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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares 4 business books he thinks everyone should read

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh wants his employees to continuously explore new ideas. That's why there's a library of some of his favorite books at Zappos' Las Vegas headquarters.<p>Over the years he's recommended well over 20 business books— including his own, the 2010 bestseller "Delivering Happiness" — and …

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Sell Your Product With This One Sentence

When you only have a moment to grab someone's attention, you need to pack a punch.<p>A lot of inventors are confused about what they're selling, which is why they'll do things like show me their patent or drawings when I ask, "What's your idea?" What an innovation does is important. So are its …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Sometimes, True Innovation Is A Lump Of Iron

Sometimes, true innovation can be really simple. It can be revolutionizing, improve the life of millions of people and at the same time be so low-tech that you think it was invented in the Stone Age – excuse me, Iron Age.<p>A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled upon the following headline of a news …

Innovation

What Steve Jobs Said About Creativity

In a beautiful article for The Atlantic, Nancy Andreasen, a neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity, writes:<p>[C]reative people are …

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

And you might think you approach all those decisions rationally.<p>Yet research suggests there are a huge number of cognitive stumbling blocks that can affect our behavior, preventing us from acting in our own best interests.<p>Here, we've rounded up some of the most commonly cited biases that screw up …

Critical Thinking

11 apps that will make you smarter

Despite the constant hand-wringing that smartphones will lead to the downfall of society, there’s mounting evidence that your phone habit may not be so bad after all.<p>In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We’ve compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your …

Is there a perfect recipe for estimating the hungry?

Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint<p>In its latest report on <b>food insecurity in the world</b>, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said that India has lagged …

Don't Blame Amazon for Dumbing Down Literature

You might never have heard of Charles Edward Mudie, but in the middle of the 19th century he was the largest buyer of books in the world. Mudie, a …

China is building the most extensive global commercial-military empire in history

In the 18th and 19th centuries, the sun famously never set on the British empire. A commanding navy enforced its will, yet all would have been lost if it were not for ports, roads, and railroads. The infrastructure that the British built everywhere they went embedded and enabled their power like …

China

What Motivates Terrorists?

It’s an important question. But is it the best one to be asking?<p>One of the most frequently asked questions about terrorism is also the most intractable. Why? Why do they do it? Why do people join terrorist groups and participate in acts of terrorism?<p>There are as many answers to this question as …

Philip Roth

How the eyes betray your thoughts

Look closer at eye movements and you can find out what’s happening inside somebody’s head, says Mo Costandi.<p>It’s sometimes said that the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does …

The Brain

The 10 highest-paid CEOs of 2014

Each of the top-10 highest-paid CEOs of 2014 made more than $50 million, according to a new list from The New York Times. Perhaps unsurprisingly, all of the top 10 CEOs are men.<p>Executive compensation data firm Equilar compiled the 200-person list for The Times based on corporate filings.<p>Here's what …

Top 10

30 Photographs Capturing the End of World War II in Europe

On May 8, 1945, Germany conceded World War II and the world celebrated.<p>On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered to the Allied Forces, ending World War II in the West. The next day, parades marched, kisses flew, beer flowed, and the globe erupted in celebration. Though the Pacific theater continued to …

10 memorable White House Correspondents Dinner jokes from the last 10 years

The White House Correspondents Dinner is something of an enigma these days. The event referred to as “Nerd Prom” used to be a traditional dinner thrown by the White House Correspondents Association, the group that’s responsible for things like credentialing reporters to cover the Oval Office and …

The Mysterious Science of Motion Sickness

New research starts to explain why some people feel nauseous on cars, boats, buses, and carnival rides, while others don't.<p>The wide expanse of blue water that covers most of this world holds many mysteries. Humans have explored a mere five percent of the oceans over the long and storied history of …

Northwestern University

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

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February 2015

30 Romantic Movies To Stream This Month

It's February, and you know what that means. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it may seem like all anyone is talking about is love, …

Why do we pick our nose?

Poking around inside our nostrils is disgusting, unhygienic and potentially harmful, so it’s baffling that it’s as common as it is, says Jason G Goldman.<p>Most of us do it, but few of us will admit to it. If we get caught red-handed, we experience shame and regret. And we tend to frown upon others …

The spurious debate on the preamble

The rather silly controversy drummed up after a government advertisement displayed the original preamble of the Indian Constitution provides an apt …

Creativity is all a crock

How in the good Lord’s name do you sell alcohol in a country where consuming it is considered a sin? Never mind that practically nobody minds getting …

Charles Townes, physicist who invented the laser, dies at 99

Charles Townes, the Columbia University physicist who transformed modern society with his invention of the maser and the laser, receiving the 1964 Nobel Prize in physics for his effort, has died. He was 99.<p>Townes, who had been in failing health, died Tuesday in Oakland while on his way to a …

Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …

France’s much vaunted secularism is not the neutral space it claims to be

France,Anglicanism,Christianity,Religion,London,UK news,World news,Europe,Charlie Hebdo attack,Charlie Hebdo,Newspapers & magazines,Magazines,Freedom of speech,Media,Islam<p>There is a huge difference between targeting grand bishops in Rome and a beleaguered, economically fragile Muslim community<p>At …

Where will jobs in industry come from?

There is near unanimity about the importance of the manufacturing sector in creating jobs for India’s rapidly increasing workforce. What is not so …