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The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

The 21 Best Android Apps You Should Download Right Now

Whether you're a smartphone novice or a master of custom ROMs, these are the apps that every Android user needs to check out.<p>Whether you're a smartphone novice or a master of custom ROMs, these are the apps that every Android user needs to check out.

Apps

75 book ideas for Christmas, for everyone on your list (and we mean everyone)

<b>From the explorer to the weirdo, here are Globe Books’ plentiful holiday picks for everyone in your life</b><p>(© M. Sasek, from This is the World, Universe, 2014.)<p><b>For the explorer</b><p><i>The Canadian Geographic Atlas of Canada</i>, (HarperCollins, 304 pages, $79) Constantly confusing St. John’s and Saint John? …

The 10 Biggest Fitness Myths

Chances are some bogus training advice has wormed its way into your fitness regimen. Time to root it out. Here are the ten performance myths holding you back, from pre-race stretching to the evils of high-fructose corn syrup. Plus: Three truisms that are still up for debate.<p>Myth #1: Stretching …

Exercise

Where to Sell Your Used Cycling Gear

These four businesses will turn your old bikes, parts, and accessories into cash<p>That jersey your mom got you for Christmas that you hate. Those tights that definitely got tighter once you left the store. That pair of new 26” MTB tires that you haven’t used since you upgraded to a 29er. That saddle …

Success will never come to entrepreneurs who do these 10 things

<i>This post is in partnership with Entrepreneur. The article below was originally published at</i> <i>Entrepreneur.com</i><i>.</i><p>By Jonathan Long, …

Picture this: life so imperfectly rich that Instagram’s pedlars hold no allure

These polished amateur marketers present something aspirational, but it’s not really their life. And it won’t be yours<p>On my shelves I have stacks of photo albums lined up in chronological order. They chart my teenage years, and the many valiant attempts to use home hair dye kits. The albums are …

Google's trusted places just made my life so much easier

I never have to unlock my Android phone at home again<p>I don't make a habit of counting how many times I unlock my phone, but I'm willing to believe the stats that say the average user does it hundreds of times each day. That can be an unnecessary chore when using a device in a place safe from …

Flatten Your Belly for a Happy Back

Strengthening your core is the key to pain-free pedaling<p>As a fitness writer, I’ve written more than my fair share of “flatten your belly” features. Generally the promised reward is aesthetic—bikini bodies and all that. But for cyclists there’s a better reason to firm up your midsection than …

Weird Animal Question of the Week: How Do Moose Get So Big Eating Plants?

Herbivores get energy directly from the source, which allows them to become bigger than carnivores.<p>Carnivores may be at the top of the food chain, but herbivores are often the bigger guns (or guts) on the ladder. What makes them so big?<p>For Weird Animal Question of the Week, I took the author's …

Wildlife

Avoid Airline Bike Fees

Here's how to pack your bike as safely and cheaply as possible<p>Flying with your bike can set you back up to $200—more if the bike-and-case combo is heavier than the airlines' typical 50-pound limit. And with many hardshell containers weighing 30 pounds empty, it's easy to hit that ceiling. "Avoiding …

How Evolution Determines The Flavor Of Beer and Whiskey

Master brewers fine-tune strains of yeast to craft the perfect beverage.<p>Back in August of 2011, unconventional chef David Chang stood up in front of a gathering of chefs and other food people in Copenhagen to give a talk about food and microbiology. He opened his presentation by apologizing to the …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Why the GMO Debate Misses the Point: Part 2

<i>Washingtonians are going to the ballot box today to vote on Initiative 522, a measure that would require food producers to label genetically engineered foods. Sasha Wright, an ecologist and state native, offers her solutions to the GMO debate. This is the second part of a two part series. You can</i> …

Halloween 2013: Top Costumes, History, Myths, More

Here's everything you need to know about one of our favorite holidays.<p><b>Halloween 2013 should be less scary in the United States than last year's holiday, when the monstrous Hurricane Sandy savaged parts of the U.S. Northeast.</b><p>Despite the storm, 2012 featured record participation and spending that, …

Decorations

US criticises Germany and China policies

<b>The US has criticised Germany's economic policies, saying that its export-led growth model is hurting the eurozone and the wider global economy.</b><p>In its biannual report, the US Treasury said that domestic demand growth in Germany had been "anaemic".<p>It also reiterated its view that the Chinese yuan …

Economy

Why Carved Pumpkins Are Called "Jack O' Lanterns"

The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is …

Plastic bag charge or ban 'could cut use in Europe by 80%'

New EU proposals would require member states to choose between three methods of reducing the waste from bags<p>European Union member states could cut their plastic bag use by 80%, the European commission has said, by charging for bags or even banning them.<p>Plastic bags are a major cause of seaborne …

Here Are 3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

Building good habits can be difficult.<p>That's especially true if you want to stick with them for the long term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.<p>I'm not going to pretend like these ideas are the only way to build better habits …

How to Detox Your Mind: 4 Lessons on How to Stop Overthinking

We talk a lot these days about how to detox our body but not much about how to detox the mind. And it's the overthinking mind full of chaos that holds us back from moving forward in life. It's the overthinking mind that makes us feel anxious and worried about the future. It's the overthinking mind …

The Ultimate Guide to Personal Productivity

Some people are naturals at personal productivity, others have to learn it. I'm definitely the latter. My first year teaching, I was so awful at managing my time that I would go days in a row without sleeping more than five hours a night. One day, it got so bad that I fell asleep at the wheel …

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

5 Yoga Poses for Amazing Arms

Do these moves to sculpt arms that you can’t WAIT to show off<p>Yoga helps to calm the mind and spirit, but it also creates absolutely gorgeous arms! These 5 moves from the <i>Women’s Health</i> Big Book of Yoga by Kathryn Budig will help build strength in your upper back and shoulders without adding bulk. …

The Easy Way to Earn Relationship Brownie Points

Just steal this shamelessly simple date idea<p>No, it doesn’t involve shelling out major bucks for a fancy dinner date or taking your partner to see their favorite band. The secret to a romantic date may be as simple as cooking your S.O. dinner. More than 1,000 people were surveyed at YourTango.com, …

The Dark Side Of Emotional Intelligence

A supposedly "good" trait could have a dark side, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from Kyoto University found that emotional intelligence -- which is typically thought to be a boon to relationships and prosocial behavior -- could also increase the ability to manipulate others.<p>"Emotional …