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As a test, Homeland Security officials tried to sneak guns and bombs through TSA checkpoints. They succeeded almost every time.
An expert on vitamins tells us what to avoid.
With a name like Clementine Paddleford, she should have been unforgettable. So why don’t you know who she is?
Although income inequality is a constant reality, it has been consistently increasing in the United States for the past half century.
I find ways to spend time with people I want to learn from, and learn by observing them.
From books on history and philosophy to novels and biographies.
At his bookstore in Amman, Hamzeh AlMaaytah administers life-affirming literature.
Like why it’s important to be a leader and how to lighten up.
How to fine-tune the internal monologue that scores every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love.
Discovering one’s “purpose” in life is not about some great achievement, but merely finding a way to spend your limited amount of time well.
“No one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life.”
Saveur’s resident Scandiphile eats and drinks his way through Copenhagen in search of cultural transformation.
"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.
This brilliant brain hack hijacks your social media habit to build a new commitment to reading.
“And it is so simple… You will instantly find how to live.”
Some of the blame for high employee turnover can be traced right back to their first day on the job.
We always turn outwardly for everything: happiness, advice, affection, love, approval. But it's much better to rely on yourself.
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think.
A bookstore clerk reads through King’s deception, kicking off the final chapter in the story of Richard Bachman.
Most of today’s AI is designed to solve specific problems.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Inside a quiet revolution in the study of the world’s other great kingdom.
Let us now celebrate one of our most bountiful outdoor resources: bad advice. And if you listen carefully and act right away, it’s absolutely free!
As our writer cheered on his three-year-old at the Strider Cup in Texas—a merciless race replete with tears, anxiety, and elation—he had one question: Is intense competition good for the tiniest of competitors?
The despair from comparing ourselves with others is the original fake news. We need to develop a new relationship with our thoughts.
Face-to-face interactions and positive relationships have long been seen as beneficial, but the digital world of social media may be having the opposite effect.
Experts believe that emotional intelligence is the job skill of the future. So I had mine tested, and the results were scarily correct.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
Human are wired with an over-the-top obsession with what others think of them. Here’s how to bring it under control.
“When you can’t create you can work.”
The ravages of time—and humanity—have unfortunately left us with mere scraps of their biographies and treatises.
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.
A linguistic exploration.
It doesn’t have to be all kale salads and quinoa.
When television was first starting out, many producers treated it like a live service, one that doesn’t require copies to be replayed in the future.
Don't let the Biggest Loser study get you down! There's hope.
All sophisticated life on the planet Earth may owe its existence to one freakish event.
I sent out the call the week before my wedding: Anyone who has been married for 10+ years and is still happy in their relationship, what lessons would you pass down to others if you could?
Every year, more than 500 Americans will be struck by lightning—and roughly 90 percent of them will survive. Though they remain among the living, their minds and bodies will be instantly, fundamentally altered in ways that still leave scientists scratching their heads.
Research suggests that the best self-help advice may have very little to do with yourself.
How to ask better questions.
How your memories impact your immune system, why moving is one of the most stressful life-events, and what your parents have to do with your predisposition to PTSD.
The secret to ultimate fitness isn't all that complicated—just spend a month outside, hiking eight hours per day. Kyle Boelte breaks down how his body evolved into an efficient, fat-burning, testosterone-fueled machine over 29 days on the Colorado Trail.
Once a year, millions of women leave their homes around Kerala to give a sweet offering of rice for their goddess, Attukal Amma.
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival.
Morning people and night owls are born that way. It's time we accepted that.
Pantone has been formulating hues since the ’60s. What happens when they want to add to their pallet of more than 2300 colors?
Reap the benefits of effective collaboration, skip the inefficiencies and messiness.
Alex Halberstadt scores a bag of the creamiest, most coveted stuff on earth and ponders a question: can you put a price tag on outstanding dairy?
Prioritizing each part of your workload can help you and your employer see where you make the greatest contribution.
Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?
Sometimes setting an unreasonable goal is the only way to jump-start your fitness.
How to become an “antischolar” in a culture that treats knowledge as “an ornament that allows us to rise in the pecking order.”
“Love one another but make not a bond of love: let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.”
Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning, and language skills.
Working backwards and breaking free from the norm exposes new and unique opportunities you probably haven’t considered.
Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs.
A guide to getting off the couch, no matter how much you might resist it.
A silent, powered-off phone can still distract the most dependent users.
A course at Northwestern University teaches students about what makes a healthy relationship.
Setting limits for yourself — whether that involves the time you have to work out, the money you have to start a business, or the number of words you can use in a book — often delivers better results than “keeping your options open.”
Employees like a boss who knows what they’re talking about and understands the business as much as they understand their own role.
At APF in the 1970s, as the second-known African-American video game engineer, he helped create an industry.
Stuck in his research, a cosmologist finds a hint in an intricate drawing.
One in every 68 Americans are born with autism spectrum disorder, but there could be generations of people who were never diagnosed.
David Hume, the Buddha, and a search for the Eastern roots of the Western Enlightenment.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
There’s always a dirtier side to a luxurious lifestyle and they get more predictable the more you see.
Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots.
A new study examines how expertise changes the brain.
Knowing your deal-breakers can help you know the right relationship when you see it.
Throughout nearly 40 plays, Shakespeare wrote quite a few lines that have since become more easily remembered than forgotten.
People are drawn to those who look and act the romanticized role of the leader. But charismatic leadership can have a dark side.
Your odds of success improve when you are forced to direct all of your energy and attention to fewer tasks.
Sometimes we make logical decisions. But there are many times when we make emotional, irrational, and confusing choices.
Deciding a level of importance for each task you have allows you to quickly organize which to do first, and which not to do at all.
For a team to produce all it is capable of, everyone must get along and work well together.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
Like the questionable legality of that little bumper sticker.
Conflicting with your superiors may not be a daily occurrence, but there are times when it’s necessary. Here’s some tips on how to go about it.
We let our minds get in our way too often in life. It’s important not to be your own worst enemy.
A few timeless productivity lessons that apply no matter what you’re doing.
Deciding if a habit is worth it to you is critical in forming new ones.
“When we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy.”
My overwhelming schedule left me exhausted and empty. Here’s how I fought back.
We’ll put you on the right path to maximize your benefits.
“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”