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Michael Jackson’s personal meditation coach Deepak Chopra shares 11 simple tricks to enhance brain power

He's also known for being a good friend and personal meditation coach of the late pop icon Michael Jackson.<p>Last year, Chopra shared a slide deck based on his book, "Super Brain," that shows 11 ways to better-inspire your brain.<p>These are simple yet powerful tips that can help any type of business …

Spirituality

Elon Musk on How to Build Knowledge

Elon Musk recently did an AMA on reddit. Here are three question-and-response pairs that I enjoyed, including how to build knowledge.<p>He knows how to …

“What’s one thing you’ve learned at Harvard Business School that blew your mind?”

I’ve gotten countless variations of this question over the past year. I can’t tell you everything I’ve learned at HBS, and no book would have …

Maglev or Hyperloop - Glasgow to Edinburgh

I thought I would write about Elon Musk's proposed Hyperloop transport system. I have always been a big Maglev fan and in my opinion was the most …

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Psychology

Leave Facebook if you don't want to be spied on, warns EU

European Commission admits Safe Harbour framework cannot ensure privacy of EU citizens’ data when sent to the US by American internet firms<p>The European Commission has warned EU citizens that they should close their Facebook accounts if they want to keep information private from US security …

How the Most Important Glacier in East Antarctica Is Melting

New evidence of potentially enormous consequences as rapid ice loss continues<p>Even if you're lucky enough that there's an ice runway where you want to land in Antarctica, that doesn't mean the weather will allow you to. And then, even if your plane is equipped to fly for eight hours, at some point, …

Global Warming

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain

18 Amazing Images From NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

If you see a spectacular image of a galaxy far, far away, chances are it comes from one telescope. Since 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope has been hanging out 350 miles above Earth’s surface, capturing the wonders of the universe removed from Earth’s hazy atmosphere. Hubble brings us some of the …

Satellites: a glimpse inside a secret world

Forget missions to Mars, satellite technology is the real space race, with the number in orbit set to double in the next decade. So what goes on behind the scenes?<p>Satellites as you’ve never seen them before – in pictures<p>Back in 1945, when science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke conjured up the idea …

20 things you should try to do while visiting Japan

There are so many things you can do in Japan, from cultural trips to outdoor adventures. These are some 20 things you should not miss out when …

Japan

2030: How 4 smart cities are gearing up for the future

While the future (as a whole) is very much unwritten, the future of what our urban centers will look like is less uncertain.<p>We can assume, to a …

How To Design The World’s Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Inside the Shop of the Last Great American Watchmaker

The greatest timepieces in the world come from Switzerland. And Amish country.<p>On the corner of a nondescript block in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is a bank, or what used to be a bank. Now it is the home of Roland G. Murphy Watch Company, the country's only truly independent elite watchmaker. …

Watches

Sawadee Thai A380 First Class

Admit it, when you hear "Thai," some part of you thinks of getting a massage. If you're flying Thai Airways First Class from Bangkok, in addition to superb ground handling and an excellent lounge, the Royal Orchid Spa will also sort you out with a 60-minute full body massage to assure that you're …

No, Starbucks’ Chai Tea Latte is not real chai

Chai in the West has become synonymous with the overly sweet, oddly spicy blend that Starbucks sells as a Chai Tea Latte. But in India, chai takes on different flavor profiles, snack accompaniments, and even drinking vessels depending on the region or city or town.<p>First, a brief history of chai: …

India

Welcome to the most corrupt nation in Europe

While the conflict with Russia heats up in the east, life for most Ukrainians is marred by corruption so endemic that even hospitals appear to be infected. Can anyone clean the country up?<p>Ukraine’s National Cancer Institute occupies three smoke-grey, six‑storey blocks in a residential district on …

A bus ride through Japan's nuclear wilderness

Nearly four years on from the tsunami that crippled Japan's Fukushima nuclear reactor, a bus route through the contaminated area is finally open again. Julian Ryall took a ride.<p>The driver had a radiation counter on the dashboard, and stop-offs and pick-ups along the route were strictly banned. The …

To beat the iPhone, you have to beat the iPhone’s camera

I was at Intel’s CES booth, composing a photo with my Android smartphone, when a pair of anonymous hands thrust a shining iPhone 6 Plus into my line of vision. A nonchalant tap of the camera shutter button later, the hands were pulling back, having captured a stupendously clear and sharp picture on …

Video Appears to Show Child Soldier Executing Two Men

ISIS released a video on Tuesday that appears to show a child soldier shooting and killing two prisoners whom the militants accuse of spying for Russia.<p>The video opens with what ISIS presents as confessions — each of the two men telling an off-camera interviewer that he is a spy for the Russian …

Islamic State (ISIS)

China's Expanding Middle Class Fuels Poaching, Decadence in Myanmar

In the remote jungle city of Mong La, endangered animals are sold as aphrodisiacs, traditional medicines, and gastronomic delicacies.<p>MONG LA, Myanmar—In this gaudy mecca of eroticism and greed on the eastern border with China, the cuisine isn't for the squeamish: Many items on the menu, including …

Wildlife

The Story Of The Roma, Europe’s Most Discriminated Group

For centuries, the Romani Gypsies have been misunderstood and persecuted in Europe. Now, a new book shines a light on the group’s unique history and …

Anti-Semitism

Breathtaking Aerial Photos of New York City at Night Captured From 7,500 Feet

Renowned French American photographer Vincent Laforet embarked on the photo mission of a lifetime when he soared 7,500 feet in a helicopter above New York City to capture breathtaking aerial photos of the glittering cityscape at night. Held in only by a full-body harness, leaning out of the chopper …

New York City

First ride: Harley-Davidson's Project Livewire

Hearing the TV Marine Gomer Pyle sing an operatic aria would be no more surprising than our ride on Harley-Davidson’s Project LiveWire motorcycle.<p>Tilted forward, streetfighter-style, over its narrow and nearly straight handlebar, we recently went ripping around downtown Los Angeles in a guided …

Motorcycles