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The Literary Development of the Arthurian Legend

The Arthurian legend begins with the Welsh cleric Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100 - c. 1155 CE). Earlier history writers such as Gildas, Bede, and …

Ancient History

It's Official: A Brand-New Human Organ Has Been Classified

Your body now has an extra organ.<p>Researchers have classified a brand-new organ inside our bodies, one that's been hiding in plain sight in our …

Finding North America’s lost medieval city

Cahokia was bigger than Paris—then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.<p>A thousand years ago, huge pyramids and earthen mounds …

15 Mummies You Can See Around the World

Many regular travelers seek out their favorite series of landmarks to visit—every national park, every art museum, or every state. For the more …

The reason people were afraid of cats during the Middle Ages

Felines, despite having a good amount of domestic responsibilities, have not always been well regarded<p>Almost everyone likes cats. The videos of …

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Mind healing: How to tackle anxiety in your teenage daughter

A recent government survey of more than 30,000 UK teenagers found that more than a third of teenage girls — almost twice as many as teenage boys - are suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression. Sadly, this is not a temporary fluctuation, but a steadily growing phenomenon. In 2015, for …

Mental Health

The Best Female Characters Come From Books

Is literature better at coming up with complex women protagonists than Hollywood? A long history of book-to-film adaptations suggests so.<p>Last year, I was working as a publicity associate at Simon & Schuster when Jessica Knoll’s debut thriller <i>Luckiest Girl Alive</i> was optioned for film. The novel, …

Books

7 Signs A Marriage Won’t Last, According To Wedding Officiants

They've seen it all.<p>Wedding officiants ― particularly those that do pre-marital counseling ― often get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into a couple’s future marriage. And what they see is not always pretty.<p>Below, seven signs a marriage doesn’t have what it takes, according to officiants.<p>1. One partner …

Divorce

The 10 Most Philosophical Sci-fi Movies of All Time

Just like surrealism and fantastic realism, science fiction is a genre that allows a great degree of creative freedom, since the narrative is not …

Alice In Wonderland

These Tools Will Help You Become A More Persuasive Writer

Everybody writes. No matter what you are doing in life, you need to communicate with other people. Whether it’s a personal email to your friend or a formal proposal for your business, you want to persuade people to take action.<p>Throughout the years I developed a writing routine and found useful …

Comic books are selling better than they have in 20 years — here's why they're so popular

The comic book industry just had its best-selling month in nearly two decades.<p>According to The Comichron, a blog that covers comic book sales figures, June 2016 was the best-selling month for the industry since December of 1997. These figures aren't perfect, since the only way to track sales is to …

A Brief History of Bog Bodies (and Butter)

Here in America, we largely think of bogs as those things in New England that produce the perpetual Thanksgiving dinner staple, cranberries. But bogs …

Improve Your Comics by "Distancing the Narrative"

The newest 'Strip Panel Naked' video teaches the importance of keeping the reader at bay.<p>It’s tempting to throw the reader into the middle of the action in a comic book, but Mike Mignola’s final issue of <i>Hellboy in Hell</i> <i></i>keeps the reader at arm’s length. In this week’s edition of comics masterclass, …

India's Finest Female Graffiti Artist - Kajal Singh in an Exclusive Interview

July 10, 2016<p>Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and …

Unbelievable Shots Of A Photographic Exhibition Under The Sea

“Andreas Frank” Austrian photographer to set up his exhibition, like the legendary Atlantis underwater world created to see to it must be equipped …

Captain America: Stan Lee weighs in on Hydra twist

Marvel pulled a fast one on the fans when the latest <i>Captain America</i> comic revealed the star-spangled Avenger to be a Hydra agent. According to Stan …

Marvel Universe

12 bookstores every reader should visit in their lifetime

Are you someone who refuses to believe the theory that “print is dead”? Who always makes room in a suitcase for a paperback? Who finds it easy to …

Books

How A Poison Pill Worded As 'Sex' Gave Birth To Transgender Rights

The legal case over transgender rights hinges on the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion and sex. But the word "sex" wasn't always going to be part of the bill. And "sex" — which, at the time was meant to mean gender — was …

How Public Schools Demand Failure and Perpetuate Poverty

Insisting students remain in school is analogous to telling a battered woman to stay with her abusive husband.<p>Viewed broadly, schooling is an …

Academia is quietly and systematically keeping its women from succeeding

Academia’s war on women is real. Even though women outnumber men both in college enrollment and graduation rates, colleges aren’t exactly bending over backwards to accommodate them. From skyrocketing costs resulting in women taking out more loans—and incurring more debt—than men to the complicity …

Higher Education

Awesome Art Picks: Elektra, Wolverine, Harley Quinn, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites …

5 Tips for Powerful Writing

If you want to write more powerfully-- whether it's the next great novel or memoir, or simply emails to friends, family and colleagues, journal entries, speeches or presentations for work, or even your holiday card letter, here are some words that might help, inspired by Girl Friday Productions-- …

10 research-proven tricks that will make you appear smarter than you are

It's great to be smart, but intelligence is a hard thing to pin down. In many cases, how smart people <i>think</i> you are is just as important as how smart you actually are.<p>"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." —Woodrow Wilson<p>As it turns out, intelligence only explains …

Finally, The Golden Ratio Gets Its Own Coloring Book

Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo creates meticulously detailed drawings of the Fibonacci spiral in nature–now, you can color along.<p>When it comes to design, the golden ratio is mostly bullshit. Though designers sometimes use it, there’s just no proof people prefer that precise spatial ratio in their …

Space probe finds 72 new objects near Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> When you think of Earth, do you see our bright blue planet floating out in the vast darkness of space? Maybe you imagine the ring of satellites and spacecraft circling the planet.<p>But do you see the space rocks that could plunge into our planet, causing major destruction?<p>NASA does.<p>It's using …

Field Of Light: Artist Uses 50,000 Lights To Turn Desert Into Surreal Fairytale

Bruce Munro is an internationally acclaimed British artist best known for his vast and immersive light-based installations. For this latest project, …

Northern Territory

The most valuable rare books in existence

Literature

April Is The Animated Steampunk Heroine You’ve Been Waiting For

<i>Avril et le Monde truqué</i> is coming to English-speaking audiences as <i>April and the Extraordinary World</i>, but its literal translation from French is …

Geek

Builders uncover Iron Age village in East Yorkshire

<b>A "significant" ancient settlement unearthed by builders in East Yorkshire could boost experts' understanding of Iron Age Britain, it is claimed.</b><p>Archaeologists working on the housing development have dug up a sword and shield, spears and more than 75 burial sites, known as Square Barrows.<p>Parts of …