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Successful bosses run their most effective meetings exactly like this

Once upon a time, I worked for a woman who was known as a star meeting facilitator. CEOs would call left and right, asking her to organize strategy …

CEOs

Barack Obama Just Shared His Summer Travel Plans — and the Books He's Reading Along the Way

“I've often drawn inspiration from Africa's extraordinary literary tradition. As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d …

South Africa

How to water your plants while you’re away

You've worked hard to grow beautiful houseplants and a healthy vegetable garden with a consistent watering schedule. If you head out on vacation, you don't want your plants to suffer.<p>Here are four methods to keep your plants watered while you're away. They also work great for the forgetful gardener.<p>…

Gardening

A growing number of scholars are questioning the historical existence of Jesus

Christmas is a time of year where people are supposed to put aside their differences and come together to celebrate in peace, love, and …

Theology

Recipe: Firecracker Shrimp Skewers — Recipes from The Kitchn

For a dinner as fiery as the grill it's cooked on, look no further than firecracker shrimp skewers. These shrimp are grilled and glazed with a …

Seafood

The Theranos Scandal: What Happens When You Misunderstand Steve Jobs

We’ve long known that Elizabeth Holmes was in trouble, and last Friday federal prosecutors brought criminal charges against the founder of Theranos for defrauding investors and deceiving patients and doctors. In <i>Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup</i>, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner …

Theranos

Travel diaries reveal Einstein's racist views

A journal kept by Albert Einstein throughout his travels in the Far East, recently published by Princeton University Press, reveals xenophobic and racist attitudes that stand in stark contrast to the physicist’s legacy as a humanitarian and outspoken proponent of civil rights.<p>This is the first time …

Albert Einstein

Video: The Top 10 Most Beautiful Hikes in the World

This weekend is the long Memorial Day holiday here in the U.S., which often unofficially starts the summer season. No doubt, many of you will be …

12 things you should be doing with Command Hooks

'Werewolf' Stood On Side Of Road For Months Waiting For Help

“It’s hard to think that all those cars passed him by and never stopped” 💔<p>He was skinny, balding and had been hunched over at the side of the road …

Humans of Late Capitalism reveals the dystopia we all live in

The year is 2018. The world’s richest man, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, eats an iguana. He builds a home with 25 bathrooms. He says in an interview that he …

Bill Gates says read this book if you want to be a better manager

Billionaire — and bookworm — Bill Gates has announced his latest reading recommendation, and it's based on the principals of the man who first taught …

The Real Palestinian Catastrophe

As Israel celebrated the 70th anniversary of its independ­ence and the move of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, Palestinians last week commemorated …

Every Culture Appropriates

The question is less whether a dress or an idea is borrowed, than the uses to which it’s then put.<p>Meet the Death Metal Cowboys of Botswana. In black leather decorated with metal studs, they play a pounding style of music that people who know more than me trace to the British band “Venom” and its …

An 87-year-old millionaire buried treasure in the Rockies—and he’s offered one main clue

Somewhere in the Rockies, in the roughly 1,000 miles between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Canadian border, may be a treasure chest worth millions. …

Archaeology

Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code

From programmable LEGO robots to mobile apps like Hopscotch, there’s no shortage of games and toys designed to get children interested in computer …

Computer Science

Sword of Compassion?

<b>Zen at War</b><br>Brian Victoria<br>Weatherhill: New York, 1997<br>228 pp. $19.95 (paper)<p><b>The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II</b><br>Iris Chang<br>Basic …

What Is the Dunning-Kruger Effect?

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a type of cognitive bias in which people believe that they are smarter and more capable than they really are. …

Psychology

Porn from the 1920s Was More Wild and Hardcore Than You Could Imagine

And the NSFW art form is disappearing.<p>Without even having seen it, you probably wouldn’t be surprised to learn the plot of the sexually explicit film “The Casting Couch.” In it, a young woman walks into a producer’s studio for an audition and is soon coerced into sex as quid pro quo for a part in …

People in Japan are turning aluminum foil into shiny 'metal' balls — and it's undeniably satisfying to watch

People in Japan are turning aluminum foil rolls into shiny "metal" balls, and it's mesmerizing to watch.<p>According to Bored Panda, the DIY trend took off after Twitter user puchuco709 shared a photo of the project on March 1. The user, who makes silver accessories and Karakuri dolls, tweeted a …

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

1/<p>"The Singularity is Near" by Ray Kurzweil<p>Amazon<p>Futurist Ray Kurzweil has thought deeply about the role computational power and artificial …

Books

It’s Simple, Really: How a Differential Works, Explained in a Vintage Video

The standard open differential in most cars is a brilliant piece of engineering, allowing you to take the tightest turns without fighting your tires or tearing apart your drivetrain. But even if you understand implicitly how a car’s differential works, it’s kind of difficult to explain.<p>That’s why …

Ann Arbor

How to speak puppy: a visual guide to doggy body language

From tail height and posture to pricked ears and eye contact, vet and clinical animal behaviourist Kendal Shepherd reveals what your dog is trying to tell you

Veterinary Medicine

The Air Opus pop-up camper inflates in 90 seconds flat

The Air Opus Camper makes on-the-road living easy with an amazing self-inflating system that pops up in 90 seconds flat. Simply flick a switch and …

Awake Under Anesthesia

One day in the nineteen-eighties, a woman went to the hospital for cancer surgery. The procedure was a success, and all of the cancer was removed. In the weeks afterward, though, she felt that something was wrong. She went back to her surgeon, who reassured her that the cancer was gone; she …

Long-Term Health Comes Down To Two Main Habits, Says Researcher

In the ongoing search for health and longevity, researchers have looked to parts of the world where people live the longest—the “blue zones,” which include Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Icaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica. In these places people tend to live …

Ikigai

512-Year-Old Shark, Believed To Be Oldest Living Vertebrate, Found In North Atlantic

Researchers have found an ancient shark in the North Atlantic, believed to be 512 years old, which could be the oldest living vertebrate in the …

The truth about Japanese tempura

When 16th-Century Portuguese came to Japan, they brought a special dish with them. Today, in Japan, it’s called tempura and has been a staple of the country’s cuisine ever since.<p>In 1543, a Chinese ship with three Portuguese sailors on board was headed to Macau, but was swept off course and ended up …

Japan

Japanese Woodworking Tip - "Kigoroshi"

Earth - The fact the sky is dark reveals a lot about the Universe

Science writer and astrophysicist Adam Becker explains why the sky is dark at night to BBC Earth's Michael Marshall, with help from the animators at <b>Pomona Pictures</b>.<p><i>Join over six million BBC Earth fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.</i><p><i>If you liked this story, sign up</i> …