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Lumosity let you down? 7 proven strategies that sharpen brains

Keep this in mind — science doesn't yet know how to keep the brain free of the clumps and tangles of proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease. But certain lifestyle tweaks may keep your brain functioning at a high level for a longer time, says James Becker, a professor of psychiatry and an …

Annals of Internal Medicine

This lightbulb can text you if it hears a crying baby or a smoke alarm — oh, and it's a Bluetooth speaker, too

It's a lightbulb that's also a Bluetooth wireless speaker. It can also search the web, read your calendar for appointments, and text or alert you if it detects noises like a smoke alarm or a baby crying.<p>Oh, and of course, it will also light a dark room.<p>It's more than a little bit like the Amazon …

Smart Homes

Amazing Women To Follow On The Internet In 2016

2015 has officially closed its creaky doors.<p>And what better way to kick off a new year, then to catch up with some women writers and comedians who make the world wide web a better place.<p>Pascalle Dugay (@frenchielaboozi)<p><i>Where are you based, and what do you do for a living?</i><p><b>I am based in Brooklyn, NY,</b> …

Los Angeles

Tim Gunn Fires Off About How "Vulgar" Kim Kardashian Is

Apparently he's not a fan.<p>Tim Gunn's no. 1 piece of style advice? Make a mood board of Kardashian looks and then wear the opposite of what's on there.<p>"I'm always saying to young people and actually even to adults, I don't care what you wear as long as you don't dress like a Kardashian. It's vulgar, …

Kendall Jenner

Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up About Being a New Dad

"I might go for a (Cumber)batch of boys!"<p>Earlier this summer, Benedict Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter welcomed their first baby into the world—a son named Christopher Carlton. Fatherhood seems to be treating the actor well.<p>"It's everything. I have a new life form that needs his father's …

Benedict Cumberbatch

9 sci-fi authors went to Microsoft's research labs and wrote a book

What happens when you invite a group of sci-fi writers into a research lab? They write a book of short stories, of course.<p>And that’s exactly what happened when Microsoft opened the doors of its research labs to 9 of the world’s most prominent and award-winning science fiction writers this …


25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

Everyone has a story to tell. And pretty much everyone (at least everyone of a certain variety) has dreamed about writing that story down and sharing …

Neil Gaiman On Storytelling In The Age Of The Internet And Other Oddities

“I was a glorious mess at 26. But I was a glorious mess who had a sort of combination of dreams of grandeur and no plan B.”<p>Neil Gaiman is known as many things — author, poet, screenwriter, spouse of Amanda Palmer, owner of very good dogs — but for many, he is celebrated first and foremost as the …

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Great artists, writers and innovators may have "messier minds."<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly …

The Morning After the Paris Attacks: Pictures


The White House wants to poach 500 elite tech recruits from companies like Google and Facebook by the end of 2016 — here's how they plan to do it

"If you're an impact junkie, this is your Mt. Everest," former US chief technology officer and White House tech adviser Todd Park said at the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week.<p>After rebooting the troubled Healthcare.gov site by bringing in a small task force from the private tech sector, …

Silicon Valley

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …


Pope at Santa Marta: What we dare not hope for

(Vatican Radio) We ask for a lot of things when we pray, but the greatest gift that God can give us is the Holy Spirit. This was Pope Francis’ …

Drinking Song



How writing regularly can improve your creativity and clarity

Starting or running a business is a risky endeavor. Entrepreneurs and artists deal with a storm of surprises and self-doubt, and they need to constantly learn and adapt to steer the ship to safety.<p>I’ve found that one of the best avenues for problem solving is writing. The process of putting pen to …

Creative Writing

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Affordable Care Act

5 enjoyable weekend habits that set you up for success

<i>—Benjamin Franklin</i><p>Understandably, the weekend is a time when many workers focus on relaxation, family and fun. And there's nothing at all wrong with that, but you can also think bigger. Instead of simply using the weekend for leisure time, there are things you can do ahead of time to help your next …

Warren Buffett

10 Valuable Lessons I’ve Learned About Street Photography

Introduction<p>First things first. My name is Marius Vieth and I’m a 26 year old fine art photographer from Amsterdam who loves nothing more than street …

Street Photography

ODESZA - Light (feat. Little Dragon)

Dear Self-Published Author: Do NOT Write Four Books a Year

No matter what experts tell you, no matter what trends, conventional wisdom, social media chatter or your friends in the Facebook writers group insist upon, do NOT write four books a year. I mean it. Don't.<p>Unless they're four gorgeously written, painstakingly molded, amazingly rendered and …

CBeebies Storytime app library tops four million story downloads

The BBC's CBeebies Storytime app has had more than four million story downloads since it launched a new library feature in June.<p>Top choices include The Clangers Space Tangle, voiced by Michael Palin, and Little Red Riding Hood, voiced by Maxine Peake.<p>Children can download up to 12 stories of their …

Little Red Riding Hood

The 5 Commandments of Personal Development

Are you drowning under the sea of information on personal development? You wonder what you should really focus on in order to get results?It is while …