Leah Commer

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‘Dinosaurs not wiped out from asteroid’

IT’S been a widely accepted theory that an asteroid caused the extinction of dinosaurs 66 million years ago. But, now it appears this isn’t the case.

Climate Change

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Flute

9 Deadliest Rocks And Minerals On Earth

Lead found in Flint, Michigan water is an unfortunate example of negligence leading to the mass exposure of elemental lead found naturally in iron ore. Much in the same way humans communicate warnings of deadly plants and animals, it’s important to communicate the risks and exposure of deadly rocks …

Hot Springs

Why is English Spelling So Weird?

Could the dominance of English harm global scholarship?

<b>Are we "losing knowledge" because of the growing dominance of English as the language of higher education and research?</b><p>Attend any international academic conference and the discussion is likely to be conducted in English. For anyone wanting to share research, English has become the medium for study, …

Gut Feeling: How Intestinal Bacteria Could Manipulate Your Brain

The next time you can’t figure out why you’re suddenly craving a huge slab of ultra-decadent chocolate cake—consider the possibility that it’s not just you doing the craving. New research suggests that the armies of bacteria living in our guts can pull the strings in our brains to get what they …

How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative

When it came to the connection between the left and right brain, Einstein was one remarkable specimen.<p>In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re …

50 Super Bowl Dip Recipes, from Guacamole to Onion Dip

Whether it's with tortilla chips, pita, crudites, or your fingers (no judgment), here are 50 recipes to rock your Super Bowl party.<p>We hereby mandate that all Super Bowl parties must have a dip, whether it’s a cheesy, gooey concoction or a fresh veggie salsa. Double-dipping optional.

Cooking

Artist Irons And Folds Tulle Fabric To Create Beautiful Portraits

In the hands of British artist Benjamin Shine, a piece of tulle isn’t just for making fancy dresses and curtains – it becomes a great material for …

Associated Press News

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures (Updated)

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, a free-lance artist and mother of three boys living in California, has …

Fairy Tales

The 5 Yoga Poses You Should Do Every Morning

Morning time: The birds are singing, you haven’t checked your e-mail yet, and you have a moment of peace before the day attacks. This is your opportunity to start the day off right. Like the common belief that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, your morning exercise routine is one of …

Incredibly Expressive Owl Photography

Is that little owl yawning or singing? Belgian-based photographer Yves Adams has the answer as he's the one behind the adorable shot. “Little owls are CUTE!,” he states. “They make you laugh with whatever they do! But when they start to yawn, my heart melts! This picture has been taken in Spain, …

Birds

Fall Movie Preview: ‘Gravity,’ ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ and More

From ‘Gravity to ‘The Counselor,’ see what Marlow Stern is looking forward to after a miserable summer.

16 Witty Sherlock Comebacks to Knock Out Your Enemies

How many times have you left an argument, only to think of the perfect comeback hours later, when no one is there to admire your wit?<p>Crafting the …

The Secret of Sherlock Holmes

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the Needle's Eye

by Ann Margaret Lewis August 27, 2013<p><b>"'The Bible!' I cried triumphantly." - The Valley of Fear</b><p>When I was asked to review <i>Sherlock Holmes and the</i> …

Kierkegaard on Why Anxiety Powers Creativity Rather Than Hindering It

<i>“Anxiety is love’s greatest killer,”</i> Anaïs Nin famously wrote. But what, exactly, is anxiety, that pervasive affliction the nature of which remains as drowning yet as elusive as the substance of a shadow? In his 1844 treatise <b>The Concept of Anxiety</b> (<i>public library</i>), Danish philosopher <b>Søren</b> …

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Joseph Conrad on Writing and the Role of the Artist

Although <b>Joseph Conrad</b> (December 3, 1857–August 3, 1924) remains best-known for penning the high school English curriculum staple <i>Heart of Darkness</i> in 1899, much of his writing bears a profound philosophical quality, exploring the depths of psychology, morality, the creative impulse, and other …

Science vs. Religion: 50 Famous Academics on God

The dialogue between science and religion is among humanity’s oldest and most controversial, drawing each era’s greatest thinkers into some of history’s most heated debates. We’ve previously looked at a BBC documentary on the complex relationship between the two and 7 essential books on the …

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. <i>“Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,”</i> Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College …

The Difference Between Curiosity and Wonder and How It Shaped the Science vs. Scripture Divide

<i>“The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose holy curiosity,”</i> Albert Einstein counseled in 1955. Iconic science fiction writer Isaac Asimov has hailed curiosity as the key to discovery. Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the greatest scientific minds of our time, has proclaimed it central …

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

Prohibition Bakery Reveals Its Secret Boozy-Cupcake Recipes

The Prohibition Era was full of genius, discreet ways of transporting and imbibing alcohol: Any complicated, but beautiful entrance into a New York …

Way of lost souls

Extremely Detailed Close-Ups of Van Gogh’s Masterpieces

The Google Art Project is a collaboration with museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 …

Rosie's Buttermilk Biscuits

<i>Every week, we’re unearthing Heirloom Recipes -- dishes that have made their way from one generation's kitchen to the next.</i><p><i>Today: Heather Baird of SprinkleBakes lets us in on her grandmother's secrets for making perfect buttermilk biscuits.</i><p>As a child, my grandparents' farm was my favorite place on …

Breakfast

FYI: Why Does My Voice Sound Different When I Hear It On A Recording?

It sounds different because it is different. "When you speak, the vocal folds in your throat vibrate, which causes your skin, skull and oral cavities to also vibrate, and we perceive this as sound," explains Ben Hornsby, a professor of audiology at Vanderbilt University. The vibrations mix with the …