Not all those who wander are lost
Have the strength to be true to yourself even if you don't know who you are yet - Paulo Coelho
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New type of chemical bond may form in extreme magnetic fields of stars 
Hydrogen and helium may bond magnetically near white dwarfs and neutron stars.
» 10 Pieces of Advice for Young Writers
  1. Care about things. Show it. Be funny, barbed, and pointed when needed. Slick is easy; don’t be slick.
  2. Confidence and arrogance will both protect you when people yell at you. One is vital and one is poisonous.
  3. Learn to be your own devil’s advocate. Interrogate your own arguments. Interrogate your point of view.
  4. Successful writers can play loud and soft and can make a variety of harsh and gentle sounds, just like great musicians.
  5. Look at the people whose careers you admire and think about their paths. Don’t assume you want the fast lane.
  6. If you are read widely, you will get blowback, no matter what. Don’t let it paralyze you, but don’t reflexively blow it off.
  7. If you try to make your fortune creating controversy, then even if it works, you’ll be expected to keep doing it.
  8. Being young doesn’t make you dumb or smart, important or irrelevant. But you’ll be a different writer in 20 years.
  9. “Win 20 in the show, you can let the fungus grow back and the press’ll think you’re colorful.” Obey deadlines and house style.
  10. You are entitled to be wrong, to feel embarrassed, to feel like a jerk, and to keep writing anyway.

[as told by NPR’s Linda Holmes]


» Download collection of Wikipedia articles on a topic as e-book

Just struck Gold….. How did I not know about it before. You can now download collection of Wikipedia articles on a topic as e-book to read at your leisure in your e-readers. It’s a very useful feature for an avid wiki-article reader like me.

Time Will End in Five Billion Years, Physicists Predict
The Cat’s Eye nebula, seen in a Hubble picture, is an example of what our sun may look like when it dies.
Our universe has existed for nearly 14 billion years, and as far as most people are concerned, the universe should continue to exist for billions of years more.
But according to a new paper, there’s one theory for the origins of the universe that predicts time itself will end in just five billion years—coincidentally, right around the time our sun is slated to die.
16 ‘super-Earths’ found outside solar system
The HARPS instrument has identified an Earth-like planet, shown in this artist’s impression, orbiting star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela.
The European Southern Observatory has just announced the discovery of more than 50 new exoplanets (planets outside our solar system), including 16 super-Earths (planets whose mass is between one and 10 times that of our own planet).