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Want to Be Happy? Think Like an Old Person

Jonas Mekas turned 95 this year and won a lifetime achievement award in Frankfurt, Germany. Ping Wong, 92, learned new rules for playing mah-jongg. Helen Moses, who turned 93, mostly gave up talk of marrying Howie Zeimer, her steady companion of the last eight years. Ruth Willig, 94, broke a bone …

The Arts

Germans only consider 5 places safe to travel to (and one is Germany)

A new survey by the market research company GfK shows that a majority of Germans think the parts of the world where people don't greet you with a …

Europe

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

Diabetes is no longer a rich-world disease

EVERY six seconds a person somewhere in the world dies as a consequence of diabetes, according to estimates by the International Diabetes Federation …

Diabetes

How to live to 100: Town full of centenarians spills its secrets

<b>Acciaroli, Italy (CNN) —</b> "Eat badly and work hard," 94-year-old Giuseppe told me when I asked him the secret to a long life.<p>Giuseppe was taking me to his garden, which he tends to every day, growing tomatoes, peppers, lemons, oranges and lotus fruit.<p>We had come to his hometown of Acciaroli, south …

Italy

Chicago Architects Team Up on Climate Change

More than 70 Chicago-based architecture, design and engineering firms are teaming up to push for meaningful legislation on climate change.<p>Their …

U.S. Department of Energy

The Art of Recognizing Good Ideas

And why managers are so bad at it<p>There are two basic modes of judgment: criticism and praise. The former consists of identifying a subject’s flaws; the latter of noting its merits.<p>In most settings, criticism tends to dominate. For any idea or book or movie or what have you, the question that people …

Demonstration

Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM for First Time in 4 Million Years

We’re officially living in a new world.<p>Carbon dioxide has been steadily rising since the start of the Industrial Revolution, setting a new high year …

Climate Change

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

The Simple Brain Trick That Will Transform Your Memory

Where apps and calendar reminders fail, this method has been proven to help you remember all those little things.<p>If you use alerts on your phone or sticky notes on your desk to remind yourself to complete a task, researchers have found an easier, more effective way to trigger your memory . . . and …

Participation

How to Fake It When You’re Not Feeling Confident

Sometimes you feel like you’re in over your head. Perhaps you got a big promotion or are leading a new, high-profile initiative but you worry that you don’t have the right skills or experience to succeed. Are there strategies you can use to jolt your confidence? How do you “fake it ‘til you make …

Leadership

Neoliberalism gave us Trump: A dying America is raging against the capitalist machine

The U.S. economy has left millions on the outside looking in. Some have turned to socialism, others to a demagogue<p>Arising from the shadows of the American repressed, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have been sending chills through the corridors of establishment power. Who would have thunk it? Two …

Political Science

Mindfulness therapy for mental health problems? 'It's more useful than drugs'

New research has raised hope for using mindfulness in treating mental ill-health. We asked readers about their experiences and had a mixed response<p>Many people, in an attempt to de-stress, have tried some form of mindfulness – the practice of sitting still and focusing on your breathing and …

Mental Health

Would you let a robot perform your surgery by itself?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Robots have become the norm in numerous industries, taking over repetitive tasks that humans aren't necessarily needed for -- or want to do -- such as the production of cars and electronics.<p>One step up the technological spectrum is artificial intelligence, where robots are now making …

Robotics

How politics could disrupt the SpaceX rocket revolution

Landing rocket boosters on an open-ocean platform has been a massive engineering hurdle for SpaceX.<p>Politics are proving to be a different sort of challenge.<p>As competition in the satellite-launch sector intensifies, the battle between traditional aerospace giants and upstart companies backed by tech …

Brain testing app will help diagnose mental health issues

Savonix is a company that claims to take the "analog processes" of cognitive assessment into the digital age. The firm is launching an iOS and Android app that, for the next six weeks, will let anyone examine their own mental ability. Users will have to undergo a series of tests that test the …

Mental Health

9 Powerful Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Single Day | Inc.com

If you're not achieving the success you hope for, whether personally or professionally, take a step back. The problem may not be a lack of education or opportunity or connections or even luck.<p>The problem could be what you believe--and as a result, what you do.<p>What do the most successful people …

Self-improvement

How to find out if your elderly parents are being scammed

An octogenarian consumer approaches the bank teller and asks to withdraw a big sum from her account. She’s won the lottery, she explains to the …

Finance

5 Truths Great Leaders Know About Managing Employees

Every leader needs to look in the mirror and ask some hard questions. Here are five reality checks to assess where you are, and where you should be.<p>Gallup reports that employee engagement across the country actually increased--<i>barely</i>--to 32 percent, from 31.5 percent in 2014. But the reality …

Leadership

13 psychological biases that explain why we make terrible financial decisions even though they 'feel' right

We all have these biases, yet most of us don't know how powerful they are. They frame information for us so that it "feels" like you're being rational. But they're leading you to make decisions that are completely wrong. That's why you end up making horrible decisions with your money.<p>You may have …

Critical Thinking

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of "Control Alt Deceit," a card game designed to replicate the process of starting a …

Time Management

The Golden Age of Havana Is Now

In February, I was rolling in an old, squeaking taxi through Havana, headed back to my rented digs atop a house in the tiny Chinatown. I got the room in a way many travelers to Cuba will recognize: a friend passed me a phone number, which was never answered.<p>Eventually, days after arriving in Havana …

Silicon Valley's 91-year-old designer

<b>Imagine doing your dream job at the age of 91 - that's what Barbara Knickerbocker-Beskind, a designer in Silicon Valley, is doing. She talks about her life long passion for inventing.</b><p>During the Depression we had no money to buy anything, so we were all problem-solvers right from the beginning - …

Silicon Valley

Why Jordan Is Key to Ending the Syria Crisis

LONDON -- The refugee crisis that dominates Europe's TVs and newspapers is the product of the horrendous civil war that still rages in Syria. Why will we not focus our attention on this? The reality in Syria is that the war creates the refugees. Do more to stop this war is my plea. While we focus …

Middle East

Wind Power Blows Away Coal and Gas in Nordic Countries

By Nerijus Adomaitis<p>OSLO (Reuters) - Wind power is blowing gas and coal-fired turbines out of business in the Nordic countries, and the effects will …

Renewable Energy

Fish oil helps minimize disorders for those at risk of schizophrenia, study finds

As long as seven years after getting a 12-week course of Omega-3 fatty acid supplements, new research has found that young people at very high risk of developing schizophrenia were much less likely than those who did not get the supplements to develop full-blown psychosis, or to manifest a range of …

How To Take Advantage Of Your Brain’s Hidden Productivity Powers

Your mental lists are distracting you from other, more productive uses of your brain. Here’s how to do a weekly brain dump instead.<p>If you think keeping everything you need to know neatly packed away in your head is a smart way to run your life, you’re probably hurting your productivity and stifling …

Time Management