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Psychologists have identified the kind of emotional intelligence that makes internet trolls so mean

What is it with people’s behavior online? Why the readiness to attack, the snarky tone, the lack of courtesy inherent to so many comments? The internet can bring out the worst in people, which when taken to extremes turns into trolling—that bizarre impulsive habit of hurting others online, without …

Emotional Intelligence

Laziness could be contagious, says new study

You're the company you keep<p>You might consider yourself a go-getter, ambitious or hardworking, but surround yourself with people who have slightly …

How To Train Your Brain to Push Past Perfectionism

Perfectionism isn’t hard-wired, it’s learned. Which means we can unlearn it too, with these methods.<p>The fear of failure greatly impedes performance. That’s why most successful people are less likely to be perfectionists. After all, think about all of the quick, important decisions high-level people …

Time Management

How Heroes of the Storm’s production director turned a testing gig into a Blizzard career

Even the mightiest chieftain has to start out as a wood-cutting grunt.<p>Today, Blizzard is one of the biggest companies in gaming and celebrating its 25th anniversary. It is supporting modern hits like Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch. However, before the release of World of Warcraft in …

5 Surprising Secrets of True Happiness | Inc.com

Finding happiness is, without doubt, a daily struggle. We search for it endlessly, through self-help books, TV shows, ice cream sundaes, or deep conversations with friends. The true keys to unlocking happiness, however, are much closer than you think. Consider these 5 surprising secrets to true …

Happiness

The lazy way to quit bad habits

But … it's hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. And you're not crazy…<p>Research from Duke University shows 40% of what you do every day isn't a decision — it's a habit.<p>From Charles Duhigg's excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business:<p>One paper …

Self Control

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

Build Your Own Arduino Weather Station

In my youth, I had a friend who was a weather enthusiast. He had his own backyard weather station, and in a little black log book, every day, he would dutifully record wind speed and direction, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, and rainfall. I thought it was tremendously geeky and didn’t …

Nasa's new humanoid robot to tackle space missions

This 6 foot tall all-American robot may look like something from a Marvel film -- but it's actually helping future robots (and maybe even a few …

Robotics

Congress approves space mining, minus regulation

American companies now have the all-clear to pursue their dreams of mining in space. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate have passed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, a measure that lets US companies own any non-organic resources they harvest from asteroids and other …

Island of Romance: A Honeymooners Guide to the Seychelles

There is nothing quite like a Seychelles honeymoon. The islands' outstanding natural beauty makes it the perfect place to celebrate the start of married life.<p>Here are some of the most romantic experiences the Seychelles have to offer.<p>Stay on a private island<p>If barefoot luxury is your thing, you're …

Gest is here to kill the keyboard and mouse

Being hands-off usually means relinquishing control. With Gest, it’s the exact opposite.<p>Remember Tony Stark in his lab in <i>Iron Man</i>, browsing through a …

Iron Man

This Habit May Separate Happy & Unhappy People

Take a minute to consider these four scenarios. Which do you think would make you happiest?<p>You might be surprised to learn, research backs numbers …

The 10 Best Honeymoon Destinations -- For ANY Budget

<i>By Amanda Chatel</i><p>After the madness of the wedding is over, it's time to relax. Traditionally, that relaxation comes in the form of a nice long honeymoon in some exotic place, of which both you and your partner have dreamed.<p><b>Unfortunately, after the big event and the amount of money you spent on it,</b> …

Neuroscientists Find 4 Ways to Boost Happiness (Even When You Feel Down)

When you feel down, what can you do? After all, those feelings of guilt, fear, worry, and shame are all invading your brain and there does not seem …

18 Ways to Create Good Habits -- and Eliminate Bad Ones -- for Life

Forget the excuses! Building good habits lies in following a system consistently, day in and day out.<p>All of us like to mythologize successful …

Success

12 Mind Tricks That Will Make People Like You and Help You Get Ahead

Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you're working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks …

Self-help

20 Most Useful Android Apps that are Available Now

20 Most Useful Android Apps that are Available for Download1. KinScreenIf you’ve ever been jealous of the Samsung-exclusive feature that reads your …

New Neuroscience Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Unraveling The Surprising Relationship Between Mood And Productivity

Mood affects your productivity more than you realize, but a new app is helping employees take control of their emotions at work.<p>Much of what we deal with in life is shaped by our mind-set.<p>There is a quote I love that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I’ve found …

Psychology

The imperialist lie that won’t die: America is making the planet safer

The U.S. maintains 800 military bases across the globe. They’re a threat to national security — and harm us all<p>With the U.S. military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of U.S. bases and hundreds of …

Geopolitics

6 Top Programming Languages For Mobile Development

The language you choose for mobile development can be the difference between great success and tremendous frustration. There are options -- but only …

Apps

Raspberry, Shmazberry, There’s A $15 Single Board Computer Called The Orange Pi

Is $35 for a Raspberry Pi too rich for you blood? Do you prefer using sparsely-supported but cheap single board computers? Are you willing to ignore the obviously goofy name “Orange Pi?” Then have we got something for you.<p>The Orange Pi PC is a new single board machine that is ostensibly compatible …

Raspberry Pi

7 Signs and Symptoms of Depression in Men.

More than 5 million men in the U.S. experience depression each year.<p>Clinical depression in women or mencan cause sadness and a loss of interest in …

5 signs you're procrastinating and how to stop

<b>(CNN) —</b> You had every intention of starting that work report first thing Monday, but now, the deadline looms large.<p>Sound familiar? You might have a problem with procrastination.<p>"We procrastinate because we give in to feel good," said Tim Pychyl, associate professor of psychology at Carleton …

Procrastination

Ice loss: Greenland and Antarctica lost 5 trillion tons since 2002.

I’ve been writing about what global warming means to our planet and to us for a long time now. A critical concern for this is the loss of land ice in …

Global Warming

A Glimpse of Earth in 10,000 Years

Climate change means the end of our world, but the beginning of another—one with a new set of species and ecosystems.<p><i>This story was originally published by Wired and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>A few years ago in a lab in Panama, Klaus Winter tried to conjure the …

Is Mindfulness Meditation Safe?

There has been some growing concern recently about the safety of mindfulness meditation. Some claim that the practice can have severe side effects, …

Couples Who Do This Together Are Happier

Study after study has shown that laughing is good for the soul. But now we know something else: sharing giggles with a romantic partner keeps the …

UNC Chapel Hill

Dank Indica? Your Drug Dealer Might Be Ripping You Off

There's just a slight genetic difference between purple haze and OG kush<p>Cannabis is one of the oldest domesticated plants, but we know surprisingly little about it. That’s because, given marijuana’s status as an illicit substance in most of the world, gaining permission to conduct research into its …

Cannabis