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Want to Be Funnier the Next Time You Give a Talk? A Comedian Shares the Tricks of the Trade

How to get your audience more engaged by making them laugh.<p>David Nihill hated public speaking so much that he wrote a bestselling book about it:Do You Talk Funny? 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker. When I first met him -- oddly enough at a TEDx party -- I was …

Public Speaking

Science Says That To Fight Ignorance, We Must Start By Admitting Our Own

Science is not a philosophy or a spiritual path; it's a way of behaving in the world.<p>But since tribalism and polarization have made "alternative facts" a reality of public life, there is something we can learn from science to help us navigate the troubled waters and find a more resilient civic life.<p>…

Masturbation side effects: Myths and facts

Masturbation is a normal and healthy sexual activity with few side effects. Many bizarre claims surround masturbation, such as going blind, and most …

Experts Say These Are 10 Types of Employees You Should Fire

Always check with your HR and legal department before taking action.<p><b>There are certain types of employees who shouldn't be tolerated at any organization.</b>• <b><br>Those types include whiners, antagonists, and chronically absent workers.</b>• <b><br>You should never fire an employee on a whim -- first consult human</b> …

10 things you only know if you’ve had an affair

<b>Having an affair with someone you shouldn’t is still a fairly taboo subject.</b><p>Despite not being something a person usually sets out to end up in, …

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity

Time outside changes how active specific parts of the brain are, offering clearer, freer thought.<p>If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on …

A sleep scientist reveals the 15-minute daily ritual that will improve your sleep

A sleep scientist shares his 15-minute daily ritual that leads to a good night's sleep. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Daniel Barone:</b> One of the biggest things that I believe in for myself and what I tell my patients is mindfulness meditation.<p>I'm Dr. Daniel Barone, a neurologist at New York …

Mindfulness

Why incompetent people often think they’re actually the best

There’s a psychological phenomenon behind it: the Dunning-Kruger effect.<p>Maybe you’ve experienced this at school or work before: Dealing with someone who thinks he’s much better at his job than he really is. This can not only be really annoying, but it can lead to disaster as a group project is made …

The physics behind why cats fit themselves in weird places

A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under certain conditions, cats seem to fit this definition.<p>This somewhat paradoxical observation emerged on the web a few years ago and joined the long list of internet memes involving our feline friends. …

Physics

These 10 Quotes by Steve Jobs, Dale Carnegie, Dr. Seuss, and Others Are Sure to Inspire Joy in the Workplace

It is possible to find enjoyment and fulfillment at work and these words of wisdom can get you started.<p>In our already busy lives, most of us find our days consumed by our work and the office. There is no denying it -- we do have to work in order to provide for our families and ourselves, and to …

Motivation

You Might Be a Genius If You Share This 1 Trait With Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci left a host of unfinished work, and it wasn't because he was intellectually challenged.<p>If there's one person in history that stands out as a great genius, it's arguably Leonardo da Vinci. A true Renaissance man and polymath in every sense, he was not only a master painter and …

Art History

In a Major Warning, Top US Cancer Doctors Are Asking People to Drink Less Alcohol

This is serious.<p>It's not every day that a group of the nation's top cancer doctors asks people to curb their drinking.<p>In a statement released …

How to get over the need to be liked by everyone you meet

A few weeks ago, I called a florist. There wasn’t anything remarkable about this particular conversation: I asked questions about bouquets and …

Psychology

Here's the Key to Great Conversation in 1 Sentence

In the best conversations, both people are students of each other.<p>One of the most famous quotes about communication comes from Stephen R. Covley. He intelligently remarked that most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. In essence, this means that …

Self-improvement

How to outsmart any multiple-choice test

Ideally, multiple-choice exams would be random, without patterns of right or wrong answers. However, all tests are written by humans, and human …

Science Says Doing This 1 Thing for Your Kids Will Make Them Better Problem-Solvers Forever

Creativity is the currency of the New Economy. Here's the secret to permanently increasing it.<p>Whatever you call it--creativity, innovation, or creative problem-solving--being able to test assumptions, see alternatives, and come up with unique solutions to life's challenges is a key to success, and …

Creativity

32-bit vs. 64-bit: What’s the difference, and what does it mean for your PC?

You’ve probably seen 32-bit and 64-bit options available whenever you download an app, or install a game. Your PC might even have a sticker that says …

Software

Digital Disruption in the Education Sector

The concept of digital disruption provides an opportunity to education leaders to evaluate their strategy afresh and revaluate the type of student …

Innovation

Wi-Fi hacking is nothing new

Earlier this month, a researcher discovered Wi-Fi has a fundamental security flaw. Again.<p>On October 16, a security researcher in Belgium named Mathy …

The concept of schizophrenia is dying

The concept of schizophrenia is dying. Harried for decades by psychology, it now appears to have been fatally wounded by psychiatry, the very …

Mental Health

An Introduction to Gravitational Lensing

In the history of astronomy, scientists used many tools to observe and study distant objects in the universe. Most are telescopes and detectors. …

Drug therapy 'restores breathing' after spinal injury

<b>A drug-based therapy appears to restore breathing in rats paralysed from the neck down by a spinal injury, according to scientists.</b><p>They hope their "exciting but early" findings could ultimately help free patients from ventilators.<p>The pioneering work, in Cell Reports, suggests the brain may not be …

Cleveland

How to Tell Your Boss That You’re Not Engaged at Work

Many people think of employee engagement as a relatively new idea, but scientists have been studying it for years. William Kahn first introduced the term in 1990, defining it as “the degree of psychological identification employees experience with their job role or work persona.” He noticed that …

Employee Engagement

An undercover investigation reveals air quality on a cruise ship deck could be worse than the world’s most polluted cities

Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Thinking of going on a cruise for the fresh ocean air? Think again. A recent undercover investigation on P&O Cruises' ship Oceana revealed ultra-fine particles in the air emitted from burning fuel.<p>On deck, downwind of the smokestacks, the investigative team …

Pollution

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”<p>While I fully support the …

If You Say Yes to Any of These 7 Questions, You're Much More Successful Than You Think

Numbers come and go, but feelings are forever -- especially when those feelings involve how you feel about yourself.<p>Sometimes comparisons can be useful... but where your sense of satisfaction and fulfillment are concerned, they're definitely not.<p>Like if you constantly you compare yourself to other …

Self-improvement

Troubleshooting macOS High Sierra Problems

Are you having difficulties with macOS High Sierra? While most Mac users who update to macOS High Sierra have no issues with the system software, …

Operating Systems

I woke up an hour earlier for a year and I'm convinced it ruined my productivity — and my health

But don't be so quick to judge. Listen to my story first.<p>I'm a meticulous sleep planner. In the evening I calculate when I have to go to bed, so that I can get at least eight hours of sleep - nine is even better.<p>I hardly nap in the afternoon and I rarely sleep in on weekends, even if I did …

Planet Nine Could Be Our Solar System's Missing 'Super Earth'

Planet Nine is out there, and astronomers are determined to find it, according to a new statement from NASA. In fact, mounting evidence suggests it's …