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The Crystal Maze shows how today's reality TV has lost the fun factor

Long before Simon Cowell donned high-waisted trousers and low-cut T-shirts, the king of family entertainment was a bald middle-aged man with a fondness for leopardskin prints. It’s 26 years since Richard O’Brien and the Crystal Maze first whisked unsuspecting viewers off to a land of Aztec temples, …

Reality TV

Three steps to reinventing your career—even if you’re not sure what you want to do next

In 2012, I was working in the Park Avenue offices of BlackRock, investing in hedge funds. I managed a great, diverse team of people, and every day I got to chat with the most successful investors in the world.<p>But I felt an itch. I wanted to learn about a new industry. I wanted to be more creative. …

How to Boost Customer Loyalty Using Analytics and Actionable Insights

As ecommerce grows, so do return rates: About one in three online purchases is returned. For online apparel purchases, the rate is closer to 40 percent. That has triggered the growth of the returns-management software marketplace, offering retailers solutions aimed at making the processing and …

How to Think Like Elon Musk

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, …

Victoria Moore: non-alcoholic drinks get sophisticated

For all those keen to make going out and not-drinking a little less boring (yet another glass of water) or infantilised (I mean, really, who wants to go to the pub and order a cola like a five-year-old on school holidays?), I have good news. The new buzz-phrase in drinks is “zero proof”. Yes, it’s …

Alcohol

Artist gives climate science a redesign

A 23-year-old Maine artist does the near-impossible: She makes climate change visually appealing. Jill Pelto has a knack for blending hard scientific …

Gary Vaynerchuk: All Successful Entrepreneurs Have These 5 Traits

Without these five traits, you're going to struggle to succeed as a founder, Vaynerchuk warns.<p>If you want to become an entrepreneur, where do you start?<p>It's a sensible enough question to consider, but when a curious user asked essentially this of the community on question-and-answer site Quora, …

33 Striking Africa-Inspired Home Decor Ideas

Africa is an exotic place, which excites and stays on your mind forever, once you see it. If you love this part of the world but can’t go there, you …

9 things happier people have in common

In recent years, the science of happiness has exploded. Positive psychology, which focuses on what makes individuals and communities thrive, has been an incredibly popular field of study. Researchers have even started to produce reports on happiness around the globe.<p>It makes sense: we all want to …

Simple ways to improve your mood, according to psychologists

Jason Kempin / Staff / Getty Images<p>It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of …

How much of our personalities we can change depends on whether we have personalities at all

Almost everyone has something they want to change about their personality. In 2014, a study that traced people's goals for personality change found that the vast majority of its subjects wanted to be more extroverted, agreeable, emotionally stable, and open to new experiences.<p>A whopping 97 percent …

Artistic design ideas for your home

Ah, home – that loving and safe place to rush off to at the end of every work day; where we’re known, loved, and accepted simply for being …

These 4 States Are Doing Something Truly Revolutionary With Food

Ready, set, compost.<p>The mind-boggling amount of food Americans throw away is the kind of problem that seems ripe for nationwide reform. But while federal legislation lingers in Congress, some states have found promising ways to keep edible items out of the trash.<p>As much as 40 percent of the food …

This Algorithm Can Warp Wide-Angle Selfies to Look Like Normal Portraits

Computers are changing photography in a big way—from colorizing black and white photos automatically, to telling how memorable your photos are. And …

Photography

6 Baby Steps To Become A Data Ninja Entrepreneur

<b>By Dayna Sessa</b><p>If analyzing numbers makes you anxious, relax. A majority of the value you gain from data comes from things you already do as a savvy business person.<p>I waited eagerly for my daughter to turn six months old and sit independently so my husband and I could begin bringing her to a …

17 Travel Skills Every Twentysomething Should Know

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In Order To Achieve Lasting Success: 10 Tips To Become An Attractive Person

Entering the Awesome Age of Millennial Entrepreneurship

Millennials are entering their startup prime. Get a taste of the incredible companies they create.<p>This year, the youngest of the 75.4 million Millennials are about the age Mark Zuckerberg was when he launched Facebook--19. The oldest Millennials, at 35, have been starting companies for years. …

Don’t think too positive

Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?<i>By Gabriele Oettingen</i>Read …

The downside of being happy

The idea that sadness somehow kindles creativity is a popular and long-lasting one. Its roots go back to antiquity; even Aristotle noted that those who excelled in the arts, politics and philosophy had a tendency toward “melancholia.” The artistic canon appears to be full of people whose dark …

The 10 most valuable career skills you can acquire in your spare time

In other words, they evaluated a ton of different skills that companies look for in their job postings and then evaluated how much higher those jobs paid on average than similar jobs that <i>didn't</i> include those skills.<p>For example, a lab technician job that includes a requirement for the "data …

A Dozen Things I Learned Being Involved in one of the Most Ambitious Startups Ever Conceived (Teledesic)

<b></b> I’ve decided to write this blog post about one of the more interesting business stories that has never really been told accurately. The story …

How Instagram’s Head Engineer Is Using Quantum Mechanics To Manage His Team

James Everingham’s passion for physics predated his management role at Instagram. Here’s how he’s brought one to bear on the other.<p>I didn’t intend to go into computer science, and I definitely didn’t expect to become a manager. Instead, I started out thinking I’d be a laboratory scientist. In …

Does reading fiction make you a better person?

I have been a nerd my whole life. I was always "that kid," the one who read in a corner at recess and talked about Jo March and Ponyboy as though they were real people. I have a vivid memory of myself at 8 or 9, staying up far past my bedtime to read Katherine Paterson's "Bridge to Terabithia" by …

Psychology

These nine artists can pump out stunning paintings in 20 minutes

At Art Battle, painters have a brush in their hands, pigments by their side and 20 minutes to create entire works of art from scratch. When the …

Time I

Want More Success and Happiness? No Joke, Science Says Avoid Pride

Research says pride comes in two different personalities. One you definitely want to avoid, if you want to live life to the fullest.<p>Do you consider yourself a proud person? Well, after this article, you may want to re-consider whether it's serving you or working against you. As it turns out, a rare …

Discovering the 'final frontier' of our universe

<b>(CNN) —</b> Over the last week, new images have granted us exquisite views of the final frontier that is our old, vast and mysterious universe.<p>While we may be exploring strange new worlds, like exoplanets beyond our solar system, and seeking out the potential for life on them, these aren't the voyages …

1 Personality Trait That Holds Back Talented People (and How to Overcome It)

Three ways this positive trait can hurt you in the workplace.<p>In a perfect world, your completed assignments would speak for themselves. You'd work on friendly, collaborative teams with fair-minded co-workers, and each person would be free with praise and full of self-effacing humility. You'd never …

8 common traits of highly intelligent people

Some users claim to know from personal experience; others are just taking an educated guess.<p>As it turns out, many users gave answers that researchers would agree with.<p>We pulled eight of the most intriguing Quora responses and explained the science behind them — and let's just say that we feel a lot …

Self-improvement