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It’s Simple, Really: How a Differential Works, Explained in a Vintage Video

The standard open differential in most cars is a brilliant piece of engineering, allowing you to take the tightest turns without fighting your tires or tearing apart your drivetrain. But even if you understand implicitly how a car’s differential works, it’s kind of difficult to explain.<p>That’s why …

University of Michigan

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

Eight moves to improve strength, endurance, and tone.<p>There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves …

Exercise

Expert Advice: How to Fold a Fitted Sheet, Step by Step

No doubt about it, when it comes to domestic efficiencies the fitted sheet is a dream invention. Yet, too often it’s an absolutely nightmare to fold. …

How Do Mirrors Actually Work? This Video Explains Their Flipping Magic

Okay, we're impressed.<p>Mirror image is a tricky thing, but it's pretty clear when you look at words in a reflection, that mirrors flip things …

Quantum Mechanics

Better Brainstorming

About 20 years ago I was leading a brainstorming session in one of my MBA classes, and it was like wading through oatmeal. We were talking about something that many organizations struggle with: how to build a culture of equality in a male-dominated environment. Though it was an issue the students …

Hung Up

All The Stuff You Wished You Knew About Fourier Transforms But Were Afraid To Ask

The Fourier transform underpins so much of our technological lives, in most cases probably without our realising it. The ability to mathematically …

Mathematics

Ban These 5 Words From Your Corporate Values Statement

Practically every organization today has a set of core values that ideally function as the “operating instructions” of the company. The goal of articulating the essential and enduring principles of your organization is to inform, inspire, and instruct the day-to-day behaviors of everyone who works …

Leadership

6 Ways to Take Control of Your Career Development If Your Company Doesn’t Care About It

We are now in the era of do-it-yourself career development. Companies less frequently offer formal training — a trend that has been around for years. This may be because employees change jobs so frequently (job tenure now averages about four years) that firms don’t see the value in investing in …

Human Resources

A crypto expert explains the difference between the two largest cryptocurrencies in the world: bitcoin and Ethereum

Lex Sokolin, Autonomous Research's director of fintech strategy, talks with Business Insider Executive Editor Sara Silverstein about the differences between bitcoin and Ethereum. <i>Following is a transcript of the video.</i><p><b>Sara Silverstein:</b> What is bitcoin versus Ethereum?<p><b>Lex Sokolin:</b> So bitcoin is — and …

Cryptocurrency

14 weird brain exercises that could actually make you smarter

Giving your brain new experiences will keep it healthier. Try these mini mental workout exercises to prevent memory loss and sharpen your mind.<p>'Neurobic' exercises are like cross-training for your brain<p>Giving your brain new experiences that combine physical senses—vision, smell, touch, taste, and …

The Brain

Here Are Five Negotiation Myths We Can Leave Behind In 2017

The last year has been an interesting chapter for women’s rights. In politics and in the boardroom, it’s been a transformative and difficult year. January of 2017 was a month of historical and global protests against the Presidential election results in the United States. This was followed by …

Leadership

12 Knots Everyone Should Master

<i>Last Updated December, 2017: We’ve updated the formatting on this post for clarity. Links have also been updated.</i><p>Our Go-To: Water Knot<p><b>Climbing</b> …

Climbing

The Massive Personal Branding Mistake I Discovered From Studying 16,000 LinkedIn Profiles | Inc.com

I had no idea I was connected to such virtual greatness over on LinkedIn.<p>Having recently spent a few days sorting through and organizing my 16,753 LinkedIn connections, I discovered I was connected to 115 "Masters," 35 "Gurus," 15 "Ninjas," 5 "Geniuses," 3 "Rock Stars" and even a pair of …

Small Business

Is there an easy way to delete masses of emails in Gmail?

Alan’s Gmail inbox needs tidying up, and it’s easy to sort emails and save space using built-in search commands. But not before he makes a back up<p>Is there an easy way of doing mass deletes in Gmail? I’ve rather let the inbox grow, and I would like to trim it. Manual deletion would take forever. …

Threading

35 Lower-Body Exercises to Shape Your Legs — and You Can Do Them All at Home

Although it's nice to take a trip to the gym and work up a sweat with all the equipment that's available to you, there are times when you just want …

Your complete guide to keyless locks

Forgot your keys? No problem.<p>Compared with standard locks, keyless locks are more convenient and secure. There are no physical keys to lose or would be thieves to copy. Nor is there an open keyway to pick from the outside. These gadgets are fun to operate too.<p>Installing a keyless lock, or any lock …

Home Automation

How To Wire Split Outlets

01 of 10<p>How To Wire Split Outlets... Step #1: Turn Off The Circuit Breaker<p>Before you attempt this installation, turn the power off by turning off the …

6 Idiot-Proof Houseplants That Can Live For Weeks Without Water

Just don't... over-water them.<p>It can be tough keeping plants alive indoors, especially as the dry winter months approach (if you're in the Northern …

The latest good advice from Vanguard’s Jack Bogle

International investments, which I have recommended for both stock and bond investors for more than 20 years, are finally getting at least some of …

Investing

5 health-promoting plants that will clean the air in your home — and are very hard to kill

It can be tough keeping plants alive indoors, especially during the dark, dry, winter months.<p>But if they can thrive, indoor plants have all sorts of benefits. Plants can regulate indoor humidity, and they've been shown to make people feel content and peaceful around the world. In Norway, office …

Plants

Your New Favorite Chicken Recipe

<i>Sam Sifton emails readers of Cooking five days a week to talk about food and suggest recipes. That email also appears here. To receive it in your inbox,</i> <i>register here</i><i>. Download the</i> <i>NYT Cooking app here</i><i>.</i><p>Good morning. There are whole swaths of New York City in which Peruvian chicken is as important a …

Nicki Minaj

35 Simple Chicken Breast Recipes

If you need to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table but just don't have a lot of spare time, these simple recipes using chicken breasts are great …

Cooking

Around the World in 23 Curries: The Best From New York to New Delhi

Order a curry in southern India and the waiter might just stare at you for a bit.<p>The dishes we know and love as curry—fish, meat or vegetables …

Curries

Calculus in 20 Minutes

If you went to engineering school, you probably remember going to a lot of calculus classes. You may or may not remember a lot of calculus. If you …

Mathematics

To Come Up with a Good Idea, Start by Imagining the Worst Idea Possible

There are many creative tools a designer uses to think differently, but none is more counter-intuitive than “wrong thinking,” also called reverse thinking. Wrong thinking is when you intentionally think of the worst idea possible — the exact opposite of the accepted or logical solution, ideas that …

Nobel Prize

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

High School

1.6 Million Students and Counting: How Barbara Oakley Cracked the Science of Learning | Heleo

“The biggest limitation is often just your own thoughts that you can’t do something.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>How Barbara Oakley flunked math and science</i> …

Taylor's Theorem (with Lagrange Remainder)

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict

Avoiding or delaying a difficult conversation can hurt your relationships and create other negative outcomes. It may not feel natural at first, especially if you dread discord, but you can learn to dive into these tough talks by reframing your thoughts.<p><b>Begin from a place of curiosity and respect,</b> …

Self-help