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Airline pilot explains 21 code words passengers don't understand

For most of us, flying is still an inherently mysterious activity.<p>To shed some light on the world of commercial air travel, Business Insider turned to Patrick Smith for some answers. Smith is not only an author and aviation blogger but also a long-time commercial airline pilot flying Boeing 757 and …

New Jersey

Cordyceps: The Adaptogen That Makes It Easier to Work Out

From your local juice bar to your Insta feed, adaptogens seem to be popping up everywhere—but what the heck are they (and which one should you try)? …


Sister Jean: how a 98-year-old nun became the hottest property in basketball

Loyola-Chicago’s chaplain dispenses coaching advice alongside spiritual guidance – and her underdog team is lighting up primetime college basketball<p>A 98-year-old nun has become the face of college basketball and the sport is probably all the better for it. Over the past week, Sister Jean …

UMBC Retrievers

'I Thought Depression Was a White People Disease': a Conversation with Depressed While Black

The creator of the #DepressedWhileBlack Twitter account on the specific challenges she faces at the intersection of depression and blackness.<p>I first encountered the #DepressedWhileBlack Twitter account through her brave, real, and sometimes painfully-funny tweets like “I honestly feel I’m the most …

Mental Health

15 Years Ago, I Helped Start a War That Hasn’t Ended

When I deployed to Iraq in 2003, there was no war. We had to start it.<p>As a lieutenant in charge of six tanks (four active-duty crews, two reserve), I gave a preinvasion talk to my platoon before rolling out. It was 15 years ago, and I was 24 — older than all but two of the 23 crewmen. It was a …


How to use Facebook while giving it the minimum amount of personal data

The Cambridge Analytica revelations illustrate why we can’t trust Facebook to police its own platform<p>Facebook has found itself embroiled in yet another colossal controversy related to how its sprawling, multibillion-person social network has been abused by bad actors. This time, the culprit is …


Weird winter weather has scientists looking to the north pole

Temperatures in the Arctic could help drive extreme weather in the United States.<p>Last October, experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a fairly mild winter for the United States. Though they were careful to hedge their bets (“maps show only the most likely outcome,” …

Global Warming

The Nancy Pelosi Problem

The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.<p>Last May, <i>The</i><i>Washington Post</i>’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current …

Affordable Care Act

The Betrayal of Dana Scully: “The X-Files” Has Been Terrible to Its Lead for a Generation

Icons become canonized in specific contexts. In the ’90s — that witchy, spicy, angry, angsty, sarcasm-laden decade when third-wave feminism and girl …

The X-Files

'The Harms of Fracking': New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer

The most authoritative study of its kind reveals how fracking is contaminating the air and water – and imperiling the health of millions of …

Oil & Gas Industry

Delete These iPhone Apps and Return to a Simpler Way of Life

<i>This year, I vowed to live a life less basic, by getting back to the basics. I’m making every effort to use my iPhone for only its essential purpose—and you should, too. Here’s how:</i><p><b>Delete Facebook and Twitter</b><br>I’ve read that the creators of these social-media platforms don’t even allow their own …


The television trick to learning a new language

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every day for about five years, Israeli sisters Reut and Shoham Nistel ran home from school, made themselves sandwiches and plopped down on the couch to watch an Argentine telenovela with Hebrew subtitles.<p>The girls became so proficient in Spanish that they started speaking it at home to …


What Hope Hicks Learned in Washington

On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week, it would be snowing in Washington, …

Donald Trump

Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety — But Schools Can't Keep Up

Not long after Nelly Spigner arrived at the University of Richmond in 2014 as a Division I soccer player and aspiring surgeon, college began to feel …

College & University

These 32 Brilliant Products On Amazon Have Over 5,000+ Reviews For Good Reason

Good reviews matter when it comes to buying new products online — and oftentimes, the more widely reviewed something is, the easier it is to take a …


12 Home Projects Designers Say Pay For Themselves Over Time

You don't have to spend big bucks to make a big impact on your space.<p>It's normal to get the itch to update your home, <i>especially</i> when new trends are cropping up every day. But, sadly, even DIY renovations aren't free. So we asked some of our go-to designers which projects are worth the investment.

Home Improvement

Seven creatures with skills that easily beat humans

Britt Spencer<p>What scientists learn about animal cognition helps unravel the mysteries of intelligence.<p>You think you’re so smart. Well, a wave of research into animal cognition reveals that just about anything you do, other creatures can do too. Sometimes, they can do it far better.<p>To probe the …

The Brain

SXSW 2018: 30 Best Artists We Saw at the Austin Throwdown

Hop Along, Kelela, two nights at Willie Nelson's ranch and more<p><b>Courtney Marie Andrews March 17th, Cheer Up Charlies</b> Courtney Marie Andrews tends to …

Jerry Lee Lewis

Making Musical Connections At Sing Sing Prison

Sing Sing Correctional Facility is not the sort of place you'd expect to find a flourishing music community, but a workshop run by Carnegie Hall offers inmates the ability to learn in harmony. Twice a month, artists from New York City travel to Sing Sing and spend a day giving 30 inmates enrolled …


The Name’s Hader … Bill Hader

If you think about it, Bill Hader’s long and successful career can be traced back to the day he took his SATs—or, rather, the day he chose <i>not</i> to take …


28 Brilliant Questions to Ask at the End of Every Job Interview

Always ask questions at the end of your job interview.<p>Thinking up questions to ask during job interviews is key.<p>Remember, every interview is a …

Job Interviews

Is your spin class too young, too thin and too white?

After a few committed months of hot yoga at a studio in New York, Christina Rice had found her niche. So when the studio announced that it was offering teacher training, she signed right up.<p>It was only when she arrived with her mat that she noticed something striking.<p>There were 54 other women and …

Los Angeles

There’s Never Been a Native American Congresswoman. That Could Change in 2018.

ALBUQUERQUE — When Deb Haaland was a child, she would rise early on this state’s sun-beaten tribal land, sling a water jar around her waist and climb the mesa overlooking her pueblo.<p>It was as high as she ever thought she would go.<p>Now, she is among a historic number of Native American women running …


Vladimir Putin: From accidental president to defender of Fortress Russia

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> The first time I saw Vladimir Putin face-to-face was a cold night in March 2000. He had just won his very first election and had arrived at his campaign headquarters, ready to answer questions from reporters.<p>Putin, then 47, was new to politics and he looked it: dressed informally in …


Why You Need an Untouchable Day Every Week

I hate meetings. They sit subconsciously in my brain, taking up space. I prepare for them in my notebooks. I travel to them, and then back again, in the middle of my work days. And what do most meetings usually result in? You guessed it — more meetings.<p>When I worked as Director of Leadership …


Interview: Woman Discovers Over 30,000 Secret Photos Left Behind by Her Mother

Asya Ivashintsova-Melkumyan always knew her mother was taking photographs, but never fully understood just how deep this passion ran until recently. When Masha Ivashintsova passed in 2000, she left behind boxes of belongings and memories, which remained untouched until late 2017. It was only then …

Street Photography

'Holy shite, what am I seeing out here?': 7 astronauts reveal what it really feels like to live in space

Seeing our planet from space is a rare treat — fewer than 540 people have ever left the Earth.<p>Seven astronauts who've blasted off from our planet with NASA came together this week for the premiere of the National Geographic series "One Strange Rock." The show, produced by Darren Aronofsky, takes an …

Space Exploration

The Road to the Sweet 16 in Pictures

Auburn Tigers

Luminale Festival Lights Up Frankfurt: Pictures


My Taper’s Keeper: Inside the World of NBA Barbers

Legend has it that Kobe Bryant was always first in the gym. His fanatical reputation was built before sunrise, and, as the stories go, he was in the …