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Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

The best science-proven ways to add strength and size to your quads

If you're looking to forge some major strength gains in your lower body, traditional weightlifting may <i>not</i> be the answer, according to research from …

Your Surroundings Are More Important to Success Than You Think

Your environment--including the people you surround yourself with--is the clearest indicator of who you are and who you're becoming.<p>If you want to make any permanent change in your life, willpower won't get you there.<p>Whether you want to get healthier, stop using social media so much, improve your …

Motivation

How to build a $1-million TFSA

TFSAs are your ticket to a tax-free $1-million.<p>A small number of investing pros have already built tax-free savings accounts worth roughly $1-million, but the TFSA program is too new for the average investor to be anywhere near that. Patience and perseverance will fix that.<p>A 30-year-old who starts …

Retirement

Big Science is broken

Science is broken.<p>That's the thesis of a must-read article in <i>First Things</i> magazine, in which William A. Wilson accumulates evidence that a lot of …

For many of us, monogamy is not an emotionally healthy pursuit

Popular wisdom suggests that an emotionally fulfilled life is one spent with a stable, monogamous partner by your side till death does you part. It’s the one fairytale that continues to hold truth post-childhood and indeed, there are some studies suggesting a connection between marriage or monogamy …

University of Washington

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Taoism

These Are the Best Exercises for Anxiety and Depression

<i>By Kathleen Mulpeter</i><p>If you suffer from depression or anxiety, your workout can play a key role in managing your symptoms, thanks to the powerful link between your physical and mental health.<p>"We know that the old divisions of body and mind are false," says Ben Michaelis, PhD, an evolutionary …

MIT's new visualization tool is a goldmine for data nerds

Love impressing your pals with all there is to know about computer science? Or perhaps state geography is more your thing?<p>MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Deloitte and the data visualization startup Datawheel, has just gone live with perhaps the most extensive tool ever created for mining and …

5 Ways to Bring More Intimacy into Your Life

Emotional intimacy is probably the most important ingredient in long-term fulfillment. In fact, after using data from the longest longitudinal study …

Happiness

The 12 best apps for managing your finances

Managing your money can be difficult, especially when it's tax season.<p>Luckily, there are some great apps out there to help you budget, invest, and manage your finances. Here are 12 of the best.

Apps

Hillary’s atrocious race record: Her stances over decades have been painful and wrong

“The idea that she is or ever has been a stalwart advocate for black empowerment is absolutely ludicrous”<p>As an African-American, I have struggled to understand why so many of my black brothers and sisters seem to prefer Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders.<p>Some have argued that black people are …

Government

5 Best eCommerce Platforms For Budding Entrepreneurs

Choosing your ecommerce platform is one of the most important parts of starting an online business. The look, feel and functionality of your store …

The 5% Rule—Breaking Through the Argument

Early in my career as a therapist, I found myself feeling frustrated with my inability to assist a couple with whom I was working. They were …

Columbia University

How to Save $1,378 in 52 Weeks

Are you up for the challenge?<p>You probably know that saving money is important. But when it comes to exactly how, things might not be so clear. The …

15 Time Wasters That Successful People Avoid

The reality is, there are only 24 hours in a day and there is nothing we can do to change that (at least not yet). I’m sure you struggle to make the …

The Secrets of Orgasmic Meditation

We might just be the last people to this particular pajama party, but we recently found out that there’s an entire meditation practice that revolves …

Meditation

3 Fantastic Tools for Beginner Bloggers in 2016

So you have decided to start a blog and are excited about setting it up and getting your first post out to the world; there is just one problem, you don't really know where to start. In 2016, the blogging market is extremely competitive so if you make some basic errors right from the off, you run …

Google Analytics

​Why is Snowden in Russia? 'Ask the State Department,' he says

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden told NBC News that although he would “like to go home” to the United States, his first …

In Pod-Based Community Living, Rent Is Cheap, But Sex Is Banned

With the rise of community living and workcations, an alternative might be to just sleep where you cowork.<p>Airbnb, once a saviour from overpriced hotels, has become the new overpriced hotels since becoming <i>the</i> short-term accommodation staple. But with the rise of community living and workcations, an …

Participation

This Psychedelic Drug is Helping in the Fight Against Depression

Psychology researchers have found a link between mental time travel and depression. Mental time travel refers to our ability to ruminate on events …

Depression

Matter Of Perspective: Make Your Own Good Fortune | Sony

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca<p>When darkness settles in for the night and the sky fills with stars, I always …

Landscape Photography

A New Study Says People With Higher IQs Are Happier With Less Social Interaction

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

Social Sciences

A simple technique called 'anxiety appraisal' can turn nervousness into success

<i>I just can't wait to learn how I will fail to live up to my own expectations.</i><p><i>I lie awake, tight-chested, at 3 a.m., just really looking forward to what fresh hell that meeting will be about.</i><p>Don't mind me, I'm just trying out a cognitive trick that's supposed to help with anxiety.<p>It's called …

Self-help

The Americans who’d benefit the most from online education have no idea it exists

Here’s a catch-22. Americans are obsessed with lifelong learning and self-improvement, and online education makes it cheap and easy. Yet the people most familiar with digital learning are those who need it the least.<p>So says a new Pew Research Center report today (March 22) on personal education and …

Education Technology

6 Warm-Up Moves You Can Do Before Any Workout

We've all been there. Rushing to get a workout out of the way, we crank up the speed and incline on the treadmill right off the bat or jump into a …

Workouts

Exploring the risks of artificial intelligence

“Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next ten.”<p>These words, articulated by Neil Armstrong at a speech to a joint session of Congress in 1969, fit squarely into most every decade since the turn of the century, and it seems to …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Action Verbs That Define a Great Leader (Hint: They All Start With the Letter R) | Inc.com

Great leaders know how to act on what they know.<p>After a period of evaluation and discussion, they get out of the comfortable confines of their offices and go out into the hallways and conferences rooms, making decisions, interacting with employees, and carrying out the plans everyone discussed as a …

Leadership

Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior.<p>It all started when Langer asked her research assistants to cut in front of innocent people …

Psychology

101 Work From Home Jobs

Between technology, such as Skype, Slack, or Google Hangouts, the need to commute back and forth everyday is no longer necessary - which makes it easier to enjoy work-life balance and apply for jobs no matter where you reside.<p>Whether you're looking to join an established company, start your own …

Small Business