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The Books That Top Leaders Read Might Surprise You--Here's the Lowdown on Literature

It's no myth. Reading real literature can make you a better person--and a better businessperson.<p>As a business professional, your to-read book list might include recent bestsellers like "Tribe of Mentors," "Principles," or "When." Alternatively, you might be rereading "Good to Great" or "Lean In." …

Leadership

It's Official: These are the 10 Best Places in the World to Travel Alone as a Woman

Ahhh resolutions. We set them every year, telling ourselves that this time we <i>will</i> change. That gym membership won't remain unused, the smoothie …

40 Ultimate Backpacking Hacks To Make Your Next Journey Comfortable

“If travelling were free, you would probably never see me,” this has been one of the favourite sayings of people who have been bitten by the bug of …

9 lessons about life I wish I'd known 30 years ago

At 57 years old, I'm able to look back and view my life in an utterly different light from when I was 40, 30 or 20. So much of what I believed was crucial to my success and happiness when I was in my 20s and 30s proved to be erroneous and misguided.<p>And most of those misguided notions were based on …

Middle Age
Half-Life (Video Game)

The 25 best games of 2015: top five – hulking monsters and epic quests

Blood, sand and chaos – our five favourite video games of the year<p>The 25 best games of 2015: 25-21 The 25 best games of 2015: 20-16 The 25 best games of 2015: 15-11 The 25 best games of 2015: 10-6<p>Here they are: the five best games of 2015. After a week of discussion, controversy and disbelief, we …

Metal Gear

Now there's a pair of Lightning headphones more expensive than the iPhone

The $799 Audeze EL-8 Titaniums are big on price, size, and technology<p>Rumors of the 3.5mm headphone jack's demise on the iPhone may be premature, but the expanding use of that phone's Lightning connector for audio purposes is definitely growing into a trend. Started off by Philips with its Fidelio …

Audiophile

Rebirth of the tablet?

Brian Cooley discusses the re-emergence of the tablet thanks in large part to new hybrid laptop designs.

Tablets

Over half of the giant Kepler planets may not be planets after all

A five-year study of data from the Kepler space observatory has found that over half the possible planets it has identified are either eclipsing binary stars or brown dwarfs.<p>The Kepler space observatory has been in orbit around the sun since 2009, collecting data on 150,000 stars and searching for …

Universe

Rain Continues in Chennai; Airport to Start Partial Operations Today

• About 80 per cent of power facilities have been restored, and buses have started operating, in the first signs of normalcy after a war-like relief …

Tamil Nadu
India
India

Nine Reasons Why Better Call Saul Is More Addictive Than Crystal Meth

The <i>Breaking Bad</i> spin-off/prequel now available on Blu-ray and DVD is going to leave you strung out and in need of a spell in rehab.<p><b>1. Hate Shows</b> …

TV

Adele: I nearly gave up music

Ahead of the release of her new album 25, Adele has told how she came close to leaving the music industry<p>Adele contemplated giving up on music after the huge success of her second album, fearing that she could not produce something equally popular and bruised by the emotional turmoil of writing the …

Rapidly Melting Glacier Will Raise Sea Levels 'For Decades To Come'

Global warming is claiming yet another massive glacier in Greenland, causing it to crumble into the Atlantic Ocean at an alarming rate.<p>The Zachariae Isstrom glacier in northeast Greenland entered a "phase of accelerated retreat" in 2012 and is now losing its mass at a rate of 5 billion tons per …

Global Warming

A Maldives you can actually afford

Thanks to recent changes in the local tourism laws, travellers can now experience the legendary beauty and gracious culture of the Indian Ocean islands for less.<p>I was on the beach, wiggling my toes in fluffy white sand, when a smiling woman brought me a <i>kurrun’baa</i> to drink. I hadn’t requested the …

Islamic Law

The quietest corner of London

In London’s bustling centre lies a centuries-old brotherhood, hidden from even most locals. For one day, Tom Hodgkinson lives like a member… and learns the one rule they must all obey.<p>Four hundred years ago, a fabulously wealthy arms dealer and moneylender named Thomas Sutton was approaching death. …

England

Meet July’s BBC Travel Photo Nomad

Dean Hammer, the winner of this month’s BBC Travel photo competition, tells us how he got this starry shot.<p><i>Congratulations to</i> <i>Dean Hammer</i><i>, 34, the winner of BBC Travel’s July photo submission! This month we asked you to show us what ‘unbreakable’ means.</i><p><i>Every month, a new winner will be inducted into</i> …

Hall of Fame

India's mysterious glowing forests

During monsoon season, the rain-drenched jungles of the Western Ghats can give off an eerie glow, allowing a rare glimpse into one of nature’s spectacular eccentricities.<p>Dark storm clouds gathered above the craggy pinnacles in front of us as we readied ourselves to hike through the jungles of …

Nature

The Epic Gun Battle and 11 Other Clues in This Week's True Detective

The series gets down to business in episode four, and capped it off with an unironic freeze-frame ending.<p><i>Season 2, Episode 4: "Down Will Come"</i><p>"Down Will Come" brings us to the halfway point of <i>True Detective</i> season two, and it's a doozy. While this one contained less procedural and more "wallowing …

TV

48 hours on Norfolk Island: what to do, where to go

Is this the world’s friendliest island? Melissa Davey checks out the sites – and the homes of the locals – during her weekend on Norfolk Island<p>Norfolk Island, surrounded by pristine waters for snorkelling, surfing and kayaking, home to an expansive national park and walking trails, and offering an …

Travel

'True Detective' Recap: The Big Bang Theory

An explosive ending raises the stakes, causes collateral damage<p>Before the bullets started flying and people started dying in droves, "Down Will …

9 movies offering the most mind-blowing A.I. of all time

Artificial Intelligence is a concept that has captivated audiences for decades, spawning hundreds, if not thousands of films.<p>It’s what inspired …

Science Fiction

Aurora Australis beams mystical colourful light across the night sky

Watch the rare footage of Auror Australis shining colourful light in Kiama, Australia<p>New South Wales in Australia was treated to the southern hemisphere's version of the Northern Lights called Auror Australis on Tuesday.<p>The footage captured from Kiama shows a timelapse of the mystical colours …

Astronomy