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Koko The Gorilla Gets Two Kittens For Her 44th Birthday

Nothing's cuter than feline companions for an ape<p>Koko, the gorilla famous for her sign language skills, turned 44 this year, and got (at least in this author's opinion) the greatest possible present to celebrate: two new kittens. Koko took a shine to a little grey fuzzball named Ms. Gray, and …

Cute Animals

Three Ways to Invest in Yourself through Learning

<i>By Gini Dietrich</i><p>Earlier this week, Laura Petrolino wrote about the importance of professional development and keeping your skills fresh through …

7 Success Habits of Exceptionally Productive People | Inc.com

Once in a while you need to kick some serious butt: finish off a huge project, finally put to bed a task you can't keep putting off, or just knock out a ton of work in one day (like the day I wrote the first draft of my book proposal.)<p>When you <i>really</i> need to perform, business as usual won't cut it: …

Time Management

5 Organizing Products That Are Secretly 'Black Holes' Of Clutter

You don't have to be a neatnik to appreciate the simple power of a well-organized home. After all, when everything has a designated place, it often seems like life just runs a little more smoothly. However, while some organization products certainly help corral various items and cut back the …

Personal Organizing

Marshall Goldsmith: The Importance of Giving Positive Recognition | Inc.com

• He had high standards and people didn't always meet them.<br>• He didn't like to hand out praise indiscriminately, because this cheapened the value of praise when it was deserved.<br>• He believed that singling out individuals could weaken the team.<p>While pointing out when he shouldn't give recognition, he …

Leadership

3 Things Ultra Productive People Do Differently | Inc.com

We all know one of those ultra productive people. You know the ones I’m talking about. They make life look easy, as if they have countless hours at their disposal. Time, however, is the great equalizer. We all have the same amount of hours in the day. As Thomas Edison once said, "Time is really the …

Time Management

8 Habits of Highly Productive People

<b>Find focus with a simple ritual.</b><br>Try making your favorite morning activity—sipping tea, walking around the block—a mind-clearing pre-work ritual. …

Time Management

7 Tips To Boost Your Self-Esteem

In the past year I've really learned what it means to have self-worth. I am finding out more and more that when you can appreciate yourself it is a …

Self-esteem

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain | Inc.com

Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and least understood organ in your whole body. But in these fascinating TED Talks, …

Humanity

Two Steps to Control Your Emotions (So They Don't Control You)

<i>By meQuilibrium</i><p>When a negative emotion hits you, you can feel it in your body, right? A heaviness on your chest, a hollow feeling in your stomach, a flushed face, tears welling up. Knowing exactly how to identify and name those emotions? That's a different story. You know something set you off, and …

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Georgia boy who died from brain infection left goodbye note for parents

The parents of a 6-year-old Georgia boy who died from an amoebic infection Friday shared a note that he wrote and left for them at their home before he left for the hospital.<p>Leland Shoemake, who was being treated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta after contracting Balamuthia mandrillaris in his …

Atlanta Home Invasion Victim Prayed to God After Being Shot

The Atlanta man who was shot when his home was invaded just as he and his wife had returned from a vacation said he remembers praying out loud, …

Crime

Man smuggles cocaine between U.S. and Mexico through underwater tunnel

<b>(CNN) —</b> There has been increasing talk among politicians recently about building a border fence between the United States and Mexico. But the fence that exists in California couldn't stop one man -- and some drugs -- from going under it.<p>A Honduran man put on a wetsuit and scuba gear, and smuggled …

Scuba Diving

A Glimpse Inside an OCD Mind

It took the world's fourth most powerful super computer 40 minutes to model a single second of human brain activity. I frequently imagine computers to have vast intellectual processing abilities, but really, each human brain is a more powerful processor than even the most advanced computers. The …

Mental Health

Massive Florida sinkhole that swallowed a man reopens

<b>(CNN) —</b> A massive sinkhole in Florida, which had been filled in, has opened up again -- bringing back nightmarish memories of when it swallowed a man two years ago.<p>In February 2013, the sinkhole first formed under Jeff Bush's bedroom in the town of Seffner as he turned in for the night. He screamed …

Natural Disasters

It hurts to say it, but sometimes Donald Trump speaks the truth

Donald Trump offends entire voting blocks at will, constantly gets his facts wrong, and most of his policy positions are either contradictory or insane. Yet, on some issues, he’s also right.<p>His deliberate forays into xenophobia and arrogance on immigration and foreign policy certainly remain awful …

Republicans

9-Year-Old Shot Dead in Ferguson While Sitting in Bed Doing Her Homework

A 9-year-old girl was shot and killed Tuesday in Ferguson, Missouri, while she sat in bed doing her homework, her family says.<p>“I never in a million …

Joe Biden 2016: 5 Factors That Might Push Him To Run

Vice President Joe Biden has spent the past few weeks mostly out of the public eye in South Carolina and Delaware, spending time with his family and …

Government

The new Time magazine cover has a reality check for America

The latest cover of Time magazine directly tackles the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump.<p>While some observers have urged the public to ignore the real-estate tycoon, who is surging in Republican primary polls, Time took a different approach.<p>Instead, the magazine's front page declared: "Deal …

Donald Trump
Donald Trump

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Government
North Africa

Arkansas Is Fourth State to Halt Planned Parenthood Funding

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has moved to cut the state’s funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and ordered the Department of Human …

Sixth man to walk on moon says aliens prevented nuclear war

This astronaut might have flown off the deep end.<p>The sixth person to walk on the moon is now claiming aliens visited Earth decades ago to stop the …

Paranormal

How Governments Spy on You, and What You can Do About It

Technology has brought great advances and conveniences, but it also comes with the cost of privacy. You;ve seen many examples in the news. The NSA has been caught spying on German chancellor Angela Merkel and her closest advisers for years. WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange says the NSA …

This Kitten Just Met This Baby Owl, And What Happened Next Is Too Much For Words.

I’m starting to think Japan might just be a magical animal land from a children’s book. We already knew they had owl cafes, and in one of them, …

Cute Animals