Ashlyn Mattingly

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Back to Basics: How to Simplify Your To-Do List and Make It Useful Again

The to-do list is the crux of your daily productivity, but between all the task management apps out there, different productivity methods, and other …

How to Make Your To-Do List Doable

There's no better feeling than checking something off your to-do list. Done! Finished! Mission accomplished! Yet it's so easy to let a whole day or …

Quickly Prioritize Your Tasks by Urgency and Importance

Whether or not you're an active disciple of David Allen's popular productivity manifesto, <i>Getting Things Done</i>, you may be aware that GTD has a …

Work Less and Do More by Applying the Pareto Principle to Your Task List

The Pareto Principle says that in most situations roughly 80% of effects come from only 20% of the causes. We can use the Pareto Principle to better …

Cats May Understand Cause And Effect, Study Finds

And grasp the laws of physics<p>Science is getting closer to proving that yes, your cats are probably smarter than you. According to a study from researchers in Japan, cats seem to understand physics and cause and effect.<p>To do that, the researchers studied 30 domesticated cats, and videotaped their …

This Is What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Don't Get Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation messes with you from head to toe—and a third of the population is losing a lot of zzz's.<p>There's no question that sleep deprivation is an American epidemic, with a third of the country getting less shut-eye than the recommended 7 to 9 hours per night, according to recent research …

The scientific case for doodling while taking notes

When I was in grade school, I doodled in class. I got in trouble for it sometimes, because drawing in class can look a lot like goofing off and daydreaming. What I never managed to explain to my teachers is that my abstract swirls and shapes helped me repeat almost word-for-word the lesson I’d …

Teaching

This new image-editing app is so good, I'm ditching Photoshop

Less than shocking news: The photo above isn't actually a museum-aged Kodacolor portrait of my grandfather. It's a digital picture of my friend Sean, who dropped by my headshot studio and was nice enough to lend his picture to this article.<p>The film-like texture, dust, and scratch marks are courtesy …

Tutorials

Can You Train Yourself to Stop Stressing Out?

Test-driving a fancy device that teaches you to calm down.<p>My neutral state is stressed out. I am not unique in this experience (especially living in a city of crowds, commutes, and corporate ladders), but I'm not kidding when I say I might have to backtrack all the way to kindergarten playtime hour …

10 celebrities who have zero interest in computers, social media, or the internet

While the rest of Hollywood is sparking and squashing Twitter beefs, a small band of celebrities want no part of the social-media circus.<p>Some want nothing to do with technology at all.<p>Christopher Walken, for instance, recently told Newsweek that he's never had the temptation to do the "masochistic …

Christopher Walken

8 Surprising Reasons Young People May Suffer from Depression

A friend of mine approached me the other day in tears. The 9-year-old son of a close friend of hers tried to kill himself.“He’s 9!!??!!” she said. …

Chesapeake Bay

The Impact of Screen Media on Children

Are screen media good or bad for children?”<p>In essence, screen media constitute neurologically potent, arousing input to the developing brain. Unlike …

Can You Smell Your Way to a Better Brain? Science Says Yes.

Having trouble focusing? Remembering things? Here are some easy tips to improve your brain power.<p>A wildly underrated member of the five senses, your sense of smell has a powerful effect on your brain's many functions. Any odor you breathe in affects your limbic system, which governs emotional …

Sephora

Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Singularity

If we live in one of multiple universes, here's how we could find out

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics.<p>But the idea that we live in a "multiverse" made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility — …

Dark Matter

Homo Spaciens: How humanity will leave Earth behind

Welcome to a BBC Future special series about how we will live beyond Earth.<p>In the timeline of human history, our species’ time spent exploring the Universe outside our planet is a mere blip.<p>Yet in the few short decades since we first ventured into space, our ambitions have switched from simply …

Space

What mindfulness gurus won’t tell you: meditation has a dark side

We never intended to be the Richard Dawkins of mindfulness — but, because of our book, we seem to have started a public debate about its downsides nonetheless.<p>Our approach was to go through almost half a century of scientific evidence and tease out fact from fiction when it comes to beliefs about …

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

A Man Spent Two Years in Prison for 'Cocaine' That Was Powdered Sugar

The reason for his lawsuit is that the evidence in his case—alleged to be two kilograms of cocaine—was recently retested and found to be powdered sugar.<p>Delaware may be the second smallest state in the US, but it's had some big problems with its drug testing lab. A scandal in 2014 revealed that …

Criminal Justice

A village made of Moon dust

A German scientist is using James Bond technology to help design a brickworks on the Moon.<p>Despite the Man with the Golden Gun having a powerful weapon, this 1974 Bond outing is generally considered one of the most flaccid of the franchise.<p>The story limps from London to Thailand, with our hero on …

Space Exploration

11 Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Single Day

The thought is parent to the deed--and that's especially true where success and happiness are concerned.<p>Accomplishments are based on actions, not on thoughts--yet the thought is always father to the deed. Achievement starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude. …

Motivation

This guy gave up sugar and got 80% of his calories from fat — here's what happened

He gave up sugar and high-carb foods and got 80% of his calories from fat. McCarter presented what he learned at the 2015 Quantified Self Conference.<p>Low-carb diets (think Atkins) have been one of the most common ways to treat obesity since the 1960s.<p>McCarter's method, called a ketogenic diet, or …

Diabetes

Adolf Hitler really did have only one ball, according to new medical report

Long-lost medical documents from Hitler's examination by a prison doctor when he was jailed after the failed Munich beer hall putsch reveal he had an undescended testicle, confirming the old song<p>It appears the notorious Second World War song may have been right all along. New evidence has emerged …

World History

Brazilian Human Barbie Says People Are So Scared of Her, They Run Away When They See Her

She also swears she's never had plastic surgery.<p>A 23-year-old Brazilian woman and YouTube star who's been called a Human Barbie says that when people on the street see her, they run away in "disgust," according to the <i>Daily Mail</i>.<p>Andressa Damiani has a 20-inch waist and says her "doll-like features" …

iOS

The 3 biggest misconceptions about artificial intelligence, according to Facebook's expert

The seemingly helpful HAL in "2001: A Space Odyssey" is suffocating astronauts in their sleep by the end of the movie.<p>The latest in a long history of murderous robots, "Ex Machina's" Ava kills one man and leaves another for dead in her quest to escape.<p>But these stories of emotionally unstable …

Artificial Intelligence

If you have one of these 3 jobs, robots will never put you out of work

A 300-page report released by Merrill Lynch predicts 47% of jobs are at risk for replacement in the next 20 years, with positions in the manufacturing and services industries being at the greatest risk.<p>But the report also highlights that there's one important skill that robots could never really …

Merrill Lynch

22 ways to earn passive income

Making money while you sleep.<p>Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?<p>After reading books like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and "4 Hour Work Week," I became interested obsessed with making passive income.<p>Whenever someone needs additional income, the stereotypical suggestion offered is to "get a part-time job."<p>But …

Small Business

The Year in Space Exploration

2015 was a year in which robotic spacecraft made some startling discoveries, including finding the first evidence of flowing water on Mars and …

What if the sun disappeared for a week?

If you happen to live in one of the many areas of the world that are prone to long, cold and dark winters – or even short, cold and dark winters – …