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H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”

In 1934, Wells arrived in Moscow to meet a group of Soviet writers. While there Stalin granted him an interview.<p><i>In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow</i> …

Literature

How to make people like you: 6 science-based conversation hacks

So you want to know how to make people like you? It's easier than you think.<p>Here are six research-backed tips:<p><b>1. Encourage people to talk about</b> …

The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

Since publishing “The Secret,” in 2006, the Australian author Rhonda Byrne has been writing self-help manifestos based on the idea that people who think positive thoughts are rewarded with happiness, wealth, influence, wisdom, and success. In November, 2013, she published “Hero,” the fourth book in …

7 Weed Products To Buy Your Loved One This 4/20

If you live in one of the two states where marijuana is fully legal, or in one of the 20 where it's available for those with a prescription, you may be in the market for the perfect 4/20 gift idea.<p>Luckily, we've got you covered. Oh, and while many of the companies that manufacture our recommended …

The 11 Stupidest Arguments Against Legalizing Marijuana

<i>A version of this story was first published in February.</i><p>Nearly 80 years ago, the feature film "Reefer Madness" hit theaters, projecting demonstrably false anti-marijuana propaganda all over the big screen. In today's era of legal medical and recreational cannabis, the tone of this movie is often …

23 health benefits of marijuana

The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support.<p>Even though some medical benefits of …

Cannabis

Mindfulness for People Who Are Too Busy to Meditate

Mindfulness has become almost a buzz-word. But what is it, really? Mindfulness is, quite simply, the skill of being present and aware, moment by moment, regardless of circumstances.<p>For instance, researchers have found that mindfulness can reprogram the brain to be more rational and less emotional. …

Toyota i-Road Test Drive: Is This Three-Wheeled Electric Vehicle The Answer To Urban Gridlock?

You might say I was dizzy with delight.<p>The nausea began, of all places, in the middle of a parking lot at Toyota’s secretive research-and-development facility an hour outside Tokyo.<p>Exuberance over being given three minutes behind the wheel of an experimental vehicle called the Toyota i-Road had …

Iran’s province of surprises

Iran’s East Azerbaijan is full of secrets, including 800-year-old rock-cut villages, ancient Armenian monasteries and the world’s largest covered market.

Middle East

28 Stocks That Could Double In Two Years, No Matter What The Market Does

Business-focused social network LinkedIn, retailer Lumber Liquidators, growing ETF power WisdomTree Investments, cloud-based enterprise software company Workday and 3D-printing outfit 3D Systems don’t have much in common. Except for the fact that analysts from Jefferies think all five could see …

New Study Shows Yoga Has Healing Powers

Poses like down dog can bring down levels of inflammation in cancer patients.<p>The more we learn about yoga, the more we realize the benefits aren't all in the minds of the 20 million or so devotees in the U.S. Yoga helps people to relax, making the heart rate go down, which is great for those with …

Countries With Less Religious Diversity Have More Faith-Based Violence

Is it easier to love thy neighbor as thyself if he practices a different religion?<p>Chalk up a win today for pluralism.<p>On Friday, the Pew Research Center released a report on the countries with the most and least religious diversity, and the results—at least at first glance—are what you might expect. …

Beautiful Equations: Documentary Explores the Beauty of Einstein & Newton’s Great Equations

Like many right-brained people, artist and critic Matt Collings finds higher math mystifying, a word that implies both bewilderment and wonder. Faced …

Fear is the Root of Your Problems

Every problem you or I have (and they are many, small and large), is rooted in fear.<p>For some, that might seem obvious: the question is how to beat …

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading?

<i>Reading a good book can be a rewarding experience, but it can be frustrating when the information just floats through your head without sticking in</i> …

The world's largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

Getty Images is betting its business on embeddable photos<p>If you go to the Getty Images website, you'll see millions of images, all watermarked. There are more than a hundred years of photography here, from FDR on the campaign trail to last Sunday's Oscars, all stamped with the same transparent …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time — The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

Preface by Tim Ferriss<p>I’ve written about how I learned to speak, read, and write Japanese, Mandarin, and Spanish. I’ve also covered my experiments …

5 Signs You're Not Following Your Heart (And How to Fix Them) | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

At one point in life, everyone dreamed. We all had grand ideas of what we wanted to do with our lives. But as we grow, life slowly starts to drain …

Outsourcing

Why You Should Invest in Life Experiences

<i>Sean Kim is an entrepreneur, new-born writer, and striving life-hacker. He was recognized as one of Canada’s Next 36 leaders, and is the the cofounder of Needle. This article was originally posted on The Growth List.</i><p>“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do …

How to piss off an introvert

The characteristics associated with ‘good travelers’ are usually those attributed to the extrovert. Someone who is high energy, willing to talk to …

Personality

The Best Skills To Have On A Tech Resume — Ranked By Salary

IT recruiting firm Mondo combed through its database to track down the most valuable skills and positions in tech. There are a few noteworthy changes from last year's data, Mondo says, such as a greater interest in designers for augmented reality platforms.<p>Salaries across the IT industry have also …

Augmented Reality

How Long You Should Keep Your Financial Documents

Come tax time, we're probably all digging through files that have been gathering dust for years: old tax returns, utility bills, credit card …

Personal Finance

The Universe of a Single Task

In the neverending rush of our day, what does one little task matter?<p>It is everything.<p>We speed through each task as if it’s nothing, looking already …

A Beginner’s Guide to Meditation

With his boyish features, severely parted hair, and perfect anchorman’s baritone, Dan Harris hardly comes off like a meditation guru. But the …

The best dumbbell-only shoulder workout

Your average trainer can think of only two ways to work your shoulders with dumbbells—presses and raises. And while those work just find, they're …