Glenn Maguire

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Book Review: Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude

It seems that nowadays, we are spending more time alone. We dine out alone more often and solo vacations are becoming the new family vacations. In …

Book Reviews

Instagram Gives Boost to Obscure Japanese Destinations Looking for More Tourism

Tourism is booming in Japan, but a growing number of visitors are ditching their guidebooks for an app better known for celebrity snapshots and …

Social Media

What It’s Like to Have an ADHD Brain

I’ve always sought comfort in familiar things. I rewatch the same TV shows. I reread the same books. I listen to the same songs for months on end. My …

ADHD

Will Lockheed Martin Change The World With Its New Fusion Reactor?

Lockheed Martin’s secretive Skunk Works® laboratory registered a patent in March for a revolutionary technology that could solve the world’s energy problems for good – but don’t pop the champagne yet. The design is for a compact fusion reactor (CFR) which theoretically produces cheap, clean, near …

Energy

China Is Still Sorting Through Its Colorful Bike-Share Graveyards

Back in March, I posted “The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles,” showing just some of the millions of bicycles that had been rapidly built and dumped into Chinese cities by bike-share companies looking to get in on the next big thing, only to crash hard. In …

Hangzhou

How to Make Friends, According to Science

To begin, don’t dismiss the humble acquaintance.<p>“What are friends for?” This isn’t a rhetorical question. Friendship is one of life’s most important features, and one too often taken for granted.<p>The human desire for companionship may feel boundless, but research suggests that our social capital is …

Psychology

Data-Driven Development - Reports - World Economic Forum

By having granular data that captures the experiences of poor communities, along with the analytical techniques needed to decipher that data, …

Big Data

Don’t believe the spin: Trump still hates free trade

If there is one constant in President Trump’s worldview, going back decades, it is his opposition to free trade. As noted by Andrew C. McKevitt in The Post’s Made by History section, in 1988 Trump was complaining that one of our trade partners was “beating the hell out of this country” and “ripping …

Tariffs

We’re on the verge of a global currency war, says India’s central bank

US president Donald Trump’s protectionist measure against China has spooked the global economy and the currency market. The situation is so grim that the India’s central bank thinks this might be the start of a currency war.<p>“We have already had a few months of turbulence behind us and it looks like …

Economy

Facebook is making its first serious move to monetize WhatsApp

Ads that link Facebook users to WhatsApp<p>Facebook is getting serious about monetizing WhatsApp after the social network reported sluggish earnings growth last Wednesday. WhatsApp has rolled out three new ways for customers to connect quickly with businesses: a shortcut button to immediately start a …

Apps

Weigh More Than 154 Pounds? Aspirin Won’t Help Prevent a Heart Attack

New research shows taking an aspirin a day to help prevent heart attacks, stroke, and certain cancers is only effective for people under a certain …

Medical Research

How to Focus on What’s Important, Not Just What’s Urgent

Do you get to the end of the day and feel that you’ve met your most pressing deadlines but haven’t accomplished anything that’s fundamentally important? You’re hardly alone. In a series of studies recently published in the Journal of Consumer Research, people typically chose to complete tasks that …

China Is Nationalizing Its Tech Sector

As Bloomberg News reported this week, a key stumbling block in trade negotiations between China and the U.S. has been Beijing's extensive support for its technology firms. But if President Donald Trump's administration thinks that will change any time soon, it hasn't been paying attention: Far from …

China

Nikon versus Canon: A Story Of Technology Change

Nikon losing the leadership position to Canon in the market for professional photography is a story involving technology transitions over a period of …

Cameras

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Public Speaking

Forget Trump’s trade war. The real economic threat is in Europe.

Almost anywhere you look these days, the economic news is heartening. The United States has rock-bottom unemployment and above-normal growth. China has tamed its crazy trade surplus and is starting to tackle its excessive debt. Europe and Japan are out of the doldrums. Across the world, 120 …

Economics

Trump thrives in areas that lack traditional news outlets

Relentless use of social media and partisan outlets helped him swamp Clinton and exceed Romney’s performance in places lacking trusted local news media.<p>President Donald Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media may be rooted in statistical reality: An extensive review of subscription data and …

Journalism

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Retail apocalypse watch: Malls are becoming graveyards, but there’s a plot twist

Across the U.S., there are now more graveyard malls than ever before. The vacancy rate in big malls increased by 8.3% in the first quarter–which is at its highest since the fourth quarter of 2012. Reis Inc, a real estate data firm that studies 77 metropolitan areas, says 41 of those areas …

‘When did it all begin to fall apart?’ A son’s addiction, and a mother’s guilt

Something has happened to Ben. His beautiful red hair, the color of brick dust, is cut short — so short that the overhead fluorescent lights seem to shine off his scalp.<p>I look in his eyes, and I see distance. I want a hug, his big arms wrapped around me, my head turned to the side, buried in his …

Parenting

The best time of day to exercise, according to the creator of the viral 7-minute workout

Working out shouldn't feel like a chore, but with dozens of variables to nail down before hitting the gym, it certainly can. Did you remember to eat before your spin class? Did you pack the right shoes in your gym bag? Did you get enough sleep the night before?<p>But there's one thing you can get …

Beyond the Surface of Einstein’s Relativity Lay a Chimerical Geometry

It was in 1905 that Albert Einstein unveiled his special theory of relativity, and in 1915, the general theory of relativity – both ingenious …

Physics

The Gap Between Trump's Tweets and Reality

The president’s latest tirade—on immigration policy, NAFTA, and U.S. relations with Mexico—reveals a policy founded on misunderstandings, half-truths, untruths, and contradictions.<p>President Trump’s prolific comments on social media and elsewhere, along with his improvisatory approach, mean that …

Immigration

Do These Things After 6 P.M. And Your Life Will Never Be The Same

Photo by Sasha Freemind on UnsplashThe time before you go to bed is golden, as it exists every single day, and it’s usually completely yours to …

Self-improvement

E.O. Wilson on the Upside of Introversion, the Limits of IQ, and Where Ideas Really Come From

E.O. Wilson, also known as the “the father of sociobology”, is one of the world’s most esteemed and controversial scientists.<p>He is also a two-time …

The Multibillion-Dollar Online Crime Industry

Imagine checking your bank account and finding that $5,000 had been transferred to someone you’d never heard of. That recently happened to a friend …

Private Sector

How To Beat Procrastination (backed by science)

Procrastination has been around since the start of modern civilization.<p>Historical figures like Herodotus, Leonardo Da Vinci, Pablo Picasso, Benjamin …

Procrastination

Madonna and Grimes lay bare cost of creative freedom for female artists

Laments from the two stars show that an industry quick to sell the idea of female independence is far less keen to support it<p>The buried Instagram comment and hastily deleted tweet have become a kind of desperate <i>cri de career</i> for female artists who have founded professional lives on on bold …

1 in 5 Highly Engaged Employees Is at Risk of Burnout

Dorothea loved her new workplace and was highly motivated to perform. Her managers were delighted with her high engagement, professionalism, and dedication. She worked long hours to ensure that her staff was properly managed, that her deadlines were met, and that her team’s work was nothing short …

Employee Engagement

A video that explains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The more you know about a quantum particle's position, the less you know about its momentum, and vice versa. This is the Heisenberg uncertainty …