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A quick nap before the caffeine kicks in can give you an extra bit of energy that might just be what you need to get through the rest of your day.
For a team to produce all it is capable of, everyone must get along and work well together. At the start of 2016 Google announced that it had discovered the secret ingredients for the perfect team.
Because nothing in life is free. Anyone who has ever taken an economics class has heard the phrase, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” It means that everything has a cost, even if that cost is not always immediately apparent. To achieve anything, you must give up something else.
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered. There are many creative tools a designer uses to think differently, but none is more counter-intuitive than “wrong thinking,” also called reverse thinking.
Throughout nearly 40 plays, Shakespeare wrote quite a few lines that have since become more easily remembered than forgotten.
“Bravery is always more intelligent than fear, since it is built on the foundation of what one knows about oneself: the knowledge of one’s strength and capacity, of one’s passion.
Steve Brown was working his shift at Olsson’s Bookstore in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 1985 when he heard his name come over the store intercom. There was a call waiting for him.
Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health.
On wood-fired griddles, Maya home cooks keep ancient traditions alive with recipes even their neighbors wouldn’t recognize. Photos by Christopher Bagley unless otherwise noted.
An argument that society and families—and you—will be better off if nature takes its course swiftly and promptly. Seventy-five.That’s how long I want to live: 75 years.This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy.
Focus instead on the struggle of finding your own path. Have you seen them? Articles and books that promise you the secrets to success? Save yourself some time and stop reading them. I’ll tell you why in a minute. There are many kinds of those “success-articles.
Practical thinking is a valuable skill that has helped me to solve complex problems in my life and career. Life is complicated. And I find it fascinating that people tend to make it even more complicated by not thinking practically.One of the things that we never think about is the way we think.
Develop an intuition for spices and never forget your pressure cooker. The all-important pressure cooker. Photo by Chris Silas Neal. There is no sound I associate more with the three years I spent in India than the whistling of pressure cookers.
Literature’s evolution has reflected and spurred the growing complexity of society. Reading medieval literature, it’s hard not to be impressed with how much the characters get done—as when we read about King Harold doing battle in one of the Sagas of the Icelanders, written in about 1230.
People are drawn to those who look and act the romanticized role of the leader. But charismatic leadership can have a dark side. The research is clear: when we choose humble, unassuming people as our leaders, the world around us becomes a better place.
Hint: Don’t Netflix and chill. Photo by loli Clement via Unsplash. You already know how much better you feel after a good night’s sleep, but sleeping well helps your brain in less apparent ways than just not being groggy the next day.
Experts believe that emotional intelligence is the job skill of the future. So I had mine tested, and the results were scarily correct.
As a cuke deckhand, your job first and foremost consists of making sure your diver survives. Hunter Mann-Dempster, professional sea cucumber diver, lives on Baranof Island in a house built on cedar pilings, a short ramble to the ocean through a copse of spruce and hemlock.
“If we design workplaces that permit people to find meaning in their work, we will be designing a human nature that values work,” psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote in his inquiry into what motivates us to work. But human nature itself is a moody beast.
I sit down at the table, move my napkin to my lap, and put my phone on the table face-down. I am at a restaurant, I am relaxed, and I am about to start lying to myself. I’m not going to check my phone, I tell myself. (My companion’s phone has appeared face-down on the table, too.
Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that. If Cassidy Sokolis ever needs to wake up before 11 am, she scatters three alarm clocks throughout her bedroom. Even then, she still often sleeps through the clamor.
The story begins with the narrator wandering the streets of St. Petersburg on “a gloomy night, the gloomiest night you can conceive,” dwelling on how others have ridiculed him all his life and slipping into nihilism with the “terrible anguish” of believing that nothing matters.
On a seafood pilgrimage to south Florida, Jamie Feldmar catches wind of drug-runners, false-bottom crab boats, and a tale so bizarre it could only be true. Maybe.Disclaimer: What I am about to tell you is all true...ish, though names have been changed to protect the guilty.
How to terraform a room-temperature Mars in 100 years. Mars is currently inhabited by an estimated 1 million microbes. They coat the surfaces and crowd the innards of our robotic landers and rovers, which international policy requires to be cleaned, but not fully sterilized.
The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction.
Michael Jordan was about to ditch Nike — until an inexperienced designer created the shoe he’d always dreamed of. Something strange was in the air at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. It wasn’t just that deadlines loomed—that was typical.
How influencers transformed eating from an activity into an aesthetic. There are rules for being an Instagram influencer. First of all, be famous, or at least related to someone famous, and if you can’t be famous, at least have the decency to be rich.
With a name like Clementine Paddleford, she should have been unforgettable. So why don’t you know who she is? In the Long Island Sound, the world’s fastest nuclear submarine was cruising 200 feet beneath the waves. Sirens and horns whined as the crew tested the submarine’s alarms.
Science predicts only the predictable, ignoring most of our chaotic universe.Collage by Marina Sun / Shutterstock; PixabayScientists look around the universe and see amazing structure. There are objects and processes of fantastic complexity.
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival. Last night, most of us went to the safety and comfort of our beds before drifting off to a night’s sleep. For some, this was the last conscious action before an episode of sleepwalking.
Be respectful, practice moderation, and set reasonable expectations. Mark Manson shares a few life lessons. On my 20th birthday, I got drunk and peed on some old ladies’ front lawn. A cop saw me and stopped me. Fortunately, I talked my way out of going to jail that night.
Whether it’s our country or our football team, we need to belong.It started with one man quietly sipping a Tom Collins in the lounge car of the Cleveland-bound train. “God bless America,” he sang, “land that I love …” It didn’t take long. Others joined in.
Most self-help books are filled with useless fluff. Shave that off and actually learn something valuable. How many books do you have on your reading list? If you’re like me, there are way more books on your list than you can ever read in your lifetime.
You’d never confuse them for the Rockefellers. But you also wouldn’t have curling without ’em. Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images1. The RosenwachsPower: Hydrating Wall Street, Broadway, and the media Look up in New York City and you’ll no doubt see a wooden water tower topping a roof.
How Freud’s nephew shaped today's advertising industry. In the 1920s, women didn’t smoke. Or if they did, they were severely judged for it. It was taboo. Like graduating from college or getting elected to Congress, people believed women should leave the smoking to men.
It seems like everything in the grocery store is labeled "super." We dove into which foods are actually proven, by science, to be good for you and which ones are all hype. Food marketers know that if they call their product a superfood, it’s sure to sell. Take quinoa, for example.
From our knees to our eyeballs, our bodies are full of hack solutions. The Greeks were obsessed with the mathematically perfect body. But unfortunately for anyone chasing that ideal, we were designed not by Pygmalion, the mythical sculptor who carved a flawless woman, but by MacGyver.
This brilliant brain hack hijacks your social media habit to build a new commitment to reading.
Essential reading material for any self-starter. Do you want to start a new business or grow your existing business? Being an entrepreneur is a lonely job. But fortunately, you can always rely on books. Forget about going to networking events, meetups, or browsing the internet for useful advice.
For years Donald Heathfield, Tracey Foley, and their two children lived the American dream. Then an FBI raid revealed the truth: They were agents of Putin’s Russia. Their sons tell their story. Tim Foley turned 20 on 27 June 2010.
Small changes. Big results. Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy." But we can all work smarter, too.
Daniel Dennett (b. March 28, 1942), whom artificial intelligence pioneer Marvin Minsky has called “our best current philosopher” and “the next Bertrand Russell,” poses an apt question that probes some of the basic tendencies and dynamics of today’s everyone-is-a-critic culture:
Practicing paying attention can boost performance on a new task, and change the way the brain processes information, a new study says.
While regular practice might include mindless repetitions, deliberate practice requires focused attention and is conducted with the specific goal of improving performance. In some circles, Ben Hogan is credited with “inventing practice.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out. We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster.
About four years ago I started working for myself. I wanted the freedom and flexibility to own my schedule and the space to bring my ideas to life.
Research suggests that the best self-help advice may have very little to do with yourself. Self-help advice isn’t exactly in short supply. There are research-backed tips out there for boosting confidence, resilience, risk taking, and adaptability.
The market has evolved a lot in the past few decades. Maybe your approach to it should too. The conventional wisdom of how most of us should invest our money is clear—avoid paying high fees to money managers for their supposed stock-picking expertise.
Standing out among competitors is all about offering something they can’t. I always thought that the best wins at anything. That might be true for sports. But not for life and business. If you’re trying to build a profitable business or stable career, you might be approaching it all wrong.
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises. Women are woven deeply into the history of science, stretching back to ancient Egypt, over 4,000 years ago.
This mental disorder gives us a unique insight into the digital age.We start with the case of a woman who experienced unbearable tragedy. In 1899, this Parisian bride, Madame M., had her first child. Shockingly, the child was abducted and substituted with a different infant, who soon died.
You have no excuses for first-day noodle legs—these seven easy moves will get your legs back in skiing shape from the comfort of your living room. Winter is just around the corner, and if you want to get in ski-season shape by the time snow begins to fall, you need to start training now.
In the current fast-paced and technology driven world, a good night’s sleep is more important than ever. As a child, I was a terrible sleeper. My parents would often find me awake at 3 AM with a flashlight under the covers reading a Hardy Boy, Nancy Drew, or Tom Swift book.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed. "Do you hate crowds, especially at supermarkets and restaurants?"I avoided eye contact, which I knew I wasn't supposed to do. "Yes."If Dr. P.
A teacher argues that helping students analyze the stories they care so much about is more effective than pushing pure fact-checking. When I was in high school, one of my history teachers was also the football coach. “Coach Mac,” we called him.
Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice.
Hating exercise isn’t the same as being lazy. Exercise motivation is a complicated subject, but if getting off the couch is the hardest part for you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to finally start working out, no matter how much you might hate it.
The purpose of memory might not be to record everything. Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing. So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal Neuron.
Chance encounters in the life of Andrei Kolmogorov. If two statisticians were to lose each other in an infinite forest, the first thing they would do is get drunk. That way, they would walk more or less randomly, which would give them the best chance of finding each other.
Walter Pitts rose from the streets to MIT, but couldn’t escape himself. Walter Pitts was used to being bullied. He’d been born into a tough family in Prohibition-era Detroit, where his father, a boiler-maker, had no trouble raising his fists to get his way.
We’ve been taught for years that as long as you hit the gym you can hit the buffet line and still lose weight. But there’s plenty of science out there to prove this statement false.
Distraction is always the enemy. Here’s one simple technique to maintain focus on what's really important. Busy Work So, if we are going to talk about productivity we need to get one thing straight from the outset; busy does not equate to productive.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see. Photo by: ShutterstockLet me tell you something you already know: Your housekeeper spies on you.We work alone. We get bored.
Prioritizing each part of your workload can help you and your employer see where you make the greatest contribution. Prioritizing work can be frustrating, especially if you work for a hands-off manager or a company that doesn’t give you clear goals. Most of us face this reality each and every day.
Pu-erh is the Helen of Troy of tea that gets aged like whiskey, dosed like drugs, and coveted by millionaires. And it only comes from this one mountainous corner of China. All photos by Palani MohanAt 4,000 feet, the paved part of the road stops.
At APF in the 1970s, as the second-known African-American video game engineer, he helped create an industry. Thirty-seven years ago, New York-based APF Electronics, Inc.
If you’re a human and you have a brain, then you probably like using your brain. And if you like using your brain, then you love having those epiphany moments where your hair blows back and you go “Whoa” like Keanu Reeves in The Matrix when he learns Kung Fu from a USB drive in his neck.
Research shows that practically every dimension of life happiness is influenced by the quality of one’s marriage, while divorce is the second most stressful life event one can ever experience.
This simple switch flips your perspective for the better.
In the summer of 1865, just after he began writing Crime and Punishment, the greatest novelist of all time hit rock bottom. Recently widowed and bedeviled by epilepsy, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) had cornered himself into an impossible situation.
It depends on how well you want your brain to work. Sleep is a time suck. If you multiplied the average recommended number of hours we should sleep in a day—eight for a typical adult—by the number of days in an average lifespan (78.8 years in the United States), that would amount to about 9,587.
At his bookstore in Amman, Hamzeh AlMaaytah administers life-affirming literature. Hamzeh AlMaaytah rarely sleeps, but when he does, it’s usually on the mattress hidden behind a screen in the back of his bookshop.
The recipes, tools, and tips you need for the endlessly adaptable one-bite marvel. Dumplings may be the perfect food: protein, vegetable, and seasoning all wrapped in a tidy parcel of starch. There's a reason nearly every culture on Earth makes them. Now, if only they weren't so tricky to construct.
We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.Biking in the city can make you feel like being a kid again: It lets you explore, hang out with your friends, and turn workaday chores like commuting into adventures.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
How to ask better questions. Since my tips to improve your writing in two minutes were so popular, I thought I’d share some similar tips to improve your next conversation.
Once a year, millions of women leave their homes around Kerala to give a sweet offering of rice for their goddess, Attukal Amma. 4:30 A.M. East Fort Neighborhood, ThiruvananthapuramA railway platform, filling. Men at a fluorescent- lit window, yelling for coffee.
A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution. A trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers.
Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy. On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry.My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.
We let our minds get in our way too often in life. It’s important not to be your own worst enemy. One of the main things I’ve learned about life is that before you conquer the external world, you have to master the inner world of your mind. You might have all kinds of awesome goals.
Sometimes we make logical decisions. But there are many times when we make emotional, irrational, and confusing choices.
There are people who stand every morning outside the Carroll Street station in Brooklyn staring dead-eyed into the middle distance.
Chaser isn’t just learning objects by name: she’s beginning to understand the basic structure of human language. Chaser with Fluffy. Photo by Dan Nosowitz.Unfortunately the amazing Chaser passed away on July 23, 2019, a year after Professor John Pilley. "Chaser, this is Dan.
It may not be as simple as just saying “don’t worry about it,” but stress is a byproduct of overthinking. When I was in my late twenties, I was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Doctors operated and told me to hope for the best.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Basically, how to be good at life. What’s your definition of a good life? Ask 100 different people, and you’ll probably get 100 different answers. However, there are also a few universal pieces to a good life. Take happiness and health. We all want it.
Be careful with the drive to improve for the sake of improvement, the desire for more for no other reason than it’s more. Photo by Tim Gouw on UnsplashSuccess is often the first step toward disaster. The idea of progress is often the enemy of actual progress.
A machine mapped the most frequently used emotional trajectories in fiction, and compared them with the ones readers like best.
Even a 1 mph speed boost would make things pretty weird. There are enough things in this life to worry about. Like nuclear war, climate change, and whether or not you’re brushing your teeth correctly.
The goal of Life is simple: It is to Level Up as much as possible. Welcome, Player One, to a strategy guide for the game known as Life. As you’ve undoubtedly discovered, the game of Life is often quite difficult. You will face unexpected challenges and long periods of frustration.
How James Holman felt his way around the world to become history’s most prolific explorer.Nobody aboard could see what had happened. It was midnight, and the HMS Saunders-Hill—a merchant vessel anchored along a sleepy bend of the River Thames—shuddered violently.
In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities.
An executive leadership coach shares some tips on how to approach potential conflicts. Avoiding or delaying a difficult conversation can hurt your relationships and create other negative outcomes.
It’s difficult to measure and quantify what good management actually looks like. But there’s new data that can help. So much depends upon managers. For example, a Gallup study found that at least 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores is driven by who the boss is.
Though building up your body and mind to tackle athletic challenges may seem like a unique endeavor, that’s not the case. Performance is performance, and there are many parallels between training for a marathon, making great art, and building a business that lasts.
“Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love.”Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828–November 10, 1910) began tussling with the grandest questions of existence from an early age.
There’s often too much to read and too little time. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of what you read as quickly as possible. Whether you skim a blog post, peruse files for work, or browse through a book, you most likely do some type of reading every day.
What a growing body of research reveals about the biology of human happiness—and how to navigate the (temporary) slump in middle age. This summer, a friend called in a state of unhappy perplexity. At age 47, after years of struggling to find security in academia, he had received tenure.
The early results out of a Boston nonprofit are positive. You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal cortex.
In a new model of living, residents will have their own “microunits” built around a shared living space for cooking, eating and hanging out.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life. Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and financial – by philosophers, scientists and the Silicon Valley set.
Most of us believe that success happens all at once. Real life is different. Do you have a long list of goals, desires, and wants for your life? Do you want to learn more? Earn more? Improve your skills? Get the most out of your relationships? Live better?All those things are good.
Dogs are children for a growing number of Americans—and that’s putting new pressures on pup-friendly space.From the thin shade of a pine tree at Laurel Canyon Dog Park, Amber Freeman, a contractor for a local dog-walking company, keeps an eye on her 30 canine charges.
Exploring the concentric circles of human connection through the lens of our ideal and real selves. Friendship, C.S. Lewis believed, “like philosophy, like art, like the universe itself … has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
From books on history and philosophy to novels and biographies. For the past few years, I’ve formed a habit of asking everyone for book recommendations. It’s one of the habits that has truly changed my life.
How relationships affect our immune system. Illustration by Maurice Sendak for ‘Open House for Butterflies’ by Ruth Krauss. Click here for more. Relationships, Adrienne Rich argued in her magnificent meditation on love, refine our truths. But they also, it turns out, refine our immune systems.
The power of practicing well beyond mastery. In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it’s drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency.
New research from Harvard and Columbia says gluten does not cause heart disease. Why is that even a question? Every year more money is being spent studying the now-infamous plant protein gluten. The studying raises more questions. That leads to more money being spent. And then more questions.
If you do it right, racing always hurts. But a select few running events are in a league of their own. From the lows of Death Valley to the peaks of the Alps and San Juans, some races are so tough that they nearly destroy the best in the world.
What a close study of “inner speech” reveals about why humans talk to themselves. Language is the hallmark of humanity—it allows us to form deep relationships and complex societies. But we also use it when we’re all alone; it shapes even our silent relationships with ourselves.
We follow others no matter how hard we try. The notion that our choices are driven by our own personal thoughts and opinions seems so obvious that it is not even worth mentioning,” Jonah Berger writes in the opening of his 2016 book, Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior.
More and more singers are cancelling big shows and turning to surgery to fix their damaged vocal cords. But is the problem actually down to the way they sing? Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images “I don’t even know how to start this,” Adele wrote in an online letter to fans on June 30, 2017.
Don't let the Biggest Loser study get you down! There's hope. Last week was not a good week for those hoping to permanently lose weight.
Why the central problem in neuroscience is mirrored in physics. The nature of consciousness seems to be unique among scientific puzzles. Not only do neuroscientists have no fundamental explanation for how it arises from physical states of the brain, we are not even sure whether we ever will.
Mastering the Japanese buckwheat noodles is notoriously tricky; Francis Lam picks up tips from a former Hollywood movie producer who gave up the fast life for the slow knead. All photos by Dylan + JeniI had the first line of this story written before I even got out of the car.
With every conversation I have, book I read, mistake I make, and new knowledge I acquire, I feel less sure about everything. When I got my first degree in business, nine years ago, I was certain I knew nothing. So I got a master’s degree after that.
Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong. Change is difficult for most people. Left to our own devices, most of us would rather carry on as we are.
“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?” Elizabeth Gilbert asked in framing her catalyst for creative magic.
Do you know that feeling? You have to do something, but somehow you just don’t do it? That’s procrastination. We all do it. And the funny thing is, we often procrastinate tasks that benefit us in the long-term.
Keep that glass of water handy! Photo from Pexels. After thousands of years of getting wasted, humans still aren't sure exactly what causes hangovers.
Most of the country understands that when it comes to government, you pay for what you get. When I was a young kid growing up in Montreal, our annual family trips to my grandparents’ Florida condo in the 1970s and ‘80s offered glimpses of a better life.
Emotions get the better of everyone, but there is a way to take back control. “Whoa! What are you doing?” I asked aghast.I had just walked into my daughter’s room as she was working on a science project. Normally, I would have been pleased at such a sight.
Kerouac sent one such letter to his first wife, Edie Kerouac Parker, in late January of 1957, a decade after their marriage had been annulled.
When a creature mysteriously turns up dead in Alaska—be it a sea otter, polar bear, or humpback whale—veterinary pathologist Kathy Burek gets the call. Her necropsies reveal cause of death and causes for concern as climate change frees up new pathogens and other dangers in a vast, thawing north.
Having a positive outlook is the most important predictor of resilience. One of the most memorable scenes of the Oscar-nominated film Silver Linings Playbook revolves around Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, a novel that does not end well, to put it mildly.Patrizio Solitano Jr.
The growing role of grandparents in raising children is right in line with human biology. Grandparents are busy these days. The number of juveniles in the United States under 18 living in a grandparent’s household rose from 4.6 million in 2005-07 to 5.
The history of science has been distorted by a longstanding conviction that correct theories about nature are always the most elegant ones. Imagine you’re a scientist with a set of results that are equally well predicted by two different theories.
Think you can read people’s emotions? Think again. You’ve probably met people who are experts at mastering their emotions and understanding the emotions of others. When all hell breaks loose, somehow these individuals remain calm.
If you truly understand the difference between what is and what is not under your control, and act accordingly, you will become psychologically invincible, impervious to the ups and downs of fortune.
What if everything around you, from the distant stars to your very hands, were a hologram? Photo illustration by LLacertae / FlickrOne of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is how our universe can be so thermally uniform—the vast cosmos is filled with the lingering heat of the Big Bang.
The QWERTY keyboard was once the envy of the world, but not anymore. On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what’s wrong with QWERTY keyboards. Mullaney is not a technologist, nor is he one of those Dvorak keyboard enthusiasts.
Pitching a tent, healing a wound, and finding your way are about the most important things you can learn how to do. They're also the easiest.
Even though the competitors were just ... walking. It was just after midnight on Monday, November 15, 1875, and the Interstate Exposition Building in Chicago was buzzing. Spectators swarmed the auditorium, hundreds of people craning their necks to get a glimpse of the two legends on the track.
The Portuguese capital is redefining its cuisine with a new openness to foreign flavors and far-flung influences.
More than a century ago, Christian fundamentalists invented cereal to promote a healthy lifestyle free of sin. Little did they know, their creation would eventually be used to promote everything from radio and cartoons to Mr. T and tooth decay.
Employees like a boss who knows what they’re talking about and understands the business as much as they understand their own role. “People don’t quit bad jobs, they quit bad bosses,” according to an old saw.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
The same part of the brain that allows us to step into the shoes of others also helps us restrain ourselves. You’ve likely seen the video before: a stream of kids, confronted with a single, alluring marshmallow. If they can resist eating it for 15 minutes, they’ll get two. Some do.
You do all kinds of life things—you buy groceries, read articles, get haircuts. But as you do these things day after day and year after year, are you improving as a human in a meaningful way? The mind…can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
The surprising performance and physics of the fish kick. I tug my black swim cap over my hair, strap on my pink goggles, and keep a focused calm, like Michael Phelps before a race. It’s lap swim on a Monday afternoon at my local YMCA, and I’m going to attempt the fish kick.
You can’t beat the beauty of running on mountain trails, but I still sometimes long for the freedom and shared chaos of urban runs. Earlier this year, when I moved from Washington, D.C., to Santa Fe, New Mexico, I prepared for most aspects of my life to change dramatically.
Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic. I had a tough time in high school. Like many other young adolescents, I saw myself as fundamentally flawed, and felt a searing isolation. Nothing I looked forward to brought any hope. I stopped getting out of bed. I cut myself.
Learning an instrument increases resilience to any age-related decline in hearing. Brain training is big business. Companies like BrainHQ, Lumosity, and Cogmed are part of a multimillion-dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020.
The first three hours of your day are your most precious for maximized productivity. The traditional 9–5 workday is poorly structured for high productivity. Perhaps when most work was physical labor, but not in the knowledge working world we now live in.