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Harry Potter 'could stop Donald Trump', says researcher into readers' views

US study suggests that the boy wizard’s fans are less sympathetic to ‘Trumpdemort’ – even less so when they have read more of the books<p>JK Rowling has sung the praises of a recent study which found that reading the Harry Potter books lowers Americans’ opinions of Donald Trump.<p>The bestselling …

Books

Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week?

Your space to discuss the books you are reading and what you think of them<p>Are you on Instagram? Then you can be featured here by tagging your books-related posts with #GuardianBooks Scroll down for our favourite literary links Read more Tips, links and suggestions blogs<p>Welcome to this week’s blog, …

Books

What is it really like to live in New Zealand?

Since the EU referendum, there’s been a huge spike in the number of Britons investigating a move to New Zealand. Tell us what’s so great about the country<p>In wake of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, more Britons than ever have sought a life far away from home in New Zealand.<p>Immigration …

New Zealand

A 20-Minute Yoga Routine for Muscle Recovery

We’re with Yo Yoga founder and instructor Rebecca Weible to take you throw a sequence geared towards athletic recovery and soothing sore muscles.<p>Your …

Yoga

Six Foods That Increase Or Decrease Your Risk Of Cancer

If you believe cancer is a disease that strikes from nowhere with little in your control to prevent it, you’d be mistaken on both counts. Most cases …

Cancer

7 Things to Know Before You Donate Blood

The summer’s no vacation for blood banks, and this one has been especially hard: Just after the fourth of July, the American Red Cross issued an …

Medicine

Fat Burning Strength and Cardio Circuit

This intermediate/advanced fat burning workout takes you through a variety of cardio and strength training exercises to maximize your calorie burn. …

Fitness

10 Steps To Conquering Information Overload

We’ve all heard the phrase “information overload.”<p>It reminds us of tweets, texts, emails, the endless stream of interesting articles on Facebook, those viral videos we can’t help but click on, the numerous phone photos and videos we take, Secret posts, fleeting Snapchat photos and more.<p>But actually …

How To Maximize Your Creative Energy

<i>We’ve heard many personal stories this week of how people in our industry have experienced hard times and how they managed to get out of them. We end</i> …

Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

He is one of the few directors who can walk into a Hollywood studio with an idea and come out with $200m. So will Nolan’s latest epic, Interstellar, reinforce his reputation asthe auteur who thinks big?<p>In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – …

Indonesia's female police officers subjected to 'virginity tests'

Women hoping to join Indonesia's police force are subjected to 'two-finger virginity tests', a human rights group has found<p>Women who want to join Indonesia’s national police force are forced to have "virginity tests", a human rights group has found.<p>The “two-finger test” involves a medical expert …

Alive in the Sunshine

For as long as the environment has existed, it’s been in crisis. Nature has always been a focus of human thought and action, of course, but it wasn’t …

Do what you love, love what you do: An omnipresent mantra that’s bad for work and workers.

“Do what you love. Love what you do.”<p>The command is framed and perched in a living room that can only be described as “well-curated.” A picture of …

Where Did Time Come From, and Why Does It Seem to Flow? - Facts So Romantic

Paul Davies has a lot on his mind—or perhaps more accurate to say <i>in</i> his mind. A physicist at Arizona State University, he does research on a wide …

Physics

The Pleasure and Pain of Speed - Issue 9: Time

How long is now? According to Google, not much less than 250 milliseconds. In 2008, the company presented a research report that examined ideal …

Princeton University

Deliberate Practice: What It Is and Why You Need It

To learn any new skill or gain expertise you need to <i>practice, practice, practice</i>. There isn’t much debate about that.<p>But here’s what you might not …

Double Your Reading Rate

This is an older article I originally wrote about speed reading based on my personal experience. I’ve since posted a critique of the original …

Do Good Books Improve Us?

Monday, January 20, 2014<p>Do Good Books Improve Us?<p><b>by Emrys Westacott</b><p>Does reading good literature make us better people? The idea that exposure to good …

Writing Is Thinking

Writing is intimidating. There’s this expectation of artful precision, mercurial grammatical rules, and the weird angst that comes with writing for …

Communication Skills

Laws of Character and Personality

“One of the most valuable personal traits is the ability to get along with all kinds of people.”<p>The Unwritten Laws of Engineering is a book for those …

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2013

The past few years have been marked by two major trends in the science of a meaningful life.<p>One is that researchers continued to add sophistication …

Herman Melville on Writing and His Daily Routine

After my recent exploration of how the sleep habits of famous authors affected their creative output, I found myself revisiting a decade’s worth of notes and marginalia on the daily routines and odd customs of literary greats, and inevitably remembered some I had missed in the visualization …