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“Vanity capital” is the new metric for narcissism, and analysts say its value worldwide is greater than Germany’s GDP

Last month, Bank of America Merrill Lynch released the compellingly titled report, “Vanity Capital: The global bull market in narcissism,” which put a price tag on the amount we spend globally on products and services that enhance our appearance or prestige. That price tag is huge: $4.5 trillion, …

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Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

75 Ways Socialism Has Improved America

Socialism.<p>There is nothing more feared and hated in America.<p>The word alone sends shivers down the spine of the American people.<p>Those three syllables …

Creamy Garlic Butter Pasta Recipe

Description<p>This creamy, garlicky pasta is ready in less than 15 minutes and SO easy to throw together! If you want quick comfort food, look no …

Mushroom Shallot Garlic Quinoa.

Mushroom Shallot Garlic Quinoa. An easy and healthy side dish. Ready in less than 30 minutes!<p>I can’t get enough of mushrooms. They are earthy, full …

Holiday Baking: Shortbread Cookies

When it comes to my Christmas baking, shortbread is always on my holiday baking list. Along with butter tarts and gingerbread. Totally a must have at …

Henri Rousseau’s Heartening Story of Success after a Lifetime of Rejection, Illustrated

<i>“People working in the arts engage in street combat with The Fraud Police on a daily basis,”</i> Amanda Palmer wrote in her fantastic manifesto for the creative life, one of the best books of the year, <i>“because much of our work is new and not readily or conventionally categorized.”</i> Few artists in …

Can America’s Desert Cities Adapt Before They Dry Out And Die?

Los Angeles, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and many other western cities are all growing fast–and are all running out of water.<p>Los Angeles traffic is worse than usual as hordes of parched citizens evacuate a concrete tomb that once supported millions of lives. Savvy entrepreneurs are selling bottled water …

A eulogy for RadioShack, the panicked and half-dead retail empire

This may very well be RadioShack's final holiday season. Jon, a former employee, looks back on a strange, craven, five thousand-fingered strip-mall monster from a forgotten age.<p>RadioShack won't be the only store to open on Thanksgiving Day, but it might be the only one of its particular makeup to …

The History Of Web Design Explained In 9 GIFs

25 years of web design, summarized in nine unforgettable GIFs.<p>Froont, a San Francisco company that makes tools for web designers, has created nine GIFs that show just how far web design has come in the past 25 years. If you’ve ever wondered why CSS is important, or why Flash died out, these GIFs …

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The mind-bending effects of feeling two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

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They Saw Our Sports Problem Coming

It seemed like exaggerated fictional future at the time, but E.B. White and Gary K. Wolf’s decades-old prophecies about Americans’ sports obsessions …

"Mad Men" Producer Bikes to Emmys

<i>Mad Men</i> writer-producer Tom Smuts might not have won an Emmy last night, but he certainly won Best Emmy Commute. Wearing a helmet and cycling-ready suit designed by Rapha and straddling a silver Specialized, Smuts led a 15-person peloton approximately 16 miles from his Santa Monica home to Emmy …

Rogue Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Call

It seems rather far fetched at first glance. There is news that came out last week that rogue cell phone towers around the US are forcing mobile devices to disable their encryption making it possible that someone might be able to listen in to your call. “That could never happen to me,” you think …

Deals: Ultimate iPad Keyboard Bundle – Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case, Stylus & Screen Protector at 43% Off

The featured offer at iPad Insight Deals today – <b>The Ultimate iPad Keyboard Bundle</b>. It’s an iPad keyboard, stylus and screen protector on offer at 43% off – for $39.<p>Here’s some of the intro information on this deal:<p>The Bluetooth iPad Keyboard Case is <b>light, fast and built to give quick access to</b> …

Kingston’s MobileLite Reader Looks Like A Great Way To Effectively Expand iPad Storage

Here’s a really cool accessory I read about on Tools and Toys: the Kingston MobileLite Wireless Flash Reader. The iPad lacks any sort of expandable storage, but the MobileLite allows you to work around this by pairing with over Wi-Fi. Once paired, you can use the MobileLite’s USB port or card …

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Deals: Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Training Videos at Over 80% Off

Today’s featured deal is a great-looking one for anyone looking to develop or hone their web design skills. On offer is lifetime access to a huge library of over 5,000 Adobe training videos – at just $79, 84% its standard $500 price.<p>Here’s some of the introduction to and features of this offer:<p><i>An</i> …

Acting French

It’s hard to learn a new language. But it’s way harder to learn a new culture.<p>I spent the majority of this summer at Middlebury College, studying at l’École Française. I had never been to Vermont. I have not been many places at all. I did not have an adult passport until I was 37 years old. …

Seeing the Great Depression

A new project from Yale invites viewers to explore some 175,000 images of America in the 1930s and '40s.<p>For a singular image of the Great Depression and the roughness of those years, it's hard to do much better than Dorothea Lange's 1936 photograph of Florence Owens Thompson, two of her children …

The Killing of Kajieme Powell and How It Divides Americans

The mentally disturbed man was shot to death by St. Louis law-enforcement officers after walking toward them with a knife. Video of the incident has sparked debate about the police's reaction.<p>The police officers who shot and killed Kajieme Powell, 25, in St. Louis, Missouri, on Tuesday did so while …

Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet Pills

One reason the underprivileged face an obesity crisis is that they rely on ineffective weight-loss strategies. In part, this is because economic uncertainty makes it harder to plan for workouts and healthy meals.<p>Poor people—and poor women in particular—are more likely to be overweight and obese. …

Those Who Know They're Dreaming Tend to Be Savvier When Awake

The cognitive benefits of self-awareness during sleep<p>It’s probably fair to assume that at this moment, you are, in fact, awake. You’re reading; you’re scrolling; sometime in the not-too-distant past, you somehow made your way to <i>The Atlantic</i>’s website. All waking activities.<p>But let’s say, …

It's Probably Best to Avoid Antibacterial Soaps

Antimicrobial chemicals are so ubiquitous that a recent study found them in pregnant mothers' urine and newborns' cord blood. Research shows that their risks may outweigh their benefits.<p>Antimicrobial chemicals, intended to kill bacteria and other microorganisms, are commonly found in not just …

Which Mode of Travel Provides the Happiest Commute?

Walkers, cyclists, and commuter-rail riders are much more satisfied than drivers and transit users.<p>For most people, a satisfying commute is not necessarily a happy one—a not-so-unhappy one will do. Yes, it's true that the ideal commute not absolutely zero commute; many of us can use the time to …

Robin Williams: A Photo Gallery

Scrublands - Photographs and text by Antoine Bruy | LensCulture

<b>Grant Winner</b> <i>This project was awarded a special cash grant by juror Sujong Song. Each of the five jury members selected one photographer from the Top 50 Emerging Talents to be awarded special distinction with a cash grant.</i><p><b>From Juror Sujong Song:</b><p>“<i>Scrublands</i> by Antoine Bruy is about people who have …

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Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

40 Greatest Rock Documentaries

40<p>‘It Might Get Loud’ (2008)<p>Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (<i>An Inconvenient Truth</i>) hangs out with three generations of innovative guitarists — Jimmy …

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