Joe Baker

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Apocalypse now for Britain’s retailers as low wages and the web cause ruin

Big-name stores are teetering on the brink. Without radical action to bring back shoppers, UK high streets will be wrecked<p>“Who’d be a retailer now?” That was the comment from City economist Jeremy Cook when the latest set of grim retail sales data was released by the Office for National Statistics …

eCommerce

A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia

Russia is a land of stories. Stories of the czar and his people, of Lenin and the revolution, of the Great Patriotic War; of the transformation of a backward land into a mighty, modern industrial state; of Sputnik, of Laika, of Gagarin. Then the story of Stalin’s reign of terror, the story of a …

Ernest Hemingway

“It’s not a drug, but it may as well be”: Expert opinions on whether kids are addicted to tech

Most people associate the word “addiction” with problems like gambling, alcoholism or drug abuse. But look at a child bent intently over the electric-blue glow of a smartphone, and it’s hard not to wonder whether we need to expand our definition of “addiction”.<p>The question of whether kids are …

The Brain

Former Facebook and Google workers launch campaign to fight tech addiction

Campaign to highlights potential harm of digital platforms and social media on young people, alongside a call to regulate tech companies<p>Reformed techies have united to launch a campaign to put pressure on technology companies to make their products less addictive and manipulative.<p>“Truth About Tech” …

Marc Benioff

Didi Chuxing took on Uber and won. Now it's taking on the world

Jean Liu has a vision. Not far in the future, the president of Didi Chuxing, the world’s largest ride-sharing service, imagines calling a car to her …

China

Cape Town: What It's Like to Live Through Water Crisis

Capetonians collect water from the Kalk Bay spring on Feb. 1; at some springs, waits can drag on for hours. Mikhael Subotzky and Johnny Miller for …

Patricia de Lille

Facial Recognition Is Accurate, if You’re a White Guy

Facial recognition technology is improving by leaps and bounds. Some commercial software can now tell the gender of a person in a photograph.<p>When the person in the photo is a white man, the software is right 99 percent of the time.<p>But the darker the skin, the more errors arise — up to nearly 35 …

Artificial Intelligence

Talk is cheap: the myth of the focus group

Focus groups make us feel our views matter – but no one with power cares what we think. By Liza Featherstone<p>In the early 1950s, the Betty Crocker company had a problem: American housewives liked the idea of cake mix, but they weren’t actually buying it. And so the company approached Ernest Dichter, …

Black Lives Matter

Want to Fall In Love With Your Partner Again? Science Says to Ask Them These 36 Questions

Love is more than a feeling; it's a choice.<p>Relationships are hard. They can bring out the best in us, yes, but also the worst. They test the very essence of our beings: our capacity for forgiveness; our ability to trust (both ourselves and another); the true extent of our self-love; the strength of …

Relationships

A Psychological Explanation for Why Getting Compliments Is So Embarrassing

Last month, I got an email from my life coach telling me how much he enjoyed our last conversation and how much progress I’d made. I scanned it, then …

Psychology

Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs

Work has ruled our lives for centuries, and it does so today more than ever. But a new generation of thinkers insists there is an alternative. By Andy Beckett<p>Work is the master of the modern world. For most people, it is impossible to imagine society without it. It dominates and pervades everyday …

Basic Income

Millennials are killing capitalism – and that's a good thing

Necessity is the mother of invention. The economic travails of millennials could herald the era of late materialism.<p>Fewer than a third of millennials …

What Life Is Like Growing Up In A Cult

Between meetings and readings, we ran around, laughed and played games just like other children, but I often seethed with rage and frustration. Would …

Lose These 12 Bad Habits If You're Serious About Becoming a Millionaire

There are too many barriers on the path to success to tolerate the ones we create ourselves.<p>Success is a mindset. In order to be successful you must commit to planning your life around that one burning goal or desire. Before making that big leap of faith, there are certain things that you need to …

Facing Down Flu: 5 Things To Know Now

Aja C. Holmes planned to go to work last week, but her flu symptoms — a cough, fever and severe body aches that worsened overnight — had other ideas.<p>"It felt like somebody took a bat and beat my body up and down," said Holmes, 39, who works as a residential life director at California State …

The sales blog cult of LinkedIn

Inside the passionate culture of thought leadership on the hardest-working social network.<p>After Tony J. Hughes, an Australia-based speaker and …

In the heart of Trump Country, his base's faith is unshaken

SANDY HOOK, Ky. (AP) — The regulars amble in before dawn and claim their usual table, the one next to an old box television playing the news on mute.<p>Steven Whitt fires up the coffee pot and flips on the fluorescent sign in the window of the Frosty Freeze, his diner that looks and sounds and smells …

How Your Coworkers Make Assumptions About You Based On Body Language

Your mannerisms might matter more than you think.<p>Though your coworkers and manager might not understand tiny shifts in your behavior instantly, you’re giving away many invites into your psyche, simply via your body language.<p>According to professional corporate trainer, business consultant, and …

The Serial-Killer Detector

A former journalist, equipped with an algorithm and the largest collection of murder records in the country, finds patterns in crime.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Thomas Hargrove is a homicide archivist. For the past seven years, he …

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

How Vans Became the Shoes Everyone’s Wearing—Again

In the early 2000s, the Southern California brand was irrelevant. Now it’s a $2.3 billion global powerhouse worn by pretty much everyone.<p>Back in 2002, when Rian Pozzebon, who was then a relative unknown in the sneaker community, got the offer to join Vans and help rebuild the brand’s ailing skate …

Shoes

Millennials are narcissistic? The evidence is not so simple

Rising social media use has sparked a passionate debate among psychologists: are today’s young people more “Generation Me”, or “Generation We”?<p>At the next table in the cafe where I was working this morning, a young woman spent a whole hour talking excitedly to her older companion about herself, her …

Psychology

Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor's world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionize high-speed transportation, reinvent cars – and hopefully find love …

Elon Musk

11 Small but Important Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health

Look around (like, literally look around or scan your timeline or Twitter feed). You may have noticed that we're making huge strides in …

Mental Health

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

Mental Health

Elon Musk, Michio Kaku, Ray Kurzweil, And Stephen Hawking: Is The Future Exciting Or Terrifying? [Opinion]

Elon Musk, Michio Kaku, Ray Kurzweil, Stephen Hawking, and so many others are advising that rapid changes in technology will change the way people …

Singularity

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed. I think most newlyweds do this, especially after a few cocktails …

Relationships

The Story of Goth in 33 Songs

• Okeh<p>Screamin’ Jay Hawkins<p>“I Put a Spell on You”<p>1956<p>Screamin’ Jay Hawkins used to rise out of a coffin onstage. He would brandish a walking stick decorated with a skull, which occasionally borrowed his cigarettes. Hawkins later grew ambivalent about his image as the Vincent Price of R&B; like the …

Children Of The Revolution: How Glam Rock Changed The World

The Great Britain of the 70s could be a drab, monochrome place. The buzz of <b>the Summer Of Love</b> had long faded and in its place, it seemed, came the …

'Death Island': Britain's 'concentration camp' in Russia

<b>When British soldiers were sent to Russia after the Russian Revolution their main enemies were the Germans - their opponents in World War One - but they also found themselves fighting and imprisoning Bolsheviks. In the process they opened what Russians regard as the first concentration camp in</b> …

World History