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15 Patents That Changed the World

The drone. The iPhone. Bluetooth. GPS. Before they changed the world, these technologies were schematics on paper. Here is where the future began.<p>Forget the image of the lonely inventor tinkering away in a workshop. Today, it's more common that numerous technologies developed by a variety of …

Immune System

No Offense, but These Are the Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

Many people eagerly anticipate Netflix putting out popular new series like <b>Stranger Things</b> and <b>Black Mirror</b>, but the streaming site also acquires a ton of freshly released movies and original films each year. And these films are nothing to sneeze at!<p>In the past few months alone, one of its newer …

Entertainment

The 15 Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: May 10th</b><p>The sci-fi genre currently splits the difference between niche entertainment and the mainstream, providing diehard nerds and folks looking for a simple good time with a common ground on which they can unite and share in their enthusiasm. There was a time when tales of aliens, …

Science Fiction Movies

The 10 Best Music Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

<b>Last Updated: March 13th</b><p>Whether they’re about an artist, a band, or maybe just a particular place and time, music documentaries have a unique ability to let their soundtrack be a central aspect to their storytelling. With a selection varying from artist biographies, music history lessons, and those …

Most unhappy people are unhappy for the exact same reason

We’d all like to be a little happier.<p>The problem is that much of what determines happiness is outside of our control. Some of us are genetically predisposed to see the world through rose-colored glasses, while others have a generally negative outlook. Bad things happen, to us and in the world. …

Happiness

30 movies you have to watch by the time you're 30

You better hop to it.<p>Whether you fancy romance, comedy, drama—or any hyphenate in-between—there are certain films that are undeniable must-sees. Some are important because they make you uncomfortable (but have plenty of teachable moments), others entertain, but above all, this particular set will …

Why are children’s authors eccentric?

The writers of Eloise, Goodnight Moon and more pushed boundaries of behaviour. Dark episodes in their pasts may have proved fruitful, writes Hephzibah Anderson.<p>As new parents and anyone who’s ever gone rummaging through their old childhood libraries quickly realises, much of the best literature for …

Books

The children trapped by Albania's blood feuds

<b>It is said that revenge is a dish best served cold and in Albania it can be served very cold indeed. Disputes known as blood feuds can span generations, sucking in descendants who had nothing to do with the original insult or murder.</b><p>Though they have a long history, blood feuds remain potent today, …

Albania

The 20 Best British Shows On Netflix

Take a trip across the pond with the best British series available on streaming, ranked by their Rotten Tomatoes Scores.<p>Photos: Everett Collection , …

39 Books That Are Actually Scary

Um... maybe don't read these if you're home alone.<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Seven of Literature's Ultimate Dads

From heroic lawyers fighting injustice to mutant inseminators with offspring spanning centuries, here are some of the dadliest dads around.<p>This Father's Day, after you're done scrambling to get a tie with golf balls on it or a new wallet as a present, why not sit back and read about some of …

Literature

Einstein’s Relativity Explained in 4 Simple Steps

The revolutionary physicist used his imagination rather than fancy math to come up with his most famous and elegant equation.<p>Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity is famous for predicting some really weird but true phenomena, like astronauts aging slower than people on Earth and solid objects …

26 Of The Most Inspirational Lines In Literature

"Not all who wander are lost." – J. R. R. Tolkien<p><b>1.</b> “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”<p>– Oscar Wilde, <i>Lady Windermere's Fan</i><p>Submitted by Gina Clark, Facebook<p><b>3.</b> "Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”<p>– L.M. Montgomery, <i>Anne of</i> …

Literature

13 documentaries on Netflix that will change the way you see the world

Documentaries have a bad reputation, and that changes now. What some perceive as a boring genre is actually a home to some of the most inspiring, …

These are the 10 latest Pulitzer Prize winning-novels you must read immediately

These books caught the world’s eye with their dazzling characters and rich interpretations of American life.<p><i>1</i><i>Underground Railroad by Colson …

30 Lessons Leonardo da Vinci Has Taught Me About Photography, Art, and Life

Leonardo da Vinci was the ultimate ‘autodictat’ (someone who taught himself everything).<p>Download<p>To read this on the go, you can download the files …

27 Oscar-Winning Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Netflix is full of classics, if you only know where to look...

Universal Pictures

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight?"

Here are the best video games of 2016

Gaming

This Short Animation Will Make You Quit Your Job

Move over Dilbert, there's a sick and twisted office reality to be explored.<p>Screencaps via<p>Move over Dilbert, this film is about to make your existence petty. Handpainted with watercolors, an emotive seven-minute animated short titled <i>El Empleo</i> (“The Employment”) bizarrely captures contemporary …

NGC 4696: Ravenous Supermassive Black Hole Creates A 'Cosmic Oddity'

A team of astronomers have, using the Hubble Space Telescope, captured a stunning new image of the spiral galaxy NGC 4696 — a "cosmic oddity" located …

Inside the world of Chinese science fiction, with “Three Body Problem” translator Ken Liu

In 2015, <i>The Three-Body Problem</i> by Liu Cixin became the first translated novel to win the Hugo Award, one of the highest honors in sci-fi. A surprise hit inside and outside China, the book left English-language readers unsure about where to get more Chinese sci-fi. Now, <i>Three-Body Problem</i> translator …

Language

How to talk politics at your family holiday meal this year

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mealtime talk is always fraught this time of year. In this post-election climate, even the most innocent mention of politics or social issues could threaten to turn MawMaw's house into the thunder dome.<p>Don't worry your elastic-waisted britches about it. Daniel Post Senning, an etiquette …

Self-awareness

Bob Dylan songs that changed the course of history (an incomplete list)

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Bruce Springsteen inducted Bob Dylan into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said: "Bob freed your mind the way Elvis freed your body. He showed us that just because music was innately physical did not mean that it was anti-intellectual."<p>Dylan's influence on music cannot be overstated: …

Folk-Rock

If Aliens Call, We Might Not Want To Answer, Says Stephen Hawking

Listen up, NASA.<p>Stephen Hawking has said it before and he’ll say it again: If extraterrestrials call, <b>do not answer ―</b> at least, not without careful consideration.<p>The renowned theoretical physicists hosts “Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places,” a new short film available on the streaming service …

Native Americans

3 passages from children’s books that capture the warmth and melancholy of the end of summer

There are few seasons that elicit quite so much lyricism from children’s writers as late summer, when the days are just beginning to shorten. Maybe it’s a symbolism thing: The end of summer means the end of childhood and innocence, so late summer leaves you right on the bittersweet precipice.<p>As …

Literature

Will the skyscrapers outlast the pyramids?

Egypt’s pyramids were the skyscrapers of their day – and they are still standing 5,000 years later. Do today’s tallest buildings stand a chance of outlasting them?<p>The cracks first emerged in April. By 29 June 1995, a vast network of fissures spanned the entire fifth floor ceiling of one of Seoul’s …

Skyscrapers

20 Never-Before Seen Photos of Muhammad Ali

From an Esquire feature that never ran, until now.<p>On the night of the heavyweight title fight between Joe Frazier and Jimmy Ellis, Muhammad Ali was sitting in the shadows of a Philadelphia theater. He was there to watch the fight (happening at Madison Square Garden) via a closed-circuit live action …

Boxing