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How to Talk to Your Kids About Death

Talking about death with anyone is unpleasant; talking about it with someone who starts the conversation with “What does ‘dead’ mean?” isn’t just …

Warning: Try This and You May Never Go to Bed Angry Again

"What are three things you appreciate about me?" my partner cheekily whispered to me.<p>"Why you little...!"<p>I couldn't believe it.<p>My partner and I had been engaged in a rare but nevertheless very heated argument that evening, which we hadn't managed to resolve prior to retiring to bed.<p>Now I was lying …

Gratitude

All the Fall 2015 TV Shows You Need to Know

Here are the new and returning series you might or might not want to watch in the months ahead.<p><b>Drunk History, Season One, Comedy Central (September 1)</b><p>Based on the Funny or Die web series created by Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner, <i>Drunk History</i> takes a "narrator" in every episode, gets him or her …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

The Best 15 Apple Watch Apps

With over 3,000 apps available for Apple Watch, you may be wondering which apps are actually better on the Apple Watch than they are on the iPhone, …

What your email inbox reveals about your personality

"I've got three emails in my inbox. What does that say about me?"<p>"It means you're the worst," I texted back.<p>By "you're the worst," of course, I meant, "your ability to manage your digital life is everything I aspire to, and I am therefore insanely jealous."<p>At the moment, my personal inbox contained …

Psychology

The coming problem of our iPhones being more intelligent than us

By Vivek Wadhwa<p>, Contributor, Innovations<p>Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction in 1999 that appears to be coming true: that by 2023 a $1,000 laptop would have the computing power and storage capacity of a human brain. He also predicted that Moore’s Law, which postulates that the processing …

Singularity

Here Are the 5 Things TIME 100 Says About the World

The annual TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people is out—and looking very international. Fifty-one selectees were born outside the …

QuoTED 2015

In our last five years of attending the conference, TED 2015 might have been the best yet. Now firmly settled in its new Vancouver, BC home, this year’s production was deep, meaningful and overall more simple than in years past. Performances were moving, but not shocking. Talks were grouped in a …

Foreign Policy

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain

12 Habits Of Exceptional Leaders

One of the most popular <i>Dilbert</i> comic strips in the cartoon’s history begins with Dilbert’s boss relaying senior leadership’s explanation for the company’s low profits. In response to his boss, Dilbert asks incredulously, “So they’re saying that profits went up because of great leadership and down …

Self-awareness

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Top 10 Essential iPhone 6 Apps

<b>For an updated list, check out the video above.</b><p>Attempting to get to grips with the sheer volume of apps on Apple's iOS App store can be bewildering at best. Fortunately I’ve been putting together guides that break down the essential and latest apps available on both iOS and Android. You can read my …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

This is your future smart home — and no, it doesn't look like 'The Jetsons'

LAS VEGAS — In just a few years, you'll awake in the morning to the sound of your alarm, and the hidden sensors in the room will know you're getting …

Mindfulness Can Literally Change Your Brain

The business world is abuzz with mindfulness. But perhaps you haven’t heard that the hype is backed by hard science. Recent research provides strong evidence that practicing non-judgmental, present-moment awareness (a.k.a. mindfulness) changes the brain, and it does so in ways that anyone working …

Almonds Can Reduce Belly Fat, Study Finds

Snacking on almonds may possibly be one of the best choices you can make.<p>According to the results of a new study, choosing almonds as opposed to carbs like white bread or muffins, may reduce the risk of heart disease by decreasing belly fat, the dangerous type of fat that can encircle our organs. …

The 14 rules for predicting future geopolitical events

Nations are eccentric. But they also have threads of repeated history through which we can discern what comes next. For five centuries, since Ivan the Terrible, for instance, Russia has been characterized by one-man rule, an exaggerated sense of identity, and an acceptance of often deadly cruelty …

Geopolitics

What Does HDR Mean? Take Gorgeous Photos with HDR on iPhone

What is HDR photography on iPhone and why would I want to use it? HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It works to balance the shadows and highlights of a photo so that neither are being favored or ignored. Basically, HDR on iPhone is done by combining three different exposures into a single shot. …

Prenatal blueprints give an early glimpse at a baby’s developing brain

Innovative research is allowing us to see neural activity in a baby’s brain as it develops inside the womb<p>My partner is lying on her back and both of us are trying to hide our nervousness about the first ultrasound of the pregnancy. As the examination starts, we hold hands and stare intently at the …

Prenatal Development

5 Secrets to Clicking With People

How can you make a good first impression?<p>First impressions matter even more than you think. They’re the most important part of any job interview. And …

4 Apps For Managing the Absolute Chaos That Is Your Email Inbox

Email is no longer just about communicating with friends or colleagues. These days, our inboxes are also the repository for office tasks, travel …

I Tried The iPhone Keyboard That Lets You Type More Than 100 Words Per Minute

There are plenty of keyboard apps out there to help you type faster, but I've never seen anything quite like Nintype, the new iPhone keyboard that promises typing speeds up to 130 words per minute.<p>Nintype uses a combination of methods to achieve this speed. It's designed to be used with two hands …

Apps

Apple names its picks for the best iPhone and iPad apps of 2014

Apple has officially announced its picks for the best apps and media from the iTunes store in 2014. Like Google’s Android year-end list for its own …

Ring Menu Adds a Shortcut To Your Most Used Stuff Anywhere

Mac: The Mac OS X Dock is great, but if you're looking for something a little different, Ring Menu pulls up all your favorite apps, documents, and …

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations<p>We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

10 Ways To Sleep Better With Your Partner

A good night’s rest can be hard enough to get on your own. Add in the challenge of sleeping with a partner who snores, hogs the covers, or can only …

Google Says These Are 2014's Best Android Apps

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