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The top TED talks that will change the way you work and live

These inspirational TED talks will challenge how you think and communicate at work and in your everyday life<p>With alumni ranging from Stephen Hawking to Bill Gates, TED talks have become a global phenomenon since <b>Al Gore gave one of the first ever</b> adresses in 2006.<p>We gathered some of the most-viewed …

Public Speaking

The Compelling Memoirs You Have To Read

Some call it navel-gazing. We call it too good to put down.<p>As much as we adore fiction, a good memoir really has a huge emotional impact on the …

When playing dumb at work can actually advance your career

I know what you're thinking: This sounds like a terrible idea. In a setting where your goal is to show how capable you are, why would you ever want …

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2015: the best entries so far

Wildlife

The 50 best colleges in America

When it comes to assessing the value of a college, the most important factor to consider is how much that school helps students succeed in life.<p>For our seventh annual ranking of the best colleges in America, we asked over 1,000 Business Insider readers to choose the colleges that best prepare their …

14 Women Writers Who Dominate The Universe Of Sci-Fi

Octavia Butler, Madeleine L’Engle, Emily St. John Mandel, Karen Russell and more.<p>In Karen Russell’s “Reeling for the Empire,” a crew of girls are transformed into thread-spinning silkworms, duped by a dark and mysterious man promising a better future. Each girl spends long hours spooling her own …

Books

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

These 22 cars are the most economical to own

The sticker price on your car is only the beginning of what it really costs to own that auto — something that savvy shoppers should take into account …

How to Negotiate Nicely Without Being a Pushover

We all want it both ways: to get what we want from a tough negotiation and to walk away with our relationship intact. The good news is that kind of outcome is possible. But how exactly do you drive a hard bargain while also employing soft skills? How do you advocate for what you want without …

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

Photoshop

What’s life like for a man who tastes words?

In the world of synaesthesia, words can be tasty and tastes can have physical shapes – but neuroscientists aren’t quite sure why.<p>James Wannerton says his favourite people to listen to are Americans who speak quickly. “A well-elocuted UK accent I'd have difficulty listening to,” says the IT …

Consciousness

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Immune System

Arianna Huffington’s “Guide” to Happiness

Six steps to finding inner happiness and successfully marketing it.<p><b>1. LEARN TO LOVE YOURSELF</b><p>Yes, it’s been a tough journey, with so much heartbreak along the way. But at last <b>I have learned to love myself.</b> My method is simple. Every morning, I look in the mirror.<p>And, looking back at me, it’s me that …

17 Wildest Things at the World Cup Opening Ceremony

Olé, olé, the World Cup has begun.<p>Brazil marked the beginning of its futbol festivities on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony that confused most …

Why We Sleep Together

A long time ago, beds were expensive—but there's more to it than that.<p>With a guest in town occupying the second bedroom of our Manhattan apartment, my three-year-old son, a notorious sideways sleeper, bunked with my pregnant wife and me. Too many snores and little feet in the back of my neck, I …

If Dr. Seuss Books Were Actually About Kanye

He would be his own favorite writer.

Fish

When Global Warming Kills Your God

Twenty-three Alaskan tribesmen broke the law when they overfished king salmon, but they claim their faith gave them no other choice.<p>“So there is a black fish swimming up the river, looking for a fish trap to swim into. Cycle of life, right?”<p>Grant Kashatok was telling me stories the traditional …

1 Baby, 3 Parents: Scientists Say Due Date Is In Two Years

A new medical technique that could prevent mitochondrial disease would also create babies with three parents, a British health agency says. Officials say the time is coming for a technique that would use material from two women and one man to produce a healthy embryo.<p>"I think that [two years] is …

Cover Story: Lana Del Rey Is Anyone She Wants to Be

Read a candid interview with one of the era’s most controversial stars, on fame, feminism and her new album, Ultraviolence.<p><i>From the magazine:</i> ISSUE …

The Making of Ghostbusters: How Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and “The Murricane” Built “The Perfect Comedy”

From a potential lead who died of a drug overdose to a marshmallow man suit that went up in flames, Ghostbusters looked like anything but a slam-dunk when Columbia Pictures made it. How Dan Aykroyd’s big idea led to an all-time comedy classic.<p>For the record, <b>Dan Aykroyd</b> really does believe in …

Comedy

Scenes From D-Day, Then and Now

Tomorrow, June 6, 2014, will be the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Allied invasion of Europe in World War II. Seven decades ago, the largest amphibious invasion in history took place, changing the course of the war. Nearly 200,000 Allied troops boarded 7,000 ships and more than 3,000 aircraft and …

Surreal Portraits Blended Into Landscape Photos

Spanish artist Antonio Mora specializes in creating dream-like self-portraits blended with landscapes and other imagery. The results are similar to …

Master the Art of the Summery Sunday Supper With These Light & Bright Recipes

A classic Sunday supper doesn't have to mean heavy, hearty braised meat—try these lighter, fresher projects for dinner this weekend.<p><b>We love hunkering down to tackle a big recipe on winter weekends</b>. But just because the weather's hot and steamy up doesn't mean you can't tackle a stellar dinner …

Cooking

A Surreal Photoshoot on an Underwater Shipwreck in Bali | Colossal

<p>Taken recently off the coast of Bali, these surreal photos are the creation of Montreal-based director and photographer Benjamin Von Wong, known for …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management

A Father Daughter Debate

(YouTube link)<p>A Russian father and his baby daughter are having a seriously heated discussion. The little girl most likely only understands a few of …

Girl Trains a Cow to Jump Like a Horse

(Photo: Associated Press)<p>Somehow I missed this fantastic story when it came out three years ago. A 2011 report in <i>Spiegel</i> describes Luna, a <b>cow that</b> …

Teeny Little Super Guy: iPhone Resurrects Love of Cel Animation, Now Time To Rewatch Sesame Street - CDM Create Digital Music

Everything old is new again, again. You see, those pocket-able supercomputer phones with the very-decent optics and imaging can bring back a love of …