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Werner Herzog on Creativity, Self-Reliance, and How to Make a Living Doing What You Love

<b>Werner Herzog</b> is celebrated as one of the most influential and innovative filmmakers of our time, but his ascent to acclaim was far from a straight trajectory from privilege to power. Abandoned by his father at an early age, Herzog survived a WWII bombing that demolished the house next door to his …

C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws

If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled <b>“Divine Omnipotence”</b> from his altogether fascinating 1940 book <b>The Problem of Pain</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a scintillating …

Perfect Push Ups Workout Guide: 35+ Exercises | The Art of Manliness

The humble push-up. Used by militaries all over the world to get their soldiers in fighting condition and middle school P.E. teachers to punish punk …

Why hearing Mandela's Rivonia speech is so powerful. It's not just the words, it's the sounds behind them

When Nelson Mandela was on trial for treason in 1964, he made a speech in the courtroom. Instead of testifying in his own defense, Mandela spoke from the dock for more than three hours.<p>That speech, which later came to be known as the Rivonia speech, is one of the most famous speeches of the 20th …

10 Contemporary Photographers Who Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Their Medium

Photography is everywhere, with diluted and dispersed forms of the art medium popping up at your family reunions, your museum visits and your attempts to brunch in peace. Yet regardless of the form's omnipresence, a truly great photograph still has the ability to captivate your entire being, like a …

The last place on Earth… without life

Weird and wonderful creatures can thrive in the most hostile parts on the planet, but there are a few places too harsh for even the hardiest, discovers Rachel Nuwer.<p>In the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, it looks as if nothing could ever survive. It is one of the driest places in the world, and …

Tesla eyes Europe with major Supercharger network expansion

Following a fairly gentle launch into the continent, electric-car manufacturer Tesla is committing to a major expansion in Europe through 2014. By the end of the year, says Tesla CEO Elon Musk, "we expect you will be able to travel almost anywhere in Europe using only Superchargers." A Supercharger …

Norway will cut through an island in tribute to massacre victims

How do you adequately craft a memorial for one of the worst days in a country's modern history? That's the question that was posed to architects and artists as part of a competition for a dual-site memorial commemorating the attacks in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. On that day, 77 people were killed, …

The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect

We kick-started the year with some of history’s most beautiful definitions of love. But timeless as their words might be, the poets and the philosophers have a way of escaping into the comfortable detachment of the abstract and the metaphysical, leaving open the question of what love really is on …

A Classic Car Graveyard in Sweden

When American soldiers pulled out of Europe after World War II, they left hundreds of automobiles behind. Many were consigned to a scrapyard in the …

The History of Philosophy, in Superhero Comics

There is something inescapably alluring about distilling the most complex ideas of philosophy into seemingly simple graphic form, from the <i>Action Philosophers</i> comic series to Open University’s animated thought experiments to those minimalist geometric graphics for major movements in philosophy. Now …

Luxury Submarine Hotel Offers Romantic Undersea Getaway

Lovers Deep is a luxury submarine offered by Oliver's Travels for couples to go on a romantic getaway, deep in the ocean, and perhaps join what they're coining as the “Mile Low Club” (an undersea alternative to the Mile High Club that so many have participated in on airplanes). Each watercraft in …

Kay Nielsen’s Stunning 1914 Scandinavian Fairy Tale Illustrations

As a lover of illustrated fairy tales and having just returned from Sweden, I was delighted to discover, thanks to the relentlessly wonderful <i>50 Watts</i>, <b>East of the Sun and West of the Moon: Old Tales from the North</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>public domain</i>) — a collection of Scandinavian fairy tales, illustrated …

Free Radicals: How Anarchy and Serendipity Fueled Science, from Newton to Tesla to Steve Jobs

What goes on at the moment of discovery? Is it a flash or a slow burn? Does it come at the end of a long day of work, or upon waking in the morning? Artists might evade explanation and just call it their “muse“, but what about scientists? Science is supposed to come from a rational source, a set of …

How Hans Christian Andersen Revolutionized Storytelling, Plus the Best Illustrations from 150 Years of His Beloved Fairy Tales

<i>“When people talk listen completely,”</i> Hemingway counseled in his advice on how to be a writer. More than a century earlier, a little boy in Denmark, born into poverty to a shoemaker father and an illiterate washerwoman mother, was spending his days listening to the old women in the local insane …

How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love

<i>“Find something more important than you are,”</i> philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, <i>“and dedicate your life to it.”</i> But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of …

It’s Time For The Sharing Economy To Become The Sharing Society

It’s time for the independent workers to steer this new marketplace in a more sustainable direction that helps the people who make it run, not just the companies behind it.<p>In New York City today, you can rent a room on Airbnb, catch a ride with Uber, sell your old threads on Modabound, and leave …

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How the Universe Was Born: An Animated Explanation from CERN

The question of why the world exists has not only puzzled some of history’s greatest minds but has also, at one point or another, occurred to just about every human being. And yet the more we learn, the more we understand how little we actually know: The Big Bang, for instance, turns out to have …

Saving Space with a Suspended Bedroom

• 1 |<p>2 |<p>3 |<p>The first thing you notice in this combination living area is of course the bed suspended from the ceiling. Accessible by narrow staircase …

This Ethiopian village has gained wealth, but has bred hostility

Northern Ethiopia is rugged and poor. It is a place where people mostly get by as subsistence farmers. The government and international organizations like the World Bank have tried and failed for years to improve the well-being of locals. But then, one village went and did it all on its own.<p>The …

Limbic Revision and How Love Rewires the Brain

Recently, at a dear friend’s wedding, the groom’s sister read an excerpt from one of my favorite books, <b>A General Theory of Love</b> (<i>public library</i>), which you might recall from pickings past. The passage framed beautifully the remarkable union we had gathered to witness, but also speaks powerfully to …

Leading Global Brand Companies Join with WWF to Encourage Responsible Development of Plant-Based Plastics

<b>PARIS</b> — Eight of the world’s leading consumer brand companies and conservation group World Wildlife Fund (WWF) today announced the formation of the …

The Psychology of Stress, Orgasm, and Creativity

<i>“The more closely we analyze what we consider ‘sexy,’”</i> philosopher Alain de Botton argued in his meditation on sex, <i>“the more clearly we will understand that eroticism is the feeling of excitement we experience at finding another human being who shares our values and our sense of the meaning of</i> …

How Mars evolved over 5bn years - Nasa video animation

Spacecraft takes off from Cape Canaveral after decade of preparation briefly interrupted by the US govenment shutdown<p>Published: 18 Nov 2013<p>Maven, which will take 10 months to reach Mars, will study planet's upper atmosphere for reasons why it thinned and cooled<p>Published: 18 Nov 2013<p>Prototype rovers …

47 Pie Recipes for Every Season

From classic apple to blueberry—we've got a pie for every season.<p>No matter what the season, pie is one of our favorite desserts. There's not much you can't put into a flaky, buttery crust. From fruity fillings piled high (high pie!) with meringue to rich, velvety chocolate delights, here are our …

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The best science and technology podcasts

The best science and technology podcasts, from astronomy for beginners to consumer advice, selected and updated by Pete Naughton<p><b>SCIENCE</b><p><b>Hubblecast</b><br>Galactic mergers, the Monkey Head Nebula and an operational time machine are just a few of the stranger-than-science-fiction topics touched upon in this …

Teach Kids to Daydream

Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious.<p>Today’s children are exhausted, and not just because one in three kids is not getting sufficient sleep. Sleep deprivation in kids (who require at least nine hours a night, depending on age) has been found to significantly decrease academic …

How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism

<b>Philip K. Dick</b> is as well-known today for his era-defining science fiction as he is for the series of unusual experiences he had in the spring of 1974, which he dubbed his “exegesis”. Occupying the intersection of the scientific, the philosophical, and the mystical, the exegesis shaped Dick’s work …