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What to Do If You’re Smarter than Your Boss

You want to work for a great boss — someone you can respect and learn from. But what if your manager isn’t good at his job? What if you’re more competent or have greater skills? Should you be raising a ruckus or keeping your head down? And how do you get what you need without making your boss look …

Can the umbrella be improved?

<b>Umbrellas have been around for more than 3,000 years, but young designers are trying to reinvent them.</b><p>They get lost. They poke people in the eye. They misbehave on windy days.<p>But umbrellas are one of the design classics of the modern world. From Mary Poppins to the Mikado to burlesque dancing …

Asia

Top 12 Most Mind-Bending Illusions in 2014

Over the past few years we've seen some truly mind-bending illusions (2012, 2011). It's now that time of year again when we look back and show you the best ones of 2014. What distorted our senses and changed our perception of reality? This year, we saw a lot of street art works that pushed creative …

Art

Tolstoy’s Reading List: Essential Books for Each Stage of Life

Shortly after his fiftieth birthday, Leo Tolstoy succumbed to a deep spiritual crisis and decided to pull himself out by finding the meaning of life. He did so largely by reading voraciously across the world’s major philosophical and religious traditions, discovering great similarities in how they …

Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

'I Couldn't Smell, and Then I Died'

A fading ability to identify scents is a sign that life's end may be near.<p>This week surgeons at the University of Chicago found that the strength of a person's ability to identify odors is an eerily excellent predictor of impending death. If and when your sense of smell fades, it seems, your risk …

From Milan to Mecca: the world's most powerful city brands revealed

The inaugural Guardian Cities brand barometer ranks world cities on everything from transport and weather to crime and social ‘buzz’ – and they won't all be pleased with the results

Photography & Travel Product Reviews

Better Than Ozu and Kurosawa: Mizoguchi

When the <i>Sight & Sound</i> poll of the best movies of all time came out in 2012, one of its biggest surprises was the absence of any film by Kenji Mizoguchi from its highest reaches. By contrast, Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Story” came in at three and his “Late Spring” at fifteen, and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven …

Why does time flow in only one direction?

And why can't we remember the future? A thought-experiment conceived of by duo of physicists might explain time's asymmetry.<p>Almost nothing is more …

Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow

He was the humble sideman to a rock icon. Now the new documentary ‘The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir’ pays long overdue respect to the …

Dubai vains of the city

Nice blouse, honey! The woman who WEARS 12,000 BEES on her naked chest

Stomach-churning photographs show a woman with 12,000 bees crawling on her naked chest. But not to fear, this is something 44-year-old Sara Mapelli …

Kylie Jenner

A look at public artwork as 'Slipstream' unveils in new Heathrow Terminal - Telegraph

Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different.

Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for …

11 Scientifically Proven Reasons You Should Go Outside

With spring finally here after a long and brutal winter, we highly recommend spending some time outside.<p>Nature offers one of the most reliable boosts to your mental and physical well-being. Here are just a few potential benefits:<p>1. Improved short-term memory<p>In one study, University of Michigan …

Immune System

Vargas Llosa: Technology Is Killing The Very Idea Of Culture

<b>LIMA —</b> It is no small feat to manage to interview Mario Vargas Llosa. I was put on a waiting list in 2009 when I first contacted his assistant …

A Better Battery

Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate and former secretary of energy, and Yi Cui, a celebrated battery researcher who works with Chu at Stanford, describe how an overhaul of the unglamorous battery will jump-start a shift to renewable energy.<p>Why do batteries matter? Look at all your electronic devices: from …

24 Gabriel Garcia Marquez Front Pages From Around The World

El Espeactador's front page - Official website<p>Adios Gabo! From Bogota to Warsaw and beyond, the passing of the great Colombian writer is marked with …

Warsaw

7 Things the Most Interesting People All Have in Common

I’ve posted a lot of research from experts on getting people to like you, being influential and having great conversations.<p><b>What’s the best way to use</b> …

Chlorine: From toxic chemical to household cleaner

<b>Few chemicals are as familiar as table salt. The white crystals are the most common food seasoning in the world and an essential part of the human diet.</b><p>Sodium chloride is chemically very stable - but split it into its constituent elements and you release the chemical equivalent of demons.<p>The …

Construction Industry

Nadine Gordimer: The Great Post-Mandela Disillusion

<i>Nadine Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, is the leading lady of letters in South Africa. Through her fiction and non-fiction writings she has captured the despair and the triumph of a country that went all the way from the ignominy of apartheid to the heights of</i> …

The Gulf Should Pivot East and Build the 'New Silk Road'

Over the past 30 years, global economic geography has radically shifted toward the East, with the center now lying just east of Mumbai. In a belated recognition of the shift in global economic power, if not yet political power, the Obama administration announced in 2013 a "pivot to East Asia," with …

The Origins of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Magic Realism

"Surrealism runs through the streets," the Colombian author, who died today at age 87, told The Atlantic in 1973. "Surrealism comes from the reality of Latin America."<p>It’s often said that the works of Colombian novelist and short-story writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez are quintessential examples of …

Here's How You Help the Poor Without Soaking the Rich

We have to clear our minds of a fallacy about poverty alleviation: Helping the poor does not mean welfare. This isn’t to say that we don’t need …

The Miraculous Life of Gabriel García Márquez

When Gabriel García Márquez was born, in 1927, in the sleepy little town of Aracataca, not far from Colombia’s Caribbean coast, there were certain …

The Reason We Can't Find MH 370 Is That We're Basically Blind

Men have played golf on the moon. Images transmitted from the surface of Mars have become utterly commonplace. The Hubble Space Telescope can see 10 …