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The Poetry of the Paragraph: Some Notes

By Gary Lutz.I want to talk about paragraphs, the shapes paragraphs take in the fiction of some writers I admire, but I probably have to talk first …

Literature

20 Ways to Supercharge Your Ability to Learn

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

Here's the Only Secret to Being Truly Successful

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

6 arrested in China after dressing room sex video goes viral

It's been the buzz of the Chinese Internet for days: a viral video of a young couple having sex in the dressing room of a Uniqlo clothing store in Beijing's Sanlitun neighborhood. Shared millions of times over, the footage has prompted hordes of selfie-taking gawkers to descend on the shop and set …

China

Everything Science Knows Right Now About Standing Desks

Which active desk designs are best for your body and mind? Read on.<p>If it wasn’t already clear through common sense, it’s become painfully clear through science that sitting all day is terrible for your health. What’s especially alarming about this evidence is that extra physical activity doesn’t …

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sexual Satisfaction

• People who have regular orgasms live longer, seem to have less stress and enjoy lower rates of heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, and …

How to demolish the oligarchy in 3 easy steps

American democracy has been tainted by lobbying and corporate interests. How do we fix it? Blow it all up<p>“Equal rights for all, special privileges for none.” That was the motto of Jacksonian democracy. I’m generally not a fan of Jacksonian politics in general, but Jacksonian hostility to “class …

12 habits of exceptional leaders

One of the most popular <i>Dilbert</i> comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the …

15 Questions To Ask Your Kids To Help Them Have Good Mindsets

The adage says where your mind goes, energy flows. If you want your child to develop a good mindset, ask them the right questions to encourage …

Mind

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases. In a recent poll of more than 200 of our clients, we found that those with children …

Management

Epigenetics for ecologists.

2008 Feb;11(2):106-15. Epub 2007 Nov 15.<p>1Department of Community Ecology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research-UFZ, Theodor-Lieser-Str. 4, …

Genetics

6 'Hidden' Camera Features You Will Be Glad You Discovered

How well do you know your camera? Do you know everything that it’s capable of? It’s certainly possible you know your camera like the back of your …

15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids

<b>by Therese Oneill</b><p>Time to get messy, light some stuff on fire, and use food products in ways they were never intended! Parents and teachers across the …

Kids

Our All-Time Favorite Volcano Pictures

National Geographic digs into its archives to find the most stunning and surprising photographs of volcanoes around the world.

Geology

The Difference Between American and British Humour

It’s often dangerous to generalize, but under threat, I would say that Americans are more “down the line.” They don’t hide their hopes and fears. …

List: Lesser-Known Paradoxes

Sondheim’s Paradox<p>When a man thinks he is meant to be with a woman because of their shared love of musicals, but can’t tell her, because she will …

Paradoxes

The verdict on university fees is in: it's checkmate for Christopher Pyne

If the education minister went to university under his own deregulated system, he would be paying off his debts until the age of 64. Who would willingly sign up for such a scheme?<p>Christopher Pyne is grumpy and irritable. The born to rule Tory is having a tantrum now that the senate will not let him …

Patrick Stewart Does the Ice Bucket Challenge in the Classiest Way Possible

While everyone else is dumping big buckets of ice water over themselves and screaming their heads off on Facebook, Patrick Stewart — aka <i>Star Trek</i> …

Cardiovascular disease worse in regional, rural areas - map

A new analysis from the Heart Foundation shows that Australians living outside metropolitan areas have higher rates of cardiovascular disease than those in metropolitan areas. Here, we have used the results to produce an interactive map. You can zoom in to regions of interest, or click or hover …

10 Real Words For Things You've Never Been Able To Describe

We all know the feeling of having an indescribable event where no matter what you just can’t seem to get the word to perfectly fit the situation. Did …

Lance Armstrong in Purgatory: The After-Life

After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn't cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a …

Cycling

From McDonald's To Organic Valley, You're Probably Eating Wood Pulp

Do not be alarmed, but you may be eating wood pulp. Or at least an additive that started out as wood.<p>If you buy shredded cheeses, including brands such as Organic Valley and Sargento, or hit the drive-through at McDonald's for a breakfast sandwich or a smoothie, or douse some ribs with bottled …

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Suppose each time you ran low on an item in your kitchen—olive oil, bananas, napkins—your instinctive response was to drop everything and race to the store. How much time would you lose? How much money would you squander on gas? What would happen to your productivity?<p>We all recognize the …

19 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>Digital Photography School—</b> Read through this goldmine of articles to improve your photography skills; they're helpful even if you're a complete beginner. There's also an active forum where you can find a community of other photographers …

Learning