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This Free Desktop App Reminds You To Take Computer Breaks During the Day

We all know that sitting for long periods of time is bad for our health, but remembering to get up and takes breaks isn’t exactly an easy proposition.<p>…

Productivity

The 100 Best Nonfiction Books of All Time: No 92 – The Diary of Samuel Pepys (1660)

One day in December 1659, a young civil servant and Cambridge graduate named Samuel Pepys went to the shop in Cornhill in the City of London, where the stationer John Cade sold paper and pens, and bought himself a paper-covered notebook too fat for his pockets and took it home to his lodgings in …

Literature

The Best PC Gaming Controllers That Will Have You Playing for Hours

Become an even better gamer with one of these great controllers!<p>A dedicated controller makes a number of PC video games considerably more enjoyable. We rounded up the best offerings available on the market today.

Gear & Gadgets

Watch Parents Read Their Daughters' Tinder Messages

If online dating is like searching for a needle in a haystack, Tinder is like searching for a needle in, I dunno, an entire field of generally awful …

Welcome to Pleistocene Park

In Arctic Siberia, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change—by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.<p>Nikita Zimov’s nickname for the vehicle seemed odd at first. It didn’t look like a baby mammoth. It looked like a small tank, with …

Nature

A Free Course on Dante’s Divine Comedy from Yale University

Over the years, we've featured the many drawings that have adorned the pages of Dante's <i>Divine Comedy</i>, from medieval times to modern. Illustrations by …

Matt Damon Faces Down Jimmy Kimmel On ‘Maury’ In The Latest Chapter Of Their Long-Running Feud

The latest entry in the feud between Matt Damon and Jimmy Kimmel adds a little paternity trouble to the mix and plops down two special guests right in the middle of it. Not only do we get Martin Short playing everybody’s favorite daytime paternity king Maury Povich, but we also get a surprise …

Google adds iconic African landmarks to Street View

It's not all jungles, mud houses and wild animals in Africa: the continent has cities, art centers, monuments and other landmarks, just like everywhere else in the world. To bust myths going around about African countries and to give more people a chance to get to know what they truly look like, …

After The Caliphate

It has taken more than two years and cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars to drive ISIS out of Anbar province in Iraq. Its cities now resemble bombed-out wastelands, and a smoldering anger at the central government lies beneath the surface.<p>FALLUJAH, Iraq — Pandemonium erupted on the …

The Met Digitizes its Collection, Releasing 375,000 Images for Free

Art

LinkedIn Just Rolled Out A Redesign—Here’s How To Clean Up Your Profile

Now that LinkedIn has a new look, it’s time to update your account–starting with these four cuts.<p>With its largest desktop redesign ever, LinkedIn is fighting the good fight against distraction. The 2017 updates make for less clutter across the platform and a more focused experience on every front, …

Employment

Incredible images from DJI's SkyPixel 2016 aerial photography competition

Incredible images from SkyPixel 2016 competition<p><i>SkyPixel, DJI's online aerial photo sharing platform, has shared the winners of its 2016 photo</i> …

Photography

The 5 Best Tabletop Games for Couples

The best of both board and card games to play with your significant other.<p>The world of board games, and tabletop, in general, can be a difficult one …

Board Games

The board hoard: your monthly guide to the best new board games

Every month we round up the best new tabletop games. This time: Adrenaline, Kanagawa and The Extraordinary Adventures of Baron Munchausen<p>Welcome to our regular round-up of the best new tabletop games. This month we’re expressing our artistic flair through classical Japanese painting, engaging in …

Board Games

Europe faces droughts, floods and storms as climate change accelerates

Europe and northern hemisphere are warming at faster pace than the global average and ‘multiple climatic hazards’ are expected, says study<p>Europe’s Atlantic-facing countries will suffer heavier rainfalls, greater flood risk, more severe storm damage and an increase in “multiple climatic hazards”, …

Climate Change

This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.<p>iOS: It’s …

9 New Tools to Boost Your Productivity

Almost all of us are snowed under with tasks every day and waste too much time on organizing them. Luckily for you, the Internet (and The Next Web) is a great source of tools that will help you manage your schedule easily. Check out this list of nine new tools that will boost your productivity on a …

Productivity

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 50 – Eminent Victorians by Lytton Strachey (1918)

Lytton Strachey’s partisan, often inaccurate but brilliant demolitions of four great 19th-century Britons did much to usher in the modern era<p><i>Eminent Victorians</i> is often seen as an oedipal massacre of discredited father figures – an assault on the Victorian establishment from which Strachey, the son …

Literature
Onions

Harvard Has a Free Online 12-Module Digital Photo Course

Want to learn photography from Harvard? (Yes, that <i>Harvard</i>.) It turns out you can easily do so, even without being a student. The oldest institution …

Digital Photography

10 DiscworldQuotes You'll Desperately Need for the Next Four Years

There is almost no subject that Terry Pratchett hasn’t explained better, funnier, and more times than just about anyone else on the planet. Reading …

Terry Pratchett

The 9 most-anticipated indie video games of 2017

The next year of gaming looks promising based on what we know so far, but there are plenty of smaller games on the horizon that have us just as …

52 Places to Go in 2017

There are thousands of getaways to explore this year. Here are some ideas to get you started.

How To Work Only 40 Hours A Week This Year

If you plan your day well, 40 hours should be enough time to get your job done.<p>It’s no secret that most Americans work more than 40 hours a week, but are those extra hours necessary? “So many people say, ‘I have to do this,’ but they might just be putting those expectations on themselves,” says …

Time Management

10 Expert Tips To Make 2017 Your Most Productive Year Yet

A one-item to-do list, smarter ways to email, and productive procrastination: We’ve gathered the best ways to get more done this year.<p>There is no one definitive strategy to being productive, and it may take a little trial and error to find what works best for you. But if you’ve resolved to make …

Time Management

We dedicated a year to self-improvement: here’s what it taught us

From brain and body to money and sex, we optimised aspects of our lives to see if self-help culture works<p>On 1 January last year we began a new research project called “Optimised”. We had published a book called The Wellness Syndrome the year before, questioning the growing pressure to become …

Weightlifting

Joel Sartore: The man who takes studio photos of endangered species

<b>American wildlife photographer Joel Sartore is fighting to save endangered species by making us fall in love with them.</b><p>Joel Sartore had been a National Geographic wildlife photographer for 15 years when his wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer. With three young children at home, he took a …

Extinction

The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

Nutrition

28 Maps That Will Completely Change The Way You View Europe

Which country has the most metal bands? Who has the longest summer vacation?<p><i>This post was translated from German.</i>

Europe

Game on! The best board games of 2016 | Ars Technica

Here's what hit our tabletops most in 2016.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games. Check out our complete board gaming coverage …