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The Top 75 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2013

<b>*UPDATE 12/17/2013* THE TOP 100 ‘PICTURES OF THE DAY’ FOR 2013 HAVE JUST BEEN PUBLISHED! CHECK IT OUT!</b><p>At the end of every quarter the Sifter …

A Scientific Guide to Effectively Saying No

Learning how to say no is one of the most useful skills you can develop, especially when it comes to living a more productive and healthy life. …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Narcissists are ruining America

We’re on the verge of bombing another country — because a few conceited people want to feel good about themselves<p>One telltale trait of narcissists is their ability only to see how their actions affect them, and not others. In the narcissist's mind, if doing something makes him feel good, then the …

50% of the US Population Is In These 146 Counties

Earlier this month, John posted an image showing how 98% of Australia's population is clustered in a few coastal regions. While that was fascinating, …

What does Daft Punk listen to? Here's your answer.

What exactly do Robots rock out to? Today, we got our answer in the form of a Spotify playlist curated by none other than Daft Punk’s Thomas …

Quentin Tarantino Lists the 12 Greatest Films of All Time: From Taxi Driver to The Bad News Bears

<i>Creative Commons image via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Any list of the most respected American filmmakers of the past half-century would have to include Stanley …

7 ways booze is more dangerous than pot

Marijuana is statistically less harmful than alcohol, and it’s time to treat it that way<p>No substantial evidence links marijuana to traffic accidents, domestic violence or cancer, yet pot is illegal and listed as a Schedule I controlled substance by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. …

The Loveliest Short Story You Will Read Today Was Published on Craigslist

"Missed Connection" stays with you.<p>Lucas Jackson/Reuters, Chris Heller<p>Craigslist: that scourge of the newspaper industry, that den of lust, that middleman responsible for an untold number of bedbug crises.<p>Or, Craigslist: the Internet's simplest and most ingenious disruptor, a digital equivalent of …

How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day

<b>By Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., Next Avenue Contributor</b><p><i>“Smarter Brains,” which reports on the latest research and discoveries in neuroscience and how we can apply them to our daily lives to boost our brain power at any age, airs on PBS stations nationwide in August. (Check local listings.) Michael</i> …

It's a strange and confusing world

In October 1974, as he lay on his death bed at the end of a battle with cancer and reflected on his past, Clyde S. Shield (pictured above) wrote the …

How and Why to Be a Leader (Not a Wannabe)

We need a new generation of leaders. And we need it now.<p>We’re in the midst of a Great Dereliction — a historic failure of leadership, precisely when we need it most. Hence it’s difficult, looking around, to even remember what leadership is. We’re surrounded by people who are expert at winning — …

Online classes can be enlightening, edifying, and engaging — but they're not college

The future of higher education online is, at present, clear as mud. Do Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs — college-level classes offered online through a number of corporate providers — offer students better tools for study, increased opportunities at lower cost? Can they provide access to …

Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google’s secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page …

The 15 Features of Your DSLR That Every Photographer Should Know

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10 Things To Do When You Win The Lottery

<i>Editor’s note:</i> <i>This post was updated on January 12th, 2016, to reflect the current $1.5 billion Powerball jackpot and the 2016 lifetime exemption from estate and gift taxes.</i><p>The jackpot for tomorrow’s Powerball drawing has hit $1.5 billion. If you win it, you won’t ever have to worry about money …

65 Books You Need To Read In Your 20s

The books that will move you, inspire you, make you cry, make you think, make you laugh. Even if you read them in high school or college, you'll have a different perspective on them now that you're Out In The World. (Trust me.)<p><i>With extra-special thanks for their suggestions to the BuzzFeed</i> …

Listen: New Action Bronson, Angel Haze, Schoolboy Q on XXL Freshmen Mixtape

In tandem with 2013's installment of their annual "Freshmen Class" issue, XXL has posted this accompanying mixtape hosted by DJ Drama, which features new tracks from Action Bronson, Angel Haze (who raps over Purity Ring's "Lofticries"), Schoolboy Q, Joey Bada$$, and Ab-Soul, as well as …

Listen: Shabazz Palaces Remix Animal Collective's "New Town Burnout"

Animal Collective: "New Town Burnout" (Shabazz Palaces remix) (via SoundCloud)<p>Here's another piece from the new EP of Animal Collective remixes, <i>Monkey Been to Burn Town</i>, which is out on May 28 through Domino. This one is Shabazz Palaces' take on <i>Centipede Hz</i> cut "New Town Burnout"-- listen above, …

Watch Two Nude Bodies Undergo Shock Treatment in the Flaming Lips' Disturbing "You Lust" Video

The Flaming Lips have shared a sci-fi-type clip for <i>The Terror</i> track "You Lust", which depicts two fully nude human bodies hooked up to an unnerving shock system. (Note: There are several crotch close-ups.) That footage is cut by images of Wayne Coyne with jewels on his face. An adorable monkey also …

I’m still here: back online after a year without the internet

I was wrong.<p>One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."<p>It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've …

The Impossible Decision

Graduate students are always thinking about the pleasures and travails of grad school, and springtime is a period of especially intense reflection. It’s in the spring, often in March and April, that undergraduates receive their acceptance letters. When that happens, they turn to their teachers, …

14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge: A Timeless Guide from 1936

The quest for intellectual growth and self-improvement through education has occupied yesteryear’s luminaries like Bertrand Russell and modern-day thinkers like Sir Ken Robinson and Noam Chomsky. In 1936, at the zenith of the Great Depression, the prolific self-help guru and famous eccentric <b>James</b> …

The secret to a higher salary is to ask for nothing at all

Twenty years ago, I developed a powerful approach to negotiating that goes beyond “win-win.” It involves starting by offering the most and asking for the least. It works extremely well, but I was unable to explain why until I read Wharton professor Adam Grant’s excellent new book <i>Give and Take</i>.<p>Adam …

Natural Born Killers

<b>Women get flustered under fire. They're too fragile, too emotional. They lack the ferocity required to take a life. They can't handle pain. They're a distraction, a threat to cohesion, a provocative tease to close-quartered men. These are the sort of myths you hear from people who oppose the U.S.</b> …

Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam

Teaching people game theory is good. Making them live it is even better, says UCLA professor Peter Nonacs.<p>On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in …