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Millennials love classic brands because they’re desperate for security

Walk down a block in Berlin or step into a coffee shop in San Francisco, and you’ll notice one thing immediately: These places are lousy with backpacks. And not just any backpack. Slung across the shoulders of millennials the world over is the trademark brightly-colored Kånken from Fjällräven, …

Google is really good at design

The nerds have finally figured it out.<p>There’s a past version of me who probably wouldn’t have believed that the devices Google announced at its fall …

The 10 essential tracks to listen to with new headphones

10 essential tracks to try when sampling a new pair of cans<p>As <i>The Verge</i>’s resident headphones obsessive, I hear a few questions quite often: what are the best Bluetooth headphones, where can I find those $1,000 cans for less than $100, and what music do you use for testing in your reviews? The first …

Audiophile

Chasing deadlines and happiness, we forget our lonely elderly

As a doctor I can’t replace the strongest medicine of all: attentive kindness to stave off loneliness<p>An oppressive winter has finally given way to the happiness of spring. Pretty flowers are in bloom and the bare trees promise to be in leaf again. As I walk into the weekend round, I feel happy for …

Happiness

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

<i>“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.”</i><p>Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too.<p>Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not an end. It …

Shure enters the Bluetooth earphone game with its $100 buds

Having tested a bunch of wireless earphones over the past few months, I’ve been glad to not have to wrestle with a cable that tangles in seconds in my pocket. But I haven’t been particularly impressed by the sound of sets that cost between $150 and $200.<p>That’s why I’m excited to hear what Shure has …

Consumer Tech

Nike-backed Grabit has quietly raised $25 million for robots that handle what others can’t grasp

Robot arms have come a long way since the 1960’s when George C. Devol and Joseph Engelberger created the earliest industrial models. Those had two-finger grippers that, in retrospect, look fit to pluck a rubber ducky out of a bin in a carnival game, but nothing too sophisticated.<p>By now, robots in …

Robotics

4 Buddhist Monk Habits That Are Hard to Adopt But Will Benefit You Forever

Ever wondered how Buddhist Monks live and what habits they adopt to make them so peaceful?<p>I’ve been always been fascinated by this question so I did …

Meditation

Women in public life are now being openly bullied. How has this become normal?

Diane Abbott isn’t the only female MP enduring more sexist and racist abuse than usual – and it seems to be completely accepted<p>Those of us in the UK are thankful that we don’t live in the land of the pussy grabber-in-chief, but in the land of his handmaiden. Theresa May, she who once sported a …

Feminism

Why we should stop worrying about our wandering minds

Daydreaming has a bad reputation, but neuroscientists are beginning to realise that a wandering mind is not only typical – it might be beneficial.<p>Sit down, relax and think of nothing. Struggling? There might be a good reason why your mind seems to wander even when you try very hard to switch off: …

The Brain

The Meditation You Can Do Anywhere

The first meditation I ever learned was also the most powerful. It consisted of just sitting with the breath. I was six years old. My parents are …

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Consciousness

Getty Museum

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke, sculpture by Antonio Canova. #NationalPoetryMonth<p>Archaic Torso of Apollo<p>We cannot know his legendary head with eyes like …

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

Google's Five-Front Assault On Apple

With Google stock surging to an all-time high of $916 and Apple’s trading 39% below its September 2011 peak, Google has positioned itself to grow — in part by taking a bite out of Apple’s customer base — on five fronts.<p>Google’s primary source of profit is search-related advertising while Apple’s is …

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Stellar: Richard Wright Paints 47,000 Stars On The Rijksmuseum’s Ceiling

In the midst of the thoroughgoing and decade-spanning renovation that has transformed Amsterdam’s recently reopened Rijksmuseum, one notable masterpiece remains in its original spot: Rembrandt’s <i>Night Watch</i> still has pride of place at the center of architect Pierre Cuypers’ 1885 magnum opus. Now, …

Art

You Are Stardust: Teaching Kids About the Universe in Stunning Illustrated Dioramas

<i>“Everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was … lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam,”</i> <b>Carl Sagan</b> famously marveled in his poetic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i> monologue, titled after the iconic 1990 photograph of Earth. The stardust metaphor for our interconnection …

The Speech Chain: A Vintage Illustrated Guide to the Science of Language

Given my documented soft spot for all kinds of vintage anatomy, I was intrigued to come across <b>The Speech Chain: The Physics and Biology of Spoken Language</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a short 1963 book that promises to cover “a significant subject in an interdisciplinary manner,” exploring the science of …

Arts and wellbeing lecture by Bonnie Greer – Talk at Tate Modern | Tate

This year’s annual lecture on the connection between the arts and wellbeing will be given by author, playwright and cultural commentator Bonnie …

Now Is a Horrible Time To Buy a Laptop

So your trusty laptop is starting to show its age. No one can blame you for wanting a new one, but we've got just one piece of advice: <b>WAIT</b>. This is a …

MacBook Air

Smithsonian

Art & Painting

'The Woman Upstairs': A Saga Of Anger And Thwarted Ambition

"How angry am I? You don't want to know. Nobody wants to know." Those are the opening lines of Claire Messud's new novel, <i>The Woman Upstairs</i>. The novel is about a single woman, Nora, who hasn't fulfilled her dreams of being an artist and having children. Nora's plight is complicated when she …

Lost in Translation?

Last month, Haruki Murakami published a new novel in Japan. Before anyone could read it, the novel broke the country’s Internet pre-order sales record, its publisher announced an advance print run of half a million copies, and Tokyo bookstores opened at midnight to welcome lines of customers, some …

MoMA Reconsiders Razing Folk Art Museum, A Modernist Icon, After Protests

Remember when the Museum of Modern Art, an entity devoted to art and design, decided to raze the iconic building next door in the name of expansion, and people pointed out the seeming conflict? The New York Times reports today that after a month marked by unusual frenzy in the architecture world, …