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We’re treating friendships like transactions, and it’s ruining relationships

How are your friendship metrics—got lots of pals? Would you rate them five stars or less? Are they helping you live your best life?<p>We can quantify everything now—from our steps on Fitbit to our literary consumption on Goodreads. As a result, we feel we must make everything and everyone count for …

Relationships

There are two ways to read, but one is useless

Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.<p>Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway—these are names without a living body. We can’t talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word.<p>Aristotle’s logic, …

Yes, bacon really is killing us

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? By Bee Wilson<p>There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a …

Sandwiches

25 words you should use on your resume if you want to get more interviews

When it comes to making hiring decisions, including "team player language" on your resume makes it less likely you'll get an offer.<p>So, how do you write a great resume that uses language that will get you hired?<p>A lot of well-meaning people will suggest you should use "action verbs." But that's fast …

Linguistics

A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths

“What’s that music?” my three-year-old asked as we listened to a song in a foreign language last December.<p>Could my toddler be showing an interest in her Russian heritage? Maybe this would be a chance to tell her about the revered winter holidays of my childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia—calling up …

Language Learning

Welcome to the golden age of social awkwardness

By Lavanya Ramanathan<p>, Reporter<p>Awkwardness never seemed like something to aspire to. The paralyzing uncertainty of what to do at a party, the weird obsession with “Dungeons and Dragons,” the ill-considered fashion choices — exhibit any of these, and your social life was doomed.<p>But not anymore. Now, …

Relationships

These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Master's Degrees, But There's A Catch

There's an experiment underway at a few top universities around the world to make some master's degrees out there more affordable.<p>The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for example, says the class of 2018 can get a master's degree in supply chain management with tens of thousands in savings. …

College & University

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future<p>In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?<p>Children learn …

Social Issues

How Thinking About Death Can Make Your Life Better

It’s so important to live your life fully, in the now, aware of everything you have. Author Wayne Dyer said that in order to appreciate the beauty of …

Success

Why do we still accept that governments collect and snoop on our data?

Bulk collection clearly violates global rights to privacy and free speech, and now, with a case before the European court of human rights, is the time to stop it<p>In recent weeks, the Hollywood film about Edward Snowden and the movement to pardon the NSA whistleblower have renewed worldwide attention …

One Day: ‘My dying mother taught me how to grieve’

You don’t expect someone who’s dying to give you life lessons in how to grieve for them, but that’s exactly what happened with my mother.<p>She knew she was dying. She’d lived around death for decades, having been a nurse most of her adult life.<p>Her breast cancer had metastasised, and growths behind …

The history of American slavery is also a history of capitalism’s dark side

Questions about the relationship between slavery and capitalism in the United States have animated historians for nearly a century, and they have never really been resolved. Where some scholars have argued that profit motives, entrepreneurialism and market relations defined American slavery, others …

Black History

Male commentators' sexist comments are ruining these Olympics for me

They’re all lean muscle, strength and flexibility, flying through air and water in lycra so tight it wouldn’t fit round my little finger. But while for Olympic women the games are about prowess, stamina and victory, for the predominantly male commentators it seems – alas – to be the same old story: …

Living on water: Are waterborne cities more resistant to climate change?

<b>(CNN) —</b> By the year 2050 about 70% of the world's population of 10 billion people will be living in cities, according to the United Nations.<p>The question is, will there be enough land to go around?<p>Not according to Jason Pomeroy -- founder of Singapore-based green architecture firm Pomeroy Studio -- …

8 Tips On How To Keep Yourself Organized Throughout Your College Career

Coming from a rising senior at the University of Dayton who has lived in an over-sized double dorm room, to a suite-style quad dorm room, to a house …

Because big challenges need joint solutions

SIWW 2018: ReCirc Singapore explores joint r&d and business agenda on engineering zero waste systems<p>Singapore wants to become a zero waste nation and …

How one brave woman is taking on growing might of China’s censors

As the economic downturn grips China, last week Hu Shuli defied a climate of tightening government controls to publish a warning of official censorship<p>This was hardly a tabloid headline, but the article was explosive anyway, with an illustration of a mouth gagged by layers of masking tape to drive …

Go humans: Lee Sedol scores first victory against supercomputer

Go grandmaster wins fourth showdown of five-match series against Google’s artificial intelligence, AlphaGo<p>The rise of the machines came to a halt, temporarily at least, when the champion Go player Lee Sedol beat a computer program on Sunday to prevent a whitewash after losing the first three …

Silicon Valley is broken and heading for social unrest, argues media theorist

People are angry at Silicon Valley. In recent years, protestors have slashed the tires of buses hired to transport Google employees. They’ve occupied Airbnb’s headquarters and participated in worldwide demonstrations against Uber.<p>These tech titans stand accused of destroying industries and …

Silicon Valley

10 Daily Motivational Habits Of Highly Organized People

Image Source: Ask<p>Organized people are often way too successful than the ones who love clutter. The logic is simple, they don’t waste their time or …

5 Things to Know About the Chinese New Year

Monday marks the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, China’s biggest and most ceremonious holiday. Though China officially operates on the …

10 Things Successful People Do Before Going to Sleep

Everyone is obsessed with how successful people start their day. And if you’ve decided to do something about the quality of your life, you’ll start …

Put off procrastinating… forever! Tips on how to be more productive

It’s not as hard as you might think to set yourself clear goals<p>New Year’s resolutions can be a rollercoaster of emotions. There are the highs when you set them, imagining with excitement the new life you’re going to be leading, but often also the lows of frustration and procrastination when things …

Procrastination

Designer cells reverse baby girl's cancer in world first

Layla Richards was suffering from leukaemia, but was cured after scientists used a new gene-editing technique to manipulate cells to fight the disease at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in central London.<p>"As this was the first time that the treatment had been used, we didn't know if or when it …

Genetics

6 Things Super Productive People Do Every Day -- and It Doesn't Involve Checklists

<b>It's all about mind over matter.</b><p>by Stacy Adimondo, for Rodale's Organic Life<p>PHOTOGRAPH BY MARIANNA ARMATA/GETTY<p>Where there's a will, there's a way, but that's just half the battle. Research shows that true and sustained productivity means staying the course to accomplish goals, and it takes more …

Self Control

The dark side of tech development in Singapore

Tech start-up entrepreneurs do not often share openly about this, but developing your tech product in-house in Singapore is nothing short of …

4 reasons Singapore is poised for success as a global hub for content creators

Digital media is in the midst of a heyday, some may argue. Not only are online publishers ramping up their game across the board, it seems as if new …

Here’s something machines don’t do better than us: listening

While in a few decades virtually <b></b>all of our jobs could be gone, replaced by incredibly sophisticated machines, humans might not be obsolete just yet. And that’s not because of talents we’ve acquired and honed through millennia. Essentially, we still excel at basic, innate skills—such as listening.<p>In …

The Voice

Green Star Energy promises: ‘Use as much gas and electricity as you like’

A small provider has launched the only unlimited tariff currently available, but do the figures really add up?<p>Two years after E.ON scrapped a “use as much as you like” gas and electricity tariff because it proved unprofitable, a small energy provider has launched a similar deal.<p>Green Star Energy’s …

Tariffs