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How To Prove That Light Can Be Converted Into Matter

A decades-old hypothesis gets closer to solidity.<p>In 1934, two American physicists theorized that if one could make two photons collide, the collision would produce two positron-electron pairs—and thus convert light into matter. If proven in a lab, the process would be a pure demonstration of …

How to Stop Life From Passing You By

<i>This article originally appeared on the iDoneThis blog.</i><p>One unnerving aspect of getting older is how life seems to start speeding up. Feeling that whoosh as time rushes past you can be disheartening as you wonder where the days, or months, or even years go.<p>Yet we’re not doomed to march to time’s …

Should Your Hobby Be Your Job?

<i>Ilya Pozin is the founder of Open Me and Ciplex</i>.<p>Conventional wisdom says you should make your passion into your career so you’ll never work a day in your life. But what happens to your hobbies when they suddenly become your 9-5? Can you keep the fire burning for your passion when it becomes your …

Humans Evolved Weak Muscles to Feed Brain's Growth, Study Suggests

Weak muscles evolved even faster than smart brains in people.<p>We humans may be weaklings by nature.<p><b>Humans appear to have evolved puny muscles even faster than they grew big brains, according to a new metabolic study that pitted people against chimps and monkeys in contests of strength.</b><p>The upshot, …

More Evidence That Longevity Depends on Your State of Mind

We all know that having goals is important, but a joint US-Canadian study reveals that having a sense of purpose can affect our longevity. …

Psychology

What's behind China's territorial spats?

<i>CNN’s Beijing bureau chief and correspondent, Jaime A. FlorCruz, responds to readers’ questions about recent tensions in the South China Sea, China’s relations with its neighbors and what may be behind recent disputes.</i><p><b>What is the dispute between China and Vietnam over the Paracel Islands about? Is</b> …

How to Get Absolutely Anything You Want in Life

This comedian reveals the simple secret<p>J.B. Smoove is a man on the move. While that means he keeps bouncing between big jobs—from his beloved role as Leon Black on <i>Curb Your Enthusiasm</i> to his recurring gig on CBS's hit <i>The Millers—</i>it also means he <i>literally can't sit still</i>. For proof, check out clips …

A Simple Productivity Secret From Google's Early Days

The practice was so effective, it spread to scores of top Silicon Valley companies. Would it help your company, too?<p>Silicon Valley companies pump out apps, gizmos, and assorted tech solutions that improve the lives and output of workers across the country. Less celebrated are these innovative …

Silicon Valley

Make the Case: Is Net Neutrality a Good Idea?

The Man Who Led the Bin Laden Mission Teaches You How to Make Your Bed

Admiral William H. McRaven tells us about the foundation for a productive day, the bounce-a-quarter test, and how to get a good night's sleep.<p><i>Last Saturday, Admiral William H. McRaven delivered the commencement address at the University of Texas-Austin. McRaven, the ninth commander of the United</i> …

Always Late? How To Be On Time — For Real

Before writing her book, <i>Never Be Late Again</i>, management consultant Diana DeLonzor was always, always late. “It didn’t matter what time I got up. I …

Siri Inc.

Founded in 2007, Siri Inc. was an app developer offering a voice-based digital personal assistant to Apple users. Apple bought the company in April 2010 for an undisclosed sum and then included introduced the Siri voice assistant in the iPhone 4S in 2011 as part of its iOS mobile operating system.

21 Super Inspiring Quotes for Leaders

From Steve Jobs to Sheryl Sandberg to Sam Walton to Oprah, the thoughts of these great achievers will lift your mood--and elevate your game.<p>No one ever said that leading a business is easy--it's not. In fact, it can be frightening, exasperating, challenging, harrowing, and exhausting. When you feel …

Suspended-animation trials to begin on humans

This month, the world's first attempts at placing humans in suspended animation using a new technique will take place at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania -- not for space travel, but to save lives.<p>The technique will initially be used on 10 patients whose wounds would …

Your Smartphone Is Destroying Your Sleep

Smartphones do this because they let off bright blue light.<p>"One of the best biological cues we have to what time of day it is is light. And it turns out that blue light in particular is very effective at basically predicting when morning is," chemistry researcher Brian Zoltowski says in the video …

CIA will no longer use vaccine campaigns for spying

Policy change revealed after attacks, return of polio<p>The CIA says that it will no longer use vaccination campaigns as a cover for intelligence programs, as it did several years ago when investigating Osama bin Laden's potential presence in his Abbottabad compound, reports <i>Yahoo News</i>. The agency saw …

Chemists challenge conventional understanding of how photocatalysis works

Photocatalysis—catalysis assisted by light—is a promising route to convert solar energy into chemical fuels. Particularly appealing is the …

We Love Ourselves More Than Other People, But Care About Their Opinions More Than Our Own

“It never ceases to amaze me: we all love ourselves more than other people, but care about their opinions more than our own.” – Marcus Aurelius<p>A …

British Military Seeks A Hack-Proof, Quantum Physics-Based GPS

Such a location system would work underwater and indoors.<p>Your smartphone always knows where you are because it communicates with GPS satellites in space. But one day, perhaps, it won't need that anymore. Instead, it may figure out your location using the effects of gravity on atoms right here on …

Christian in Sudan sentenced to death for faith; 'I'm just praying,' husband says

Hours after a Sudanese court sentenced his pregnant wife to death when she refused to recant her Christian faith, her husband told CNN he feels helpless.<p>"I'm so frustrated. I don't know what to do," Daniel Wani told CNN on Thursday. "I'm just praying."<p>This week a Khartoum court convicted his wife, …

What Thomas Piketty Got Wrong

I’ve frequently been asked what I think about the current <i>book du jour</i>, Thomas Piketty’s <i>Capital in the Twenty-First Century.</i> Larry Summers suggested just this week in his review that the book deserves the Nobel Prize in Economics. Well, I’ve finally gotten around to reading and rereading it—all 577 …

Inaction on Energy, Climate Change Risks Global Chaos

The crisis in Ukraine has provided the West with a stark reminder of an inconvenient fact: Many of Europe’s liberal democracies are heavily dependent on Russia for their energy supplies. The latest move by Vladimir Putin in his campaign to destabilize the fragile elected government of Ukraine came …

Why Screwing Up Is The Best Thing In The World

Every time we don’t achieve what we set out to do, we categorize the effort that we made in one box and the failed result in another. The equation …

How Your Brain Justifies Torture

Fresh out of reasons to despair for the human condition? Here’s one: even after the Stalin-era interrogations, the Bataan death march, the Hanoi …

The geopolitics of MH370

THERE will be no let-up in the efforts to find the missing Malaysian Airlines jet Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, vowed on May 5th. Despite …

Turn Your Strengths Into Superpowers In Four Steps

Ask a woman to name her signature strengths and she’ll often squirm in her chair, look away or hesitate. Try asking her what she’s an expert in, and she may just leave the room! On a daily basis, women juggle important demands…yet talking about our talents can be downright unnerving.<p>Five years ago, …

The Day When Our Antibiotics Stop Working Is Coming Very Soon

We are close to entering a “post-antibiotic era.” It’s not a place we want to go.<p>It’s hard to overestimate the importance of antibiotics. These drugs have literally been one of the cornerstones of modern civilization, minimizing deaths from all kinds of common infections, and saving society …

How the rich stole our money — and made us think they were doing us a favor

<b>Donald Trump, Mitt Romney, Lloyd Blankfein (lev radin via Shutterstock/Reuters/Steve Marcus/Jim Young/Salon)</b><p>Pushing people toward stocks, real estate and credit cards have all come at a cost — and with one goal in mind<p>David Atkins<p>May 4, 2014 10:59am (UTC)<p>If you've paid attention to the economy over …

Jeremy Grantham, environmental philanthropist: 'We're trying to buy time for the world to wake up'

One icy morning in February, a train pulled into Washington DC. It was loaded with environmentalists planning to handcuff themselves to the gates of the White House, in protest at the building of a 3,500km oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Amid the hundreds of placard-carrying …

Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ ‘Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging’

(AP Photo/Anja Schlein)<p>In a rare move, the world’s largest scientific society released a report nudging the public to wake up to the scientifically …