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Goldman Sachs used AI to simulate 1 million possible World Cup outcomes — and arrived at a clear winner

The Argentine superstar Lionel Messi once said: "In football ... talent and elegance mean nothing without rigor and precision."<p>It's a sentiment Goldman Sachs seems to have taken to heart when compiling its forecast for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off Thursday.<p>The firm used machine …

Machine Learning

Psychological research reveals that are 2 different kinds of 'nice' — and one is better than the other

The word "nice" has an unusual history in the English language.<p>Originally a term for "foolish", its meaning over the centuries has morphed from "wanton" to "reserved" to "fastidious". These days, it has become a somewhat bland and opaque description of personality: "she's really <i>nice</i>."<p>But its common …

Psychology

L-Theanine: Counter Anxiety & Enhance Sleep

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting around 40 …

Wellness

Could there be a cure for hangovers?

“Civilization begins with distillation,” said William Faulkner, a writer and drinker. Although our thirst for alcohol dates back to the stone age, nobody has figured out a good way to deal with the ensuing hangover after getting drunk.<p>As a chemical engineering professor and wine enthusiast, I felt …

Alcohol

Saying Yes to Any of These 8 Questions Reveals You're Way More Emotionally Intelligent Than You Think

Ever wonder what your strengths and limitations are in emotional intelligence? Now you know.<p>There's no shortage of content available on the popular topic emotional intelligence -- it's everywhere, and found to be one of the most desired qualities for personal and professional development.<p>But …

Emotional Intelligence

Mattress company Emma is fastest-growing startup in Europe

For the fifth year in a row Adyen and TNW teamed up to find the fastest growing companies in Europe’s six hottest startup ecosystems: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, and Sweden. The winner, mattress business Emma (Germany), was announced tonight at TNW Conference …

Europe

These are the 5 books Bill Gates recommends you read this summer

The Microsoft cofounder and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cochair has said he reads about 50 books a year, and he often writes up notes about his favorites on his Gates Notes blog.<p>Gates has just published his list of summer reading recommendations for 2018, a list that spans genres, from …

Books

I tried a science-backed eating plan tied to a better memory and longer life — and found the perfect simple breakfast

I recently got a chance to practice what I preach. After months of writing extensively about the evidence-based health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, I hit pause on my normal eating habits and gave it a go. With a kiss goodbye to my daily flip-flop diet of salads and cookies, I embraced the …

Top 10 books to understand happiness

Everyone knows it. Everyone wants it. But what is happiness, really? What’s going on in our brains when we experience the much-sought-after emotion? That’s what I wanted to find out when writing my new book, The Happy Brain. What did I find out? Essentially, that it’s very complicated, as is …

Books

16 cool things people are buying on Amazon right now

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Here at Insider Picks, we are constantly surprised and delighted by the stories and products our readers connect with. Our audience is …

The thinking error at the root of science denial

Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological …

Science Explains Why So Many Rich People Are Jerks

From cutting off people in traffic with their luxury cars, to turning their noses up at others, rich people are statistically more likely to be …

The resume of the future will tell employers who you are, and not just what you’ve done

Resumes are a poor proxy for a human being.<p>Whether on paper or LinkedIn, they may tell an employer about a job seeker’s experience and credentials, but they’re frustratingly silent about almost everything else. They have virtually nothing to say about a candidate’s personality, or their character, …

Employment

25 skills LinkedIn says are most likely to get you hired in 2018 — and the online courses to get them

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>With the introduction of far-reaching and robust technology, the job market has experienced its own exponential growth, adaptation, and …

‘The Walking Dead’ S8 Finale: Why I Have A Huge Hunch That Rick’s Going To Die

The writing is on the wall for Rick Grimes. Here are all of the reasons why I think the Ricktatorship is coming to fatal end on the season eight …

The best books about science from the last 15 years that everyone should read

From discussions of human-machine hybrids to lost civilizations in the Amazon and octopus brains, scientists and writers have produced some amazing works of nonfiction in the past 15 years.<p>If you're in the mood to learn something new, as well as be entertained by riveting storylines, look no …

Singularity

Wealthy shoppers are going crazy over this jacket that costs $90 on Amazon — and it should terrify Canada Goose

The Canada Goose parka has become the uniform of wealthy shoppers looking to survive a New York winter, but now there's a new kid on the block.<p>A winter coat that costs $89.99 on Amazon is making the rounds among some of the city's most stylish dressers and cropping up in New York's notoriously …

This $30 reusable smart notebook may have gotten rejected on 'Shark Tank' — but I swear by it in my everyday life

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Rocketbook</i><p>If you're an old soul who prefers pen and paper notes (they're just more <i>personal,</i> you know?<i>)</i>, or you just get how obnoxious it is …

You can actually learn to be wise, and it can help you feel less lonely

Most people were either stunned or amused when British prime minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness a few months ago, acknowledging that, “for far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.” Yet, this should not have come as a surprise or a joke. In study after …

The Amygdala Is NOT the Brain's Fear Center

I’ve been studying the amygdala for more than 30 years. When I started this work, research on this brain region was a lonely field of inquiry. The …

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

Spouses Who Have This 1 View of Their Partner Are Twice as Happy in Life

Apparently, the key to a thriving relationship also makes you happier in life.<p>There are a lot of reasons to get married. One is being in love. Another is wanting the tax break. Yet another is the desire to publicly commit to your best friend that you will be with him or her forever, no matter what. …

Happiness

Want to Stress People Out and Totally Dominate Them? Science Says This Facial Expression Holds Immense Power

There are three kinds of smiles, researchers say. This one has an unexpected effect.<p>Smile and the world smiles with you, they say.<p>But there's more than one kind of smile, and a new study suggests that nothing stresses people out like being smiled at the wrong way. In fact, it turns out there's …

AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.<p>But what exactly is artificial intelligence? What does it involve? And how will it help the development of future …

Artificial Intelligence

What Is An Enneagram? This In-Depth Personality Test Can Reveal Your Hidden Strengths

You're probably in the know about the Myers-Briggs Type Indictor personality assessment, but you might not be familiar with another disposition test. …

Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

The Brain

You Can't Have Denmark Without Danes

What a small, happy country can teach a huge and fractious one. And what it can't.<p>Somebody stole my phone in Copenhagen. I was aghast.<p>I grew up in New York during the gritty years when the city was a sort of Hobbesian war of all-against-all. Somehow, I never got mugged, never got my pocket picked. …

Mississippi River

Whiteboard Session: This Is Your Brain on Mindfulness

Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson show how it can improve resilience.

Consciousness

Why Fear of Failure is the No. 1 Enemy of Creativity

Never once in my life until my mid 30s did anyone ever (to the best of my recollection) call me “creative.” But now, I hear it all the time.So what …