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21 places to learn critical skills that will change your life

But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.<p>Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age, and is also important for …

Learning

The Neuroscience That's Turning Good Managers Into Great Leaders

A new book explains how to tap into empathy as a leader and not rely so much on spreadsheet-based analysis.<p>See if you can get your brain wrapped around this one.<p>Two researchers have written a book that claims there is a neuroscience to leadership, one that allows managers to move from "good" to …

The Truth About the Palestinians and 1948

The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, meets with Adolf Hitler in 1941. Photo: German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons.<p>The truth about …

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7 Reasons To Go Into Business For Yourself

Successful businesses don’t happen overnight. So often we only see the finished product or hear the story of a successful entrepreneur, we don’t hear about the blood, sweat and tears it took to get them were they are today. It takes a lot of planning to get an idea off the ground and actually turn …

Why You Should Stop Using To-Do Lists (and What to Do Instead)

Would you describe yourself as over-worked and under-productive?<p>Many entrepreneurs and B2B owners would lump themselves under that category with the excuse: "It's just the nature of what we do," but it doesn't have to be that way.<p>"Work smarter, not harder," is the sage advice NY Times best-selling …

Time Management

How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

The Immigrant Who Created Silicon Valley

How did Andy Grove make Silicon Valley what it is today? Let us count the ways.<p>A brilliant polymath with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering—he was Dr. …

10 Wildly Successful People on How They View Failure

Whether you’re an author, an entrepreneur or a musician, the road to success is often paved with rejection and failure. The difference between those …

Staged picture from Brussels bombings prompts ethics debate

Video footage shows a young photographer posing a woman in front of a makeshift memorial: is it bad journalism ethics, or just the way it’s done?<p>A young photojournalist caught on video posing a girl in mourning after the Brussels terror attacks has sparked a furious debate among internationally …

How to Be Happy: 10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

Is Artificial Intelligence Dangerous?

Compelled by a nascent desire for innovation and advancement, mankind’s quest for technological prowess is rooted in its earliest days. In fact, we have always been tinkerers. Through the use of an abundant imagination and burning desire to bend the limitations of what was once deemed impossible, …

Artificial Intelligence

The world's safest - and least safe - airlines revealed

An annual survey of the world's biggest airlines has seen Qantas named the safest for the fourth year running.<p>The Australian carrier was praised for its "extraordinary fatality-free record in the jet era", while British Airways and Virgin Atlantic were the only UK airlines to make it into the top …

Air New Zealand

10 top women in economics

Following her nomination by President Obama to serve on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, academic economist Kathryn M. Dominguez has joined …

Silicon Valley Says Happy New Year to the Non-Lazy Rich and More!

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”<p>Nothing says Happy New Year like explaining to all you not-so-rich people that rich people work super hard.<p>But welcome to the mega-essay by Y Combinator’s Paul Graham about income inequality. Spoiler: Turns out rich …

Silicon Valley

The ultimate window seat is a glass bubble on top of a plane

In a 21st century, aviation special of <i>Pimp My Ride</i>: Airplane owners could soon install glass bubbles on top of their planes.<p>SkyDeck, a 360 degree, …

Business Jet

How Company Culture Shapes Employee Motivation

<i>DAVE WHEELER FOR HBR</i><p>In a recent strategy meeting we attended with the leaders of a Fortune-500 company, the word “culture” came up 27 times in 90 minutes. Business leaders believe a strong organizational culture is critical to success, yet culture tends to feel like some magic force that few know …

The Pfizer-Allergan Deal Shouldn’t Be Just About Tax Inversion

<i>HBR STAFF</i><p>Pfizer and Allergan are set to merge in the biggest combination of the year, valued at $160 billion. It is big in terms of the total corporate assets that are being re-assigned to new owners. But is it also big in terms of the joint value that will likely be created?<p>The size of a merger …

What It Really Takes to Attract Top Talent

Remember the phrase “employer of choice” from the dot-com boom? It was a period of ridiculously low unemployment, a time when companies struggled not just to find exactly the right talent at the right price — but to find talent, <i>period.</i> So they did everything they could to woo applicants with a …

Be Grateful More Often

Although I didn’t move to the United States until I was an adult, every year I look forward to one of the most American of holidays: Thanksgiving. Turkey, pumpkin pie, long hours of cooking and relaxing with family and friends make the day a particularly fun one. I also look forward to Thanksgiving …

Even Women Think Men Are More Creative

<b>The Research:</b> Devon Proudfoot, a PhD candidate at Duke, and her colleagues Aaron Kay and Christy Koval performed several studies of gender bias and creativity. In one, subjects rated how central certain personality characteristics were to creativity. The results showed that both men and women …

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

Ex Machina Explores the Thrill (and Horror) of Romantic Uncertainty

Alex Garland's remarkable debut seeds a story about relationship anxiety within a Fincheresque artificial-intelligence parable.<p><i>Ex Machina</i> is a science-fiction horror film that, like so many others, plays on fears of the future: of artificial intelligence, of the blurred line between human life and …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Measuring Innovation Matters

<i>“What gets measured gets done.”</i> This old chestnut has been kicking around management theory for decades, and is the heart of “management by objective” (MBO)—if you set a target and measure progress, your organization will move heaven and earth to achieve it. It’s an old chestnut because it’s …

Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth

From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The …

NASA explains why 'everything we have ever accomplished leads to this moment in time'

If you've ever wondered what drives someone to look up at the sky — or out across the sea — and say: "I want to be out there," NASA's got an answer for you.<p>"It is a drive inside each and every one of us, a drive to wonder, to push the boundaries, and to explore," a NASA video explains. It's just …

Cool Stuff

'Poles don't want immigrants. They don't understand them, don't like them'

Poland accepts few refugees and has been little affected by the crisis in Europe, yet its views on immigration are among the most pungent on the continent<p>“We don’t want terrorists here,” the Polish pensioner says, when asked about EU plans to resettle refugees more broadly across the continent. …

Inside the Project to Build the World's Best BMW E30 M3

Simon Lord's Redux E30 M3 Leichtbau takes what's considered to be the world's greatest driver's car, and makes it better.<p>If you're reading this website, you're at least familiar with the modern gearhead obsession with the first-generation BMW M3. Hailed as the perfect driver's car; touted as the …

Café Racers

Your essential guide to being a tourist in Britain

Stand on the right of the esclators, don't pull a wheelie case and for goodness sake don't ask questions. It's all part of the British tourist experience<p>Backpacking tourists visiting Britain this summer should take special care to respect local culture and religion.<p>It is easy to cause deep offence, …