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6 documentaries on Netflix that will make you smarter

The reason these are the best of Netflix's many "brainy" entries is they all share a multifaceted approach — looking at the economics, social, and cultural angles of each problem while also keeping us tied to a single, compelling narrative.<p>Six incredible, stimulating documentaries, all streaming on …

Documentaries

The best recent science fiction and horror – review roundup

Eric Brown on Adam Nevill’s Lost Girl; Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Mercy; Dave Hutchinson’s Europe at Midnight; David Barnett’s Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper; William Gay’s Little Sister Death<p>Adam Nevill excels at making nightmares real. His previous novels have been out-and-out horror, …

Sex offending is written in DNA of some men, study finds

Sex offending is written in the genes, an unprecedented study has shown, with the brothers of men convicted of sex crimes five times more likely to commit a rape or assault than the general public.<p>The controversial finding suggests that some men are born with an increased risk of molesting children …

The 25 Best Abs Exercises

Refresh your workout with these ab exercises<p>Nothing says fit like a washboard stomach. But scoring high-definition abs isn't as easy as cranking out crunch after crunch. To sculpt a stronger, more chiseled core, you need the best ab workout to work the two dozen muscles between your hips and your …

Workouts

Survey reveals 50 books that every child should read by 16

Roald Dahl is still king of children's literature according to a survey for World Book Day<p>Roald Dahl is the author that people would most like their children to read, according to a new survey to find 50 books that children should read by the time they are 16.<p>A survey of 2,000 readers by …

Geeky Women Talk About Superheroes, Science, And Sexism

Geek culture has gone mainstream: Comic books and video games are big business, science and technology dominate our lives. But what's it like being a woman working in those fields?

Geek

10 ways white people are more racist than they realize

<b>(MilamPhotos via iStock)</b><p>Progressives like to believe they’re enlightened, but they’re no less vulnerable to their implicit biases<p>Kali Holloway<p>March 4, 2015 8:45pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If there’s anything our fraught national dialogue on race has taught us, it's that …

How I Paid Off $90,000 In Debt In Three Years

<i>For retirement advice and tools, whatever your age or assets visit The Forbes Retirement Guide.</i><p>It’s funny how you can do all of the right things–go to college, get a job–and then one day wake up with crushing debt.<p>At 26, I was working hard and playing hard in Washington, D.C. I thought that I had …

Predicting PTSD

New research suggests that it may be possible to identify who's more likely to have negative lasting effects from trauma—and to stop the symptoms before they start.<p>Can you screen for post-traumatic stress disorder in the same way you screen for breast cancer? A new paper from researchers at the …

John Grisham is wrong – child porn is always bad

The more people view such images, the more will be created and the more children will be abused<p>Few subjects are as difficult to talk about as child abuse. It’s a tangle of misconceptions and contentions. That’s why discussion on the subject is usually confined to the experts. But occasionally an …

Virtual Reality Training for Sexual Harassment?

Most women have dealt with unwanted sexual advances. In fact, one national survey estimates that 65 percent have experienced some form of street …

Sexual Harassment

Memo to Beijing: Female-only subway cars don’t make women safer from sexual harassment

Two high-ranking political advisors are calling on Beijing to start offering women-only subway cars during rush hour as a way to protect women from sexual harassment. Beijing city transport authorities said that so far there is no “specific plan” to adopt the proposal, according to the state-run …

The stubborn myth of the Christian country: Why the U.S. has always been “one nation, under gods”

<b>Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson (Wikimedia)</b><p>A historian challenges conservative claims that the U.S. has a single religious heritage<p>Laura Miller<p>February 3, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>As Peter Manseau, author of "One Nation, Under Gods: A New American History," would have it, nothing …

Love In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction is filled with sex, drugs, and robots

5 Great Ways to Kickstart Your Morning

<b>A good day starts with a great morning ritual.</b> One that consists of healthy habits, some quiet time for yourself and successful routines.<p><b>How you</b> …

Productivity

Marine Corps Workout Plans for Losing Weight

The Marine Corps require its forces to be in peak physical condition, which makes its weight-loss program effective, whether you want to sign up or …

Weight Loss

Why You Can’t Punish a Psychopath, According to Science

The word “psychopath” evokes a terrifying heart-thump. Someone murderous, remorseless, emotionless, unstoppable, like Hannibal Lecter or Anton …

Psychology

Which books make you happy?

At this time of year, more than any other, books shamelessly flaunt the promise of happiness. Bookshop display tables are suddenly brimful of snappy new self-help and diet tomes dangling the carrot of contentment: buy me and you’ll get thin, rich, find yourself entirely decluttered, having better …

The Most Wicked Babies In Fiction

There's a new baby in my second novel, <i>Her</i> (a book about motherhood, friendship and identity, and all the things that can go wrong with that mix). Like most newborns, she looks terrifically off-putting. Her parents, flummoxed by her appearance, find themselves stuck for a name. <i>"'She doesn't look</i> …

The Top 10 Fiction Books For Non-Fiction Addicts

By Tim Ferriss,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1cZwtgc<p>For a mere 20 years or so, I refused to read fiction. Read something that someone just made …

20 Insanely Romantic Books You Should Read Together With Your Partner

Elena Prokopets<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>Isn’t winter that perfect time of the year when you can cuddle with your partner all day long under …

Love Stories

Every Thomas Pynchon Novel, Briefly Ranked

When you read enough of Thomas Pynchon's novels (actually, make that <i>any</i> of his fiction), you begin to understand why the author has gone out of his …

10 Books You Must Read if You Loved 'Gone Girl'

From the editors of Cosmo.com, they're all written by women, too.<p>Like every person I knew during the summer of 2012, I read Gone Girl as if my life depended on it. I read it at the beach, I read it while eating a salad at work, I read it past my bedtime, falling asleep with my glasses still on my …

33 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Favourite Films

From Pulp Fiction to pulp fiction.<p>I've only included films on this list that were made from original screenplays, so there's nothing adapted from another medium. Many of the films are taken from the IMDb Top 100. The books I've included on this list are ones that have not yet been made into films …

Books

10 Weird but Wonderful Book Recommendations From the Super Successful

Author Tim Ferriss rounds up an intriguingly offbeat reading list from those who have achieved great things.<p>Want to achieve great things? There are roughly a million books that claim to help you do just that, from classics of productivity and persuasion, to a whole industry of "get more done" type …

The 24 Best Fiction Books Of 2014

These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in 2014. Ranked in no particular order.

Books

5 Dystopian Trilogies Better Than 'The Hunger Games'

With the unending details and minor dilemmas of modern day living, there is an ensnaring simplicity to the fictional task of survival. Perhaps it's callous to love dystopia, to soak up stories where the characters are much worse off than you are, but the fiction shelves of bookstores are littered …

Shakespeare at the end of the world: Why 'Station Eleven' is your 2014 must read

For the final MashableReads selection of the year, we've chosen <i>Station Eleven</i> by Emily St. John Mandel. <i>Station Eleven</i> is a beautiful, haunting book …