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Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy — and the myth — remain.

Boone County claims to be the birthplace of America’s coal industry, the rich and abundant black rock discovered in these verdant hills almost three centuries ago. Coal gives name to nearly everything in these parts — the Big and Little Coal rivers, the weekly Coal Valley News, the wondrous …

Fossil Fuels

As coal dwindles, mining states trim safety inspections

Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners' safety habits.<p>She knows more than most what's at stake.<p>Bartlett's son, Rickey Thorpe, was crushed to death in a western Kentucky underground …

Scientists just uncovered some troubling news about Greenland’s most enormous glacier

The largest glacier in Greenland is even more vulnerable to sustained ice losses than previously thought, scientists have reported.<p>Jakobshavn glacier, responsible for feeding flotillas of icebergs into the Ilulissat icefjord — and possibly for unleashing the iceberg that sank the Titanic — is an …

Global Warming

Bob Dylan’s prophecy: The kryptonite we need against Trumpism

Let’s get past the stupid Nobel debates: Dylan is not just a great poet, but a prophet whose genius can sustain us<p>Two weeks ago, Bob Dylan accepted the Nobel Prize in person; true to form, he did so not at the December ceremony (where Patti Smith performed in his stead), but during a previously …

Literature
Climate

Drastic cooling in North Atlantic beyond worst fears, scientists warn

Climatologists say Labrador Sea could cool within a decade before end of this century, leading to unprecedented disruption, reports Climate News Network<p>For thousands of years, parts of northwest Europe have enjoyed a climate about 5C warmer than many other regions on the same latitude. But new …

Global Warming

Poem: "I Knew I Wasn't Poor" By Jan Beatty

I knew I wasn’t poor,<br>because I had a choice:<br>buy tampons or birth control pills.<br>I shoplifted.<br>When I opened the oven door,<br>splitting the closet-sized kitchen in half,<br>my only plan was heat.<br>The ice smooth on the inside of the windows,<br>the no money to pay the bill.<br>I knew I wasn’t poor,<br>because I could …

10 Greatest iPhone and Mac Apps for Freelance Writers

As far as equipment and resources go, you don’t need much to be a writer: a pen, a piece of paper, maybe a computer with a word processor. The basic …

6 Amazing Caves You Can Visit Around the World

The earth has many beautiful wonders on its surface, but a surreal landscape lies below in caves. Humans have been exploring the earth’s pockets for …

Everything You Need to Shoot Good-Looking Video With Your iPhone

If you own an iPhone, you already have what you need to make professional-looking videos. Whether you’re just dabbling or a video wizard, you can …

Renovated Tribeca loft with rustic touches wants $1.65M

The two-bedroom condo features beamed ceilings, exposed brick, and tons of built-in storage<p>It may be thoroughly modern, but there’s nothing generic about this two-bedroom duplex loft, which has an dreamy rustic-industrial vibe going.<p>In its current incarnation, the condo’s main floor is wide open: …

Living Rooms

My Two-Month Journey In Iceland, Hitchhiking, Camping And Photographing The Most Serene Landscapes I’ve Ever Seen

In early August 2015, I left my hometown of Sofia with the idea to visit Iceland. I didn’t take a flight nor did I take the ferry – I took the public …

5 Simple Things Tim Ferriss Does Every Morning (and You Should Too) | Inc.com

<i>What does your daily routine look like? originally appeared on Quora --the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Tim Ferriss, New York Times Best-Selling Author, Investor, on Quora:</b><p>In brief -- if you win the morning, you win the …

Osama Bin Laden

A 20-Minute Treadmill Workout For Intermediate To Advanced Runners

If your go-to treadmill routine just isn't making you work for it quite like it used to, you've come to the right place—this 20 minute treadmill …

Exercise

Stanford Professor puts his entire digital photography course online for free

When it comes to the list of digital imaging pioneers, Marc Levoy is one of those names that belongs right near the top. His work has led to many of …

The 10 best CrossFit workouts to improve your endurance

If you want to build endurance and stamina, you should probably just go run or bike for a really, really long time, right? Sorry, but no.<p>If you’re …

Aaron Sorkin on Writing for Theatre and Teaching His Craft

The Oscar-winning screenwriter and playwright talks his new MasterClass, how his Farnsworth Invention became a play instead of a movie and the one …

Aaron Sorkin

The Basics of Your Author Platform

"You must have an author platform!" Everyone keeps saying this, but what does that mean? And how do you go about it?<p>Basically, your author platform consists of a home where people can find out about you and your books (website), and an engaged audience who is keen to follow your career and content …

Burn Your Desk Chair: 9 Radical Alternatives To Office Seating

Neither sitting or standing all day is good for you. These seating designs offer a third way.<p>If there’s one thing that the abundance of research on healthy workplaces makes clear, it’s that there’s no clear solution to the problems caused by our desk jobs.<p>Sitting all day is (predictably) terrible …

Furniture

The Best Writing App Ever Just Came To iOS

For almost a decade, Scrivener has been helping writers tame their untameable manuscripts. Now it’s been perfectly adapted to mobile.<p>A vintage typewriter, a beautiful fountain pen, a distraction-free writing app, or a ridiculously expensive e-ink word processor. Writing is hard, which is why …

Writing

6 Stage Plot Structure For Successful Storytelling

Michael Hauge has created a formula around the five turning points and six stages you need to write a good story. Eduardo L. Lozano created this …

Writing

These Are the 5 Best TED Talks Ever, According to the Guy Who Runs TED

The event's boss names the talks that have taught him the most.<p>If you're a massive TED fan like me, you've probably watched a whole lot of the compelling talks by now. But when it comes to consuming all the insights TED has to offer, even the most dedicated enthusiasts can't hold a candle to Chris …

Public Speaking

The 12 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making a Big Decision

Moving to a new city. Asking for a promotion. Starting a side hustle. Hunting for a different job. Trying online dating. Breaking up with your …

New York City

People are falling in love with a simple productivity system that just uses pen and paper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that <i>this</i> is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last.<p>But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and …

Productivity

A friend-centric lifehack that can make you so much happier

When my wife and I moved to New York City in 2001, recently graduated from college and newly wed, we were eager to find friends. We knew nearly no one but were sure we’d soon find a fun-loving group like the 20- and 30-something New Yorkers who spontaneously dropped in on one another on TV shows …

The Best Music for Staying Productive at Work, Backed by Science

Research explains how music affects your productivity.<p><i>By Gregory Ciotti, marketing at Help Scout</i><p>Music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity. But does music itself help one to create?<p>It's a question worth asking, since music has increasingly become a part of the modern-day …

Flute

The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Early North America

The first part in a series exploring little-seen contributions to cartography.<p>In the 1970s, early in her career as map librarian at the New York Public Library, Alice Hudson started researching women mapmakers throughout history. With few other women in her chosen field, she wondered how many had …

Maps

Soul Survivor

The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin.<p>Late on a winter night, Aretha Franklin sat in the dressing room of Caesars Windsor Hotel and Casino, in Ontario. She did not wear the expression of someone who has just brought boundless joy to a few thousand souls.<p>“What was with the sound?” she …

Soul Music

Winning poems from otaku haiku contest are hilarious, but also hit way too close to home

See the otaku spirit reflected beautifully in 17 syllables.<p>Almost everyone is familiar with <b>haiku</b>, the Japanese form of poetry consisting of 17 …