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27 Art Destinations Around The World To Visit Before You Die

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

Libraries

A Big Solar Burp Pelted Earth Last Night

The sun is throwing a fit. For the second time this week it has launched massive chunks of itself at us—from 93 million miles away.<p>Don't be offended: …

Inside the race to create the next generation of satellite internet

Is the sky big enough for two multi-billion dollar satellite internet projects? In the next two years, we’ll find out if entrepreneurs driven by human betterment—one looking up at the heavens and humanity’s future, the other looking down to the earth’s neediest—can share a shot at creating the next …

Space Travel

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Hunter Gatherers

10 fantasy book series that aren't 'A Song of Ice and Fire'

You love <i>Game of Thrones</i>, but there's only so many times you can read the five available entries in the best-selling series before you go insane — and …

Garden hacks from great gardeners

<b>Toughen your transplants</b><p>Harden off seedlings outdoors for one week before planting, recommends Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener. …

What It's Like to Have a Suicidal Best Friend

The frustration that accompanies being friends with someone with mental illness has nothing to do with the friend herself. I am frustrated that her medications don't work, the doctors can't seem to help her, and neither can I.<p>I don't remember many details about the first time my best friend told me …

The Skyscraper of the Future

The push to build a new kind of tower has begun.<p>There's something inherently absurd about skyscrapers. They defy gravity and high winds. They require years of challenging high-altitude construction. They're dizzying to look at—from the ground and from their top floors, where a sense of vertigo is …

Skyscrapers

Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

Bat disease: Scientists identify tissue-degrading enzyme in white-nose syndrome

Scientists have figured out the likely way that white-nose syndrome breaks down tissue in bats, opening the door to potential treatments for a …

Evolve

SOMETIME AROUND 2014, Italy will complete construction of seventy-eight mobile floodgates aimed at protecting Venice’s three inlets from the rising …

President Obama’s senior space science adviser just said "Mars matters" — here are 5 undeniable reasons why he's right

<b>"Mars matters."</b><p>The summit, which is happening from May 5 through 7, features discussions about current and future NASA efforts on the journey to Mars.<p>So, why does Mars matter to Bolden? Several reasons. Here are a few of the ones he mentioned on Tuesday:<p>"Because its formulation and evolution are …

Breast Cancer

Feeling Stressed? This Mindfulness Website Will Help Put Your Problems In Perspective In Just 60 Seconds

Having one of those days when it feels like you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders? A new website has a brilliantly simple …

10 Stunning Photos From @USInterior

A Park Ranger's Guide to Olympic

Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, <b>Olympic National Park</b> invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding …

My Assistant Is My Baby—A Photographer Redefines Family Time

Picture Stories<p>As a photographer using remote cameras, you tend to travel heavy. Cases and cases of equipment add up—as do their contents. Bolts, batteries, camera mounts, camera bodies, lenses—you name it. And it seems it all has to be loaded and unloaded multiple times just to get one usable …

Hacker Implants NFC Chip In His Hand To Bypass Security Scans And Exploit Android Phones

Going by hacker stereotypes, it’d be pretty easy to physically identify anyone committing an act of digital crime. A combination of pallid skin, hoody and laptop is the biggest giveaway. Such hackneyed images of hackers are, of course, evidently wrong, bordering on offensive. Real hackers …

In a chamber at the end of a tunnel in Mexico sealed for nearly 1,800 years, archeologists make a toxic discovery

In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious, ancient Mexican city whose history has eluded experts for more than a century, an archaeologist made a …

Archaeology

Transcendental Meditation Makes A Comeback, With The Aim Of Giving Back

Transcendental meditation (TM) has been having a renaissance in recent years: Celebrities, businesspeople, and regular folk are practicing it in record numbers. Last week, the David Lynch Foundation, the major non-profit champion of TM, hosted an event in New York City at which public figures like …

Ex Machina Explores the Thrill (and Horror) of Romantic Uncertainty

Alex Garland's remarkable debut seeds a story about relationship anxiety within a Fincheresque artificial-intelligence parable.<p><i>Ex Machina</i> is a science-fiction horror film that, like so many others, plays on fears of the future: of artificial intelligence, of the blurred line between human life and …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Undersung National Parks

America's most popular parks deserve all the love they get, but here are ten other fascinating sites well worth the trip.<p>America’s National Park System is composed of more than 450 natural, historical, and cultural areas spread across the United States and its far-flung territories. Though …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

The planet won’t notice you recycle, and your vote doesn’t count

<b>(homydesign via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>But you should do it anyway. The definitive guide to screaming at, coping with, and profiting from climate change<p>Gernot Wagner • Martin L. Weitzman<p>March 29, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet”<p>Your vote …

The Ars Notoria - An Ancient Magical Book to Perfect Memory and Master Academia

Over the centuries many books have been written claiming that loyal readers and followers of the text will be bestowed with magical powers. In some …

The Cruel Truth Behind The ‘Organic’ Chicken Label

It’s no secret that consumers are becoming more and more concerned about where their food comes from, how healthy it is, and in the case of animal …

New map of human genetics contains clues for Alzheimer's and cancer

Getting a handle on the epigenome<p>Alzheimer's disease may involve the immune system, and researchers might have figured out how to pinpoint the origin of a cancer that has spread prior to diagnosis. These are just some of the findings reported today in a series of studies published in the <i>Nature</i> …

Genetics

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

National Parks