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The best music to listen to for optimal productivity, according to science

Luckily, music can help put us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

University of Pennsylvania

35 Books Everyone Should Read in Their Lifetime

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Books

The productivity trick one author used to write over 40 books

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters.<p>Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day.<p>His strategy is explained in Mason Currey's book, …

Time Management

15 Paintings by Rob Gonsalves That Will Make You Look Twice

Home » Artwork, News, Popular, Top News » 15 Paintings by Rob Gonsalves That Will Make...<p>Rob Gonsalves, “The Sun Sets Sail” (detail)<p>The paintings of …

Procrastination

Artist Meticulously Paints Detailed Landscapes You Can Hold in the Palm of Your Hand

Artist Dina Brodsky paints on circular pieces of plexiglass with a 2-inch circumference, creating oil paintings that are spectacularly realistic. Despite the fact that these canvases can fit into the palm of your hand, Brodsky's work is both detailed and lifelike. Each intricate leaf, distinct …

Painting

Why These Photos of Windows Around the World Have Gone Viral

Portuguese photographer André Vincent Gonçalves started out taking snapshots of colorful windows in his native Évora; his "Windows of the World" project has since grown—and gone viral. Gonçalves spoke to Conde Nast Traveler about the windows that inspire.<p>Évora, Portugal<p>André Gonçalves grew up in …

European Travel

A half-told love story emerges from the pages of an old book

Has social media killed the romantic ideal of the one that got away? Finding love letters slipped into a dog-eared book in Cairo got Raphael Solarsh thinking<p>I love browsing in second-hand bookshops. Each time I search a new shelf, it’s in the hope I’ll discover something unique, a book with a …

Books

Technology and The Evolution of Storytelling

by John Lasseter<p>It is such an exciting time to be a filmmaker.<p>I do not believe the notion that the cinema is dying or dead because it’s amazing what …

Animation

Why does Japan have such a high suicide rate?

<b>Last year in Japan, more than 25,000 people took their own lives.</b><p>That's 70 every day. The vast majority were men.<p>Those figures do not make Japan's the highest suicide rate in the world in a developed nation.<p>That dubious title belongs to South Korea. But it is still far, far higher than virtually …

Health Care

How to publish a book in Canada

Last weekend, Globe and Mail books editor Mark Medley published a long and thoughtful look at the new giant publishing company that has just formed in Canada: Penguin Random House, the conglomerate formed by at least five former independent companies. It will dominate the literary landscape. Well, …