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AXIS Capital

At AXIS, we develop multidimensional risk solutions that keep businesses moving.<p>In a world that’s ever-changing, it’s the companies that are …

This Incredible Garden in a Bottle Hasn't Been Watered in 44 Years

Yet it's still somehow thriving.<p>Back in 1960, a man named David Latimer started an experiment. He placed some compost and a quarter pint of water in a 10-gallon glass bottle. Then, he added a spiderwort sprout at the bottom with the help of wires. He opened it back up twelve years later to add a …

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

My writing day: Hilary Mantel

Some writers claim to extrude a book at an even rate like toothpaste from a tube, or to build a story like a wall, so many feet per day. They sit at their desk and knock off their word quota, then frisk into their leisured evening, preening themselves.<p>This is so alien to me that it might be another …

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The funniest quotes by Michael Owen, TV football pundit extraordinaire

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I spent 10 days in silent meditation in India. Here’s what I learned.

As of two weeks ago, I had never meditated more than 10 minutes in my entire life, and sitting still for even that long was like trying to teach …

Book Review: Inverting the Pyramid

As a brief introduction to the "series" (if you can call an irregular group of articles with a common theme a series, that is), I’d like to start …

Resource Travel’s Top 10 Travel Photos of the Week

<i>Editor’s Note – Michael Bonocore is the Editor in Chief for Resource Travel, a new division of Resource Magazine. Resource Travel is dedicated to</i> …

How Nina Simone fell in love with her abusive husband

<b>In this exclusive extract from his new biography, What Happened, Miss Simone?, Alan Light explains how the musician Nina Simone fell in love with her second husband, Andrew Stroud, in 1961. He became her manager and realised her dream of playing in the Carnegie Hall but also sexually abused</b> …

These Doc Impact Award-Winning Films Will Make You Want To Change The World

Five documentaries that push for social change.<p>Yes, there are documentaries out there that are not "Making a Murderer" <i>and</i> some of them even contribute to a greater social good. Hold your shock and applause.<p>The Doc Impact Award honors documentaries that move conversations about some of the most …

Relax with a bath ... of sound. Its practitioners say it's like a massage or meditation.

Think of a sound bath, practitioners say, as a massage or a meditation, with sounds washing over you and running through you, sometimes feeling too big for the room.<p>One night, in her darkened storefront studio in Eagle Rock, Jamie Ford told eight of us to "relax and receive" what comes during the …

Hilarious Twitter Account Matches People with Their Doppelgnger Dogs

Have you ever wondered what your doggie doppelgnger would look like? Well, wonder no more: there is now a Twitter account that will tell you. The hilarious @YouAreDogNow takes photo submissions of selfies (or squads) and pairs them with an image of their perfect counterparts.<p>Anyone can participate …

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Scientific method: Statistical errors

P values, the 'gold standard' of statistical validity, are not as reliable as many scientists assume.

WATCHe app makes Apple Watch look oldfangled

A new app for your fancy Apple Watch delivers a super-cool and stylish education on the inner workings of actual watches.<p>The free app, called WATCHe, shows you the time. Obviously, your Apple Watch can already do that on its own, but the app ups the class by simulating the gears, cogs, springs and …

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National Review, conservative thinkers stand against Trump

<b>Los Angeles (CNN) —</b> National Review, the conservative magazine founded by William F. Buckley, published a special issue on Friday opposing Donald Trump's bid for the presidency.<p>The cover -- with the headline "Against Trump" -- was tweeted by the magazine on Thursday night.<p>The issue features a …

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The Life of Saul Bellow by Zachary Leader review – ‘Was I a man or was I a jerk?’

I first tried to read Bellow in high school. <i>Him With His Foot in His Mouth</i> was lying around, and I picked it up. And put it down again. Something about the writing seemed phoney to me. The language was too much like the language of my parents’ friends, articulate academic types who finished all …

Spurious Correlations finds the hidden, totally pointless connections between everything

Spurious Correlations is the virtual embodiment of a useful rhetorical cudgel: correlation does not equal causation. Sift through its data sets, and you'll find all sorts of statistics that can be mapped onto each other — margarine consumption and the divorce rate, crude oil imports and number of …

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math

If you’re studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a pretty good tool for cheating, but not necessarily for learning. Today, the Wolfram Alpha team is launching a new service for learners, the …

Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …

Make your old iPhone run like new

My friend is convinced that the slowing of his iPhone 4S is part of a vast Apple conspiracy. I'm not completely persuaded.<p>I mean, sure Apple has sent out updates to iOS that are arguably a step in the wrong direction, like that whole Apple Maps fiasco. But I believe the main culprit for decreasing …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

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Apex Launcher 2.0 hits Google Play, puts notifications on app icons (Updated)

Apex can honestly claim to be one of the more popular launchers on Android, with over a million installs and 44,000 ratings over at Google Play. The stock-like skin has just been updated to version 2.0, with the biggest addition being support for Apex Notifier. This feature enables better control …