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There is no such thing as western civilisation

Like many Englishmen who suffered from tuberculosis in the 19th century, Sir Edward Burnett Tylor went abroad on medical advice, seeking the drier air of warmer regions. Tylor came from a prosperous Quaker business family, so he had the resources for a long trip. In 1855, in his early 20s, he left …

North Atlantic

How to hack your memory and remember almost anything

When Dr. Julia Shaw talks about hacking memory - she’s not talking about stealing our information. In fact, the scientist, psychologist and senior …

The Brain

Meet the artists shaping the UK hip hop scene

UK hip hop culture emerged in the 1980s in much the same way it did when it hit the streets of New York: with breakdancing, graffiti, and turntablism all contributing to a new, black culture. Early UK rap borrowed heavily from its US counterpart in other ways, most notably in its imitation of the …

How to successfully manage creative projects

A hot cup of tea or coffee and your favorite designer notebook at your side. Your to-do list carefully prioritized in your favorite task management app. All your favorite design apps are open and the warm glow of your computer monitor beckons your masterful, creative brilliance. It’s time to get …

8 biggest digital entertainment trends in 2016 (so far)

<i>It's the halfway point of 2016, a perfect time to take stock of the best entertainment offerings of the half-year. Check out our picks for the</i> …

Mobile Devices

9 things to do in your 20s to retire by 40

Retiring by 40 is more than possible. Plenty of regular people have done it.<p>Take "Mr. Money Mustache," who averaged a $67,000 annual salary working as an engineer for 10 years before announcing his retirement at age 30. Or Jeremy Jacobson and Winnie Tseng, whose combined annual salary of $135,000 …

How to Make Yourself Work (When You're Not in the Mood)

How to beat procrastination and get things done even when you don't feel like working.<p>Procrastination affects everyone. It sneaks up on most people when they're tired or bored, but for some, procrastination can be a full-fledged addiction. They avoid all day the work that is right in front of them, …

What it's like to quit your job mid-career and found a startup

While a young man barely out of puberty may still be the public's idea of a startup founder, the reality is quite different.<p>In Australia, for …

How to Stop Playing at Entrepreneurship and Get Serious About Your Business

If you're struggling as an entrepreneur, you might be sabotaging your own success.<p>Just to be clear - this isn't one of those "three easy steps to magically transform yourself into a success" articles. And after reading this post, you will still have to do the same hard work to overcome the barriers …

3 Questions for Musicians After Adele’s No-Streaming Strategy

It’s like the 1990s are back for the music business: Sales are through the roof and the media is buzzing as a hit artist busts one record after …

4 books every aspiring startup founder should read

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be able to juggle several hats at the same time. Identifying a problem and developing a scalable …

Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?

Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial.<p>Listening to music is aform of emotional self-care that many of us turn to every day, without much conscious thought. The streaming service Spotify, well aware of this, offers a collection of “Mood” playlists, from “Anthems of …

Psychology

Scientists suggest a way to lower your stroke risk: Shorten your workweek

Do you worry that your workaholic ways are killing you? A new study says you may be right.<p>In an analysis of more than half a million men and women from around the world, those who put in long hours at the office were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clocked out earlier. …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Here’s What Happened When a Guy Put His Failures Up Front In a Job-Hunting Experiment

A warts-and-all approach to job hunting sounds dubious, but it’s something Jeff Scardino is passionate about. He advocated for mostly-warts self-disclosure earlier this year on his website, The Relevant Resume, and now he’s putting his money where his CV is.<p>In his new video, <i>A Relevant Experiment</i>, …

These 10 Movies Just May Be The Most Beautiful Ever

As we’ve mentioned before, Wes Anderson’s meticulous attention to detail, dollhouse-like set design, and fondness for centering make for some of the most easy-on-the-eyes movies. Even Anderson’s work didn’t make the cut, however, in a new video essay on the most beautiful films of all time.<p>The …

How to Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates …

Carrie Underwood

Researchers have figured out the 18 characteristics shared by (almost) all music

It’s surprisingly difficult to define music. Suggest a quality that all songs share, and it’s easy to find one that breaks the rule.<p>“You can always point to John Cage’s 4’33”, which is just silence, and say well if that’s music, then there’s nothing universal about music,” said musicologist Patrick …

How Director Asif Kapadia Made A Heartbreaking Musical From The Life Of Amy Winehouse

Nobody wanted to talk to Asif Kapadia when he set out to make an Amy Winehouse doc. He talks to Co.Create about how he changed their minds.<p>When director Asif Kapadia got a call from producer James Gay-Rees, with whom he’d made the award-winning documentary Senna–about Brazilian Formula One star …

What To Do When Life Doesn't Go Your Way (It's Actually a Good Thing!)

Not where you thought you would be at this stage of your life? Maybe your dream job turned out to be duller than a doctor's waiting room, or maybe …