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Want Success? Surround Yourself With People Who Challenge Your Thinking

Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? Perhaps it's the people around you. Here are five ways to get people to challenge and inspire you to success.<p>It's nice to have people around who support you and are of like mind. Agreeable people boost your confidence and allow a certain level of relaxation. …

Self-improvement

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

These companies are about to strike it rich thanks to the iPhone’s fingerprint sensor

Smartphones existed long before Apple got into the picture, with classics like Nokia’s foldout Communicator and Sony’s touchscreen P800. But the iPhone, released in 2007, made smartphones friendly, intuitive and elegant. The same is true of fingerprint sensors on smartphones, the highlight feature …

Mobile

30 Books You Should Read Before You're 30

The best books aren't static stories, but living entities with meanings that change and grow along with you. That's why we strongly recommend rereading the classics that were assigned to you in high school; you may find that they're nothing like they were before.<p>Still, some books are best …

How to Rebuild an Attention Span

In the war on distraction, a new long-term study of disrupted attention, multitasking, and aging shows dramatic results in improving working memory for older participants through use of an online game.<p><b>Begin with a Twist</b><p>Let’s start with the twist: A specially-designed video game helped reverse signs …

From the Lab to the Street: How 3 Illegal Drugs Came to Be

There's a huge gap, temporally and culturally, between the inventors of illicit drugs—usually rather austere, cerebral, and disciplined—and their consumers.<p>"We're not going to need pseudoephedrine," Walter White mutters through clenched teeth. "We're going to make phenylacetone in a tube furnace, …

18 Best U.S. Summer Music Festivals: From Bonnaroo to EDC (PHOTOS)

Summer Hits<p>Jean Trinh rounds up the best music festivals in the U.S., with artists like Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails.<p>06.01.13 4:45 AM ET<p>Julie …

Marcus Aurelius's One Question to Beat Procrastination, Whining, and Struggle

Author Jessica Francis Kane explains how the Roman emperor's words about perseverance have helped her career.<p>Doug McLean<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>When I asked Jessica Francis Kane, author of acclaimed short-story …