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Graphic Novel 'The Tragedy Series' Illustrates Life's Many Absurdities

Imagine a pair of star-crossed lovers, kept apart only by one's darkest secret -- instead of hands, she has a huge, unwieldy pair of lobster claws. To call such a strange predicament a tragedy wouldn't be inaccurate -- we all remember what happens in "Edward Scissorhands" -- but to do so earnestly …

14 Snapchats All Book Lovers Have Sent

Because books are better than people.

Vibrant Landscape Photos Showcase the Striking Colors of China's Rainbow Mountains

In the northwestern Gansu province of China lies the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park, a gorgeous expanse of land known for its rainbow-colored rock formations. Bands of fiery red, creamy orange, rich green, and bright yellow streak across the mountains, forming the most beautiful geological …

National Parks

The Most Buzzworthy Books of 2014

From political manifestos and revealing memoirs to nail-biting fiction and the best of YA, these addictive page-turners—including newcomers and old favorites, resurfaced—make our list of top reads of 2014.

Watch What It's Like To Be An Astronaut Returning To Earth

This footage is so incredibly rare that it almost seems like it's from a sci-fi movie.

Writers pick the best books of 2014: part one

It’s been a year of calls to action. Naomi Klein tackled climate change, Owen Jones got to grips with class politics, and Russell Brand preached revolution. Writers from Hilary Mantel to Lena Dunham recommend the titles that leaped out at them this year<p>Writers’ picks of 2014: part two<p>• Nominate …

A Brief But Stunning Visual History Of Burlesque In The 1950s

Today, burlesque is nothing short of an art form. Performers both male and female combine the most explosive aspects of costumery, dance, comedy and theater in a type of live entertainment that, of course, places nudity on a pedestal. Dita Von Tesse and World Famous BOB have turned the …

Guardian first book award: the shortlist

Life-and-death true tales from a 64-year-old neurosurgeon; a novel about memory and identity in New South Wales; stark stories set in rural Ireland; inside China today; and a compelling collection chosen by our readers<p>Colin Barrett: Young Skins<p>Jonathan Cape. <b>Short stories</b><p>Y<i>oung Skins</i> is a collection …

Everything I Never Told You tops Amazon’s 100 best books of 2014

Celeste Ng’s debut novel beats Stephen King, Richard Flanagan, Martin Amis and Hilary Mantel to lead American online retailer’s list of the year’s top books<p>Amazon.com has chosen Celeste Ng’s debut novel Everything I Never Told You as its book of the year, ahead of a wealth of prominent titles from …

Last Days of the Arctic

Project info<p>Ragnar has been traveling to the Arctic for almost three decades. Nowhere are the signs of climate change more visible; here global warming already affects the day-to-day lives of the local people. Still the circumpolar Arctic is one of the most disputed territories on Earth, with many …

Global Warming

6 Things You Can Do At Night to De-Bloat And Promote Weight Loss

Make those after-work hours work harder for you.<p>Of course nights are great for going on dates, binge-watching Netflix, doing work, chatting on the phone—you name it. But you know what <i>else</i> they're great for? Setting yourself up for bigger and better weight-loss results. Just follow these tips to get …

Reading should be one of life’s joys, not a duty

'Difficult’ books can be rewarding – but there’s no shame in not getting to the end<p>Nick Hornby, who knows a thing or two about the subject, has been holding forth on books and how to make them a part of one’s life. “I’m passionate about reading and what reading can do for you,” he said, before …

Dead stars 'can re-ignite' and explode

<b>Astronomers have shown that dead stars known as white dwarfs can re-ignite and explode as supernovas.</b><p>The discovery appears to solve a mystery surrounding the nature of a particular category of stellar explosions known as Type Ia supernovas.<p>Theorists suspected that white dwarfs could explode due to …

Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2014 – in pictures

From a dramatic storm cloud in the US to the ‘end of the world’ in Ecuador, we take a look at the winners of the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo contest, chosen from more than 18,000 entries from photographers around the world

8 Great New Books By Women You Should Definitely Read

2014 has been deemed the Year of Reading Women. I wholeheartedly support this movement; after all, only diminutive steps have been made towards gender parity in the literary world since the institution of VIDA's annual book review count (with the notable exception of the <i>New York Times</i> book review, …

Two more mysterious holes discovered in remote Siberia

Researchers want to investigate two more mysterious holes found by reindeer herders in the Siberian wilderness<p>Researchers investigating a mysterious hole in the remote Siberian tundra might be busy over the next few weeks.<p>Two more formations, which are similar in appearance to the first, have been …

Earth Science

The 10 best books of the year (so far)

Our readers have voted for their favourite books published in the first half of this year. Here is a selection of the most popular books. Who would top your list?<p>We recently invited you to tell us what your favourite book of the year (so far) was. The nominations were interesting – and not what we …

Voice Dream: An App that has Changed How Dyslexic Children and Blind Learn

Since 2012, a simple app that converts text to speech from ebooks, websites, PDFs and even Dropbox documents has been quietly changing the lives of …

Apps

The Institute of Sexology exhibition – in pictures

The Wellcome Collection will relaunch in November with a major exhibition on sex, called The Institute of Sexology. Alongside sex toys and artefacts including anti-masturbation aids, the show will look at the science of pioneers such as Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Alfred Kinsey. From …

MMM Interview: Manjari Sharma's Beautifully Intimate Portraits Taken in the Shower

Instead of using a traditional studio, Mumbai-born photographer Manjari Sharma found a more intimate setting to shoot portraits of friends, acquaintances, and strangers: the shower in her Brooklyn apartment. Although Sharma's subjects are nude, there's nothing racy about the images in the <i>Shower</i> …

Inspiration

Nudes

Project info<p>In my nudes, my emphases are mood, character, geometrically compelled composition, grace, and sensuality. I'm most influenced by Renaissance and Expressionist painting and by mid-century fine art, fashion, and portrait photography. I aim for simplicity of line and a visceral sense of …

Art History

The Bloomsbury Cookbook by Jans Ondaatje Rolls, review: 'goes where no biography has gone before'

The Bloomsbury set lived to eat. A new biographical approach puts food at the heart of their story<p>Ten years ago in <b>Toast, Nigel Slater</b> told the story of his childhood through descriptions of what he ate, using chapter headings such as Butterscotch Angel Delight, Carnation Milk and Arctic Roll. …

Books

The Best Exercise for Better Posture

Learn this crucial move plus three muscle-sculpting variations that target your arms, back, and core.<p>Pulling exercises are the key to a well-rounded strength routine—in fact, people who sit a lot (which, ahem, is most people) should actually do <i>twice</i> as many pull moves (to work those back muscles) …

Portuguese Baked Eggs

Baked eggs are great for brunch, and this recipe is no exception. But with a green salad, it’s also hearty and satisfying enough to double as dinner.<p>Ingredients<p>¼ cup olive oil<p>3 bell peppers, any color, thinly sliced<p>1 medium red onion, thinly sliced<p>2 beefsteak tomatoes, cut into wedges<p>8 garlic …

Chili Powder

Exposure Basics: How to Choose ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed Settings

If you’re trying to break free from the auto settings on your camera and make an entry into the world of manual, it’s necessary to understand ISO, …

Landscape Photography

Flatten Your Belly with This Killer Ab Workout

Get ready to whip off your cover-up: This workout, created exclusively for <i>Women's Health</i> by Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., owner of Results Fitness in Newhall, California, combines fat-burning cardio with moves that target your entire core rather than individual muscles (wouldn't it be great if there …

Internet training would cut pensioner loneliness, says think tank

<b>Loneliness among the over-65s could be tackled by training more older people to use the internet, a report by a centre-right think tank has suggested.</b><p>Policy Exchange has called for every person in the UK to be taught basic digital skills, including how to send emails and use social networking sites.<p>…

Loneliness

19 Reasons Why This Is An Excellent Resume

Recruiters spend an average of six seconds reviewing a resume before they make the initial decision on candidates, according to research conducted by TheLadders, an online job-matching service for professionals. That means you have to win them over fast.<p>To get a better idea of what makes a resume …

Employment

15 Minute Workout: Get a Flat-Belly Yoga Body

A regular yoga practice can prep your tummy for bikini season faster than banging out a million crunches.<p>In general, yoga is full of core-strengthening moves, but these stomach toners take top honors. They challenge your balance and stability and force your obliques, hip flexors, and even glutes to …