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5 Tips for How to Read Faster Without Losing Comprehension

Remember the 1996 John Travolta movie <i>Phenomenon?</i> No? Well, that’s okay – neither do I. But I remember the trailer, in which Travolta gets zapped by …

Couple sells all possessions for sailboat, sinks 2 days into trip

A couple’s plan for a better life has been sunk.<p>Nikki Walsh, 24, and boyfriend Tanner Broadwell, 26, decided nearly a year ago that they were tired of working.<p>“How can we live our lives when we’re working most of the day and you have to pay so much just to live?” Walsh, who booked time-share tours …

Empowered Kids Have Parents Who Use These 3 Strategies

The principles are simple enough, but you can't quit, and you have to tell your reptilian brain to shut up.<p>By far the biggest irony of being a parent is that, while it's human nature to want to feel needed, if we're doing our job as a mother or father, we have to empower our kids, at least on a …

Car loans, low rates, second mortgages: all the ingredients for a new credit crunch

The relentless rise in consumer borrowing is starting to cause real concern in the financial services industry. And with good reason<p>A credit crunch is brewing and when it happens, the UK is going to get hurt. That is the message emerging from senior executives in the financial services industry, …

Financial Services

Let’s go bananas: growing the leaves in your back garden | James Wong

Banana leaves are surprisingly easy to grow – and now is the perfect time<p>I grew up in Singapore, and lunch every Thursday at my school canteen was nasi lemak. This was a neat little parcel of coconut-scented rice, crisp fried peanuts and curry, all wrapped up in a fresh green banana leaf. …

Secret Teacher: we're not reading – so why do we assume children will?

English teachers at my school don’t have time to read whole books, and are told to rely on extracts in class. This is no way to inspire a love of literature<p>On the rare occasion that the staff in our English department surface from their marking pile long enough to enjoy a cup of tea together, I’ll …

Teaching

The Upcoming "A Day Without a Woman" Strike Has Already Caused an Entire School District to Cancel Classes

Even though the A Day Without a Woman strike isn't happening until March 8, it's already caused an entire North Carolina school district to cancel …

Women who fake their orgasms more often are more likely to cheat, according to a new study

Shutterstock<p>Women who fake orgasms in bed <i>might</i> be more likely to cheat—or so goes the theory, according to a new study out of the University of …

Yikes: This Is What Casual Drinking Actually Does to Your Body

A few years ago, people would balk if you said you were ditching alcohol for a month "just because." But when I did a call out on social media to ask …

How Chinese Education Leaves Mothers Overburdened

Recently, while browsing Chinese social media, I was struck by the popularity of a new buzzword: “widowed parenting.”<p>Contrary to what you might think, widowed parents are not those whose spouses have died. Instead, the term refers to families in which one parent bears far more responsibility for …

Parenting

Apple Shares 'Home' App Ad on Refreshed 'Home' Webpage

Apple tonight debuted an ad for its Home app on the Home app webpage on its site, showing off what users can with the HomeKit ecosystem. The ad is not yet on Apple's YouTube page, and is only available on Apple's website.<p>The ad depicts a woman who uses the Home app to get through the day. When she …

Russia's Big 'Guns' are Firing a Very Different Type of 'Bullet' These Days

Russia has developed a new artillery-launched small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that it is offering for export.<p>Under the Russian concept, the UAV …

People Who Have More Sex Are Happier Than The Rest Of Us For The Least Sexy Reason

Here’s some vital information for your everyday life: People who have more sex are much, much happier than those of us who aren’t knocking boots at every opportunity. But is it the sex that’s making all your more amorous friends happier or is it something else? Could it be that it’s not the actual …

This is why the boss will crush all your good ideas

Change is hard. Getting a great plan past the boss’s desk is even harder.<p>Surely you’ve heard the plea from on high at your company: we want more innovation, from everyone at every level. Your boss might even agree with the sentiment — because, of course, who doesn’t like innovation? It’s good for …

Jeff Bezos

10 paid iPhone apps on sale for free today

Welcome to another week that promises to be packed full of great free iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free for a limited time. Since there’s nothing …

The 1 Thing I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before I Started My First Job (Written by a Millennial)

Nobody mentioned this in college.<p>In college, everybody made the "real world" seem like a distant planet.<p>Teachers stressed the importance of "professionalism." Department chairs stressed achievements and beefy resumés. Peers stressed over grades, tests, final exams, and grade point averages. …

Middle School

Yahoo and Verizon are due to announce $5 billion deal by Monday

The two companies are ready to announce that they have struck a roughly $5 billion deal, according to a report in Recode, citing anonymous sources.<p>The announcement could come on Monday, with both companies hoping to make it official before Tuesday, when Verizon is scheduled to announce its …

Advertising

This website lets you book private jet rides that are cheaper than some commercial flights

Stratajet bills itself as "the world's first online private jet marketplace," using technology to pull up real-time prices and availability for aircraft, much like Skyscanner or Expedia except for private jets.<p>Though it's not the only private jet booking website online, it's the first to let users …

Air Travel

Why a Universal Language Will Never Be a Thing

Why are distinct languages still a thing?<p>One of the cooler experiences I've had happened in a Chinese restaurant in Peru. I got into a conversation with the waiter, a Chinese immigrant who didn't speak English (for obvious reasons). We both communicated fine in Spanish, our second language.<p>This got …

The best crime novels of 2018 (so far)

Our critic rounds up the best Crime Fiction offerings of the year so far, from the latest Bernie Gunther novel to an international bestseller by South Korea's most popular Crime writer<p><b>Lullaby by Leïla Slimani (Faber) ★★★★☆</b><p>The French, having given the world the concept of the au pair, now seem …

SunPower Corporation: More Solar Bang For Less Buck

Source: SunPower Corporation<p>In back-to-back announcements, <b>SunPower Corporation</b> just reminded investors that solar companies are more than just stocks. While analysts are busy diving deep into cash flow statements and earnings announcements, SunPower released news that, once again, proved it's a …

Chomsky, Snowden, Greenwald on Privacy in the Age of Surveillance

What is privacy and what is an individual's right to it?<p>That is the question that renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, National Security …

Socialism Beyond the Ballot Box

Speaking at a campaign event in Iowa last August, Bernie Sanders said:<p>Let me tell you something that no other candidate for president will tell you. …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

Psychology

New York has just opened a massive public spying network

‘Free’ public Wi-Fi always sounds a little too good to be true and now American civil liberties campaigners have written to the Mayor of New York to tell him they are pretty creeped out about how much data the new LinkNYC booths will collect.<p>The anticipated 10,000-strong network across New York …

Brussels bombings: what we know so far

Belgian PM says ‘many dead, many injured’ following explosions at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station<p>There have been reports of multiple casualties with at least 34 dead after explosions at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station in Brussels. Here’s what we know so far:<p>Following …

Schools are relying on inexperienced staff and supply teachers, survey reveals

Seven in 10 teachers believe the recruitment crisis is affecting pupil results and attainment, according to Guardian research<p>60-hour weeks and unrealistic targets: teachers’ working lives uncovered<p>Job applicants who a few years ago wouldn’t even have been offered an interview are today teaching in …

How To Cope With Getting Fired

• As you take in the bad news, try to stay perfectly calm, as this will be much more off-putting for your employer and officemates.<br>• Don’t spend any of …