Maria Szmagalski

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9 books Elon Musk thinks everyone should read

Ever since he was a child in South Africa, Elon Musk has been a big reader, of everything from science-fiction novels to historical biographies.<p>The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has said that reading books taught him how to build rockets.<p>We combed through years of interviews with Musk to find out which …

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity (And What to Do About It)

Self-consciousness is the enemy of all creative expressions.<p>We are all naturally creative. The human race's creative power is distributed in all of us, not concentrated in selected few. Every object or product you know today, however old or new, however simple or sophisticated, holds the stories of …

The Peter Principle: Thiel speaks for himself, not Silicon Valley

The eccentric investor is not like anyone else in tech.<p>Okay, I will just say what pretty much everyone in tech thinks, even if they never seem to be able to say it out loud: Peter Thiel is a very odd character, even by Silicon Valley standards.<p>And let me be clear that Silicon Valley is full of the …

This Magical Hotel Is the Only Way to Experience the Swiss Alps

If you're a minimalist, of course.<p>When it comes to minimalism, this hotel takes the cake: It has no walls, no roof and no bathroom either (don't worry: there's one 10 miles down the road). But what The Null Stern Hotel <i>does</i> offer is a prime location 6,463 feet above sea level in the mountains of …

Requiem for the backpacker: Today’s youths risk missing out on the joys of spontaneous travel

With international backpacking on the wane, we should lament the decline of dingy hostels and long bus rides<p>Thirty years ago, I backpacked around the Greek island of Crete. I returned there last week, finding it pretty much the way I remembered it: rugged, sun-bleached and beautiful.<p>There was only …

Bjork's VR album is a work in progress, just like the medium itself

<i>Bjork Digital</i> is almost <i>Bjork: The Theme Park</i>. The installation, which opened in Tokyo earlier this week, includes a movie theater featuring a two-hour-long showcase of the artist's videography. Around the corner from there, you'll find several tracks from the album <i>Vulnicura</i> have been transformed …

Hear Jim James' Space Funk Odyssey 'Everything (The Universe)'

To celebrate NASA's Juno Mission entering Jupiter's orbit on July 4th, Apple has recruited a wide range of artists to contribute new music to mark …

Magnetism

7 Signs You're Having Vitamin Deficiency

A vitamin deficiency can lead to a variety of signs and symptoms, some of so vague you might not be aware there is problem. Read on to find out more.

Baby Turtles Getting Hypnotized For Science Is So Cute It Hurts

Baby sea turtles don’t really need our help being adorable, but remarkably, scientists have figured out a way to make the tiny shelled reptiles even …

Buenos Aires zoo to close after 140 years: 'Captivity is degrading'

2,500 animals will be moved to nature reserves in Argentina, mayor said Zoo will become educational ecopark and refuge for trafficked animals<p>Buenos Aires has announced plans to close down its 140-year-old zoo, arguing that keeping wild animals in captivity and on display is degrading.<p>Mayor Horacio …

Buenos Aires

20 surprising effects that getting more sleep has on your mind and body

If you have a few days off this summer, one of the best things you can do with your time is fix your sleeping habits. Just let yourself sleep naturally during those days and see how much you really need.<p>For at least 40% of the US population that isn't getting the recommended seven to nine hours a …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

A startup that wants to end world hunger is starting with a tiny indoor vertical farm

It’s not quite farm to table, but one Berlin supermarket is trying to make urban farming mainstream with a high-tech vertical garden in its produce aisle.<p>A pilot project between wholesale supermarket Metro and indoor farming startup Infarm, the Kräutergarten (‘herb garden’) uses hydroponic …

Aquaponics

Revealed: Cambodia's vast medieval cities hidden beneath the jungle

Exclusive: Laser technology reveals cities concealed under the earth which would have made up the world’s largest empire in 12th century<p>Archaeologists in Cambodia have found multiple, previously undocumented medieval cities not far from the ancient temple city of Angkor Wat, the Guardian can …

Archaeology

Researchers predict average 'dead zone' for Gulf of Mexico in 2016

A University of Michigan researcher and colleagues from several institutions are forecasting an average but still large "dead zone" in the Gulf of …

Why Chicago Is Becoming The Country’s Urban Farming Capital

With a cornucopia of new ag startups, from rooftop greenhouses to high-tech vertical farms, the city’s growing agriculture movement is looking to deliver fresh produce even in the coldest Chicago winter.<p>When you walk into Farmed Here’s 90,000-square-foot warehouse in Bedford Park, a sleepy …

Urban Agriculture

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Humans damaging the environment faster than it can recover, UN finds

Radical action is needed to combat increasing rate of environmental damage to water sources, land, biodiversity and marine life, report shows<p>Degradation of the world’s natural resources by humans is rapidly outpacing the planet’s ability to absorb the damage, meaning the rate of deterioration is …

Sustainability

How Rwanda Turned a Toxic Menace Into a Source of Power

Lake Kivu, straddling the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, offers a landscape of extraordinary beauty, framed by towering …

Scarcity mindset is a great way to suck creativity and visionary thinking out of your life

If you consider yourself to be ambitious, this has happened to you. Your alarm goes off, and you’re ambushed by thoughts of the grind ahead; finding that needle in a haystack; denting the universe; the roller coaster that never ends—and many more horrible but unfortunately apt cliches. Today, the …

Self-improvement

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Does the Brain Filter out a Wider Awareness?

The human brain has amazing capacities. It contains billions of neurons, allowing it to process vast quantities of information so that we can function effectively. But can we have too much information? Yes, and, in fact, filtering information is one of the brain's most important functions. Brain …

Photos from Life Off the Grid in a Sustainable Commune

In this week's installment of First-Person Shooter, a member of an Oregon-based sustainable community photographed a dozen or so residents who live off-the-grid and survive together using only materials readily available to them on their 40-acre land...<p>In this week's edition of First-Person Shooter …

Can you spot the planets in this stunning photo of the Milky Way - taken from the Isle of Wight?

Spectacular star views may be difficult to find in some parts of the country but one photographer managed to catch the perfect shot of first light on the Isle of Wight.<p>Chad Powell, a 24-year-old snapper and graphic designer, has a passion for photographing the night sky off the coast of …

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy without hordes of travelers, from one of France's most majestic villages to a breathtaking hiking trail in Sweden.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an</i> …

The Line That May Have Won Hillary Clinton the Nomination

Maybe it’s too early for post-mortems. But the results the other night seemingly all but settled the Democratic primary race, which may have turned …

Real Estate

How This Design Firm Created 7 Self-Driving Cars to Travel the World

British design firm Map shows us what autonomously driving vehicles of the future could look like.<p>There's no denying that self-driving cars are the future of travel. Elon Musk's Tesla Model 3, unveiled in March and not set to roll out until late 2017, already has nearly 400,000 orders and counting. …

The 8 Most Breathtaking National Parks in America

1 of 8<p>Yellowstone<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 8<p>Acadia<p>3 of 8<p>Kenai Fjords<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 8<p>Channel Islands<p>Advertisement<p>5 of 8<p>Yosemite<p>Advertisement<p>6 of 8<p>Hawai'i …

The Human Who Teaches Orphan Sloths How to Be Wild Animals

Sam Trull was never prouder of Kermie than when she watched him fight another sloth for the first time.<p>The two-toed sloth was hanging upside down …

How Getting More Alone Time Will Significantly Improve Your Life

We live in a social age. Here's why and how you should carve out more time for solo thinking.<p>Thanks to your ever present smartphone, these days you don't have to be alone even when there's no one else around. When we have a moment to ourselves, our first instinct is often to log on to Facebook, …