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Pentagon leader assumes new role: Turning down the temperature on Trump

By Missy Ryan<p>, Reporter<p>As President Trump’s new Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis has a long list of tasks ahead, including devising a more aggressive campaign to combat the Islamic State and restoring military readiness after years of budget cuts. But a few weeks into his tenure, the retired general’s …

Foreign Policy

The US Air Force is beefing up cybersecurity for the F-22 and F-35

"We have to understand that today's weapons systems are not operating in isolation. They are operating as part of a netted enterprise. Each weapons system will interface with a broader DOD network," Allan Ballenger, vice president of the Air Force division at Engility Corp, told Scout …

Use a Mind Map To Figure Out What You Want to Do With Your Life

We’ve talked before about using mind maps as a means to kickstart creativity, but former Google career coach Jenny Blake suggests using one to figure …

The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

<b>Interview with author Craig Pearson</b><p><i>"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being."</i> -- Albert Einstein<p>An ongoing theme in human culture is the …

These Infographics Show the Problems With Calorie Counting

You can meticulously count every single Jelly Bean or lick of peanut butter you’ve had, then calculate the number of calories you’ve burned to offset …

Infographics

Measure your muscle and fat anywhere with Skulpt Chisel

The $99 device uses EIM to tell you how strong your muscles really are.<p>It can be hard to see progress when you're trying to get fit. Pounds don't fly …

Muscle

Pentagon Excess Has Fueled a Civil-Military Crisis

<b>How Civilian Control of the Military Has Become a Fantasy</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p><b>Item</b><b>:</b> Two U.S. Navy patrol boats, with 10 sailors aboard, “stray” into Iranian territorial waters, and are apprehended and held by Iranian revolutionary guards, precipitating a 24-hour international incident …

War

Putin Sanctions Must Remain...He's on the Ropes

The recent backroom bi-laterals talks between the United States and Russia about Ukraine have caused anxiety in the region, raised hopes that sanctions could be lifted, and elevated Russian President Vladimir Putin's status to super power level.<p>All are counterproductive.<p>Since the bi-laterals talks, …

Russia

The Reason People Run Ridiculous Distances Has Little to Do With Physical Fitness

<i>(Photo: David Denney/The Denver Post/Getty Images)</i><p>By Tanya Basu<p>The ultramarathoner, as Science of Us has noted before, is a special sort of person. Generally, when people think about running and intensity, the two seem to follow a pretty correlated path: The more one runs, the more intense one must …

TED Talks

A Stanford scientist says we're all suffering from 'successaholism' — and it needs to stop

Unfortunately, she says, many workers have it backward, thinking that they need to be successful before they can ever be happy.<p>That logic results in what she calls a fruitless "chase" for one achievement after another, thinking that the next one will finally make them happy.<p>Call it workaholism or …

Stanford University

What this scathing exchange between top scientists reveals about what nutritionists actually know

Yet ever since it was published last month, a very public, very caustic spat has been waged among experts over the quality of the science behind the recommendations and the extent to which any of the advice can be trusted.<p>That much was interesting enough. But in recent weeks one exchange has gone …

Cleveland Clinic

Bodypainters Beautifully Blend Human Bodies into Nature

Using absolutely no Photoshop, bodypainters Leonie Gen and Joerg Duesterwald worked with photographers Laila Pregizer and Uwe Schmida in seamlessly integrating the human body into natural landscapes. Called <i>Metamorphosis</i>, the project blends naked models into everything from rock formations to curly …

Bodypainting

57 small things you can do every day to be happier and more successful

1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.<p>2. Avoid using …

Self-help

Putin Tells Press Conference: I'm Proud of My Mysterious Daughters

MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin ducked a question about the identity of his daughters Thursday as he faced journalists at his annual televised news conference.<p>The Russian president refused to be drawn on the women, who were born in the 1980s in Germany when he was working for the KGB spy agency.<p>"My …

Split Family Faces

<b>Cousins: Justine, 29, & Ulric, 29</b><p>How much do you and your family members really look alike? Quebec, Canada-based graphic designer and photographer Ulric Collette has created a shockingly cool project where he's exploring the genetic similarities between different members of the same family. By …

Siblings

Scientists just discovered a key reason why 'jerks' often succeed at work

Most notably, the late Steve Jobs led Apple to become one of the most successful companies in the world, despite being known as someone who shouted and cursed at employees and made derogatory remarks about their work.<p>You might assume that these relatively unlikable people are successful because …

Psychology

Snark is good for you: Science reveals the surprising benefits of sarcasm

<b>(Associated Press)</b><p>New research suggests being on the giving and receiving end of a sarcastic exchange actually stimulates creativity<p>Francesca Gino<p>November 22, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit but the highest form of …

Psychology

Photos of Darth Vader’s Rather Ordinary Daily Life

Photographer Paweł Kadysz of Bialystok, Poland, recently started a new 365-day photo project: a daily photo blog showing scenes from Darth Vader’s …

The American Way of War in the Twenty-First Century (It's a $cam!)

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Essentially dumped into the void that had once been …

22 Kettlebell Exercises That Will Kick Your Ass · Page 2 of 5

Nov 5, 2015<p><b>6) Kettlebell High Pull</b>Targets: Shoulders, arms, glutes, legs (Level: Intermediate)<br>How to: Turn those toes out 45 degrees with feet a bit …

Revealing Portraits of Heavily Tattooed People Who Normally Cover Their Whole Bodies

For many people, their skin is a canvas on which to display beautiful body art. Some folks are satisfied with one or two tattoos, but others keep going until entire areas of their body are camouflaged in colorful ink. British photographer Alan Powdrill documents these brazen bodies in <i>COVERED</i>, an …

Tattoos

Momentary Ink Plans to Disrupt Tattoo Industry

You try on a clothing before you buy it -- why should tattoos, something so meaningful and permanent, be different?<p>"Thank you for the opportunity to do something I always wanted to do since his passing, but was scared to try."<p>Feedback like this from Bill M., an early customer who wanted to honor …

After two days with the new Google phone, I'm already convinced it's one of the best phones ever made

Google secretly makes amazing phones. I'm not talking "Android" — that's an operating system: the software that runs the phone. I'm talking about hardware. Phones! Real phones! Made by Google! They're called "Nexus" phones.<p>People <i>loved</i> the Nexus 5 back in 2013.<p>Google doesn't manufacture the phones …

Android News

17 books Bill Gates thinks everyone should read

While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A lot of them are …

Books

10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2015

Tunde Olaniran<p><b>Sounds Like:</b> Exuberant and socially conscious electronic pop from the home of underground resistance<p><b>For Fans of:</b> M.I.A., Dev Hynes, …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Your Kit Bag for Summer 2015

VOGUE HOMMES GROOMING<p><b>Inspired by the scents and active ingredients of the Mediterranean and its surroundings, these are the grooming products that</b> …

On the Edge: Art Central Rocks Hong Kong

Art Central has kicked off in Hong Kong, a day ahead of Art Basel - positioning itself not as a rival but as a satellite showcase for less established artists, as well as some of the giants of global contemporary art.<p>The vibe is stylish, hip, and not a little irreverent.<p>With strong representation …

Hong Kong

7 Whiskey Drinks That Could Help Cure Your Cold

Here, seven whiskey cocktails to help dilate your blood vessels and put you on the path to recovery.<p>When you’re stuffed up and sick, there’s nothing …

Iran's Supreme Leader pens open letter to the young people of the West

<b>(CNN) —</b> Iran's Supreme Leader has written a letter in English asking Western youths not to judge Islam based on the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks, in a message published on the cleric's website and Twitter account.<p>In the post, titled "To the Youth in Europe and North America," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei …