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March was Earth's 11th-straight warmest month on record

<i>UPDATE: April 15, 2016 3:45 p.m. ET</i><p>NASA's March temperature data was released Friday, showing that it was the planet's second-most unusually mild …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

Banishing The Bosses Brings Out Zappos' Hidden Entrepreneurs

Encouraging employees to come up with new ideas and ways of thinking can broaden business scope and boost performance. Taking it a stage further and allowing staff to manage themselves can uncover a wealth of latent entrepreneurial talent. Doing away with managers altogether, and letting people run …

The Workplace

3 reasons Saudi Arabia is freaking out about its cash situation

"The reserves will remain sovereign," al-Falih said in an interview with Al-Arabiya. He added that the kingdom is mulling options for an IPO of the firm's "ability to convert these reserves into a financial gain."<p>The statements were vague and the Saudis' actual plan for the IPO remains unclear. …

Saudi Arabia

The online lending market might be telling us something troubling about the US economy

Or it might not.<p>Either way, Kadhim Shubber at FT Alphaville is asking the right questions.<p>In a post on Monday, Shubber asks whether stresses in the online lending market are telling us something bad about the US economy.<p>Lending Club, for example, rose rates by 0.25% after the Federal Reserve did …

Markets

The 1 Simple Productivity Trick Guaranteed to Make Each Day Better

How you end today makes all the difference in how you start tomorrow.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the conversation on social media with the hashtag</i> …

Productivity

DMX’s Downfall: From Hip-Hop King to the Brink of Death

In 1998, DMX was the hottest rapper alive. This week, police resuscitated him after a possible overdose in a Ramada Inn parking lot. How the Ruff …

Rap & Hip-Hop

3 Surprising Ways to Feel More Loved

<b>Are you focused on romantic love this Valentine's Day? If so, you're missing an opportunity! Building</b> stronger connections with those around us can lead to a happier, healthier, more successful, and easier life. Our relationships help us live and work from our sweet spots by bringing us both …

5 Foods That Can Help You Get a Better Night's Sleep

Here's a very good reason to treat yourself to a bowl of cherries.<p>It seems we're a nation of insomniacs. Nearly half of Americans suffer from at least occasional sleeplessness, and 22 percent experience it every (or almost every) night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But what if …

Nutrition

'Wrong type of trees' in Europe increased global warming

<b>The assumption that planting new forests helps limit climate change has been challenged by a new study.</b><p>Researchers found that in Europe, trees grown since 1750 have actually increased global warming.<p>The scientists believe that replacing broadleaved species with conifers is a key reason for the …

Climate Change

Tesla's worst nightmare ... cheap gas

Elon Musk has bigger problems than "super rude" customers and exploding SpaceX rockets. Tesla's stock has crashed and burned too.<p>Tesla (TSLA) stock is down more than 25% so far this year. It hit its lowest level since February 2014 on Wednesday.<p>Wall Street has grown increasingly skeptical about the …

Tesla

Researchers develop carbon nanotube material stronger than kevlar

While the material pictured above might not look like much, it is actually both stronger and more pliable than kevlar or carbon fiber. Developed by …

Engineering

Economists say houses are a bad investment. Here's why they're wrong.

Lots of people think buying a house is a good investment — in fact, many American households have a lot more money invested in home equity than in the stock market. But a lot of economists think people are making a mistake. George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok is the latest to make the …

Everything you know is a lie: Earth might actually be 2 planets smashed together

Did you always figure that Earth was created when the sun made love to the moon? Me too. It seems we were slightly off base, and we weren’t alone — …

Universe

Big Shrimpin'

The shrimp industry is often accused of dirty, exploitative practices. Are things changing?<p>Jurgenne Primavera came of age in the shrimp farming industry, where she worked as a researcher for over 30 years. But by 1990, when she earned her PhD, she started to feel pangs of guilt about her …

Aquaculture

Germany is getting closer to nuclear fusion—the long-held dream of unlimited clean energy

German scientists today will set about the first steps towards what has become the Holy Grail of energy—nuclear fusion, which has the potential for unlimited amounts of clean power. There are a number of challenges to harnessing this power—researchers need to build a device that can heat atoms to …

Energy

Americans are relying on a broken system to lose weight — here’s why it’s useless to count calories

Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, Texas, where he's a technology director for a textbook publisher.<p>And he's 5'10" and 245 lbs - which means he is classed as obese.<p>In an effort to lose weight, Nash uses an app to record the calories he consumes and a Fitbit band to track the energy he …

Nutrition

Toxic chemicals found in most outdoor gear

PFCs are hazardous to the environment and human health and ‘widely present’ in a range of leading outdoor brands tested by Greenpeace<p>Greenpeace said on Monday that hazardous chemicals were “widely present” in a range of outdoor gear it tested, from clothing and footwear to backpacks, tents and …

Why Running Doesn't (Always) Burn Fat

"My body just can't lose weight."<p>The voice on the other end of the phone sounded beaten, frustrated, and hopeless.<p>"If you knew. If you knew how hard …

Fitness

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

Physics

Bill Gates thinks this simple innovation could remake our cities

But as Bill Gates notes in a recent blog post, those Rs are not equal.<p>"<b>Reusing is much better than recycling</b>," he writes, "<b>because recycling takes yet more energy</b>."<p>Recycling, after all, means melting whatever you're discarding.<p>Gate reflected on re-use after reading "Sustainable Materials with Both …

Sustainability

12 Mind Tricks That Make You Likable and Help You Get Ahead

Dr. Travis Bradberry shows you how to use the brain's natural quirks to your advantage.<p>When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won't make you a Jedi, but using the …

Nevada solar industry collapses after state lets power company raise fees

State public utility commission gave only power company permission to charge higher rates and fees to users, shattering industry’s business model<p>There are 36 solar panels sitting in a row behind Richard Stewart’s home in north Las Vegas. The panels cost about $40,000 – most of his savings, he said. …

New material can store solar energy to warm you up later

Solar projects are usually focused on generating electricity, but we could arguably save more power by storing heat. Scientists from MIT have created a new type of solid material that does exactly that. When exposed to sunlight, it assumes a "charged" state that can be maintained for long periods …

How These Entrepreneurs Found Success in an Industry They Knew Nothing About

Senior Entrepreneurship Writer at CNBC<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It was January 2011 and Raaja Nemani and Aaron Firestein were waiting for 2,600 pairs of sneakers to be delivered to their home in Chicago, which was experiencing a massive snowstorm. When the …

Shoes

Want to Lose Weight? Try This Surprising Food

Next time you eat a banana, you might want to hang on to the peel<p>Besides the annoyance of searching out a trash can at a charity ride rest stop, we're guessing you seldom spend much time thinking about banana peels, let alone consider eating them. But this overlooked "food waste," a culinary staple …

Lumosity let you down? 7 proven strategies to keep your brain sharp

If you want to protect your brain, you don't need an app for it.<p>You may have heard developer Lumosity was fined a whopping $2-million by the FTC for claims it deceived customers into believing its computer games improve brain performance.<p>The good news: there are numerous, simple ways to sharpen …

21 Metabolic Moves That Will Get You Absolutely Shredded

These exercises strip away fat and reveal hard muscle. Here’s how to program them into your weekly workouts<p>Are you stuck in a workout rut?<p>Your first reaction might be to say “no.” But think about your routine for a second.<p>Are you excited to train every day? Are you losing fat? Are your exercises …

Why is Ram misogynist, but not the Buddha?

The world is conditioned to see the Ramayana and Manu-Smriti as anti-women, but not the Buddhist lore.<p>Hinduism is patriarchal. No doubt about it. So …

Large businesses can learn from lessons on global surgical treatment

<b>The big idea:</b> Global health agendas were built around the notion of prevention, not intervention. Yet 5 billion people lack surgical treatment that could heal them. What makes surgery and anesthesia different from other health initiatives? And what makes this a business problem?<p><b>The scenario:</b> …

Harvard Medical School