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An effortless way to improve your memory

A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.<p>When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time …

The Brain

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Google

The security gadgets and apps you need to keep your information safe

Protect your information.<p>With new data breaches constantly making headlines, you know about the need to secure your online accounts. But hackers aren't the only threat to your personal information. Burglars could steal sensitive papers from your home, snoopers could raid your trash, and companies …

Information Systems

Five rad and random products I found this week

The end-of-week dispatch from PopSci's commerce editor. Vol. 34.<p>My job is to find cool stuff. Throughout the week I spend hours scouring the web for things that are useful or fun or ridiculously cheap. Often times, these choices coalesce into a guide of like items—for example, Apple Watch …

Shopping

Seven memory skills that will make you smarter

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

The Brain

Here's what an effective LinkedIn profile looks like in 2018

Hate to break it to you, but if you're treating LinkedIn like an old-fashioned Rolodex, you're doing it wrong.<p>Nearly every industry uses LinkedIn to find and vet job candidates, and over 90% of recruiters rely on the site, according to data from the Society of Human Resource Management. So your …

Employment

The average investor is making a classic mistake as the Dow marches to 30,000

Mom and pop are making a classic mistake in investing at this time. The purpose of this article is to show the average investor that there is a better way.<p>The mistake is being made as Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.05% marches to 30,000 and bitcoin BTCUSD, -21.11% falls to $10,000 and …

Stock Markets

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we …

Self-improvement

This Is Totally Why You're Not Successful Yet

There is no shortage of excuses for failure, and even more for mediocrity. This list will make you aware of the real truth about your ability to be successful.<p>You're frustrated. No matter how hard you work, how much you plan, or how badly you want it, you are not living the life of your dreams. But …

Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates Think Everyone Should Read These 14 Books

As the world’s most powerful begin to think about travel plans and what to pack for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, they …

How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function: The Findings of Recent Scientific Studies

Reading “availeth much,” to borrow an old phrase from the King James Bible. To read is to experience more of the world than we can in person, to …

5 ways to take a work break — and none include your phone

Until recently, when I needed a break I’d grab my phone. Whether I was bored, mentally fatigued, or just wanting a pick-me-up, I felt relief checking …

Aspiring Data Scientists! Start to learn Statistics with these 6 books!

<b>Statistics is difficult.</b> Of course it is, as mostly that’s the actual science part in data science. But it doesn’t mean that you couldn’t learn it by …

Data Science

8 Books That Elon Musk Says Changed His Life

Want to be like Elon Musk? Join our obsessively fanatical club. Among his many titles and descriptors, Musk is a certifiable bookworm. And that's …

Elon Musk

Your New Year’s resolution: live forever

With 2017 coming to a close many people are on the hunt for a new year’s resolution to start 2018 off on the right foot. Whether it’s a new diet, new …

An MIT professor says this 1996 logic puzzle may be the hardest brain teaser on the internet

Are you itching to test your smarts? You've come to the right place. The Harvard Business Review may have published this logic puzzle back in 1996, but people are still scratching their heads over it today. (If you prefer numbers over words, find the missing one in this puzzle.)<p>Mathematician …

Mathematics

3 Stocks That Feel Like Netflix in 2002

Don't let these three compelling businesses pass you by.<p>Buying and holding great stocks is the best way to predictably create wealth over the long …

30 Must-Read Books

1 of 30<p><i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 30<p><i>A House for Mr. Biswas,</i> by V. S. Naipaul<p>3 of 30<p><i>A Tale for the Time Being,</i> by Ruth …

My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2017 Edition – MacStories - page 2

Utilities<p>The utilities I use on my Mac fall into a couple of categories. First, there are those apps that are so core to my use of macOS that they may as well be part of the operating system themselves. These are the first apps I install if I’m setting up a fresh Mac. The second category of …

Apps

The 17 Best Movies No One Saw In 2017

2017 has been a corker for cinema, with the likes of <i>Dunkirk</i>, <i>Blade Runner 2049</i>, <i>Wonder Woman</i>, <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i> and <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> knocking it out of the park. But there were also plenty of absolute gems that fell under the radar.<p>Here's our pick of 2017's hidden gems.<p>1. Toni Erdmann<p>German …

Psychogeography

Build a Thermoelectric Generator, Like the Ones That Power Deep Space Missions

The phrase "heat engine" might trigger some bad memories from your introductory thermodynamics course. But don't worry, I am going to show you the …

Nanotech

Parenting Hero helps parents figure out how to talk to their kids

Parenting Hero is an app created on the premise no matter how many parenting books you read, a lot of that knowledge vacates your brain when faced with an indignant child on the verge of a meltdown. The app, currently available on iOS, takes tenets from the book “How to Talk So Little Kids Will …

15 Things Psychologists Wish You Knew Can Gradually Destroy Self-Esteem

It can be tough to step outside yourself, and truly recognize what affects your self-esteem. That's because nobody wakes up in the morning <i>wanting</i> to …

Self-help

Want to Lose Weight and Get in Better Shape? Science Says Do 1 Thing First

Fitness trackers are fun, but all that data could go to waste if you don't get the inside scoop on how you're built and what is best for you.<p>Americans spend a ton of money on diet and exercise--health clubs alone take in over $75 billion a year in revenue--in spite of the fact that most of us have …

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

8 Daily Rituals That Dramatically Improve Your Prospects of Becoming Rich

Working daily to becoming healthier and smarter leads to success by every measure.<p>Obtaining wealth and success is a journey. We can look at those who have made it and tell ourselves that they were born special or have been incredibly lucky. Those both may play some role in their success, but using …

This soothing, intricate puzzle game will make you feel like a genius

Gorogoa is a different kind of puzzle game<p>The first time <i>Gorogoa</i> truly clicks is revelatory. The puzzle game is simple at a glance: you’re presented with a grid of four squares, and you can move cards around on those squares. Each card depicts a scene or an object, with hand-drawn art of everything …

This Game Teaches You How to Build a Quantum Computer

Learning about how quantum computers work doesn’t have to be boring.<p>2017 has been a great year for quantum computing. Researchers created a time crystal that will one day serve as a quantum computer’s internal clock, managed to predict the future of a quantum system, put the first node of the …

Quantum Computing

What to do if you're in a crowd of panicking people

Basically, don't panic.<p>On December 11, 2017, a pipe bomb detonated at the Port Authority bus station in New York City. Five people were injured from the blast, but no one was seriously harmed in the quick evacuation that followed.<p>That’s not always the case. In 2005 reports of a bomber in Baghdad …

Clemson University

17 books Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg think everyone should read

Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, reads 50 books a year, he told The New York Times. In 2015, Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, created an online book club in which he read a book every two weeks.<p>Here are some of the titles the pair have recommended over the past few years.

Books