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The 22 rules of storytelling, according to Pixar

On Twitter, Pixar storyboard artist Emma Coats has compiled nuggets of narrative wisdom she’s received working for the animation studio over the …

Machiavelli Was Right

The shocking lesson of The Prince isn’t that politics demands dirty hands, but that politicians shouldn’t care.<p>You remember the photograph: President Obama hunched in a corner of the Situation Room with his national-security staff, including Hillary Clinton with a hand over her mouth, watching the …

The 7 most damning details from The Hollywood Reporter’s “Fantastic Four” expose: “Nobody should escape scrutiny on this one”

<b>(Twentieth Century Fox)</b><p>Director Josh Trank tweeted that he had a “fantastic version” of the film a year ago. That seems hard to believe<p>Anna Silman<p>August 12, 2015 10:19pm (UTC)<p>After “Fantastic Four” was panned by critics — with Vox memorably dubbing it an “unmitigated garbage fire” — director Josh …

Film Industry

How Important Is Perfect Form in Fitness, Really?

<i>By Brian Sabin</i><p>Just about every gym in the world is lying to you. The lies are told subtly. They aren't even spoken aloud. But they are often written all over the walls. The lies are well intentioned, aiming to show you the "right" way to exercise. We're talking about the posters that show someone …

Yoga

10 Places to Get Free Personal Finance Classes

Many people don't realize that well-structured personal finance classes are widely available for free. These classes are often provided by major …

Scientists simulate time travel using light particles

We may never see practical time travel in our lifetimes, if it's possible at all. However, a team at the University of Queensland has given the Doc Browns of the world a faint glimmer of hope by simulating time travel on a very, very small scale. Their study used individual photons to replicate a …

Here's How Pop Stars Make Money Now That People Don't Buy Music

"Everyone assumes I made millions from the John Lewis ad. I probably made $13,500," said the singer, whose cover of Keane's Somewhere Only We Know made it to Number One last year. It was played incessantly on the radio, and - of course - the television, as the soundtrack to John Lewis's Christmas …

Music

Before He Died, Christopher Evan Welch Gave Us The Perfect Embodiment Of Tech-World Hubris

Just a day after Christopher Evan Welch landed a career-making role on HBO's "Silicon Valley," he received some heartbreaking news. The lung cancer he'd been battling successfully since the fall of 2010 had spread to his brain.<p>Chris was sitting with his wife, Emma, and his doctor at Memorial Sloan …

Silicon Valley

Plan Your Free Online Education at Lifehacker U: Spring Semester 2014

Your education doesn't have to stop once you leave school—freedom from the classroom just means you have more control over what you learn and when …

Why Walking Makes You More Creative

That's what Stanford University researchers Marily Oppezzo and Daniel L. Schwartz found in a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition.<p>Study participants who went for walks saw an 81% increase in tests measuring <i>divergent thinking</i>, a thought …

Creativity

Almost half of Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution

Nearly half of all Americans live in areas with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to an American Lung Association (ALA) report released Wednesday.<p>Nearly 148 million people live in areas where smog and soot particles make it unhealthy to breathe the air, according to the ALA's annual …

How Helsinki Became the Most Successful Open-Data City in the World

Why We Unfriend

A new study pinpoints the Facebook status updates that irk us to the point of no return.<p>In the 1997 movie <i>Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion</i>, the two title characters, worried that they haven’t done anything noteworthy to share at said reunion, decide instead to lie and claim they invented …

A Eulogy for Twitter

The beloved social publishing platform enters its twilight.<p>We've been trying to figure out the moment Twitter turned, retracing tweets to see whether there was something specific that soured the platform.<p><i>Something is wrong on Twitter.</i> And people are noticing.<p>Or, at least, the kind of people we hang …

Game of Thrones Goes Off Script—for Better or for Worse?

Our roundtable on "Oathkeeper," the fourth episode of the fourth season of the HBO show.<p>Spencer Kornhaber, Christopher Orr, and Amy Sullivan discuss the latest episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i>.<p><b>Kornhaber:</b> Finally, <i>Game of Thrones</i> has gotten around to answering the question that every little Westerosi boy …

The Best Art Deco Designer Who Almost No One Remembers

Hildreth Meière's huge mural commissions were rare for a woman in her day, but it was her fusion of classical and mid-century style that brought her fame.<p>Radio City Music Hall is an Art Deco jewel. Its most notable—but somehow little-mentioned—features are the three metal and enamel roundels around …

13 of the Best New iOS Apps from April (2014)

From music-themed dating apps to browsers and Family Guy fun and games, we covered a lot of ground with new iOS apps in April. Here’s our pick of the bunch for the month.<p>Carousel [From Dropbox]<p>Dropbox launched a new photo- and video-sharing gallery app called Carousel last month, combining content …

How the Internet Helped Me Cope With My Rare Disease

I have a condition that causes profound, random swelling and hives. The thing that’s helped me most so far is the amazing communities I've found online.<p>I've never been one to crave optimism. I didn't immerse myself in the triumph-over-adversity messaging of the <i>Chicken Soup for the Soul</i> series as an …