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The 10 Commandments of Portrait Photography

Call me cranky, but I don’t like the latest photography trends.<p>I love simple, classic portraiture, and I admire legendary photographers like Richard …

Photography

This Recently Discovered Fifth-Century Massacre in Sweden Is So Game of Thrones We Can’t Even Handle It

Scientists in Sweden have completed a preliminary investigation of one of the most disturbing archaeological sites to be uncovered in recent memory. …

Archaeology

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Forget the Year-End Performance Review: This Feedback Technique Is Far More Effective

A few simple words can have a big impact on someone's mindset and performance.<p>Many years ago, I had a colleague who had a particular talent for giving frank, unembellished, on-the-spot feedback.<p>Immediately after a meeting--or sometimes even just mid-way through a one-on-one conversation with …

Filmmaking

Homeopathic and natural remedies aren’t the same thing—and only one of them is total nonsense

Therapies from nature sometimes work, but diluted dog rabies does not.<p>Willow bark has a long and storied history. The Sumerians used it 4,000 years ago to treat pains of all kinds. So did the Egyptians after them, and the Chinese and the Greeks, but it wasn’t until the turn of the 20th century that …

Alternative Medicine
Neutrons

Stories Behind 10 Of The Most Haunted Paintings In The World That You Don’t Want To Own, Ever!

Most of these paintings are either hanging in galleries, or locked away. However, people claim that owning copies, prints, or even looking at them …

Art

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

Social Media

How Technology Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs

<b>How Thoughtful Technology Integration Can Address Maslow’s Hierarchy Of Needs</b><p>by <b>Jackie Gerstein</b><p><i>For specific training and professional development</i> …

Education Technology

What's Going Wrong With Sci-Fi?

A string of terrible releases suggest a genre in trouble<p>"One of the problems with science fiction," said Ridley Scott back in 2012 ahead of the release of <i>Prometheus,</i> "is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar. The corridors are …

Science Fiction

Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

How Veteran Fighter Pilot Tammie Jo Shults Saved Crippled Southwest Flight 1380

Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger could rely on automated help to pull off the ‘Miracle on the Hudson.’ Ex-fighter pilot Tammie Jo Shults saved hundreds of …

Southwest Airlines

Why You Should Delete Your Instagram

I recently stumbled upon an extremely thought-provoking talk by Jaron Lanier, describing social media as a ‘Behavior Modification Empire‘. This is …

Street Photography

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

In the early 1950s, the psychologist Muzafer Sherif brought together a group of boys at a US summer camp – and tried to make them fight each other. Does his work teach us anything about our age of resurgent tribalism?<p>• Read an extract from The Lost Boys<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods …

Psychology

101 Memes That Will Have Teachers Laughing For Hours

Who said teachers don't have a sense of humour?

Mobile Photography

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Rare Earth

Here’s The Creative Process That Lets Me Write 2–3 Articles Per Day.

There is only one way of predictably creating results in any type of creative endeavour. And that is to have a clearly defined creative process.In …

Writing

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

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Entertainment

Science Has Discovered the World's Easiest Way to Improve Your Memory: Do Nothing (Really)

Strategic loafing is apparently the secret to cementing new memories.<p>Back when you were trying to master scales on the violin or memorize your times tables, someone probably told you, "Practice makes perfect." (And when you were adult, Malcolm Gladwell essentially told you the same thing).<p>The idea …

The Brain

Stop Ending Your Speeches with 'Any Questions' and End With This Instead

Don't let your audience decide how you're going to end your presentation<p>You have a big presentation to make to your client, your funders or your boss. You've spent hours developing a deck that's concise, crisp and visually stunning. You've practiced the delivery so that you speak with clarity, calm …

Public Speaking

These ancient, swimming reptiles may have been the biggest animals of all time

England's ichthyosaurs have changed the course of paleontology again.<p>In 2016, Paul de la Salle was walking along the beach in the British town of Lilstock when he came across a rock that looked suspiciously bone-like. Specifically, a 205-million-year-old fragment of bone, possibly belonging to the …

Paleontology

Without Our Eyebrows, Humans Could Have Died Out Just Like Neanderthals

Thank you, evolution!<p>We all have them, but what are eyebrows actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into …

Anthropology

If your computer has slowed, you might be mining crypto coins for someone else — here's how to stop it

Good news: Virtually all traditional types of malware declined in the past few months. Not so good: mainly because hackers are more interested in using your computer to help them mine cryptocurrencies.<p>It's likely you, or your employer, aren't even aware it's happening. Malware miners latch onto …

Android Phones

10 Hidden URLs to Help You Rule the Web

You’re probably used to bookmarking your favorite sites for easy access, but the web goes much deeper than the top domains you’re familiar with—from …

Apps

If You Want To Become An Influential Thought Leader, Live By These 3 Principles

I live my life by a few very basic principles:<p>If you only focus on how much you can give, you never have to worry about who takes and doesn’t give …

Business Strategy

9 Reasons Nobody Pays Attention to Your Content (You Need to Hear This)

Everyone wants to know how to succeed online.<p>“How do we get people to pay attention to us?”<p>That’s the big question.<p>So-called social media consultants …

Personal Branding

“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades

A recording salvaged from three miles deep tells the story of the doomed “El Faro,” a cargo ship engulfed by a hurricane.<p>I. “The Clock Is Ticking”<p>In the darkness before dawn on Thursday, October 1, 2015, an American merchant captain named Michael Davidson sailed a 790-foot U.S.-flagged cargo ship,</i> …

Rowing

A Landscape Shooter’s Guide to Back Button Focus and Hyperfocal Distance

Want to learn how to shoot tack-sharp landscape photos? Photographer Dave Morrow made this solid 27-minute guide that teaches his personal focusing …

Landscape Photography

Going into Monk Mode: Supercharging Yourself as a Photographer

<i>Productivity can be really tricky for photographers, but here’s how to make it easy</i><p>I’m sure that if you were to talk to some of the masters of …

Meditation