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A Bilingual Brain Is A Smarter Brain

Speaking more than one language won’t just help you snag a date, it might also make you smarter. According to a recent study from Northwestern …

12 Overlooked Costs of Renting an Apartment

Photo (cc) by Mikhail Golub<p>Getting your first apartment can be exciting. It’s the start of a brand-new, independent life. However, there are costs of …

Real Estate

Sustainable Language Use

In the 16th edition, the Ethnologue added an evaluation of the vitality status of each language using the EGIDS, our own scale. I wrote about that at …

How to quickly and efficiently learn a new language

Become a web developer with a 10 week online coding bootcamp.<p>Learn to code with 400 hours of instruction from industry leaders in the comfort of your …

Boot Camp

Explainer: how are learning languages and music linked?

Music is what penetrates most deeply into the recesses of the soul, according to Plato. Language has been held by thinkers from Locke to Leibniz and …

Language Learning

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 50-30-20 Rule Could Finally Fix Your Budget

So many things can distract you from achieving your goals — especially goals centered around saving money. Conflicting objectives like traveling more …

5 DIY Sites That Help You Save Big

<b>Saving money</b> year-round is a goal that many households hope to achieve, but it’s not always so easy when you finally try to get to it. One of the top …

11 Powerful Ways to Fix Bad Body Language | Inc.com

What we say and how we say it is incredibly important for communicating with others. But while most of us think of the more obvious, verbal component of what we say when communicating with others, it's easy to forget the 60 percent to 90 percent of our communication that is nonverbal. This is a …

Body Language

How to Save $1,000 by the End of the Year

There's nothing like the feeling of starting off a new year with a clean slate and hopeful outlook. Unfortunately, for many, October kicks off a string of major holidays that will ultimately lead them toward a wall of debt in 2015.<p>The best way to ensure you kick off January debt-free is to be …

Personal Finance

The most important question to ask a fund manager

After a recent talk to a small investment club in eastern Massachusetts, I was asked what one question I would ask a fund manager—if only allowed one …

Investing

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more<p><b>So long, fresh tomatoes and super-ripe zucchini.</b> We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more. …

6 Easy Baking Hacks For Healthier Cookies

Why do we make ourselves crazy trying to get kids to eat their peas, carrots and now...kale? Heck, do <i>we</i> even like kale? Instead of fighting a battle we can't win, it's time we rethink something our little ones already enjoy--the cookie.<p>Because kids love anything called a "cookie," here are 6 easy …

Dessert

The Science Behind Baking Your Ideal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a way to bake chocolate chip cookies to please everyone.<p>There is! And, no, it's not Martha Stewart's way. It's science.<p>We've taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a …

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Following yesterdays Crispy Cauliflower Tacos, I thought I’d share our favorite recipe for homemade flour tortillas. This is one of those situations …

Have You Ever Grilled Your Potato Salad? You Probably Should.

In a world of mayo-laden potato salads served at summer picnics far and wide, there lives a new kind of potato salad. A potato salad that dared to …

Cooking

How to Toast your Nuts #GrabSomeNutsDay

<b>How to Toast Pistachios. It’s easy and quick, plus it brings out the flavour.</b><p>Welcome to the blog. Today is a very special day. We’re celebrating Grab …

5 Links to Read Before Making Whipped Cream

<i>Each week, we’ll be sharing a comprehensive list of links to help you master something new in the kitchen. Culinary greatness, here you come..</i><p><i>Today: How to make everyone's favorite dessert topper.</i><p>From ice cream sundaes to pumpkin pies, any and every dessert benefits from a generous dollop of …

The World's Most Beautiful Coastal Drives

<i>By Laura Dannen Redman and Rachel Coleman, CNTraveler.com</i><p>We asked, you answered: After rounding up the best coastal drives in the U.S., Australia, and Ireland, you responded with your favorite ocean roads around the globe. Time for a road trip...<p>The 10 Best Small Cities in the U.S.<p>12 Travel …

Key West

12 New Ways To Use Coffee Grounds

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

Preface by Tim Ferriss<p>I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments …

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

Jealous of people who live in immaculate homes? A maid isn't needed, just some better habits. Here's how to make sure your house stays neat every day. This article originally appeared on housebeautiful.com.<p><b>1. They Put Away Their Clothes Every Night</b><p>When you're changing into your pajamas, it might be …

Extreme Sports

12 Simple Ways To Be More Interesting

<i>It's easy to be boring. It's harder to be interesting. Want to learn how? Jessica Hagy offers the following advice, excerpted from her book "How To Be Interesting."</i><p>Explore ideas, places, and opinions.<p>The inside of the echo chamber is where all the boring people hang out.<p>To embarrassment. To …

Publishing