LINDA AINOUCHE

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The language you speak changes your view of the world, research shows

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

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In photos: Hindus celebrate Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival

Hindus believe taking a dip in the waters of a holy river during the festival, will cleanse them of their sins. According to Hindu mythology, the Kumbh Mela celebrates the victory of gods over demons in a furious battle over a nectar that would give them immortality.

In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

In the U.S., Tea Party politics refers to a certain strain of Republican conservatism. But in Japan, tea politics are of an altogether different sort: The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with …

Review: Black Earth, Timothy Snyder’s new book on the origins of the Holocaust, is sure to spark controversy

In 2010, Timothy Snyder, a Yale University history professor, wrote <i>Bloodlands</i>, a bestselling, though controversial, study of the linkages between the brutality and carnage resulting from communism and Nazism as enacted by their respective dictators, Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler. Snyder was …

‘The New Cinema’: A Fascinating Documentary on the Restructuring of 1960’s Hollywood

Today’s film industry, according to countless filmlovers around the globe, needs intrinsic changes to occur in order for Hollywood to shine again in …

Why is the BBC’s latest ‘documentary’ on China fronted by someone who doesn’t know anything about China?

The BBC’s latest pretty young face is Billie JD Porter. The 23-year-old is entirely lovable. With her brown roots proudly showing, that unmistakably London accent, and a chirpy personality, Billie is the latest in a string of young presenters who the corporation hopes will win back the younger …

Silk Road

A psychologist reveals the biggest predictor of happiness — and it's not money

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be," he said.<p>And then …

A photographer traveled to 70 countries and took these incredible photos from his journey around the world

He started touring internationally as a semi-professional tennis player before becoming an investment banker and traveling for business trips.<p>Over the years, he has captured breathtaking photos that include everything from hunting with Africa's oldest tribe to chasing the Northern Lights in Iceland.<p>…

My Summer of Picturesque Purgatory Working in a National Park

Breathtaking views, friendly foxes, hungry bears, casual sex in communal showers—I saw it all in my months of working at Grand Teton National Park.<p>Grand Teton National Park is the Marcia Brady of the US National Park Service family. Gorgeous, popular—2.7 million people visited it in 2014—and …

Use Your Customers as Ethnographers

Several of the great success stories of corporate ethnography have 3M engineer Richard Drew as their protagonist. In the 1920s, Drew spent several days at an auto assembly plant, observing how the workers were using his company’s sandpaper. Two-tone cars were all the rage at the time, and Drew …

This Village in Kenya Is Only for Women

No men allowed.<p>In the grasslands of northern Kenya, there is a village where nearly 50 women and 200 children live without any men, Julie Bindel reports for the <i>Guardian</i>. Originally founded in 1990 by 15 survivors of rape, Umoja is now a small refuge for women who live in a deeply patriarchal …

Tristes Tropiques by Claude Lévi-Strauss – melancholy anthropology

“I hate travelling and explorers. Yet here I am proposing to tell the story of my expeditions.”<p>If you feel like I do, those famous opening sentences of Claude Lévi-Strauss’s will already be enough to persuade you to embark on 400-odd dense pages without wondering where they will take you. You’ll …

Literature

How books help us to be better human beings

Is literature therapy, comfort food, or a route to self-knowledge? Four literary critics – Alberto Manguel, Michael Hofmann, James Wood and Clive …

Literature

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 …

16 Things Successful People Do to Maximize Their Time

Successful people focus on the five percent of things only they can do. Most importantly, they’ve defined success for themselves.

Bombs Drop in a Smithsonian Documentary and NBC Sit-Com

Late in the morning of August 6, 1945, a military clerk finally got a phone call through Hiroshima's ravaged lines to headquarters in Tokyo. The …

India's Bajrangi Bhaijaan hit in Pak: Can movies improve ties?

Thanks to Salman Khan’s hit film Bajrangi Bhaijaan, the hall owners in Pakistan are minting money. Pakistan’s decision to lift the ban on Indian …

Bizarre Buddhist Statue X-Ray Reveals Mummified Monk and 25 More Fascinating Random Facts

When researchers at the Netherland's Meander Medical Center placed a 1,000-year-old Chinese Buddha statue inside a CT scanner they discovered a …

10 Reasons Why People Who Read a Lot Are More Likely to Be Good Leaders

Reading is currently on a global decline. The statistics and polls behind this pattern are frightening because the shortage of readers means there …

Ten books to read in August

From the memoir of a Nobel Laureate to a journalist’s account of living with nomads in West Africa, these are titles worthy of adding to your bookshelf, writes Jane Ciabattari.

Not All African Pygmy Groups Grow the Same Way

Not all African people of short stature — often referred to as Pygmies — grow alike, a new study finds. The Baka people of West Africa are born at …

Anthropology

How the Legacy of Slavery Affects Black Americans Today

On July 22, in announcing the federal indictment of Charleston killer Dylann Roof, Attorney General Loretta Lynch commented that the expression of …

Protection of cultural heritage must include views of indigenous peoples

We stand at a key moment in history, one in which the world has the opportunity to change direction and adopt a new agenda regarding development, …

Human Rights

5 Documentaries That Will Make You a Better Entrepreneur

While books, articles, and workshops are all great places to gain knowledge and insight, sometimes you just need to sit back and watch something inspiring and informative on Netflix.<p>If you are anything like me, you're always looking for ways to become a better and more efficient entrepreneur. While …