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Quantum physics can help explain much of the world’s suffering

• the world exists independent of the human mind, and<br>• no causal influence can spread faster than the speed of light.

Quantum Mechanics

A Harvard doctor says these are the best exercises for your body

If you think running a marathon is the quickest way to a rock-hard body, I-Min Lee, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has news for you: That classic feat isn't as good for your body as it seems.<p>Instead of long-distance running, which can be hard on your joints and digestive system, …

Tai Chi

How to Win at Sales: Psychology Says This Strategy Will Convince People They Want Something They Really Don't Need

If your customers don't need your product, give them a promotion. If they do, give them information.<p>In a soccer game, each side has a clear game plan. It plays to attack or it plays to defend. Most of us operate in very much the same way. We do things to win, or we do things to "not lose".<p>When we …

Stay in a Historic Japanese Townhouse in Kyoto That Was Saved From Ruin

In order to save a Meiji-period machiya in Kyoto's Higashiyama District, four friends pooled together their resources and had the two-level townhouse renovated and transformed into Shimaya Stays—two beautifully simple apartments that are now available for rent.<p>Traditionally home to merchants and …

Japan

Use “The Minimalists'” 90/90 Rule to Help You Declutter

No matter how much you want to live more simply, it can be hard to part with your things. First of all, if you have a lot of stuff, where do you even …

Minimalism

Watching a Word Document transform into an Alexa skill is trippy as hell

For almost forty years, the default way people interacted with computers was by clicking or selecting a pre-defined input, using either a keyboard or a mouse. But now, in 2017, things are changing. There’s been a renaissance in chatbots, which have evolved from being a ‘toy’, to being used for …

With Amazon Books, Jeff Bezos Is Solving Digital Retail’s Biggest Design Flaw

Why is Amazon suddenly so interested in opening physical retail stores?<p>As upscale outdoor shopping centers go, Seattle’s University Village is unusually forward thinking. There’s a Starbucks, of course, but also a sushi place where the dishes roll by on a moving belt and each plate has an RFID …

How To Design For Millennials, According To Ikea

Festival tents, anyone?<p>Two new collections are hitting Ikea’s shelves and online stores in February: the PS 2017 collection, a limited-edition series of stylish, adventurous pieces, and the Spridd line of housewares and accessories festooned with dizzying graphics. Both were “designed for free …

Hong Kong In The 1950s Captured By A Teenager

Hong Kong

6 badass marketing ideas from unconventional industries

From a business standpoint, it doesn’t make sense to spend money on marketing unless it helps you generate more revenue. And where are the best places to spend your marketing dollars? If you’re thinking Google AdWords, SEO, or social media – yeah, they’re great – but they’re also …

[Exclusive] Draw in 3D with the ‘Mental Canvas’ Illustration App

The new app combines traditional illustration with 3D computer-aided design software.<p>There are apps like uMake that rather easily turn 2D sketching into useful 3D models for prototyping, but the new app Mental Canvas takes a different approach. It fuses the illustrator’s need for aesthetics and …

How to Engage on Social Media Like a Team of 30

ReQueue is a tool launched by CoSchedule that allows you to amplify and automate your social media marketing.<p>The old way of marketing your business or personal brand through social media is long gone. You used to have to spend hours crafting your messages only to find them in social purgatory …

4 Ways to Become a Better Parent, According to Science

Every parent asks it at some point: <i>What is going on in my kid’s brain?</i><p>And if you don’t understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to …

Up Store

When previewing the space with THE ARRIVALS designer and co-founder Jeff Johnson, it’s immediately clear that there is a minimal, sophisticated theme throughout every single item on display at the brand’s 2016 Concept pop-up store. The NYC-based brand has been making striking, high-quality …

Watches

An Indian startup was able to raise $30 million because millennials don’t even want to own furniture

People used to dream of growing up and acquiring a bunch of stuff. Now, it seems, dreams are different and millennials prize experience. For a globally connected generation whose only constant is change, permanence is burdensome—and that includes furniture.<p>That’s the thinking that got India’s …

Josh Allen

King Bhumibol of Thailand’s real legacy: remarkable political legitimacy

Thailand is mourning its beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who died last week after 70 years on the throne. During his long reign, Thailand shifted from a poor agricultural economy to a prosperous upper-middle-income country. The king’s greatest achievement, though, was to create a unique form of …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Loyola University

Exclusive: Carlo Bookends by Ini Archibong for OTHR

The latest in our partnership with design brand OTHR? The hyper-geometric Carlo Bookend: a 3D Printed Porcelain object created in collaboration with …

Entrepreneurs need to meditate. So they don't act like assholes.

Do you know why people make bad calls? Do you know why people fuck up?<p>Do you know why people get caught up in their own worlds, hurt other people, blow opportunities and destroy themselves?<p>It's because many people live their lives on autopilot, and live their lives without mindfulness. And …

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creative are focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is an actual job at many companies.<p>But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna …

Creativity

Starbucks' new Willy Wonka-inspired store in Tokyo offers a glimpse into the brand's future

On Thursday, CEO Howard Schultz announced that the coffee giant would open its fourth Roastery in Tokyo in 2018.<p>"It's clear to the me that the universal interest in premium retail experiences is not skewed to only the US," Schultz told Business Insider. "I think there is a bigger trend here — as …

Coffee

150-Year-Old Woodblock Prints Keep Japanese History Alive in New York

Yoshitoshi's "ukiyo-e" prints bridge Eastern and Western, ancient and modern cultures.<p>When American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853, it marked the country’s forced entry into a changing, increasingly global world. It was also the year that a young printmaker named Tsukioka …

Influencer Marketing Done Right (And Wrong)

<b>How to produce a successful marketing campaign, generate ridiculous return on investment and grow your business. And what to avoid so you can save a tremendous amount of time, money, energy and brand equity.</b><p>We, at Global Yodel Media Group, have a global influencer network with a social reach of …

The Simple Life: Cool, graphic illustrations that celebrate mid-century design

For his series The Simple Life, American illustrator Jeremy Booth created a range of illustrations based on the design and culture of the …

5 Top Designers On How To Create The Ultimate PowerPoint Presentation

Slide presentations usually suck–but a good designer can turn that around. Here are four tips for selling your ideas.<p>PowerPoints are awful. Long and uninteresting, they are the corporate drone of visual media–synonymous with endless meetings, academic conferences, and corporate retreats.<p>For graphic …

The Australian Watchmaker Using A Subtle Psychology Trick To Sell Less

We want what we can’t have. Not just in love. Or at the nightclub. Or when the new smartphone <i>conveniently</i> sells out on launch day. We want what we can’t have in <i>everything</i>. Our brains are inclined to associate scarcity with perceived value, which means that when a specific item is limited the more …

Watches

One of the most popular 360-degree cameras now has a cheaper sibling

Capturing 360-degree video and photos is still very much a thing for geeks, but Ricoh, one of the first companies to release a consumer 360 camera, …

NOSIGNER™

NOSIGNER is a design activist with the following two philosophies. Social implementation of design = Apply design to new areas, accelerate social …

Dr. Seuss Made Paintings and Sculptures in Secret (and Now You Can See Them)

Some of Theodor Seuss Geisel's art is straight from his storybooks. The rest is wildly unexpected.<p>The artist forever known as Dr. Seuss didn’t stop at writing and illustrating 44 wise and whimsical storybooks. While he produced popular literature by day, he spent his nights in the 1930s sculpting …