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20 Best Ceiling Ideas And Decorations For A Beautiful Room

With the right paint, fabric, or decorative plaster, the ceiling can make a striking statement.<p>Too often, the "fifth" wall is forgotten, but even a little attention overhead can characterize the entire space. Read on to see how.

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

Quantum math makes human irrationality more sensible

People often say that quantum physics is weird because it doesn’t seem rational. But of course, if you think about it, quantum physics is actually …

Quantum Mechanics

From OM To OMG: Science, Your Brain, And The Productive Powers Of Meditation

Using fMRI scans, we can now see what meditation does to the brain. The author suggests it can lead to a happier, more productive, and creative life. And even two minutes a day can do wonders.<p>Ever since my dad tried to convince me to meditate when I was about 12, I’ve been fairly skeptical of this …

Meditation

National Geographic Travel

Big Bang Mystery Extends Into Nearby Galaxy, Puzzling Cosmologists

Theory suggests stars should contain three times as much lithium as they do.<p>A star cluster some 80,000 light-years from Earth looks mysteriously deficient in the element lithium, just like nearby stars, astronomers reported on Wednesday.<p>That curious deficiency suggests that astrophysicists either …

The New Habit Challenge: Create A Better To-Do List

Making a simple list isn’t the best way to get things done. Next week we’ll test more effective approaches to organizing our days.<p>Tons of successful leaders laud the to-do list as the key to more organized, productive, and focused days, but is there a right way and a wrong way to do your to-do?<p>The …

Productivity

How the iPhone 6 literally pays for itself

If the new Apple Pay system delivers on its promise, financial transactions will be revolutionised<p>On Tuesday, the church of Apple held its annual convention in San Francisco. Legions of the faithful, carefully vetted, were assembled in a darkened auditorium. The atmosphere was not quite as …

Yes, it's official, men are from Mars and women from Venus, and here's the science to prove it

In his fascinating new book the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert argues that there is actually hard science behind many of our stereotypical gender roles<p>In My Fair Lady Professor Higgins sings a song about the difference between the sexes, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It comes from …

Psychology

9 Ways to Become More Creative in the Next 10 Minutes | Inc.com

Modern culture often labels creativity as natural gift. Artists get showered with praise and proclamations of "you're so <i>talented</i>," but truthfully, talent has little to do with it.<p>Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced, and developed, just like any other. Juggling takes practice, as does …

Creativity

The Most Incredible Use Of 425 Square Feet You've Ever Seen

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this once awkward New York City …

New York City

Today's Design Secret

ELLE DECOR design experts reveal the tricks and tips behind the most beautiful rooms.<p>ELLE DECOR design experts reveal the tricks and tips behind the most beautiful rooms.

7 Things You Can Do on Friday to Make Monday Awesome | Inc.com

Most people get excited that Friday is here, especially if the week has been hectic and packed. But often Fridays can seem like a waste (especially before holidays). Your brain, in anticipation of the time off, just says: <i>I have had enough! Bring on the downtime.</i> Then the afternoon just drags on and …

Productivity

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Self-improvement

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

6 Body Language Secrets Very Successful People Know

<i>Body language expert Janine Driver helps you amp up gestures that win respect and quiet those that give you away.</i><p>By Janine Driver<p><b>Do: Hold Your Chin.</b><p>"It's something we see powerful people do -- Hillary Clinton, Steve Jobs on the cover of his biography. It's a thinking pose, a gesture that says, …

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.<p>But if you're lucky — …

Three men and one woman accused of 'China 9/11' massacre on trial

Group suspected of rampage through a Chinese train station, which saw five masked attackers use knives to slaughter 31 civilians, appear in court for the first time<p>Heavily armed anti-terror forces surrounded a court in southwest China on Friday as four people went on trial for allegedly …

Ian Paisley has died

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/news_ni/1108000/1108414_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524652771_af5206e40047b001021cc3c11322fb73<p><b>Former Democratic Unionist Party leader Ian Paisley, has died aged 88.</b><p>Baroness Eileen Paisley said her husband died on Friday morning and the family …

United Kingdom

West African health centers can't keep up with Ebola outbreak, WHO says

The number of new Ebola cases is growing faster than the ability of health officials to handle them, the head of the World Health Organization said Friday.<p>"In the three hardest hit countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the number of new cases is moving far faster than the capacity to manage …

ISIS Is at Least Twice as Big as We First Thought It Was

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>As the United States prepares to step up its campaign against ISIS, a new CIA report shows the …

Pictures of the Week 9.11.14

US government threatened to fine Yahoo $250,000 a day to force access to user data

Back in 2008, in the days of the BlackBerry Storm, netbooks and well, yes, Yahoo, the internet company was threatened with a hefty $250,000 per day fine from the US government. This was because it didn't want to comply with requests to hand over user communications. Yahoo believed that the request …

28 Secrets of Exceptionally Productive People | Inc.com

Occasionally, I stumble on my own productivity tools and strategies, but mostly I borrow them from others.<p>So does Ryan Holiday, the author of the best-selling The Obstacle Is the Way (a really great book) and the compulsively readable <i>Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator.</i><p>He's also …

Productivity

Rosetta spacecraft selfie with comet

An otherworldly take on an earthly trend, as Rosetta posed with its comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, in 2014.<p>Here is a Rosetta ‘selfie’ with Comet …

APOD: Supernova Remnant Puppis A (2014 Sep 12) Composite Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/IAFE/ G. Dubner et al., ESA/XMM-Newton Infrared: NASA/ESA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/IAFE http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140912.html Explanation: Driven by the explosion of a massive star, supernova remnant Puppis A is blasting into the surrounding interstellar medium about 7,000 light-years away. This remarkable false-color exploration of the complex expansion is based on the most complete X-ray data set so far from the Chandra and XMM/Newton observations, and infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. In blue hues, the filamentary X-ray glow is from gas heated by the supernova's shock wave, while the infrared emission shown in red and green is from warm dust. The bright pastel tones trace the regions where shocked gas and warmed dust mingle. Light from the initial supernova itself, triggered by the collapse of the massive star's core, would have reached Earth about 3,700 years ago, though the Puppis A supernova remnant remains a strong source in the X-ray sky. http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201321401 http://arxiv.org/abs/1305.1275 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140912 #APOD