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Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

3 biggest misconceptions about the music industry and Jay-Z's Tidal (which is doomed anyway)

The verdict is out: Tidal is likely headed toward a wipe out.<p>Virtually every tech and music publication -- with the predictable exception of …

Streaming

Silicon Valley Has Lost Its Way. Can Skateboarding Legend Rodney Mullen Help It?

In a storage room on the top floor of one of the Smithsonian's fortresslike buildings, a legendary athlete is playing with artificial hearts. …

Benjamin Voyer on the psychology of teamwork

<i>BENJAMIN VOYER is a marketing and psychology professor at ESCP Europe Business School in London and the London School of Economics. He is an</i> …

The Wire in HD (updated with video clips)

December 3, 2014<p>This tale begins and ends with a fellow named Bob Colesberry, who taught me as much as he could about filmmaking in the three or four …

The Art Of The Interview: Dick Cavett On How To Elevate A Q&A

By Joe Berkowitz6 minute Read<p>There are talk show hosts, and then there’s Dick Cavett.<p>The current late show landscape is generously stocked with …

Comedy

The Open-Office Trap

In 1973, my high school, Acton-Boxborough Regional, in Acton, Massachusetts, moved to a sprawling brick building at the foot of a hill. Inspired by architectural trends of the preceding decade, the classrooms in one of its wings didn’t have doors. The rooms opened up directly onto the hallway, and …

Psychology

The migration numbers game | Financial Times

Given the rambunctious immigration debate in countries around the world, it is tempting to believe that the globe is awash with migrants.<p>Whether it …

When foreign policy was closer to heaven, and hell

IF YOU only skim-read the headlines of last weekend's newspapers, you might have got the impression that Pope Francis made a remarkable breakthrough …

Pope Francis prays alongside Grand Mufti in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque

Pope treads carefully in footsteps of predecessor in ‘moment of silent adoration’ to mark religious cooperation during Turkey visit<p>In a gesture designed to highlight his commitment to inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis conducted a silent prayer alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue …

The Swedish Invasion

Who rules the pop charts? Swedes.<p>Do you like Swedish pop music? The answer is probably yes, even if you can’t name a single artist born in Sweden. Do you like Katy Perry’s “Hot N Cold”? Pink’s “Please Don’t Leave Me”? Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”? Many of the songs on the new Taylor Swift …

An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff | WIRED

Punch A Hole In The Sky<p>Before writer-director Philip Kaufman brought Tom Wolfe's book <i>The Right Stuff</i> to the big screen in 1983, onscreen astronauts …

Who the Kurds are

RARELY have the Kurds received so much attention. But ever since the jihadists calling themselves Islamic State started to take over large swathes of …

Kevin Spacey’s Top 3 Tips For Better Storytelling. Yes, That Kevin Spacey

It’s Kevin Spacey they wanted, and Kevin Spacey they got.<p>Some 2,500 attendees gave the actor a standing ovation as he took the stage at Content …

Why Japan leads the world in high-speed trains

MANY countries seem obsessed with high-speed rail. Britain intends to build a controversial high-speed link known as HS2, connecting London to …

Stellan Skarsgård: Nobody should think they have God on their side

<b>The actor</b> <b>Paul Bettany</b> <b>once said some things about you and I wanted to check if they are accurate. Is that OK?</b> <br>Sure.<p><b>He said: “In every city he knows the best place to eat oysters…”</b> <br>Yeah, probably. Not the best, but at least I know a couple of good ones. In London, I often go to Bentley’s not only …

What did Palestine look like in 1896?

A film footage of Palestine in 1896 was recently published online thanks to Lobster Films. It shows Palestinians of all faiths – Christians, Jews and …

Iraqis living under Isis rule in Mosul begin to show resistance

Iraqis living under Isis rule in Iraq, where non-Sunni residents have been forced from their homes and tens of mosques have been deemed idolatrous and marked for destruction, have started to push back against the extreme interpretation of Islam being imposed on them.<p>The Islamic State in Iraq and …

No More Mr. Tough Guy

Barack Obama is not a tough guy. Everybody rolls him. He’s a wimp, a weak sister; he won’t stand up for himself or his country. Vladimir Putin, a true tough guy, blows planes out of the air, won’t apologize, walks around half-naked. Life, it seems, is like a prison yard, and Obama cowers in a …

Barack Obama

Journal | GAZA AND THE LOSS OF CIVILIZATION

Between the two of them we got to see some harrowing things - Palestinian houses hemmed in by wire mesh and boards to prevent settlers…