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Politeness isn’t enough; we now demand friendliness. And it’s destroying authenticity

“How’s your day going?” can be a truly personal question. It’s banal chitchat if all is well, but if you’re going through immense trauma or crisis, it can feel invasive. Once, it might have been possible to brush off the question with a polite “fine” but we live in a world that no longer settles …

Meet the 'mega monk' changing our attitude to happiness, one tweet at a time

There is a long-standing theory in the science of happiness that we each have a set point we return to; a happy medium, however high the highs or low the lows, in between.<p>This ‘hedonic adaptability’ means that even as we achieve our dreams - finding true love, starting a family, making a million – …

Stimulate your brain with a lifetime subscription to Brain.fm for just $50

Constant access to the internet and mobile tech make it easy to lose focus and procrastinate when we are trying to get work done, and the glow of …

Mobile Devices

The 1 Decision That Launched Warren Buffett's $76 Billion Empire

Warren Buffett's social anxiety jeopardized his career. Here's how he learned to love the spotlight.<p>With an estimated net worth of $71.9 billion, octogenarian and Omahan Warren Buffett is one of the world's most successful financiers.<p>From an early age, Buffett seemed destined for greatness--by 16, …

A neuroscientist explains the 5 most effective methods to keep your brain healthy

Neuroscientist and leadership coach Dr. Tara Swart spoke with Business Insider about some of the most effective methods to keep your brain healthy.<p>She picked her five key areas: sleep, nutrition, hydration, oxygen, and meditation.<p>When talking about nutrition, Dr. Swart said: "My top five …

Will naming the Anthropocene lead to acceptance of our planet-level impact?

Casagrande, a cultural anthropologist, studies the cognitive dissonance behind climate change denial. Cognitive dissonance is a psychological term to …

Trump: 'Legal system is broken'

President Donald Trump called the legal system "broken" on Saturday morning, a day after he suggested the White House could release a further draft immigration order early next week.<p>"Our legal system is broken! "77% of refugees allowed into U.S. since travel reprieve hail from seven suspect …

The White House released a list of ‘under covered’ terror attacks it would like you to look at

By Philip Bump<p>Philip Bump<p>National correspondent focused largely on the numbers behind politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>After President Trump made the baffling claim in a speech on Monday that the media was not reporting on terror attacks (“It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in …

The White House

Marcus Krause's lung cancer wouldn't stop growing. Then he took a new kind of blood test

<b>In late August 2014, Marcus Krause, a 53-year-old photographer from Atlanta, received a phone call from his oncologist.</b> Krause had been waiting for …

You look more powerful in photos when facing to the right — here's why

People look more powerful, athletes more elegant, and cars faster when they appear facing to the right.<p>This mind-blowing insight comes from Simone Schnall, director of the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Lab, who described this trait, called spatial agency bias, for an Edge.com feature on …

World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases

All DNA-based life forms on Earth contain, at their core, a genetic code made up of four bases — adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), cytosine (C). …

9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior

Fortunately, there are no shortage of podcasts designed to cater to that interest — whether it's a short one-one-one chat about building good habits or an hour-long compilation of novel ideas.<p>Here are some of the best podcasts that help put life in perspective.

University of Pennsylvania

This Mental Trick Makes Your Workouts Easier

So convincing are the health benefits of exercise that it’s a wonder we don’t all run to work every day. That’s until you consider the downside of …

11 TED Talks That Show How Weird The Human Mind Really Is

You have less control over your decisions than you think.<p>We use our mind every second of every day, but it's safe to say no one understands exactly …

Brett Kavanaugh

Test Your Creativity: What Do These 3 Words Have in Common?

In his 1962 paper on the creative process, psychologist Sarnoff Mednick, a professor at the University of Michigan, argued that all methods of …

Inside Magic Leap, The Secretive $4.5 Billion Startup Changing Computing Forever

The hottest ticket in tech is an invitation to a banal South Florida business park, indistinguishable on the outside from countless other office buildings that dot America’s suburban landscape. Inside, it’s a whole different story. A different reality, in fact. Humanoid robots walk down the halls, …

Augmented Reality

This classic thought experiment explains the weird decisions we make about spending money

Some years ago, I interviewed the Nobel prize­-winning psychologist and best­selling author Daniel Kahneman. He told me one of his all­-time favorite thought experiments, which is something of a classic in behavioral economics.<p>It involves a woman who has spent $160 on two theatre tickets. She is …

Americans are finally about to get online banking features that Brazil has enjoyed for years

Electronic bill paying. Instant cash transfers between friends. Same-day check clearing. Digital banking is entering a new age in the US—but it’s an age that many developed and developing countries have been living in for some time already.<p>Previously repressed by US regulations, industry inertia, …

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Washington University in St. Louis

Bodyweight Exercises for Developing Fitness and Strength

Bodyweight exercises are exercises that utilize your body weight instead of equipment like dumbbells or gym machines. Using bodyweight was one of the …

Bodyweight Exercise

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues

<b>You may have noticed them</b> going up in your town’s streets and parking lots: a new generation of pole-mounted lights that pour down a cool torrent of …

Why Fintech Firms Are Winning the Battle for Digital Consumers

Despite wanting to improve the digital consumer experience, research finds that the banking industry still can't fully support key stages of the …

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Science Says You Aren't Lazy -- the Perception of Time Is Messing Everything up

A slower view of time could be contributing to higher rates of workplace stress among millennials.<p>Stress and the workplace appear to be inseparable bedfellows in the contemporary environment, with nearly 80% of workers saying they experience stress on the job and 50% admitting they need help …

The best outdoor gear for camping, hiking, and exploring nature

The lesson learned from this Gregory backpack is that buying used is often as good as buying new. I bought this backpack on Craigslist for $50; I can’t tell you for sure what the model is. In the four years since, I’ve dragged it all over the place — up various mountains and one inactive volcano, …

17 Secret Morning Habits of the Fittest People We Know

By Jessica Migala for Life by Daily Burn<p>Photo: Pond5<p>Ever wonder how America's fittest maintain their healthy bodies -- and mindsets? Hint: It's not just good genetics and a coffee IV. They start their day with certain good-for-you habits that set them up for success from a.m. to p.m. Read on to …

Weight Loss

The Madness Of Humanity Part 4: Science Vs. Religion

<i>This is the fourth in a series of essays concerning our collective future. The goal is to bring forth some of the main issues humanity faces today, as we move forward to uncertain times. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, we will consider two kinds of threats: those due to natural</i> …

Microsoft launches data science degree to plug the skills gap, more courses could follow

Microsoft has unveiled a new degree program as it looks to address the “significant skills gap” that exists in the field of data science.<p>Announced at its Worldwide Partner Conference yesterday, the Microsoft Professional Degree (MPD) program is touted as “the first program of its kind to offer …