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Empathy is crucial to being a good person, right? Think again

Some argue that, far from motivating pro-social behaviours, empathy can push us towards inaction at best and racism and violence at worst<p>Why do we flinch when we see someone hit their thumb with a hammer? Our intuitive tendency to feel what we imagine another person is feeling is called ‘emotional …

Delete Old DRM Copies of iTunes Music and Download DRM-Free Versions

If you purchased any music from iTunes between 2003 and 2009, you downloaded tracks with DRM in them. Apple's long since removed the DRM, but you …

Eight Ways I Hacked My Tiny Apartment to Fit All My Stuff

Decluttering is an unending art form. Sometimes, the solution is to get rid of things you don't need, but other times you have to keep a bunch of …

The Hassle-Free Guide to Ripping Your Blu-Ray Collection

Blu-Ray may be majestic, but it also has more copy protection than any other format around, and playing it on your computer can be difficult to …

Food & Drink Ideas - Food and Cocktails for Men

A burger with cheese <i>inside</i> the patty? Good Lord, yes<p>There's more to life than red wine with red meat.<p>The Salty Dog is a tart and salty cocktail made with gin and grapefruit juice. Here's how to make it.<p>This Southern-style chips and dip recipe is unbelievably good.<p>Just in time for the Super Bowl, …

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10 Annoying Apps We're All Stuck Using (and How to Make Them Better)

Every app has its share of annoyances, but some are so popular that you're just plain stuck using them—either because your friends do, because you …

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What time do top CEOs wake up?

Investigating the bedtimes of high achievers in hopes of divining the secret of success sounds a bit like looking to a novelist's desk placement for …

Watch of the Week: Daniel Wellington Classics

If you’ve read through your April <i>GQ</i> Style Bible then you know there’s a new crop of watch companies injecting cool energy into the timepiece marketplace. One of our favorites, Daniel Wellington, makes the list for fusing preppy style with a sleek dress watch silhouette at the right price. The …

Call for 'green badges' and free parking for electric cars

Electric car owners should be allowed to park on yellow and red lines, and park for free, a leading thinktank said on Thursday.<p>On one of the busiest …