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From poison pills to exploding molluscs, the CIA and its allies tried everything to take out the Cuban leader<p>From the famous exploding cigars to poison pills hidden in a cold-cream jar, the CIA and Cuban exile groups spent nearly 50 years devising ways to kill Fidel Castro. None of the plots, of …

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In her new book <i>Mathematics and Art,</i> historian Lyn Gamwell explores how artists have for thousands of years used mathematical concepts - such as infinity, number and form - in their work. Here she choses ten stunning images from her book that reveal connections between maths and art.<p>When I was a …

Mathematics

Alan Watts – the Western Buddhist who healed my mind – Tim Lott

Ever since I was a child, I have been acutely sensitive to the idea — in the way that other people seem to feel only after bereavement or some …

14 Books That Inspired Steve Jobs

Why did Apple “think different?”<p>Because, Steve Jobs said while introducing the iPad, the Mac maker was never just a tech company.<p>“The reason that …

Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”<p>In his early thirties, <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …

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To tame bitter coffee, skip the sugar and add some salt instead

Coffee is my go-to choice for a cognitive boost. I enjoy a morning cup of joe (almost every alternate day), but like a lot of people I’m not a fan of coffee’s bitter flavor. So to mask it, apart from adding lots of milk, I guiltily dump in a sugar cube (or maybe two).<p>I’m not alone. Even …

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Thanks to our pronunciation rules, when you do algebra on the alphabet, everything reduces to 1<p>Many words in English are homophones. That is, they are pronounced the same but are spelt differently.<p>For example AISLE and ISLE<p><i>Regard English as a left-cancellative and right-cancellative multiplicative</i></i> …

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How to make a matcha latte, the healthy new coffee alternative people are obsessed with

Thanks to its many health benefits, matcha tea is a trendy new coffee alternative.<p>Matcha is essentially a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, and one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, as well as 137 times more …

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Here's How The Rest Of The World Drinks Coffee

Don't try all these at once.<p>What more can be said about coffee? A lot, it turns out.<p>Europe will import 44.5 million bags this year, and drinkers in the U.S. will spend $40 billion on it. You love it, we love it. People all around the world love it, no matter how they drink it -- or how weird it can …

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Illustration,Art and design,Children's books: 7 and under,Design,Star Wars,Children's books: 8-12 years,Funny books (children and teens)<p>On Star Wars Day, Jeffrey Brown shares his drawing secrets, and teaches you how to draw the Dark Lord without using the Force

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How Steve Jobs Trained His Own Brain | Inc.com

Steve Jobs is one of the two or three greatest icons of high tech, rivaled only by Bill Gates and perhaps Mark Zuckerberg. He's mostly known for his legendary ability to create innovative, groundbreaking products.<p>What's less known, though, is that Steve Jobs was a pioneer in what was once a rather …

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Train Your Brain to Think More Clearly | Inc.com

According to the latest neuroscience, the human brain uses neurons in the left visual cortex to process written words as whole word units. The brain combines these words and their stored meanings to remember and understand information.<p>Analytical thinking is the process of remembering words and …

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