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20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing

Knowing what separates good writing from bad writing is a challenge that every author faces at one time or another in his or her career. With an …

Creative Writing

How Environment Can Boost Creativity

Dim lighting and ambient noise may lead to more out-of-the-box ideas.<p>It took F. Scott Fitzgerald nearly a decade to finish <i>Tender is the Night</i>, his semi-autobiographical novel about the physical, financial, and moral decline of a man with nearly limitless potential. While working on the novel, …

As World’s Population Booms, Will Its Resources Be Enough for Us?

New projections of escalating growth increase the tension between humanity’s expanding needs and what the planet can provide.<p><b>There are more than 7 billion people on Earth now, and roughly one in eight of us doesn't have enough to eat. The question of how many people the Earth can support is a</b> …

Ice-cream for change

Artist: Jason Bard Yarmosky Trick Or Treaters Oil on canvas, 80"x65" Private collection http://www.jasonyarmosky.com/ Posted by Nicoletta

20 Brands That Help You Start A Business

New technologies and social media continue to reduce the costs of starting and operating a small business. These major brands make it quicker and easier to launch a company. Many of them also consider start ups to be one of their core constituencies. For the full story, see "How To Make Money …

Watch the Thai Ad That Has Half the World Sobbing Uncontrollably

Looking for a tear-jerker today? Thai mobile company TrueMove has got you covered with this story of a noodle seller whose generous act toward a …

“A democracy of emotion”—how voting unfolds in India’s biggest city

6:15 am: It’s on<p>The sun has just risen over the quiet, dense streets of Mumbai. Early mornings in Mumbai are typically quiet but today (April 24) is especially so—Election Day is a holiday and the usual commutes are abandoned in favor of voting near home.<p>Roughly 21 million people live in Mumbai and …

India

Russia 'Wants To Start World War III': Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk

Russia "wants to start World War III" and Moscow's veiled threats of military action could start an armed conflict in Europe, Ukraine's prime minister said Friday,<p>Arseniy Yatsenyuk made the comments a day after Russia said it had been "forced" to start fresh military drills just over the border …

Why All The Best Minds In Tech Are Starting To Flock To Hardware (Not Software)

Over the past few years, Jon Bruner, the editor-at-large at publisher O’Reilly Media and former data editor at Forbes, started noticing how many of his technologist friends in the software industry were taking a keen interest in the hardware world.<p>“A lot of these people started seeing hardware as a …

The Mass Immigration Of Chinese People Into Africa Is Almost Entirely Driven By Money

"NI HAO" and "chi ku" may be the two commonest phrases in this riveting worm's-eye account of the Chinese in Africa. They mean, respectively, "hello" and "eat bitter".<p>The first is relentlessly used by Howard French, a veteran American reporter with a Ghanaian wife who has been based in both Africa …

Africa

What Have We Learned From Titanfall, Watch Dogs, And Destiny?

The reviews are in and Destiny appears to be something of a disappointment for fans and critics alike. The game has received rather low review scores from many major outlets, 6 out of 10s and the like, and its all-important Metacritic rating is hovering at a troubling 75.<p>Past that, it’s a strange …

Boom in Retiring Lab Chimpanzees Fills New Sanctuaries With Apes

As U.S. laboratories phase out the use of chimps, former research subjects fill specially designed facilities.<p>KEITHVILLE, Louisiana—It's a few minutes before 8 a.m. at Chimp Haven, a sanctuary for retired research chimpanzees, and the air fills with their excited hoots and cries. Chimps in an …

New Species for the IUCN Red List

Changing Planet<p>The biodiversity of life on Earth is disappearing faster than at any time in human history. Among the many people sounding the alarm of our disappearing natural history the IUCN Red List is the instrument that is used to measure biodiversity loss and the species that are most at risk …

Community Television in Australia is Dead

Good news for anyone out there who hates local screen culture.<p>Good news for anyone out there who hates Australian screen culture: community television is dead!<p>That’s right. After surviving the transition from analogue to digital, community TV has not proved resilient enough to transition from a …

9 Most Confusing Words On Chicken Labels

If you’ve been worrying about antibiotics in meat and antibiotic-resistant superbugs, good news: Perdue Farms says it will no longer routinely inject …

The Best Of Boardwalk Empire's Early 20th Century Style

The HBO drama is back for its fifth and final season. Here's a look back at some of the show's best style.<p><b>Tip one back for Boardwalk Empire</b>, which returned this week for its fifth and final season. The prohibition-era drama has had no shortage of stellar suits over the course of its four-year run …

Adorable 82-Foot-Tall Rabbit Covers an Old Aircraft Hangar in Taiwan

Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has been busy creating some of his signature large-scale installations throughout the world. We recently featured Hofman's giant hippopotamus sculpture floating along the Thames river–on view through September 28, 2014–and now he's back with his giant installation, …

Cute

Artful Bathing: The Ultimate Wood Tub and Sink

Innsbruck, Austria architect and designer Nina Mair had in mind “an exceptionally aesthetic experience” when she came up with her new Shell …

White British Nationalists Are Burning Crosses in the Woods Outside London

Should we be worried about the British far right?<p>Last weekend I found myself in a pitch-black forest outside London, taking photos of some men in balaclavas burning a cross. Working my way through the thicket, I’d been greeted by a group of white British nationalists flying the White Dragon …

Happiness Hot Spots

See photos of happiness hot spots, including Denmark, Singapore, Mexico, and California, from the new book Thrive by Dan Buettner, from National Geographic.

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Pro-Russian Rebels Free Hundreds of Captured Ukrainian Soldiers

Separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine have freed 648 Ukrainian soldiers under the terms of a truce signed last week that calls for both sides to …