Ian Cowan

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Here's How You Can Get Really, Really Good at Virtually Anything

It really doesn't matter if you have natural ability or not.<p>You want to dominate in your profession, perfect your skill as a performer, or impress the world with your writing, artwork, or athletic achievements. There's just one problem: You're not very good at whatever it is you seek to do.<p>Should …

Self-improvement

Canada is not a country.

Scott Gilmore: If our rag tag federation can’t build pipelines, move beer or find some common bonds, we may have a fatal problem<p>I want to fly up to …

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Why it’s always better to rent than to buy, and other things we learned from The Wealthy Renter

<b>The Wealthy Renter: How to Choose Housing That Will Make You Rich</b> <b><br>By Alex Avery</b> <b><br>Dundurn Press</b><p><b>200 pp; $19.95</b><p>Many of us are told that if we rent, we are …

Real Estate

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

18 products people waste too much money on that you should stop buying immediately

Waste not, want not.<p>We make so many purchases that we don't always realize what we are buying. If we take a step back and think about all of our additional costs, we could cut a few out of our lives.<p>These 18 products can often be a huge waste of money.

Scotland and Northern Ireland should break free and form a Confederation of the Gaelic States

So now it appears that Theresa May is probably going to be the last prime minister of the United Kingdom.<p>If I understand the mess that Britain has …

United Kingdom

Republicans say corporate tax cuts will boost workers' wages, but CEOs might have other plans

Gary Cohn, the top White House economic advisor, was onstage making the Trump administration's case that a huge cut in corporate taxes would trigger a surge of business investments.<p>Then came an off-the-cuff question to business leaders listening to Cohn at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council …

In ‘Game of Thrones’ Withdrawal? Brandon Sanderson Can Help.

The bestselling fantasy writer talks his new book, worldbuilding, the long shadow of George R.R. Martin, and what you should be reading if you're …

Putin Warns Scientists Are On The Verge Of Creating Genetically-Modified Superhuman Soldiers

While speaking at a youth festival in Sochi earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin of Russia warned that scientists tampering with the human …

Conquering the world's longest golf hole

The longest hole in golf runs 1,250 miles and spans an entire country. It has been played only once, and it took 82 days and 20,093 strokes to complete. That included the first shot, struck at 1 a.m. on June 29 of this year at the base camp of Khüiten Peak, the highest and most western point in …

Science says IQ may be the best predictor of your potential to excel at work — and no one wants to hear it

"The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people," Bill Gates once said in an interview. "There is no way of getting around that in terms of IQ, you've got to be very elitist in picking the people who deserve to write software."<p>Gates was talking specifically about Microsoft, …

Reliving the most mortifying athlete DM fails in Internet history

It’s been a banner week for DM rejection in the sports world. Following failed enquiries into the state and availability of Mia Khalifa and Lena Dunham’s respective undercarriages by Wilson Contreras and Lenny Dykstra—not to mention some classic Insta claim-staking from Thor himself—we decided …

A ‘very credible’ new study on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage has bad news for liberals

<b>By Max Ehrenfreund</b><p>When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they’d hoped to …

Artificial Intelligence Smart Assistants: The Next Big Thing in Computing?

We’re almost halfway into 2017 (I know, can you believe it’s end of June already?) and one of the big themes emerging so far is the rise of the AI-powered digital assistants. Rapid improvements in key underlying technologies — voice recognition and natural language processing – are making these …

Artificial Intelligence

Google’s powerful job search tool is going live today

Google is rolling out new features that will make it easier for jobseekers to connect with employers, straight from the search page.<p>Here’s how it works. Jobseekers can simply type queries like “jobs near me” or “retail jobs” in the search box and Google will return a list of available positions. It …

Employment

Assigning Credit for the Irish Economic Miracle

Ireland’s voters should give departing Taoiseach Enda Kenny higher marks.<p>When Enda Kenny’s center-right Fine Gael party came to power in 2011, Ireland was dealing with the collapse of its banking system and struggling to comply with the demands of an international rescue program. Six years later, …

Bill Gates Reviews Homo Deus By Yuval Noah Harari

What gives our lives meaning? And what if one day, whatever gives us meaning went away—what would we do then?<p>I’m still thinking about those weighty …

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before Buying My First Home In My 20s

Growing up, it seemed like home ownership was the step to “official adulthood.” As soon as I had a steady corporate job and a little bit in savings, I embarked on the pathway of home ownership at 23. Now over 20 years later, when I talk to young people looking to buy their first home, I tell them …

Real Estate

How one man saved $1 million in 5 years

In fact, GOBankingRates found that saving for retirement isn't a priority for 40 percent of all Americans.<p>It certainly wasn't at the top of Grant Sabatier's to-do list when he graduated from the University of Chicago in 2007.<p>As a philosophy major entering the job market on the brink of the Great …

I retired at 52 with a $3 million net worth — here are the 10 worst money mistakes anyone can make

Said another way, they boil down to E-S-I. If this is the heart of your financial plan, it's likely that you'll be prosperous.<p>That said, there is one other thing you'll need to do — you must avoid the financial pitfalls that can significantly derail your finances. I call these the worst money moves …

A New "Tube Transport" System Could Get You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

International and Global<p>Transportation of the future is being developed today: autonomous electric vehicles, flying cars, and the futuristic pods …

Bill to legalize marijuana expected to be tabled on Thursday

Marijuana

Investors are paying college students' tuition — but they want a share of future income in return

Melissa Gillbanks is no fan of student loans, so when she was looking for a way to pay for her senior year at Purdue University, she was happy to sign away a portion of her future income in exchange for a very different way to raise cash for college.<p>"When I found out there was a way to pay for my …

There’s great potential for a SpaceX hub in Canada

Elon Musk has changed the future of spaceflight by using an already flown-and-retrieved rocket for a second satellite-launching mission. This innovation, and the massive cost savings it entails, should enable his company, SpaceX, to capture most of the world's launch market. Now, the South …

Robots Are Replacing Humans at All These Wall Street Firms

BlackRock isn’t the only Wall Street investor laying off human stock-pickers and replacing them with robots.<p>The world’s biggest money manager on …

Investors Want Financial Advice From Both Robots and Humans, Says Accenture

Financial advisers across Wall Street’s biggest brokerages have fretted over their professional futures in recent years as their firms worked to …

A New Type of Li-Fi Has Reportedly Cracked 40 Gbps, 100 Times Faster Than The Best Wi-Fi

We're so ready.<p>If you're frustrated with slow wi-fi, you might be one of the many people eagerly awaiting the commercialisation of li-fi (or …

Quit caffeine to improve alertness and work performance

Caffeine is the lubricant of work.<p>We nurse it in various forms – from coffee to Red Bull to pills – as we push against tiredness and exhaustion.<p>Psychologist Travis Bradberry says we need a different view of caffeine: It's actually keeping us from realizing our potential.<p>Dr. Bradberry, co-founder of …

This Flop Shot Tests the Boundaries of Trust

First, a warning: Never attempt to hit a ball over someone unless they’re protected and you know you can pull off the shot. Here my son Jon, who plays golf professionally, is hitting a flop shot over my other son, Matt, the Director of Instruction at Oakmont, to see how quickly he can get the ball …