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The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

Back in July, we wrote about Amazon editors' selections for best books that were released between January and June. Now, Amazon is back with an updated list of the Best Books of 2013 (so far).<p>Here are the top 10 books from this year, according to Amazon editors.<p>1. "<b>The Goldfinch"</b> by Donna Tartt: …

Dürer’s Demons

The great German artist Albrecht Dürer inured himself to the melancholy of his time by embracing religion:<p>Like so many of his contemporaries, Dürer …

'Vampire' Graveyard Unearthed In Poland; Beheaded Skeletons Found In Tell-Tale Burial Position (PHOTO)

Researchers came across a spooky discovery when they unearthed a graveyard that appeared to contain the skeletons of four Poles suspected of being vampires..<p>Four skeletons were found at the site in Gliwice, a town in southern Poland, according to Polish Radio English. All four bodies had been …

Experts: Two Years Heals (Almost) All Wounds

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>When humans hurt, they're often comforted by other non-hurting humans who say "time heals all …

Stone Cold Foxes

Jesse Bering cites the once-common condition called agalmatophilia, or attraction to statues, as an example of how a sexual kink evolves over the …

When Smiling Was Uncouth

Nicholas Jeeves explores the old taboo against open-mouthed grins in portrait paintings:<p>[Smiling] has a large number of discrete cultural and …

The Sacred Role Of Sleuths

Jason Webster asks if the detective is the “priestly” figure of modern literature:<p>One only needs to look at the names of famous sleuths to see how …

Cheap, spray-on solar cells developed by Canadian researchers

Silicon-free solar cells, light and flexible enough to roll up or use as window blinds, are under development at a University of Alberta lab.<p>The …

Solar Panels

Unknown, Roman

Unknown, Roman<p>Mosaic Floor Panel with Head of Tethys, 3rd century<p>Roman Mosaic; Made in Antioch<p>This mosaic depicting the head of Tethys, a Greek goddess of the sea, was discovered in 1939 in the ruins of Daphne, a wealthy suburb of Antioch. Tethys may have been a special patron of Antioch, a wealthy and diverse seaside city located in Syria but founded by settlers from a variety of nations. Antioch’s central location on the coast of the Mediterranean, easily reached from Europe, Africa, and the …

Hadrian's villa tunnels explored as cavers drop down into hidden city

Amateur cavers have mapped a vast network of tunnels underneath Hadrian's Villa outside Rome, leading archaeologists to radically revise their views of one of ancient Rome's most imposing imperial retreats.<p>Lowering themselves through light shafts found in fields around the 120-hectare (296-acre) …

Six Easy Tips for Self-Editing Your Fiction

There are a lot of hurdles to writing great fiction, which is why it's always important to keep reading and writing. We only get better by <i>doing</i>. Here are some self-editing tips to help you clean up your book before you hire an editor.<p>When I worked as an editor, I found it frustrating when I …

Self-Publishing on a Shoestring

When you first enter the world of indie-publishing, things can get confusing, fast. The learning curve is steep. And now that companies have realized how lucrative it can be, self-publishing and vanity imprints are springing up like wild mushrooms, working hard to convince people to spend between …

Kerry Wilkinson: 'It's not true that self-publishers can only be successful if they sell for under a pound'

<b>How did you come to self-publish?</b><p>When I turned thirty, I'd been doing the same job for a while. I wanted to try doing something different with my life, and made a list of things I thought I could do if I put a bit of effort in. "Professional sportsman" was unfortunately a long-disappeared aim, due …