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Visual memory and what Picasso was really seeing

The painter’s recall was exceptional, but he always used it to create something new, says Christine Temple<p>Did an exceptional visual memory give Picasso an edge in his capacity for artistic excellence? Studies show that the drawing ability of children correlates with their visual memory; those who …

Art

Seeing a Medieval Viking Ulfberht Sword Get Made Today Is So Damn Awesome

Medieval Viking Ulfberht swords are some of the most famous swords in history because they were so obscenely strong that it’s almost unbelievable …

This Trailer for the French Scifi Movie Evolution Will Creep You Out So, So Much

The trailer for Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s <i>Evolution</i> begins with a young boy discovering a dead body, and that’s not even in the top 10 of the creepiest …

Horror

What Is Yoga, Really?

Most of us are accustomed to looking outside of ourselves for fulfillment. We are living in a world that conditions us to believe that outer …

Spirituality

27 books that can change your life forever, according to my coworkers

Books can be incredibly powerful. They have the ability to suck us in, take us on adventures, and influence the way we think.<p>They can teach us, move us, give us new perspectives, and help shape us. And the most powerful ones change our lives forever.<p>I asked my Business Insider colleagues to share …

The 13 Best New Books To Read Now

With a new season freshly begun, it’s time to update your reading list. 2016 has been an exceptional year for literary achievement, from epic novels …

Books

Does Quantum Entanglement Mean the Universe Exists in Infinite States?

The behavior of atomic particles has us questioning the very nature of reality.<p>Does the universe exist as a concrete structure if there is no one to observe it? Or, is the cosmos a fluid, infinite amount of possible realities until the moment it is measured? This is one of the subjects of a series …

SEVEN TO ETERNITY #1 is the Start of Something Beautiful (Review)

Rick Remender and Jerome Opena‘s new series, <i>Seven to Eternity,</i> feels like an old pulp sci-fi tale. It’s insanely huge: the pages of the comic barely …

Why Millennials Are Moving Home Design Trends

Home design trends are like fashion— constantly in flux. What’s hot one minute is not so hot the next, leaving you with an outdated home. Let’s try …

Atheorem refurbishes compact apartment in Berlin's Mitte district

Berlin architecture firm Atheorem has used dark grey curtains and metallic fixtures to update an apartment that dates back to the late 1800s in the …

Can genes predict foreign language learning skills?

With language skills becoming ever more important, Anne Merritt looks at whether there is a genetic component to language learning ability<p>Every frustrated language learner has, at some point, proclaimed that they just "don’t have the gift" of picking up foreign languages.<p>It’s easy to imagine that …

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Robert Downey Jr.

A 24-year-old entrepreneur spent 4 days with Richard Branson — here’s what she learned from him

The best part: Billionaire Virgin founder Richard Branson joined them.<p>Earlier this year, Cramer and her business partner Davide Russo, with whom she cofounded Glow Away, a glow-in-the-dark duvet cover for children, received a $20,000 loan from Virgin Startup, a not-for-profit company founded by …

Entrepreneurship

The 25 best films of 2015

13 brilliant ideas that turned these people into self-made billionaires

In general, nine out of 10 startups fail.<p>But the ones that make it all have one thing in common: a brilliant idea.<p>Like the ones these self-made billionaires used to start their companies.

Startups

Elon Musk embodies 2 surprising traits of highly effective leaders

A friend of mine recently left Tesla, the renowned electric car maker, saying both, "It was incredible," and "I'd never work there again."<p>His sentiment echoed that of several former employees of another of today's most celebrated companies, SpaceX, when I interviewed them for my 2014 book on …

Automotive Industry

Award Winning Tasmanian Addition Harvests Rainwater and Sunlight

This striking addition to a home in Tasmania was recently awarded the Robin Boyd Award from the Australian Institute of Architects for Residential …

What it's like to be an American intern at Alibaba headquarters in China

Working as an intern at one of the most successful tech companies in the world in China is beyond eye-opening. It's a similar world filled with investors and flush with cash, yet at the same time staggeringly and wholly different.<p>For one such summer intern — "being a part of the company was a …

The best films you won't see in cinemas

When a film critic on a long-haul flight finds a movie they haven’t seen yet on the entertainment system, the pilot can probably hear their cheers from the cockpit. A couple of months ago, that’s how I discovered Beyond the Lights, a romance set in the American music business.<p>I remembered having …

Michael Gove: Nazi hunter Christopher Lee was a 'true Conservative'

Lord Chanchellor recalls his friendship with Wicker Man legend, who was also a 'great fan' of David Cameron<p>Michael Gove has written for the first time of his close friendship with 'true blue' Sir Christopher Lee, who passed away aged 93 last week.<p>Mr Gove described legendary Lord of the Rings, …

Naked in an island idyll: eccentric couple recall a life of rockets and dictators

Lutz Kayser designed a low-cost launch system and with his wife Susi spent years in the Libyan desert working for Muammar Gaddafi – ‘such a wonderful man’. Now for $690 a night visitors can share their private Pacific island<p>Since 2006, the Kaysers have been the sole inhabitants of Bikendrik, a tiny …

Human Rights

11 apps that will make you smarter

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.<p>The science of how exactly our brains work — and how much we can train them — is constantly evolving, but one …

12 Productivity Blogs Smart People Read

Smart is smart. That’s obvious. But how exactly do you become smart? And how do you turn yourself into a productivity ninja? Generally, smart people …

Get Off The Computer And Complete This Italian Teacher's Summer Assignment. You Won't Regret It.

Read on HuffPost Italy<p>A summer homework list assigned by Cesare Catà of Don Bosco High School in Fermo, a small town on the Adriatic Sea in northeastern Italy, is currently going viral across that country.<p>Instead of giving his students required reading assignments, Catà gave them a prescription for …

Gael García Bernal: ‘I feel hopeful and naively optimistic for the future’

When he was 13 years old, Gael García Bernal starred in a telenovela called <i>El Abuelo y Yo</i> (My Grandparents and I). Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, the child of theatre actors, he had been on stage since he was a year old, but this was his first taste of real fame. One scene became a national talking …

Buenos Aires

5 Simple Habits That Guarantee Rapid Progress Towards Your Goals

“Your net worth to the world is usually determined by what remains after your bad habits are subtracted from your good ones.”<p>-Benjamin Franklin<p>We all …

Motivation

Know your Wu-Tang Clan

Do you know RZA from GZA? Or that Method Man is a chess enthusiast? Ahead of their UK tour, here's the low-down on these cult New York rappers<p>Of the many opaque, powerful institutions that have sprung up during the course of Western globalisation, few are as mysterious as Wu-Tang Clan. This …

Rap & Hip-Hop

If A Tree Falls In The Forest, Does It Make A Sound? Science Has The Answer (And It's Surprising)

Science

'The Witcher 3' Puts A Whole Lot Of Pressure On 'Fallout 4'

The internet has been awash with breathless praise for The Witcher 3, and with good reason. It’s a shocking accomplishment, setting a new bar for world-building in video games and offering a world of staggering scope and depth, especially coming from such a small team at CD Projekt Red. Expect …

The Witcher