Chris McKim

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7 books that will train your brain to overachieve

1. "Curious"<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It<p><b>Author:</b> Ian Leslie<p><b>5 Second Summary:</b> Harness your natural curiosity to develop the ability to think more broadly and deeply.<p><b>Best Quote:</b> "Curious learners go deep, and they go wide. They are the people best equipped for the …

Looking at Five Generations of a Single Dutch Family to Understand the Genetics of Violence

A short piece published in <i>BBC</i> Magazine explored the science of whether murderers are born or made. A British neurocriminologist named Adrian Raine …

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How Frankie Bones' Storm Rave Birthed the "PLUR" Movement

Frankie Bones and Adam X's Storm Rave brought rave culture to America. Now they're bringing it back, and sharing an exclusive mix for a new generation of techno heads.<p><i>"When you have a storm, it's an atmospheric change in the weather. New York City, in '89-'90 was very racially charged, people</i> …

A Fake Chlamydia Epidemic Has Traumatized This Small Texas Town

A false STD alarm has sparked a long-avoided debate about sex education in Crane, Texas.<p>When Jim Rumage, the superintendent of the only high school in Crane, Texas, sent a letter to parents warning them chlamydia was "on the rise" among students, he thought he was acting prudently. He didn't …

'Pigeon's blood' ruby fetches world record price of £19m

Rare coloured stone becomes most expensive jewel that is not a diamond, as pearl necklace also reaches historic price at auction in Geneva<p>A Burmese ruby weighing 25.59 carats sold for a world record 28.25 million Swiss francs (£19 million) at auction on Tuesday.<p>Two private telephone bidders intent …

A Brief History of ‘It’ Girls

<i>“It isn’t beauty, so to speak, nor good talk necessarily. It’s just ‘It’.”</i><p>—Rudyard Kipling<p>1. “Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Clara Bow, ‘It’ Girl,” …

Yiwu: The Chinese city where Christmas is made and sold

Forget Lapland. The real home of Christmas is a strange and unknown Chinese city called Yiwu. Tim Maughan visited the global epicentre of festive decorations and plastic gifts.<p>I’m a few hours away from Shanghai and I’ve not seen daylight for over three hours. I’m also hopelessly lost. I’ve been …

Christmas Ornaments

Overworked And Overwhelmed? Use These Mindfulness Secrets To Restore Balance In 2015

<i>“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle, as quoted by Scott Eblin, author of “Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative“</i><p>Stress and burnout are an all-too-frequent condition for executives, and especially for entrepreneurs. But feeling …

The World’s Largest Clairvoyance Experiment Has Begun

I met with Hunter Lee Soik, the 33-year-old behind Shadow—an app that lets you record your dreams upon waking and enter them into a massive database.<p>Icelanders call it <i>Berdreymin—</i>the ability to see the future in dreams. On my travels collecting dreams from around the world, clairvoyance has been one …

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17 Literary Quotes About The Joy Of Walking

Thoreau may have been the literary world’s poster boy for walks. His passion for walking complemented his general valorization of nature; to truly experience the woods is to ramble through them rather than to remain cooped up indoors or to speed through them on a horse or other means of conveyance. …

Nightmare at the Picasso Museum

On 30 June 1972 Pablo Picasso created his last self-portrait. He had depicted himself many times before, but never like this. His face looked like a skull with stubble. Its colour was greenish-grey. The mouth was a straight slit. Only the lines under his eyes proved his features were flesh and not …

Paint the rainbow: the Scribble Pen that lets you draw in 16 million colours

Since the earliest version of MacPaint, launched in 1984, graphics software programmes have done their best to imitate real life, providing mini icons of pens, pencils and paint pots to show what these magic pixel-manipulators will do on your screens. But now, in a process of barely credible …