Atal Shailabh

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These 7 Common Speaking Habits Undercut Your Credibility

These simple behaviors are easy to fall into when you’re nervous, but they can make listeners think twice about taking you seriously.<p>Every speaker needs to be credible. If your audience spends the duration of your talk mulling over whether or not to take you seriously, you can kiss goodbye to any …

Self-help

The world is drowning in ever-growing mounds of garbage

By Kevin Sieff<p>, Reporter<p>LAGOS, Nigeria — As this port city grew, its slums expanding across the muddy coastline, its skyline rising in glass and metal, residents ran into a problem plaguing all of the world's great metropolises: What should they do with the trash?<p>Years ago, there was a seemingly …

Pollution

The emotional benefits of small talk outweigh your fear of being awkward

At an early age, you’re taught not to talk to strangers. Originally meant to protect us from childhood harm, this rule follows most of us into adulthood.<p>We keep to ourselves in public places. We avert our eyes on public transport. We stand frozen in the corners of cocktail parties and extended …

Psychology

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Psychology studies reveal that secrets are bad for your health—even after you tell them

Whether in a meeting, catching up with a friend, or chatting with a partner, we are constantly communicating and connecting with those around us. Yet hidden from these daily interactions are the things we do not say. We might hold back personal information from coworkers, hide our true feelings …

Psychology

This 20-Minute Power Yoga Workout Will Strengthen and Stretch From Head to Toe

Yoga is a great addition to any fitness routine. Unlike your high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts or weight-lifting sessions, yoga is …

11 travel secrets from a 29-year-old who has visited every country on earth

Where to visit, eat and stay — even if you’re on a budget<p>It took 29-year-old travel blogger Henrik Jeppesen eight years to visit every country on …

The Incredible Italian Island You've Never Heard Of

Plan a visit to Ischia, but don't let the secret out.<p>There are places you go to get away from it all. And then there’s Sant’Angelo.<p>To get to this Italian village, you take an hour-long ferry from Naples to the volcanic island of Ischia, nestled a few waves’ breadth from Capri in the heart of the …

The Legend of King Solomon and the Passover Feast

The walls of the Paradesi Synagogue in Kochi, India, are adorned with the history of the country’s Jews. On a recent trip there, I read an inscription suggesting that Jewish traders might have reached India from Judea, crossing the ocean during the reign of King Solomon — a journey of thousands of …

The 50 Best New Travel Apps for 2017

Choosing the right app can be just as confusing as deciding where to stay or how to get there. So we’ve combed through dozens of the latest travel …

Seven science-backed tips for forming habits that stick

Banishing bad habits and converting them to good ones is not easy. As Mark Twain once wrote, “Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs one step at a time.” But how do we coax the bad habit down the stairs and out the door while encouraging the new one up …

Self-help

The 15 Movies Worth the Haul to the Multiplex This December

Treat yourself to one (or more) of these Oscar hopefuls.<p>The end of the year means cold weather, holiday gift giving, and Hollywood dropping an enormous number of high-profile films into theaters, all in an effort to qualify for next year's Oscars. This December, moviegoers will have a bounty of …

Top 10 Gmail Tips for Power Users

Everyone has a Gmail account. We’re all used to archiving, labeling, and marking bad senders as spam, but you probably still spend a lot of time in …

How To Beat Uber’s Surge-Pricing Algorithm (And Lyft’s Too)

Strategies to avoid paying higher rates for Uber and Lyft during peak times.<p>Uber surge pricing, Lyft Prime Time: Call it what you will, but it's never fun to fire up a ride-hailing app when you're in a hurry only to discover that everyone else is in a hurry too — and your ride is going to cost more …

Hara Hachi Bu: The Okinawan's Secret to Longevity

Hara hachi bu (also commonly referred to as <i>hara hachi bun me</i>) is a Confucian teaching that advises people to eat only until they are approximately 80 …

Japan

The VICE Guide to Las Vegas: Where to Eat

The best chefs in the world call Vegas home. Here's proof.<p>Since Vegas is an insanely popular tourist destination, most big name chefs have an outpost somewhere on the Strip: Daniel Boulud (DB Brasserie), Wolfgang Puck (CUT, Cucina, and quite a few more), Gordon Ramsey (Pub & Grill, Burgr, and …

Why some cultures love the tastes you hate

Why do some cultures find one taste delectable and another disgusting? BBC Future investigates.<p>When I was visiting Shanghai, I learned to avoid a certain alley on my walk to the underground system. It always smelled incredibly, almost unbelievably bad – like there was an open sewer on the sidewalk. …

Columbia University

2 research-backed ways to charm everyone you meet

Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and delights in your successes. Right?<p>And research agrees: <i>Being happy for people during their good times is more important than how we deal with the bad:</i><p>What really makes couples bond? How they handle the good times, not the bad.<br>• What about …

Schadenfreude

The best ways you can prevent and get rid of man boobs.

Man boobs can crush the self esteem of even the most confident men. While man boobs can sometimes be the result of a medical condition (more on that …

14 Must-Watch Movies Expiring on Netflix in November

The streaming service dumps horror staples after Halloween.<p>The end of October brings with it the scariest day of the year—as well as the terrifying removal of many great films from Netflix's catalogue. This month, streamers will see notable horror, drama, and comedy classics disappear from the …

10 cool school lunches your kid will actually eat

When I was little, my mother's inspiration for our school lunches usually revolved around chocolate chips and food coloring. I kid you not. Chocolate chips appeared in normal desserts, but they also found their way into our sandwiches — peanut butter, but even bologna or cheese. And then few drops …

Recipes

The 15 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix, however, that it can be hard to sort through them all.<p>The streaming site does a great job picking up films beyond mainstream hits. A diverse number of overlooked films are available to just about anybody. Now is a better time than ever to catch films that may …

Entertainment

Washington DC: Don't skip must-sees but take time to explore

WASHINGTON — You could easily spend a whole visit to Washington exploring the museums, galleries and monuments along the National Mall. But that …

Brilliant USC commencement speech on Leonard Cohen, turning off tech, and potato chips

This year noted author and intellect Pico Iyer gave USC's commencement address. It's a great 17 minutes for graduating college students and anyone …

Leonard Cohen

You're Probably Recycling Wrong

An expert explains how to do it smarter, and why some materials muck up the sorting process.<p>Maybe you’ve found yourself mystified by the symbols and rules of recycling. Counterintuitively, the single-stream system—which allows residents to toss any and all recyclables into one bin—hasn’t cleared up …

Sustainability

18 Amazing Active Vacations You Can Actually Afford

There’s something about using our vacation days that makes us loosen up—way up—on our otherwise healthy habits. Whether we’re downing margaritas and …

Trails

What Living In The U.S.S.R. As A Kid Taught Me About Parenting

I was surprised to find that kids in Estonia were much more independent than kids back home in the U.S. Now, as a parent, I'm taking those lessons to heart.<p>Estonian kids had a lot of freedom in 1990. At school, we would take off during our lunchtime to eat in a café, or just to roam around the city …

Einstein's Theory of General Relativity

In 1905, Albert Einstein determined that the laws of physics are the same for all non-accelerating observers, and that the speed of light in a vacuum …

The fitness apps that gave me six-pack abs

I saw my six pack for the first time at the age of 40. Prior to that, my abs had been hidden behind a thick layer of fat that I’d built up over years of living a sedentary geek lifestyle. The only exercise I got was racing to be first in line at the Apple Store for a product launch.<p>Then one day, a …

Apps