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18 Maps That Will Change How You See The World

Including some disturbing news for America.<p>BuzzFeed is attempting to track down and embed all the original creators featured in this article. Please contact tom.chivers@buzzfeed.com.

Data Visualization

Three Ways To Reframe A Problem To Find An Innovative Solution

A Stanford engineering professor challenges our ideas on imagination and creativity with a new approach to problem solving.<p>Everything really comes down to solving problems. To be successful and a leader in your field, you not only have to come up with good solutions; you need to be innovative. And …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

7 Summer Reads for the Curious Mind

Charles Scribner's Sons<p>Dover Publications, Inc.<p>Kurt Wolff Verlag, Leipzig<p>Charles Scribner's Sons<p>International Publishers<p>Cassell<p>Norton Critical Edition<p>…

Teach Digital Citizenship: 20+ Tips & Resources

<b>Enjoyed these resources? Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or Learning to Go.</b><i>“The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not</i> …

Education Technology

The War That Congress Won't Declare

What happens when the legislature refuses to discharge its constitutionally assigned responsibilities?<p>“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,” George Orwell wrote in 1946. Here’s a corollary: The real scandal in any given system is usually the thing there’s no argument …

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

SEO

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

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 …

Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Medical Research

Stop Google from tracking you on Google Maps

Learn how to disable Location History for your Google account and also how to delete some or all of your whereabouts from Your Timeline.<p>Google Maps is rolling out a new feature to Android and desktop users called Your Timeline. With it, you can see all the places you've been. Google is quick to …

Google

Successful Ideation: Mindset + Methods

Many companies practice some form of brainstorming or ideation. While it can be freeing to withhold restraints such as costs, technical matters, and …

Brainstorming

The Long And Twisted Path To Productivity

In the early 20th century, Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr engaged in a series of debates that would determine the future of physics. Yet virtually nobody outside the physics community took much notice. The true impact of what they were discussing wouldn’t be clear till a half century …

Innovation

The essential toolkit for working remotely anywhere in the world

When transitioning to a fully remote position, you inevitably learn a few lessons the hard way.<p>The digital nomad movement is a burgeoning cultural …

Karma Go review: a mobile hotspot minus the monthly fee

But you have to share<p>Karma was always intriguing, at least in theory. You get a relatively cheap mobile hotspot and data, but it's open to anybody. If somebody near you uses it, you'll get free data added to your plan. But the best part of the Karma system isn't the scheme to try to get free data, …

4 Principles That Will Make You More Innovative

Combing through the research, what are the overarching principles that we need to know to be more innovative thinkers in everyday life? Here they …

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

For years, former POW Jessica Lynch kept the hurt inside

<b>Elizabeth, West Virginia (CNN) —</b> At night the Iraqi men come again for Jessica Lynch.<p>They chase her through the woods. The crunching of the earth beneath their boots drowns out her pounding breath. She turns but can't see their faces.<p>Before they grab her, she wakes up.<p>The nightmare has never …

U.S. Army

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

Goal Setting

6 Apps All Book Lovers Need on Their Phones

Even between increased workloads and more of our free time occupied by our digital addictions, we’re still making time to curl up with a good book. Whether you love YA books, celeb dirt or gorgeous cookbooks, there are so many reads just waiting to be discovered. In this week’s edition of our …

Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup

President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.<p>For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, Mikey was there. But Eric didn’t meet him at …

The Whig Theory of Christianity

Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop. Belknap/Harvard University Press, 2014. Hardcover, 448 pages, $35.

Inventions

This is how I lost my faith: Science helped, yes — but finally I accepted the holy texts were written by man

<b>(mikhail via Shutterstock)</b><p>I thought religion and sacred texts held absolute truth handed down from God. I was so powerfully wrong<p>Shulem Deen<p>June 14, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir”<p>Among people who lose faith, I would later learn, many point to scientific …

Faith

Rene Descartes | Biography, Philosophy, Facts

<b>René Descartes</b>, (born March 31, 1596, La Haye, Touraine, France—died February 11, 1650, Stockholm, Sweden), French mathematician, scientist, and …

A Philosopher Takes On Marketing: 4 Lessons For Brands From Alain De Botton

Writer/philosopher Alain De Botton talks needs, empathy and meaning as drivers of innovation.<p>Philosophers are as important to brands and businesses as strategists or IT experts. That’s the view of writer and philosopher Alain De Botton, who along with his colleagues at the philosophy center he …

Edward Hopper