Liz LaCorte

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Lost at sea: the man who vanished for 14 months

In November 2012, Salvador Alvarenga went fishing off the coast of Mexico. Two days later, a storm hit and he made a desperate SOS. It was the last anyone heard from him – for 438 days. This is his story<p>As they motored across the lagoon in the Marshall Islands, deep in the middle of the Pacific …

El Salvador

A Point of View: Is it ever right to try to create a superior human being?

<b>People have long dreamed of improving humanity through science, but what results might no longer be human, argues the philosopher John Gray.</b><p>More than 70 years ago, the Oxford linguist, writer of fantasy fiction and theologian CS Lewis wrote:<p><i>Man's conquest of nature, if the dreams of some scientific</i> …

Photograph: Harold Clements/Getty Images<p>Kim Philby holding a press conference after being cleared of spying charges by foreign secretary Harold Macmillan in …

Books

Millennial Consumers Aren't Who You Think They Are

Even if you don’t quite get them yet, there’s much about the high school class of 2015 that should make you optimistic.<p>Millennials continue to confound many marketers — to the point that they’ve attained an almost mythical stature in our industry. To some CMOs I talk to, that generation of 18- to …

The Cairo streets where girls pretend to be boys

Manal and Ahmed don’t look alike. Manal holds her infant son, who plays with the folds of her hijab. Ahmed looms from a photograph behind her, a baseball cap on his head. Manal is a shy young mum, Ahmed an aggressive young man. They seem like different people.<p>Except, they’re the same person. …

Siblings

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning

The Strange Future of Hybrid Thinking

Will human brains and technology merge within the next 30 years? One prominent thinker says so.<p>Ray Kurzweil is a fascinating man. He's an author, a computer scientist, an inventor, and he's currently serving as a Director of Engineering at Google. That's a big position for anyone to fill, seeing …

Singularity

Leading People When They Know More than You Do

If you’re a manager in a knowledge-driven industry, chances are you’re an expert in the area you manage. Try to imagine a leader without this expertise doing your job. You’ll probably conclude it couldn’t be done. But as your career advances, at some point you will be promoted into a job which …

INFJ vs. INTJ

INTJ Personal Growth

To grow as an individual, the INTJ needs to focus on applying their judgment to things only after they have gone through their intuition. In other …

‘Calvin and Hobbes’: America’s Most Profound Comic Strip

The hilarity of ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ was rooted in a 6-year-old boy’s inability to control himself—or the world<p>In 1985, American newspaper readers met an appalling little boy. He taunted his mother (“Prepare for annihilation, pitiful Earth female”), tormented a classmate by telling her he had …

Comic Strips

The Writers’ Room is always available for writers to work

Up on the fifth floor of a drab building nestled between a Dunkin’ Donuts and a 7-Eleven store on State Street in the Financial District is an office …

Creative Writing

20 Writers On Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writer's block. For most people it rears its unimaginative head when trying to come up with something marginally interesting to say in the third …

Captivating Portraits of Enigmatic Figures Lost in a Magical World

Inspired by the lush natural surroundings of her native Vilnius, Lithuanian photographer Viktorija Raggana captures incredibly emotive portraits filled with enchantment and mystery. Raggana, who calls herself a “photographer-witch,” weaves her spell over enigmatic scenes that seem to belong to the …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Heart Rates

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Medicine

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

Study finds possible alternative explanation for dark energy

(Phys.org)—Dark energy is an unknown form of energy that is proposed to drive the accelerated expansion of the universe. A new study by University of …

7 biggest marketing and media trends of 2014

In 2014, advertising was in the eye of the beholder.<p>For instance, some thought that with 400 million-plus views, Shakira's "La La La" was the biggest …

5 Social Media Tips For Small Business

Social media is a great way to get the word out about your business. But if it’s not delivering results, take a step back and see if you’re following these best practices.<p><b>1. Communicate your uniqueness</b><p>Too many businesses are trying to be too many things. Instead, focus on what makes you unique and …

10 Ways Content Will Change in 2015

Content marketing is still among the most effective ways for brands to gain visibility. The right type of content has the ability to rank prominently in search results, earning shares on social media and making a name for the business behind it. As with other types of marketing, however, the type …

Email Marketing Should Remain Top Priority for Small Business Owners

With so many online avenues to consider when it comes to promoting your business online, email is often left in the dust. Social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn often top conversations when it comes to identifying best practices for gaining online visibility. Yet email – as old fashioned …

The Next Generation Icons

Perhaps these new faces can chalk up some of their success to mirroring the icons of past and present. See the original standouts and their modern mirrors.<p>Perhaps these new faces can chalk up some of their success to mirroring the icons of past and present. See the original standouts and their …

Consumers Are No Longer Brand Loyal

In today’s diverse new world of growing consumer demands, fueled by changing demographics and the cultural shift in the market, brands have some work to do to say the least. In the rush of business necessity and the desire to meet quarterly financial requirements from Wall Street, branding has …

The 19-Year-Old Wiz Kid Who Turned Down Apple Has Nabbed Backing From A Hollywood Star

We caught up with Meyer again and learned that since that decision, things have been wild for him.<p>His startup, Fresco News, crowdsources breaking news and photos from Twitter, Instagram and other social media.<p>Fresco finds breaking news, verifies it, and gets the license to publish relevant images …

Astronomers solve mystery of the universe’s missing stars

There are not enough stars in the universe and now astronomers think they know why.<p>Using the Hubble space telescope, they have discovered a distant galaxy in which star formation is itself driving the raw materials for more stars out into space at two million miles per hour – and in the process …

Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men

• <b>Author:</b> Jean-Jacques Rousseau<p>Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Inequality Among Men, written for the Académie de Dijon's competition in 1754, is an attempt to answer the question "What is the origin of inequality among men, and is it authorized by natural law?"

Eat to Live

• <b>Author:</b> Joel Fuhrman<p>Hailed a "medical breakthrough" by Dr. Mehmet Oz, EAT TO LIVE offers a highly effective, scientifically proven way to lose weight quickly. The key to Dr. Joel Fuhrman's revolutionary six-week plan is simple: health = nutrients / calories. When the ratio of nutrients to calories …

The Defining Decade

• <b>Author:</b> Meg Jay<p>Our "thirty-is-the-new-twenty" culture tells us the twentysomething years don't matter. Some say they are a second adolescence. Others call them an emerging adulthood. Dr. Meg Jay, a clinical psychologist, argues that twentysomethings have been caught in a swirl of hype and …