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century Persian poet? Why not, says Hollywood.

It all started with comments made by filmmakers David Franzoni and Stephen Joel Brown.<p>Speaking with the Guardian, the duo announced that they were working on a biopic about Rumi, the iconic 13th-century Persian poet, Sufi mystic and Islamic scholar.<p>Franzoni, who wrote the script for “Gladiator,” …

Scarlett Johansson

10 Household Expenses You Can Eliminate Right Now

Paying bills is never fun, but it's even less exciting when those monthly expenses: a) keep you from enjoying the cultural events and great restaurants your city has to offer; or b) leave you eating noodles for the last few days before every payday. But you don't necessarily have to sacrifice the …

The new grandparenting: 'All I open is my wallet'

One of my jobs in producing this newsletter is to be a trend spotter. This Maclean's article about the changing role of grandparents is right on the money. It explains how grandparents are increasingly being called upon to provide childcare and financial assistance to their adult children, even …

Personal Finance

10 Mind-Boggling Science Facts That Will Make You Feel Grateful

From the farthest reaches of the cosmos to the curious behavior of subatomic particles, science helps us understand our universe. But science can console as well as explain.<p>How does it do <i>that</i>? By helping us realize that some of our everyday problems are actually pretty puny.<p>Consider these 10 common …

Engagement Rings

4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

The Brain

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

How Volvo Plans To End All Traffic Fatalities By 2020

The XC90 SUV is crown jewel of Volvo's audacious pledge<p>It’s hard to get excited about safety. But Volvo’s new XC90 SUV is so packed with life-saving technology, it’s an exception. The car has a number of radar sensors and camera monitors used by its crash-avoidance software to keep passengers safe. …

Driverless Cars

Spotlight: Personal Growth Expert Fabio Angeleri

MagMaker / February 9, 2015<p><b>My name is</b> Fabio Angeleri and <b>my medium is</b> personal growth.<p><b>My love of</b> meditation started when I was around 22 during very …

The Tale of John and Ann Bender and Their Quest for Paradise

The city of San José, Costa Rica, is a sprawling gray mess that doubles as the sex-tourism capital of Latin America.Thanks to legalized prostitution, parts of downtown look like Disneyland for horny, middle-aged Australians. The urban center is a mix of shopping malls, semi-rises, and fast-food …

Crime