How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media – The New York Times

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How To Fall Asleep And Why We Need More : Shots – Health News : NPR

“Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain,” says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

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How Social Media Endangers Knowledge | WIRED

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Alan Schein/Getty Images

Social networks train us to focus on images and emotions, sapping the quest for knowledge.

Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook to Instagram, the medium refocuses our attention on videos and images, rewarding emotional appeals—‘like’ buttons—over rational ones. Instead of a quest for knowledge, it engages us in an endless zest for instant approval from an audience, for which we are constantly but unconsciouly performing.

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Wizard! The magic of Harry Potter at the British Library | Books | The Guardian

Swearing, scrapped characters, editors’ notes – JK Rowling’s exhibits are a treasure trove for fans of Hogwarts

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The Most Beautiful Country in the World | VisitScotland

Scotland has been voted the most beautiful country in the world by the readers of the popular travel guides Rough Guides (2014). Here are 20 of our best images we’ve captured in the last 12 months that prove this.

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