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25 Books That Blow Minds

On a recent Reddit thread, readers commented on this very phenomenon.<p>Asked about the most mind-blowing books they'd ever read, users brought up dystopian novels like "1984" and "The Handmaid's Tale." But books that engender hope for the human spirit like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "The Kite …

Books

The Power of Habit

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a …

Love in the Time of Cholera

In their youth, Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza fall passionately in love. When Fermina eventually chooses to marry a wealthy, well-born doctor, …

Where did banana republics get their name?

VIOLENT, poor and politically wobbly, Honduras meets most people’s definition of a banana republic. On Sunday it will hold a closely-fought …

Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

Hilary Mantel, Jonathan Franzen, Mohsin Hamid, Ruth Rendell, Tom Stoppard, Malcolm Gladwell, Eleanor Catton and many more recommend the books that impressed them this year<p><b>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</b><p><i>Five Star Billionaire</i> by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) is a brilliant, sprawling, layered and unsentimental …

Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime Into Dream Adventures (Updated)

Do babies dream when they sleep, or they simply rest peacefully? Queenie Liao, a free-lance artist and mother of three boys living in California, has …

Parenting

50 Of The Most Inspirational Quotes Of All Time

Here are some of the greatest ever inspirational quotes, motivational, successful, wise and encouraging quotes of all time. Some of these quotes have been around for centuries, whilst some are only a few years old. But they all will have an impact on you and your drive to succeed. All these people …

Inspiration

How to Start Your Own Cult in 7 Easy Steps

<b>Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.</b><p>Human Beings are social animals that have been banding together for hundreds of thousands of years. Archeological evidence shows that when a group got too large, a smaller group would break …

12 Amazing Photos of Animals Congregating

<b>Stingrays</b><p>While we'll always be big fans of wildlife photography in general, there's nothing quite like seeing hundreds, thousands and even millions of animals congregating like this. Whether these photographers have captured animal migrations, where major animal groups travel long distances in …

Nature

The evolution of Shazam: from music maestro to TV tagging

What is that song? It's a simple question but one Shazam has built an audio-recognition empire on, having answered it billions of times through its …

Project Loon explained: Can Google's balloons unite the world online?

When Google first announced Project Loon back in July, we had to check the calendar to ensure it wasn't another of the company's elaborate April …