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Why Isis fights

For more than a century, Dabiq was one of northern Syria’s forsaken villages, a speck on a vast agricultural plain between the Turkish border and the deserts of Iraq, which hardly seemed likely to shape the fate of nations. A weathered sign at its entrance said 4,000 people lived there, most of …

Middle East

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

Mindfulness

How To Build A 400sqft Solar Powered Off Grid Cabin For $2k

Basic information on solar energy<p>Solar energy is one of the world’s best and largest natural resources. Solar power is said to be green since, in …

Understanding Obamacare at the Supreme Court

<b>Struggling to understand the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act lawsuit ruled on by the Supreme Court? We break it down to the basics.</b><p>The Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, and ever since has been the subject of legal and legislative battles.<p>Now, the Supreme Court has decided on King v …

Health Care

How to Use an Analog Watch as a Compass

If you ever find yourself lost in the wilderness or adrift at sea with no way to tell which direction you're traveling, an analog watch (or any …

Astronomy

Complaining, for Your Health

The mental and physical benefits of airing your grievances<p>In his 1964 book <i>Games People Play</i>, psychiatrist Eric Berne describes what he calls the “Yes, but” communication pattern: First, one person states a problem. Next, another person responds by offering suggestions on how to solve it. The first …

Psychology

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

An Economist Explains In Simple Terms Why Deflation Is Dangerous

So what's the big issue? If rising prices (inflation) are generally considered a bad thing, then shouldn't falling prices (deflation) be a good thing?<p>Well, yes and no.<p>Economics professor Ed Dolan is on hand with an easy-to-understand presentation (no economics degree needed), showing the …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Our brains are busier than ever before. We’re assaulted with facts, pseudo facts, jibber-jabber, and rumour, all posing as information. Trying to figure out what you need to know and what you can ignore is exhausting. At the same time, we are all doing more. Thirty years ago, travel agents made our …

Productivity

Theoretical Astrophysicist Reveals How Evidence for an ‘Unusual Event in the Sky’ 2,000 Years Ago Could Be Tied to the Wise Men and Jesus’ Birth as the Bible Claims

Adults and children in Latin America and Spain, among other locations, are celebrating Three Kings’ Day Tuesday, a joyous religious holiday that is held each year on the 12th day after Christmas.<p>The event marks the moment the wise men, also known as the Magi, followed a “star” in the sky and met …

Will Texas Stay Texan?

As the Lone Star state continues its economic rise, will it be able to maintain its distinctive identity, or will it become more like the communities …

Protect Yourself From Hackers With A VPN Service [Up To 72% Off]

It works by creating a secured group of devices that can communicate anonymously across a public network (the Internet). They're a must-have if you use public WiFi, where you are most vulnerable to attack. Check out this article on Medium to see why.<p>Use the tools below (thanks to our friends at …

Check Out The Epic Mansion Minecraft's Creator Just Bought With His Microsoft Money

The eight-bedroom mansion sold for $70 million. Persson outbid Jay-Z for it.<p>He sold his company to Microsoft for $2.5 billion in September.

11 Websites That Will Make You Smarter About Money

Not everyone has a financial adviser, and not everyone has the time to read a personal finance book.<p>Luckily, there's the internet.<p>We've made learning about money easier for you by compiling a list of some of our go-to websites for money advice.<p>Happy browsing.<p><b>Why we like it:</b>Investopedia's dictionary …

Capital controls feared as Russian rouble collapses

'Funding problems are increasing dramatically. We think Russia is now flirting with systemic problems,' said Danske Bank<p>The Russian rouble has suffered its steepest one-day drop since the default crisis in 1998 as capital flight accelerates, raising the risk of emergency exchange controls and …

Economy

How to become wealthy: It's simpler than most 'experts' say

Ask any honest financial planner how to become wealthy, and they'll tell you the simple act of saving money is far, far more important than picking the next hot stock.<p>So I was surprised when I came upon an article from The Billfold titled "You Don't Get Wealthy from Savings." The article was so …

America’s Oldest Political Insult

Presidents have always been ‘kings’ to their enemies.<p>Of course President Barack Obama is “ an unaccountable monarch.” Of course he's “ an emperor.” It’s not that Ted Cruz and John Boehner, respectively, are right about the president’s immigration order—it’s that the presidency itself is built to …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

5 fantastic free Android apps that do amazing things the iPhone can’t

When it comes to smartphone platforms, there’s plenty to enjoy on iOS and Android alike. The “iPhone vs. Android” debate is obviously a heated one …

How to Make a Work Bench | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editors note: This is a guest post by Ethan Hagan from One Project Closer.</i><p><b>A Quick Intro</b><p>In the video, I share that you’re about to learn how to make …