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You've Been Saving Money All Wrong. Here's Why

If your savings account is not as big as you'd like it to be, it turns out that you're not alone. Americans are notoriously bad at saving for …

Personal Finance

Book Review: Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

<b>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</b><br>by Carlo Rovelli<br>Riverhead Books, 2016 ($18)<p>This small book—fewer than 100 pages—contains some large ideas. In a series …

Physics

Which Way for the Gig Economy?

The so-called “sharing economy” is sometimes also called the “gig economy” — arguably a more accurate term, because “sharing economy” carries …

Economics

LendUp Scores $150M For A Credit Card That Won’t Screw You Over

Banks are so greedy that LendUp can undercut them, help people avoid debt, and still make a profit on its payday loans and credit card. Not only is software eating finance, but morality is too. LendUp’s slogan is “Ladders Not Chutes”. Building a business that doesn’t try to exploit everyone has not …

Personal Finance

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

A pair of engineering students created a new type of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames.<p>Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, …

Engineering

How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

An ancient technology is helping India’s “water man” save thousands of parched villages

In 1985, a 28-year-old man from Uttar Pradesh quit his government job, left his family and arrived in the dead of the night at a small village in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.<p>Rajendra Singh, along with four companions from the Tarun Bharat Sangh, a non-profit that traces its origins to the University …

India

When Pakistan questioned its history

21 February resonates with special meaning for Bangladeshis. That morning in 1952, hundreds of students of what was then known as Dacca University …

Human Rights

Gabriel García Márquez on the Solitude of Writers and Dictators

In the winter of 1981 Peter H. Stone interviewed Gabriel García Márquez for <i>The Paris Review</i>. The interview took place over three afternoons in the …

Literature

Mongolian Disco - Photographs by Sven Zellner | LensCulture

Genghis Khan, the famed Mongolian ruler, and his many descendants once ruled over the largest contiguous empire in human history. Gifted with such large expanses of land, the Mongolian's nomadic tendencies remained in the people's cultural DNA for centuries. Even today, at its much reduced size, …

Farm Animals

Bürma’s Heavy Mëtal Revölution

Decades of military rule may have been slightly relaxed in Burma, but many hurdles remain in place.<p>YANGON, Burma — This commercial capital might be a …

White Plastic Chairs Are Taking Over the World

There are billions of monobloc chairs around the world, and they are completely "context free"—you can't tell when or where you are by looking at them. We asked a leading scholar if we should be worried by that.<p>Across the street from my Brooklyn apartment sit a stack of white plastic chairs, slowly …

McDonald's

The Best Longreads Of 2014 On World Affairs

The year 2014 was a tumultuous one, with more than its fair share of world-changing events. The media has covered the chaos using all the methods at its disposal: Live blogs, images and rapid on-the-ground reporting have allowed journalists to disseminate the news in real time, giving a visceral …

Shane Parrish's answer to What are some great non-fiction books a 20-year-old should add to his library?

Here's 11, in no order.<p><b>1.</b> <b>Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion</b><br>Psychologist Robert Cialdini introduces the universal principles of influence: …

Self-improvement

No Phones in Bed

Or, the health case for books. New research looks into how screens tell our brains to stay unnaturally alert.<p>The bed must be reserved as a place for sleep and sex only. That was the decree of psychologist Richard Bootzin in his influential 1972 proposal for a "stimulus-control" approach to better …