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A Cassandra Cry Against Pope Francis

Ross Douthat's views on the pope are intensely unpopular. But has he identified a fundamental tension in the Church?<p>Across every continent, in every country, Catholics “find themselves divided against one another,” writes the <i>New York Times</i> columnist Ross Douthat in his new book, <i>To Change the …

Christianity

The 8 Genius Hacks You Need to Know Before Visiting Harry Potter World

Don't leave for your trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter without these tips.<p>Cast secret spells<p>While there are 16 spells mapped out in Diagon …

Harry Potter

Grid System Behind Logo Design

If you love of using a grid systems for every logo design you create, including marks and icons, Kareem Magdi got you covered. He shared a set of …

Graphic Design

When to See a Doctor About Heart Palpitations

"It feels like my heart is doing flip-flops, turning over in my chest,” the middle-aged real estate broker told me.<p>She was trying to explain to me …

Breakthrough migraine therapy cuts number of attacks in half

For a condition that affects nearly 15 percent of the world's population, there are remarkably few effective treatments for migraine sufferers. A new …

Stephen Hawking, Michio Kaku, And Other Scientists On God: The Existence And Mind Of God [Opinion]

Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku both speak of God. So did Albert Einstein. Kaku is a believer in intelligent design, but Hawking doesn’t resonate …

Physics

Sony A5100 review and (quite personal) setup guide

The Sony A5100 is by many accounts a great little camera. It’s very small, it does pretty decent quality video, it has very fast autofocus, a …

Light starts shipping the L16, its 16-camera pocket DSLR challenger

Light’s L16 was a radical design concept when it was originally introduced in October, 2015 — but the concept has become a reality, as the company is now shipping the first production units to its pre-order customers. The final design is quite similar to the concept it showed off back then, with a …

Mobile Photography

New lip-sync tech generates scary-accurate video using audio clips

I’m not saying you should be afraid of the future, but… okay, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A group of researchers from the University of Washington has developed a method to take an audio clip of someone speaking and generate a frighteningly realistic lip-synced video with it.<p>I’m afraid, very …

Computer Science

This Is Your Brain on Porn

Casual porn watching changes the brain a lot more than you'd think.<p>Porn watching, as a hobby, has risen to record popularity. But scientists are …

San Diego

Russia develops military exoskeleton to give soldiers superhuman capabilities

Any sci-fi flick or video game showing a futuristic battlefield is always filled with soldiers wearing advanced high-tech armor and all manner of …

Stephen Hawking And 32 Top Physicists Just Signed a Heated Letter on The Universe's Origin

Sh*t just got real.<p>For centuries, people have puzzled over how our Universe began. But the heat just got turned <i>way</i> up on a debate that's quietly been …

Physics

Sorry, Einstein - Physicists Just Reinforced The Reality of Quantum Weirdness in The Universe

There's no avoiding that "spooky action at a distance."<p>One of the strangest phenomena you're likely to come across in all of science is quantum …

Quantum Mechanics

Tolkien’s grandson on how WW1 inspired The Lord of the Rings

For the 125th anniversary of his birth, Simon Tolkien describes how the Great War lives on in JRR Tolkien's stories.<p>My grandfather, JRR Tolkien, died when I was 14. He remains vivid to me but through child-like impressions – velvet waistcoats and pipe smoke; word games played on rainy afternoons in …

Literature

500-year-old secrets of boxwood miniatures unlocked - CNN Style

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Cookies

When JRR Tolkien bet CS Lewis: the wager that gave birth to The Lord of the Rings

Eighty years ago JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis dared each other to write a sci-fi novel. It was a challenge that would lead to the creation of The Lord of the Rings<p>Once upon a time two friends made a wager. "Tollers," one said to the other, "there is too little of what we really like in stories. I am …

Literature

9 business cards for graphic designers you’ll want to keep

Much of the work of graphic designers today exists only in pixel form. But that doesn’t mean the appeal of print design has gone away; quite the …

Graphic Design

17 Brilliant Logos That Speak for Themselves

From time to time, it seems to many of us that there’s nothing left in the world that can surprise us. But despite this, talented designers and …

A Long Love Affair With the Scottish Isles, in Pictures

For photographer Jim Richardson the remote islands of northwest Scotland have become like home.<p>From the deck of the boat, the cloud-raked island of Boreray beckoned me, flanked by fanged stacks rising out of the sea. Odd, perhaps, that I should find this welcoming. But I do.<p>Boreray is part of the …

How to Promote Your Book (Without Being Annoying)

<i>The Blunt Instrument</i> <i>is a monthly advice column for writers. If you need tough advice for a writing problem, send your question to</i></i> …

Terry Crews fights porn addiction: “You cannot accept any pornography in your man’s life”

The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor comes clean about what he calls his “dirty little secret” — and is offering advice<p>When a celebrity comes forward with an admission of time in rehab and an inspirational call for others to break free of their addictions, it doesn't usually look like this. But in a …

Wendy Williams

The Biggest Mistake Writers Make in Their Query Letters

As a writer, professional editor, and former intern for one of the top literary agencies in New York City, I've seen my fair share of query letters. A number of minor issues tend to pop up fairly consistently, but there's one mistake I see writers making again and again.<p>And this mistake could …

Writing

John Krasinski Shows Off Hot Body In Men's Health - Great Ideas : People.com

John Krasinski is now a full-blown action star – with a body to boot! <br>Best known for playing <i>The Office</i>‘s lovable Jim Halpert, Krasinski switched …

Metal Worker Shuts Down 9/11 Truthers... With His Pinkie!

"Jet fuel can't melt steel" is the unofficial rallying cry of 9/11 truthers. It's also completely irrelevant, because steel doesn't have to melt to lose its strength.<p>"If you hold this up as a reason for conspiracy, you are an idiot," Trenton Tye, a Georgia blacksmith who runs Purgatory Ironworks …

Jetfuel

How to Self-Publish a Paperback Book with Createspace

As self-published authors, it's important that we build a professional image to differentiate us from the thousands of others ebook authors out there. One of the ways I do this is by converting my Kindle books into paperbacks using Createspace. Not only does this improve the professional image of …

Writing

Patrick deWitt interview: ‘Certain writers look down their noses at plot. I was one of them – until I tried it’

A man walks into a bar and, two years later, the bartender has a publishing deal. That’s how it went for Patrick deWitt and, three books later, this stroke of good fortune still unnerves him. “If I hadn’t gone into work that day or if that man had decided to drink somewhere else … There’s so much …

Literature

10 Tips for Authors Making Book Appearances

<i>This article first appeared in The National Book Review.</i><p>Q: What advice do you have for authors when they do public talks about their books?<p>We posed this question to Rae Dubow, who works with authors on just such things. Her advice:<p>1. BREATHE: Simple, yes? Not so much. If your heart is racing …

Writing

Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy

Bearded Entrepreneurs for the Advancement of a Responsible Democracy (BEARD PAC) will act to independently support the candidacies of bearded …

Pluto Is Turning Into The Planet Of Your Nightmares

The New Horizons mission to Pluto has been a dream come true for scientists, who've waited years to get their first close-up glimpse of the distant dwarf planet. But some of the informal names they're giving its distinctive features are straight out of nightmares.<p>Since Pluto is named for the Roman …

Solar System

25 Creative Branding, Visual Identity and Logo Design Examples

Professional branding or visual identity can be most valuable asset for any company or brand. <b>Corporate branding</b> is what sets your business apart from …

Graphic Design