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Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Scientists studying starlight can tell you: Our universe is going dark

We know that our universe has already lived through great number of exciting phases. But new research released overnight shows the universe has long passed its peak and is slowly but surely dying.<p>The research was presented at the year’s largest gathering of astronomers at the International …

Black Holes

Great Leaders 'Act Before They Think'

In business, as in other walks of life, great emphasis is placed upon thinking before acting. Only after careful consideration of the options can the right decisions be made, goes the theory. But is this necessarily correct? Herminia Ibarra, a professor specializing in leadership at INSEAD, …

4 best books for retirement investors

The question of the day: How much do you really need to know in order to be a successful investor?<p>Throughout North America, it's the start of the …

The Great Myth of Success

It's not about you.<p>A million dollars.<p>Two million dollars.<p>A boat.<p>A bigger boat.<p>Two boats.<p>This is the typical ladder of success for most people.<p>You start with a wish list, and then you start checking things off that list. The Audi with the 5-speed and the V6 becomes the Audi with the 6-speed, the V8, …

10 Things Exceptionally Productive Entrepreneurs Do Every Day

<i>Inception</i> is one of my all-time favorite movies. In it, characters find themselves in dream worlds without knowing where they are or how they got there.<p>That’s how I used to feel throughout the day… every day.<p>One minute I was focused on the most important thing on my to do list; the next I was on a …

Time Management

Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About Saving for Retirement

If we ever hope to stop working and enjoy our golden years, we have to save and invest for our retirement. Here are ten things to know so we can grow …

Digit is the automated savings plan we’ve been waiting for

Set it, forget it, and go to Hawaii<p>Until recently, my savings consisted mostly of unexpected windfalls. A tax return here, a birthday check from Grandma there. Over time I’ve amassed enough that I can withstand the odd financial shock. (The physical pain of a root canal is now <i>slightly</i> more intense …

The 13 Best Winter Cocktails to Get You Through the Cold

From an updated martini to a seasonal riff on the margarita, here's what to drink when the temperature drops.<p>You can sip a martini any time, but there's something particularly pleasurable about a cocktail designed for the colder months. "Everyone's looking to drink seasonally," says bartender …