on the beach, having a strong core helps …

The Simple 10-Minute Exercise That Changed Our Company

'Start With Why' author Simon Sinek's popular TED Talk has over 28 million views, and sparked a conversation about the vital role purpose can play in an organization. But can it really help your company?<p><i>Why</i>: It's the most fascinating word in the English dictionary. Without it, creativity and …

7 Insanely Creative Business Plan Templates

Even the greatest new business idea needs to stand out to win support from investors.<p>Starting your own business is so stressful, with so many things to be done, that it's easy to convince yourself that doing the bare minimum for a business plan is enough.<p>There are a ton of business-plan templates …

Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company visits Australia for Sydney Opera House premiere

Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is one of the world's most original and innovative forces in modern dance.<p>It was founded in 1973 on a …

A new ‘Einstein’ equation suggests wormholes hold the key to quantum gravity

It's pretty easy to remember: ER=EPR.<p>You might suspect that to make this equation work, P must be equal to 1. But the symbols in this equation stand not for numbers, but for names. E, you probably guessed, stands for Einstein.<p>R and P are initials — for collaborators on two of Einstein's most …

Quantum Mechanics

16 Homemade Trail Mixes For Very Happy Snacking

After realizing how easy it is to make your own trail mix, you'll ditch the store-bought kind for good. Infinitely tastier and healthier, DIY trail mix allows you to precisely measure everything that goes into it and customize it to your preference. These trail mixes make for the perfect desk-side …

Healthy Eating

10 Mind-Blowing Scientific Facts About Black Holes

Need to know!<p>Black holes are the only objects in the Universe that can trap light by sheer gravitational force. Scientists believe they are formed …

The 5 books Bill Gates thinks you should read this summer

Want to know what the richest man in the world reads?<p>Bill Gates has written a blog post, recommending five books to his fans and followers.<p>He wrote on his website: "This summer, my recommended reading list has a good dose of books with science and math at their core. But there’s no science or math …

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

10 epic long-distance walks around the world

From the Highlands to the Himalayas, these hikes take in some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. They’re not for the faint-hearted, but keen trekkers will love the challenges posed by each<b><br>More great walks: Europe | UK | best kit</b><p>The trek to the base of the fifth highest mountain in the …

Hiking