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25 Upcoming Strategy Games of 2018 & Beyond

Civilization 6The average gamer has probably heard of the <i>Civilization</i> series but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to strategy …

How Weinstein And The Hollywood Machine Created ‘Good Guy’ Matt Damon

Shortly before “Good Will Hunting” hit theaters in December 1997, Matt Damon bought two duffel bags from Walmart. The movie’s buzz had escalated. Its benefactor, Harvey Weinstein, was plotting an awards campaign, and Damon was suddenly spending a lot of time in hotel rooms, with access to four-star …

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

<b>Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.</b><p>The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, …

Artificial Intelligence

The secret to great opportunities? The person you haven't met yet

We often find ourselves stuck in narrow social circles with similar people. What habits confine us, and how can we break them? Organizational …

Relationship experts say these are the 8 red flags to look out for when you start dating someone — and some are surprisingly common

Any new relationship is full of challenges. You're getting to know someone, and there's no telling when something might happen to burst the bubble of your new romance.<p>In general, it's fun learning all there is to know about someone who used to be a stranger. But sometimes, there will be signs that …

InterAct

12 Daily Reminders We Need to Read Every Morning for the Rest of the Year

<i>Where you ultimately end up this year is dependent on your daily attitude and response.</i>This morning one of our course students, Monica—a recovering …

FaceTime

Creative rhythms

In nature, anything can be used to make a rhythm -- as the legendary musician Sivamani proceeds to show us, playing a mind-blowing set of acoustic …

Electric Guitar

Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you

About 10,000 people a month Google the phrase, “Am I ugly?” Meaghan Ramsey of the Dove Self-Esteem Project has a feeling that many of them are young …

APIs

7 Books That Will Make You Smarter In a Single Plane Ride

Spend your plane ride getting smarter.<p>Flying offers the opportunity to disconnect from the internet — unless you pay for it — and turn your mind off …

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Seven Things You Need to Cook Well at Camp

If I were left to my own devices, camp cooking would involve little more than boiling water for freeze-dried meals and overcooking eggs on a Coleman two-burner. Thank God for my wife, Sarah.<p>The day before our first backpacking trip together—on my birthday—she told me she’d take care of dinner. She …

How to Get Smart About Microdosing, With Ayelet Waldman & Paul Austin

This week we’re talking about microdosing: the use of relatively low doses of psychedelics, such as LSD and psilocybin mushroom, to improve mood, …

10 TED Talks on the secrets to understanding life

From work and happiness, to love and success (and everything else in between), these talks offer insights on some of life's biggest secrets.

TED Talks

Is Mindfulness Meditation BS or Not? Yes

Going Up<p>Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes<p>by Robert Wright | illustrations by Valero Doval<p>08.12.17<p>It’s hard …

The Gear You Need If You're Traveling to See the Eclipse

On August 21, large numbers of people, many of them inexperienced campers, will be flooding rural areas in an attempt to view the remarkable coast-to-coast solar eclipse. Do you want to see it too? The best way might be to find remote, off-road areas along the path of totality. Here’s the gear that …

Google Maps

What I learned from 100 days of rejection

Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days -- from asking a stranger to borrow …

Public Speaking

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

5 best TED Talks about how to be happy (some of which might surprise you)

Whatever you think you know about happiness, think again.<p>I spend my days thinking about all aspects of how to be happier – it’s my job! – and yet I …

How a private water company brought lead to Pittsburgh’s taps

“The levels in Pittsburgh are comparable to those reported in Flint”<p>In the summer of 2015, Metropolis Magazine named Pittsburgh one of the world’s “most livable” cities and gushed about its infrastructure, “The city has more vertical feet of public stairways than San Francisco, Cincinnati, and …

Water

The 20 games you shouldn't miss in 2016

Since I last presented a year-end videogame wrap-up for Boing Boing readers, it's become an exponentially harder task. The number of games released …

Mario Kart

Fill your new iPhone with some of the App Store's best 'buy once, play forever' indie games

With the holiday season here, you might find yourself with a little more free time than you're allotted during the rest of the year. AppleInsider has …

After Nine Years In Development, Owlboy Is Worth The Wait

When <i>Owlboy</i> first started making waves nine years ago, indie games were barely A Thing. <i>Minecraft</i> and <i>League of Legends</i> hadn’t even begun to take over …

Indie Gaming

This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Whole Day

How cool is science? Now you can set yourself up every morning for an awesome day by doing these simple activities.<p>When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor's recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll. I mean, watching …

Happiness

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and parents.<p>Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, …

Happiness

Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters

<b>In Mexico, organised crime reaches everywhere, even into the smallest village - except for one small town in the state of Michoacan. Led by local women, the people of Cheran rose up to defend their forest from armed loggers - and kicked out police and politicians at the same time.</b><p>The women met in …

Mexico

Wilderness Wars

A new generation of mountain bikers and paddlers is challenging how we explore and protect wild places.<p>On a spring day in 1986, three kayakers appeared in Yellowstone National Park, moving along the fast-rippling water of the Yellowstone River. A helicopter approached and they stubbornly stayed …

Make Your Life Better by Saying Thank You in These 7 Situations

I don't say "Thank You" as often as I should and I doubt I'm the only one.<p>In fact, I'm starting to believe that "Thank You" is the most under-appreciated and under-used phrase on the planet. It is appropriate in nearly any situation and it is a better response than most of the things we say. Let's …

Self-help

How to Be More Assertive, According to Research

You don’t want to fight. You don’t want to be hassled. You don’t want to disappoint them. It’s easier to just nod and give them what they want.<p>But …

Self-help

After watching over 100 TED talks, these are the insights that have stuck with me most

Watch one TED talk, and you have a factoid to share with a friend at a bar.<p>Watch over 100 TED talks across several years — as I have, obsessively — and you begin to think a little differently about the world.<p>Not every talk is awe-inspiring or illuminating, but the best ones have changed how I think …

Personality