Joshua Kirby

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Shelf-size stereo delivers massive sound from a tiny footprint

Now that we’re in the era of the portable Bluetooth speaker, it’s hard to justify spending money on a stereo that just sits on a shelf at home.<p>That perception is exactly what this tiny stereo system from German audio giant Thonet and Vander aims to fight, though. The Rätsel brings old-school stereo …

Audiophile

The real parenting lessons of the 'Child Predator Social Experiment'

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is probably nothing that freaks out a parent more than the fear of their child being lured away by a stranger, which is why we, as parents, constantly talk about stranger-danger with our little ones.<p>But are we keeping the conversation going with our tweens and teens when the virtual …

Social Media

Here’s Everything We Know About ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

There are only 121 days left until <i>Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens</i> is released to a cautiously optimistic audience of literally everyone on Earth. Can you feel the excitement??? We’re close enough to Dec. 18 that we’re finally getting actual information, like character descriptions and plot …

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How To Manage People Who Are Older Or Have More Expertise Than You

You were just promoted into a management position or asked to lead a project team – and you’re the <i>youngest</i> person in the group. Here’s what you need to know when it comes to managing people who are older or have more expertise than you.<p>When I began my career in the sales operations department at a …

Leadership

Astronomers discover the biggest thing in the Universe

There's some pretty big stuff out there in the Universe, but how big is the biggest? According to a team of Hungarian-US scientists led by Prof Lajos …

The new rules for early retirement

You need not fear losing health insurance<p>Until recently, health insurance was one of the biggest obstacles to early retirement. Few employers offer coverage. And buying a policy on the private market before you qualify for Medicare has been a challenge: A condition like diabetes or heart disease …

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

From Death Valley to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back down to the Grand Canyon, we've got the country covered.<p>With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those looking to spend a few nights under the stars. But …

National Parks

How to Make Money Like a Millionaire

These millionaires have figured out the keys to financial success<p>A seven-figure nest egg may feel far off, but these millionaires—and millionaires in …

Top 10 Business Plan Templates You Can Download Free

Why reinvent the wheel? Get a professional business plan template at no cost.<p>Writing your business plan. Ughhhh.<p>It's definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business. In fact, if you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, you're probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to get …

Small Business

10 of the world’s best natural wonders … that you’ve probably never heard of

From Europe’s deepest river canyon and caves that glow to a rainbow river and hills that look like chocolate, our picks prove that nature always does it better<p>Mendenhall ice caves, Alaska, US<p>Imagine standing in a natural glassy dome illuminated by eerie blue light … A visit to Mendenhall ice caves …

Nature

Why one of Silicon Valley's top investors says 'don't follow your passion'

This week, he gave a commencement speech at his alma mater, Columbia University.<p>The subject of his speech?<p>"Don't follow your passion, and the world is not going to hell in a handbasket and the class of 2015 is not required to save it."<p>His first point was particularly interesting because it …

6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

<i>McWay Falls, Big Sur, California (Photo: Mark Newman/Getty Images)</i><p>This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for …

How the Navy SEALs Train for Leadership Excellence

Almost every world-class, high-performance organization takes training and education seriously. But Navy SEALs go uncomfortably beyond. They’re obsessive and obsessed. They are arguably the best in the world at what they do. Their dedication to relentless training and intensive preparation, …

Mindfulness is stopping the world from thinking

Although the NHS supports mindfulness, an Oxford academic claims it stops people thinking deeply<p>People are wasting valuable thinking time on mediation and mindfulness and should stop trying to clear their heads, an Oxford University academic has claimed.<p>Theodore Zeldin said too many people were …

Applyifi generates investment decks for startups, matches them to investors

A brilliant idea has struck you, and you know exactly how to build on it and create a profitable business. However, a few things are stopping you on …

Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari<p>Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.<p>Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …

Singularity

Monkey day care

Growing up as a child research subject<p><b>As a toddler</b> in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I remember nothing.<p>I know about it because my dad liked to tease me …

Psychology

10 Things We're Obsessed With In May

Some things are just ... better<p><i>This article was originally published in the May 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science, <i>under the title "Obsessed.”</i>

Mental Floss

MENTAL FLOSS STUDIOS<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Fun<p>Brooklyn's rooftop farm<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>Art<p>Drawing with paper<p>History<p>How a sideshow saved …

Drumi cleans clothes with no power and little water

In most homes, a significant amount of water and electricity is allotted to operating washing machines and drying clothes. That’s all fine and good …

Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will review – Julian Baggini on a freedom beyond determinism

Our actions may be rooted in our physiology as neuroscience has shown, but there is a richer concept of freedom to do with ‘character’<p>Julian Baggini is that happy thing – a philosopher who recognises that readers go glassy-eyed if presented with high-octane philosophical discourse. And yet, as his …

West Side Story

I Heart My National Park: Olympic

Encompassing 1,441 square miles of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, <b>Olympic National Park</b> invites visitors to explore three distinct ecosystems: subalpine forest and wildflower meadow; temperate forest; and the rugged Pacific shore. Because of the park’s relatively unspoiled condition and outstanding …

National Parks

‘Free-range’ flap fans the flames of a national debate on parenting

Long before the Meitivs of Silver Spring clashed with Montgomery County over their young children’s walk home alone from a park, other parents across the country were at odds with authorities over similar questions: How much supervision do children need, and when are they truly at risk?<p>In Austin, …

McDonald's

The surprisingly simple way Utah solved chronic homelessness

The story of how Utah solved chronic homelessness begins in 2003, inside a cavernous Las Vegas banquet hall populated by droves of suits. The problem at hand was seemingly intractable. The number of chronic homeless had surged since the early 1970s. And related costs were soaring.<p>A University of …

The Long Marriage of Mindfulness and Money

Last month, on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Deepak Chopra described the usefulness of meditation for people on Wall Street. Speaking about a friend who manages a hedge fund, he said, “His entire staff meditates. I know many others now on Wall Street that we teach, actually. It makes them much more …

How the ravages of inequality fall on the pets of the poor: “We’re putting people in a Catch-22″

Harsh punishments for petty violations don’t work. There’s a more humane and inexpensive answer, expert tells Salon<p>With the notable (and politically decisive) exception of the wealthy, most Americans understand that being poor sucks. But when those of us lucky enough not to be "low-income" think of …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

You’re praying to the wrong God: What organized religion gets wrong about prayer

<b>Kevin Spacey as Francis Underwood in "House of Cards" (Netflix)</b><p>Here’s how science and spirituality might find common ground — and learn something about the universe<p>Nancy Ellen Abrams<p>April 5, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science, and the Future of Our …

Spirituality

Four New Ways To Conquer Student Debt

I’ve never thought of student loans as “having skin in the game.”<p>When I heard this in a conversation, I immediately thought that debt doesn’t make sense unless you get a decent return on investment. It could be like a mortgage: leveraging an expensive purchase in exchange for a good place to live …

College & University