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The Edge of the Sky: An Unusual and Poetic Primer on the Universe Written in the 1,000 Most Common Words in the English Language

<i>“If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it,”</i> pioneering anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote in the 1979 volume <i>Some Personal Views</i>, <i>“one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better</i> …

George Orwell on Writing and the Four Questions Great Writers Must Ask Themselves

George Orwell was a man of unflinching idealism who made no apologies for making his convictions clear, be they about the ethics of journalism, the universal motives of writing, or the golden rules for making tea — but never more so than in his now-legendary essay “Politics and the English …

A Sweet Celebration of Connection and Inner Softness in a Culture That Encourages Hard Individualism and Prickly Exteriors

A hug is such a simple act. But how anguishing when one is denied this basic exchange of human goodwill and kindness. Surely, one doesn’t even have to be human to feel the anguish of that denial. At first glance, this seems to be the premise behind <b>Hug Me</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>IndieBound</i>) by …

The Shortness of Life: Seneca on Busyness and the Art of Living Wide Rather Than Living Long

<i>“How we spend our days,”</i> Annie Dillard memorably wrote in her soul-stretching meditation on the life of presence, <i>“is, of course, how we spend our lives.”</i> And yet most of us spend our days in what Kierkegaard believed to be our greatest source of unhappiness — a refusal to recognize that “busy is a …

How to Increase the Number of Hours in Your Day

Nothing can <i>actually</i> increase the hours in the day. That’s impossible. But you can do things to trick your brain into <i>feeling</i> you have more time.<p>More …

5 Secrets to Improve Learning and Memory

I’ve already posted a research round-up on becoming an expert at anything. That was focused on the big picture of how to master something over a …

Israel Is Losing Control of the Gaza Media War

The picture from Gaza seemed like so many other conflict zone photos — until you began to notice the details.<p>The lifeless arm of a Palestinian boy …

Hackathon Aims to Spread Global Information to North Korea

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A "hackathon" held by the Human Rights Foundation will aim to bring more information inside the very …

Ethiopia's child brides see marriage as key to jobs abroad, says thinktank

On eve of Girl Summit, ODI reveals trend of girls entering early marriages followed by swift divorces to migrate for family's sake<p>Up a bumpy, winding dirt track in the mountains of northern Ethiopia, past two bulls chewing pasture and a rondavel built from sticks and cow dung, is the modest home of …