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43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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New Research on Overcoming Loneliness

New research finds the brains of lonely people respond more negatively to social stimuli<p>I was feeling lonely one recent weekend. I craved company, but friends and family all seemed to be on vacation or busy. So I arranged to chat with a friend who lives in another city, signed up for a group kayak …

Loneliness

Tall vs short: Which is it better to be?

Is bigger better, or do the best things really come in small packages?<p>Your height is a simple biological fact that you can do little to change, yet it may be influencing your destiny in ways you didn’t realise. BBC Future combed through the evidence to size up its impact on everything from your …

22 Things To Keep In Your Home In Case Of Emergency

Sure, you have a first-aid kit and a couple cans of garbanzo beans. But, in our experience, it's always better to be over-prepared than not. Here, 22 things to keep on hand so you're ready for fire, flooding, zombies, cute zombies...anything that life throws your way.<p><b>1. Three days' worth of</b> …

The L’Oréal Chemist Who’s Changing The Face Of Makeup

A simple side project to develop a richer line of foundation has given rise to a company-wide campaign to break color barriers.<p>When the Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o became Lancôme’s first black spokesperson last year, fashion magazines and blogs welcomed the news as a sign that the legendary …

8 Moves to Make Your Pancake Butt Pop

You won't even recognize your booty.<p>PSA to any women who's dreamed of having a bigger, rounder butt: You don't need to settle for the buns you're born with.<p>Give your backside some sexy pop (and strength!) with the workout below, designed by fitness trainer, health coach, and fitness model Elizabeth …

6 subtle things highly productive people do every day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

Time Management

It's Not Your Imagination, Single Women: There Literally Aren't Enough Men Out There

We talked to author Jon Birger about the shortage of educated men, where women should go if they really want to land a husband, and why boys aren't going to college in the first place.<p>We all have that friend: the beautiful, intelligent, driven woman who—like Katherine Heigl in every rom-com—can't …

NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars

The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of Andy Weir’s book about one man’s struggle to survive on Mars, rocketed to the No. 1 spot at the box office this …

The Rise of the Outrageously Long Commute

Some businesspeople are working half of the week in far-off countries or catching 3 a.m. trains just so that they don’t have to uproot their lives at home.<p>A few years back, David Neeleman, the founder of JetBlue Airways, left his company and launched a new airline in Brazil. The airline, Azul, …

Commuting

Meet the aspiring writers behind your fortune cookie messages

Have ever wondered how companies produce the seemingly endless fortunes found in the free cookies you get at Chinese restaurants?<p>The answer is high school students and struggling writers.<p>There are around 40,000 Chinese restaurants in the US, and every year a mind-boggling 3bn fortune cookies are …

Engagement Rings

The Secret Lives of Museum Guards

The photographer Alec Soth is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. In the early nineties, after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College, in New York, he returned to his home town and, for a period, worked in the darkroom of the Visual Resources Department of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). …

Art

5 Card Games to Know (and Snacks to Eat While Playing)

<i>Play your cards right:</i> <i>5 games to learn—and 20 snacks—for your next night in.</i><p>It's safe to say that Food52 staffers like a little healthy competition: We're on soccer teams and bowling teams; we run races and shake cocktails against one another (cooking is a sport too, right?). <b>And, we're card game</b> …

Designing For All Five Senses

Do your designs touch every sense possible?<p>This essay was first published on Design for Europe.<p>Our perceptions of the world are built on multiple senses. They interact to help us make sense of our surroundings, so a car will seem to be traveling faster if it makes a lot of noise. And whether we …