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Break Your Bad Habits

A friend offers you a smoke while you're tailgating at the game. You have one every now and then, and you're not hooked, so sure, thanks. Besides, it does look good with your drink.<p>This, my friend, is your brain battling a bad habit—and losing. As we continually perform a behavior—smoking socially, …

Los Angeles

Stop Stress in 60 Seconds

These 3 stress-busting strategies could save your life<p>Severe stress can do more damage than just turning your hair gray and making you shorter. (It's true. Stress actually shrinks you. It's just one of the <b>Weird Things That Stress Does to Your Body</b>.) People with chronic stress have a 59 percent …

University of Maryland

13 Tips for Writing a Novel

Writing is one of the greatest forms of communication. It brings people of different eras, countries, and languages together. It reveals the bonds that unite humanity and expresses the universal plights and pleasures of the human condition.<p>For me, completing a final chapter heralds the last few …

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck?

Last week, researchers claimed to have developed a poker-playing computer program that is nearly unbeatable. What are the implications for the old debate about whether poker is a game of skill or luck?<p>As a spectator sport, poker traditionally isn’t the most engaging thing to watch. I realised this …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Things In Tech You Need To Know Today

<b>1. Blackberry stock soared 29% yesterday after Reuters reported that Samsung was considering buying the company.</b> But after Blackberry denied the report, the stock was down 15% after hours.<p><b>2. Facebook has launched its "Facebook At Work" service.</b> Some companies are testing out the service that lets …

The 15 New Books to Read in 2015

There are few better ways to start a new year than picking up some fresh perspectives to put into action. Here's a sneak preview of 15 exciting books on business and behavior that will hit the shelves in the first half of the year. I've had the pleasure of reading eight of them so far. If the other …

The 20 Best Lessons from Social Psychology

e.g. why are there 20 lessons and not 19?<p>Last spring, I took a class on social psychology. It was one of the most useful classes I’ve ever taken, so …

Psychology

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Sony CEO breaks silence after 'vicious and malicious' hack

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai has spoken out publicly for the first time since hackers gained access to computer systems at the company's movie division and nearly prevented the release of "The Interview."<p>Hirai addressed the controversy at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, thanking …