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How do people define their national identity? By speaking the language, study says

What does it mean to be an American? For that matter, what does it mean to be Japanese, Hungarian or Australian? All around the world, how we define our national identity is complicated and often fluid. However, you may be surprised to find how different countries often have similar measures of who …

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Millennials are no less racist than Generation X

One of the important conversations that has began in the wake of Dylann Roof’s racist murder in South Carolina has to do with racism among members of the Millennial generation.<p>We’ve placed a lot of faith in this generation to pull us out of our racist path, but Roof’s actions may help remind us …

Zombieland? Tech Wrecking Sleep for Scores of Teens: Study

Maybe they should be dubbed Generation-Zzzz.<p>Teens who bury their faces for hours on end in laptops, tablets, smart phones or TV screens during the days tend to suffer bad nights of sleep, researchers reported Monday.<p>“There are indications that today’s teenagers sleep less than previous …

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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

You shudder at a split infinitive, know when to use 'that' or 'which' and would never confuse 'less' with 'fewer' – but are these rules always right, elegant or sensible, asks linguist Steven Pinker<p>Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about …

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

How to Create an HDR Image From a Single Raw File in Photoshop

For quite a few years now, high dynamic range photography, or simply HDR, has been an important trend in photography as it allows the photographer to …

How to Use Luminosity Masks in Photoshop to Transform Your Images

From exposure blending to fine contrast adjustments, luminosity masks are one of the most powerful set of tools available to photographers in …

Reader Recs: Romantic Destinations

Planning a trip with that special someone? We asked our Facebook fans to share their favorite romantic destinations, and they came through in a big way.<p><b>Whether you’re looking for a tried-and-true classic or something more off the grid, our travel community has got you covered:</b><p>Not surprisingly …

Grains Of Sand Magnified x300 Reveal Dazzling Images

A grain of sand is so small and finite that our eyes are unable to render any significant detail.<p>It often just looks like a shiny or dark grain of …

Is It Science Fiction?

When I tell someone I'm a writer, the first question they always ask is, "What sort of books do you write?"<p>"Science fiction," I say. Then I pause.<p>When I hear "sci-fi," I think Space. Time travel. Spock. Serenity. The TARDIS. I think of my favorite young adult sci-fi: <i>Across the Universe</i> by Beth …

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6 Of The Best Pieces of Advice From Successful Writers

I've been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about them.<p>Here are six of the most common pieces of advice I came across that have helped me a lot improving my writing here at Buffer.<p>It also features actionable tips …

Creative Writing

John Green’s Superb Advice to Aspiring Writers and Creators in the Digital Age

Advice to aspiring authors from successful ones seems to be a special meta-genre of literature, with notable contributions from Ernest Hemingway, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, and a running list of literary greats. But some of the best and timeliest advice ever given comes from prolific author <b>John</b> …

Beautiful, haunting illustrations for Heart of Darkness by self-taught artist Matt Kish – see them here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/15/heart-of-darkness-matt-kish

New 15-Minute At-Home Test May Detect Alzheimer's, Goes Viral

According to research published yesterday in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, a 15-minute at-home test may be able to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and cognitive decline.<p>Titled the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination test, or SAGE, and …

Portraits Emerge from an Incredible Collage of Objects

New York-based artist Michael Mapes continues to expand his portfolio of meticulously assembled artworks made of thousands of collected specimens. Each piece in the artist's newest and laboriously executed collection consists of countless materials that have each been pinned to a board to form a …

Art

These Fascinating Maps Show The Origin Of Words We Use All The Time

U.S. playwright Rita Mae Brown said: "Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going."<p>That quote comes to mind looking at these fascinating European etymology maps of various commons words posted by reddit user sp07, which provide a kind of …

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Trevor Noah - Live at the Apollo - London

Is Common Core the Enemy of Autonomy?

The most damaging assumption of the NCLB era was that test scores and student achievement are the same thing. In the Common Core era, the most …

French Artist Benjamin Lacombe’s Haunting Illustrations for Poe’s Tales of the Macabre

Certain types of literature readily invite gorgeous complementary artwork. Classic fairy tales, for instance, have attracted some magnificent illustrations over the centuries. But arguably the most haunting art for literary-literature is that accompanying the stories of <b>Edgar Allan Poe</b>. Nearly a …

Ray Bradbury on How List-Making Can Boost Your Creativity

Susan Sontag argued that lists confer value and guarantee our existence. Umberto Eco saw in them “the origin of culture.” But lists, it turns out, might be a remarkably potent tool for jostling the muse into manifesting — a powerful trigger for that stage of unconscious processing so central to the …

Reports of sexual assault dip at military academies

WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assaults among cadets and midshipmen declined at two of the three military academies, according to a Pentagon report.<p>There were 53 sexual assaults reported at the academies during the 2012-13 school year compared with 58 reports in 2011-12. The Pentagon's study, …

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Taschen’s Jazz: An Illustrated Portrait of New York in the Roaring Twenties

<i>“Jazz is the music of the body,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary, <i>“…and the mystery of the withheld theme, known to jazz musicians alone, is like the mystery of our secret life.”</i> From the fine folks of Taschen (♥) — who have given us such visual gems as the world’s best infographics, the best …

Daily Rituals: A Guided Tour of Writers’ and Artists’ Creative Habits

<i>“We are spinning our own fates, good or evil, and never to be undone,”</i> the William James’s famous words on habit echo. <i>“Every smallest stroke of virtue or of vice leaves its never so little scar.”</i><p>Given this omnibus of the daily routines of famous writers was not only one of my favorite articles to …

Sylvia Plath's Unseen Drawings Published at Last

<i>Editor's Note: Sylvia Plath, Ridley Scott, bad accents, and Hollywood's perspective on being black in America -- all in our roundup today.</i><p>If Sylvia …