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10 of the Greatest First Lines in Literature (and what you can learn about writing from them)

Never judge a book by its cover, but what about its first line?Writing is not about only plot, it is about the actual <i>art</i> of writing …

Literature

Possible Python rival? Programming language Julia is winning over developers

A young programming language for machine learning is on the rise and could be soon gunning for Python.<p><i>Video: What programming languages do you need</i> …

Programming

Learn a Foreign Language Through Immersion Using TV Shows and Books With This App

When you’re trying to learn a foreign language, there’s no better way than being immersed in it. Language immersion, after all, is how most of us …

Language Learning

Best ‘brainy’ books of this decade

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race<br>Reni Eddo-Lodge<p>In recent years, we’ve read excellent nonfiction on race in the US, courtesy of writers such as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine and Jesmyn Ward. Reni Eddo-Lodge’s superbly accessible book was a great addition to the British …

Books

We’ve had to prepare for jobs that don’t exist yet before

It’s difficult to teach job-related skills when it’s unclear what those jobs will be. But we’ve been here before. Here’s what we need to do.<p>Think about explaining to someone 25 years ago what a social media manager, ride share service employee, or drone operator does for a living. Technology …

Dutch city's 3D-printed homes could help upend the construction industry

Project Milestone will put concrete printing technology to the test.<p>In the Dutch city of Eindhoven, engineers, contractors and architects have joined forces to create one of the world's first 3D-printed commercial housing projects.<p>Dubbed Project Milestone, the initiative will use a huge 3D printer …

Construction Industry

Being rational all the time isn’t going to do you any favors

When Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky published their paper on Prospect Theory in 1979, few people could have imagined the long-term implications.<p>The findings were still elementary at the time, and they hadn’t yet developed a full framework around it, but the seeds of change were there.<p>They had …

Psychology

An artist painted a self-portrait of himself on a different drug every day — and he ended up with brain damage

Bryan Lewis Saunders<p>In March 1995, artist Bryan Lewis Saunders began creating at least one self-portrait of himself every day.<p>Born in Washington D.C. …

Art

Book clinic: which books best explain why life is worth living?

<b>Which books can tell me, from a philosophical standpoint, what makes life worthwhile or worth living?</b><br>Shamsheer Bakaf, 27, doctor and global health scientist, Pakistan<p><b>Philosopher and author Julian Baggini</b><b>writes:</b><br>Surprisingly, few of the world’s great philosophers have directly addressed this …

What it's like for children being held in immigration facilities

"Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. …

Employees who practice mindfulness meditation are less motivated, having realized the futility of their jobs

In the NYT, a pair of behavioral scientists describe a forthcoming Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes article (Sci-Hub mirror) that …

Why Dutch teenagers are among the happiest in the world

Teens in Netherlands regularly top life satisfaction tables, with schooling playing a big role<p>In a biology class at a secondary school near Rotterdam, Gerrit the skeleton is not the only one with a permanent grin.<p>The Groen van Prinstererlyceum, which first trialled happiness lessons a decade ago, …

Git

People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study

According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and …

Meditation

People Don’t Follow Titles: Necessity and Sufficiency in Leadership

<i>“Colonel Graff: You have a habit of upsetting your commander.</i> <i><br>Ender Wiggin: I find it hard to respect someone just because they outrank me, sir.”</i><br>— …

App Maker, Google’s low-code tool for building business apps, comes out of beta

It’s been a year and a half since Google announced App Maker, its online tool for quickly building and deploying business apps on the web. The company has mostly remained quiet about App Maker ever since and kept it in a private preview mode, but today, it announced that the service is now …

Plum uses AI to hire people ‘that never would have been discovered through a traditional hiring process’

Recruiters have a bias problem. A 2017 meta study from Northwestern, Harvard, and the Institute of Social Research in Norway found that hiring prejudice against black candidates hasn’t changed in the last 25 years, and that Latinos have only seen a “moderate” drop. It is not just races and …

Scientists Identify a "New Type of Depression"

Scientists want to develop new antidepressant drugs.<p>An estimated half of the 322 million people affected by depression don’t appear to benefit from …

AI Made a Movie—and the Results Are Horrifyingly Encouraging

There’s really no nice way to put this: In his new film, <i>Zone Out</i>, <i>Silicon Valley</i> star Thomas Middleditch makes you want to do just that. It’s not …

Machine Learning

This Baby Elephant Might Be Feeling 'Awkward'

This seemingly strange behavior may be the baby elephant’s version of feeling ‘awkward’.<p>Everyone performs unconscious behaviors when they’re feeling uncomfortable or unsure. Some people will yawn; others will scratch their head or cover their face. Some do all three at once in really awkward …

These 10 Books Might Just Save Your Life

This week, we scanned Amazon’s bestseller list for the highest-rated survival books and pulled the best, most authoritative reviews for each.<p><b>Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival ($10)</b><p>“Good read. I learned a hell of a lot about wood, resins, and fires from this book. Dave …

A manifesto to save Planet Earth (and ourselves)

<b>The impacts of human actions on our home planet are now so large that many scientists are declaring a new phase of Earth’s history. The old forces of nature that transformed Earth many millions of years ago, including meteorites and mega-volcanoes are joined by another: us. We have entered a new</b> …

Universal Basic Income

Overtaxed Working Memory Knocks the Brain Out of Sync

Researchers find that when working memory gets overburdened, dialogue between three brain regions breaks down. The discovery provides new support for …

The Brain

The genes of many marine creatures are patented—and one company owns half of them

Regulation is lagging behind industry.<p>From the tiniest microbe to the biggest whale, the ocean is teeming with life. For corporations and researchers, that biodiversity is a veritable gold mine of genetic potential—but in the unregulated environment of the high seas, those corporations may delve …

88 books to enjoy this summer: the TED reading list

<i>Maya Sariahmed</i><p>Whether your weeks ahead contain travel, vacations or just longer and lazier days than usual, our list of recommendations from TED …

Books

Trump’s Lawyers Argue That He Cannot Be Impeached Because He Was Never Actually Elected

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what they believe is a legal masterstroke, lawyers for Donald J. Trump are now claiming that he cannot be impeached because he was never actually elected.<p>In a lengthy memo sent to the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the lawyers pushed back vehemently against any …

Social Decision-Making: Insights from Game Theory and Neuroscience

Abstract<p>By combining the models and tasks of Game Theory with modern psychological and neuroscientific methods, the neuroeconomic approach to the …

FBI agent loses his gun during dance-floor backflip, accidentally shoots bar patron

<b>(CNN) —</b> An FBI agent's backflip at a club looked pretty impressive -- until he lost his gun and accidentally shot someone.<p>Video of the off-duty agent showed him unleashing a torrent of dance moves at a Denver bar early Saturday before launching into a back handspring.<p>But midflip, his weapon flew …

FBI

See Ominous Photos of Crumbling Ex-Soviet Spa Resorts

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>In a state-funded program, citizens were required to take mandatory spa vacations for at least two weeks each year.<p>In a small town in west-central Georgia, green foliage infiltrates decaying buildings that are relics from another time. Grand columns, pillars, and arches painted …

Urbanism

Egon Schiele on What It Means to Be an Artist and Why Visionaries Always Come from the Minority

“Envy those who see beauty in everything in the world.”<p>To be an artist is to have a particular orientation to the world — the interior world and the exterior world — the exact composition of which is somewhat like temperature, impossible to deconstruct into individual phenomenological components …

Building a Better Brand Through Data-Driven Social Visuals

Did you know that immunization could help prevent 36 million deaths and also stop 24 million people from slipping into extreme poverty? Powerful …