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How to Install Tile Like a Professional

If you've ever wondered how to install tile without calling a professional, you've come to the right place. Maybe you're a "Fixer Upper" devotee, and …

A Therapist Explains How To *Really* Listen To Another Human Being

Let’s face it: Most people aren’t good listeners. In fact, most people — including your best friend who truly loves you to the moon and back — are <i>terrible</i> listeners. But it’s not their fault. No one (well, very few people) are out here trying to ignore your important thoughts and problems. They …

Self-help

18 brutally honest illustrations about struggling with mental illness

“I've been dealing with anxiety for as long as I can remember,” says Sow Ay, an illustrator who sketches brutally honest cartoons about his ongoing …

5 Common Mistakes Spiritual People Make

<b>“I still have a long way to go, but I’m already so far from where I used to be, and I’m proud of that.” ~Unknown</b><p>Just like any student, I’ve made …

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

7 New Dark Nail Colors To Try This Fall

<i>By Sue Williamson, W Magazine.</i><p>Explore your dark side this fall with a gothic manicure. Here, W editors reveal their favorite hues to try right now.<p>"To me, this perfect blue is just as classic as nude or red." - Sue Williamson, Digital Editor<p>Jin Soon nail polish in Blue Iris, $18, jinsoon.com.<p>"This …

Quick And Easy Home Hacks Every Renter Should Do

<i>By: Alex Robinson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>Renting a new home or apartment can be an invigorating opportunity to start anew -- but moving all your crap out of boxes and into piles on the floor is only the first step (fortunately, we've got you covered with a bunch of apps that can help you with the …

This Man's Comics About The Reality Of Depression Are So True

Sad but true.<p>Each person with a mental illness experiences it differently -- and for Kristian <b>Nygård</b>, the only way he could make sense of his personal plight was to illustrate it.<p>The 38-year-old artist from Norway created a series of comics for his website to explain to others what it's like to …

Artist Turns Historical Photos into Colorfully Whimsical Composites

In a continuation of her <i>Dancing with Costica</i> series, Australian artist Jane Long has created more imaginatively surreal compositions by digitally restoring, colorizing, and manipulating black-and-white photos captured over 50 years ago. The series came about when Long was looking for a way to brush …

Art

Thoughts ...

Intricately Folded Pages Transform Hardcover Books into Standing Sculptures

Japanese artist Yuto Yamaguchi transforms hardcover books into sculptures by simply folding their pages. Without using scissors, he crafts the bold designs by intricately creasing each page so that together, they appear as one cohesive form. Yamaguchi's excellent craftsmanship produces smooth …

15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

Photo source: Bubble<p>For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate …

Mesmerizing Macro Photos of Cats' Eyes by Andrew Marttila

Philadelphia-based photographer and self-described “crazy cat man” Andrew Marttila specializes in capturing beautifully expressive portraits of adorable felines. His latest work includes a series of macro shots that zoom in on cats' eyes, showing every minute detail of the creature's colorful iris …

Cats

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

What Behavioral Science Reveals About the Iran Debate

Of all the findings in behavioral science, the most significant may be "loss aversion," the idea that people dislike losses a lot more than they like …

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

Why Did The U.S. Choose Hiroshima?

The name Hiroshima is so tied to the atomic bomb that it's hard to imagine there were other possible targets.<p>But in early 1945, the U.S. was still months away from building its first bomb and certainly didn't know what to hit.<p>"Should it be a city? Should it be a military installation? Should you be …

Hiroshima

70 Years Since the Dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Japan

Aeronautics

After Years Of Blackouts, A Writer Remembers What She 'Drank To Forget'

When Sarah Hepola got her very first writing job at <i>The Austin Chronicle,</i> her editor-in-chief gave her an unlikely Christmas gift — a hat that could hold beers. "It was my top boss," Hepola recalls, who had drawn her name in a Secret Santa gift exchange. "He just threw it on my desk and said: 'So …

Alcohol

'Call of Duty' Cannibalism May Be Warding Off 'Modern Warfare,' 'Black Ops' Remasters

The <i>Call of Duty</i> machine continues to run like clockwork. Year after year, a new release, rotating between three studios, Sledgehammer, Treyarch and Infinity Ward. The series may not be setting the all-time sales records it used to a few years ago, but every year it’s a windfall for Activision all …

Call of Duty

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Genius

North Korea Has Found The Cure For AIDS, Ebola, Cancer, And Bird Flu

It’s a miracle! Just kidding, it’s propaganda.<p>Great news, guys. A company in North Korea has developed a cure for everything.<p>North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that Kumdang-2, a type of ginseng grown in “rare-earth molecular fertilizer” can “prevent different malignant epidemics.” The …

The Psychology of Mindfulness, Digested

Right now, mindfulness is a hot topic in psychology and beyond. In 2012, 40 new papers on mindfulness were published every month, a number that has …

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Prosperity Gospel Is War on the Poor

I’ve always been annoyed by Hollywood sports movies that spend nearly two hours earnestly preaching about how it doesn’t matter whether you win or …

Faith

America's Largest Mental Hospital Is a Jail

At Cook County, where a third of those incarcerated suffer from psychological disorders, officials are looking for ways to treat inmates less like prisoners and more like patients.<p>It was 9 o’clock in the morning at Cook County Jail, but in the subterranean holding cells where dozens await their …

'The True Cost' documentary tallies global effect of cheap clothes

Go to any shopping mall, and inexpensive clothes are abundant — $4.99 T-shirts, $7.90 skinny jeans, $8.90 sandals. But as we fill our closets, who pays the price?<p>That question is answered in the wide-ranging new film "The True Cost."<p>In the wake of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, …