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107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Online Education

27 Podcasts You Need To Start Listening To In 2018

Tired of listening to the same old podcasts? Here's some fresh ones that deserve your time.<p>We asked the BuzzFeed Community and BuzzFeed staff to tell us about underrated podcasts they absolutely love. We received thousands and thousands of submissions this year. (Thank you if you sent one in.) Here …

7 Books That Will Make You Smarter In a Single Plane Ride

Spend your plane ride getting smarter.<p>Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

17 books Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg think everyone should read

Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, reads 50 books a year, he told The New York Times. In 2015, Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, created an online book club in which he read a book every two weeks.<p>Here are some of the titles the pair have recommended over the past few years.

Books

The rise of behavioural economics

Altmetric: 238<p>More detail<p>Editorial<p>The Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences this year, in honouring the work of Richard H. Thaler, highlights the growing …

Economics

30 Must-Read Books

<i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>“It’s hard to say what anyone should or shouldn’t read, let alone <i>everyone,</i> but <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a book I …

The best recent thrillers – review roundup

The Susan Effect by Peter Høeg; Suburra by Carlo Bonini and Giancarlo De Cataldo; The Accordionist by Fred Vargas; A Patient Fury by Sarah Ward; and The Frozen Woman by Jon Michelet<p>The late Henning Mankell once said that the book he most wished he’d written was Peter Høeg’s <i>Miss Smilla’s Feeling for</i> …

Books

Readers Weighed in on the Best Books About the Vietnam War

<i>UPDATE: After we posted this article, Times readers weighed in with their favorite books on the Vietnam War. These 10 books, in addition to the ones below, were recommended multiple times. For fiction: ‘Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,’ by Karl Marlantes; ‘The Sympathizer,’ by Viet Thanh</i> …

Books

Plato, pulp and guns: meet Gabriel Tallent, the author of 2017's most talked-about novel

My Absolute Darling is a page-turning thriller that’s been compared to Catch-22 and To Kill a Mockingbird by Stephen King. Its author reveals how a feminist, bushwhacking childhood in California inspired his dark debut<p>Turtle Alveston, the 14-year-old heroine of My Absolute Darling, one of the most …

Books

10 Famous Authors Shared Their Favorite Books For Goodreads' 10th Anniversary

As part of the month-long celebration in honor of its 10th anniversary, bookish social network Goodreads has asked 10 of your favorite authors to …

Books

BRICS is being battered by global crises: why this might not be a bad thing

At the BRICS summit in Russia two years ago, Chinese Premier Xi Jinping invoked physics when asking fellow leaders “to boost the centripetal …

The gap between India’s richer and poorer states is widening

COUNTRIES find it easier to get rich once their neighbours already are. East Asia’s growth pattern has for decades been likened to a skein of geese, …

Economics

Trump has a corporate tax plan. Economists have some questions.

<i>This post has been updated</i><p>President Trump's much-awaited speech about his plans for tax reform has fired up the debate about who really wins when taxes are slashed.<p>The president has previously proposed cutting the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent — a move budget experts project …

Economics

Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy

A universal basic income could make the US economy trillions of dollars larger, permanently, according to a new study by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute.<p>Basic income, a proposal in which every American would be given a basic stipend from the government no strings attached, is often brought up …