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The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

Road Trip: Washington’s National Parks

Seattle serves up more than great coffee: This seaside city puts you within striking distance of three national parks. North Cascades, Mount Rainier, …

Opening Minds on Ed Tech

<i>Every teacher deserves the chance to be phenomenal.</i><p>It’s easy to say, and I don’t know anyone who would disagree with the sentiment. But in the …

Education Technology

8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive

When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie?<p>When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie? If you're like most people, you probably feel like a zombie.<p>Most people's mornings are a chaotic mess. Exhausted. Stimulant-driven. Rough.<p>However, …

Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible

<i>Agility</i> is a good thing, no doubt, and the Agile Manifesto isn’t unreasonable. Compared to a straw-man practice called “Waterfall”, Agile is notably …

Project Management

The complete guide to transforming your desk into a peaceful, productive place to work

Some say a messy desk is a sign of creativity. Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg—all notorious champions of workplace disarray—might agree.<p>More often than not, however, a messy desk is just messy.<p>Unless you’re already a creative genius, having a helter-skelter work space is likely to …

Future of Prototyping Live in Sketch

Just a little while (past week), we've announced Craft-Styles by Invision LABS and today Invision announced that they acquired Silver Flows to bring …

14 Concepts For A New Manager

There are a lot of books and articles about “how to be a manager”. Being an effective manager doesn’t have to be a complex topic. Keeping a few …

4 Signs a Property Is Worth Buying and Renting Out

Do you have fantasies of becoming a landlord? That is, do you dream that one day, you'll purchase a promising piece of property, move in some reliable tenants, then kick back and collect rent well into retirement?<p>If you've got the cash and ambition to follow through, there are plenty of condos, …

Forget Schrödinger's Cat: The Latest Quantum Puzzle Is About Three Pigeons in Two Holes

For decades, Schrödinger’s famous thought experiment involving a cat has been the turn-to illustration of quantum mechanics. But now there’s a new …

Quantum Mechanics

Looking Back at David Bowie's Most Powerful and Influential Songs

The Thin White Duke has died at 69, leaving behind some of the greatest music of all time. Here are some of the VICE staff's favorites.<p>The Thin White Duke has died at 69, leaving behind some of the greatest songs of all time. Here, some of our writers choose their favorites and explain what he …

Princeton's School of Hard Knocks

Worrying about the angst of high-achieving students has become a minor industry. “America’s culture of hyperachievement among the affluent” has led …

High School

Scrum or Kanban: Which form of Agile is best for you?

The benefits of Agile development are clear: faster delivery, predictable development cycles, flexibility and faster bug fixes. But deciding which …

Create a Conversation, Not a Presentation

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>When I worked as a consultant, I was perennially guilty of “the great unveil” in presentations—that tendency to want to save key findings for the last moment and then reveal them, expecting a satisfying moment of awe. My team and I would work tirelessly to drive to the …

Tutorial: Building a Raspberry Pi Smart Home (Part 1)

Earlier this year, we showcased our Raspberry Pi Future Home, a fully connected LEGO smart house model with LEDs, weather sensors, and a realtime …

6 Things Mark Cuban Says You Should Do With Your Money

<i>By Stefanie O'Connell</i><p>Mark Cuban, billionaire investor, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and mainstay of the hit show, "Shark Tank," is known for his …

Why White Space Is Crucial To UX Design

White space isn’t just about aesthetics, it’s the key to successful user interfaces. Here’s how it really works.<p>All good visual artists understand the importance of negative space, the empty area that draws attention to, and accentuates, the actual subject. Negative space (the artistic equivalent …

9 Easy Career Hacks That Very Few People Actually Do

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I gave a presentation to Womensphere a few months ago on the most valuable lessons I learned early in my career. Back when I was an entry-level investment banking analyst at Bear Stearns (R.I.P.), our trainers gave us some basic advice on …

8 Questions to Know if You Should Jump on an Opportunity | Inc.com

What should you do when an unexpected opportunity--a new client, a new direction, or a new partnership--comes knocking? Should you leap at the chance? Vet the prospect thoroughly, looking under rocks for hidden dangers? Or stick resolutely to your existing customers and original business plan?<p>It's …

Business Strategy

12 Important Things Teachers Should Know about Chromebooks

December 15, 2014 <br>Chromebooks are making gigantic inroads in the education sector. Several school districts here in Canada and the States are …

100+ Essential Books Every Man Should Read

Amazon is offering $5 off on print book purchases of $15 or more until 11:59 pm December 14, 2017. Use the promo code <b>BOOKGIFT17</b> at checkout to …

How to find your purpose -- and live it

Certain people exude such a powerful presence that they can absolutely captivate you within the very first moment of meeting them.<p>When I was introduced to Bill Thomas at a conference, he was that kind of mesmerizing.<p>A fortysomething, Harvard-trained doctor casually dressed in jeans and …

How to Photograph the Moon (Part 1)

Ever since I’ve owned a camera I’ve wanted to take photos of the night sky. When I first got a DSLR camera 5 or so years ago I thought getting decent …

PM/AM: Inside Apple's Secretive Training School

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>How does a huge company like Apple foster a sense of community and a common goal? With training courses at the secretive Apple …

Apple Store

Rebooting YouTube

Susan Wojcicki built Google into a $55 billion advertising giant. Now she’s running YouTube. Her job: Do it again.<p>When Susan Wojcicki took over YouTube in February, she received almost as much unsolicited advice as there are YouTube videos. One open letter not-so-subtly pleaded with Wojcicki, “So …

Successful People Start Before They're Ready.

{Richard Branson via under30ceo.com}<p>By James Clear<p><i>In 1966, a dyslexic sixteen-year-old boy dropped out of school.</i><p>With the help of a friend, he …

Unprecedented Photographs of Real Life in North Korea

North Korea is a nation of which little is known or understood in the rest of the world. Their government’s notorious mistrust of outsiders keeps the …

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