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Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Neuroscience

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

Psychology

Japan Builds World's Largest Floating Wind Turbine off Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Engineers in Japan have installed the world's largest floating wind turbine, a towering 344-foot structure that is billed as being able to withstand 65-foot waves and even tsunamis.<p>The 7 megawatt turbine was fastened to the seabed last week by four 20-ton anchors about 12 miles …

Hydroelectric Power

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Tens of Thousands Gather to Mark 1989 Tiananmen Square Protests

The heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?

Photograph: Ajit Solanki/AP<p>A man takes bath under the tap of a water tanker on a hot day in Ahmadabad.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/30/1432983031782/5ca0fe0e-4ade-4a91-b1b6-a63e41d4f8fe-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Ajit Solanki/AP<p>A man takes bath under the tap of …

Merchant Shipping

Electronic wasteland

Zakir Hussain is on the boil. "<i>Yeh log sabko c*****e banate hai</i> (These people make fools of everyone)," seethes the Govandi-based scrap dealer. "They …

How American Businesses Should Deal With China's Economic Slowdown

China’s economic slowdown will affect American businesses operating in China—and not just their sales. Previous China slowdowns are a good predictor of what we can expect from this one. The best assumption to make is that the Chinese government will respond to the current slowdown by attempting to …

Energica Ego review

Europe's first electric-powered super-sports bike is fast and fun, although weight and price count against it<p>While hybrid supercars are now a glamorous reality, the prospect of a battery-powered superbike from a major motorcycle manufacturer seems as distant as ever. However, Italian firm Energica …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

12 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like …

Creativity

Pixar Cofounder Ed Catmull on Failure and Why Fostering a Fearless Culture Is the Key to Groundbreaking Creative Work

<i>“Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before,”</i> Neil Gaiman urged in his commencement-address-turned-manifesto-for-the-creative life. <i>“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them — especially not from yourself,”</i> philosopher Daniel …