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From Homer To J.K. Rowling: The World’s Greatest Storytellers, Visualized

“Storytelling” has become a buzzword in boardrooms of late–the term has come to refer to a branding strategy as companies seek to use compelling narratives to captivate consumers. But before it became an overused bit of business jargon, storytelling was the job of authors, poets, playwrights, and …

Books

The towns where travellers lose track of time

It was only supposed to be a couple of days; time enough to check out the temple you’d read about, pick up some bargains in the market, and mosey round the town before you head off to the next stop on your travels.<p>Yet somehow it’s a week later and not only are you still there, but you can’t see …

Asia Travel

First time Doha: a stopover for souqs, skyscrapers and art

There can be few places on earth changing faster than Doha right now – in true Gulf style, the cityscape of Qatar’s capital is rising as steadily as a plume of shisha smoke. A short jaunt around town will pass all-new luxury hotels, art complexes and lofty skyscrapers designed by the world’s finest …

Travel

A foodie's weekend in Paris

Paris is foodie heaven, a showcase <i>par excellence</i> of French cuisine. But it's not all about dining in Michelin-starred haute cuisine temples and edgy bistros with rising chefs at the helm. Gourmet Paris is as much about gorging on goods at open-air food markets, crunchy fresh baguettes from the …

France

How to Design an Agenda for an Effective Meeting

We’ve all been in meetings where participants are unprepared, people veer off-track, and the topics discussed are a waste of the team’s time. These problems — and others like it — stem from poor agenda design. An effective agenda sets clear expectations for what needs to occur before and during a …

Management

How Lego Built the Coolest Company in the World

With a hit movie, licensing tie-ins, and constant innovation, everything is awesome at Lego. But it all starts with the magic that happens when a kid snaps two bricks together.<p>When he disappears, he disappears behind the walnut door to his room—the door, it seems, must always be closed to seal him …

How To Design The World's Biggest Airport Terminal

How do you make an airport terminal that spans 173 acres feel like anything but a monster? Zaha Hadid attempts the impossible in Beijing.<p>Beijing’s new airport is going to be a monster. At 7.5 million square feet, it covers about the same amount of space as 130 football fields put together–all …

Flying

The 40 smartest people of all time

Thims first compiled a list of people with IQ scores over 200 as a matter of curiosity. Anything over 130 is extremely high, though it should be noted that IQ tests are a highly imprecise and controversial measure.<p>Later, Thims ranked everybody who had a strong aptitude, marked capacity, or …

Mathematics

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

Psychology

24 things you should do when visiting Hong Kong

Though it's technically part of China, Hong Kong has its own culture and personality. The cosmopolitan city is spread out over several small islands, many of which are very densely populated and full of incredible attractions, restaurants, and shops.<p>We asked locals to send us their suggestions for …

Hong Kong

The Right Way to Work Your Glutes and Get a Stronger, Leaner Butt

The glutes are the engines of the human body. Ignoring them leads to more than just a saggy bottom. Weak glutes mean less power, speed, calorie burn, and strength. Plus, the weaker they are, the older you'll feel. A bum backside stalls results and can hinder your hard work at the gym.<p>Now, if your …

How The Brain Creates Marijuana-Fueled Munchies

The neuroscience of appetite is totally weird<p>O, Mouse! What have you not done for science? But perhaps this experiment was not as bad as most: In a recent study, an international team of biologists used mice to figure out which brain cells are involved in creating the marijuana munchies.<p>Since …

The 10 Best Gadgets And Gizmos We Saw At Toy Fair 2015

Kids these days have it really good<p>Every year, the North American International Toy Fair hosts more than a thousand toy makers, distributors, and major retailers in New York City. And that makes for a super fun weekend.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 Toy Fair showroom over the …

This Is Your Brain on Magic

Psychologists and neuroscientists have an unlikely ally in their quest to understand human nature: professional magicians.<p>“I’m going to flip through here and I want you to glance at a card in the middle,” Jay Olson tells his volunteer, offering the deck of cards in his hands. “Not the bottom …

The New Science of Consciousness

Ellen and I live in Oxford, in the UK, on the edge of one of the world’s great educational establishments. Just a week or so before we came to the …

The Origin of the 8-Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work – generally, every person I’ve spoken to …

Tesla is at a crossroads

Tesla reports fourth-quarter earnings this week. For the most part, analysts and observers of the electric-car maker's fortunes are expecting CEO Elon Musk to report that Tesla delivered fewer cars in the last three months of 2014, and for the whole of the year, than predicted.<p>But whether Tesla …

Tesla

11 Ingenious Ways to Exercise Your Brain When You're Stuck Inside

As the winter keeps going, it’s easy to find yourself spending more and more of your evenings in the comfort of your home. Just because you aren’t …

New York City

Social Media and the Illusion of Intimacy

I recently read this article about how the nude selfie and the culture of social media in general is changing our perception of what "normal" behavior is. We hear about nude photos being leaked and condescendingly roll our eyes.<p>Why did she take it?<p>Why did he share it?<p>Because we are like dogs.<p>In the …

Social Media

The 15 Most Surreal Destinations to Visit in 2015

Be prepared for dropped jaws, kids.<p>1. Sea of Stars on Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives<p>photo: Doug Perinne<p>2. Antelope Canyon in Arizona, United States<p>photo: Laura Grier<p>3. Cave of Crystals, Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico<p>photo: Adventure Medicine<p>4. Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia<p>photo: PlanetDen.com<p>5. Tunnel of Love …

Beaches

Why the Tech Elite Is Getting Behind Universal Basic Income

Giving money to people just for being alive, it turns out, is in the peculiar class of political notions that can warm Leninist and libertarian hearts alike.<p>As if Silicon Valley hasn't given us enough already, it may have to start giving us all money. The first indication I got of this came one …

Income Inequality

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

Always Know What To Say With The 'History/Philosophy/Metaphor' Rule

Nothing makes a conversation more awkward than silence. Improv comedy rules can be used to help improve your life in a lot of ways, and social …

What to Ask on a First Date

First dates are the most stressful interviews of them all. It doesn’t matter whether you’re braving a Tinder date, a set-up or the first dinner date …

Experts Skeptical Of Lockheed Martin's 'Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough'

Ships, aircraft, and even entire cities may become fusion-powered a lot sooner than you might have imagined.<p>That's the word from aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, which announced Wednesday that a research team in its Skunk Works division has found a way to make a nuclear fusion reactor that's 10 …

Scotland’s wild isles: a nature-packed tour of the Southern Hebrides

You only need watch the fictional Hogwarts train chug over the real Glenfinnan Viaduct or stare at an airbrushed shortbread tin to get a sense of the astonishing beauty of Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Get up close to the real thing, and you’ll find that the grand landscapes, appealing …

Scotland

Five Amazing Places to Spend Christmas in South East Asia

If the idea of snow, ice, family arguments and the stress of feeding the 5000 is just too much for another year, then a Christmas getaway to the tropics might be just the ticket. <i>South East Asia</i> is the perfect place to spend a relaxed holiday away from everything that causes the blood to boil. If …

Asia Travel