Naureen Virani

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67 Rules for All Writers to Live By

• <b>Don’t waste your readers’ time</b><br>• Writing a book is like describing a building. Look at the first brick and write all about it. <b>Repeat this process for</b> …

9 Steps to a Future-Ready Education

By Jon PhillipsInitiatives are about more than just adopting technology.

9 Simple Tips for Writing With Clarity

This post is about writing with clarity.* It’s tempting to write with fancy language and complicated sentences, but writing clearly is one of the …

Creative Writing

“Positive thinking” has turned happiness into a duty and a burden, says a Danish psychologist

Everyone wants you to be happy: Self-help books dish out advice on how to stop worrying, boost happiness, and banish negative thoughts; bosses want to see smiling enthusiasm in the workplace; and the only way to respond to “how are you?” is with a joyful “great!” But according to Svend Brinkmann, a …

A tiny California college whose graduates outearn Harvard and Stanford grads is changing how we train students to enter the job market

Harvey Mudd College, a tiny liberal-arts school in Claremont, California, is an engineering, science, and mathematics powerhouse.<p>In fact, its graduates outearn those from Harvard and Stanford about 10 years into their careers.<p>But in addition to its reputation for producing strong graduates in the …

College & University

Want a Younger Brain? Forget Sudoku and Do This

Mental age is more in your control than you might think.<p>Nobody wants to lose cognitive function, especially when so much of business--and life in general--depends on being "on top of it" to stay ahead of the competition. But statistically speaking, the reality is, you have to fight to stay sharp. …

The Atlantic’s New “Life Timeline” Could Be An Engaging Social Studies Tool

Today, The Atlantic unveiled the “Life Timeline” interactive.<p>Use a “drop-and-drag” menu to input your birthday, and it will deliver a visually …

High School

EduTech: Developers behind AirParrot introduce new classroom management app ‘ClassHub’

<i>EduTech is a new 9to5Mac weekly series that will focus on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments</i> …

Education Technology

If You're Too Busy for These 5 Things, Your Life Is More Off Course Than You Think

It's really easy to stray from the path. Like airplanes, we constantly need to make course corrections.<p>Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive at the correct destination at the intended time.<p>The reason for this phenomenon …

The mysterious origins of jazz

The anniversary of the first jazz recording 100 years ago also marks the beginning of debates that are still ongoing, writes Christian Blauvelt.<p>The five members of the band took the lift to the 12th Floor of the Victor Talking Machine Company’s building on 38th Street in New York City. They were …

New Orleans

The ancient Greeks named six types of love that psychologists still refer to today

When we love a person, we feel emotional arousal in their presence. We will also have a set of thoughts (or cognitions) about that person, and our previous experiences can shape our ideas about what we expect in our relationships. For example, if you believe in love at first sight, then you are …

Relationships

Neuroscientists Just Gave Lazy Humans a Free Pass

As anyone who struggles to get out of bed in the morning knows, fighting laziness is a losing battle. From beneath the covers, the world outside …

I've Spent 10 Years Helping People Lose Weight… Here Are My Best Tips

For 10 years, I’ve been the force behind MyBodyTutor.com, which simplifies the weight-loss process into practical, sustainable behaviors that help …

The Author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" Reveals His Perfect Morning Routine

Have you heard of Stephen Covey? He was an incredibly influential author, publishing the bestselling book <i>7 Habits of Highly Effective People</i> which …

Personalized Learning in Practice: How a Risk-Taker Tailored Learning in Her District

<i>Wales, Wis.</i><p>A magic wand sits high on a shelf in Patricia Deklotz’s office. It was a gift in 2005, the day after she accepted the Kettle Moraine …

Education

Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question?

Questions hijack the brain. The moment you hear one, you literally can’t think of anything else. And that can be a powerful tool.<p>What color is your house?<p>After reading that question, what were you thinking about? The obvious answer is the color of your house. Though this exercise may seem ordinary, …

Psychology Says This Is the Top Contributor to Happiness (It's Not What You Think)

The biggest contributor to happiness might surprise you--and here's how to foster it.<p>According to a report by <i>The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology</i>, the No. 1 contributor to happiness in life is not money, popularity, good looks, or even a good sex life (too many...jokes...can't …

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Some microscopes today are so powerful that they can create a picture of the gap between brain cells, which is thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can even reveal the tiny sacs carrying even tinier nuggets of information to cross over that gap to form memories. And in …

Justin Trudeau Despises Paul Simon: A Rebuttal

What does the Canadian Prime Minister have against a treasured American icon?<p>Back in 2012, three years before he was elected to the office of Canadian Prime Minister and International Superhunk, Justin Trudeau tweeted the following: "For the record: I, and my entire staff, despise Paul Simon. …

Keeping things simple

<b>Expanding your Writing Skills:</b> <b><br>The Five Simplicities</b>In Part Four of Writing Skills, we examine simplicity, looking at four basics for good …

Writing

Writing: Top Tips to Cut the Clutter

"Clutter is the disease of American writing," says William Zinsser in his classic text <i>On Writing Well</i>. "We are a society strangling in unnecessary …

Pandit Ravi Shankar, the Indian virtuoso who introduced The Beatles to the sitar

Who was Ravi Shankar?<p>Pandit Ravi Shankar, was the virtuoso sitar maestro who introduced Indian classical music to the world and inspired the Sixties 'psychedelic' sound through his collaboration with the Beatles.<p>Shankar was born Robindro Shaunkor Chowdhury in Benares (a.k.a. Varanasi, or Kashi), …

India

Universities admit students who are 'almost illiterate', lecturers warn

Universities are admitting students who are “almost illiterate”, lecturers warn as they complain that dropping entry requirements has led to a generation of undergraduates who cannot read, write or speak proper English.<p>Almost half of academics (48 per cent) do not think that students are adequately …

Lessons in Creativity and Innovation from the Mad Scientist Named Tesla

This curated post is by Cory Galbraith, CEO & President ofThe post Lessons in Creativity and Innovation from the Mad Scientist Named Tesla appeared …

4 things I totally misunderstood before becoming a freelance writer

1. “Trying to be a writer” vs. “Being a writer”<p>About a year ago, I was sitting in the living room of a famous South African politician and writer’s …

Networking

You Can Easily Become A Knowledgeable Person (With This Learning Approach)

Ever wish to be more well-rounded, knowledgeable, or well-informed about the world around you? Not sure how get there? Some people use a certain …

Self-improvement

The Four 'R's of Writing Characters of the Opposite Gender

I’ve always enjoyed writing women characters, particularly women narrators. There’s an instinctive connection between us, a shared voice and vision. …

5 Reasons Why Kids Make Amazing Entrepreneurs

Curiosity combined with tech capability isn't a bad combination for an entrepreneur, and kids have an excess of both.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sometimes, I think I grew up in the wrong generation.<p>When I was a kid, I worked for my dad on the weekends and after …

Entrepreneurship

Your brain always has a backup plan

You may not always be consciously considering a Plan B when you're making a decision, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Queen's University researchers have discovered that the human brain's motor neurons will prepare for multiple actions before making a decision. The team learned this by …