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Authors including Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess, Tanya Landman, Louise O’Neill, Bali Rai, Candy Gourlay, James Dawson and Leigh Bardugo share the books they probably weren’t meant to read that either rocked their world or rocked <i>the</i> world<p>• Plus what’s coming in our joint Amnesty International and …

Books

Sleepless Nights in Paris' Red Light District

Belinda, 1967<br>Christer Strömholm—Agence VU—Aurora Photos<p>1 of 21<p>In 1959, Swedish-born photographer Christer Strömholm moved to the Parisian …

6 Books You Absolutely Can't Miss This May

Because nothing raises your badassery quotient like reading.<p>Real life proved more thrilling than fiction this month, with six non-fiction books beating out the competition as our top picks for May. From the story of the five men who took the civil rights movement to space to the memoir of a doctor …

European islands: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Lofoten</b><p>Fancy a trip to Hell and back? Feeding wild sea eagles? How about snacking on cod that has been left to dry on a line outside, like your washing? Or walking or kayaking for miles around jagged islands that even Norwegians find exceptionally stunning? If you do, head to …

Most-shared books: the favourites we give again and again

Whether for birthdays, words of comfort, or World Book Night, here are the books we can't stop giving<p>While doing my tax return, I totted up the number of books I had bought last year and counted a whopping seven copies of Winifred Watson's 1938 novel <b>Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day</b>.<p>Seven! I hadn't …

Can America's Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

Cycling around the Loire valley, France

Inspired by Le Tour de France but can't take the pace? Try this foodie French route instead - fuelled by fruit tarts, local honey and wine...<p>“And …

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Mystery Surrounds Colombian Cemetery That Turns Buried Bodies into Mummies

The ancient Egyptians spent centuries developing their mummifying techniques, but at a cemetery in San Bernardo, a small Colombian town, corpses …

The fight against obesity starts in the head, not in the stomach

Having your pot belly jiggled at any age isn't nice. The doctor (I remember your name, lady – I've not forgotten) who decided mine needed wobbling when I was 16 was rather misguided. No – actually she was tremendously insensitive. Her pinching of my belly fat combined with the question "when are …

24 Iconic Celebrities Photographed During The 1970's

In the 1970's there was certainly a lot of new trends in fashion emerging, but when we look back on patterns, shirts, flares and haircuts some 40 …

Our most read today - brain scans of porn addicts: what's wrong with this picture? Scan images show that watching online 'adult' sites can alter our grey matter, which may lead to a change in sexual tastes: http://gu.com/p/3j4dg/tw Don McPhee for the Guardian

Need A Pep Talk? Here You Go!

You're feeling down. You need a pep talk. You know what? <b>Fuck a fucking pep talk.</b> You don't need a pep talk. You're a badass!<p>Get up. Seriously, right now, get up and read this while standing. Don't sit. You're not a sitter, you're a doer! <b>You DO shit!</b> That's you! And you know what you should do …

The ghastly glory of Europe’s jewel-encrusted relics

At once horrifying and enchanting, the Germanic tradition of bejewelled relics illuminates our feelings about mortality.<p>It’s partly a question of taste. When Anna Eliza Bray was collecting materials for The Mountains and Lakes of Switzerland (1841) she was proudly shown the ornamented skeleton of …

Europe's greatest seaside escapes

The greatest seaside escapes are usually the ones that nobody else knows about: the ones down the mile-long sandy trail, the ones at the bottom of the rickety steps, the ones you have to inflate a dinghy and paddle to.<p>But even the most well-known places can feel intimate if you time it right. Plan …

One of the coolest GIFs we've ever seen: a rotating, 3D nebula

Things that GIFs are good for, in no particular order:<br>1. Cats. This one, specifically.<br>2. IWDRM<br>3. Absolutely jaw-dropping 3D renderings of …

APOD: Venus and the Triply Ultraviolet Sun (2013 Aug 20) Image Credit: NASA/SDO & the AIA, EVE, and HMI teams; Digital Composition: Peter L. Dove http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130820.html Explanation: An unusual type of solar eclipse occurred last year. Usually it is the Earth's Moon that eclipses the Sun. Last June, most unusually, the planet Venus took a turn. Like a solar eclipse by the Moon, the phase of Venus became a continually thinner crescent as Venus became increasingly better aligned with the Sun. Eventually the alignment became perfect and the phase of Venus dropped to zero. The dark spot of Venus crossed our parent star. The situation could technically be labeled a Venusian annular eclipse with an extraordinarily large ring of fire. Pictured above during the occultation, the Sun was imaged in three colors of ultraviolet light by the Earth-orbiting Solar Dynamics Observatory, with the dark region toward the right corresponding to a coronal hole. Hours later, as Venus continued in its orbit, a slight crescent phase appeared again. The next Venusian solar eclipse will occur in 2117. http://www.nasa.gov/ http://sdo.gsfc.nasa.gov/mission/about.php http://www.flickr.com/photos/pldove/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130820 #APOD

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Sitting in the Air

Does the iPad deserve to exist?

What Apple’s tablet has in common with Frankenstein’s monster — and why you should think before buying it<p>In Mary Shelley’s classic "Frankenstein," Victor, driven mad by his invention of a human-like creature-cum-murderous fiend, complains to a friend: “The form of the monster on whom I had bestowed …

Don't lose your head over Hirst

I really thought nothing could make me say a good word about Damien Hirst. The recent works of this artist – his talentless paintings, his anatomical …