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Growing Vegetables Indoors

As the winter months descend upon us all, it can be a bit depressing thinking about the layers of snow blanketing our growing spaces. While some …

There’s a word in Japanese for the literary affliction of buying books you don’t read

So many books, so little time. In the age of media binging, too often we end up buying books we never actually read.<p>The moment goes something like this: Skim fascinating book review online. Buy on Amazon with 1-click. Scroll down. Buy two other titles with 1-click. Leave books on bedside table. …

Seamus Heaney’s poetry helps us to recognise the treasure of family love

Family love is not big or flashy, but apparently small, intimate and faintly marked, even invisible<p>I am writing from Ulster, where I am attending the opening of HomePlace, the arts space dedicated to the memory of Seamus Heaney, in the village where he was born, Bellaghy. I am not here as a poetry …

Transcendental meditation may help ease trauma symptoms, stress

New research reveals how a 4-month transcendental meditation program led to a significant reduction in stress and trauma symptoms among male inmates, …

10 German Dishes and How to Pronounce Them

The German language is full of potential pitfalls and missteps, some more innocuous than others. J.F.K. might have said "Ich bin ein Berliner," but …

Los Angeles

Students created a $15,000 house that can go up in under 24 hours

Take the Kokoon , a new three-story wooden house that can go up in under a day. The first prototype was recently unveiled in Otaniemi, Finland.<p>Built by students, the home was a project for the Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture's Wood Program. Every year, the Program designs …

Architecture

Gustavo Dudamel Opens Carnegie Hall Season With 'The Rite Of Spring' WQXR radio

"I think that the <i>Rite</i> is a symbol of the beginning of life," conductor Gustavo Dudamel told NPR in 2012, speaking about Igor Stravinsky's rambunctious <i>Rite of Spring</i>. "It's still so modern," he said. "For me, that's the secret of the piece."<p>Dudamel conducts the milestone composition with the Simón …

10 tips to cut body fat — for good

Plateaus suck, especially when you’re working hard in the gym and in the kitchen to make sure you’re doing all the right things to lose fat. You work …

Why we can't trust 'blind big data' to cure the world's diseases

Once upon a time a former editor of WIRED, Chris Anderson, wrote a provocative article entitled 'The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the …

Seeing a Medieval Viking Ulfberht Sword Get Made Today Is So Damn Awesome

Medieval Viking Ulfberht swords are some of the most famous swords in history because they were so obscenely strong that it’s almost unbelievable …

Archaeology

How the daily routines of 26 successful people throughout history compare

Successful people like routine .<p>Pablo Picasso painted until 3 a.m., then slept until noon. Voltaire spent his morning working from bed. Benjamin Franklin made a resolution for the day after waking up at 5 a.m., as former Business Insider intern Anisa Purbasari learned while following Franklin's …

Success

For many LGBTQ people, even a routine doctor visit can be a ‘degrading experience’

For any parent, teacher or health-care provider — actually, for anyone with a beating heart— the suicide of 14-year-old Kyler Prescott is a wrenching story. In April 2015 the San Diego teenager was depressed from being repeatedly harassed and bullied about his gender identity. His mom, Katharine …

Top 10 Chrome Extensions for Gmail Users to Boost Productivity

Today we bring you some best Chrome Extensions for Heavy Gmail Users. We already published an interesting article Top 10 Chrome Extensions for Heavy …

Apps

Our Part of the Milky Way is 30% Larger Than We Thought

Knowing Our Galaxy From Within<p>A study, published in <i>Science Advances</i>, contain new models of the Milky Way that suggest our galaxy may not be a perfect …

Universe

How a Single Circuit Component Mimics Neurons in the Brain

Engineers score a major advance in neuromorphic computing.<p>Synapses, the chemical or electrical linkages in the brain connecting neurons to other neurons, have a very useful property. They are able to change over time in accordance with patterns of activity, a property known as synaptic plasticity. …

Where to go this fall to rediscover Abstract Expressionism

London, Basel or Charlotte, NC: Several museums are featuring cult artists such as Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and de Kooning. Amidst post-war …

Art

School Replaces Detention With Meditation And Kids Are Thriving

Robert W. Coleman School replaces detention with meditation to help elementary students<p>A school run by some pretty smart folks in Baltimore has …

14 Stuffed Mushroom Recipes to Serve at Your Next Soiree

From stir-fry to stew, mushrooms have long been the perfect add-in to dozens of dishes. Did you know you can use them to make breadless grilled cheese? Yes, please! But the best part is that they can also be the star of your Sunday night dinner — especially if you stuff ’em. Turn stuffed mushrooms …

Why Danish people are the happiest in the world

His newly released book, "The Little Book of Hygge," explores a word he believes is central to that happiness.<p>As Wiking says, "hygge" (pronounced hoo-gah) has no direct translation: It means cosiness, it means intimacy, and it means warmth — but it means many more things than just these points.<p>We …

Expert argues Vikings carried redhead gene to Scotland

THE Viking warriors who invaded Scotland in the eighth century may have harboured a fiery secret beneath their horned helmets.<p>According to a leading …

Time Might Only Exist in Your Head. And Everyone Else's

Past. Present. Future.<p>In physics, they are all the same thing. But to you, me, and everyone else, time moves in one direction: from expectation, …

The Most Unfortunate Trap Most Creative People Fall Into (on a Regular Basis)

The hard part is acknowledging when this happens.<p>There are two sides to being a creative person.<p>The first is the act of creating. This often starts in childhood when our imagination finds its way into a safe space: a canvas, a microphone, a journal, a computer. We find somewhere that prompts an …

You Can (and Should) Feng Shui Your Garden

Help make your garden a calming and relaxing place that can aide your wellbeing and spiritual calm.<p>Feng shui is defined as "a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into …

Landscaping

15 Actually Secret Menu Items in San Francisco

With the proliferation of food blogs, publications, and social media, nothing in the restaurant world is secret anymore — in fact, unearthing them is Eater's entire mission. So it's always a delight to stumble upon a secret menu item that hasn't yet been reported to death, and amazingly, there are …

6 Places to Visit While in Vienna

This year, Nutanix is hosting it's first .NEXT conference in Vienna and we are super excited to be there. In addition to the cool technical sessions, …

European Travel

Universe has no sense of direction and isn’t going anywhere particular, scientists confirm

The universe isn’t going anywhere, scientists have confirmed.<p>A new study shows that the universe is expanding the same way in all directions, not …

Shakespeare and Company, Paris’s famous bookstore where wandering writers are welcome

PARIS — Shakespeare and Company, the small, crumbling bookshop on Paris’s Left Bank, may be the most famous bookstore in the world.<p>It was the first place to publish the entirety of James Joyce’s “Ulysses” when no one else would, and for decades it has been an informal living room — and sometimes a …

Literature

20 best autumn recipes: part 2

From Rick Stein’s moules marinières to Giorgio Locatelli’s risotto, great seasonal dishes selected by Observer Food Monthly<p>• 20 best autumn recipes: part 1<br>• 20 best autumn recipes: part 3<p>This is my partner’s favourite dish (and the first thing I ever cooked for him) so it’s quite special to me. …