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The winter solstice is today: 7 things to know about the shortest day of the year

The winter solstice is upon us: Thursday, December 21, will be the shortest day of 2017 for anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. If pagan rituals are your thing, this is probably a big moment for you. If not, the official first day of winter is neat for other reasons too.<p>Technically speaking, …

Earth Science

Race Through All 8 Harry Potter Movies in This Impressive Supercut

While it’s thrilling to read and watch the <i>Harry Potter</i> story, with a book series that is over 4,200 pages long and movies that clock in at nearly 20 …

The Best Movies To Watch While Traveling on a Plane

Tessa Thompson

5 Tips for Scoring College Scholarships

If you’re a high school senior or a college student looking for scholarships to help fund the cost of school next year, now is the perfect time to …

5 Leading Theories of What Dreams Actually Are

The earliest recorded dream is from the Sumerian king Dumuzi of Uruk, who ruled just before Gilgamesh, sometime around 2500 BC. “An eagle seizes a …

University of Chicago

28 Underused Words You Really Need To Start Using

From absquatulate to vituperative, via Word Warriors.<p>For more underused words, visit the word warriors site.

In India, A Rich Food Culture Vanishes From The Train Tracks

Much like armies, train travelers in India march on their stomachs. And this was certainly true when I was a child, growing up in the 1980s, in the southern city of Chennai. My most vivid memories of summer vacations are of overnight train journeys to Hyderabad, to visit my maternal grandparents. …

Trains

Brexit: What does it mean for you?

<i>Go here to follow CNN's coverage of the UK referendum live.</i><p><b>London (CNN) —</b> The results are in -- the British public has voted to leave the European Union.<p>So what does a Brexit look like for you? It depends who you are.<p>The Homeowner<p>The consensus among British property analysts appears to be that a …

What a Chess Grandmaster Can Teach You About Solving Problems

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

Warren Buffett and 26 Other Successful Leaders Share Their Best Piece of Advice for New Graduates

'Follow your passion' won't always cut it.<p>If clichés like "follow your passion," "give 110%," and "be true to yourself" just aren't cutting it for you, we've got some fresh takes on how to get a head start on your career.<p>From "don't work too hard" to "relax," here's some of the best--and oftentimes …

The 11 most impressive social good innovations from April

If you want to take on the world's most pressing problems, creativity and innovation are essential.<p>Every month, countless inventions come to public …

If you want to be like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, adopt their voracious reading habits

Want to know one habit ultra-successful people have in common?<p>They read. A lot.<p>In fact, when Warren Buffett was once asked about the key to success, he pointed to a stack of nearby books and said, “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. …

Success

The next hot job in Silicon Valley is for poets

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>, Silicon Valley reporter<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Until recently, Robyn Ewing was a writer in Hollywood, developing TV scripts and pitching pilots to film studios.<p>Now she’s applying her creative talents toward building the personality of a different type of character — a virtual …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's Everything Apple Announced Monday

Apple’s devices are shrinking.<p>That’s the main takeaway from the company’s March 21 event at its Cupertino, Calif. headquarters, where it showed off a …

Singapore airport's best food found at staff canteens | CNN Travel

Singapore (CNN) — Hidden above a terminal car park and tucked away at the end of a dingy corridor lies Singapore airport's best-kept secret: its staff canteens. World's apart from the glitzy hub's rooftop swimming pool and butterfly garden, these loud hawker markets serve up some of the best -- and …

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You an Expert at Anything

We hear a lot about “10,000 hours” being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea.<p>So I decided to …

14 books to read on your commute that will make you smarter about business

One way of combining the necessity of getting to our workplace with success is to spend the time reading or listening to books.<p>Here are my suggestions for great business books to read or listen to during your commute.<p><b>1.</b><b>"The</b> <b>E-Myth"</b> by Michael Greber. This is an excellent book about the myths …

Commuting

The Best Shoes on the New York Fashion Week Runways

While the runways often fixate solely on the clothes (and the models, for that matter), shoes also play a major role. And, as evidenced by our accessories gallery, they're a pretty big deal.<p>The fall 2016 shows at New York Fashion Week showcased some serious winners this time around with killer …

17 science-backed ways men can appear more attractive to women

It's almost Valentine's Day, and for many, the pressure is on to find that special someone.<p>Whether you're simply looking for a date or hoping to find something that lasts, you could benefit from the decades of psychological research on the qualities that women find most attractive in a male partner.<p>…

Warner Bros

The Best Secret Streets Around the World

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Inspired by #PatsDiner: The Most Memorable Diner Moments in Movie History

There’s something inherently all-American about the diner in all of its chrome-clad, greasy-spoon glory. It’s a backdrop of Americana that—in the hands of the right set designer and director—can tell quite a tale before actors even appear on the scene. There’s the classic, saccharine allusion to …

How to grocery shop for one person

By Gabi Moskowitz<p><i>Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the source for how much Americans spend on uneaten food. The version below has been corrected.</i><p>A few months ago, my friend Lev asked me for a basic grocery list he could refer to when he made his weekly or biweekly …

Spices

Colorful Shadow Figures Reveal the Superhero within Every Child’s Imagination

Artist Jason Ratliff illustrates the power of imagination through something as simple as a shadow. His whimsical works feature children posing, as their exaggerated silhouettes take on the fantastical appearance of superheroes like Batman, Ironman, and Spider-Man. These fictional characters, …

Ansari And Yang Explore The First-Generation Experience In 'Master Of None'

In the new Netflix series <i>Master of None,</i> comic Aziz Ansari plays an Indian-American actor in New York who's having a hard time finding good roles. It's a story that Ansari and other actors are familiar with.<p>"As an actor there [are] frustrations when you don't create your own content," Ansari tells</i> …

TV

13 podcasts that will make you smarter

46 million Americans listen to a podcast every month.<p>Podcasts are gaining in popularity for a number of reasons: You can listen in the car or on the train to work, you can dig deep into a topic, and you don't have to burn your eyes out on a screen.

So what does a comedy show head writer do, anyway?

By Bethonie Butler<p>, Reporter<p>When comedy Web site Splitsider reported last week that Colin Jost was no longer a head writer at “Saturday Night Live,” the news got certain comedy-obsessed circles of the Internet buzzing.<p>Jost is still a writer for the show, which returns next weekend with Donald Trump …

Comedy

Here's The Most Popular Halloween Candy In Each State

Do you live in a Candy Corn state or a Kit Kat state?<p>Americans will spend between $2.1 billion and $2.6 billion on candy this Halloween. But what's the best kind of buy if you're passing it out to trick-or-treaters and party guests?<p>Well, perhaps it all boils down to geographical preferences. …

7 Universal Truths of Parenting a Newborn

When you have a new baby, you realize a few things: Every birth story is unique. Every newborn has his or her own little personality and individual needs. Each couple goes about the task of parenting in their own customized way.<p>In spite of all these differences, there are seven truths that almost …

Parenting

19-Year-Old Artist Uses Flowers and Food to Complete Her Colorful Drawings

Kristina Webb is a 19-year-old New Zealander whose vibrant drawings are complemented by her creative use of 3D objects. Using colored pencils as a base, the artist produces realistic-style portraits and then completes them with unexpected elements: spaghetti becomes a woman's long locks; faux …

Drawing

Details Songbook: 11 Tracks We're Listening to Right Now

Check out the music that’s spinning in the Details offices.