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Why gut feelings may really help you make risky decisions

“Gut reactions” — subtle bodily sensations that result from risky behavior — have long been the stuff of financial market lore. Some successful stock market traders, billionaire George Soros included, have claimed they pay attention to bodily pains and other sensations to gain valuable insight into …

A leading expert on procrastination offers his advice for never procrastinating again

In fact, he thinks of it more as a coping mechanism than anything else.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University. He's spent more than two decades studying how and why people put off important tasks. Through his research, Pychyl has learned who's most likely to …

Procrastination

What Etsy Does When Things Go Wrong: A 7-Step Guide

An excerpt from Etsy’s upcoming debriefing guide outlines how you, too, can adopt the company’s blameless approach to understanding how things go wrong.<p><i>“The purpose of an investigation is to understand how things usually go right as a basis for explaining how things occasionally go wrong.”<br>—Erik</i> …

Pull Quote

Magazine<p>Twenty-five years after the breakup of the Soviet Union, they crave the stability that the nationalist president represents.<p><b>He doesn’t know where to take me</b> when I meet him at the hotel by the train station, so we just start to walk down the dusty summer streets of Nizhniy Tagil, a …

What Trump Voters Want Now

The blue-collar workers who put Donald Trump in the White House are ready for him to deliver. How much time will they give him?<p>JOHNSTOWN, Pa.—The night of the election, in this dying little city stuck in the hills of mostly rural, depressed western Pennsylvania, Joey Del Signore dozed off in his …

Donald Trump

Removing your laptop and liquids at airport security may soon be a thing of the past

Going through airport security is never fun, but soon it’ll be a little less stressful.<p>Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, one of the world’s largest airports, has started testing new scanners for hand luggage that don’t require you to take out large electronic devices and liquids. While today you still …

6 Habits That Will Turn You Into One of the Most Mentally Tough People on the Planet

Learn from the best.<p>Who are the most mentally tough people on the planet? Well, that's subjective--but one group without question would have to be Navy SEALs.<p>This incredible article breaks down what SEALs do to cultivate such mental strength and fortitude. But I figured I would add my own …

Winners of the 2015 Urban Photography Competition Shine a Light on Diverse Urban Life Around the World

The 2015 CBRE Urban Photographer of the Year Competition recently released their selection of winning and honourably mentioned images that celebrate the diversity of urban life. With 21,000 stunning entries from over 113 different countries, the annual competition, in its 9th year of development, …

Asia Pacific

Absinthe Used to Be Malaria Medicine: The Secret Medical History of Cocktails

Créme de menthe settled rebellious stomachs and absinthe fended off malaria. This is the secret medical history of the speakeasy cocktails we've come to know and love.<p>"We don't create cocktails now to cure venereal diseases or to relieve gout, but there's that history there," says <b>Matthew Rowley</b>, …

The Darknet: Is the Government Destroying ‘the Wild West of the Internet?’

On July 15th in Pittsburgh, David J. Hickton, a gray-haired U.S. attorney in a crisp dark suit, stepped out before an American flag to announce the …

How mammoth Hurricane Patricia grew so powerful so fast

Hurricane Patricia is now described as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Meteorologists are talking about its stunning “rapid intensification.” The rest of us can call it a hurricane explosion.<p>From Wednesday night through Friday, Tropical Storm Patricia blew up into a …

Weather

Make Yourself Immune to Secondhand Stress

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Over the past decade, we have learned how our brains are hardwired for emotional contagion. Emotions spread via a wireless network of mirror neurons, which are tiny parts of the brain that allow us to empathize with others and understand what they’re feeling. When you see someone yawn, …

Emotional Intelligence

Mapping the U.S. by Property Value Instead of Land Area

Troubling inequities are revealed when you look at the country by total property values.<p>Cartograms are fun tools for swapping out land area for some other variable. For certain figures, especially data that swing wildly at one of the end of the spectrum or another, cartograms are ideal. They’re …

Housing

25 Dumplings for Chinese New Year and Beyond

Whether we’re talking gnocchi or dim sum, we’ve yet to meet a dumpling we haven’t liked. By design, they know how to deliver pure comfort in just a bite or three, and this collection of 25 parcels all bundled up in a thin wrap is no exception. You’ll find an assortment of traditional Chinese …

How YouTubers discovered a human condition no one had talked about before

All the feels<p>How a bunch of YouTubers discovered a tingling sensation nobody knew existed<p>All the feels<p>How a bunch of YouTubers discovered a tingling …

17 haunting Holocaust memorials

Is this the end of the banana?

The spread of Fusarium wilt, commonly known as Panama disease, has caused international concern over the fate of the Cavendish banana<p>Bananas are one of the most popular fruits in Britain, but a rapidly-spreading fungus could endanger our future supplies.<p>The fungus Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. cubense …

The Untold Story Of The Invention Of The Game Cartridge

How a forgotten company’s 1970s technical breakthrough launched a billion-dollar business and helped spawn a new creative medium.<p>Consider the humble video game cartridge. It’s a small, durable plastic box that imparts the most immediate, user-friendly software experience ever created. Just plug it …

Meet The New King Of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died Friday and was quickly succeeded by his half brother, former Crown Prince Salman. Both men come from the country's massive ruling family, the House of Saud, and over the last few decades have been important figures in Saudi Arabia.<p>But who is the man who will now …

The Weird but Totally Mind-Blowing Skin Care Powers of Turmeric

It's been under our noses all along.<p>Recently, I had one of those <i>where have you been all my life</i> moments. Not with a guy, but with a spice tucked away in my kitchen cabinet that apparently has magical powers for skin.<p>Turmeric, or "haldi," is a deep orange root from India, where it's one of the …

How To Purge Everything You Don't Need From Your Home

Out with the old, in with the new — that’s what ringing in the new year is about, right? And, while that is a good motto for many areas of your life, …

Hubble Revisits an Icon, the Pillars of Creation

Twenty years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope snapped one of its most iconic images ever. The three towering columns of gas bathed in the light of hot, young stars came to be called the Pillars of Creation — and they showed up on everything from t-shirts to coffee mugs to rugs. Now, to celebrate its …

How Charlie Hebdo Became A Top Terrorist Target

At least 12 people were shot dead at the Charlie Hebdo office on Wednesday.<p>Depictions of Muhammad are strictly taboo in Islam. The French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) and the Grand Mosques of Paris and Lyon had unsuccessfully attempted to sue Charlie Hebdo to prevent publication of the images on …

Terrorism

Meet the Women Who Guard China’s Millionaires

Valued as secret weapons, female bodyguards are regarded as innocuous protectors who can disguise themselves as assistants or dance partners.<p><i>Watch our documentary about China's female bodyguards here.</i><p>Wearing a form-fitting black leather jacket with studded shoulders, leather pants, and …

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …