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7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting

Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a variety of disciplines.<p>Websites like Coursera and edX have leveled the playing field, allowing curious students from around the world to explore …

Higher Education

Smoking Doesn't Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

10 Rising Nashville Hip-Hop Artists You Should Be Listening to Right Now - PAPER

Known mostly for its country and rock music, Nashville is seldom recognized for hip-hop. But Nashville is "music city," not "country music city" or "rock music city" and the cross-pollination of many genres creates a thriving creative scene that extends into the rap world. While often overshadowed …

Rap & Hip-Hop

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

Lawn Mowing

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

40 Quotes that Will Quiet Your Mind

<i>Peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be</i> …

Self-help

12 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

Sarah Landrum, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>People with high levels of emotional intelligence are able to recognize and regulate their own emotions along …

7 Things to Remember When You Feel Discouraged and Defeated

<i>The worst enemy to productivity and creativity is self-pity.</i><p>This morning I didn’t feel like doing anything. It’s a combination of exhaustion from a …

Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the eradication of debt, purchased $4 million in private student loan debt and forgave all of it, …

Why People Reject Us and What We Can Do About It

<b>“When we can no longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”</b> <b>~Viktor Frankl</b><p>There's probably no worse feeling in life than the …

Self-help

This is your brain on money: Why America’s rich think differently than the rest of us

Nobody’s perfect. But only the rich get away with thinking that their luck and their flaws are actually strengths<p>Consider the following recent headlines:<p>“What The Middle Class Doesn't Understand About Rich People”<br>• “9 Things Rich People Do Differently Every Day”<br>• “15 Surprising Ways Rich People Think …

The 12 Most Popular Free Online Courses For Professionals

Based on data from online education platform Coursera, we compiled a list of the 12 most popular, free online classes for working professionals.<p>Here they are, ranked by popularity:<p>Coursera's most popular course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics …

Computer Science

4 signs the economy is about to tank

The Commerce Department recently revised its estimate of U.S. economic growth, announcing that the economy actually shrank at a 2.9% annualized rate …

La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (Playless Club Mix)

Wolf of Wall Street Belfort Is Aiming for $100 Million Pay

Jordan Belfort, whose memoir “The Wolf of Wall Street” was turned into a film by Martin Scorsese, expects to earn more this year than he made at his …

Comcast is destroying the principle that makes a competitive internet possible

Conservatives love the internet. They don't just love using it, they also love to point to it as an example of the power of free markets. And they're right. The internet has had a remarkable 20-year run of rapid innovation with minimal government regulation.<p>That was possible because the internet …

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

Consciousness

How + Why Meditation Works

Meditation is one of the most crucial aspects to cultivate more peace and happiness in life. It is literally the first thing I recommend to all my …

Higher Or Lower: How Do You Think Your U.S. Tax Burden Compares To Other Countries?

If it hurt to write that check to Uncle Sam, you’re not alone: personal income taxes have risen in 21 out of 34 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries in recent years. The biggest increases overall were reported in Portugal, the Slovak Republic and the United …

The American Dream turns into a Global Nightmare

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — The American Dream? Now a Global Nightmare? A ticking time bomb, a lethal virus spreading worldwide, could …

Income Inequality

The winners and losers of Portugal's golden visa scheme

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1061000/1061757_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522221042_7e0716deb14b313b9964a8138fc44860<p><b>"Do I get four Golden Visas for this?" jokes Yili Chen as estate agent Nuno Durao shows him round a 2m euro ($2.8m) apartment in the seaside town of</b> …

Europe

WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS: Because American Companies And Their Owners Are Greedier Now Than At Any Time In History

Why is the recovery so slow and weak?<p>One of the main reasons is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy, are still strapped.<p>Five years after the recovery began, unemployment remains high. And the Americans who are lucky enough to be working …

Economics

You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house”

Welcome to the new America where good people with honest jobs are losing money each month — and scrambling to live<p>It took less than two years for Kim Brown to go from middle class to minimum wage.<p>In the fall of 2011, Brown was a Web support technician for an electronics distributor in Chicago, …

Tax collector is coming for 'greatest buried treasure ever unearthed in U.S.' - The Margin - MarketWatch

Reuters<p>The “greatest buried treasure ever unearthed in the United States” is about to be hit by the tax collector.<p>According to Kathleen Pender, a …

VCs On Inequality, Unemployment, And Our Uncertain Future

The Great Bifurcation is underway. The American economy is polarizing between the minority rich and the majority poor; technology is a major cause of this; and the rest of the world will soon follow, if it hasn’t already. I’ve been writing about this for years, and by now you’re probably sick of my …

Processed Meat Reduces Male Fertility

Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health have found that men who eat at least half a portion of processed meat a day—including bacon, hamburgers, sausage, and hot dogs—corrupt the size and shape of their sperm cells and reduce their fertility.<p>Scientists are not sure why this occurs, but …

Processed Meat

How Exercise Makes Your Brain Grow

Research into “neurogenesis”—the ability of certain brain areas to grow new brain cells—has recently taken an exciting turn. Not only has research discovered that we can foster new brain cell growth through exercise, but it may eventually be possible to “bottle” that benefit in prescription …

Super Sugar Keeps Naked Mole Rats Cancer-Free

Although they are quite ugly and confined to a life underground, naked mole rats have at least one attribute that other animals, even humans, might …