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The mysterious origins of punctuation

Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.<p>As readers and writers, we’re intimately familiar with the dots, strokes and dashes that punctuate the written word. The comma, colon, …

Language

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change …

Mindfulness

The Great Pot Experiment

Photo-illustration by Brobel Design for TIME. Mouse: Getty, Lighter, Joint, Smoke: iStockphoto

The psychology behind color

If you squash every scene from the <i>The Matrix</i> into one image you’ll get something that looks like an old fuzzy TV screen. Look a little closer though and you’ll see the entire movie unfold, all without watching a single scene.<p>As you scan from left to right and top to bottom the colors flip flop …

Graphic Design

The frog that jump-started Mark Twain's career

In the humble-looking notebook of a luckless prospector staying in a cabin on Jackass Hill near here in California's Gold Country a century and a half ago, there's an entry barely longer than a tweet.<p>"Coleman with his jumping frog — bet stranger $50 — stranger had no frog & C got him one — in the …

Literature

29 Recipes Every Millennial Should Know

You’re in the real world now. That means it’s time to cook like the young professional you are. If you’re clueless and without any cookbooks, have no fear. Cooking is easier than you think, and you can whip up some gourmet meals in no time. Spoon University is here to help with easy recipes that’ll …

How to Be More Productive and Eliminate Time-Wasting Activities by Using the 'Eisenhower Box'

Dwight Eisenhower lived one of the most productive lives you can imagine.<p>Eisenhower was the 34th president of the United States, serving two terms from 1953 to 1961. During his time in office, he launched programs that directly led to the development of the Interstate Highway System in the United …

The Most Unique Natural Wonder in Each State

You don't have to travel far to find some truly magical landscapes.<p>Typical tourist destinations like theme parks and resort towns certainly have their charms, but sometimes, Mother Nature creates jaw-dropping attractions of her own. From caverns that feel like a cathedral to mesmerizing springs, …

The Good Listener: Can A Song Really Save Your Life?

We get a lot of mail at NPR Music, and alongside a backup pallet of kennel-grade cat sedatives is a slew of smart questions about how music fits into our lives. This week: thoughts on when music might stand between life and death.<p><b>Ann L. writes via email: "Can a song really save your life?"</b><p>To answer …

Personal Finance

Review: Buffy Sainte-Marie, 'Power In The Blood'

It's tempting to mythologize Buffy Sainte-Marie — to call her a folk-music mother of dragons, or at least a shaman calling up lost spirits in her music. It's easy, after all, to exoticize individualistic women, especially women of color; doing so can even feel like offering a compliment. But on</i> …

Women of Color

The Honduran-Canadian Singer And The Swedish Band: An Alt.Latino Love Story

<i>Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of</i> Alt.Latino <i>from April 2015.</i><p>After five years of doing this show together, Felix Contreras and I have influenced each other's musical inclinations in unimaginable ways. We both come from very vibrant, rich scenes — he's from California and I'm from …

Love Stories

Who made your clothes? A ‘Slow Fashion’ revolution rises

On April 24, 2013, a garment factory collapsed at Rana Plaza in Bangladesh. The incident led to the death of 1,129 workers — a tragedy that revealed …

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

A growing number of hospitals are relocating to wealthier towns, citing financial necessity, but many see it as a choice to abandon the residents of poorer areas.<p>BELLEVILLE, Ill.—Nearly as old as the railroad that slices through this southern Illinois city just east of the Mississippi River, St. …

Artist Maude White Creates Intricate Scenes by Snipping Away at Paper

Maude White snips away tiny bits of paper to reveal incredibly intricate scenes. The artist, based in Buffalo, New York, brings imaginative animals and fanciful panoramas to life with her lacy, hand-cut designs. She calls her technique “paper carving.” Most of her creations are cut from plain white …

Elephants

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Dream Job Alert: Live in a Haunted Ghost Town — for Free!

Talk about having interesting neighbors.<p>It may not be tops on your bucket list, but admit it: The idea of staying, even just for a night, in a ghost town sounds intriguing. Well, now you can — and all for free. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is looking for volunteers to help manage Garnet Ghost …

A Few Hardware Store Finds Become Something Really Special

This project is so stylish (and so cheap!).<p>There's nothing more deflating than spotting a cute item you love ... and then spying the lofty price tag that goes with it. Marble is a huge decor trend right now, but it's not an inexpensive look. What many people don't know, however, is that the raw …

Forget #TheDress — These Mind-Bending Buildings Will Blow You Away

The whole "black and blue" or "white and gold" debate has nothing on these crazy structures.<p><b>"Cracked" Building</b><p>British artist Alex Chinneck's sculpture installation, "Take My Lightning But Don't Steal My Thunder" stunned visitors in London's Covent Garden. It looks like the building has "cracked" …

Need Privacy? Spend the Night in the Middle of a Lake

This Australian hotel offers some serious seclusion.<p>If you need an getaway, you can't get any further away than a hotel in the middle of a lake on an island off the coast of Australia. And while it might be a schlep, this pristine locale looks like it might be worth it. Twenty years after this pump …

Would You Buy an 8-Foot-Wide House for $1.1 Million?

Good luck getting a queen-sized bed in this place.<p>Location is probably the most important thing when it comes to real estate, but this skinny house takes this craze to the next level. A whopping eight feet wide, the sliver of a home sits in the affluent Barnsbury suburb of London and is on the …

Trapped Into Selling Magazines Door-to-Door

Traveling crews have been exploiting young workers and scamming customers for decades—and neither law enforcement nor Congress has been able to do anything about it.<p>“Oh my God, can you grab him?” I shouted at the woman at the door, as my 3-month-old puppy darted out into the cold and I tried to …

U.S. Department of Justice

IBM was saved this quarter by one of its oldest product lines: the mainframe

IBM announced the new mainframe in January, but it didn't actually start shipping them until early March.<p>Thanks to sales of these machines, its hardware business reported 30% year-over-year growth. That is on an constant currency basis (excluding the headwinds from a foreign exchange rate).<p>It also …

IT

5 Reasons to Get Excited for Denmark's Answer to IKEA

Coming to the U.S. this May, Flying Tiger Copenhagen offers cheap, colorful home accessories.<p><b>1. Easy access to cheap, colorful knicknacks.</b><p>We love IKEA, but who wants to navigate the whole store just to pick up a vase? When Danish home accessories store Flying Tiger Copenhagen opens its first US …

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Mind

Truly confident people do these twelve things differently

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Confidence takes many forms, from the arrogance of Floyd Mayweather to the quiet self-assurance of Jane Goodall. True confidence—as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities—has a look all its own.<p>When …

Self-improvement

What the Panic Over Pot Looked Like in 1967

LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 4<p>“The soft sweet smell of marijuana hangs in the streets of San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle. People pass on the …

Cannabis

16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness at Work | Inc.com

Let's face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13 percent of us consider ourselves to be "happily engaged at work."<p>Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36 percent more motivated, six …

Happiness

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