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3 Hard Lessons Learned from Being a Writer

1) It is damn hardIt’s hard to be consistent.It’s hard to come up with new ideas.It’s hard to take my jumbled thoughts and form coherent sentences …

Creative Writing

The Crackin’, Shakin’, Breakin’ Sounds

The word “folk” in the term “folk music” used to connote a rural homogeneous community that carried on a tradition of anonymously created music. No one person composed a piece; it evolved through generations of communal care. In recent years, however, folk music has increasingly become the quite …

Code Brown: Pools Are Nasty, Study Says

Summer — and vacations — are nearly here, and you know what that means: It's pool season. Time to get a running start and jump in with the biggest …

Public Health

Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Transcendentalism Movement

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)<p>On May 25, 1803, American essayist, lecturer, and poet <b>Ralph Waldo Emerson</b> was born, who led the Transcendentalist …

Literature

iPhone & iPad: How to clear cache

It doesn’t take long for caches to fill up on iPhone and iPad. From iOS’ browser, Safari, to third-party apps, follow along for how to clear them and free up space on iPhone and iPad.<p>While clearing the cache in Safari is quick and easy with one fell swoop, doing so can be different depending on the …

Apps

These Gorgeous Photos Show the Complexity of the African Continent

From “Casablanca” and “Out of Africa” to news coverage of droughts and armed conflict, the Western mainstream media has often portrayed Africa as a …

Africa

Become a Master Coder in No Time With This Insanely Discounted Bundle

Pay what you want to learn a bunch of different coding languages.<p>The prospect of diving into the world of computer programming and coding can be …

Programming

Grizzly Bears Can Now Be Hunted Near Yellowstone After Wyoming Vote

HELENA, Mont. — The first large-scale hunt for grizzly bears in 43 years in the Lower 48 states is set to take place this September. The Wyoming Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to allow hunters to shoot as many as 22 grizzlies east of Yellowstone National Park.<p>Two weeks ago, …

Wildlife

Mussels off the coast of Seattle test positive for opioids

As more and more American communities grapple with opioid addiction, the human toll of the epidemic has grown in both scope and severity. And now, …

Puget Sound

How Did Dino-Era Birds Survive the Asteroid 'Apocalypse'?

Fossil spores and bird family trees suggest that deforestation was a key factor in determining who survived 66 million years ago.<p>When a nine-mile-wide asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago, it exploded with a force greater than a million atomic bombs and wiped out three quarters of life on …

Paleontology

Does a black hole ever die?

What we know about the mysterious life cycle of a black hole.<p>Astronomer Misty Bentz would like you to know that black holes don’t suck. “They’re not cosmic vacuum cleaners going around and sucking everything in,” she says. “They just use gravity the same way everything else does.”<p>Instead of a …

Black Holes

Woman fights off grizzly bear, then walks to safety

<b>A 28-year-old woman walked away with a fractured skull after managing to fight off a grizzly bear in the US state of Montana.</b><p>Amber Kornak had just started her dream job researching the fearsome animals when she was mauled by one on a remote mountain range this month.<p>She managed to fend off the …

Wildlife

These Famous Women Artists Changed the World With Their Self-Portraits

These deeply personal self-portraits did more than just mirror the artists—they sparked meaningful social conversations.<p>Selfies have taken over social media newsfeeds, filling screens with snapshots of people striking perfect poses in sublime settings, laughing with friends, or caught in quiet …

Art

Gamers involved in December’s “swatting” death just got indicted

Gamers charged with obstruction for deleting possibly incriminating messages.<p>Federal prosecutors have unsealed an indictment against three men …

Crime

‘First Reformed’ will shock you. Thank God for that.

Is shock value a thing of the past?<p>As the season of CGI spectacles gets underway in earnest, one blockbuster after another will set upon the task of wooing, wowing and otherwise jangling the ganglia of millions of moviegoers. Meanwhile, on another level entirely, a cadre of venerated auteurs will …

Numb

All of the Rulers of Europe Over the Past 2,400 Years Presented in a Timelapse Map (400 B.C. to 2017 A.D.)

Theories of power, from Machiavelli and Hobbes to Locke and Jefferson, have drawn their lessons from the towering figure of the Sovereign, the …

Time-lapse Photography

How The Terror Became One of TV's Best Horror Series

AMC's <i>The Terror</i>, based on Dan Simmons' novel of the same name, plays with familiar genres but mashes them together into a unique experience. It's a …

Horror

What Happens To a Kid’s Brain When They’re Awestruck

Parents live for those magic moments, when kids' eyes get big, jaws drop, and a smile beams. There's a science to it all.<p><i>The following was produced</i> …

Christmas Trees

How to Protect Your Router From the Latest Malware Attack

We talk a lot about software designed to attack our smartphones and computers, but it turns out your router might also be at risk. That’s right. Some …

Wi-Fi

Mapping the rising tide of suicide deaths across the United States

Suicide rates are on the rise across the nation but nowhere more so than in rural counties, according to a new study by a team of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers.<p>The study maps, in unprecedented detail, county-level changes in suicide rates between 2005 and 2015. The …

Mental Health

What the 4% of Americans who believe in lizard people can teach us about conspiracy theories

The internet is full of wild-eyed insinuation. Seemingly accidental events are not actually accidental. A few powerful people have hatched plots to bring about certain outcomes, usually with the goal of benefitting the shadowy string-pullers. As Karl Popper noted in <i>Conjectures and Refutations</i> …

Conspiracies

‘Mustang Means Freedom’: Why Ford Is Saving an American Icon

When Ford Motor all but eliminated passenger cars from its North American lineup earlier this month to concentrate on trucks and S.U.V.s, it turned the page on a long and storied history of now-defunct but once red-hot nameplates: the Model T, the Model A, the Galaxie, the Fairlane, the Thunderbird …

Sports Cars

Woman fights off grizzly bear, then walks to safety

<b>A 28-year-old woman walked away with a fractured skull after managing to fight off a grizzly bear in the US state of Montana.</b><p>Amber Kornak had just started her dream job researching the fearsome animals when she was mauled by one on a remote mountain range this month.<p>She managed to fend off the …

Wildlife

You Will Get Published

A Quick Guide to Your Good, Inevitable FortuneRecently, I had the good fortune of publishing a chapbook of Coldplay devotional hymns with Long Day …

Writing

Loch Ness Monster Video Captured By 8-Year-Old Girl, As Scientists Embark On New Quest To Find Creature

Laria Annand captured something strange lurking about in the Scottish lake.<p>Has the Loch Ness Monster been captured on video (again)? An 8-year-old …

Paranormal

Coyotes Conquered North America. Now They’re Heading South.

Coyotes are excellent colonizers.<p>They breed fast, eat almost anything and live just about anywhere. You can find them in fields, forests, backyards, parks and even parking decks. They’re living in cities like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. They’ve even made it to the Florida Keys and Long …

Coyotes

Why you should sleep in on the weekends

When you've had a week's worth of lousy sleep, there are few things more tantalizing than knowing that come Saturday morning, you can sleep in for a …

Sleep

The catastrophe that killed the dinosaurs created a global hothouse for 100,000 years, study says

On a very bad day 66 million years ago, a mountain-sized object from space slammed into the Earth, initiating a cascade of calamities that eradicated three-fourths of the species on the planet, including the non-avian dinosaurs. The buried remnants of the 125-mile-wide crater have been identified …

Climate Change

The Master of Iowa

The most famous painting in the world may be Leonardo da Vinci’s <i>Mona Lisa</i>, with its inscrutable smile, sfumato blurs, and sweeping landscape. This …

Art

These white animals are struggling to hide in a world with less snow

The best-preserved remnant of primeval European woods is the Bialowieza Forest, which grows along the border of Poland and Belarus. A World Heritage site since 1979, the 550-square-mile forest covers an area larger than the city of Phoenix. Wolves and rare European bison walk beneath the old-growth …

Zoology