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The complete guide to coping with open offices and other hectic spaces

“Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption,” 19th-century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer once declared. “It is not only an interruption; it is also a disruption of thought.”<p>The millions of employees who work in open offices today might agree. Many arrive at work every …

Shane Martincik's Rise as a Teenage Social Media Marketing Genius

In the social media world, the name Shane Martincik might not ring a bell. However, he is one of those few people using the power of social media to their and making cool cash in the process.<p>He started using social media when he was 15 years old. Firstly, to connect with friends, family and keeping …

31 books you should add to your holiday reading list

Hello viewers and book lovers — you know who you are — and welcome to our holiday book picks. We asked members of our staff to recommend books that …

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as six other awards, <i>The Sympathizer</i> is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace …

8 Online Influencer Marketing Companies You Need to Know

These agencies will help your brand stay approachable and authentic.<p>Influencer marketing is by far the fastest growing marketing channel this year, and it doesn't show any signs of slowing down. A 2015 poll by eMarketer showed that 84 percent of marketing professionals planned to launch at least …

Influencer Marketing

Introducing the 'Micro-hotel' - the world’s coolest and chicest budget boltholes

While luxurious hotel stays have traditionally been about sprawling, lofty suites with multiple rooms, a more pared-back and efficient design breed of compact yet sleek and stylish “micro-hotels” has been a growing trend in urban cities such as New York, where Arlo Hotels, a new hotel brand …

10 of the best small towns in the US: readers’ travel tips

To get a real feel for the diversity and quirkiness of America, visit its small towns – where fascinating history, regional cuisine and great scenery are just some of the attractions<p>Helper is an old mining town 100 miles or so from Salt Lake City. It had been in decline for years but a steady flow …

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Neuroscience Of Meditation: How To Make Your Mind Awesome

So is meditation just another fad that pops up from time to time like bell-bottom jeans? Nope. Research shows it really helps you be healthier, …

Mindfulness

Pacific Bluefin Tuna and the Spirit of Aloha

Changing Planet<p>As a kid in Hawaii, I would camp on the beach in Kona with my extended <i>‘ohana</i> (family). On Friday night at sunset, my uncles and older cousins would “lay net,” affixing a 100-foot gillnet to the reef and setting it overnight. At daybreak on Saturday, it would be chock full of fish and …

Scotland's wee but wild road

A 516-mile route that passes through spooky ruins, fairytale glens, toothy castles, rugged fairways and shingle-sand beaches. Not to mention distilleries.<p>Locals call it the “wee mad road”: a looping ribbon of asphalt that hugs the coastline between the fishing hamlets of Inverkirkaig, Coigach and …

4 Digital Marketing Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore

With customers' attention increasingly divided across channels, platforms, and devices, marketers are making bold moves to engage and convert audiences.<p>I'm kicking off this shortlist of 2016 marketing trends with a prediction....<p>In the very near future, brands will rely less on traditional media to …

Butlins Astonishing Family Science Weekend: review

Science, fun and Butlins collide at this enlightening three-night family resort break that gets the balance between learning and laughter spot on<p>My father was a control and instrumentation engineer. I was never very clear what that meant. I was the one mumbling at the back when we had those “What …

10 of the best industrial-chic spaces worldwide

At these cool conceptual spaces, the design is just as compelling as what’s on offer at the shopping, exhibition, dining and drinking venues<p>In Lyon’s regenerated docklands area, La Confluence – already a hotbed of industrial buildings repurposed into restaurants, bars, galleries and boutiques – …

Keep on trucking … Bangalore’s food cart boom

Computers are not the only big thing in India’s silicon valley: hungry IT workers refuel at Bangalore’s wide variety of food trucks<p>It’s all about food on the go in Bangalore. The capital of Karnataka state is India’s silicon valley, and as such has attracted workers from all over India, and the …

The cowboys who lasso ice

Every year, giant icebergs float down the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Meet the “iceberg cowboys” who hunt and harvest these bergs to make vodka, beer and wine.<p><i>BBC's Travel Show brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features and practical</i> …

Bob Dylan and the Rolling Thunder Revue – in pictures

When Bob Dylan took his travelling caravan of musicians – among them Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Mick Ronson – out on the road in autumn 1975, the photographer Ken Regan was on hand to document it all. Now his revealing shots are published in Rolling Thunder: Photographs by Ken Regan

7 Short Videos That Will Make You More Social and Likable

Introverts and extroverts alike can increase their ability to connect and influence employees, customers, and co-workers.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining</i> …

How Even the Busiest People Can Read 100 Books a Year

No excuses! Even the busiest entrepreneur can manage to read like Bill Gates or Warren Buffett.<p>What's the secret to thinking like a CEO? According to Jessica Mah, co-founder of InDinero, it's simple -- just read 100 books a year. She's not the only one insisting that, if you want to be super …

The Everyday Landscapes Of Venice By Claudia Corrent

In pursuit of a fresh perspective on the visual topography of the city, Corrent swept a minimal, pastel-toned gaze over its lagoon and islands. …

Many People Overlook This Common Creativity Killer

Don't let a lack of clarity cloud your creative thought.<p>There is a silent, and thus often overlooked creativity killer lurking in your work life. It's not obvious like an over-controlling manager, a nay-saying client, or a fear of failure. It's something that many people never consider, but is just …

Nepal’s Himalayas – the battleground and training zone for Mira Rai

The ultra-runner started her career as an athlete in Nepal when she was a child soldier. Now she’s an international star and national hero<p><b>I grew up in a village of only four houses in the middle of the jungle</b> in the hills of Bhojpur district, eastern Nepal. Our family was poor so I had to work …

The 27 Most Exciting Books Coming In 2016

Here are the books we can't wait to read in 2016! (Ranked in no particular order.)

Books

Watch: Sarah Lamb in Nowness short film Portrait of a dancer

Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb in a still from the short film 'Portrait of a Dancer' © Nowness, 2015Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb features in …

Lumosity Must Pay $2 Million Because ‘Brain Training’ Is Not Real

You’ve seen the claims: Play some mental games to improve your memory and cognitive sharpness, a “personal trainer for your brain, improving your …

15 Gadgets to Make Your Home Smarter in 2016

Redecorating your home might just be the most fun New Year’s resolution one can make. At Brit + Co, that means more than just a fresh coat of paint. We’re talking Jetsons-level tech gadgets to make your home smarter for 2016. This roundup of smart home gadgets and goodies has it all, from a smart …

Gear & Gadgets

10 of the best travel apps … that you'll actually use

No one needs a smartphone full of gimmicky apps. We’ve rounded up a selection of the best tools for the digital-savvy traveller<p><b>’</b><b>Appy days: Tell us your favourite travel app in the comments below</b><p>For a long time, whenever I was spotted using Google Maps to navigate London’s public transport network a …

Google Maps

What is your memory style? Brain wiring may control how we remember events

When it comes to memory, there are two types of people: those who can recall the sights, sounds and scents of life events in glorious evocative detail; and those who can conjure up only the plain, unadorned facts.<p>For example, if two people go to a fancy restaurant, one might remember the aromas …

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival: Pictures