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The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2017

The must-read brain books of 2017 featured persuasion, compulsion, popularity, fear, technology, distraction, and the reasons why we’re capable of so much good and so much evil. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it.<p><b>The Fear</b> …

Books

Trudeau blew it in Beijing. That's the good news.

Canada’s approach to China has always been marked by arrogance and a self-defeating air of moral superiority.<p>China, on the other hand — and …

Humanity’s fight against climate change is failing. One technology can change that.

Iceland is cold. But it sits atop one of the world’s hottest underground regions, giving the country the ability to tap into a massive store of geothermal energy held by live volcanoes beneath Icelanders’ feet. Drill down only a few hundred meters, and trapped water will come gushing out as …

Fossil Fuels

Russian Influence Reached 126 Million Through Facebook Alone

WASHINGTON — Russian agents intending to sow discord among American citizens disseminated inflammatory posts that reached 126 million users on Facebook, published more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and uploaded over 1,000 videos to Google’s YouTube service, according to copies of prepared …

Internet

Everything that could cause the next financial crisis, according to Deutsche Bank

Growth is solid around the world, and greater regulation should, in theory at least, make a new banking crisis far less likely.<p>However, it would "take a huge leap of faith to say that crises won't continue to be a regular feature of the current financial system that has been in place since the …

Deutsche Bank

Set yourself up to get the most out of retirement

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Some people approaching retirement may be asking with trepidation: What’s it going to be …

How to get your CV into the recruiter’s ‘yes’ pile

Have you ever wondered what happens once your CV has made it into the inbox of a recruiter? You can imagine that this person has a fair few CVs to …

A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution - MIT Technology Review

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more about their DNA, but they'll also pay to …

Genetics

Comic-Con Opens in San Diego: Pictures

Washington D.C.

Trump quietly gives Putin what he wants

Until now, the notion that Donald Trump was providing Russia and Vladimir Putin with concessions at the expense of U.S. interests was poorly …

Middle East

How 'I Do' Became Performance Art

Thirty years ago, with the help of a massive coffee table book, the American wedding theatrical complex was born.<p>There’s a ritual that takes place, several times, during each 22-minute episode of the reality-show juggernaut <i>Say Yes to the Dress</i>. A bride-to-be, who will typically arrive at …

Why You Need Emoji - Issue 50: Emergence

The use of emojis has become a global phenomenon. By 2015, over 6 billion emojis1 were being sent every day by over 90 percent of the world’s online …

Language

Lena Headey, Cersei in ‘Game of Thrones,’ Has Her Own Power Moves

WEST YORKSHIRE, England — “Are you [expletive] serious right now?”<p>Lena Headey is incredulous, an amused smile curving lips best known for sneering as Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones.” She is piloting her black Land Rover through the narrow, twisty roads of her native West Yorkshire, a realm of …

TV Series

The weird power of the placebo effect, explained

Yes, the placebo effect is all in your mind. And it’s real.<p>Over the last several years, doctors noticed a mystifying trend: Fewer and fewer new pain drugs were getting through double-blind placebo control trials, the gold standard for testing a drug’s effectiveness.<p>In these trials, neither doctors …

The Oral History of Lilith Fair, As Told By the Women Who Lived It

Imagine many of the country’s most influential women all gathered together to stand up for gender equality on a national stage. There are stars performing before a massive crowd, Planned Parenthood booths­ (along with protesters), and reporters from news outlets analyzing what this event says about …

High-Tech Gadgets For Every Sleep Struggle

The sleep business has woken up.<p>According to BCC Research analyst Natana Raj, Americans shelled out more than $43 billion on sleep aids and sleep tech in 2016, and that number is on the rise.<p>But with all the gadgets on the market, which one deserves a spot on your nightstand or under your</b> …

Sleep

Male and Female Entrepreneurs Get Asked Different Questions by VCs — and It Affects How Much Funding They Get

There is an enormous gender gap in venture capital funding in the United States. Female entrepreneurs receive only about 2% of all venture funding, despite owning 38% of the businesses in the country. The prevailing hope among academics, policy makers, and practitioners alike has been that this gap …

500 Startups’ Dave McClure writes that he was ‘a creep’ toward women

“I’m ashamed I didn’t change my behavior until I was forced to do so by circumstance and by others.”<p>Dave McClure, the founding partner of startup incubator 500 Startups, said in a blog post today on Medium that he deserves to be called a “creep” because of his actions. His apology is a response to …

Women in Tech Speak Frankly on Culture of Harassment

Their stories came out slowly, even hesitantly, at first. Then in a rush.<p>One female entrepreneur recounted how she had been propositioned by a Silicon Valley venture capitalist while seeking a job with him, which she did not land after rebuffing him. Another showed the increasingly suggestive …

Venture Capital

Goldman Sachs Sells Off $300 Million In PDVSA Bonds At A Slim Profit

Goldman Sachs has sold of a portion of the Venezuelan bonds it purchased in May, causing market commotion at the time of the initial $2.8 billion …

My (short) life as an airport security guard

Many people leave airport security feeling dehumanised, frightened, even violated. How do the officers feel? Edward Schwarzschild decided to find out<p>It was my first shift of on-the-job training as a transportation security officer at Albany International Airport’s only checkpoint, and I was told to …

Mind

The rise of the McModern

The creator of McMansion Hell on a new strain of modern houses for the masses<p>From busy rooflines to plastic shutters, mismatched windows to four-car garages, the McMansion has dominated the American suburban residential landscape for almost 40 years without a notable change in aesthetics. Many …

Architecture

In Russia’s Far East, a Fledgling Las Vegas for Asia’s Gamblers

ARTEM, Russia — On Russia’s eastern rim, where endemic corruption and bureaucratic sloth conspire to hold back the economic dynamism enriching the rest of Asia, a shimmering palace rises from a dark forest in an improbable effort to tap into the wealth of nearby China, Japan and South Korea.<p>At a …

China