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25 Creative Life Hacks You’d Never Think Of In A Million Years.

Most of the time we forget to think outside of the box. We grow so accustomed to the way things work, we don’t even think twice about doing something …

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

10 Step-by-Step Painting Tutorials

Develop Your Painting Skills With These Simple Lessons<p>Learning how to paint can be exciting and fun. When you're just getting started, you can …

Painting

Japanese Stone Artist Paints Realistic Looking Animals Onto Smooth Rocks

Japanese “stone artist” Akie Nakatas has used her amazing skills to paint realistic animals onto smooth rocks of all shapes and sizes. Akie’s entire …

The Truck Art Project brings art to the streets - CNN Style

Written by By Susannah Palk, CNN<p>You're unlikely to encounter many works of art while driving down a highway or crossing a busy street. But, in Spain, one artistic venture is hoping to change that.<p>With a fleet of specially painted vehicles, the Truck Art Project is bringing some of the country's …

Streetwear

Dr. Maya Angelou on the Power of Words | Oprah's Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network

Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMED

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Walking around TEDMED 2016, I couldn't help but think of The Lonely Island song “Incredible Thoughts.” You know, the faux-philosophical rap that pokes fun at the world of Silicon Valley and big ideas with lines like “A Milk Dud sitting in the acid rain,” “Imagine if a fish …

This Assisted Living Facility Is Designed to Look Like a Neighborhood

While you may not be able to relive your youth, a chain of assisted living facilities in Ohio is giving residents the opportunity to at least revisit …

Secret Paris: A Tiny Roof Garden with an Eiffel Tower View

In Paris, where anything feels possible, even the tiniest garden can be wild and mysterious. The proof sits high above the fashionable 8th …

Bruce Lee’s Never-Before-Seen Writings on Willpower, Emotion, Reason, Memory, Imagination, and Confidence

“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”<p>Although <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is best known for his legendary legacy in martial arts and film, he was also one of the most underappreciated philosophers of the twentieth century, instrumental in introducing Eastern …

Bruce Lee

Where True Happiness Comes From: How We Gain by Having Less

<b>“The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything.” ~Chuck Palahniuk</b><p>Small is the new big. …

Why The Ocean Needs Your Voice & Mine

<i>29Rooms — Refinery29’s magical art and fashion funhouse – is back for its second year, kicking off during NYFW, from September 9 to 11. We’re</i> …

The death of reason

WHEN historians come to write about the 2016 Presidential election, one moment may stand as emblematic of the Republican primary campaign. It …

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

As researchers work to understand the human genome, many questions remain, including, perhaps, the most fundamental: Just how much of the human experience is determined before we are already born, by our genes, and how much is dependent upon external environmental factors?<p>Oncologist Siddhartha …

Genetics

These Clever T-shirts Are Designed With Icons To Make It Easier To Communicate In A Foreign Language

George, Steven and Florian, are three friends that got together to create a t-shirt that makes it easier to communicate in a foreign language when …

Language Learning

Is our destiny in our own hands?

Maybe it’s too awful to admit we’re stumbling mapless among the trees, or that our choices don’t make much difference<p>There’s a case to be made, from things like Google search figures, that Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken – you know, the one about two paths diverging in a wood – is the most …

Can You Spot a Liar?

Probably not. But here are some techniques grifters use, courtesy of Maria Konnikova and her new book about con artists.<p>In November, I came across a story that made absolutely no sense to me. A 33-year-old consultant named Niall Rice gave $718,000, little by little, to two Manhattan psychics who …

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

Developing Countries

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

Jane Goodall Wants To Save Us (And Her Beloved Chimps) From Ourselves

Jane Goodall has learned a lot about chimpanzees in her 55 years of studying them. She has learned a lot <i>from</i> them, too.<p>And she's putting those lessons into practice.<p>That's what she explains after giving a lecture at the U.S. State Department.<p>"One thing I've learned from the chimpanzees is the …

Sustainable Development Goals

Extend learning by NOT using grades

<i>When a grade is given, the learning stops.</i><i></i><i><br>When specific feedback is provided and extending questions are asked, the learning goes deeper.</i><br>We've all …

The Role of Adult Mentorship in Helping Children Deal With Trauma

Strong, positive relationships with at-risk youth can give them much-needed feelings of competence.<p>Recently, I read Emily Dickinson’s “Hope is the Thing With Feathers” to my high-school students in order to set up a writing assignment. Dickinson describes hope in terms of a bird that perches in the …

WWII love letters tell of romance and tragedy

It was not until three years after her mother died in 1990 that DeRonda Elliott opened the suitcase containing the letters her parents exchanged during World War II.<p>Despite her mother’s urging, she had never been able to bring herself to read them. It was her parents’ private story. Her father, …

These startups thrive on being 'unreasonable'

The Unreasonable Institute wants to be a beacon for a certain type of entrepreneur: business-savvy humanitarians hellbent on tackling the world's social problems.<p>"We're not about ideology but about supporting ideas that actually work," said Teju Ravilochan, 28, who co-founded the Boulder, …

Startups

Blind Artist Relies on Touch and Texture to Create Stunningly Vivid Paintings

While art has always been a major part of John Bramblitt's life, it wasn't until he completely lost his sight that he tried to paint for the first time. From the age of 11, Bramblitt's vision was gradually stolen from him by epilepsy. By the time he was 30, seizures had rendered him completely …

This is how Cirque du Soleil reinvented the circus

It’s generally believed that the way to beat your rival is to outperform or outpace them. But in business, the better way to win is to create uncontested new market space where no competition exists.<p>Consider Cirque du Soleil, a performance that broke away from traditional circus shows by borrowing …

Cirque du Soleil

A Desk That Lets You Record Thoughts & Ideas in the Moment

Throughout the day we have all kinds of thoughts that pop in our head that we might want to jot down. Kirsten Camara created the Analog Memory Desk …

Milk

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

A 500-mile solo hike cured my loneliness

The journey began at an unassuming trailhead on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado. It was early July, and the morning sun was already unpleasantly hot. I hoisted a 40-lb. backpack onto my shoulders, paused for a photo, and started walking.<p>The plan was to hike the Colorado Trail, a 500-mile path …

Hiking

Health Tip: Find Purpose in Life

The growing science on how a body imbued with meaning becomes physically healthier<p>There are a handful of junctures in life when a person’s sense of purpose is prone to twinkle and fade. In unemployment or professional stagnation; in financial or romantic straits, or after the death of a loved one; …