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Free: A Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

15 Facts About Dune

Before Frank Herbert unleashed the first entry in his magnificent <i>Dune</i> series—a saga many now call sci-fi’s answer to <i>The Lord of the Rings</i>—almost …

Paris Review - Henry Miller, The Art of Fiction No. 28

Interviewed by George Wickes<p>Issue 28, Summer-Fall 1962<p>Henry Miller: Self portrait.<p>In 1934, Henry Miller, then aged forty-two and living in Paris, published his first book. In 1961 the book was finally published in his native land, where it promptly became a best-seller and a cause célèbre. By now …

Literature

Children's books: a middle class ghetto?

Author Elen Caldecott grew up with a foot in two classes - working and middle. But she only saw one of them reflected in the books she read. Where are the children’s books that celebrate working-class values and voices?<p>Growing up, I desperately wanted a pair of spandex wrestling trousers. Black and …

Paris Review - Hilary Mantel, Art of Fiction No. 226

Interviewed by Mona Simpson<p>Issue 212, Spring 2015<p>Photograph by Alwan Ezzidin<p>Hilary Mantel was born Hilary Thompson in Hadfield, Derbyshire, a mill town fifteen miles east of Manchester. Her memoir, <i>Giving Up the Ghost</i>, chronicles a grim childhood in a working-class Irish Catholic family: “From about …

Literature

Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

<i>Brooke Borel</i><p><i>Univ. of Chicago Press, $26</i><p>Bedbugs sure get around. From housing projects, hostels and cheap hotels (and some that aren’t so cheap), the …

Insects

Flow phenomena on solid surfaces

Physicists from Saarland University and the ESPCI in Paris have shown how liquids on solid surfaces can be made to slide over the surface a bit like …

Nanotech

Parents Helping Too Much With Homework Could Be Undermining Their Kids

Beware the helicopter parent.<p>Being highly involved with your child's education is a good strategy to help them excel, but there's a parenting line …

Paris Review - Alice Munro, The Art of Fiction No. 137

Interviewed by Jeanne McCulloch and Mona Simpson<p>Issue 131, Summer 1994<p>There is no direct flight from New York City to Clinton, Ontario, the Canadian town of three thousand where Alice Munro lives most of the year. We left LaGuardia early on a June morning, rented a car in Toronto, and drove for …

Literature

Why we love enchantment in children's books

Children’s authors Laura Dockrill and Candy Gourlay love to blend surreal with real in their enchanted, twisted fairytales. Here they explain why – and recommend a whole load of great books for those who like their stories weird and wonderful<p><b>Candy Gourlay:</b> When I started out writing books for …

Why Behavioral Economics is Cool, and I’m Not

Here are some of my favorite surprising studies. What do they have in common?<p>People are more likely to buy jam when they’re presented with 6 flavors …

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions

You’ve always considered yourself a sound decision-maker. From that heavily researched car that you drove to work this morning to the carefully …

The Brain

Six Tips on Disciplining Children from an Experienced Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from …

Crows beat test that stumps little kids - Futurity

New Caledonian crows can perform as well as 7- to 10-year-olds (and better than children who are 4 to 6) on cause-and-effect water displacement tasks.

Mark Twain’s Top 9 Tips For Living A Kick-Ass Life

You may know Mark Twain for some of his very popular books like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He was a writer and …

11 Essentials to Pack for a Smarter Camping Trip

Before you trek into the wilderness for the weekend, load up everything you’ll need to make your campsite as comfortable as home.<p>1. Axe<p>If you need to …

Zoology

The Best Lessons from Childhood Fables (That Still Matter as an Adult)

Fables and other moral stories made their way into our books and cartoons when we were kids, but somewhere along the way, we've probably forgotten …

Wayne Gretzky

The private lives of Isaac Newton

In the wake of recent flaps over personal data stored online, Sarah Dry considers the history and digitisation of Isaac Newton’s private papers<p>Despite the recent news of Facebook’s undisclosed fiddling with user news feeds and Google’s quick scramble to comply with the recent "right to be …

Don't Fret About Feeling Inferior--It Can Help You Learn Quicker

When learning a new skill, especially later in life, we expect it to come quickly. After all, we're adults, right? Approaching learning with humility …

In-flight science: how the world works when you're sitting on a plane

It's the best place to see a rainbow and the worst place to drink tea… Brian Clegg reveals 21 in-flight facts, from Einstein's influence on GPS to why turbulence is nothing to be scared of<p>1. The wing myth<p>For many years we taught the wrong explanation for the way wings keep planes in the air. It was …

Tell Me, Wave, Where Did You Come From? Who Made You?

"I'm sitting next to a swimming pool and somebody dives in," says the great physicist Richard Feynman in a conversation recorded in 1983. Other people jump in as well.<p>Could a really clever person, Feynman asks, just by looking at the waves on the pool's surface, imagine those waves rippling …

6 Surprising Things That Can Influence Your Dreams

<b>By Aatif Zubair, Delhi Technological University, India</b><p>What goes into creating dreams is a subject of great interest to almost everyone—including …

Paramount Network

Shocking but true: students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

Report from psychologists at Virginia and Harvard Universities tackles question of why most of us find it so hard to do nothing<p>It was not so much how hard people found the challenge, but how far they would go to avoid it that left researchers gobsmacked. The task? To sit in a chair and do nothing …

Learning a Second Language Keeps Your Brain Young

<i>Parli Italiano? ¿Hablas Español?</i> Can you speak more than one language? No matter how old you are, it’s not too late to learn. In fact, new research …

The Best Illustrations from 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

On July 4, 1862, English mathematician and logician Charles Dodgson boarded a small boat with a few friends. Among them was a little girl named Alice Liddell. To entertain her and her sisters as they floated down the river between Oxford and Godstow, Dodgson fancied a whimsical story, which he’d …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

Write About These Three Things Daily to Take Command of Your Life

We've talked about the many benefits of journaling, but author Chris Crowley says there are three specific things you should write about every day: …