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Ecuador has begun drilling for oil in the world’s richest rainforest

The country is poised to cash in on one of its most valuable assets. But at what cost?<p><i>Originally published by</i> <i>bioGraphic</i><i>.</i><p>As many of the planet's last hectares of wilderness give way to roads and towns, farms and soccer fields, gas stations and Starbucks, the Anthropocene marches on. Perhaps nowhere …

Why time management is ruining our lives | Oliver Burkeman

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

How Many Hours Should A Salaried Employee Work?

Dear Liz,<p>I’m an HR Manager in a new job and I am running into a sticky issue.<p>In my new company different departments arrive and leave the office at different times. The official business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. but some people come in at 10 or 11 a.m. (or 6 or 7).<p>I think the flexibility is …

The Workplace

11 Sleeping Apps to Help Insomniacs Rest Up This Holiday Season

Although we LOVE the holiday season, finding time to do everything on our Christmas to-do list can be hella stressful. From planning the Christmas dinner menu to buying (and wrapping) gifts for him and her, there’s just too much to do… and not enough time to do it. But since stress can have …

Yahoo has been secretly scanning your email and handing it over to US intelligence [Updated]

For years, Yahoo has been scanning the email of unknowing users and then turning this information over to US intelligence agencies. Citing sources familiar with the matter, Reuters broke the story today that Yahoo is complicit in breaching the privacy of millions of potential users, even beyond its …

Earth - We might live in a computer program, but it may not matter

<i>This story is part of BBC Earth's "Best of 2016" list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>Are you real? What about me?<p>These used to be questions that only philosophers worried about. Scientists just got on with figuring out how the world is, and why. But some of the current best …

Quantum Physics

How This Startup Is Turning Drinks Into Data

'Smart Taps' are helping bars increase profits.<p>Beer taps have changed very little in over fifty years. But the next time you find yourself sitting at a bar, keep your eyes peeled for online connected "Smart Taps."<p>The Smart Tap is the brainchild of WeissBeerger, a company that is proudly turning …

Those chip and PIN cards aren't as secure as we thought

Chip and PIN cards and readers are finally rolling out in the United States. Unlike traditional magnetic cards, which use static information to make a transaction, these pieces of plastic create a new key with each purchase, based on a standard by Europay, MasterCard and Visa. That should make …

Having conquered Chess and Go, the robots move to master Foosball

We’ve come a long way since the days of selecting a CPU player for the other Pong paddle, tank or hand-to-hand combatant. Now the computers are taking it to us, in meatspace, and seemingly no tabletop activity is safe from their depredations. The latest to succumb to computer domination? Foosball. …

Robotics

Bolivarian Socialism - Venezuela's Attempt to Repeal The Laws Of Supply And Demand

Nicolas Maduro and his buddies are still fighting the rearguard action over the calling of the recall referendum. It’s quite clear that the opposition would be able to get enough signatures to enable the referendum to take place. But the problem is the timing. If it can be pushed into the latter …

Your Diet as a Migraine Therapy

Why is it that certain foods (or a combination of foods) seem to provoke your migraine attacks? Would eliminating them from your diet be helpful?<p>The …

America's Political Divide Explained by Isiah Berlin's 2 Ideas of Freedom

Freedom is a closely-held value to nearly everyone in the modern western world. But two people rarely agree on what defines the concept of freedom. …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Trait Matters Most: 10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

The gobsmacking racism of America's criminal justice system

Earlier this week the Supreme Court issued a near-unanimous ruling that the state of Georgia must retry Timothy Foster, a black death-row inmate …

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Socialism in America

<i>This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was</i> …

To Boost Happiness, Stack the Pain

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be …

Donald Trump is a middle finger to the entire political system

Is the key to Donald Trump's success just old-fashioned racism? He surely stokes race hatred among his followers and even more-or-less openly panders …

It Takes Just Four Minutes To Explain the Entire Universe

In need of a quick refresher course on, well, the science of pretty much everything? Here’s a cheeky, irreverent summation of the universe in just …

2 of the GOP’s megadonors were supposed to buy the election — but it didn’t quite go according to plan

Among other things, Donald Trump happened. If the Kochs are the poster children for the supposedly corrupting role of money in politics in a post-<i>Citizens United</i> world, Trump demonstrates that money isn't everything. Running on a shoestring budget, he vanquished Koch-friendly candidates like Scott …

Google isn’t merging Android and Chrome OS, it’s just stealing their best parts

Rumors that Google would merge Android and Chrome OS, or even just outright kill Chrome OS, have been coming and going for years. At its I/O 2016 developer conference, the company finally unveiled its grand plan: Android and Chrome OS aren’t merging (yet?), but their best features, respectively, …

How to be happy — lessons from an Amazonian tribe

One month ago I returned back from an adventure in the Ecuadorian rainforest. Myself and a friend spent 5 days learning from and living with the …

What Venezuela's Food Rationing Tells Us: The Price Of Something Is The Price Of Something

The ongoing disaster that is the Venezuelan economy under Bolivarian socialism tells us a number of interesting economic lessons. In part that there’s no economic theory so deluded that someone, somewhere, won’t believe in it. That we cannot simply ascribe prices randomly to goods: prices are not …

Venezuela

Noam Chomsky predicted the rise of Donald Trump six years ago

<b>(WGBHForum)</b><p>Both parties have colossally failed the American people. It was only a matter of time before a strongman stepped in<p>Jake Johnson<p>May 19, 2016 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>In an interview with Chris Hedges in 2010, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and …

Political Science

Venezuela’s Falling Apart and the President Is Sending Troops to ‘Protect’ the People | VICE News

A week ago residents of the poorer barrios of Venezuela's capital Caracas woke up to find soldiers everywhere.<p>Dressed in black helmets, military fatigues, and bulletproof jackets, a fleet of soldiers on 400 motorcycles flew through narrow, crumbling, streets while being supported by trucks and two …

U.S. intelligence warns Venezuela is on the verge of collapse

With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and intransigent political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence, U.S. intelligence officials warned Friday.<p>Venezuela, which controls the world's largest reserves of …

Venezuela

American Capitalism’s Great Crisis

A couple of weeks ago, a poll conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics found something startling: only 19% of Americans ages 18 to 29 …

America Held Hostage to Two-Party Failure: Government of, by and for the Corporations

Washington rhetoric waxes Orwellian in proportion to inside-the-Beltway disconnect around cause and effect of the US economic crisis. Ranging from …

Middle-class

The Cost of the Cultural Revolution, Fifty Years Later

In 1979, three years after the end of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, the Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping visited the United States. At a state banquet, he was seated near the actress Shirley MacLaine, who told Deng how impressed she had been on a trip to China some years earlier. She …

China