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7 Things to Say When a Conversation Turns Negative

Every person is at least 75% responsible for how others treat them. Our verbal and nonverbal actions limit or expand the options of others. For example, if someone asks, “How are you?” as he or she walks by, you know better than to turn around and walk with them in order to provide an extensive …

Self-help

How to get an MBA education for less than $1,000

(Poets&Quants) — Laurie Pickard’s gamble to earn an MBA entirely out of MOOCs is paying off—and not just because she saved six figures by forgoing a …

Education

These 12 sketches make complicated financial concepts simple enough to fit on a napkin

In 2002, enrolled in a finance class while pursuing her MBA from Harvard Business School, she realized that her classmates who came from the world of banking and consulting were acing the coursework without a problem, while she struggled to master the concepts foreign to her liberal arts background.<p>…

Harvard Business School

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Chances are you think you’re a good listener. People’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills, in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average.<p>In our experience, most people think good listening comes down to doing three things:<p>Not …

Public Speaking

A one-armed Australian robot can build a house four times quicker than a human

The Hadrian 105 robot, named after the Roman emperor who built a wall in ancient Britain, has hit a bricklaying speed of 225 standard brick equivalents per hour, or about half a day's work for a top human bricklayer.<p>To prove it, the company released a time lapse video, showing the robot at work. …

Robotics

Millennial Cognitive Tunnel Syndrome: Why We Miss The Solutions To Our Career Crises

In his new book <i>Smarter Better Faster</i>, Charles Duhigg recounts how the co-pilot of Air France Flight 447 accidentally crashed the plane into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009.<p>When the autopilot temporarily disconnected, the active co-pilot—Pierre-Cédric Bonin— panicked. He became fixated on leveling the …

Family Drama

10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression, According to a Harvard Psychologist

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

Self-improvement

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

The Brain

Surprises of the Faraday Cage

Nearly everyone has heard of the Faraday cage effect. So when I needed to learn about it, I assumed it would be a matter of looking in some standard …

To Cut Down Poverty, Cut Down the Cost of Living

A basic principle of finance could yield big wins for U.S. cities, according to a new policy agenda.<p>Proportionally speaking, Americans living in poverty pay more for basic necessities. On energy bills, the poorest 20 percent of Americans spend more than seven times the share of theirincome than do …

The Real Value of $100 in Each State

This map shows the real value of $100 in each state. Prices for the same goods are often much cheaper in states like Missouri or Ohio than they are …

Minds turned to ash

Is burnout simply the result of working too hard? Josh Cohen argues that the root of the problem lies deeper than that<p><b>When Steve first</b> came to my …

Mental Health

This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult

Forget telephoto lenses and fake mustaches: The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services. …

License Plates
Facebook

Conceptual Debt is Worse than Technical Debt

<b>Definition</b>. <i>The consequences of making bad design choices when choosing concepts to model your product around. A conceptual or mental model consists</i> …

52 Concepts To Add To Your Cognitive Toolkit

Signalling/ countersignalling – the idea that an action conveys information to someone about the actor. Buying an expensive wedding ring conveys that …

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

Science: French Fries May Be Healthier Than Salad

A new study monitoring the rise of blood sugar levels among people who consumed identical meals suggests diets are not one-size-fits-all.

Research

New Brain Cell Formation and Long-Term Memory Enhanced by Running

<b>New study in mice in the inaugural issue of Brain Plasticity reports that new brain cell formation is enhanced by running.</b><p>Exercise can enhance the …

Inflamed

The debate over the latest cure-all craze.<p>Several years ago, I fell at the gym and ripped two tendons in my wrist. The pain was excruciating, and within minutes my hand had swollen grotesquely and become hot to the touch. I was reminded of a patient I’d seen early in medical school, whose bacterial …

Medical Research
Imaging
Economics

Why you should discriminate... if you do it well

‘We must make snap judgments, on the basis of various shortcuts, or we’d be unable to function’<p>According to a big crop of recent studies, you’re sexist and you hate the poor. Well, not you personally. Except – quite possibly you personally, actually, even if you believe otherwise. In one study, men …

Critical Thinking

Bracing your financial portfolio for climate change

China’s stock market is in free fall, the fed is getting ready to hike interest rates and crude oil’s sharp decline just hit the $40-a-barrel …

How to Better Manage Your Company’s Utility Bills

In general, managing energy bills has traditionally been a pretty low priority for most corporations. For all but a few process-focused companies or those with energy-intensive facilities such as data centers, the utility bill is generally filed under the list of uncontrollable, take-it-or-leave-it …

Emerging Technology

Science says these 9 tactics will help you win any argument

We've scoured the research and compiled the following science-backed tactics that will help you win any argument.

Peer-Reviewed

"Your Debt Bubble Is Here" - The Updated Leverage Cycle Map

As we head into December and the market anxiously awaits an FOMC decision which, if the Fed were truly “data dependent”, should tell us something …

How Illiquid Are Bond ETFs, Really? (Spoiler Alert: Very!)

<b>"Transcendent liquidity" is a somewhat silly-sounding phrase coined by the equally silly Matt Hougan, CEO of ETF.com, to discuss the odd situation in</b> …

The Pre-Terrorists Among Us

Is it possible to stop terrorism before it happens?<p>Philip K. Dick’s <i>The Minority Report</i> is a short story about a dystopian future in which there are “no major crimes,” but a mass of imprisoned “would-be criminals.” This is thanks to “Precrime,” a criminal-justice agency whose preventive efforts are …

Non-violence

Stop embarrassing yourself: here's how to wear colors without clashing

Clothing