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A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

This Neuroscientist Shares How to Hack Your Brain So You Can Reach Peak Success | Inc.com

Recently, my editor invited me to write an advice letter to my 17-year-old self. It was an opportunity to reflect on the many benefits of 50+ years life experience. Of course, the flip side was realizing lost benefits of youth. The mature brain may be wiser, but even my simple "senior moments" like …

The Brain

3 Easy Exercises That Will Make You Mentally Stronger in Just 5 Minutes | Inc.com

Whether you're tempted to skip the gym because you don't feel like getting off the couch or you're questioning whether you were cut out to be an entrepreneur, it isn't easy to summon the mental strength you need to reach your goals.<p>But before you blame your less than stellar performance on your …

Self-help

Where to Stay in the Florida Keys

See the Florida Keys in style.<p>The string of islands that make up the Florida Keys arc southwest from the tip of Florida, creating a coral cay …

The world's most beautiful budget train journeys (prices from 42p)

The budget alternative to the Eastern and Oriental Express

Second That Emotion - Writing Prompt

“Find the key emotion; this may be all you need to know to find your short story.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>“A short story must have a single mood and …

Living on the edge: 21 of the world's most dramatic villages

How to Spend 7 Days Japan That Will Leave You Utterly Inspired

Looking for the ultimate Japan itinerary? We’ve mapped out a seven-day schedule that takes you from Tokyo’s neon-lit streets to Kyoto’s …

6 Secrets to a Happier Life

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Happiness<i>, which is available at Amazon.</i><p>Whether you’re a web designer, …

The biggest new film releases in the UK this month

April is looking fairly lean in terms of its genre film offering, but there is a smattering to look out for, including <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> at the …

VSCO’s stylish filters can now be applied to videos

VSCO is getting into video. Starting today, the photo filtering company is beginning to introduce video editing capabilities to its flagship app. Naturally, they’ll revolve around filters. But there’s one big downside: the video features are only being given to paying subscribers. <i>TechCrunch</i> first …

Asking These 8 Simple Questions Will Make You a Better Writer | Inc.com

After writing and editing hundreds of thousands of words over the course of my career, I've observed several fundamental principles about the craft that I sometimes share with colleagues and friends who are trying to improve their writing.<p>I've boiled these principles down to a set of eight simple …

The uncomplicated Skagen Signatur Hybrid smartwatch starts at $175

Leave it to the folks at Skagen, the 30-year-old Danish subsidiary of Fossil, to design a sleek, slim, and stylish smartwatch that doesn’t compromise …

Daylight Savings Time

Goodbye iPod, and Thanks for All the Tunes

The iPod died slowly, then all at once. After nearly 16 years on the market, more than 400 million units sold, and one Cupertino company launched …

iPod

Best rugged phones - these phones can take a drop and keep ticking

Owning a smartphone is almost a requirement for most folks, for both work and leisure. However, some people need something extra. Their phone needs to be ready to work even when its pouring down rain, or if it’s in a place with lots of dust or other threats, such as construction sites. This is when …

Mobile Technology

5 reasons why you’ll want a smart pet door

Smart pet doors, also called electronic pet doors, come with a bunch of features that can make the life of a pet owner <i>much</i> easier. Here are five features that will make you want to install one this weekend. (The products mentioned below are examples of what to look for, not specific …

Pets

How to shoot great video with your smartphone

A rundown of the basics<p>We all shoot video with our smartphones, but most of us aren’t trying to make the next great Oscar-winning film. We’re just trying to capture moments that are important to us, or footage that we think will resonate with others.<p>There are a lot of little things you can do to …

OLD CHONGQING

A Good Short Story Is “A Pill That Let’s Us See the Real”

Author Sarah Hall on the short story’s unique ability to challenge our expectations, our sense of order, and the world’s ‘given-ness’Sarah Hall’s …

From a Hokusai-inspired wave resembling Donald Trump’s comb-over to a philosophical picture book for children, the World Illustration awards exhibition recognises the bold and colourful work by illustrators around the world

Hairstyling

Where to Buy High-Quality Jeans, From the People Who Fix Them for a Living

The experts at Denim Therapy talk alterations, repairs, and favorite brands.<p>Not long ago, Geoffrey Chorbajian, 42, a former senior fundraiser for an environmental nonprofit and current stay-at-home dad, noticed that his blue jeans had a hole in them. To most people this is a normal occurrence, or …

Why Portugal Should Be Your Next Travel Spot

For Americans enchanted by the idea of a European getaway, Iceland and the U.K. have long dominated as de facto “gateways” to the continent: the …

Support: Monumental Hands Rise from the Water in Venice to Highlight Climate Change | Colossal

<p>Artist Lorenzo Quinn (previously) just finished the installation of a monumental sculpture for the 2017 Venice Biennale. Titled <i>Support</i>, the piece …

5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life | Inc.com

<i>"What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?" originally appeared on Quora--the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Alyssa Satara, co-founder at Refugee Code Academy, on Quora:</b><p><b>1. Perception is …

Happiness

Tamil Nadu has sweeping beaches, the world’s greatest collection of ancient temples, pretty tea plantations… and remarkably few British tourists<p>How many people can you get on a motorbike? How many letters in a word? How many dishes in a meal? The answer, in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, seems …

Tamil Nadu

In our new series of ‘mini’ breaks, local parents tip the attractions kids will love - and the ones to avoid - plus where to refuel and where to call it a night<p>For all its reputation as the capital of cool, Berlin makes a fabulous family destination. Berliners are generally tolerant of children, …

Germany

Portugal's custard doughnuts that sell like hot cakes

Late afternoon in the pretty town of Viana do Castelo on the north Portugal coast and a long queue of people wait patiently outside Pastelaria-Confeitaria Manuel Natário, an unassuming tea shop in the city centre.<p>The object of their desire? The <i>bolas de berlim</i> (a Portuguese take on the …

Pie

SNL vs Trump: Every time the President has appeared on the show – and how he reacted

The relationship between long-running show Saturday Night Live and The President defies the norms of satire – because the subject bites back. Larry …

This Drone Captured Fireworks on the 4th of July and It’s the Coolest Thing You’ll See All Day

Fireworks

As the 20th anniversary of the handover from the UK to China is marked, the Guardian talks to residents and officials about the shifts since 1997<p>Hong Kong is preparing to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover of the territory from the UK to China. The moment will bring thousands on to the …

Hong Kong