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'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world<p>We've rounded up more affordable alternatives to pricey vacation destinations around the world, from the new European Riviera to the fashion set's Mexican beach spot

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A pristine paradise in New Caledonia

The Loyalty Islands represent the survival of a fragile world, one untouched by mass tourism where the indigenous Melanesians treat nature with care and respect.<p>The tiny Loyalty Islands may account for just 10% of New Caledonia’s landmass, but they represent the survival of a fragile world, one …

New Caledonia

Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized

A sizable number of history's most unforgettable images were photographed in black and white. Now, through the digital process of colorization, we …

Photographers

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Productivity

10 Startup Tips From Hip-Hop Lyrics

“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” declared Jay Z, worth $475 million at Forbes’ last count. Rappers have long mused on wealth in their verses, and some of those lyrics can provide invaluable advice to founders.<p>The Phat Startup is dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship through hip-hop, …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …

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The Trippiest Time Lapse Video We've Ever Seen

The night sky + weird dragon sculptures = total mind screw<p>Just in case the cosmos are not fantastic enough for you: This new video shows time lapses of the night sky over enormous metal dragons, dinosaurs and other creatures in Galleta Meadows in the desert town of Borrego Springs, California.<p>The …

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

Mobilising technology: the app changing the lives of disabled children

Charity Whizz-Kidz has developed a pioneering mobile app that helps disabled children get access to the right wheelchairs.<p>In the UK we have a crisis of young people whose physical mobility needs, and subsequently their ability to develop the skills needed for adulthood, are far from being fully met.<p>…

Disabled Children

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

Leadership

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 shortlist - in pictures

The Royal Observatory Greenwich has announced the shortlist for the 2013 Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. Photographers captured spectacular sights from across our solar system, the galaxy and beyond – from stunning auroras in the Earth's atmosphere to frenzied storms on the sun and …