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The loveliest children's and picture-books of 2013 – see all 13 here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2013/12/09/best-childrens-books-2013/

The art of stealing

The Dutch police been close twice without knowing it. On 4th November, three weeks after the theft, they’d raided Natasha’s house in the middle of …

Art History

I've been an embalmer for 14 years and see my share of bodies. Any questions?

I spend my time with dead bodies, cleaning them and preparing them for funerals. It's delicate work. Go ahead, ask me anything<p><i>Jenn Park-Mustacchio is a licensed funeral director and embalmer who works in New Jersey, USA. She studied anthropology and human biology at the University of Pennsylvania,</i> …

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world<p>In 1999, Joshua Greene—then a philosophy graduate student at Princeton, now a psychology professor at Harvard—had a very fertile idea. He took a pretty well-known philosophical thought experiment and infused …

Why Time Slows Down When We’re Afraid, Speeds Up as We Age, and Gets Warped on Vacation

Given my soft spot for famous diaries, it should come as no surprise that I keep one myself. Perhaps the greatest gift of the practice has been the daily habit of reading what I had written on that day a year earlier; not only is it a remarkable tool of introspection and self-awareness, but it also …

You have to read Eric Schlosser's brilliant, hair-raising book on America's nuclear mishaps

The Titan II carried a W-53 thermonuclear warhead, with more than 560 times the explosive yield of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. Rob …

How Alcohol Conquered Russia

A history of the country’s struggle with alcoholism, and why the government has done so little about it.<p>The Russian alcoholic was an enduring fixture during the Tsarist times, during the times of the Russian Revolution, the times of the Soviet Union, during the transition from socialist autocracy …