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Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Simplified Design: Home Decor Apps Make Decorating Easy

(Image credit: Homestyler)<p>Furniture is <i>heavy</i>, not to mention a big investment. Don't you wish you could virtually move things around to see what a new …

Apps

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

By Jeff Guo<p>In the grade-school version of American history, the Revolutionary War seems like a righteous inevitability. The typical narrative conflates taxes with tyranny, casting the rebellion as a break from British greed and oppression. “King George III didn’t seem to care what the colonists …

Busy But Getting Nothing Done: 3 Subtle, Subconscious Ways We Procrastinate

<i>A version of this article originally appeared on Forbes. Sign up for my newsletter to get my articles straight to your inbox.</i><p>We know what typical procrastination looks and feels like: we're on social media, checking emails for the tenth time in an hour, clipping our toenails, loading the …

Do These 4 Things To Foster New Creativity

This post on creativity is the final segment in my series on “How to be a Collaborative Partner.”<p>Consider this: Dave Myers, an employee working for Gore-Tex fabric innovator W.L. Gore, was tinkering with some new ideas one workday—taking advantage of the company’s 10 percent daily allotment of …

5 Inspirational Books That Will Boost Your Growth

Regardless of who you are and what you do, there will be periods both in your personal and professional life where you will feel less than motivated …

Motivation

Fight Procrastination by Reading This Article Right Now

Search the web and you'll find thousands of articles on how to deal with procrastination. Go ahead and read one. ... later.<p>Or perhaps you'd be better served to put off the <i>how</i> until you have dealt with the <i>why</i> behind procrastination.<p>Begin by asking this question: "Is there a pattern to my …

How Thinking Like a Kid Can Spur Creativity

We live in an ocean of judgment—"you’re not famous enough, you’re not smart enough, you’re not thin enough." The weight of these appraisals, from …

13 Visual Tricks Home Stagers Are Playing on You

In today's ultracompetitive real estate market, it's said that potential buyers make up their minds within seconds of stepping inside a home. That's why an ever-growing number of sellers turn to professional home stagers -- whose services, some say, can add instant appeal and even sell a house up …

Drought-tolerant gardens: Expert tips and tricks

We talked to landscape architects who work their magic in southern California’s dry climes<p>Even in our succulent-obsessed times, many people feel intimidated by and unsure about the idea of drought-resistant landscaping. For some, the notion of drought-tolerant landscape still conjures a drab vision …

Landscaping

20 genius garden ideas you've (probably) never tried

If there's one thing we love, it's stumbling across fantastic and previously unknown gardening tips that will help us get more out of our gardens …

9 Simple Ways to Dramatically Boost Your Creativity

Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged, and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone.<p>In a previous column, I shared nine ways …

5 Things You've Probably Done Today That Destroy Your Productivity

How to work smarter instead of working harder<p>There's a widespread and mistaken belief that lazy people don't get stuff done. In fact, many lazy people are highly productive, and even efficient. Turn and look around you... There may be a highly effective slacker lurking nearby.<p>If not all slackers …

How to Write a Short Story with Clarity and Economy

One of the cold, hard truths of short story writing is that you only get one read. Whether your story is part of a collection, or in a magazine someone’s holding, or in the hands of someone who’s considering publishing it, you usually only get one shot per story with any one person. (Right? When …

7 Productivity Apps That Will Improve Your Daily Routine

Here's a roundup of some of the most useful apps to efficiently manage your busy schedule.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>Yes, you can accomplish a huge amount with nothing more than your phone in your hand. But, with …

This Is How To Be Productive Without Being Miserable: 8 Proven Secrets

There’s plenty of good advice on how to be productive. But most of it makes you feel like you need to turn yourself into a machine. You don’t want to …

How to Learn Swimming Effortlessly

To learn swimming within 10 days is not very hard but if you do it the wrong way you will need much time to learn swimming. It’s indescribably …

Fold a Money Shirt for a Fun Last-Minute Gift

You’re on your way to a birthday or holiday celebration when you realize you don’t have a gift. All you have is some cash in your wallet. With this …

How to Beat Procrastination

Procrastination comes in many disguises. We might resolve to tackle a task, but find endless reasons to defer it. We might prioritize things we can readily tick off our to-do list—answering emails, say—while leaving the big, complex stuff untouched for another day. We can look and feel busy, while …

Debunking the Gentrification Myth

For residents of economically vibrant cities like New York and San Francisco, there are few facts of life more salient than ever-­rising real estate …

The Woman Who Worked to Save 19th-Century Victims of Sex Trafficking

<i>This piece is part of an ongoing series on the unsung women of history. Read more here.</i><p>At the end of the 19th century, journalist and reformer …

Wake Up, Christians. There Is No Place For You In The Democrat Party.

This week I’ve received many emails echoing the sentiments expressed by my friend Lana:<p>Dear Matt,I’ve seen you write a few times this week that “Democrats can’t be Christian” or some such nonsense. I’ve come to expect horrible things from you but these kinds of statements are despicable even by …

9 Ways To Dramatically Improve Your Creativity

Creativity is like a muscle. It must be stretched, challenged, and occasionally pushed past its comfort zone.<p>In a previous column, I shared nine ways …

Online Courses on Creativity – Harness Your Creative Powers

Categories<p>Udemy for Business<p>Get your team access to Udemy’s top 2,500 courses anytime, anywhere. Try Udemy for Business<p>Become an Instructor<p>Turn what …

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

4 Phrases to Jump Start Creativity In Any Meeting

What you say can affect how employees think.<p>Meetings can be a drain on everyone, or an invigorating session where creativity flows freely. While it's tempting to view every meeting as a waste of time spent hearing reports that could have been summarized in an email, the truth is getting a diverse …

10 Habits That Help You Learn Twice as Fast

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The world is in constant change due to advances in technology, science, and innovation. What was considered “hot” a year ago may no longer be relevant today. Just look at all the new social media platforms that have sprouted since …

Learning

How Obama Divides America

At the funeral service for five slain Dallas cops, Barack Obama delivered another one of his needlessly politicized lectures. As is customary these …