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How Gabriel García Márquez Created a World in a Sentence

The novelist Mary Morris explains how the opening line of One Hundred Years of Solitude shaped her path as a writer.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Colum McCann, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Michael Chabon,</b> …

Literature

The bugs in your gut could make you weak in the knees: A prebiotic may alter the obese microbiome and protect against osteoarthritis

A prebiotic may alter the obese microbiome and protect against osteoarthritis<p>Scientists have long thought that osteoarthritis in people who are obese …

Microbiome

Does Success Come Mostly from Talent, Hard Work--or Luck?

At a campaign rally in Roanoke, Va., before the 2012 election, President Barack Obama opined: “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave …

Success

Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Harold Maslow (1908-1970)<p>On April 1, 1908, American psychologist <b>Abraham Harold Maslow</b> was born. He is best known for creating Maslow’s …

Psychology

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Books

The Last Line Of '1984' Is One Of The Most Quietly Heartbreaking Lines In Literature

The year may be 2018, but, as many people have already noted, George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> somehow feels more relevant than ever. Like Margaret Atwood’s <i>The</i> …

Smart Cities: Santiago, Chile

Architectural innovation, an active arts scene, and eco-friendly transportation are bringing new energy to the Chilean capital.<p>Chile’s capital city is rising to its dramatic setting next to the Andes. And beneath these majestic mountains, Santiago’s <i>rincones</i> (nooks) now delight locals and visitors …

South America

Searching for the Temple of King Solomon

The black basalt ruins of the Iron Age temple discovered at ’Ain Dara in northern Syria offer the closest known parallel to the Temple of King …

Archaeology

Mark Twain’s adventures in love

Twain became enamored with Olivia quickly, and despite an initial rebuff from her, a lasting relationship ensued<p>The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of one of the great courtships in American history, the wooing of an unenthusiastic 22-year-old Olivia Langdon by a completely smitten …

Literature

It's not just in the genes: the foods that can help and harm your brain

Our diet has a huge effect on our brain and our mental wellbeing, even protecting against dementia. So, what should be on the menu?<p>As a society, we are used to the idea that we feed our bodies, and that our diet shapes our waistlines. But many of us forget that the same diet also feeds our brains, …

Nutrition

Why philosophers should hang out with people who read books (and vice versa)

Philosophers can learn a lot from books. Strange as that may sound.<p>We all know what the humanities are. They are the branches of learning that have …

Humanism

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Mexico

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

Literature

Teaching Introverted Students: How a 'Quiet Revolution' Is Changing Classroom Practice

Inspired by Susan Cain's 2012 book, <i>Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking</i>, teachers in New York City and elsewhere are …

Teaching

Trump’s bizarre obsession with his questionable intelligence

Trump is “very intelligent.” Just ask him. (Actually, you don’t have to ask—he’ll tell you)<p>Many Americans complain that Donald Trump has a tiny vocabulary. But he disproved his critics Wednesday during an impromptu press conference on the South Lawn of the White House.<br>In the past, Trump has …

Donald Trump

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Exercise

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

Guns

This Quora Answer Is the Perfect Metaphor for White Privilege

<i>Answer by Omar Ismail, Stand Up Comedian, on Quora.</i><p><i>I am white. That’s all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am,</i> …

Quora
Fake News

Why Generation X Might Be Our Last, Best Hope

Caught between vast, self-regarding waves of boomers and millennials, Generation X is steeped in irony, detachment, and a sense of dread. One of their rank argues that this attitude makes it the best suited to preserve American tradition in these dark new days.<p>Demographics are destiny. We grew up …

Ally Sheedy

Graphic Shows the House Plants That Naturally Clean the Air in Your Home, According to a NASA Study

This is a quick public service announcement. If you believe in science and facts, read on.<p>Back in the 1980s, NASA published a research report called …

A Plan For Raising Brilliant Kids, According To Science

<i>Since NPR Ed first published this piece last year, it has become one of our most popular posts of all time. And since then, there has been a little anecdotal proof of concept for these parenting theories:</i><p><i>Kathy Pasek, one of the authors interviewed, has a son named Benj Pasek. He is a composer who,</i> …

Learning

Secret of how Roman concrete survived tidal battering for 2,000 years revealed

It is a mystery that continues to baffle modern engineers. Why do 2,000-year-old Roman piers survive to this day, yet modern concrete seawalls embedded with steel crumble within decades?<p>Even Pliny the Elder, writing in Naturalis Historia in 79AD, noted that concrete structures in ancient harbours, …

The warrior’s way out: “Samurai Jack” finds a rare honorable ending

Before a weekend marathon of the animated series’ last season, we celebrate its hero’s struggle in face of futility<p>There are many reasons why the average television viewer may have missed “Samurai Jack,” whether on its first go-round in the early aughts on Cartoon Network or the series-ending …

Anime

Impeachment seemed impossible a few days ago. Not anymore

The announcement that Robert Mueller III, the former FBI director, will oversee the Russian probe strengthens the spreading sense that Donald Trump is finished<p>The “presumption of regularity”. It is a term largely unfamiliar to those outside legal or governmental circles but one that all Americans …

Donald Trump

Researchers Find Gut Bacteria Can Trigger Brain Lesions That Lead to Strokes

Another connection between the gut and the brain.<p>In yet another study that has connected conditions in the gut to diseases of the brain, scientists …

Microbiology

Researchers Are Studying Fecal Transplant As A Potential Treatment For Autism

To treat brain disorders like autism, scientists increasingly are targeting a different part of the body: the gut.<p>Imbalances in the gut microbiome ― the community of trillions of bacteria living in the digestive tract ― have been linked with mental and neurological disorders, including anxiety, …