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Mental Floss

Knotes Turns Your New Tab Page Into a Beautiful To-Do List

Chrome: Sometimes the best to-do app is the one you have available—and if you use Chrome as your main browser, Knotes puts your to-dos and notes on a …

Nexus 5X review: Google's triumphant return to smaller, cheaper phones

While the Nexus 6 received plenty of praise when it debuted last year, it also got its fair share of flack. Why? Because it was just too big. For many, the Nexus 6 was the size of a tiny giant, with its 5.96-inch display and 10.1mm-thick profile that dwarfed smaller hands. Additionally, it started …

She Kills People From 7,850 Miles Away

Her name is ‘Sparkle.’ She operates a drone. She is sick of whiny boys. And she is perfectly OK with dealing out death.<p>Anne crawled out of bed in her …

You’re Hired! Now What? Here’s How To Stand Out During Your First 90 Days

Save your energy to focus on working smart, being calm, and following through.<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What are some tips to best utilize the first 90 days of any new job?</i><p><i>Answer by Mira Zaslove, Manager, on Quora</i><p>The answer to this question will vary if you are an entry level …

Employment

7 Ways People With Phenomenal Mental Toughness Fight Stress

Mentally strong people don't let stressful circumstances hold them back or get them down. Here's how.<p>While stress causes some people to crumble, mentally strong people continue to thrive in the midst of added tension. In fact, they view adversity as an opportunity for self-growth. Whether they're …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons. In the …

How Your Hotel Room Price and Wi-Fi Speed Are Linked

Ever wondered if you're paying for the bed linen or the Wi-Fi? The network-analyzing super-wonks at OpenSignal have crunched through some data about …

Desktop-sized laser supercomputers could be coming by 2020

Small, eco-friendly optical supercomputers may soon be crunching quadrillions of calculations per second (exaflops) if a company called Optalysys has its way. It claims to be months away from demonstrating a prototype optical computer that will run at 346 gigaflops to start with -- not as fast as …

The Extraordinary Evolution of Scissors

Since the ancient Egyptians who supposedly invented them, scissors have been a constant in human civilization. After knives, they're likely the most …

I Went to a Swingers' Club with My Girlfriend

It was actually a very good way to get over our jealousy issues.<p>I can't say I've ever been particularly interested in swingers' clubs, mostly because in my mind they are the haunts of the old, desperate, and flaccid, the playgrounds of gold-toothed Russian mobsters and characters out of Michel …

10 Books That Will Change the Way You Understand the Mind

A new wave of science fiction, from the show <i>Person of Interest</i>to the movie <i>Her</i>, features artificial intelligences whose minds are truly alien. These …

How Caffeine Can Boost Your Memory

Caffeine is known to confer a number of brain-boosting benefits, but its influence on our ability to store and recall information has never been …

Nine Tips to Productive Revision

Without a doubt, revision is the most tedious, irritating, necessary task involved in writing well. The act of taking a finished piece of work, …

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling | Aerogramme Writers' Studio

Pixar’s Rules of Storytelling were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of …

Paris Review - John Updike, The Art of Fiction No. 43

Interviewed by Charles Thomas Samuels<p>Issue 45, Winter 1968<p>John Updike, ca. 1968.<p>In 1966, when John Updike was first asked to do a <i>Paris Review</i> interview, he refused: “Perhaps I have written fiction because everything unambiguously expressed seems somehow crass to me; and when the subject is myself, …

Salman Rushdie's Advice for Writers - Bookfox

In Salman Rushdie’s memoir <i>Joseph Anton</i>, he talks a lot about his writing process, and how he learned to write while under the fatwa. Below are …

“Vacation Sex”: A Poem by Dorianne Laux

<i>“Love is never finished expressing itself,”</i> philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his beautiful essay on poetic reverie, <i>“and it expresses itself better the more poetically it is dreamed.”</i> While love and sex might be worlds of ambiguity apart, one would hope this sentiment holds equally true of sex …

The Universe, “Branes,” and the Science of Multiple Dimensions

<i>“The mystery of being is a permanent mystery,”</i> John Updike once observed in pondering why the universe exists, and yet of equal permanence is the allure this mystery exerts upon the scientists, philosophers, and artists of any given era. <b>The Universe: Leading Scientists Explore the Origin,</b> …

The Science of Dust, Picasso’s Favorite Phenomenon

It takes more than three centuries for a one-foot layer of dust to accumulate. The entirety of the Roman Empire is buried nine feet underground — that is, under nine feet of tightly compacted dust. This household nuisance is indeed one of nature’s most humbling phenomena and Earth’s most steadfast …

Physician Allison Ballantine’s Short, Stirring Commencement Address on Living with Presence

In culling the greatest commencement addresses of all time, I wondered whether the convocation speech genre might be the modern secular sermon of our time. But imparting life-advice that touches on the spiritual without veering off into the contrived and the aphoristic is a rare feat.<p>Several years …

Picasso on Intuition, How Creativity Works, and Where Ideas Come From

<i>“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work,”</i> painter Chuck Close memorably scoffed. <i>“Show up, show up, show up,”</i> novelist Isabelle Allende echoed in her advice to aspiring writers, <i>“and after a while the muse shows up, too.”</i> Legendary composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky …

Albert Camus on Happiness and Love, Illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton

In this new installment of the <i>Brain Pickings artist series</i>, I’ve once again teamed up with the wonderfully talented Wendy MacNaughton, on the heels of our previous collaborations on famous writers’ sleep habits, Susan Sontag’s diary highlights on love and on art, Nellie Bly’s packing list, Gay …

C.S. Lewis on the Three Ways of Writing for Children and the Key to Authenticity in All Writing

<i>“I don’t write for children,”</i> the late and great Maurice Sendak said in his final interview. <i>“I write — and somebody says, ‘That’s for children!’”</i> J.R.R. Tolkien had memorably articulated the same sentiment seven decades earlier, in asserting that there is no such thing as writing “for children,” …

The Science of Mental Time Travel and Why Our Ability to Imagine the Future Is Essential to Our Humanity

Lewis Carroll’s <i>Alice in Wonderland</i> remains one of my all-time favorite books, largely because Carroll taps his training as a logician to imbue the whimsical story with an allegorical dimension that blends the poetic with the philosophical. To wit: The Red Queen remembers the future instead of the …

Buddhist Economics: How to Start Prioritizing People Over Products and Creativity Over Consumption

Much has been said about the difference between money and wealth and how we, as individuals, can make more of the latter, but the divergence between the two is arguably even more important the larger scale of nations and the global economy. What does it really mean to create <i>wealth</i> for people — for …

How the Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave the Flowers Their Colors

The great E.O. Wilson is credited with having once said, <i>“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”</i> But while the one million or so …

The Poetics of Reverie: Philosopher Gaston Bachelard on Dreams, Love, Solitude, and Happiness

<i>“Creative writing, like a day-dream,”</i> Freud observed, <i>“is a continuation of, and a substitute for, what was once the play of childhood.”</i> But how, exactly, does the playful imagination weave dream and storytelling together to frame our creative experience?<p><b>Gaston Bachelard</b> (1884–1962) is one of the …