James Shafer

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The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

27 Best Summer Party Hacks

Barbecues are awesome by nature and they don't need to be fancy. But use even one of these tips and you will feel like a genius — and have more time to hang.<p>More great tips here from Martha Stewart.

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

10 Pocket Friendly Smartphone Batteries and Charging Devices (list)

Keeping your iPhone charged and juiced up while on the go is essential because no one wants to be left with a dying battery. Here are some great …

Large study finds no vaccine link to nerve disorder

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a review of data covering 13 years and millions of patients, researchers found no evidence of a link between being vaccinated against tetanus, hepatitis, pneumonia or flu, and developing the nerve-degenerating disorder Guillain-Barré.<p>“The take home message is vaccines …

Controversial update to 'bible' of psychiatry fuels debate over foundations of mental health

One book raises big questions<p>For years, the diagnosis of mental illness has largely relied upon one book — the <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders</i>, or <i>DSM</i>. Published by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the <i>DSM</i> offers detailed classifications and criteria for conditions …

Minuum is a touchscreen keyboard that wants you to make mistakes

And it doesn't take up half of your screen<p>Minuum started life as a research project at the University of Toronto, but has since turned into a tool that makes your keyboard much smaller, without sacrificing speed. Minuum looks like a QWERTY keyboard that's been squashed to just one line, and when …

Kidney grown in lab successfully transplanted into rat

Scientists have grown a kidney in a laboratory and shown that it works when implanted into a living animal. The work is an important step towards the …

PhotosNormandie: An Online Archive of 3,000+ CC Photos from WWII

One of the benefits of the digital age is widespread access to archives that might otherwise never be seen by more than a few people. A good example …

Cloud Atlas

• <b>Author:</b> David Mitchell<p><b>By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks • Now a major motion picture • Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize</b><p><b>Includes a new Afterword by David Mitchell</b><p>A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell …

1984

• <b>Author:</b> George Orwell<p>George Orwell’s <i>1984</i> takes on new life with extraordinary relevance and renewed popularity.<p>“Orwell saw, to his credit, that the act of falsifying reality is only secondarily a way of changing perceptions. It is, above all, a way of asserting power.”—<i>The New Yorker</i> <br>In 1984, …

The Silver Linings Playbook

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Quick<p><i>An enchanting first novel about love, madness, and Kenny G.</i><p>A <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, <i>The Silver Linings Playbook</i> was adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. It tells the riotous and poignant story of how one man regains his memory …

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen Chbosky<p>Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Also a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, <i>The Perks of Being a Wallflower</i> is a funny, touching, …

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

• <b>Author:</b> Therese Anne Fowler<p><b>THE INSPIRATION FOR THE TELEVISION DRAMA Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING</b><p><i>I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we're ruined, Look closer…and you'll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.</i><p>When beautiful, reckless …

11/22/63

• <b>Author:</b> Stephen King<p><b>One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review<br>Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize<br>Soon to be a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco</b><p>ON NOVEMBER 22, 1963, THREE SHOTS RANG OUT IN DALLAS, PRESIDENT KENNEDY DIED, AND THE WORLD CHANGED. WHAT IF YOU COULD …

Scientists turn dreams into eerie short films with an MRI scan

A group of scientists from Kyoto has managed to successfully analyze and "record" the basic elements of what people see when they dream. The idea of recording dreams has been a mainstay in science fiction, but also a frequent goal for researchers. As <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> writes, this group designed …