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How the changing media is changing terrorism | Jason Burke

Just like news organisations, terrorists need an audience – and both have adapted their tactics to keep your attention<p>Mohamed Merah, a 23-year-old petty criminal, spent much of the last 36 hours of his life crouched over a laptop in his small apartment in the south‑western French city of Toulouse. …

Extremism

The Spike-Wheeled Ducati 'Monster of Ice' Will Have You Wishing for a Longer Winter

6.3K<p>SHARES<p>Italian motorcycle designer and customizer Paolo Tesio has a singular passion: tweaking Ducati’s massively popular “naked” bike, the …

This Simple Lifestyle Change Will Make You Happier, Less Stressed, and More Creative

Difficulty level? Easy. Cost? Zero dollars.<p>What if I told you there was a simple, low-cost intervention that fights depression and stress, boosts productivity, tunes up cognitive function, increases self control, and even improves physical measures of health like blood pressure?<p>No doubt you'd race …

Biomarkers

This 1 Practice Will Dramatically Increase Your Emotional Intelligence

Easy in theory, difficult to practice.<p>Did you ever notice how our actions tend to be reactive, as opposed to proactive?<p>This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let …

Emotional Intelligence

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

Meditation

When Astronomers Chased a Total Eclipse in a Concorde

In the 1970s, a small group of astronomers used the first prototype of the Concorde to pursue a total eclipse across the Sahara at twice the speed of sound.<p>On Wednesday, a solar eclipse gave people across a swath of Indonesia and the South Pacific the chance to see a generous 4 minutes and 9 …

9 Sleeping Habits That Could Make You A Smarter Person

Would you believe it if I said you could sleep your way to success? Turns out, you can! Research has shown that the functioning of our brain is …

15 vintage photos that show what Hong Kong looked like in the 1950s and 1960s

Hong Kong is very different today from how it was in the 1950s and '60s.<p>At that point in time, it was still under British rule, instead of operating under an autonomous government like it does today. The Korean War had virtually stopped China's export trade, which severely hurt Hong Kong's …

How to See the Total Solar Eclipse, No Matter Where You Are

Starstruck<p>Skywatchers around the world can see a supermoon eclipsing the sun via live feed.<p>Starstruck<p>Lucky skywatchers in Southeast Asia get a rare front-row seat to a total eclipse on March 8 and 9, and Pacific islanders will see a still-dazzling partial eclipse. But the rest of the world doesn’t …

Telescopes

The 100 Best Employers Are Looking to Fill 100,876 Jobs This Year

<i>Fortune</i>’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For is a must-read for all job seekers. These are the companies that have created cultures of …

The Most Terrifying Nuclear Holocaust Movies

The Movie Sleuth looks at ten of the most terrifying nuclear holocaust movies!<p>When I first saw <i>Terminator 2: Judgment Day</i>, I was scared to death. Not …

The 7-step evening ritual that will make you a happier person

Because your mind ain't perfect when it comes to happiness. It <i>cheats</i>.<p>Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, has shown that your brain really remembers only two things about an event:<p>Via The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less:<p>If your brain is gonna cheat, you …

How Meditation Changes Your Brain

It does more than just help you to relax.<p>Sit down. Close your eyes. Feel your chest rise and fall with each inhaled and exhaled breath.<p>For decades, researchers have suggested that this simple practice--known as mindfulness meditation--can have health benefits that range from banal to life-changing. …

Mindfulness

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.<p>Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel …

Happiness

4 Morning Habits That Will Make Your Day Much Better

Mind you, the morning ritual is one of the most important parts of the day which also indicates in a way as to how the rest of the day is going to …

How To Be Happy: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

We all wanna be happier, right?Thing is, depression is at epic levels. More people are unhappy and they’re getting miserable at an even younger …

7 Psychological Equations to Empower Your Life and Mind

You can either be at the <i>effect</i> (powerless) of your life or act as the <i>cause</i> (in power) of it. Your internal belief system about yourself and how you envision your life is the most important predictor of your success or failure. In order to train yourself to be geared towards what you envision you …

Nova Launcher tips and tricks: six to spice up your Android | Drippler - Apps, Games, News, Updates & Accessories

Nova Launcher is the king of Android launchers. With features galore, it's the ultimate way to customize your smartphone. You can amaze spectators, …

Why You Don't 'See' Motorcycles on the Road

As illustrated by the SUV driver who nearly ran me over.<p>The late-model Ford Escape and I arrived at the intersection in my neighborhood at about the same time. I recognized the driver, a nice guy whose kids play with mine. I brought my Honda CB1100 to a stop and waited. So did he. Which was …

Commuting

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

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What I learned during a 6-month hike on the Appalachian Trail

The sun beat down on the narrow wooden boardwalk. On either side, lush, impenetrable foliage hummed with insects and birdsong. It was sweltering — a cloying, sultry, sticky heat more appropriate for primordial jungles than for Western Massachusetts. And yet I was wearing almost every stitch of …

Take a Heart-Pounding Ride on the Back of This Absurdly Fast Motorcycle

The North West 200 is the largest sports event in Ireland, and every May since 1929 motorcyclists gather to race down public streets between the …

5 Reasons To Buy The LG G5

The LG G5 might be the only device that could steal Samsung’s limelight. Why? That insane modular design that’s also a world first. But is that a good enough reason to buy the G5? Perhaps not, but there are some other impressive features dotted around the device, read on for more.<p>Should the G5 be …

New Garmin Vivoactive HR Fitness Tracker Unveiled (video)

Garmin has this week unveiled a new fitness tracker it has created in the form of the Garmin Vivoactive HR which builds on the technology included in …

Tattoo Artist Covers Bodies with Sacred Geometry and Mythological Animals

Jaya Suartika makes the body a canvas for his fragmented mythologies, animals, and patterns.<p>Jaya Suartika is an Australian tattoo artist who adorns his patrons in geometric patterns, animals, and fragmented mythological images that deftly challenge the assumption that nobody ever uses geometry …

5 research-backed ways to tell if someone is lying

We're going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We'll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.<p>To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a …

The Best National Park for Every Type of Traveler

Grand Teton has some of the most rugged peaks and terrain in the country. Located only a few miles south of overly crowded Yellowstone, this park is …

National Parks