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21 Facts That Will Remind You How Complex The Universe Really Is

"The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper."

Wonders of Earth

<b>By Ashraf Naushahi</b><p>The planet Earth seems static to the people on it, but it is not. The Earth is revolving around the Sun and also tilting on its …

Ten Strategies for Introverts to Excel in the Workplace

Introverts tend to be misunderstood in many settings, particularly in the American workplace, which tends to emphasize outspokenness and engaged …

‘Even today, after a century of feminism, we can’t fully be ourselves’ | Elena Ferrante

Everything has been codified in terms of male needs – even our underwear, sexual practices, maternity<p>On principle, I refuse to speak badly of another woman, even if she has offended me intolerably. It’s a position that I feel obliged to take precisely because I’m well aware of the situation of …

The Performance-Management Secret Only 1 in 5 Companies Knows

A survey of over 25,800 companies showed that fully 20 percent had dumped dreaded annual performance ratings.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>For years, performance ratings have plagued organizations. Managers and employees alike have dreaded the yearly meeting when …

Hillary Clinton was right: The parts of America that support Trump are stuck in the past

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci/Getty/Drew Angerer/Salon)</b><p>Clinton has an amazing knack for speaking truth at the wrong time. But does it actually help Democrats to lie?<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>March 15, 2018 9:00am (UTC)<p>Hillary Clinton has a problem. She tells impolitic truths at inopportune times. During the 2016 …

Hillary Clinton

The 6 Best Snacks for Anyone Cutting Out Sugar, According to a Nutritionist

If you’re trying to wean yourself off sugar, you know that eating on the go can get tricky. So many packaged (and easily portable) foods are full of …

Nutrition

Atheism 2.0 | Alain de Botton

TED Talks

11 Underrated Business Books That Should Be On Your Bookshelf

Looking for a new read? Check out these lesser-known books to level-up your leadership game.<p>As entrepreneurs, we are always searching for something to give us an edge over the competition. Whether it is having the best employees, finding the best software programs, taking the best online courses, …

Best Books to Take You Back to the ’80s When You’re Feeling Nostalgic

Margaret Atwood<p>Following the overwhelming success of Hulu’s adaptation of <i>The Handmaid’s Tale</i>, Margaret Atwood’s iconic piece of dystopian fiction has once again proved its timelessness and unfortunate relevance. Nolite te bastardes carborundorum, bitches.<p>Stephen King<p>The late 70’s to the mid-80’s …

Literature

The 20 Best New Books to Read in March

March is the month that straddles the line between the depths of Winter and the reprieve of Spring, the time when every day requires a different type of wardrobe and it feels necessary to brave the elements to get up and go outside. It's also the month when some of the best books are consistently …

How addiction hijacks the brain

Published: July, 2011<p>Desire initiates the process, but learning sustains it.<p>The word "addiction" is derived from a Latin term for "enslaved by" or …

The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love

How the rapper Dessa’s turn to neuroscience inspired her new album, Chime<p>On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight …

Pediatricians Call For Universal Depression Screening For Teens

Only about 50 percent of adolescents with depression get diagnosed before reaching adulthood. And as many as 2 in 3 depressed teens don't get the care that could help them.<p>"It's a huge problem," says Dr. Rachel Zuckerbrot, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and associate professor …

Mental Health

Watch a wound close with the help of fat cells

Fat gets a bad rap, but it may be critical to wound healing, a new study suggests. Researchers fluorescently labeled fat cells in fruit fly pupae—the …

Up to 60 per cent of prisoners have head injuries, as experts warn brain damage may fuel crime

More than half of criminals may have suffered a head injury which could be fuelling their offending, a new review by British brain experts suggests.<p>Specialists from the universities of Oxford, Exeter, Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield, and the Centre for Mental Health, are calling for all prisoners …

Sean Hannity Asked 'The Left’ To React To Right-Wing Art. The Response Was Priceless.

That probably didn't go as he planned.<p>Fox News host Sean Hannity tried to play art critic on Twitter Monday night.<p>It didn’t go well.<p>Hannity shared a video of right-wing artist Jon McNaughton, who has painted things like Jesus holding the Constitution, creating his latest work. The piece features a …

Sean Hannity

Actually, Feminists, Vashti Was The Harvey Weinstein Of Persia

If Mordechai and Esther saw what 2018 had done to Purim, I like to think they’d be satisfied. The day is commemorated across Jewish denominations …

Officer who fatally shot mentally ill woman found not guilty

NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer who fatally shot a mentally ill woman in her New York apartment in 2016 after she brandished scissors and a bat was …

Mental Health

Senate Leaders Reconsider Ban on Pell Grants for Prisoners

The Senate’s top education leaders will consider reinstating Pell grants for incarcerated students, a move that would restore a federal lifeline to the nation’s cash-strapped prison education system.<p>Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor …

College & University

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p><i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was …

The Brain

What not to wear at the airport

Women, I think, can be divided into two categories: those who wear heels to the airport, and those who don’t. I have traditionally fallen into the latter category, choosing to travel in trainers that make me look like a teenage gamer. But this changed last week when I flew to Switzerland on a press …

16 Windows 10 tricks you'll wish you knew sooner

In homes and offices across America, you can’t throw a stone without hitting a Windows PC. You’ll find Microsoft running on monitors in almost every school and library, in businesses big and small, and in living rooms, bedrooms, and dorms from coast to coast.<p>Windows is so commonplace, many of us …

18 Essential Classics to Read Before You Die

Various<p>If one-stop shopping for the classics appeals to you, look no further than this box set. It features eighty books celebrating a wide range of classic literature from drama to poetry, and fiction to history, and includes works from Walt Whitman, Edgar Allan Poe, Joseph Conrad and many …

Literature

This is the most 'nerve-racking' sex position

It requires a lot of strength.<p>It's understandable to get nervous when trying something new for the first time – especially when that something is <b>in the context of sex.</b><p>A new study by Superdrug looked into the sex positions that people are most anxious to try out. The survey collated answers from …

Podcast inspiration for writers

Seeing it’s at the beginning of the year, I’ve been working on my plan for 2018. I don’t use detailed binders and I don’t make long lists for the …

Research Shows the Best Resumes and Cover Letters Use These Words and Phrases (in Moderation)

If you want to land an interview, create resumes and cover letters that are light on self-promotion and heavy on ingratiation.<p>While your résumé won't get you the job you really want, if you're following a standard hiring process, a good cover letter and résumé are necessary to get you to the next …

Mimi O’Donnell Reflects on the Loss of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the Devastation of Addiction

The first time I met Phil, there was instant chemistry between us. It was the spring of 1999, and he was interviewing me to be the costume designer for a play he was directing—his first—for the Labyrinth Theater Company, <i>In Arabia We’d All Be Kings</i>. Even though I’d spent the five years since moving …