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13 differences between busy and effective people

Many of us think that to be super busy at work means to be very effective and have a productive day, but it’s actually a general misconception. To be …

Elon Musk: The World’s Raddest Man

<i>This is Part 1 of a four-part series on Elon Musk’s companies.</i>__________<b>PDF and ebook options:</b> We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and …

Elon Musk

Are your opinions really your own?

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

University of California

“Animalizing” by Marisela Navarro

A sea urchin embryo is a beautiful sight. It grows like a kaleidoscope. With the aid of a scanning electron microscope, I see everything: the cells …

Living Rooms

Billionaire Wisdom: 8 Insights From a Quartet of the World's Most Effective Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Until very recently, taking on grand challenges was off-limits for most people. Historically, going big meant huge capital outlays and multi-decade bets.<p>It meant staging personnel in dozens, sometimes hundreds, of countries. Assembling …

Banned, burned, or simply life changing: what are the best dangerous books?

Authors including Patrick Ness, Melvin Burgess, Tanya Landman, Louise O’Neill, Bali Rai, Candy Gourlay, James Dawson and Leigh Bardugo share the books they probably weren’t meant to read that either rocked their world or rocked <i>the</i> world<p>• Plus what’s coming in our joint Amnesty International and …

Blackfish

11 Unforgettable First Lines in Literature

By Sarah Jane Abbott | Off the Shelf<p>If the eyes are the windows to the soul, then the first line is the window to the book. A first line can drag you in, shock you, confuse you, or touch you. A first line is what makes you read on. Here are some of our favorite first lines that set the tone for …

Books of Jewish Beauty | by Sara Lipton | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

Since the late eighteenth century, Jews have often been viewed as contributing little to the visual arts. The idea began with Enlightenment thinkers, …

The Grandest Art of the Ancients

Portable Classic<p>an exhibition at the Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, May 9–September 13, 2015<p>Serial/Portable Classic: The Greek …

Ancient History

The Pope and the Planet

Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home<p>an encyclical letter by Pope Francis<p>Vatican Press, 184 pp., available at w2.vatican.va<p>On a sprawling, …

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

Chimpanzees

First Space-Grown Lettuce Tastes "Awesome," Astronauts Say

Pass the dressing, please<p>NASA has been growing lettuce on the space station since May 2014, and today, astronauts finally got to test the fruits of their labors. The space station’s first fresh veggies were grown in a microwave-sized box under LED lights. And it “tastes awesome,” according to …

Google confirms Life Sciences as the first new company under the umbrella of Alphabet

It will work on contact lenses that can monitor your health and magnets that swim in your blood<p>Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin published a blog post this morning announcing Life Sciences as the first new company created under the Alphabet umbrella. The move was expected, as …

The Future Of The Internet, According To Its Father

Geeking out with Vint Cerf<p>The Internet has changed a lot over its 30-something years. That terrible dial-up noise is gone; the Ethernet cord has been cut; Tinder happened. What’s next? If anyone knows, it’s Vint Cerf, Google’s vice president and chief Internet evangelist. He is considered a “father …