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How Music Affects Your Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Music has a way of expressing that which cannot be put into words.<p>It is for this reason (and many more) that music is regarded as one of the triumphs of human creativity-but does music itself help one to create?<p>This is an important …

A no-sushi guide to food in Japan

You're in Japan. You've eaten more sushi in two days than you have in your whole life and you feel like you consist entirely of raw fish. It's time to try out these spectacular Japanese culinary classics, without a shred of sashimi in sight.<p><b>Tempura</b><p>If your only experience of tempura is …

Escape to Japan's Oki Islands

Japan seduces and dazzles travellers with its buzzed-up, sprawling, ultra-convenient big cities. But if you’re weary of crowds and vending-machine-packed streets, get yourself to Matsue in Western Honshū and hop a ferry to the slow life on the remote and fascinating Oki Islands.<p>Newly added to the …

Why We Smile And How To Spot A Fake One

Flickr/Nana B Agyei<p><b>BI Answers: Why do we smile?</b><p>Studies have shown that smiling can help us cope, make us feel good, and even increase our longevity.<p>Some say we even smile in the womb and can understand the social significance of those toothy grins very early on. "At just 10 months, for instance, an …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …

Painting the light fantastic: Photos show eerie hybrid art form

Some painters use oils. Others use pastels or charcoal. And still others use light. That's right, light.<p>Janne Parviainen from Helsinki, Finland, is one such artist. With experience in both photography and painting, he uses long camera exposures and a variety of lights to create images that straddle …

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

You Need to Learn to Handle the Truth

A few years ago, I asked a pregnant friend what she'd do if her baby was born fugly. "I'd want people to lie," she said. "I'd want people to tell me she's the most beautiful baby in the world." Isn't that rather meaningless?<p>You have daddy issues. You probably got felt up by your uncle as a kid. …

Do This in the Morning and Be More Productive All Day

If you think coffee gets you kickstarted, just wait until you try gratitude.<p><i>Everyone has a unique way of starting their day off on the proverbial right foot. What do successful entrepreneurs do every morning to ensure they are über-effective at getting things done? We asked members of the</i></i> …

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Transfixing 3D Paper Patterns by Maud Vantours | Colossal

<p>Paris-based designer and artist Maud Vantours uses layer upon layer of cut paper to create hypnotizing patterns and textures that translate into set …

Hennyo Girls in Twin Harajuku Styles w/ Lactose Intoler-art & Madsaki

Mashimo (21) and Ai (20) are the super fun Tokyo girl group Hennyo. You might remember them from our previous Harajuku street snaps! The girls like …

How to Find Coupon Codes You Never Knew Existed

Almost every place you shop online has a "promotional code" box at checkout—but fewer than a quarter of shoppers use it. We asked the experts for …

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Oats: The Nearly Perfect Grain (For Your Skin!)

Photographed by Erica Gannett.<p>There are only a few things in this world that are as good for breakfast as they are slathered on your body. Oats are …

One Ring To Rule It All... By Bluetooth

Get ready for the Internet of <i>Rings</i>. Today's the last day to jump on the earlybird bandwagon for Ring, which has completely cleaned house over on …

Five Smart Design Technology Kickstarter Projects

Nearly five years have passed since Kickstarter launched, revolutionizing crowdfunding, and helping independent designers turn sketches into real …

This Is The Russian Nesting Doll Of Kitchen Gadgets

The modern kitchen has no shortage of gadgets–the juicers, the squeezers, the zesters, the mashers, and so on–but what it is short on, more often than not, is space. Perhaps that’s why the matryoshka is taking over the kitchen. We’ve already got nesting bowls and nesting measuring cups, and now we …

‘Shape’ – An Animation About Design That Everyone Should Watch - The Fox Is Black

If, for one day, you had the power to make your world work better, what would you change?’ – This is the question posed in <i>Shape</i>, a new animated short …

Work begins on the world's first 3D-printed house

Treacle-black plastic oozes from a nozzle at the bottom of a small tower in Amsterdam, depositing layer upon layer of glistening black worms in an orderly grid. With a knot of pipes and wires rising up to a big hopper, it looks like a high-tech liquorice production line. But this could be the …

Japanese Girl Shreds Guitar, Gender Stereotypes, With Face-Melting Metal Solo

Just because she's nearly the same size as her instrument doesn't mean this Japanese girl's metal solo won't melt your face clean off.<p>Known on YouTube only as Li-sa-x, the 8-year-old shared this video last December in which she covers "Scarified" by Racer X. Despite her diminutive stature, she …

Where to set-jet Game of Thrones

Been missing out on your dose of warring armies, unruly dragons and cunning courtiers? Fans of hit TV show Game of Thrones can rest easy - Series Four of HBO’s adaptation of George RR Martin’s fantasy epic begins in the US on 6 April (and on 7 April in the UK).<p>The story follows the fortunes of …

Solange Knowles Just Designed the Coolest Sneakers Ever

What’s cooler than cool? Solange Knowles. And the 27-year old musician, mom, and breakout style sensation continues to wow us with her every move, including her latest as creative consultant for sportswear brand Puma. Let’s just say that her first footwear collection has completely blown us …

Metal Cats: Hardcore Metal Musicians Pose With Their Cats

Musicians and fans of the metal music community often get a bad rap because of their dark, gruff and tattooed looks. The adorable set of photos …

Mathematicians Claim To Have Discovered The Formula For Love

The formula for the perfect first date, well that's easy; Candlelit dinner + kissing = a call back.<p>The perfect relationship? Timing + communication x mutual attraction - emotional baggage = intimacy.<p>Penis + pulse = One night stand. Relationships seem simple when you put them like that.<p>And yet we've …

Men Share the Hottest Things Women Have Done During Blow Jobs (in Case You're Curious)

The idea of doing anything in bed <i>just</i> to please a man is so retro. But that doesn't mean you can't be curious about what's going on in their heads sometimes. Believe it or not...