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Amazon Spent Years Learning What It Takes to Do Great Work. These 4 Steps Contributed Most to Its Success

"Skill is overrated," says Jeff Bezos. These four things are not.<p>Yesterday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos published his annual letter to shareholders, and it's got some great advice for anyone who is striving to do great work.<p>After commending Amazon employees for their commitment to excellence, and …

Self-improvement

Google Just Launched a Smartphone Game to Teach Adults How to Code

From programmable LEGO robots to mobile apps like Hopscotch, there’s no shortage of games and toys designed to get children interested in computer …

Computer Science

80 New Genes Identified in Hunt for Depression's DNA Roots

This is compelling evidence that depression is a real illness.<p>Depression affects approximately 322 million people worldwide, making it the largest …

Genetics

Guest post: The impact of climate change on mental health is impossible to ignore

<i>Prof Helen Berry</i> <i>is the inaugural professor of climate change and mental health at the</i> <i>University of Sydney</i><i>.</i><p>It is now widely accepted that climate …

Mental Health

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

Cosmology

People With Depression Use Language Differently -- Here's How to Spot It

Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full …

Machine Learning

2 ETFs for Investing in the Fast-Growing Robotics Sector

Investors can own a basket of successful Japanese robotics firms through two exchange-traded funds writes Tony Daltorio, editor of <i>Investors Alley's</i> …

Investing

Buy The Dip In XBI

XBI has outperformed the general market since XBI's inception.<p>The biotechnology industry is expected to have strong growth over the next several …

Investing

Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen: ‘We are each our own worst critic’

The clinical psychologist’s new book studies the negative effects and benefits of social anxiety in the age of social media<p><b>Ellen Hendriksen</b> <b>is a clinical psychologist, regular contributor to Scientific American and host of the award-winning podcast</b> <b>The Savvy Psychologist</b><b>. Her new book about social</b> …

Psychology

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Quantum Mechanics

If you love staying up late and sleeping in, doing otherwise might actually hurt your health

Here’s one more way our modern sleep schedules might be killing us.<p>Night owls might get a rap for staying up too late watching Netflix or getting lost in meme spirals on the web, but it’s not all fun and games. Study after study shows the later you sleep and rise, the more likely you are to develop …

Sleep

10 Powerful Personal Assistant Apps To Make You More Productive

At some point all successful people have to face the truth – you can’t build a business alone. There are limits to what you can do in 24 hours and you shouldn’t waste your time on tasks that can be done by anyone else. The rule is simple: streamline everything you can.<p>While outsourcing is still one …

Apps

Study shows how mobile games can help treat depression and anxiety symptoms

As smartphones have become more ubiquitous, we’ve grown used to carrying our entertainment, work life and social media profiles with us everywhere we …

Mental Health

Even one night of bad sleep causes dangerous changes in your brain, a new study found

One of the most important things that happens when we drift off at night is a cleansing process: sleep helps remove toxins from the human brain.<p>Scientists recently found that even one night of sleep deprivation causes the buildup of a kind of protein that's known to make up the plaque that …

Dementia

A New Study Shows Meditation Has Long-Term Benefits of Up to 7 Years

Whether meditation is your thing or not, you can't deny all the benefits associated with the practice: better sleep, cognitive improvement, antianxiety aid, stress relief, and more. And now, a recent study that came out of the University of California, Davis further confirms the notion that …

Meditation

Harvard researchers study how mindfulness may change the brain in depressed patients

<i>First of two parts</i>In 2015, 16.1 million Americans reported experiencing major depression during the previous year, often struggling to function while …

Mindfulness

Abraham Maslow and the Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Harold Maslow (1908-1970)<p>On April 1, 1908, American psychologist <b>Abraham Harold Maslow</b> was born. He is best known for creating Maslow’s …

Psychology

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanation<p>Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she …

Breast Cancer

10 habits of mentally strong people

Despite West Point Military Academy’s rigorous selection process, one in five students drop out by graduation day. A sizeable number leave the summer …

Self-improvement

How to keep your cryptocurrency safe

Everything you need to know about hot wallets, cold storage and seed phrases.<p>One of the hallmark qualities of cryptocurrency is its virtuality. Unlike most other forms of currency, crypto has no physical embodiment. You can't get it as paper, coin, bar of gold or fancy bead. There's no token that …

Bitcoin

Want to Know if Someone is a Psychopath? They Need 1 Thing Really, Really Badly

Psychopaths seek rewards to an extreme degree.<p>How do you know if someone you know is a psychopath? As <i>Inc.</i> colleague Jessica Stillman writes, for a definitive answer you'd need to assess the individual based on a long list of scientifically validated traits like lack of empathy, egocentricity, and …

Psychology

Baby wet wipes 'cause food allergy', new study warns

Parents should avoid using infant wipes and thoroughly wash soap off their babies to reduce the risk of childhood food allergies, scientists have warned.<p>Researchers have hailed a “major advance” in understanding what causes the complaints after tests revealed links between skin damage and …

Biomedicine

A 2nd 'Big Bang' could end our universe in an instant — and it's all because of a tiny particle that controls the laws of physics

Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.<p>That's according to new research from a group of Harvard physicists, who found that the destabilization of the Higgs boson — a tiny quantum particle that gives other particles mass — could lead to an explosion of energy that …

Physics

How to Make the Right First Impression, According to Science

It's all in the pitch.<p>Good news for the socially awkward: While scientists still struggle to find a way to reverse a bad first impression, there is a …

Diminutive

Nick Chater picks five books to explore the mysteries of the mind

Confabulator, storyteller, illusionist … psychology and neuroscience suggest that everything we thought we knew about the inner world is false<p>Since Plato, philosophers have had doubts about how our senses provide knowledge of the external world. But surely we are the ultimate arbiters of the …

Consciousness

A Really Common Medication Has Been Linked to Doubled Risk of Stomach Cancer

Here's what you need to know.<p>A class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux and heartburn has been linked to a greater-than-doubled risk of …

Medical Research

There is one major difference between people who move abroad and those who don't, according to a recent study

Living abroad has plenty of incredible benefits including getting to travel to new places, meet new people, and try new things. But, perhaps the greatest benefit of all is the brand-new sense of self you'll discover along the way.<p>And this isn't us just waxing poetic about living overseas. There's …

Columbia University

The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing

Keri Hogan was about to become a police officer when she submitted a sample of her hair to the city of Boston for testing. The city, in turn, gave it …

Drug Testing

One of Estonia's first "e-residents" explains what it means to have digital citizenship

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first …

Innovation

How network theory predicts the value of Bitcoin - MIT Technology Review

Philosophers, economists, and theorists have various ways to judge how money should be valued. Some have said that its worth lies in a high cost of …

Cryptocurrency