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5 reasons why your Wi-Fi is slow (and how to fix it)

For the two decades that the internet has been in our lives, despite all the changes and technology improvements, one constant has remained: pokey connections. Frustration quickly sets in when pages won’t load, videos buffer, or email crawls to a halt. Here are five common problems and solutions to …

When Shakespeare committed word crimes

Shakespeare coined new words when he needed — or merely wanted — them. Can you guess which words were invented by the Bard?<p>English heading into the …

10 Innovative Writers Who Are Shaking Up The Book World

It’s common for a writer to be hailed as revolutionary by a contemporary, a publisher, a reviewer or a peer -- so common, in fact, that it’s tough to distinguish new gems from old tropes. And while “new” shouldn’t be the standard when judging whether a book is valuable or exciting, it’s worth …

Books

Strangers raise thousands for Detroit man who faces 21-mile daily trek to work on foot

James Robertson has received more than $100,000 in donations via a crowdfunding campaign<p>Kind-hearted strangers have raised almost $130,000 (£85,000) for a factory worker who faces a 21-mile round trip to work on foot.<p>Sleep-deprived James Robertson, who has a spotless attendance record, spends most …

The 18 greatest cities for a winter break

The first colour photographs of America

What's the Difference Between Rabbits and Hares?

For one, they're separate species—and hares are bigger, have longer ears, and are less social than bunnies.<p>Hares and rabbits look similar, and some may hop to the conclusion that they're the same animal.<p>Not so fast. Our Weird Animal Question of the Week comes from Tristan Ishtar, who asked: "What's …

Top 10 Literary Cities

If your idea of vacation includes checking out local bookshops and exploring writer hangouts, this list is for you.<p><i>From the September 2011 issue of</i> National Geographic Traveler <i>magazine</i><p><b>Edinburgh, Scotland</b><br>It’s practically mandatory that visitors to Edinburgh travel by the book. The atmospheric …

The Captivating Beauty of Libraries Around the World

New York-based, French photographer Franck Bohbot documents the breathtaking beauty of libraries in his ongoing series <i>House of Books</i>. Traveling to cities like Paris, Rome, and Boston, the photographer creates a visual record of the bastions of knowledge and learning that have been the pillars of …

Libraries

This Body Language Makes You Look Like a Leader

It’s important to balance the appearance of power and warmth.<p>Via The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help–or Hurt–How You Lead:<p><b>When</b> …

Photo of the Day: Best of 2014

Travel Photography

The Jimmie Roosevelt

makes 1 drink<p>Don’t let the sugar cube and dainty bubbles fool you: This is a very stiff drink.<p>December 2014Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 sugar cube<p>Angostura bitters<p>2 ounces Cognac (such as Courvoisier)<p>2 ounces Champagne<p>¼ ounces Chartreuse liqueur<p>Recipe Preparation<p>Place sugar cube in a coupe glass and soak with …

Google announces its self-driving car is now fully functional

Google today announced it has completed the first build of its self-driving vehicle prototype. This is the first fully functional self-driving car from the company.<p>It’s one thing to modify an existing car to give it self-driving capabilities. It’s another thing to build a self-driving car from the …

Brown Sugar Banana Parfaits with Maple-Glazed Pecans

6 Servings<p>A twist on bananas Foster, this parfait is made with rye instead of rum and finished with caramelized-maple pecans. The parfaits can be made ahead and look great layered in freezer-proof rocks glasses or mason jars.<p>March 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 cup pecan halves<p>¼ cup pure maple syrup<p>pinch of …

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