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We Analyzed 1,000 Fortune Cookies To Unlock Their Secrets

I’m a bit obsessed with fortune cookies. I, an otherwise non-superstitious person, have no fewer than five incidentally meaningful ones stashed away …

Powerball

This Is How To Use Negative Feedback To Be More Successful

No one likes negative criticism, but it’s often what you need in order to grow. Here’s how to use it to your advantage.<p>Let’s face it: Negative feedback on your job performance can be a drag. Who likes to be told that their work could use improvement?<p>Research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> …

The death of reading is threatening the soul

By Philip Yancey<p>I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in …

Bill Gates

What's Inside a Neighborhood in a Box?

On the outskirts of New York City, a new housing model aimed at Millennials asks: What is city living?<p>The peaked wooden eave jutting from the facade of the charcoal glass tower is trying to tell you something. So is the neon sign over the entranceway that says “home sweet home.” But it takes a beat …

Staten Island

The polygamous town facing genetic disaster

In a remote region of the US, a town is struggling with a chilling health crisis caused by a recessive gene. The reason? Here, polygamy is still practised.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>“We are to gird up our loins and fulfil this, just …

Mormonism

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S. - MIT Technology Review

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in …

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Minneapolis protests as police chief quits over Justine Damond shooting

The chief of police in Minneapolis has resigned at the request of the city’s mayor, Betsy Hodges, after Hodges said she had “lost the confidence of the people”.<p>'Never been about race': black activists on how Minneapolis reacted to Damond shooting<p>Read more<p>Janeé Harteau has faced criticism for her …

Law Enforcement

At the White House, an abrupt chain reaction: Spicer out; Scaramucci and Sanders in

By Ashley Parker<p>, Reporter<p>Abby Phillip<p>, Reporter<p>Damian Paletta<p>, Reporter<p>President Trump overhauled his White House on Friday in a dramatic shake-up of his senior team at the six-month mark of his presidency, which so far has been beset by a special counsel’s widening Russia investigation, a …

Donald Trump

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

By Phyllis L. Fagell<p>When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew …

Parenting

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Lessons On Branding From A Company That Has No Brand

You start by trademarking a white box.<p>This week, a new startup called Brandless started selling a mix of household goods and food online with the goal of changing consumption habits and making quality food affordable.<p>As the name suggests, Brandless is trying to emphasize the products it sells …

Big oil's electric fight against coal and nuclear

The American Petroleum Institute, the nation's biggest and most influential lobbying group for the oil and natural gas industry, is fighting nuclear …

These Transparent, Solar Power-Generating Windows Are the World's First

by nbcmach July 14, 2017 Earth & Energy 26104<p>Tereza Pultarova, Live Science Contributor<p>Energy-Neutral<p>A tech startup on a mission to make modern …

Scientists Discover a Key to a Longer Life in Male DNA

A common genetic mutation is linked to an increase in life span of about 10 years among men, researchers reported on Friday.<p>The mutation, described in the journal Science Advances, did not seem to have any effect on women. Still, it joins a short list of gene variants shown to influence human …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Critical Thinking

Inside the Heads of People Who Don't Like Music

For those who experience “musical anhedonia,” listening to a song is halfway between boring and distracting—and their brain activity reflects that.<p>Allison Sheridan couldn’t care less about music. Songs of love and heartbreak don’t bring her to tears, complex classical compositions don’t amaze her, …

The Brain

Boy? Girl? Both? Neither? A New Generation Overthrows Gender

More and more people are opting for 'nonbinary' gender identities as they reject the concept of gender as only male or female.

LGBTQI

The Sleep Cure: The Fountain of Youth May Be Closer Than You Ever Thought

Mark Zielinski knew he was onto something when his mice stopped sleeping. Normally, the animals woke and slept on a 12-hour cycle. When the lights …

You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food

By Caitlin Dewey<p>, Reporter<p>The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.<p>On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers …

Sustainability

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.<p>Whatever his intellectual and political gifts, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a cunning and dangerous criminal. For him, issuing illegal …

The Greatest Myths About Lent

From its actual length to its less than obvious origins, everything you wanted to know about this sacred Christian period of penance and …

The mysterious origins of jazz

The anniversary of the first jazz recording 100 years ago also marks the beginning of debates that are still ongoing, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>The five members of the band took the lift to the 12th Floor of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s building on 38th Street in New York City. They were …

New Orleans

The Baby Gear Black Market

Swap groups and resale communities have cornered the customers baby brands want.<p>“If baby stuff manufacturers stopped making everything right now, we’d all be fine for 10 years,” quipped my sister-in-law Nedra as she packed up a co-sleeper, three carriers, and a gigantic pile of onesies to hand down …

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Medicine

Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health

<i>Shhh.</i> Hear that? No? That’s surprising. Odds are, you can hear something right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, …

'I thought I was smarter than almost everybody': my double life as a KGB agent

Raised in East Germany, Jack Barsky abandoned his mother, brother, wife and son to spy for the KGB. In America, he started a second family. And then it all came crashing down...<p>On a chilly morning in December 1988, computer analyst Jack Barsky embarked on his usual morning commute to his office on …

Libraries

Proven Advice To Save You Money On Your Car Insurance Bill

Ashburn, VA: How 2 Math Grads are Disrupting the Auto Insurance Industry<p><b>Virginia Beach, Virginia</b> – Recent articles indicate that only 5% of drivers …

Banking while browsing: The e-commerce solution

Digital security will be one of the biggest trends of 2017. The challenge at the heart of the dialogue? The pace of technology development – and cyber vulnerabilities – are increasing a rate much faster than protective measures can keep up.<p>The e-commerce sector, as one example, demonstrates the …

How Israelis See the Settlements

Some want to annex the West Bank, others to separate from the Palestinians—and all view Jerusalem as anything but a settlement<p>A billboard near the highway entering Jerusalem proclaims in Hebrew: “The Time for Sovereignty Has Come.” It is part of a new campaign for the formal incorporation into …

Israel