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Jacob Zuma Resigns as South Africa’s President

JOHANNESBURG — President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, a master tactician who survived a string of corruption scandals and harsh court judgments during his nearly nine-year presidency, agreed on Wednesday night to step down, repudiated by the governing African National Congress Party, threatened by a …

South Africa

Why More Athletes Are Turning to Weed

It’s a typical Wednesday evening. After a long run, Andrew*, who works in digital media in New York City, is following his standard post-run routine. …

We got 10 CEOs to tell us their one killer interview question for new hires

Where do you see yourself in five years? Tell me about a time when you showed leadership. What is your biggest weakness?<p>These are the standard questions that job candidates face during interviews. And by now, everyone also has standard answers. (“My biggest weakness? I work too hard.”)<p>As you scale …

Employment

9 surprising facts that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Flickr

Inside Facebook’s Decision to Blow Up the Like Button

Chris Cox wants to mess with Facebook’s secret sauce.<p>By Sarah Frier | January 27, 2016<p>Photographs by Adam Amengual<p>From<p>The most drastic change to …

State of the Union: Barack Obama sells optimism to nervous nation

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Putting aside a sudden crisis with Iran, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans in his final State of the Union address to reject the politics of tribalism and fear that have rocked the campaign to find his successor and to build a "clear-eyed, big-hearted" and …

What Marriott's Purchase of Starwood Means for Your Hotel Reward Points

Travelers are expecting the worst.<p>The announcement that Marriott is purchasing Starwood, thereby creating the world’s largest hotel company, has …

Hospitality

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

There's an enormous long-term cost of holding cash

As a result, a sizeable portion of U.S. households are placing a disproportionate amount of their savings in cash.<p>While this is understandable, and in the short term even prudent, it comes with an enormous cost: With cash yields likely to remain low for the foreseeable future, many families will …

Samsung Gear VR Review: The Amazing Virtual Reality Headset For The Note 4

Since computers became popular in the 80s people have dreamed of creating a virtual world. In TV shows and movies as well as in the minds of every gamer across the globe, the idea of being able to immerse yourself in a world of virtual reality is a dream that just won’t go away.<p>There have been …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Can Virtual Body Swapping Help Fight Racial Prejudice?

Brain hacking and optical illusions can increase your empathy for other races<p>In the wake of massive #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations, the ugly implications of racism in the United States have come to the foreground. Prejudice, whether conscious or unconscious, exists on a much wider scale than most …

Psychology Around the Net: January 17, 2015

Happy Saturday, sweet readers!<p>This week’s edition of Psychology Around the Net will help you fill your weekend with ponderings about potentially …

Time Management Secrets Anyone Can Use

Having trouble focusing on what you really need to do? You're not alone. According to a survey by Salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting 2.09 hours of each eight-hour workday, not including lunch or scheduled breaks. The Web is like the next-door neighbor who keeps asking us to play when …

Don't Waste Your Money on "Brain Training" Schemes

There are all kinds of "brain-training" programs out there that promise to help you stay smart even as you age. The problem is that there's little …

Humanity

'Denim Dudes' - A Book On Street Style Vintage Workwear Obsession

A denim industry vet of 10 years, Amy Leverton’s upcoming street style book, Denim Dudes: Street<p>A denim industry vet of 10 years, Amy Leverton‘s upcoming street style book, <i>Denim Dudes: Street Style Vintage Workwear Obsession</i>, isn’t just about jeans. It features key players in the global denim …

Citing Mental Illness, Russia Outlaws Driving for Transgender People, Amputees

As of Tuesday, January 6, it is now illegal for transgender and transsexual people to drive vehicles in Russia. The bill, originally signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on December 29, bans any person demonstrating "mental disorders" such as fetishism, exhibitionism , voyeurism, and …