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5 little-known things that are just as deadly as smoking, according to science

The rate of American adults who smoke has declined from 42% in 1965 to 15% in 2015.<p>However, there are a number of risk factors taking its place, many of which stem from people's growing preference for sedentary, isolated lifestyles.<p>As smoking makes its exit in the US, here are the risk factors …

Green-roofed village shows a more sustainable way to rebuild after disasters

When the 8.0-magnitude Sichuan Earthquake devastated China in 2008, nearly 5 million people were left homeless. Rural Urban Framework, a non-profit …

Design

Subterranean home for 400 found in Beijing basement

<b>The recent discovery of around 400 people living underneath an upscale Beijing apartment complex has shone fresh light on the Chinese capital's housing crunch.</b><p>On Saturday, a state radio report highlighted the existence of an underground warren of windowless rooms - with only one emergency exit - at …

Trump's Approval Rating Decline Isn't That Big Compared With Predecessors' Drops

Even though President Trump took office with record-low approval ratings, multiple polls (and, accordingly, news reports) have shown his approval rating dipping even further.<p>Look at his ratings on polling aggregators like RealClearPolitics or FiveThirtyEight, and the drop sure looks dramatic.<p>While …

Donald Trump

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory into Awe-Inspiring Work/Living Space

Covered by climbing plants and surrounded by a garden of eucalyptus, palms, olive trees and cypresses, this old cement factory on the outskirts of …

Architecture

NASA Just Released a Bunch of Its Software For Free

Here's what's worth downloading.<p>NASA has just released its 2017-2018 software catalogue, and everything is available for free download, without any …

The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion

Conservatives are more likely to support issues like immigration and Obamacare if the message is “morally reframed” to suit their values.<p>Ever since Donald Trump handed down his executive order temporarily halting all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for three months and barring …

Critical Thinking

The 100 Greatest Singer-Songwriter Songs

In a time long ago – well sometime before the early 60s – songwriters wrote songs and singers sang them. It was less often that people did both. Of …

1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

Download 1,300 free courses from Stanford, Yale, MIT, Harvard, Berkeley and other great universities to your computer or mobile device. Over 45,000 …

Audio-visual

This Is How You Fight Fatigue—Without Caffeine

<i>Why am I always tired?</i> Have you asked yourself this question yet today? Yeah, us too, along with millions of other Americans. In fact, a survey found …

The Meaning of Ali: A daughter remembers her father's gentle soul

<i>This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's June 27 Muhammad Ali Issue. Subscribe today!</i><p><b>IN ORDER TO</b> recognize a great person, we must have an …

Can Great Design Bring The Boy Scouts Into The 21st Century?

A new project casts the beleaguered organization as a sustainability minded outfit. But is it enough to boost engagement?<p>The Boy Scouts of America has had its fair share of troubles in recent years, from abuse allegations to discrimination, which eventually led to a Supreme Court case in 2000. On …

This is your brain on LSD

A lot of research has been conducted into how psychedelic drug lysergic acid diethylamide, or LSD, affects human behaviour, but what does it actually do to the brain? To find out, a team of researchers from Imperial College London gave some test subjects the drug, and documented the results using …

Consciousness

Ten of the best nonfiction film-makers today choose their own favourites, from serial killer stories and studies in the horrors of war to meta pranks<p>• Storyville’s Nick Fraser on the power of the documentary form<p><b>The Texan director’s feature debut, The Act of Killing (2012), and its follow-up, The</b> …

Stephen Hawking

Spike Lee Shares His NYU Teaching List of 87 Essential Films Every Aspiring Director Should See

I’m sure you’ve heard by now: wealthy, successful film director Spike Lee hopes to fund his next film via a Kickstarter campaign. Yes, that’s right, …

10 Holiday Travel Mistakes to Avoid

Don't be too rigid: even small scheduling concessions can cut costs.<p>Whether they’re driving to visit family or flying to a tropical island to escape …

Personal Trainer to Star Athletes Knows How to Make Them Suffer

Mackie Shilstone designs punishing workouts for Serena Williams and other clients and is no less demanding of himself<p>Mackie Shilstone, the fitness guru and personal trainer to pro athletes including tennis ace Serena Williams and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, has a high tolerance for …

Denver Broncos

Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This | Inc.com

Resilience is defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness."<p>There's no surprise that it's a characteristic of some of the world's most successful people. It's also a required trait to endure and succeed in some of the toughest specialties in the U.S. military.<p>Over on …

Self-improvement

The Smartest Entrepreneurs Are Listening to These 10 Podcasts

Want to become a better entrepreneur? Start listening to one or all of these 10 podcasts.<p>The rumor mill says Apple and major car manufacturers are in talks to have podcasting be the new "car radio." While I won't speculate, there is no doubting that podcast listenership has grown over the …

Gigantic Wooden Megaphones Amplify the Quiet Sounds of a Natural Forest

On display in an Estonian forest near Tallinn is <i>ruup</i>, an installation of three gigantic wooden megaphones that amplify the typically-quiet sounds of nature. The project was created by interior architecture students at the Estonian Academy of the Arts, and it's intended as a site of relaxation. …

Obama Takes on Climate Change: The Rolling Stone Interview

In Alaska, President Obama was in a very good mood. He visited the state in late summer to draw attention to the looming climate catastrophe the …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Yes, Mr. President, We Remade Our Atlas to Reflect Shrinking Ice

While discussing his new plan to combat global warming, the President referenced one of the most striking shifts in the history of National Geographic maps.<p>Unveiling his most aggressive plan yet to combat climate change, President Obama on Monday referenced recent dramatic changes that National …

Global Warming

Is this the largest feature in the universe?

Astronomers have found what appears to be the largest feature in the universe: a ring of gamma ray bursts – and hence galaxies – 5 billion light …

The Buddhist and the Neuroscientist

What compassion does to the brain<p>In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the …

Mindfulness

A psychologist discovered the secret to never getting frustrated

The guy in front of you is driving like an idiot. Your boss is being a jerk. Your partner isn't listening.<p>And sometimes these all happen to you <i>on the same day</i>.<p>What's the fix for this? One guy came up with a solution that deals with all of these problems — and more.<p>Albert Ellis was quite a …

Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report

<i>A NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Last November, we published a story, 'A Rape on Campus' [RS 1223], that centered around a University of Virginia student's</i> …

The Next Steps in the Battle Over Religious-Freedom Laws

Same-sex marriage supporters press their advantage, as the fate of statutes in Indiana and Arkansas remains uncertain.<p>Sometimes social change seems like the advance of a glacier: a few inches a year, with no real visible effect. And sometimes the ice breaks up overnight.<p>Yesterday, Indiana Governor …

LGBTQI

Meet Laurel Kaye, the 21-Year-Old Finalist for the One-Way Mission to Mars

Talk about having guts.<p>Once upon a time, women weren't allowed to even think of becoming an astronaut, but now one New York-area woman could be headed to <i>live</i> on Mars.<p>Laurel Kaye, 21, took countless childhood trips to the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, hoping one day …

Mars