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Elon Musk Uses This Ancient Critical-Thinking Strategy To Outsmart Everybody Else

But while he dropped out of the program after only a few days, the field left an impression on the billionaire-to-be.<p>Perhaps most crucially, it trained him in <b>"first principles thinking,"</b> a mode of inquiry that relentlessly pursues the foundations of a problem.<p>"I think it's important to reason from …

Call me maybe, or better yet text

In the second season of the BBC soap-drama “Downton Abbey,” telephone service arrives at the house. The year is 1914, and not everyone is enthusiastic about the new technology. Struggling to conduct a conversation, an addled dowager countess finally gives up, turns to her granddaughter and asks, …

Face it: Girl Scout cookies aren't good. That you can order them online is great

Nostalgic TV shows you barely remember. Snacks you had to buy from humans. How can you not love life when everything’s just a Google search away?<p>As of Monday, Girl Scout cookies – previously only available through your niece, your neighbor’s kid, or that one coworker of yours who was selling …

Historic echoes in DC's civil rights response

The national fury over police brutality is thrusting the federal government into a role that dates back decades: ensuring the rights of African-Americans are protected in a nation with a long history of racial inequality.<p>After local grand juries in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, …

The Rise of Daddy Daycare

Even though the burden of cultural expectation still generally falls on mothers, fathers now spend almost five more hours on childcare each week than they did in 1965.<p>What scene comes to mind when you envision a dad left in charge of his kids for the day? Is it a room with fresh crayon marks all …

How to Buy Groceries: Supermarket Shopping 101

We take you from the front door to the checkout aisle of the typical supermarket to help you buy (and not buy) food the right way<p><i>This is the second part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discussed how supermarkets try to get you to spend</i> …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

5 immigration myths debunked

President Obama is taking executive action to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation.<p>His plan has been a tough sell to the American people, especially with the new Republican-controlled Congress. But many experts agree that some of the arguments against immigration are based …

The Persistent Myth of the Narcissistic Millennial

People are still lobbing the same accusations at Millennials, even though evidence shows they're not any more self-absorbed than their predecessors.<p>A few months ago, the news went viral that the American Psychiatric Association had classified “taking selfies” as a sign of a mental disorder. It lit …

The 10 most conservative (and liberal) cities in America

<b>(IM_photo via Shutterstock)</b><p>The U.S. is a much more complicated political patchwork than you might expect<p>Allegra Kirkland<p>October 29, 2014 10:30am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Americans have countless stereotypes about people from different regions of the country. There’s the …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Augmented Reality

'You Have The Right To Remain Silent.' Or Do You?

"You have the right to remain silent."<p>Any devotee of TV crime dramas or police procedural shows hears the phrase regularly. But new court decisions in recent years have chipped away at that principle.<p>Take the case of California resident Richard Tom. In 2007, he broadsided a car, injuring a girl and …

The NFL's Hazy Logic on Marijuana

When it comes to pot, the league's usual anti-drug arguments don't hold—and are harming players instead of protecting them.<p>The National Football League is about to lighten up on pot. To a point.<p>According to reports, the league and its players have agreed in principle to liberalize the NFL’s …

Republican unveils worst school idea ever: Make poor kids clean floors

<b>Jack Kingston (AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Rep. Jack Kingston has a bold new lesson for poor children: If you want lunch, you better work for it. Literally<p>Jim Newell<p>December 19, 2013 6:43pm (UTC)<p>Rep. Jack Kingston seems to be the least crazy of the various House Republicans running to replace retiring Sen. …

Stop thanking the troops for me

<b>(Reuters/Alex Gallardo)</b><p>Why is pro sports constantly jamming military fervor down our throats? Their claims are wrong in more ways than one<p>Justin Doolittle<p>November 11, 2013 4:34pm (UTC)<p>The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the "NBA …

Chinese professor sacked amid free speech crackdown

One of China's most prestigious universities has sacked an outspoken economics professor, raising concerns about the extent of a continuing crackdown on free speech and dissent.<p>Xia Yeliang, an associate professor at Peking University's school of economics since 2002, was notified on Friday that his …

11 Hidden Messages in Company Logos

When Wendy's redesigned its logo in 2013, the company insisted the word "MOM" in the collar was unintentional. But plenty of other logos contain …

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Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a potential headache for …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

Richest 1 Percent Hold 46 Percent Of The World's Wealth

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Global wealth has risen by 68 percent over the past 10 years to reach a new all-time high of $241 trillion and the United States accounts for nearly three quarters of the increase, Credit Suisse said in its World Wealth Report.<p>Average global wealth has hit a peak of $51,600 per …

Fracking produces annual toxic waste water enough to flood Washington DC

Fracking in America generated 280bn US gallons of toxic waste water last year – enough to flood all of Washington DC beneath a 22ft deep toxic lagoon, a new report out on Thursday found.<p>The report from campaign group Environment America said America's transformation into an energy superpower was …

Some Online Journals Will Publish Fake Science, For A Fee

Many online journals are ready to publish bad research in exchange for a credit card number.<p>That's the conclusion of an elaborate sting carried out by <i>Science</i>, a leading mainline journal. The result should trouble doctors, patients, policymakers and anyone who has a stake in the integrity of science …

We should be talking about class in America as much as race issues

Much has been said about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's dream speech, and it has been said very eloquently. But as I re-read King's addresses, I can't help but think that if he were alive today, he would be preaching and organizing first and foremost about income inequality.<p>To be …