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Why Your Pursuit of Happiness Is Making You Miserable

Don’t go chasing happiness. Instead, pursue the factors and conditions that create it.<p>Few things seem more obvious than feeling good–about ourselves, as well as life in general.<p>Compelling scientific evidence supports this. A November 2012 study in <i>American Psychologist</i> has found that subjective …

Happiness

[Inside Look] Data Visualizing WWII's Devastating Death Toll

Talking to Neil Halloran about his viral data-doc, 'The Fallen of World War II.'<p><i>The Fallen of World War II from Neil Halloran on Vimeo.</i><p>It’s been nearly 70 years since the end of World War II, but for the more than four million viewers of creator Neil Halloran’s interactive web-based documentary <i>The</i> …

6 things to know about Earth's 6th mass extinction

At least five similar die-offs have happened before, but this is the first in human history — and the first with human help.<p>Earth has supported life …

Extinction

Here's what Americans do all day

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released the results of the 2014 American Time Use Survey, an annual survey of around 11,000 Americans who are asked to give a detailed description of what they did on a particular day. Using that data, the BLS can estimate how much time people spent on …

This site will generate an essay on virtually any subject — all you have to do is bang on your keyboard

If you attended high school in the late nineties and early aughts, it's likely that you used the family computer in the den to type up your essays or do research. It's also likely that much of your time "doing research" was actually tooling around on AOL with an open Microsoft Word window so if …

World's best benches: in pictures

Coal and Solar Energy Are Neck-and-Neck in the Developing World | VICE News

Twenty-five years from now, more than half of the world's power-generating capacity will come from sources that emit no carbon dioxide, a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), an energy analysis group, projects.<p>The report analyzes the global energy landscape through the year 2040 and …

Is life's happiness curve really U-shaped?

“I hope I die before I get old,” wrote Pete Townsend of the Who in 1965, neatly encapsulating our culture’s veneration of youth – and disdain for those benighted souls who no longer possess it.<p>The 20-year-old Townsend was, of course, to be disappointed: last month he turned 70. But over the decades …

Happiness

How to move through the four stages of life

Life is a bitch. Then you die. So while staring at my navel the other day, I decided that life happens in four stages. Here they are.<p>Stage One: mimicry<p>We are born helpless. We can’t walk, can’t talk, can’t feed ourselves, can’t even do our own damn taxes.<p>As children, the way we’re wired to learn is …

Self-improvement

Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons, and it's actually pretty depressing

Recently, in a series of articles, the semi-satirical journal <i>Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science</i> conducted a thorough statistical analysis of a very important topic: New Yorker cartoons.<p>Okay, so the basic idea of analyzing these alternately beloved and mocked cartoons is admittedly a …

Feminism