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12 fantastic science fiction and fantasy novels that you should check out this July

Distant planets, fantasy adventures, and more to add to your reading list<p>Robots are a regular staple in science fiction, from Isaac Asimov’s book <i>I, Robot</i> to the latest episode of <i>Westworld</i>. So while I was at an event in Boston, I picked up <i>Generation Robot: A Century of Science Fiction, Fact, and</i> …

Science Fiction

The No. 1 Mistake People Make When Handling Tough Conversations

No one enjoys difficult discussions, but if you want them to actually be helpful to your team, you're gonna need to lose the teleprompter.<p>I hardly have to tell you that the role of a leader is an important one. You're responsible for guiding and motivating your team to achieve its goals, and when …

Self-confidence

American hunter's images of her black giraffe 'trophy kill' spark outrage

Photos of a female hunter from Kentucky proudly showing off the results of her “dream hunt” – a dead black giraffe in South Africa – have ignited a firestorm across social media after being picked up by a local African media outlet.<p>“White American savage who is partly a Neanderthal comes to Africa …

Wildlife

How To Tuck In Your Shirt Properly (And Keep It There)

How to tuck in a shirt is something you were taught as a child. But are you doing it correctly? Here are three ways to tuck in your shirt, when you …

Men's Fashion

Most Men Don’t Realize They’re Depressed. Here’s How to Recognize the Signs and Seek Help.

Real talk: Some 30% of men will suffer a bout of depression at some point in their lifetime. So chances are at least a few of your friends—and …

Depression

5 Essential Colognes That'll Always Be in Style

You need a good scent—and you can't go wrong with any of these.<p><i>Welcome to The Esquire Endorsement. Heavily researched. Thoroughly vetted. These picks are the best way to spend your hard-earned cash.</i><p>Style is more than the clothes on your back or the watch on your wrist—it's how you present yourself. …

Photo of Angela Merkel Staring Down Donald Trump at G-7 Summit Fuels Captions and Memes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a picture on her official Instagram account that shows her staring down President Donald Trump during the G-7 …

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

I'm truly and rootly devastated on hearing the news about Anthony Bourdain today. <b>He was the first chef to show me it's equally as good to eat a $2 Cuban Sandwich from a lunch truck with one slim napkin as it is to eat at a 5-star restaurant from a menu you cannot pronounce.</b> If the wine doesn't …

Inspiration

3,000-year-old sculpture leaves researchers scratching their heads

In the iron age, if there’s any figurative art ... it’s of very low quality. And this is of exquisite quality. Israel Museum’s Eran Arie<p>An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has left researchers guessing at whose face it depicts.<p>The 5cm (two-inch) sculpture is an …

Archaeology

Picture Perfect: TV Settings That Deliver the Ultimate Picture Quality

If you recently bought a new television, you’ll notice that things have changed when it comes to out-of-the-box TV settings.<p>It used to be that when …

Tutorials

R.I.P Anthony Bourdain - you will be missed by millions. You inspired so many (including me) to travel. Thank you for all the amazing work you did during your journey in planet. Your soul lives forever. https://t.co/NhPbF8AXix

The 6 Sneaker Styles Every Man Should Own

The best men's sneakers for every scenario, from the all-white tennis sneaker to the functional running shoe, you won't go wrong with these 6 …

Chefs, Colleagues, and Celebrities Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Here's how the cultural icon's friends, colleagues, and admirers are reacting to the news of his death.<p>Anthony Bourdain, the chef, TV host, and author, has died in France of an apparent suicide while filming his show <i>Parts Unknown</i>, CNN reports. He was 61.<p>After the news broke, tributes from …

41 Genius Products On Amazon That Are Quickly Racking Up 5-Star Reviews

For the most part, I like to experience things for myself. I'd much rather get a first-person perspective than make a judgment based on the accounts …

Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer

It was a close encounter in 2012 that made microbiologist John Jelesko take an interest in poison ivy.<p>The Virginia Tech professor was cutting up a downed tree with an electric chainsaw. What he didn't realize was that his power cable had been dragging through poison ivy. So at the end of the day, …

Virginia Tech

Romantic Train Rides Around the World

When you think about the most romantic mode of transportation, what comes to mind? Cars take concentration. Bus rides are too busy. Cruises only …

22 Cities Around the World Best Explored by Bicycle

Where Sultan Razia was imprisoned

After reading for the first time the story of Sultan Razia, the first and only woman emperor who ruled from Delhi, I was eager to visit Bathinda …

What Happens When Two Enemies Fall In Love?

A love story between a black Army nurse and a white German POW during World War II? You couldn't make that story up — and Alexis Clark didn't. The former editor at <i>Town & Country</i> is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism. I spoke with her about her new book, <i>Enemies in …

Columbia University

Beautiful Photos of All 50 U.S. States

Travel Photography

Sweetest Shelter Cat Hugs Everyone He Meets

“You can just pick him up, and he will wrap his arms around you like a baby orangutan and just hang on.”<p>Lots of cats love to cuddle, but a 3-year-old …

Can a Drug Cure Baldness? New Study Shows Potential

Reversing hair loss is notoriously difficult, but a new study may bring scientists one step closer to solving the hair loss puzzle.<p>Copyright …

The 8 Pieces of Career Advice That Helped Shape A Career I Now Love

“Your job is to meet as many people as you can.” — First Mentor<p>When I think about how I recently won the fight for finding work I love, I cannot …

New York attorney in racist rant has history of confrontations

<b>(CNN) —</b> The man who berated employees and customers for speaking Spanish in a New York City cafe has a history of aggressively confronting strangers on their identity.<p>Aaron Schlossberg, an attorney in New York, was identified as the man in a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan who angrily told employees and …

New York City

How to Pick the Right Pair of Sunglasses for Your Face Shape

Sorry to break it to you, but no matter how symmetrical your face is, not every pair of sunglasses is going to look great on your handsome mug. Even …

The first principles of programming

It’s often said that there are two ways the human mind views growth: either the fixed mentality or the growth mentality. In the fixed mentality, human growth is a function of destiny: no matter how hard you try, you can never grow beyond what innate factors have prescribed for you. The growth …

You Probably Missed These Two Adorable Details in Prince Louis' First Official Photos

Royals—they’re just like us! Well, maybe in this one case. Kensington Palace released an adorable photo of three-year-old Princess Charlotte and newborn Prince Louis last night. And even though their older brother Prince George wasn’t present in the photograph, a part of him was.<p>After royal …

The Mystery of the Killer Vacation

He’d sold his company, chartered a yacht, and set off with his model girlfriend to see the world. Finally, it seemed, Chris Smith was living the life he’d always wanted. But back home there was trouble: missing money, unraveling secrets, and a sudden question. Where the hell was Chris Smith, really?<p>…

Crime

What to eat if you have polymyalgia rheumatica

Polymyalgia rheumatica is an inflammatory condition that causes pain and stiffness around the joints. The primary treatment is usually …

A black customer was asked to prepay for his meal. Now, the restaurant has to pay him thousands

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal has ordered a Toronto restaurant to pay a black customer $10,000 Canadian dollars for racially discriminating against him and his friends.<p>Emile Wickham was celebrating his 28th birthday with three friends when the group decided to grab a bite at Hong Shing …

Human Rights