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12 Books to Read in Your 30s (They're Life-Changing)

Some books are particularly poignant at certain moments in our lives. They're the coming-of-age stories we turn to for insights on life, love, and …

Books

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

Forget Paris—This Tiny Town Is the Unofficial Food Capital of Europe

As I drift in and out of a jet-lagged haze during our drive from Frankfurt airport to Baiersbronn, a small town in Germany, I'm confused by the …

Everything Stephen King Thinks You Need To Know About Writing

Stephen King is one of the most prolific writers of our generation. His books have sold more than 350 million copies and if nobody has told you yet, …

Artist Brings Rooms to Life With Impressionist-Inspired Relief Sculptures on Walls

Russian creative Goga Tandashvili adds an artistic touch to otherwise ordinary walls with his intricate bas-relief sculpture work. Using a combination of hand building and carving tools, the Russian sculptor brings nature-inspired scenes to life as they integrate seamlessly with their surroundings. …

Lonely Planet Editors Agree: These Are the 5 Best Places to Visit in Europe

Summer is fast approaching and if you've been thinking about going on vacation in Europe, Lonely Planet has done the hard work for you. The travel …

A stunning discovery about the start of the universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> For millennia, humans have sat under a clear midnight sky and marveled at the spectacle emblazoned across the heavens. The stars seem eternal, as if they have always been there. But there's just one problem.<p>It isn't so.<p>The universe was once entirely dark, with nary a light anywhere …

Universe

Why Do All The Planets Orbit In The Same Plane?

Our Solar System is an orderly place, with the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the gas giant worlds all orbiting in the same plane around the Sun. Even as you go farther out, the Kuiper belt objects appear to line up with that same exact plane. Given that the Sun is spherical and that …

Universe

We Were So Very Wrong About the Size of the Andromeda Galaxy

The Milky Way certainly has its perks. It’s big and swirly, and best of all, we live there! But for many years, research suggested our neighboring …

Universe

Portraits by Bacon and Freud of same man go on display together

Two portraits by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud of the same man, one intense, twisted and distorted; the other serene, relaxed and unguarded, have gone on display side by side for the first time.<p>The portraits of George Dyer were produced around the same time, but are strikingly different and shine …

Art

An amateur astronomer accidentally caught an exploding star on camera—and it gets better

He was excited to test his new camera, but he also captured something totally unique.<p>Victor Buso was looking forward to testing his new camera on September 20, 2016. The locksmith and amateur astronomer waited for nightfall and headed out to his rooftop observatory in the city of Rosario, …

Havana: The ultimate guide on where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Cuba's capital

Sun, slinky dancing, icy cocktails in bars fashioned from backyard wrecks and slumping colonial ruins, designer buys, avant-garde art, and a dose of …

Klimt and Schiele: The artists who shocked Europe

Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele were two titans of Viennese art who shared a firm friendship and an artistic free will that scandalised many, writes Cath Pound.<p>At first glance there is little to suggest a connection between Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. Klimt was the archetypical sensualist who …

Art

Study: For those over 90, alcohol better than exercise for longevity

Cheers to life — seriously.<p>When it comes to making it into your 90s, booze actually beats exercise, according to a long-term study.<p>The research, led by University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas, tracked 1,700 nonagenarians enrolled in the 90+ Study that began in 2003 to explore impacts of …

5 Netflix Shows To Watch If You Like ‘The Crown’

For those who want a new period piece to binge.<p>In 2017, “The Crown” established itself as a very popular show across the globe. But with only two seasons of 10 episodes each, you likely finished up the series awhile ago. And as Netflix has to pay so much to create it, there aren’t many shows quite …

10 inspiring city break ideas for 2018

Spring means city-break travel: it's time to polish those sunglasses, replace that dodgy-wheeled cabin bag and free up photo memory on the camera phone. From antiques shopping to tapas hopping, here are 10 quirky and inspiring city-break ideas for spring, to help get the cogs whirring.<p>1. Hit up …

One Hot Smartphone Accessory

This infrared camera concept by Neo Dong allows anyone to see their world in a whole new way. Designed as a peripheral attachment to your IOS or …

Shall the truth make you free? Hinduism, Buddhism, Stoicism, Skepticism and the nature of philosophical inquiry

What is philosophy for? Is it a quest for truth? Is it really the case that the truth shall set us free, as the Bible says (John 8:32), and if so, is …

Only 2% of people can solve this Einstein riddle — see if you can figure it out

There's nothing like a good riddle to stimulate your mind and give you an excuse to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes. Sure, the thrill of solving puzzles may not give you the adrenaline rush of a skydive, but regularly doing logic and crossword puzzles can keep your brain young as you age. And …

Microsoft Is Getting Tough With Sneaky Windows Tune-Up Apps

Keeping your Windows computer running at peak performance can be tricky, especially for less tech-savvy folks. There are scores of apps out there that claim to be able to help. Unfortunately, many of them are designed to scare users into paying — rather than actually doing anything …

26 Skin Care Products Under $10 That'll Have You Feeling Like A Million Bucks

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The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either)

Steven Pinker's new book reveals three mental biases that will keep you from achieving your leadership potential.<p>If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world …

personalgrowth

Lorde Wore One of Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays on the Back of Her Grammys Dress

Despite skipping the red carpet and opting not to perform during the ceremony, Lorde still stole the show at Sunday night’s 2018 Grammy Awards. The singer wore a stunning bright red Valentino dress with diamond cutouts in the bodice and a full-length skirt covered in fluffy bits of tulle, which she …

Neuroscience Says Listening to This Song for 15 Seconds Will Instantly Make You More Creative

Want to be more creative and feel a little happier? Play this song for 15 seconds.<p>Innovation matters. Creativity matters. Finding new solutions to old problems is what businesses -- and careers -- are often built on.<p>Sound therapy is a popular way to relax and reduce stress. But now you can use the …

Creativity

The controversial art works that sent the world into a spin

The art world means serious business. Paintings and sculptures sell for hundreds of millions of pounds at the drop of a gavel, works are stolen and sold on the black market, and the authenticity of others have divided elitist circles worldwide. Naturally, all this lays the groundwork for some good …

10 Social Media Tools You Need in 2018

Brands are turning to social media platforms to reach target audiences through paid and organic means. Here is a list of 10 tools that social media marketers should leverage for maximum results.<p>Last month, I wrote about <i>How to Leverage Social Media In 2018: A Video Marketing Guide for Brands</i> and the …

Social Media

12 Must-See Art Museum Exhibitions in 2018

One thing is for sure in 2018: there’s no shortage of good art to see. From the first major U.S. exhibition of long-overlooked abstract painter Hilma …

Museums

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list<br>• The 100 best novels written in …

Books

Out of the fog: ‘missing’ Monet found through the power of the web

Tracking down lost works of art usually involves poring over obscure documents in galleries, archives and libraries, searching for clues. But the curator of a forthcoming National Gallery exhibition on Claude Monet will be featuring a “missing” painting that he found through a startlingly …

Art

9 Photo Stories That Will Challenge Your View Of The World

Here are some of the most interesting and powerful photo stories from across the internet.<p>Kate Bellm's psychedelic landscapes and dreamy portraits of free-spirited people living their best life create a world into which the viewer can escape. In this world there are no jobs to run off to or …