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9 ways to get better at small talk

<i>Yu Han/Business Insider</i><p>1. Demonstrate interest in your conversation partner<p>Several Quora users said the best way to keep a conversation rolling was …

13 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

The world’s biggest nuclear fusion experiment may lead to endless clean energy

Thirty-five countries are working together to build the world’s first large-scale nuclear fusion reactor—and if successful, their efforts could help humans harness the “ultimate green energy.”<p>The reactor, currently estimated to cost $20 billion, is now under construction in southern France. Nuclear …

Energy

5 Ways to Deal With a Psychopath

I know what some people are thinking: <i>I’m never going to deal with psychopaths. This is just more sensational clickbait junk.</i><p>Wrong. The experts are …

Functional, 3D-Printed Body Parts Are Here

On February 16, 2016, doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre published a paper in Nature Biotechnology explaining how they had 3D-printed body …

Identifying Leaders Who Could Bypass the Typical Promotion Path

A few years ago, when we were searching for a successor to lead one of Cisco’s highest-growth regions, we elected to elevate a younger, local leader with less experience than the other candidates. Why take the risk? He had a close connection to evolving customers, shrewd instincts about how the …

5 Life Lessons From The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck

How much of my life do I spend people-pleasing? Turns out, a lot. I realized this upon reading Sarah Knight’s <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck</i>, a new parody of Marie Kondo’s best seller, <i>The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up</i>. I go places I don’t want to go and do things I don’t want to do …

Baby Showers

Power moves that shook the fashion industry in 2015

Fashion’s game of musical chairs was more gripping in 2015 than it has been for quite a few years. Each time you thought the game couldn’t possibly go on, another major power player had their turn. This was not an uneventful year. Considering that the positions at play were some of the most coveted …

How to Say No to Taking on More Work

Sometimes you have too much on your plate or you’re just not interested in taking on a project you’ve been asked to work on. You might not have a choice in the matter, but if you do, how do you turn down the opportunity in a way that won’t offend the person offering? How can you avoid being labeled …

Morrissey's 'bulbous salutation' wins the 2015 Bad Sex Award

Morrissey has won the 23rd annual Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award for his first novel, List of the Lost. The former lyricist and lead singer of The Smiths saw off vibrant competition from six other shortlisted writers, including Erica Jong, author of this year’s Fear of Dying, a follow-up …

Books

7 Ways to Thank People in Your Network

Expressing gratitude to others takes a certain kind of noticing.<p>And getting from an intellectual agreement about the merits of gratitude to daily practice is no easy feat.<p>Andy Mills, former chairman on Thomson Financial, and a mentor of mine, keeps a “gift notebook” in which he writes down little …

Gene mutation early in life tied to schizophrenia - Futurity

Mutations to a single gene early in life may set the stage for schizophrenia later in life. "We believe that DISC-1 is schizophrenia's Rosetta Stone …

Earth heading for 'mini ice age' within 15 years

Research has predicted a new solar 'Maunder minimum' in the 2030s<p>The earth is 15 years from a period of low solar activity similar to that last seen during the "mini ice-age" of the 17th century, when the Thames froze.<p>Solar researchers at the University of Northumbria have created a new model of …

Ice Age

The CEO of one of the fastest-growing business apps ever used an ingeniously simple analogy to explain why companies succeed

Before building his $2.8 billion startup Slack, which many consider the fastest-growing business app ever, Butterfield ran another hot startup called Flickr, which was sold to Yahoo for over $20 million.<p>He also has a master's in philosophy, with a focus on biology, cognitive science, and philosophy …

Greek debt crisis: vote positive for Europe

Global traders are up in arms that Greece, a country with only 11 million residents and annual GDP less than that of Israel or Chile, is giving them …

Europe

Self-assembling gauss gun idea would heal patients from the inside

A research team from the University of Houston and Boston Children's Hospital debuted a novel new approach to internal medicine: using a swarm of tiny, noninvasive robots as a gauss gun to shoot medicine or clot-busting needles directly at the afflicted tissue. Much like rail guns, gauss guns rely …

Nanotech

Are the People Who Take Vacations the Ones Who Get Promoted?

Photo by Andrew Nguyen<p>Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement. But new research, says that the exact opposite is true. Taking a vacation can actually <i>increase</i> the …

Required reading for anyone wearing shoes without socks this summer

Personally, I find going sockless more comfortable; I like the feeling of good leather on my feet and, combined with a no break hem, the ankle breeze provides a significant cooling effect.<p>We get a lot of questions about this, so if you're not comfortable with socklessness yet, here are some tips to …

Blood test for Down's syndrome may save babies

Simple test could prevent hundreds of women losing their babies during invasive procedure<p>A simple blood test for Down’s Syndrome could prevent the deaths of hundreds of babies a year though miscarriage, a study as shown.<p>Currently women at high risk of having children with the debilitating condition …

Pregnancy

No One Can Think Outside the Box

Taxi services think inside a box. So did Blockbuster. So does Microsoft.<p>But here’s the thing. Uber, Netflix, and Apple also think inside boxes. So do you. So do I.<p>A box is a frame, a paradigm, a habit, a perspective, a silo, a self-imposed set of limits; a box is context and interpretation. We …

Time Management Training Doesn’t Work

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>Today, knowledge workers use devices and platforms we wouldn’t have dreamed of 15 years ago, in workspaces we probably didn’t see coming, either (goodbye, private offices; hello, telecommuting).<p>But while work has changed, the training we get about how to manage our time …

Time Management

Do You Really Need to Hold That Meeting?

“Let’s schedule a meeting” has become the universal default response to most business issues. Not sure what to do on a project? Let’s schedule a meeting. Have a few ideas to share? Let’s schedule a meeting. Struggling with taking action? Let’s schedule a meeting.<p>Although scheduling a meeting <i>can</i> be …

A 200-year life is a fate worse than death

Scientists have discovered the genes that give bowhead whales a 200-year lifespan. But who wants to live that long?<p>In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>, Marvin the robot is left outside the time machine and has to wait for millions of years while his friends travel through millennia in an …

Whales

Perfect Things: 2010 Editor's Choice

46 Perfect Things<p>Overlooked mountain ranges, river beer, running album, gear of all time, and 47 other big ideas, accidental winners, and awesome things about the world outside we’ve come to love over the past 33 years. Introducing our first annual Editors’ Choice Awards...<p>1. Beginner Surf …

How to Find Cheap Flights Online

<i>rch850 / Flickr</i><p>Booking a flight online can be an aggravating process. After checking for discounts, figuring out the best time to fly, deciding which route to take and making sure the price is right, you're still left wondering if you scored the cheapest fare.<p>I've booked more than 100 flights since …

Blogs | Food & Wine

"Apparently snorting lines of sugar like it was cocaine is not something they appreciate at the Old Country Buffet."<p>Send him your best family recipe …

8 Images That Perfectly Capture Being Young, Drunk, and in Love

ELLE.com contributor Olivia Bee's bittersweet photo essay will take you back to That Guy, That Night, and That Feeling.<p>"I used to always have a camera on me, but my attitude toward that has changed a little bit," says Olivia Bee, the fashion photographer whose dreamy depictions of youth grabbed the …

Fashion Photography

Solange's Honeymoon Photos Are a Lesson in Color-Blocking

<b>Solange Knowles</b> has already shown us how to master the art of supercool wedding photography, and now she’s giving the classic honeymoon diary a fashionable makeover. Posting away on her Instagram account over the weekend, Solange turned a post-nuptial tour through Trancoso, Brazil, with her new …

Solange Knowles

2014's Best Hotels in The World

Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014.<p>Boutique-hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have announced their best hotel award winners for 2014. <i>Via HarpersBazaar.co.uk</i>

Hospitality