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Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

A hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to …

Parenting

This Vietnamese Browser & Search Engine Is Daring Google To Step-Up Its Game

“I compete with Google.” This was the response I received when I started chatting with the only other customer at a restaurant in Hanoi, Vietnam exactly four days into my journey traveling and meeting with startups around the world. I had been contemplating how best to break into the Vietnamese …

Profit

The Right Way to Respond to Negative Feedback

Feedback, as they say, is a gift. Research bears this out, suggesting that it’s a key driver of performance and leadership effectiveness. Negative feedback in particular can be valuable because it allows us to monitor our performance and alerts us to important changes we need to make. And indeed, …

Consciousness

Are We Done Hating Brunch?

As with so many things in this fickle world, it’s hard to keep track of what we’re supposed to think about brunch. On the one hand, it’s become commonplace to look upon the meal with scorn: it’s basic, it’s vulgar, it’s for suckers. “Brunch is Gay,” a coffee mug sold at the ironic New York dishware …

Brunch

Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu

A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire—and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of an 80-year-old hoax<p>Legend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant <i>Tridacna</i> clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow tribesmen in …

The Scientific Case for Two Spaces After a Period

A new study proves that half of people are correct. The other is also correct.<p>This is a time of much division. Families and communities are splintered by polarizing narratives. Outrage surrounds geopolitical discourse—so much so that anxiety often becomes a sort of white noise, making it …

Research

Lens, Google's Visual Search Tool, Gets Its Most Significant Update Yet

When Google first announced Google Lens last year, it was described as a kind of search in reverse. Rather than type a text query to find image …

Android P: everything you need to know about Google's latest phone software

Google unveiled a range of new features that are coming to the next version of its mobile operating system, Android P, injecting artificial intelligence into everything.<p>We still don’t know the final name of Android P, but from smart replies to smart battery management, enhanced privacy and attempts …

Android News

Google’s software design is having a reformation

Material design is now open to interpretation<p>Material Design launched in 2014, and it was mostly thought of as a new design language for Android — though it later came to the web and iOS. It had a bold idea: there should be a physicality to software design not unlike the physicality of paper. It …

Google’s Pixel 3 event this fall will reportedly deliver Pixel-branded smartwatch and second-gen Pixel Buds

Google’s hardware has been evolving a lot over the years, and with a spectacular offering last year, we’re all excited to see what’s coming this October. Now, an early report claims that Google is adding a smartwatch to its lineup this Fall…<p>According to <i>Evan Blass</i>, Google is planning to further …

The Colonel In The Kitchen: A Surprising History Of Sous Vide

Long before sous vide became a culinary sensation celebrated by top chefs around the world a retired Army colonel started cooking meat and vegetables in sealed plastic pouches immersed in a water bath to liven up the flavor of hospital food. But you'd be hard pressed to find his name associated …

Sous-vide Cooking

The spectacular power of Big Lens

How one giant company will dominate the way the whole world sees. By Sam Knight<p>If you have been wearing glasses for years, like me, it can be surprising to discover that you perceive the world thanks to a few giant companies that you have never heard of. Worrying about the fraying edge of motorway …

Podcasting

What it’s like to attend a flat-Earth convention

At the end of last week, a group of people gathered in Birmingham, England for the first flat-Earth convention held in the UK. Most of the people at the convention attended because they believe in one of the most commonly held conspiracy theories of the modern era: that the Earth is flat.<p>Similar …

Flat Earth Society

After a week of Russian propaganda, I was questioning everything

One day this past fall on my morning commute from D.C. to Virginia, I tuned the radio to 105.5 FM, expecting to hear my usual bluegrass. But instead …

When Milky Got His Money

A bank glitch gave a 24-year old, down-on-his-luck Australian man access to unlimited funds. Then he did exactly what you think he did with it.<p>You overdraw from your savings account. The bank doesn’t notice. You do it again. Same. And again. Same. What do you do? (A) Stop doing it. (B) Tell the …

Workplace niceness can have nasty side effects

Imagine that eight people walk into a meeting to discuss an important strategic decision for their company. They’re all well-versed in the challenge they face. But two members of the group hold some key piece of information or a perspective that not everybody has considered. Everyone knows, for …

The Surprising Origin of Chicken as a Dietary Staple

Future of Food<p>Before 1948, chicken wasn’t a mainstay of the dinner table. A contest to breed a bigger, better bird changed that.<p>In this excerpt of <i>Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats</i>, author Maryn McKenna chronicles the …

Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry

People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect.<p>Two years ago, Kazushige Nishida, a Tokyo salaryman in his sixties, started renting a part-time wife and daughter. His real wife had recently died. Six months …

Family

Bring the outdoors indoors to reduce stress, boost your mood, and improve productivity.<p><i>"My fake plants died because I did not pretend to water them." —Mitch Hedberg</i><p>Let’s face it: keeping houseplants alive (real or, in Mitch Hedberg's case, fake) isn’t always easy. After your second or third plant …

Plants

The Ghosts of ‘God of War’

A week after my dad died, I got <i>God of War</i>. In the disbelief phase that had followed the late-night, crying call from my mother, who had delivered the …

Injecting Drugs Can Ruin a Heart. How Many Second Chances Should a User Get?

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Jerika Whitefield’s memories of the infection that almost killed her are muddled, except for a few. Her young children peering at her in the hospital bed. Her stepfather wrapping her limp arms around the baby. Her whispered appeal to a skeptical nurse: “Please don’t let me die. I …

Medicine

America's disappearing IPOs

What happened to all the IPOs?<p>It wasn't so long ago that the market for initial public offerings — in which a promising and often young private …

All of the Best Apps for When You Want to Learn Something New

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?<p>If you’re a naturally curious person like I am, then you probably have a lot of questions about …

According to Experts, This Is the Most Effective Way For Women to Lose Belly Fat

When it comes to burning body fat, a lot of women have the same target area: the belly. Much to the chagrin of many of us, belly fat is notoriously stubborn, and it's important to note that you can't spot reduce fat. In other words, simply being diligent about crunches isn't going to help you …

Did another advanced species exist on Earth before humans?

New paper explains how we might go about looking for evidence of earlier civilizations.<p>Our Milky Way galaxy contains tens of billions of potentially habitable planets, but we have no idea whether we’re alone. For now Earth is the only world known to harbor life, and among all the living things on …

Universe

The rise of slow travel: 20 adventures to take at a leisurely pace

Time was when slow was pretty much a bad thing. Slow service, slow trains, slow-witted, slow to act… But now, not so much: slow has become desirable, a word paired with all manner of activities you never imagined had any sort of speed, never mind slow.<p>I’ll spare you the full list – it’s a long one …

Travel

The next great workplace challenge: 100-year careers

Scientists expect people to live routinely to 100 in the coming decades, and as long as 150. Which also suggests a much longer working life lasting …

Career Development

Why are cash registers disappearing from luxury stores?

At high-end retailers, transactions happen behind closed doors and out of the customer’s sight.<p>I used to walk past Prada’s flagship New York City …

Janelle Monáe Frees Herself

Janelle Monáe is crying in her spacesuit. It’s early April in Atlanta, and she’s in one of the basement studios of her Wondaland Records …

House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Friday released a redacted version of their final report from a year-long probe of Russia’s “multifaceted” influence operation, generally clearing President Trump and his associates of wrongdoing while accusing the intelligence community and the FBI of …

Donald Trump