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Harvard Scientists Theorize That Fast Radio Bursts Come From Alien Space Travel

Could these mysterious flashes of radio waves come from a planet-sized device to power alien spacecraft?<p>Fast radio bursts (FRB) are perhaps the most mysterious phenomena we observe in the cosmos. Earlier this year, astronomers announced they had pinpointed an FRB for the first time in a dwarf …

13 books Ernest Hemingway thought every young writer should read

In 1934, a young man named Arnold Samuelson was fresh out of journalism school at the University of Minnesota when he read "One Way Across," a short story by Ernest Hemingway.<p>The story later became part of Hemingway's fourth novel "To Have and Have Not."<p>Samuelson admired the story so much that he …

Looking for new iPhone wallpaper? Here are almost 1,000 images to choose from …

There’s no shortage of iPhone wallpaper sites out there, but trawling through them to find decent images can be a tedious process. One Reddit user, however, has done the work for you, pulling together some 944 images from wallpaper sites across the web …<p>Images include textured and graphic …

iPhone

Want to Be an Exceptional Leader? Science Says Think This Way (Because Most Bosses Don't) | Inc.com

Praise can be incredibly motivating. Praise can be extremely encouraging. Praise can be hugely inspiring.<p>If you do it the right way. Take the wrong approach, and praising an employee can actually have the opposite effect.<p>The difference lies in whether you assume skill is based on innate …

Self-improvement

Earth - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem."<p>The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the …

Quantum Mechanics

3 Errors CEOs Make with Their Executive Teams | Inc.com

The executive team is the most important unit in the company. CEOs and their executive teams have a symbiotic relationship, with mutual cooperation required for any organization to achieve success. Yet it's the CEO's job to build the right team in the first place and lead it effectively.<p>Here are …

Management

“A Certain Riddle of the Sphinx”: The Enduring Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript

THE JULY 1921 ISSUE of <i>Harper’s</i> featured an article provocatively titled “The Most Mysterious Manuscript in the World,” written by one John Matthews …

My husband and I are living off 35% of our income so we can retire before we’re 40

In the age of Silicon Valley, a lot of us dream of launching the next Warby Parker, Instagram, or Airbnb—a wildly successful business that will leave us financially set for life. But the game is kind of rigged.<p>Research says that, on the whole, entrepreneurs aren’t the fearless, high-achieving …

Retirement

Holy moly! Image of space shows a thousand black holes

It's the highest concentration of supermassive black holes ever seen.<p>It looks like a bunch of slightly blurry, multicoloured fireflies.<p>The image may not seem impressive at first, but it certainly improves on more intimate acquaintance. It's actually a more than 1,000 black holes at the centres of …

Universe

The World's Most Scenic Winter Train Rides

Few films capture the beauty of winter train travel as the 1974 silver screen mystery, “Murder on the Orient Express.” In it, Hercule Poirot …

Trains

Forget Dry January. Drinking in pub with friends is good for you, says Oxford University

For the stoic souls participating in Dry January the local pub might seem like a den of temptation which is best avoided.<p>But a new study from Oxford University has found that drinking in moderation with friends seems to improve overall wellbeing.<p>People who drank regularly at their local were …

Alcohol

The Key to Work-Life Balance? Integration of Those 2 Concepts.

Want to change into Lycra tights and take a 5-mile bike ride at lunch? That's absolutely fine, if it helps you produce brilliant work that afternoon.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The realities of maintaining a work-life balance have always been challenging. But, <i>better</i> …

6 habits highly organized people have in common

People often lament that despite their best efforts, they just cannot seem to get, and stay, organized. Even though they’ve been working at it diligently and have tried many strategies, nothing seems to stick. So how do organized people stay organized? Over the years, I’ve noticed they have six …

Minimalism

Sorry, that's a dead link (404) | Natural History Museum

Take part in daily talks, tours, workshops and events or visit after hours.<p>Find out about our 350 scientists and their research and curatorial …

Natural History

Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMED

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Walking around TEDMED 2016, I couldn't help but think of The Lonely Island song “Incredible Thoughts.” You know, the faux-philosophical rap that pokes fun at the world of Silicon Valley and big ideas with lines like “A Milk Dud sitting in the acid rain,” “Imagine if a fish …

Palm Springs

23 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

One of the great things about Netflix is that it has brought thoughtful, compelling documentaries to a much wider audience, which filmmakers could only dream of a decade ago.<p>And with bingeworthy titles like "Making a Murderer" and the vast ESPN "30 for 30" library a click away, you can get a lot of …

Walking Home Again

7 Books That Will Make You an Idea Factory

A Coursera co-founder and former Google exec on the books that help him come up with so many great ideas.<p>Contrary to popular belief, the vast majority of great ideas don't just pop out of thin air. Most are actually the unexpected combination of two or more concepts from different branches of …

7 Retirement Planning Steps Late Starters Must Take

These strategies will aid in padding your nest egg for a comfortable retirement.<p>Most Americans aren't saving enough for retirement — and worse, many …

Retirement

Algorithms to Live By: The self-help book for geeks

I devour books at a rate of at least two a week, and haven't written a book review in years, but before I got to the end of the first chapter, I …

17 Clever Cakes That Are Almost Too Amazing To Eat

Torn between wanting to eat them and not wanting to ruin them.

Dessert

Voynich Manuscript: exact replicas to be made of 'world's most mysterious book'

The world's most mysterious book has been locked away in a vault at Yale University for nearly all of the past half century, its worn pages accessible to few and its secrets thus far decipherable to no one.<p>Written in an unrecognisable language, the 15th century Voynich Manuscript has stumped the …

Replicas

Is Everything In The Universe The Same Age?

It’s been 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, something we’ve been able to date from a variety of lines-of-evidence. But that’s the amount of time that has passed <i>for us</i> since the Big Bang; since time is relative, what does that mean for observers in other parts of the Universe? Our Earth exists …

Universe

These 5 mind-melting thought experiments helped Albert Einstein come up with his most revolutionary scientific ideas

One of Einstein's most defining qualities was his remarkable ability to conceptualize complex scientific ideas by imagining real-life scenarios. He called these scenarios Gedankenexperiments, which is German for thought experiments.<p>Here are a few thought experiments that demonstrate some of …

How to Use Find My iPhone to Find iPhones Misplaced in the House

You might lose your iPhone or iPad, but Find My iPhone pretty much guarantees you’ll always at least know generally where it is, whether you left it at a friend’s house or at the bar (I did this once. Luckily my iPad was still there when I returned.) But what if you misplace your iPhone within your …

iPad

John Coltrane: The Atlantic Years – In Mono review – a formidable collector's item

(Rhino)<p>The retro chic of vinyl (this package of John Coltrane’s pivotal sessions for Atlantic in 1959-60 is released as seven vinyl discs or six CDs) seems now to be joined by an appeal to the marketability of stone-age mono recording. But the main attraction of this glitzy set is the documentation …

Soul Music

How to craft the perfect playlist for productivity

Nothing has more of a negative impact on my workday than forgetting my headphones.<p>Like most people, music is a huge part of my life. I listen to the most music while I work, sifting through playlists, from neo classical to indie to electronica on what seems like a never-ending search for the …

Flute

Emotional Intelligence 101: Why a Young Group of Interns Got Fired for Fighting the Dress Code | Inc.com

It began so innocently.<p>A young reader's request for advice went viral over the weekend, via a blog post on Askamanager.com. The reader had received a summer internship with a company that does work in the individual's desired industry.<p>"Even though the division I was hired to work in doesn't deal …

Leadership

Resilience Is About How You Recharge, Not How You Endure

As constant travelers and parents of a 2-year-old, we sometimes fantasize about how much work we can do when one of us gets on a plane, undistracted by phones, friends, and <i>Finding Nemo</i>. We race to get all our ground work done: packing, going through TSA, doing a last-minute work call, calling each …