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Harley-Davidson took its tax cut, closed a factory, and rewarded shareholders

The motorcycle maker in January told Kansas City workers it would close a plant there. Days later, it announced a nearly $700 million stock buyback plan.<p>In September 2017, House Speaker Paul Ryan traveled to a Harley-Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, to tout the Republican tax bill, …

Kansas City

How your name shapes what other people think of your personality

What’s in a name? A lot, apparently. New research suggests that your first name shapes the way other people perceive your age, personality, and how …

Psychology

Science Says This Is the Best Way to Motivate Other People to Change Their Behavior

You can't force people to change but you can influence them.<p>Whether you want an employee to participate more in meetings, or you want your spouse to pitch in more around the house, you can't force someone to change their behavior.<p>You can, however, have a strong influence over another individual. …

Psychology

13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

Critical Thinking

Theory: Playboy Model Who Got $1.6 Million Had Affair With Trump, Not Broidy

On May 2, Rudy Giuliani revealed that the Trump administration has been lying for months about the fact that Donald Trump reimbursed his personal …

Donald Trump

How to Take Underwater Photos

In addition to being wedding photographers, my wife Anna and I are also keen divers (at least as long as the water is warm and clear!), so quite …

Scuba Diving

World's oldest surviving beer found in a shipwreck — and it's been revived

Beer has a lot of history to it, but maybe not all wrapped up in one drink.<p>Australian brewers are working to revive a 220-year old beer, made from …

Beer

How to start a zero waste lifestyle

<i>This post is part of Mashable's</i> <i>Spring Cleaning Week</i><i>. Just a little something to distract you from the eternal dread of constantly wiping all those</i> …

Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda has been used as a home remedy for generations due to its antacid properties. Yet its benefits run even deeper, and new research may …

Jordan Peele Made a Fake Obama Video to Prove How Easily Conned We Are

We’re all doomed.<p>If you, like me, believe yourself to be a scrupulous consumer of news, full of healthy skepticism and too smart for that fake-news bullshit, Jordan Peele has got a big, stiff-ass cup of wake-the-hell-up for you. Yesterday, Peele released a video with BuzzFeed News titled "You Won't …

Photographer composites hours of sporting events into brilliant single photos

What would it look like if tens, hundreds, even thousands, of different moments from a sports game happened all at the same time? This is perhaps the …

Photography

What should scare Trump most isn't the Deep State — it's the Regular State

A lot of people are depressed, but I find the legal events of the last week or so very hopeful.<p>Recent events demonstrate, despite the fact that our politics currently center on a hush payment to a porn star and the question of whether there is a "pee tape," that we are not a banana republic.<p>We are …

Donald Trump

Ikea wants you to try a Swedish sleep trend that could save your relationship

Oh my god, there is nothing more annoying than sharing a bed with a duvet-hogger. Just when you find yourself dozing comfortably, your partner rolls …

IKEA

Most Personality Quizzes Are Junk Science. I Found One That Isn’t.

<i>Our science staff is trying to lead a more scientific life in 2018. Throughout the week, we’ll be questioning whether some of our favorite habits and</i> …

The End of Trump and the End of Days

To travel the liberal byways of social media over recent weeks was to learn that Donald Trump was on the precipice of axing Robert Mueller and was likely to use the days just before Christmas, when we were distracted by eggnog and mistletoe, to lower the blade.<p>Christmas has come. Christmas has …

Donald Trump

You might want to turn yourself into an LLC under the Republican tax plan

There has been an a lot of discussion about how, under the Republican tax plan, highly paid professionals will want to turn themselves into LLCs in order to take advantage of special cuts for business owners. This week, the Tax Policy Center produced the clearest analysis I've seen yet …

Income Tax

There's a reason time seems to speed up as you age — but it's possible to slow it down

Ask an older person to recall their most vivid memories, and there's a good chance that many of them will come from the same time period — between the ages of 15 and 30.<p>That's the time period when six of the 10 most important events in a person's life typically happen, according to a 2004 study: …

Love

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry's 'arrogance'

Future of dockless bicycles under a cloud amid concerns there are too many bikes and not enough demand<p>At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an …

China

13 signs you're smarter than you realize

Everyone wants to be humble. <i>Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker</i>.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around proclaiming to everyone who'll listen that you're a genius.<p>But now that it's just the two of us, we can be honest. If you really are a genius — or at least smarter than average — …

Psychology

An Internet-Famous Cookie Worthy of Baking in Real Life

Last fall, an aberrant chocolate chip cookie turned up in my Instagram feed. As wide as a salad plate and flat as a flounder, it appeared thin, but it was somehow layered with slabs of chocolate. Oddest of all, it was ringed, like a tree trunk — as if a chunk of chocolate had been dropped in the …

Dessert

Introducing America as You’ve Never Seen it Before

As a continuation of his initial <i>Flatland</i> project, Istanbul-based photographer Aydin Büyüktas travelled to the USA at the end of 2016 to expand his …

Trump Cries 'Witch Hunt' as Russia Questions Pile Up

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter</i><p><b>Trump cries ‘witch hunt’ as Russia questions pile up</b><p>According to President Trump, every new story and development involving his team’s contacts with …

Donald Trump

How Did Walmart Get Cleaner Stores and Higher Sales? It Paid Its People More

BENTONVILLE, Ark. — A couple of years ago, Walmart, which once built its entire branding around a big yellow smiley face, was creating more than its share of frowns.<p>Shoppers were fed up. They complained of dirty bathrooms, empty shelves, endless checkout lines and impossible-to-find employees. Only …

Customer Service

Why a New York restaurateur is arming employees with Apple Watches

ShakeShack founder has announced that the managers and sommeliers at his new Union Square Cafe 2.0 eatery will wear devices to take better care of diners<p>Danny Meyer, the keeper of the golden flame of hospitality, did the unthinkable this week. He invited even more digital screens into his dining …

Fast Casual

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Bush national security adviser endorses Clinton

Hillary Clinton has secured another Bush administration endorsement.<p>Donald P. Gregg, national security adviser to George H.W. Bush during his tenure as vice president, said he believes Clinton would be an "extremely good president."<p>"We now have a person at the top of the Republican ticket who I …

Government

6 Top Online Photography Portfolio Hosting Options

Your photography deserves a website that can showcase its creativity and beauty… without breaking the bank. Former TIME CEO and Curator Gallery owner …

Facebook is making it easier to declutter your News Feed

Unfollowing all those old high school friends just got a lot easier<p>Facebook's News Feed is unquestionably one of the most important parts of the site — it's the first thing you see when you visit, and the quality of that experience probably dictates to a large degree how useful you find Facebook in …

Podcaster in chief: How Marc Maron landed the Obama interview

"Do you mind if I light a cigar?" Marc Maron asked. "I feel like I want one. I've been a little nervous."<p>Well, yeah. Because this was the day the president of the United States had arrived via motorcade at Maron's Highland Park home, walked into his 165-square-foot garage and sat for an interview …

Comedy

Federal Government Hack Much Bigger Than Feared

Social Security numbers and former employees affected<p>It’s name denotes the most bureaucratic of bureaucracies: The Office of Personnel Management. It isn’t a household name, like the CIA or the FBI, nor is it a flashy explorer like NASA, but it’s responsible for the operation of everything, taking …