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Here are the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories from 2016<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend. This evening, the organization announced the winners of this year’s Nebula Awards, recognizing some of the …

Science Fiction

Read the oldest love poem in the world

"Istanbul #2461" was written by the ancient Sumerians and is etched on a clay tablet.<p>At around 4,000 years old, 'Istanbul #2461', as it's …

The Winning Photos of Underwater Photographer of the Year 2017

The international Underwater Photographer of the Year photo contest has announced its winners for the 2017 edition. The winning photo (shown above) …

Discovery of Likely Alien Worlds Has Scientists Buzzing

Astronomers have spotted more than 100 new potential alien planets, including one in the fourth-closest star system to the sun, a new study reports.<p>This haul of newfound possible exoplanets, which have yet to be confirmed as bona fide alien worlds, comes from a new analysis of 20 years' worth of …

Universe

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …

Hollywood Has No Idea What to Do with VR - MIT Technology Review

Would you watch a virtual-reality <i>Casablanca</i>?<p>The question is ridiculous, but usefully so. VR will never be like the movies, culturally or …

All About Pacing - 4 Important Questions To Ask

<b>1. What is pacing?</b><p>Pacing is all about the manipulation of time and controlling the speed and rhythm of a story.<p>“Pacing is part structural choices and …

Creative Writing

Holy moly! Image of space shows a thousand black holes

It's the highest concentration of supermassive black holes ever seen.<p>It looks like a bunch of slightly blurry, multicoloured fireflies.<p>The image may not seem impressive at first, but it certainly improves on more intimate acquaintance. It's actually a more than 1,000 black holes at the centres of …

Universe

The mystical poet who can help you lead a better life

The 14th-Century Persian poet Hafiz’s work is not just very beautiful – it is useful too. Hafiz can teach us how to get the most out of our lives, writes Daniel Ladinsky.<p>Shams-ud-din Muhammad Hafiz (c. 1320-1389) is one of the most beloved poets of the Persians, and is considered by many – from …

Spirituality

Hieronymus Bosch’s Medieval Painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” Comes to Life in a Gigantic, Modern Animation

For the 500-year anniversary of Hieronymus Bosch's death, the MOTI Museum in Holland commissioned a modern re-interpretation of the Dutch painter's …

The Future Of Neighborhoods: Five Projects That Show How We’ll Live

Residential life could soon be changing.<p>1. We’ll Generate Our Own Resources<p><b>An ambitious experiment in the Netherlands could be a model for life off the grid.</b><p>When a new housing development called ReGen Village opens as early as next year on the outskirts of Amsterdam, residents won’t have to rely on …

10 Genius Garden Hacks with Poured Concrete

An encore to the usefulness of concrete in the garden! (Our previous post on the subject focused on genius ideas for Hardscaping 101: Poured-in-Place …

World on track to lose two-thirds of wild animals by 2020, major report warns

The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.<p>The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% …

Biodiversity

2016 October 20 - The Tulip in the Swan

<b>The Tulip in the Swan</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> Martin Pugh<p><b>Explanation:</b> Framing a bright emission region this telescopic view looks out along the …

Cosmology

Meet your neighbor—an Earthlike planet just 4 light-years away

<i>With more than 5.2 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or</i> …

The Invention of Angela Carter is an exemplary biography of a weird and wonderful writer – review

<i>Angela Carter liked to blur categories and break rules. Gaby Wood salutes the least well-behaved writer of her age</i><p>Some time in the early Sixties, Angela Carter was asked to name her favourite women writers. She presumed the person meant – and it’s characteristic of Carter to have thought there was …

Literature

The outing of Elena Ferrante and the power of naming

Elena Ferrante is one of our greatest living writers. She has also, for two and a half decades, been publishing under a name that is not her own: …

'Be curious': Stephen Hawking's remarkable life in his own words

My work on black holes began with a eureka moment, shortly after the birth of my daughter, Lucy, while getting into bed. I realised the area theorem. …

Spotlight on Harvard's Glass Flowers

Spotlight on Harvard's Glass FlowersSeptember 27, 2016We may have passed the first official day of fall, but at the Harvard Museum of Natural History …

Museums

How To Make Someone Fall In Love With You, Based On Their Zodiac Sign

Love is in the stars. ✨✨<p>Want to convince someone you’re worth taking a chance on romantically? It might help to know a little bit about their zodiac sign.<p>Below, Jennifer Angel, one of New York’s most well-known astrologers, shares how to win someone over based on astrology.<p>Aries wants passion in …

Game of Thrones

Sorry, Folks. The LHC Didn't Find a New Particle After All

The last thirty years of particle physics have been a little disappointing. A scientist’s job is to prove themselves wrong, but despite their best …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

Were There Aliens Before Us?

Are we the only civilization-building intelligent species that has ever occurred in the universe?<p>It's one of science's oldest questions. Earlier this year, my colleague Woody Sullivan and I published a paper in the journal <i>Astrobiology</i> presenting new results that, I believe, throw new light on the …

UFOs

This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is a Fairytale for Bookworms

The new bookstore, Zhongshuge Yangzhou, appeals to design and book lovers alike.<p>Once upon a time, we might have considered a bookstore incredible if it included, say, tasty café food and giant beanbags for kids. Now, an incredible bookstore is defined by reflective "tunnels" of books and truly …

A Pulsing Story As Layered And Complex As Life Itself

By Lisa Unger | Off the Shelf<p>All writers begin as readers. This is where we fall in love with story. We are addicted to that feeling. You know the one: when you open a book and read a few words, a few sentences. And you just <i>know</i> . . . there's a zing, a little buzz of excitement. Right away, you can</i> …

Books

Here's What The Sun Looks Like From Every Planet In Our Solar System

Our Solar System is a seriously beautiful place. Whether it’s the pockmarked volcanic surface of Mercury, the dusty crimson plains of Mars, the …

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

Dark Matter