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The Philanthropist’s Burden

Sam Chivers<p>If you think making money is hard, just try giving it away.<p>That’s one lesson evident in A Truck Full of Money, Tracy Kidder’s new book about Paul English, the now millionaire cofounder of the travel website Kayak.com. Kidder, having chronicled the hardware revolution in his 1981 book The …

New Jersey

Reining in the Rain

Makoto Murase pioneered urban rainwater recycling in Japan. Now he's spreading efforts into freshwater-starved regions.<p>Where many see rain as a nuisance, Japan’s Makoto Murase sees a freshwater resource for millions.<p>The World Health Organization estimates nearly 800 million people lack access to …

The End of Relaxation

<i>We live in the golden age of wellness vacations, where taking time off is all about becoming a better person.</i><p>When I was 22, I used to have a fantasy about going away to a sanitarium, like in “The Magic Mountain.” I would do nothing but sit on balconies, wrapped in steamer rugs, and go to the …

World Economic Forum

National Geographic Travel

A letter to America from Leslie Knope, regarding Donald Trump

Dear America,<p>Amidst the confusion, and despair, and disbelief, it was suggested to me by a very close friend of mine (I won’t say her name to protect her identity) (Ann. It was Ann) that perhaps a few people would enjoy hearing my thoughts on this election. So I sat down at my computer, cleared my …

Leslie Knope

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6 toothbrushes to keep your teeth clean and green

<b>Reduce dental waste by supporting companies that prioritize compostability, recycling, and innovative materials.</b><p>Our teeth are such a small part of …

Forget about “inbox zero”: The real problem with email isn’t your unread messages

Salon talks to the author of “Unsubscribe” about email anxiety, productivity sappers and email “completion bias”<p>I currently have over 1 million unread messages in my Gmail inbox — a horrifying number I almost never contemplate because it’s just too scary. As a freelance writer, I check my email …

Productivity

Top 15 Most Powerful Women in History

A number of powerful women have shaped the course of history with their intelligence, strength, passion, and leadership qualities. They have …

Ancient History

The hydropower paradox: is this energy as clean as it seems?

In July, UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon highlighted the role of hydropower in boosting the use of renewable energy globally, when he visited a nonprofit institute in China that helps emerging nations develop and build hydropower plants. Many countries consider hydroelectricity a clean source of power …

Hydroelectric Power

Could 3D printing help tackle poverty and plastic waste?

Startups are turning plastic waste in developing countries into filament for 3D printers while employing local waste pickers<p>When Sidhant Pai visited a local rubbish dump in his home city of Pune, India, he was struck by the size and intensity of the operation. Large black crows swooping overhead, …

Sustainability

Reupholster a Storage Ottoman Inspired by That New Shade of Blue

Tiny spaces are no joke. Every nook, corner and cranny matters when you live in only a couple hundred square feet of space. For this DIY, we focused on using a traditional storage piece in a new way. Follow along to see how we both turned this (in my opinion) “out of style” ottoman into a chic …

Sewing

What You Need to Know About the New Overtime Rules

In just a few weeks, big changes are coming to the way small businesses calculate overtime for their salaried workers.<p>Starting Dec. 1, the salary …

Small Business

At This Restaurant, Human Interaction Is Discouraged

With its 'low-interaction dining,' food is the focus at Ichiran, a popular chain in Asia that recently expanded to Brooklyn, N.Y.<p>When was the last time you truly focused on eating? By that I mean, you placed the food in your mouth, chewed and concentrated on the flavors as they hit your taste buds, …

Time I

This Adidas sneaker made from recycled ocean waste is going on sale this month

Last year, Adidas unveiled a concept sneaker made from 3D-printed recycled ocean waste. Now, it’s going on sale, with some 7,000 pairs to be made available in Adidas stores and from the company’s website in mid-November. Each pair will cost €200 ($220).<p>The sneakers are made in collaboration with …

Shoes

The secret to the Seahawks' success? This book.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll sees David Brooks's 'The Road to Character' as a game-changer in the way he coaches, speaks to, and sets …

Top 10 Most Beautiful Hiking Places around the World

About 13 hiking trails have been rounded up in this whole world and they are considered to be the perfect one to get the next adventure. This is the …

Hiking

The 13 spookiest named (but most beautiful) places in the world

Names can be deceptive. The following places may sound morbid, but they are actually amazing.<p><i>Editor’s note: These spots are all taken directly from</i> …

The top 25 tourist attractions in the US right now

Touristy spots are popular for a reason.<p>Seasoned travelers may roll their eyes at the crowds and cameras, but there's something gloriously patriotic about people coming from all over to see what America has to offer.<p>According to the Attractions Trend Index by planning and booking site TripAdvisor, …

TripAdvisor
Sustainability

How to Negotiate with a Liar

Brosmind<p>Robust social psychology research indicates that people lie—and lie often. One prominent study found that people tell, on average, one or two lies every day. Negotiators are no exception. Judging from studies done in 1999 and 2005, roughly half of those making deals will lie when they have …

Management
Urbanization

15 Otherworldly Photographs of Iceland from Above Photos

Iceland might be the world’s hottest vacation destination right now, and it’s not hard to see why. In addition to affordable airfare (not to mention a tourism board that promotes extended layovers on a trip across the pond), the land of fire and ice is a visual delight. It seems as if it belongs in …

5 Things We Throw Away That Would Make Awesome Decorations

You can create some of the most beautiful decorations for your home or garden by simply modifying the items you’d originally throw away.<p>We usually …

The best time of day to do everything, from exercising to interviewing for a job

What happened?<p>Maybe it's not a question of <i>what</i> you did, but of <i>when</i> you did it.<p>As in, you drank coffee before you needed it and ended up crashing later, or you spent the whole morning answering emails so you had no energy left to work on the really important stuff in the afternoon.<p>To help make sure …

Time Management

So, Which Is It: Bigly Or Big-League? Linguists Take On A Common Trumpism

The final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton wrapped up last week, but a post-debate argument raged for days afterward: Is Trump saying "bigly" or "big-league"?<p>Many took to social media questioning what the Republican nominee could be saying.<p>Some even criticized him, …

Donald Trump

The 14 Phrases Every VC Wants to Hear in Your Pitch

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Venture Capital

8 Toxic Habits That Make Star Employees Quit

Avoid these habits (or these bosses) at all costs if you want to thrive.<p>Sometimes top talent will leave a company for a different position or greater incentives. However, if your business has a high employee turnover rate, maybe the issue isn't just competing firms. Unfortunately, many bosses have …

Employment

PHOTOS: Finalists For The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

The 2016 finalists for the second annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards have been announced, and they are predictably delightful.<p>A grinning owl. A fish slapping a bear in the face. An unfortunate interaction between a buffalo and a bird. At least two eagles with very little dignity. Click …

Wildlife