Xavia Miles

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7 Storytelling Structures to Improve Your Presentations (Infographic)

What your favorite plots and your next business presentation should have in common.<p>Giving presentations, whether during meetings with co-workers or to potential new clients, can often seem intimidating. But luckily, there are tried and true ways to organize your information so that it is both easy …

Billionaire Elon Musk says he was 'raised by books' and credits his success to these 8

Earlier this year, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk made history upon successfully completing the first commercial rocket launch from the NASA launch …

Albert Einstein

Here's what's happening in Zimbabwe

Tanks rolled into Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday, as tensions escalated between the military and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party. In a statement read on the state broadcaster, ZBC, an army official reported early Wednesday morning that Robert Mugabe and his family are “safe” and …

South Africa

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

Guns

Scientists Create A New Kind Of Matter: Time Crystals

The crystals' patterns repeat not in space, but in time.<p>Crystals are structures in which a pattern of atoms or molecules repeats in space. Now, two teams of researchers have figured out that crystals' repeating patterns can also exist through time. These "time crystals," detailed in a new paper in …

Trump's global abortion gag rule goes much further than any previous administration

The policy now affects all global health organizations that receive US government funding.<p>Under President Donald Trump, a decades-old Republican policy on global family planning just got a whole lot more aggressive. Just one day after the largest demonstration for women’s rights in American …

What Will 2017 Bring for Black People? We Have 5 Guesses

So <i>The Root</i> asked me, “Hey, L, do your best and think about what’s gonna happen in 2017.” And I was like, “Bet!”<p>As I’ve said before, I may not be …

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

Neuroscience

Researchers Are Developing Nanodiscs That Can Wipe Out Tumours

Almost like a cancer vaccine.<p>Cancer research is an area of medical science that, rightfully, gets considerable attention.<p>There are nearly 14.5 …

What this editor of books read outside her work in 2016 says a lot about why (and how) we read

Maintaining a list of every book read during the year yielded curious patterns.<p>It’s a hot afternoon, and I am sitting somewhere by the Arabian Sea, …

New test can diagnose cancer and other diseases by "smelling" your breath

<b>An "artificially intelligent nanoarray" can offer a fast and inexpensive diagnosis of 17 diseases, by identifying their unique chemical signatures in</b> …

Cancer

Dr Google will see you now

She retakes your history wearing Google Glass, and the web-enabled headgear uses voice recognition to input your symptoms into a massive data …

New Medicare Regs Will Pay Doctors for Better Care

Doctors have complained for years that they’re not paid adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care for seriously ill older patients: consulting with other specialists, talking to families and caregivers, interacting with pharmacists and more.<p>That will change on Jan. 1, as a …

Health Care

Empathy is an overrated skill when dispensing medical care

Over the past few decades, empathy—the ability to take on the perspective, or “feel” the emotions, of another person—has been touted as a key clinical skill, and a cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship. Communication with and trust in the doctor hinges on this quality, research suggests, …

Empathy

'Bars Medley': Classic Literature Remixed Into Hip-Hop And Verse

A group of actors at New York's Public Theatre have taken scenes from classic literature and remixed them into hip-hop and verse. It's in the vein of <i>Hamilton</i>, the hit Broadway musical. It began with reworking contemporary movies and shows—it's now a project called "Bars Medley."<p><i>Hamilton</i>'s Daveed …

Literature

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

Literature

Socialism for the Rich, Capitalism for the Poor: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky at a SISSA event on September 17, 2012. In a democracy, the public influences policy but the US state largely works to benefit the …

Middle-class

The electoral college is a medieval relic. Only the U.S. still has one.

The U.S. electoral college is a medieval relic. For several centuries, many political communities in Europe and the Americas used electors chosen from different territorial and political units to select a main magistrate. The United States is the only country in the world to still use the system to …

Electoral College

The Continued Unravelling of the Middle East: A Deep Dive into History

<i>Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announcing the creation of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014</i><p>The political constellation of the Middle East has been, until recently, relatively durable for the better part of three-quarters of a century. Except for the division of the British mandate of Palestine between Israel …

Fascism might be the word of the year. Read George Orwell on why it’s a slippery term.

Every Saturday, we round up the best recent writing the web has to offer on books and related subjects. Here’s your link roundup for the week of December 4, 2016. Enjoy!<p>Zadie Smith spoke in Berlin about multiculturalism just after the election last month, and now the New York Review of Books has …

Genevieve Bell: ‘Humanity’s greatest fear is about being irrelevant’

The anthropologist explains why being scared about AI has more to do with our fear of each other than killer robots<p>Genevieve Bell is an Australian anthropologist who has been working at tech company Intel for 18 years, where she is currently head of sensing and insights. She has given numerous TED …

Artificial Intelligence

What Facebook did to media literacy in America

It's been said that hindsight is 20/20.<p>While our view of what's transpired in this country in recent months may not be crystal clear, over the past …

Journalism

Ten Empowering Lessons We Can Learn From Women In Literature

Image Credit: Levy Bittencourt<p>It was Singles' Day on 11th November - a reason for many Chinese people to celebrate their individual status. Here are …

We read all 20 National Book Award nominees for 2016. Here's what we thought.

Every year, the National Book Foundation nominates 20 books — five fiction, five nonfiction, five poetry, five young adult — for the National Book Award, which celebrates the best of American literature. And every year (okay, every year since 2014), we here at Vox read all 20 finalists to help you …

7 Books That Explore the Boundaries of Language

The film “Arrival,” based on Ted Chiang’s short story “Story of Your Life,” follows a group of scientists as they attempt to determine a way to communicate with aliens who have recently made their presence known on Earth. It’s the stuff of classic science fiction, but in Chiang’s hands, it turns …

The Future And Artificial Intelligence: A Reluctance to Recognize Elon Musk's Demon?

Just over 65 years ago, Alan Turing famously posed the following question: Can machines think? In <i>Computing Machinery and Intelligence</i>, Turing investigates the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the idea that machine-based life may indeed meet or surpass the boundaries of human intellect. …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates writers by …

The 4 Most Important Foreign Policy Strategies for the Next President

The next president will inherit a chaotic global landscape: Europe’s economic crisis has become a social and political one as well, the Middle East …