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Scientists Develop a Long-Lasting and Environmentally Friendly Battery Made from Wood

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>When searching for inspiration to create an environmentally friendly battery, University of Maryland researchers Liangbing Hu, …

Clean Energy

Edward Snowden Joins Freedom Of The Press Foundation

Edward Snowden is joining the board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, the press freedom group launched by Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and others, the group announced Tuesday.<p>Snowden's leaks to Greenwald and others in 2013 prompted one of the most intense debates over press freedom in …

Beyond IQ: What Makes The Difference Between Success And Failure In Life

“IQ is a pretty miserable predictor of life achievement,” writes Robert Steinberg in <i>How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life</i>. I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to a successful career that begins at school.<p>As a long time educator, I have seen far too many …

How to Find a Mentor: A Look at Hindu Gurus

The importance of working with a Guru has been thoroughly emphasized in Hinduism. One cannot imagine salvation without a Guru. In one of the most …

How Different Cultures Handle Personal Space

Our perspectives on personal space — the distance we keep between the person in front of us at an ATM, the way we subdivide the area of an elevator — are often heavily influenced by the norms of the places we inhabit.<p>Jerry Seinfeld once focused an episode of his sitcom on the concept of personal …

Oscar Winner William Monahan On How To Write Unforgettable Dialogue

William Monahan, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of “The Departed,” shares invaluable insight on character-driven dialogue, incorporating speech patterns, and the screenwriter as a performer.<p><i>“I don’t want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me.”</i><br>–Frank …

15 TED Talks That Will Change Your Life

Feel like getting inspired, motivated or just looking for a feel-good cry? Then look no further. There's no better way to start your day than with a …

Car Salesman Confidential: How Your Car Salesman Sees You, Part 2

I was standing in front of the dealership when a well dressed, middle aged lady pulled up in a rental car and got out.<p>“What kind of credit score do you need to buy a car?” she asked.<p>This is not the first thing a car salesman wants to hear coming from a customer’s mouth. This kind of question …

Middle Age

Car Salesman Confidential: How Your Car Salesman Sees You, Part 1

I once worked with a salesman who saw a young couple walking across the parking lot about fifty yards away, looking at cars, and after warching them for a short time, made the following observation:<p>“They’re high school sweethearts, no college education, military background, he’s the one with the …

Time I

Car Salesman Confidential: CSI is Your Hidden Power

Everyone in the car business will want to kill me after this one. Because I’m going to tell you about something that levels the playing field between you and the car dealership. It’s called CSI.<p>What is “CSI?” Well, it’s not “Crime Scene Investigations” — although I suppose some might look at it …

CSI

Car Salesman Confidential: What is a Rebate?

Some of you reading the title of this week’s blog are sitting there thinking “That’s a stupid question.” And yet, only a small percentage of the people I deal with every day know what a rebate is and how it really works.<p>So what is a rebate?<p>A rebate is a set amount of money taken off the price of a …

Electric Vehicles

Car Salesman Confidential: Fair Market Value

Stop right there. Do you have a heart problem, or any other serious medical condition that might make you drop dead suddenly if you read something shocking online? If so, then read no further. Because what I’m about to write may turn your whole world upside down. It has been accepted gospel for the …

Real Estate

Car Salesman Confidential: Green Peas and Puppy Dogs -- The Language of Car Sales

Like many secret societies, car sales has a language all its own. If you’re a member of the group, you understand. If you aren’t, you don’t have a clue what they’re talking about. Here are a few examples of some of the words used by car salespeople, and what they mean:<p><b>Back End:</b> The profit from …

Tanked

Car Salesman Confidential: Get Over Your Fear and Ignorance

Everybody loves a new car, right?<p>What’s not to like? Every year there’s exciting new styling, the latest technological gadgets, the rush of adrenalin when you get behind the wheel for the first time, and who can resist that New Car Smell?<p>And yet . . . everybody hates buying a new car. I’ve been in …

Sport Coats

Willow and Jaden Smith’s New Song “5” Might Surprise You

Scratch that — Willow and Jaden Smith’s new song “5” <i>will</i> surprise you. After whipping her hair back and forth to viral fame four years ago, the …

12 Great Men's Watches For Every Single Budget

Watches are kind of like checkbooks: You get the sense that having one is a requirement for being a real adult, yet you really don't know what you would use it for.<p>Men may not need watches to tell time these days (thanks, iPhones). But that means guys can <i>actually</i> have fun with their timepieces. …

Sprint reportedly preparing bid to purchase T-Mobile in 2014

Sprint, the third biggest wireless carrier in the US, is preparing to buy out its rival T-Mobile, according to a new report from <i>The Wall Street Journal.</i> While a potential deal is a ways off, Sprint is expected to put in its bid in the first half of 2014 and could pay more than $20 billion for its …

9 Boston Restaurant All-Stars

3 Hard Cider Cocktails to Make at Home

As we revel in the bounty of early autumn farmers' markets, we're drinking as much cider as we can—especially the boozy kind. Less sweet than fresh non-alcoholic cider, hard cider is ideal for mixing into cocktails. It's crisp and often effervescent like sparkling wine, making it a no-brainer for …

Men's Health - Fitness, Nutrition, Health, Sex, Style & Weight Loss Tips for Men

Been focusing on your upper body? Tug these on and your secret will be safe.<p>Here's the secret to the Ice Man's seemingly superhuman abilities.<p>Don't worry. Everyone who wants to work out still can.<p>"This is a healthy way for a child to be punished because it's exercise."<p>"I find using lube and taking …

Beige suit and two tone shoes - Thoughts?

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS: Shorts Shorts are indeed a simple garment intended for sporting events and more importantly summer days. In more recent seasons shorts have taken on a more stylish identity, and it is amazing how many guys still need to embrace this fine piece of menswear... Read more here! http://bit.ly/12AYAAi

A Quick Guide to Know Your Hats!

How To: Buy A Suit

http://ow.ly/oTZ9A Do you use a different fragrance when the seasons change, or do you stick with the same one year round? (We rounded up 7 of the best fall scents, just in case, including one of TOM FORD's favorites). http://ow.ly/oTZ9A

How Should a Suit Fit? Your Easy-to-Follow Visual Guide | The Art of Manliness

If you’re dressing on a budget, one of the most popular pieces of advice out there is to buy off-the-rack suits in the best fit you can get, and then …

Google Glass Is The Biggest Trend At New York Fashion Week

Google Glass has had a front-row seat at New York Fashion Week, currently underway.<p>Models, magazine editors, bloggers, and generally fashionable folks have all been giving the glasses test drives around NYFW home base, Lincoln Center.<p>And it's all been well-documented on Instagram, obviously.<p>One new …

Google Glass

Winter 2013 Essentials