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The secret to success no one talks about (but everyone needs to hear)

You’re sick of the same self-help literature that promises success in just a few simple steps. So am I. It’s all over the Internet, and if it were as …

Self-improvement

Career Advice From 7 Popular Creatives Who Made It Big

Do you dream of becoming a writer or using your writing skills to gain success in your industry? It’s easy to look at creatives who’ve “made it” and …

Broad City

The Art-Lover's Guide To Traveling The World

Where to head if you're after high art, architecture, food and museums.<p><i>Tom Marchant is the co-founder of luxury travel company and trip planner, Black Tomato, which delivers luxe experiences around the world via inspiring itineraries and access to the globe's up-and-coming, remote destinations.</i> …

Travel

“Google Was Not a Normal Place”: Brin, Page, and Mayer on the Accidental Birth of the Company that Changed Everything

A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters, space tethers, and Burning Man to the “eigenvector of a matrix,” humongous wealth, and extraordinary power.<p>In 1996, as the World Wide Web was taking off, <b>Larry Page</b> and <b>Sergey Brin</b> watched from …

Silicon Valley

Strange Stories of Extraordinary Brains---and What We Can Learn From Them

Sharon remembers the first day it happened, in 1952. She was 5 years old and blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of blindman’s bluff. But when she whipped off the scarf, panic set in. The house, the street, even the mountains were in the wrong …

The Brain

The 50 people changing the way we travel

Sir David Attenborough<p>At the time he joined the BBC as a trainee in 1952, Attenborough had only seen one TV show. He went on, of course, to present …

Bear Grylls

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.<p><b>TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May</b> breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, …

Smart Cities

The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained

We explain nothing.<p>The computer you’re reading this article on right now runs on a binary — strings of zeros and ones. Without zero, modern electronics wouldn’t exist. Without zero, there’s no calculus, which means no modern engineering or automation. Without zero, much of our modern world …

Mathematics

How to Ask Great Questions

Much of an executive’s workday is spent asking others for information—requesting status updates from a team leader, for example, or questioning a counterpart in a tense negotiation. Yet unlike professionals such as litigators, journalists, and doctors, who are taught how to ask questions as an …

Psychology

The surprising story behind Mozart’s creative success

<i>Editor’s note: This excerpt is adapted from Allen Gannett‘s new book,</i> The Creative Curve<i>.</i><p>Creativity is, according to popular perception, a mysterious …

Creativity

Flipboard on Flipboard

The epic story of the map that gave America its name<p>By Madhvi Ramani<p>A few hundred years ago, when much of the world was mysterious and unknown, two …

America is a nation of narcissists, according to two new studies

Is America a narcissistic country?<p>On a day when America gathers together to celebrate itself, this seems a fair question. The answer is a resounding yes, according to new research — but some states are more narcissistic than others.<p>In a study published in the journal Psychological Science, …

Narcissism

Scientists Rarely Admit Mistakes. A New Project Wants to Change That.

What are researchers to do when they lose confidence in their previously published work? A new project seeks to offer them an outlet.<p>In September …

Social Sciences

If quantum computers threaten blockchains, quantum blockchains could be the defense - MIT Technology Review

A blockchain is a mathematical structure that stores data securely over time. The idea has risen to fame on the back of the Bitcoin boom. Bitcoin …

Blockchain

The Neuroscience of Pain

Brain imaging is illuminating the neural patterns behind pain’s infinite variety.<p>On a foggy February morning in Oxford, England, I arrived at the John Radcliffe Hospital, a shiplike nineteen-seventies complex moored on a hill east of the city center, for the express purpose of being hurt. I had an …

Pain

Author who studies millionaires: 240 minutes a day separates the rich from everyone else

There are 1,440 minutes in each day. That is the one common denominator we all share. With respect to time, we are all on equal footing. And most …

Self-improvement

People’s egos get bigger after meditation and yoga, says a new study

According to Buddhist teaching, the self is an illusion. The religion preaches a fundamentally selfless worldview, encouraging followers to renounce individual desires and distance themselves from self-concern. To advance this perspective, millions of people around the world practice yoga and …

Meditation

How To Stop Worrying: 7 Powerful Secrets From Mindfulness

<b>***</b><b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

The Secrets of Resilience

What does it take to conquer life’s adversities? Lessons from successful adults who overcame difficult childhoods<p>By<p>Meg Jay<p><b>Does early hardship</b> in life keep children from becoming successful adults? It’s an urgent question for parents and educators, who worry that children growing up in difficult …

Psychology

Going nowhere fast

After the success of the Standard Model, experiments have stopped answering to grand theories. Is particle physics in crisis?<i>By Ben Allanach</i>Read at …

Physics

The Difference Between Being Broke and Being Poor

<i>Words by Erynn Brook | Illustrations by Emily Flake|</i> <i>Longreads | June 2018</i><i>Erynn Brook is a feminist and freelance writer who studies media, people,</i> …

Feminism

Why Backers of Intermittent Fasting Believe It Can Slow Aging

"We’re trying to get more productive, more cognitive function, and potentially live longer."<p>At the offices for HVMN, the workplace culture is all …

Holistic Medicine

Expert Takeaway Tips for Organizing Your Bookshelf

There’s way more to book organization than sorting by color.<p>A stylish library or polished nook filled to the brim with books is one way to bring a …

Books

“Orange World”

“Orange World is a nest of tangled electrical cords and open drawers filled with steak knives. It’s a baby’s fat hand hovering over the blushing coils of a toaster oven.”<p>A<i>BNORMAL RESULT. HIGH RISK. CLINICAL OUTCOME UNKNOWN</i>.<p>At night, Rae pulls a pillow between her legs and lets the pain scissor at …

The Psychological Price of Entrepreneurship

No one said building a company is easy. But it's time to be honest about how brutal it really is -- and the price so many founders secretly pay.<p><i>Editor's Note: This article won an award in the Magazine Personal Service category in the 2014 Annual Awards Contest of the Deadline Club, the New York</i> …

Entrepreneurship

Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards

There’s a part of Navy SEAL training called “drown-proofing” where they bind your hands behind your back, tie your feet together, and dump you into a …

Unlearning

The world changes. Some people don’t.You learned things that were true back then, but now they’re false.You got successful doing things one way, but …

The Slippery Math of Causation

If a forest is burning and we don’t know what’s responsible, does it have a cause?<p>You often hear the admonition “correlation does not imply …

Here’s Mary Meeker’s essential 2018 Internet Trends report

Want to understand all the most important tech stats and trends? Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker has just released the 2018 version of her famous Internet Trends report. It covers everything from mobile to commerce to the competition between tech giants. Check out the full report below, …

Mary Meeker