Mutsumi Takahashi

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When an Email Exchange Turns Ugly

It was Monday morning, and Lee opened his inbox to find an email from his manager: “Lee, I’ve decided to have Carlos present to the governing board, instead of you. I’m sure you’re good with this.”<p>Lee had spent the entire weekend preparing for the presentation. Not only did he know the numbers …

FaceTime

The Syrian War Is Actually Many Wars

President Donald Trump is ordering U.S. strikes against government targets in Syria after a suspected chemical attack.<p>The Middle East is a “troubled place,” President Donald Trump said Friday night as he described his decision to use America’s “righteous power” in a retaliatory attack against …

Middle East

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read

Even if your intentions are professional and sincere.<p>Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I …

Top 10

The keto diet, explained

Is eating a lot of fat really the best way to lose weight?<p>It’s why people are putting grass-fed butter in their coffee, downing ketone drinks, and replacing their cereal and pasta with eggs and avocados.<p>The ketogenic diet has become a Silicon Valley obsession and the diet du jour that supposedly …

Diabetes

Life lessons from Tadahisa Sakai, the last descendant of a Japanese samurai clan

About 150 years ago, at the end of Japan’s Edo period, a civil war resulted in the end of the samurai culture and the birth of modern Japan. One …

Japan

The mysterious man who gave me Japan

Travel writer Pico Iyer meets a human haiku, who shows him the living, seldom-seen heart of traditional Japan.<p>An elegant middle-aged man, in a spotless black jacket, came up to me, hand extended, to say hello, and I was startled. My neighbours in Japan tend to be formal and reticent; few of them …

Japan

These Are the 61 Best Documentaries of All Time

What makes a documentary “important”? What makes it worth referencing, or remembering, or even watching in the first place? Why, in this time of seemingly perpetual sociopolitical strife, would we veer away from the vaunted, glorious escapism of big feature films and go see something small and …

Cape Town

Slab City: Inside California's renegade desert community

“They call it the Third Reich, Hell’s Kitchen. Gets hot as a motherf*****. But there’s music everyday. Soothes my soul.”<p>Stix… (“the dot-dot-dot’s the …

Mad Max

The Minimalist's Strength Workout

Like most athletes who would rather be outdoors running, riding, swimming, or hiking, I don’t set aside much time for the gym. Yet I fully realize the importance of building general strength and mobility—not just to support my outdoor activities, but also for everyday health and fitness. I’d like …

Workouts

Men's and women's brains react differently when helping others, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is pleasure in both giving and receiving. Does gender influence which of these pleasures we prefer?<p>In women, part of the brain showed a greater response when sharing money, while in men, the same structure showed more activity when they kept the cash for themselves, a small study …

The Brain

CTV anchor Mutsumi Takahashi happy to keep herself out of the news

Let’s see: she would rather talk about her beloved pooches Billycakes and Koffman, about the Lego castle and village she constructed from scratch, …

These Are the Best Books You'll Read in May

It's starting to get nice out. Here are some good-ass books you can bring outside.<p>The Dinner Party<p>Joshua Ferris | Short Stories<p><i>The Dinner Party</i> is a collection of stories about quiet, domestic chaos. It’s mostly unhappy white people acting like assholes. I love it.<p>The titular story finds a couple …

Books

Aleppo Is Falling. What Does This Mean For Assad, ISIS and Russia?

A glimmer of hope went out as the guns which were momentarily silent in Syria's besieged Aleppo on Wednesday raged again.<p>The brief cessation of hostilities, reportedly brokered by Turkey and Bashar al-Assad supporting Russia, was broken with fierce bombings and gunfire.<p>A planned evacuation of …

Middle East

The Psychology of White-Collar Criminals

A researcher reflects on conversations with nearly 50 convicted executives about why they did what they did.<p>Two leading executive headhunters once wrote a book called <i>Lessons From the Top: The Search for America’s Best Business Leaders</i> that celebrated 50 titans of industry. Readers were encouraged …

University of Chicago

The colors you see behind your eyes could hold clues for scientists about treating depression

As sophisticated as our brains are, they can be easily fooled.<p>Take vision for example: Our eyes gather in information about the outside world and signal to the optic nerve, which turns this info into electrical signals in a part of the brain called the visual cortex. Our visual cortex tells us what …

The Brain

Inside Quebec’s Great, Multi-Million-Dollar Maple-Syrup Heist

With the value of maple syrup at roughly $1,300 a barrel, it’s time everyone knew about FPAQ, the Canadian group that controls 72 percent of the world’s supply. Rich Cohen investigates how its methods may have led to one of the greatest agricultural crimes in all of history.<p>Americans are focused on …

New Hampshire

The Lure of the Prison Fight

The fight drew everyone's attention. My hands automatically balled into ready fists.<p><i>This story was published in collaboration with the Marshall Project.</i><p>I stepped out of my cell with the words of advice I'd just written to a fellow prisoner still fresh in my mind. We'd been having a weeklong …

Boxing

After the Islamic State

As the caliphate crumbles, rival movements struggle for the soul of Sunni jihadism.<p>Last May, Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the second most powerful leader in the Islamic State, hinted that the caliphate was crumbling. “Whoever thinks that we fight to protect some land or some authority, or that victory …

Middle East

The wild era that changed what we wear

The Jazz Age was a wild era that changed the way we dress and how we live our lives to this day, writes Lindsay Baker.<p>“It was an age of miracles,” F Scott Fitzgerald wrote in his essay Echoes of the Jazz Age. “It was an age of art, it was an age of excess.” In his fiction, the author beguilingly …

Coco Chanel

Crash: how computers are setting us up for disaster

We increasingly let computers fly planes and carry out security checks. Driverless cars are next. But is our reliance on automation dangerously diminishing our skills?<p>When a sleepy Marc Dubois walked into the cockpit of his own aeroplane, he was confronted with a scene of confusion. The plane was …

Autonomous Cars

What the state of your desk says about you

Whether you're a clean freak or a slob, your workspace may reveal a lot about your personality<p>Do you have trouble locating your computer screen amid the jungle of old coffee mugs and scattered papers? Or is your workspace a minimalist’s dream?<p>Every office worker has a particular type of desk they …

Psychology

Hand Lettering: The Beginner’s Guide

A hand lettering guide that's perfect for beginners. We review how to draw a letter, lettering styles, common mistakes, and top classes.

How Surgeons Stay Focused for Hours

Practitioners at Montefiore Health System have honed strategies to push through long procedures<p>Organ-transplant surgeons have skills most of us can only dream about. One, concentrating for hours straight, is something we can aspire to.<p>Transplanting a liver can take eight to 10 hours. Surgeons are …

Medicine

Ricky Gervais: What I've Learned

Wit and wisdom from the man who created The Office.<p><b>A manual is to be put in the bottom drawer</b> never to be opened. If I can't work something out then I don't want it.<p><b>Don't view success as anythin</b><b>g</b> other than happiness. If you're happy then nothing else matters.<p><b>I grew up loving every creature.</b> If I …

Comedy

The strange psychology of stress and burnout

You shouldn’t underestimate the positive power of having a degree of stress in your life. Identifying the tipping point, where stress turns to burnout, is the key.<p>As a neonatal nurse, Jennifer Welker learned to thrive under stress.<p>Rather than allowing the pain of handling a sick infant to affect …

Labor Economics

Secrets Of The Most Productive People: 2016

Ten top performers reveal how they squeeze the most out of every day.<p>1. Kevin Hart<p><b>Actor, Comedian, and Entrepreneur</b><p><i>[Photo: Williams + Hirakawa; Stylist: Ashley North; Groomer: John Clausell]</i><p>On staying busy: “Once you’ve accomplished a goal, you’re all done. And I don’t ever want to be all done.” On …

Student Athletes

10 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick During The Holidays

'Tis the season for sniffles. Here's how to avoid germs, stop viruses, and boost your immune season all winter long.<p>The holidays are the most …

Top 10 Books of 2016

Fiction<p>Commonwealth<p>By Ann Patchett<p>An illicit kiss at a christening wrecks two marriages in Los Angeles but blends the six children from different families. As we follow them over the next half century, their stories come into focus the way our own family legends cohere — from scraps of information …

Books

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status | Inc.com

<i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann, writer who abandoned a career in law, on Quora:</b><p>For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted …

Books