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8 Quick Tricks to Make Yourself Wake Up Earlier for Mind-Blowing Productivity

It's frustrating, isn't it? You want to become an early riser.<p>You know that waking up early is one of the best ways to be more productive. You know that many of the world's most successful entrepreneurs are early risers.<p>Yet no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to stop hitting snooze.<p>You don't …

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

4 Ways Not Reading Fiction is Killing Your Productivity

As an adult living and working in the 21st century, you’re bombarded with a constant crush of escalating demands.<p>Your boss wants you to do more at …

Dr. Seuss' Raunchy, Forgotten WWII Cartoons Are Coming to TV

They were boozy, they were sex-laden, they taught soldiers a thing or two about life.<p>It was 1943, the thick of World War II, and the U.S. Army Air Force First Motion Picture Unit needed to lift spirits and shed light on military behavior. So they turned to professionals: <i>It's a Wonderful Life</i> …

Review: Narcos is the next great Netflix show

Television certainly isn’t hurting for crime dramas. The medium is positively glutted with shows that each, in their own way, bear a passing resemblance to the likes of <i>Law and Order</i> and <i>CSI</i>. But early last year, HBO’s <i>True Detective</i> created a renewed appetite for thoughtful and dark crime TV, and …

Why the Zac Efron EDM movie 'We Are Your Friends' is more 'Foxes' than 'Saturday Night Fever'

The style of music known as EDM, short for electronic dance music, can sometimes be made by someone alone on a laptop with a pair of headphones, then played at throbbing volume for enormous high-energy crowds. That tension between intimacy and boisterousness motivates a lot of the movie "We Are …

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Zuckerberg's book club, A Year of Books, has focused on big ideas that influence society and business. For his 16th pick, he's gone with "The Varieties Of Religious Experience" by William James (1842-1919).<p>During his tenure at Harvard, James became the most famous American philosopher and …

11 clothing and style hacks for the modern gentleman

From packing your suit the wrinkle-free way to keeping your rolled-up sleeves from unfurling, heed these 11 clothing and style hacks that will save you time, money, and, in some cases, embarrassment.<p>Instead of rolling the cuff slowly up your sleeve, flip the cuff back and pull it to just below your …

Spotify vs. Apple Music: Is there a difference in sound quality?

If you're still waiting to pull the trigger on either an Apple Music or Spotify streaming subscription, will any difference in sound quality help you make a decision?<p>Apple Music officially launched this week on iOS devices for$9.99 (£9.99/AU$11.99) a month, and it comes into a marketplace that is …

Audiophile

Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Anthropology

Ghana: the new Ibiza for international party set?

At Kokrobite, a traditional fishing village west of Accra, a party is in full swing. Crowds dressed in the red and black uniform of funeral-goers block the potholed streets, singing and swaying, enjoying what for many in Ghana is the highlight of their social calendars.<p>But on the other side of the …

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

The world has been clamoring for a super-battery.<p>Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell. Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a …

Energy

Happiest Man in the World: Stop Trying to be Happy

In his new book, Altruism, a scientist turned Buddhist monk argues that we’re all hardwired to be altruistic—and that’s the secret to true bliss.<p>Type …

Art Basel Opens in Basel: Pictures

Art

11 documentaries that will make you smarter about business

From a film on Wal-Mart's business practices to one on aspiring sommeliers, each will simultaneously entertain and educate you about business.

Rosetta mission: What is it and why will it crash into a comet today?

What is the Rosetta mission?<p>Rosetta is a ground-breaking £1 billion mission launched in 2004 to chase, orbit, and land on a comet. It's coming to an end today after 13 years.<p>The spacecraft spent 10 years chasing comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko almost 500 million miles from Earth, before landing a …

June 2015

Diversity

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Uber’s operations investigated in second Chinese city

Chinese police have visited Uber offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the company's operations in China.<p>An official at Chengdu's city transportation commission said the visit Wednesday was part of an investigation into Uber allowing private drivers to offer their services via …

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

University of Alberta

Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly': A Track-by-Track Guide

There are surprise releases and there are accidental releases. The appearance of Kendrick Lamar's highly anticipated new album, <i>To Pimp a Butterfly</i>, …

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

At 118, the world’s oldest woman says her secret is eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Sounds good to us!<p>How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, …

Marvin Gaye's Family Considering 'Happy' After 'Blurred Lines' Win

Marvin Gaye’s family just won a $7.3 million lawsuit against Robin Thicke and Pharrell for ripping off one of his hits in their recent single …

5 Ways You're Accidentally Wrecking Your Credit

Certain actions, like closing a high-fee credit card, might seem financially savvy. But there could be consequences for your credit.<p>It’s one thing to …

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

National Parks