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Watch this self-healing material handle a bullet

NASA-funded research has created a material that could self-heal in seconds. Two layers of solid polymer sandwich a gel that with an ingredient that solidifies on contact with air (i.e. when one or both of the outer layers is damaged). This differs from other approaches that rely on a mostly-liquid …

The modern news conference is a scripted farce: Why Jorge Ramos’ badgering of Donald Trump was a necessary corrective

<b>(Fusion/AP/Richard Shiro)</b><p>Once famously combative, press conferences have morphed into carefully choreographed, entirely predictable affairs<p>Robert Mann<p>August 28, 2015 1:31pm (UTC)<p>When I heard that Donald Trump had booted Univision’s Jorge Ramos from a press conference on Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, I …

What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

HBR STAFF<p>Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and pens once prevalent during weekly meetings have been replaced with laptops and slim, touch-screen tablets.<p>I …

Inside the Psychology of Productivity

Burned out? Can't get it all done? The problem might be in your head.<p>You wake up with it in the morning and go to bed thinking about it at night: an ever-crushing load of emails, meetings, conference calls, and tasks that needed to get done yesterday. Family time means reading sales reports in the …

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

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Wall Street greed refuses to die: How lobbyists & dark-money groups are exposing us to another disaster

<b>(Universal/Battrick via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>A recent paper from a rightwing advocacy group makes clear just how desperate the 1 percent is to get its way<p>Conor Lynch<p>May 12, 2015 9:11pm (UTC)<p>Last week, a paper was published by the right wing advocacy group American Action Forum (AAF). It was more or …

The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks

She appeared to be just a happy American consumer out shopping at a big-box store.<p>On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of …

College Football Game Ends in Unbelievable Fashion — and One Player Will Likely Have to Explain Himself to Coach

The University of Central Florida defeated East Carolina University in dramatic fashion on Thursday night, completing an incredible Hail Mary pass for a touchdown as time expired in the fourth quarter.<p>East Carolina’s attempt to run out the clock backfired in a big way after they turned the ball …

“These pseudo-religious people who I find laughable”: Jesse Ventura talks Republicans, Nazis and running for president

<b>Jessie Ventura (AP/Jim Mone)</b><p>Former WWE wrestler and Minnesota governor tells Salon about the next war — and his stealth plan to win in ’16<p>Elias Isquith<p>December 2, 2014 10:25pm (UTC)<p>For former WWE star and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, the year 2014 has been busy indeed. In the 10 months or so since …

He Walked Up Behind a Young Mother Holding Her Baby. Watch What He Did Next and You’ll Understand Why He’s Been Arrested.

A sucker punch is one thing.<p>Kicking a woman in the back as she holds a 3-month-old baby?<p>That’s a whole new low.<p>New York police said they apprehended Alonzo Brown, the 18-year-old suspect in a brutal attack on a young mother in the Bronx on Friday.<p>Image source: NYPD via Daily Mail<p>In surveillance …

A nation crippled by fear: Why America’s reaction to Ferguson, Tamir Rice and ISIS are all connected

<b>(AP/Tony Dejak/MSNBC/Reuters)</b><p>White people in this country are afraid — and it’s the key to understanding race relations and our foreign policy<p>December 2, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>"[T]here’s never an excuse for violence," President Obama said after a grand jury in Missouri decided not to charge Darren …

3 Cosby accusers share stories, express solidarity

Barbara Bowman never thought this day would come.<p>The artist says that when she spoke out three weeks ago, in a Washington Post opinion article, she hoped to give voice to other women who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by legendary comedian Bill Cosby. She says she wanted them to know they …

Big banks broke America: How to achieve the ultimate revenge against them now

<b>Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Reuters/Natalie Behring/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Since looting all of us for a generous bailout, you’d have thought they’d all lie low. Here’s what they did instead<p>Robert Hennelly<p>December 2, 2014 11:59am (UTC)<p>They just can’t help themselves. Like …

How to Ruthlessly Prioritize Your Task List to Get More Done

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to make a to do list, but how much harder it is to actually finish it? Prioritization makes a huge difference …

The Smart Way to Stick to Habits

Sticking to a new habit isn’t easy — but if you set up your habit change smartly, you can make it stick.<p>Starting a new habit isn’t too hard — we …

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Don't Try to Become the Best, Be Your Best Right Now

<b>“</b><b>Do the best you can, from where you are, with what you have</b><b>,</b> <b>now</b><b>.”</b> <b>~African-American proverb</b><p>When I first started on my spiritual path, I desperately …

Break Through a Productivity Wall by Cleaning Your Workspace

If you're having a hard to time breaking through a productivity barrier, taking a few minutes to clean your workspace can help clear your mind and …

Productivity Hack Of The Week: Give Your Day A Theme To Regain Focus

Distractions and interruptions happen throughout the day–it’s an inevitable part of life–but being able to quickly refocus and get back on task is the key to a productive workday.<p>In 2011, when Jack Dorsey was running Twitter and Square full-time–at the time he worked about 8 hours for each company …

How To Form A Habit That Sticks

But changing habits isn't a matter of "powering through" them. Like a muscle, your willpower gets exhausted throughout a day.<p>As Charles Duhigg details in the now-in-paperback "The Power of Habit," advances in social science suggest that behavioral change isn't a result of focusing on the behavior …

News Corp executive labels Google a 'platform for piracy'

The chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has written to the European commission calling Google a "platform for piracy" and demanding action.<p>In the strongly worded letter to competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia, News Corp's Robert Thomson calls Google a "platform for piracy and the …

The dark truth about American military power

<b>George W. Bush (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)</b><p>The U.S. military has been corrupted by its addiction to airstrikes. Here’s why that’s so dangerous<p>William Astore<p>August 21, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, …

After Bank of America's expected $16bn settlement: banking fines in full

With sums ranging from $968m to $8.94bn, banking giants have paid out big money since the 2008 financial crisis<p>The $16bn settlement by <b>Bank of America</b> is the latest in a long line of legal resolutions that banking giants have made since the 2008 financial crisis.<p>Last year, <b>JP Morgan Chase</b>, the …

The Evangelical Persecution Complex

The theological and cultural roots of a damaging attitude in the Christian community<p>Persecution has an allure for many evangelicals. In the Bible, Christians are promised by Saint Paul that they will suffer for Christ, if they love Him (Second Timothy 3:12). But especially in contemporary America, …

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads

Four years after Apple introduced its popular tablet, many districts are switching to laptops.<p>For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?<p>It’s a question that has been on many minds since …

Gambling Online, Gambling in Casinos: What's More Addictive?

Researchers say architectural design cues make people want to gamble, perhaps more than digital environments do.<p>The first time I ever stepped foot inside a poker club I could feel my gut tighten as I walked through the door. Just the thought of losing even a small fraction of my meager savings was …

Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer to Graduate?

Financial-aid restrictions are woefully out of keeping with the way most students attend school today.<p>The golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher education for a while now. Nearly half of U.S. …

Why 2014 could be the year we lose the Internet

<b>(Reuters/Gus Ruelas/Robert Galbraith/Photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Net neutrality is dying, Uber is waging a war on regulations, and Amazon grows stronger by the day<p>Andrew Leonard<p>July 6, 2014 2:00pm (UTC)<p>Halfway through 2014, and the influence of technology and Silicon Valley on culture, politics and the …

BBC Journalists Told to Stop Giving Airtime to Crackpots. Finally.

Oh, I do so <i>love</i> this. It’s precisely the right thing to do, sorely needed and sorely overdue. In this specific case, back in 2012 the BBC was …

How Brando Broke the Movies

He reinvented acting, and Hollywood hasn’t recovered.<p>Hollywood extracted entirely the wrong moral from the story of Marlon Brando. Working when the studio-contract system crumbled in the 1950s, he quickly leveraged the power he had accrued from his theatrical performances into a series of …