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A Handy Arsenal of Rarely Used Elegant Insults

In a timely episode of their incredibly informative whiteboard series for Mental Floss , linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill offer up …

Handy

What Listening to Music at Work Does to Your Brain (and Your Team)

Teams that rock out together, work better together, multiple studies show.<p>We all know that music can have magical effects on your mood, soothing a broken heart, pumping you up for a trip to the gym or a night out, or getting you in the zone when you need to concentrate. But the incredible power of …

Dopamine

The Rich Can Learn From the Poor About How to Be Frugal

I try to be frugal. But my instincts as a consumer are mistaken. Behavioral economics suggests that I’m often frugal in the wrong way and that you may be, too.<p>Consider this situation: You’re shopping for headphones. An electronics store has the model you want for $50, a reasonable price. But a …

Personal Finance

First on CNN: Paris attackers likely used encrypted apps, officials say

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Investigators of the Paris attacks have found evidence they believe shows some of the terrorists used encrypted apps to hide plotting for the attacks, officials briefed on the investigation tell CNN.<p>This is the first time investigators have made that assertion.<p>Among the apps …

Privacy

Society’s elite don’t want to pay too much for equality, study suggests

The well-educated and wealthy prefer giving to others when it is cheap and benefits everyone<p>America's well-educated and wealthy elite don’t like giving their money to others — unless sacrificing a small amount creates a big payoff for someone else, a study published in <i>Science</i> suggests. Otherwise, …

Economics

6 scientific tips to improve your writing - Futurity

A new book uses insights into the reading brain to give writers clear-cut, science-based guidelines—and to debunk some classic writing advice.

Writing

Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, says Stephen Hawking

“If you feel you are in a black hole, don’t give up, there’s a way out,” Stephen Hawking told the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm<p>Interstellar was right. Falling into a black hole is not the end, professor Stephen Hawking has claimed.<p>Although physicists had assumed that all matter must be …

Your Car Commute Is a Chance to Practice Mindfulness

For those who drive to work, the daily commute is often a tense time of bumper-to-bumper gridlock, erratic and dangerous driving, delays, road closures, and construction. And best of all, we get to do it twice a day. Concerned about wasting time, we often try to catch up on all the “little” things …