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Study: Being forgetful might actually mean you're smarter

You can relax if remembering everything is not your strong suit. Recent research makes the case that being forgetful can be a strength — in fact, selective memory can even be a sign of stronger intelligence.<p>Traditional research on memory has focused on the advantages of remembering everything. But …

The Brain

Brain activity study links social anxiety to a preoccupation with making errors

A new study that monitored children’s brain activity suggests that social anxiety is related to a preoccupation with making mistakes. The research, …

The Brain

How to Heal the Traumatized Brain

Approximately 50 percent of the population will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. While reactions to trauma can vary widely, …

Mindfulness

Many of Warren Buffett’s employees can’t practice what he preaches in their 401(k)s

Warren Buffett, the most successful investor of our time, is a huge fan of low-cost index funds — funds that replicate a market index rather than try to outperform it — as the way for the average investor to succeed in the stock market. “By periodically investing in an index fund . . . the …

Food Science Is Caught Between the Head and the Heart

"Heart-healthy" foods could be bad for the brain, new research suggests. What's a careful eater to do?<p>A few weeks ago, a scientific claim linking canola oil to Alzheimer’s disease risk raised an intriguing question: When it comes to healthy eating, do we have to choose between the head and the …

Nutrition

The fast-melting Arctic is already messing with the ocean’s circulation, scientists say

Scientists studying a remote and icy stretch of the North Atlantic have found new evidence that fresh water, likely melted from Greenland or Arctic sea ice, may already be altering a key process that helps drives the global circulation of the oceans.<p>In chilly waters on either side of Greenland, the …

Global Warming

The Miracle of Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks”

Van Morrison’s “Astral Weeks” has always seemed like a fluke. In November, 1968, the irascible songwriter from Belfast released a jazz-influenced acoustic song cycle that featured minimal percussion, an upright bass, flute, harpsichord, vibraphone, strings, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics about …

The simple mathematical system I used to help people raise over $3 million on crowdfunding sites in the last few years

Gone are the days when an entrepreneur can have an idea, quickly launch a crowdfunding campaign, sit back and watch the funding flood in.<p>As an increasing number of early adopters flock to crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo and Kickstarter to find the latest innovations, so do creators to …

Marketing

For Sam Hinkie’s Next Act ...

Early on a Friday morning, on his way to hear a panel discussion about optical tracking and esports analytics, Sam Hinkie was stopped a handful of …

Emperor Xi's China Is Done Biding Its Time

A Q&A with former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who is going to school on the Chinese president.<p>Mao Zedong once insisted that "the people, and the people alone, are the motive force in the making of world history." Then again, he's also the guy who said that poverty is good, a world war is …

China

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

In January, Ann Peden had just finished step two of a nine-step process to clean up the land where her house used to be. “I’m past the hazardous waste part of it,” she said, speaking on the phone from Sonoma, Calif. “I have a guy out there digging through the ashes to see what he can find,” meaning …

Prefab Homes

How Etsy's New CEO Threw Out All of the Company's Key Metrics, Except One

<i>This article first appeared in Data Sheet, Fortune’s daily newsletter on the top tech news.</i> <i>Sign up here</i><i>.</i><p>Etsy is a small company in Brooklyn competing …

San Francisco

Solar Energy

Something’s changed about solar power, only in the last year or two. It’s not just environmentalists who think solar will soon be everywhere. Sober …

Solar Power

Ce*sored! China bans letter N (briefly) from internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power

Amid fallout from the decision to allow Xi to be president for life, censors also crack down on letters, phrases and George Orwell’s Animal Farm<p>It is the 14th letter in the English alphabet and, in Scrabble, the springboard for more than 600 8-letter words.<p>But for the Communist party of China it is …

China

The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction

Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?<p>There was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the …

Climate Change

Ray Dalio Has an Unbelievable Algorithm

Does it merely reinforce its maker's biases?<p>Humans create algorithms, so algorithms can perpetuate human biases. As obvious as this statement might seem, some pretty smart people still don't get it.<p>The latest example arrived last week, in a Wall Street Journal article on a relationship at …

Artificial Intelligence

You Need Your Personal Space—Here's the Science Why

Your brain uses it to protect you.<p>The term “personal space” is relatively new—but that uneasy feeling you get when someone moves too close is ancient. “There really is such a thing” as personal space, says neuroscientist Michael Graziano, author of the new book <i>The Spaces Between Us.</i> “The brain …

Money for nothing: is Finland's universal basic income trial too good to be true?

Europe’s first national experiment in giving citizens free cash has attracted huge media attention. But one year in, what does this project really hope to prove?<p>One year on from its launch, the world remains fascinated by Finland’s groundbreaking universal basic income trial: Europe’s first …

Income Inequality

Wanted: A Unifying Theory of Behavioral Economics

One possibility? People don't pay much attention to what's happening.<p>Behavioral economics has always met with a bit more resistance than it deserved. This is true even though a number of behavioral researchers have won the Nobel -- Daniel Kahneman, Robert Shiller and Richard Thaler just last year. …

Economics

Google Spent Years Studying Effective Teams. This Single Quality Contributed Most to Their Success | Inc.com

The best companies are made up of great teams. You see, even a company full of A-players won't succeed if those individuals don't have the ability to work well together.<p>That's why not too long ago, Google set out on a quest to figure out what makes a team successful. They code-named the study …

Self-improvement

The Best Performance Food for Every Activity

Twenty years ago, performance nutrition meant water and a banana. Today, it more closely resembles a science experiment, with neon-colored gels, powders, gummies, and an endless stream of protein and energy bars. That leaves many people (including us) overwhelmed and confused, so we set out to …

Nutrition

My Ten Best Albums of 2017

I would like to say—without irony, and perhaps at the risk of sounding as if I’m drafting a suicide note—that it has been a true and remarkable pleasure to write about music and culture for <i>The New Yorker</i> in 2017, and especially to share that work with a readership so intelligent and game. The job …

Lips

In Just 2 Words, Sheryl Sandberg Said 1 Thing Separates Those Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream | Inc.com

Want to achieve more? Take a page from Sheryl Sandberg, and start ruthlessly prioritizing.<p>Here's why.<p>Many people get things done. They consistently check items off their to-do lists. They're extremely busy -- but are they accomplishing what matters most? Are they achieving what they truly hope to …

Sheryl Sandberg

Now's the Time To Replenish Your Board Game Collection

From old classics to new favorites.<p>Amazon's got a sale on a wide variety of strategy games today, including some of the famous well-known games of the century. Ticket to Ride, going for $25, down from $50, has been a best-seller ever since it was first released in 2004. The train-based game focused …

A new kind of trust is transforming our lives

Ten years ago, the cryptocurrency bitcoin did not exist.<p>Which makes it stunning that today, the value of a bitcoin now hovers around $10,000, or eight ounces of gold. While bitcoin may have momentarily entered into the price-mania of Dutch tulips or the late-1990s dot-com bubble, with values likely …

Blockchain

Your Guide to Mueller’s Russia Investigation

By now, few American elected leaders dispute that elements of the Russian state interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- though President …

Donald Trump

Deck the Halls with Vince Guaraldi

It’s that time of year. Most holiday Muzak seems to do little more than contaminate the air, but Vince Guaraldi’s contribution remains comparatively fresh. The four best tracks from “A Charlie Brown Christmas” are in steady rotation. Guaraldi’s cover of “O Tannenbaum” is simple and “jazzy”; the …

Charlie Brown

Non, non and non

Discipline and three-course meals<p><b>French Children Don't Throw Food: Parenting Secrets From Paris.</b> By Pamela Druckerman. <i>Doubleday; 268 pages; £15. To</i> …

Parenting