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The 10 Best FREE Science Fiction eBooks - Sci-Fi Addicts

<i>Re-Kindle (sorry…) your literary flame with this selection of the best free science fiction eBooks!</i><p>As many thrifty readers may know, Amazon is a …

How We Learn Fairness

A pair of brown capuchin monkeys are sitting in a cage. From time to time, their caretakers give them tokens, which they can then exchange for food. It’s a truth universally acknowledged that capuchin monkeys prefer grapes to cucumbers. So what happens when unfairness strikes—when, in exchange for …

Creamed, Canned And Frozen: How The Great Depression Revamped U.S. Diets

Do people think about food more in times of scarcity than in times of plenty? Married culinary historians Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe think so. Ziegelman and Coe are the authors of <i>A Square Meal,</i> which examines the impact of the country's decade-long Great Depression on American diets.<p>Ziegelman …

The giant pyramid hidden inside a mountain

This temple at Cholula dwarfs the Great Pyramid at Giza, yet it went unnoticed by Spanish invaders. Why?<p>They arrived in their thousands. Hardened by months of war with ferocious natives, near-starvation and exotic diseases, Hernan Cortez and his Spanish army marched into the great city of Cholula …

Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping reaches an audience of 30+ million each month. In addition to the magazine brand, the Good Housekeeping Institute is the consumer …

Charles Manson, the Girls, and the Banality of Desire

Two new novels ponder the still-urgent question of what could have compelled young women to do such terrible things.<p>The most fascinating part of the Manson story has always been the girls.<p>Not the man who cobbled together bits of hippie philosophy, Scientology and <i>How to Win Friends and Influence</i> …

The Most Popular Book the Year You Were Born

How many have you read? (#7 is a good place to start...)<p>As Anna Quindlen once said, "Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home." These were the tomes making people laugh, weep and whisper in homes across the country as your story got …

What Adolescents Really Need From Parents

As a parent of adolescents, I've often worried about their health and happiness. They seem to be under a lot of social and academic pressure, suggesting they need more guidance from me to help them get through. But how can I support their independence and autonomy while making sure they don't fall …

Why Mistakes Are Often Repeated

Several recent studies show how the brain fails to learn from past experience, dooming us to relive our errors.<p>If there’s anything that stings more than wasting good money on a subpar outing, it’s doing so repeatedly—but still, the depths of TripAdvisor teem with accounts of mistakes that were made …

What We Know About the People Who Can Remember Everything

<i>This article originally appeared on Inverse.</i><p><b>By Yasmin Tayag</b><p>After mentally peacing out and drifting through the weekend, most of us would find it hard to recall what happened just a few days ago. People with HSAM -- highly superior autobiographical memories -- don't have that problem. In fact, …

In Baby's 'First Bite,' A Chance To Shape A Child's Taste

Food writer Bee Wilson has a message of hope for parents struggling to get their children to eat their veggies: "As parents, we have a far greater power than we think we have to form children's tastes," Wilson tells <i>Fresh Air's</i> Terry Gross.<p>In her new book, <i>First Bite,</i> Wilson examines how genetics, …

Our Strange, Unsettled History of Mourning

In the spring of last year, I attended a funeral in Pretoria, South Africa, over Skype. A formative friend, who was South African, had died of cancer, at thirty-one. That morning, I woke up at six, made coffee, and then sat on my bed in an old red hoodie; but also, via a laptop perched on the knees …

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

Doctors Die at Home, Not the Hospital, More than the Rest of Us: Study

Doctors spend more of their lives in hospitals than anyone else. But when it comes to deciding where to die, they’re less likely than the rest of us …

Doctor Who's Most Controversial Character Just Got Even More Confounding

River Song is arguably the most divisive character to come to <i>Doctor Who</i> in the past five years. She’s a swashbuckling archeologist who outwits almost …

Teen Birthrate In The U.S. Falls To Historic Lows

But we're still behind the rest of the industrialized world.<p>Teen girls in the U.S. are giving birth at record lows, continuing a more than two-decade trend of falling birthrates among 15- to 19-year-olds.<p>The 2014 teen birthrate was 2.4 percent, down 9 percent from the year before, according to a …

Doctor Who Breaks Bad: David Tennant Opens Up About His Terrifying ‘Jessica Jones’ Supervillain

The most sinister man to grace television screens this season rang me from wintry London, a decidedly chipper lilt in his voice. “It’s freezing …

Doctor Who Shows Just How Much Hard Work Goes Into The Doctor’s Easy Victories

Warning: If you haven’t seen tonight’s new episode of <i>Doctor Who</i>, it’s pretty heartbreaking. And kind of grueling. Remember “Midnight,” the …

How Did Doctor Who Manage To Waste a Companion Like Clara Oswald?

It’s official: Clara Oswald has left the building, and Clara’s final season of <i>Doctor Who</i> is coming to a close—making her, depending on how you chart …

Could This Drug Cure Alcoholism?

Twenty years ago, Claudia Christian was on the trajectory that had consumed countless Hollywood stars. She’d had her moments of fame—first as …

The 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Must Read Before You Die, According to Amazon

Assembling the list of the most essential science fiction and fantasy books is a huge undertaking, but Amazon has tackled it. And their list is not …

Paralyzed Man Becomes First To ‘Feel’ With Sophisticated Hand Prosthetic

It's the closest we have come to a naturally functioning hand<p>A 28-year-old man, paralyzed due to a spinal injury, was able to feel a physical sensation thanks to a hand prosthetic attached to his brain, DARPA announced on Friday. Though neuroprosthetics have become very advanced in recent years, …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Unique Birth Photography Shows How Babies Fit Inside Their Mothers' Wombs

"It’s so hard to imagine that the babies were ever inside of you."<p>Dutch birth photographer Marry Fermont has a unique approach to documenting delivery. In addition to taking the traditional images of parents holding their newborns for the first time, she also likes to photograph babies posing the …

Despite What You Believe, Sex and Celebrities Don't Sell

It has not been a good year for sex - especially as it relates to advertising. Two recent studies, reported in <i>Fortune</i> and <i>Advertising Age</i>, confirm what previous objective research has shown - sex does not sell.<p>What about celebrities? Companies pay them quite a lot, and they are used in roughly …

Do You Really Understand Why Water Boils? New Survey Says, Probably Not.

Science & InnovationNo Place Like Home<p>Good news, America: Roughly 75 percent of us know who developed the polio vaccine, that ocean tides are caused by the tugging of the moon’s gravity, and that astrology and astronomy are, in fact, different things. Phew.<p>Great news! The vast majority of us (86 …

How Reliable Are Psychology Studies?

A new study shows that the field suffers from a reproducibility problem, but the extent of the issue is still hard to nail down.<p>No one is entirely clear on how Brian Nosek pulled it off, including Nosek himself. Over the last three years, the psychologist from the University of Virginia persuaded …

The 5 Best Sports Bras for Size D/DD

2015 picks include Sturdy Girl, Champion, Lululemon, Lynx Sportswear, and CW-X.<p>Great sports bras are more than mere garments. They're engineering marvels that can help runners extend their workouts, improve running form, and even avoid injury. Researchers at the University of Portsmouth in England …

Future criminals can be spotted at nursery school, study suggests

Children's social-emotional skills can indicate future prospects, including whether they will end up in a council falt, researchers find<p>Future criminals and council house tenants can be spotted as early as nursery school, a study suggests.<p>Early social-emotional skills observed in pre-school …