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Eight words that changed the way we think

The exact origins of words are often difficult to place. But sometimes they are the inventions of ground-breaking pioneers – from Chaucer to JK Rowling.<p>Every word conceals a story, a secret history. Behind the syllables we use every day lurk countless forgotten tales. “If you know the origin of a …

Literature

6 Ways to Practice Hygge, the Danish Secret to Happiness

Here’s how to embrace the simple philosophy that keeps Danes cozy and content all winter long.<p>There isn't an exact translation for the Danish word …

Happiness

This 23-Minute Morning Ritual Will Transform Your Whole Day

How cool is science? Now you can set yourself up every morning for an awesome day by doing these simple activities.<p>When I learned of Harvard-trained happiness researcher Shawn Achor's recommendations for training your brain to be more positive, I admit, I did a little eye-roll. I mean, watching …

Happiness

8 Tips on Selling Your Ideas to Influential People | Inc.com

The most successful people in business often have friends in high places. Yes, it's certainly possible to get ahead purely with financial acumen, a product or service customers can't live without, or knowledge and experience that makes you irreplaceable. But often, it's about who you know--people …

Leadership

13, right now

She slides into the car, and even before she buckles her seat belt, her phone is alight in her hands. A 13-year-old girl after a day of eighth grade.<p>She says hello. Her au pair asks, “Ready to go?”<p>She doesn’t respond, her thumb on Instagram. A Barbara Walters meme is on the screen. She scrolls, and …

Breast Cancer

The 10 most amazing indoor pools

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4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

The Brain

8 Food Blog Links We Love

<i>We've scoured the web for our favorite food blog posts, and now we're bringing them right to your desktop. It’s hard work, but someone has to do it.</i><p><i>Today: End-of-summer treats for Saturday snacks and Sunday brunches.</i><p>For the perfect lazy Saturday morning treat, try a Nordic oven pancake slathered in …

19 amazing untranslatable words

Language

Space Saving Solutions for Every Room in Your House

When you first moved in, you had good intentions: You bought a filing cabinet, carefully folded your clothes into closets and bureaus, and vowed that your kitchen countertops would never be (too) cluttered. But before you knew it (or had even finished moving in), life happened: Opened letters and …

Disease

A Self-Folding Origami Robot That Can Walk, Climb, Dig, Carry, Swim and Dissolve into Nothing | Colossal

<p>Scientists at MIT have pulled up a very tiny curtain on their newest invention: a 1.7cm square robot capable of assembling itself like a piece of …

Robotics

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

6 of the Most Insanely Dangerous Cocktails Ever Created

Almost everything exciting or wonderful in life has a hint of danger. Cocktails are no exception.<p>Whether that danger comes from the peculiar punch of the green fairy or from an airborne arc of flaming Scotch, these exciting drinks will get your pulse and the party going.<p>More from …

Alcohol

Exercise Hormones to Know About

(And if you need some new workout inspiration, try these 10 Genius Exercises You Aren't Doing.)<p><b>The hormone:</b> Irisin<p><b>What it is:</b> Exercise causes it to break off into your bloodstream and circulate throughout your body. Hence its nickname: the “exercise hormone.”<p><b>How it works:</b> One recent study found …

FlippyCat's Spectacular Domino Rally Stunt Screenlink

After 3 months of work and probably more than 500 fails, I'm happy to present you my best video ever. Since magnets and marbles I've always wanted to …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

GPhC Exam Syllabus

25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece …

The Top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day’ of 2014

At the end of every quarter the Sifter highlights the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check out …

8 hours of airliners departing from Los Angeles in one single photo

Los Angeles architectural photographer Mike Kelley posted this awesome image of almost all the departures and some of the arrivals at LAX during a …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

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IACP Announces 2014 Food Writing Award Winners

Saturday night in Chicago the <b>International Association of Culinary Professionals</b> held its annual awards, honoring the best in food writing, photography, design, and journalism over the last year.<p>Winners include <b>The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen</b> for the American category, and Los Angeles chef Suzanne …

Easy Double Bean Burgers with Avocado Basil Cream

Easy Double Bean Burgers with Avocado Basil Cream.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> June 27, 2012 229<p>Time to play make believe!<p>First… donuts sandwiched in between quinoa …

Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders with Sweet Corn + Scallions

Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders with Sweet Corn + Scallions.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> June 5, 2013 140<p>I told you my buffalo obsession was getting out of …

Smoky Sweet Potato Burgers with Roasted Garlic Cream and Avocado

To roast garlic, see this tutorial. I like to roast a few bulbs at once (like 4-5) to have for the week.<p>Pierce potatoes (I used 2 large) all over …