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DNA tests can predict intelligence, scientists show for first time

Intelligence could be measured with a swab of saliva, or drop of blood, after scientists showed for the first time that a person’s IQ can be predicted just by studying their DNA.<p>In the largest ever study looking at the genetic basis for intelligence, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and …

Mystery of three-fingered skeletal remains discovered beside baby mummy as tests 'reveal they are NOT human'

Bizarre skeletal remains with just three fingers and three toes could be alien - despite having many similarities to humans, it is claimed.<p>The …

I earn $950 an hour writing from my couch — here are my best tips for people who want to work for themselves

People are intrigued when I say I'm a writer: "Ooooh, novels? TV shows? Anything I know?"<p>When I explain that I have a blog and a copywriting business, they say, "Cool!" but sometimes, their eyes mist with pity. They offer to help me find work. They picture me living in a water-stained basement …

Time I

Just 3 hours a day is all it takes to become more successful

When I feel overwhelmed with everything I need to get done, I remind myself of the power of three uninterrupted hours.<p>I am always less stressed when I have time alone to work and think  —  and I have learned that three focused hours drastically improves my mood.<p>This is true whether it is hundreds …

Time Management

The Science of Cocktails Is Drinks and Science in the Name of Education

Boozy learning moments don’t have to involve drunk texts<p>Last Friday, well-dressed science enthusiasts lined up outside the Exploratorium in San …

‘Black Panther,’ Seeing Yourself, And When A Movie Is More Than A Movie

I’m going to cry when I see the <i>Black Panther</i> opening credits. I’ve told my family to prepare for it, and I have no shame about the emotional eruption I’ll feel when I lay eyes on the cinematic version of Wakanda for the first time. I’ve dreamed of the moment for 20 years, wanting the rest of the …

Comics

6 ways, backed by research, to goof off and get more done

I’ve written about how people at the top of their field are relentlessly productive.<p>But you can’t sprint for miles. There’s plenty of research …

This Myers-Briggs personality test alternative is based on a centuries-old system

From stress-busting techniques to digital detoxes, sometimes analog life is the best life. And if you want to learn something new, you actually have …

Feeling Chronically Ill, but not sure why? You may have “Shaman Sickness.”

You’ve always felt a bit…different than everyone else. Odd or outcast even. And yet, you have the ability to help others feel like they are accepted …

Spirituality

Instagram's Wildly Popular Gem Sorceress Wants to Heal You with Crystals

We asked crystal connoisseur Amaris Rivera about starting your journey into the world of crystals, sound healing, and meditation.<p><i>Instagram Spotlight is a new column featuring the minds behind wonderful, weird, and wildly popular Instagram accounts. Each interview will be accompanied by an Instagram</i> …

Alternative Medicine

Have you used this map to find historic photos of your SF neighborhood?

San Francisco has changed. A free digital map lets you turn back the clock.<p>OpenSFHistory, a subgroup of the Western Neighborhoods Project, compiled thousands of historical images accumulated over 40 years by an anonymous collector. All the public knows about "The Private Collector" is that he or …

This Moody San Francisco Wedding Had the Best of Both Worlds: A Chic Dinner Party and '90s Rap

Jacklyn and Mark married at the grand and Gothic St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The bride figured that if they were going to tie the knot at a …

Weddings

This Magical Dutch Town is Like Something Out of a Storybook

One of the main reasons people flock to Europe is for a taste of its history. Packed full of gorgeous architecture, the buildings you'll come across …

Charred Cauliflower with Garlic Tahini Sauce

1. Place a few inches of water in a large saucepot, then insert a steamer basket. Bring to a boil and then add the whole cauliflower head. Reduce …

This mindfulness trick is super-effective at calming anxiety

People are saying the results are instant<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of …

Before You Build Raised Beds

Raised bed gardening may seem like it's only for small-scale home gardeners, but the small farmer and homesteader will find that raised bed gardening …

Show Off Your Storage With Stylish Baskets You Can DIY

(Image credit: Bildschœnes)<p>For the love of all things organized, don't limit yourself to clear plastic containers. There is so much more style to be …

Crafting

Make This: Chic Semi-Circle Fringe Mirror

Spice up your entryway, bedroom, or hallway with a bold statement piece that's sure to mesmerize and beautify. The blush pink fringe is the perfect …

Chemicals

Get In On the DIY Wall Weaving Trend

Wall weavings have certainly made their way around the DIY and craft circles the last few years, and for good reason. Whether weaving is your job (I …

Crafting

Beautiful Backsplashes that Elevate the Basic White Tile

White tile — it's timeless, classic, affordable and looks good in just about any backsplash, regardless of your kitchen or bathroom's style or size. …

Kitchens

Draw on Your Walls with DIY Cord Art

We love macramé as much as anyone, but maybe you want your walls to be fun <i>and</i> functional, especially if you're working with limited space. DIY cord …

Tutorials

San Francisco's worst street corners for hard-core drug trafficking

On one of the busiest street corners for the meth trade in San Francisco, buyers and sellers barely make an effort to conceal their transactions.<p>Users palm drug packets after paying in cash that is quickly pocketed. Some don't wander far before using.<p>Sixth and Minna streets appears to be ground …

San Francisco

World's Most Stunning Public Staircases Photos

Sure, elevators are more convenient, but staircases provide a window to the world so rarely seen from any other vantage point. No matter if they are etched into the side of a rock face, as the 740 steps are at Colombia's 10-million-ton Stone of El Peñol, or cut through water, like the Moses Bridge …

The Key to Color Confidence: The 60-30-10 Rule

If you are nervous or unsure about adding color into your home, consider using 60-30-10 color rule when planning your next room makeover. The …

Home Decorating

Beyond the Pale: The Grown Up Way to Do Blue & Pink

(Image credit: Sharyn Cairns via DesignBoom)<p>Quick, what do you think of when you picture the colors blue and pink together? We're guessing your …

Home Decorating

11 Top Positive Psychology Books That Will Improve Your Work and Life | Inc.com

The "positive psychology" field has been around for decades, but in the past several years, thanks to some notable research, we recognize its profound impact on society.<p>What scientists of the movement have discovered is that practices like compassion, gratitude, positive thinking, resilience, …

Positive Thinking

The Secret to Productivity: Focus

Technology has helped us do so much more, so much faster. But many experts argue that work-related systems and tools haven’t necessarily made us more …

The Scientific Argument For Mastering One Thing At A Time

Many people, myself included, have multiple areas of life they would like to improve. For example, I would like to reach more people with my writing, to lift heavier weights at the gym, and to start practicing mindfulness more consistently. Those are just a few of the goals I find desirable and you …

Psychology

5 Books That Will Instantly Give You a PhD in Productivity

Read these five books to instantly become a productivity master.<p>Becoming productive is one part art, one part science. There are some best practices out there, but most people have to determine what is going to be the best for them through a process of trial and error.<p>One of the best ways to get …

Time Management

17 bad habits that are sabotaging your productivity

While this is no easy feat, getting more done in less time is a much more attainable goal if you're not sabotaging yourself with bad habits.<p>Following are 17 things you should stop doing right now to become more productive.<p>1. Hitting the snooze button<p>It might feel like pressing the snooze button in …

Time Management