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The career advice no one tells you

Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this.<p>But some people perform at a totally different level. They’re the people who land executive level …

Top 10 alternative city breaks in Europe

Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, Lyon.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/27/1425055405150/b9048c18-9711-4d60-b857-31d33a772037-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Prochasson Frederic/Alamy<p>Musee des Confluences, …

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Archaeology

How to make exercise a habit

Be armed and ready<p>Forming a habit doesn’t come without a bit of effort early on. Sport and exercise psychologist Helen O’Connor recommends arming yourself with what she calls an “if and then plan” to help combat potential obstacles. This technique links a specific cue (if) with a specific response …

Weight Loss

Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Wi-Fi

Fightback against internet giants’ stranglehold on personal data starts here

With the Databox concept, scientists at British universities have begun an attempt to win back control of information about us<p>Whenever regulators gather to discuss market failures, the cliche “level playing field” eventually surfaces. When regulators finally get around to thinking about what …

How to Trick Yourself into Doing Tasks You Dread

For some of us, checking off each item on our to-do lists provides the endorphin rush we need to make task completion an intrinsic joy. But most of us need a little extra motivation, especially for boring work like recording billable hours, uncomfortable tasks like facing awkward conversations with …

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

<i>King’s famous 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” published in The Atlantic as “The Negro Is Your Brother,” was written in response to a public statement of concern and caution issued by eight white religious leaders of the South. It stands as one of the classic documents of the civil-rights</i> …

Black History

Faking Murders And Stealing Bitcoin: Why The Silk Road Is The Strangest Crime Story Of The Decade

To his family, he was former Eagle Scout Ross Ulbricht. To his housemates, he was “Joshua Terrey.” To the U.S. government, he’s “The Dread Pirate Roberts” – the criminal mastermind who created and operated the billion dollar black market website Silk Road. His trial began on January 13.<p>The …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

British and Dutch researchers develop new form of lie-detector test

Polygraph replacement could be in use in police stations around the world within a decade.<p>Police and intelligence agencies around the world have for almost 100 years relied on lie detectors to help convict criminals or unearth spies and traitors.<p>The polygraph is beloved of the movies, with …

Lie Detection

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

Typography

7 Reasons Why You Should Buy An Android Phone Over An iPhone

Android Phones

Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids? GCHQ

British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched an app teaching children to understand “basic encryption techniques”, despite its director having criticised technology firms for making more advanced tools available to their users.<p>Cryptoy is a free app for Android tablets, with an iPad version …

State surveillance is enabled by our own sloppy habits

Our willingness to accept outrageous terms and conditions allows the security services to do as they wish<p>One night last week, I had a conversation over dinner with a student who is as puzzled as I am about why people seem so unworried by online surveillance. What would it take, we wondered, to wake …

Net is 'less free and more unequal', says web founder

<b>The web is becoming less free and more unequal, according to a report from the World Wide Web Foundation.</b><p>Its annual web index suggests web users are at increasing risk of government surveillance, with laws preventing mass snooping weak or non-existent in over 84% of countries.<p>It also indicates that …

Net Neutrality

As Hagupit Nears Philippines, Here's What You Need to Know About Typhoons

For starters, nearly 90 percent of these big oceanic storms are called typhoons and cyclones, not hurricanes.<p><i>Update: Hagupit made landfall Saturday at 9:15 p.m. local time near the town of Dolores on the southeastern Philippine island of Samar. The storm—downgraded from its supertyphoon</i> …