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The hidden costs of running a McDonald's restaurant

It has been estimated that McDonald's franchisees' gross profits average about $1.8 million per restaurant in the US.<p>But on top of paying franchise, advertising, and real-estate fees, operators are on the hook for a lot of other costs that they can't necessarily plan for — such as upgrading kitchen …

McDonald's

How Hackers Could Get Inside Your Head With ‘Brain Malware’

Brain-computer interfaces offer new applications for our brain signals—and a new vector for security and privacy violations.<p>Hackers have spyware in your mind. You're minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they're gathering your most private …

Intelligence trove provides details of Islamic State recruitment drive

A large trove of captured Islamic State records and computer files has provided new details of the extremist group's efforts to send terrorists into Europe, according to senior U.S. intelligence officials.<p>The material — an estimated 10,000 documents and several terabytes of data — was recovered in …

Arthur Schopenhauer on the Relationship Between Genius and Madness and How Memory Mediates the Blurry Line Between Sanity and Insanity

“Every advance of intellect beyond the ordinary measure, as an abnormal development, disposes to madness.”<p><i>“I don’t believe insanity is either a requirement or a guarantee for brilliance,”</i> cosmologist Janna Levin wrote in her elegant inquiry into madness and genius. And yet the cooccurrence of the …

Think organic food is better for you, animals, and the planet? Think again

What we eat is seen as more important than ever. And everywhere we are urged to go organic: we are told it is more nutritious, it improves animal welfare and helps the environment. In reality, that is mostly marketing hype.<p>In 2012 Stanford University’s Centre for Health Policy did the biggest …

Swiss vote on no-strings 'money for nothing' basic income

Voters in Switzerland have been asked to decide whether to provide the entire population with a basic, unconditional income - an unprecedented idea. …

Study: Climate change makes our food more poisonous

Extreme weather is increasing toxins in our food - which can be fatal. As temperatures keep rising, it seems the problem will only get worse. DW …

How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines

Tens of thousands of children believed to be victims of live-streaming abuse, some of it being carried out by their own parents<p>When Philippine police smashed into the one-bedroom house, they found three girls aged 11, seven and three lying naked on a bed.<p>At the other end of the room stood the …

Social Media Is Proving To Be A Detriment To Our Mental Health

In just one decade, social media has become an integral part of everyone's lives. Over 1.6 billion people have created profiles, collectively posting …

Best 20 Tips to Develop You Leadership Qualities To The Next Level

Leadership is a clear responsibility, not a dessert. You must have to develop good qualities and strong values in your life. Without these, you have …

Low sales even in healthy economy signal 'complete shift in shopping'

Neither consumers nor brands are getting much of what they want, and the unpredictability has caused chaos for retailers whose power has slipped away<p>Monday is Memorial Day, the official start of summer and another celebration traditionally marked by sales and a shopping bonanza. But the sun isn’t …

How Neuroscience Can Help Leaders

Recent studies in neuroscience and psychology can assist leaders in making organizational change. Learn how to apply them inside.<p>Leaders today must …

This text line is helping teens talk about mental health without saying a word

"He won't stop raping me. He told me not to tell anyone."<p>In August 2011, teen-focused social change organization DoSomething.org received this …

Neuroscience Pinpoints How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

Every day, millions of people navigate the minefields and booby traps of decision-making while trying to break bad habits and reinforce healthier …

Neuroscience

9 Diversity Factors That Will Increase Team Creativity

Human resource departments tout diversity, because a diverse company will better represent all of its customers. But how does diversity help creativity? What are the important factors we typically forget?<p>When we use the word "diversity" in the context of companies, we typically refer to the …

So, what is our youth unemployment rate?

<b>by Wan Ting Koh</b><p>WHILE readers might have focused on the rising costs of having a university degree in the news two days ago, the figure that jumped …

Employment

8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity

To live a creative life, you must be able to destroy your habits that are killing your creativity.<p>If you think some people are born creative and you're not one of them, think again.<p>What makes some people more creative than others is that they nurture their creativity. In fact, experts say that …

Your Brain Has A “Delete” Button–Here’s How To Use It

This is the fascinating way that your brain makes space to build new and stronger connections so you can learn more.<p>There’s an old saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. This means the more you run a neuro-circuit in your brain, the stronger that circuit becomes. This is …

Analysis of Burger Market Finds Unwanted Ingredients: Rat and Human DNA

Warning: You may never look at a burger the same way again.<p>The most unappetizing results of a recent test of 258 burgers at their molecular level …

Coal made its best case against climate change, and lost | Dana Nuccitelli

A Minnesota judge found the preponderance of evidence did not favor coal industry climate science denial<p>Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private sector coal company (now bankrupt), recently faced off against environmental groups in a Minnesota court case. The case was to determine whether the …

Graduating from marriage in Japan

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Yuriko Nishi's three grown-up sons left home, she asked her husband of 36 years an unusual question: Was there any dream married life had prevented him from fulfilling?<p>"We started wondering what path should we be walking on," says Nishi, 66. "We told our children it was a good chance …

Japan

Synthetic cannabis 'having a devastating impact in UK prisons'

Chief inspector of prisons attributes deaths, serious illness and self-harm to cannabis substitutes ‘spice’ and ‘black mamba’<p>Synthetic cannabis is having a “devastating impact” in British prisons and making it difficult for normal life to continue in some facilities, the chief inspector of prisons …

Cannabis

The war of words over who does Saudi Arabia's housework

<b>Disagreements about who should do housework blew up on Twitter in Saudi Arabia this week, and offered some insight into popular attitudes in the country.</b><p>If you're a Westerner, you might think this is another story about who should load the dishwasher, or about men not pulling their weight at …

Saudi Arabia

These entrepreneurs are using technology to turn a profit on food waste

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Ensia</i><i>.</i><p>Food waste is bad for our wallets. It’s also bad for the environment — the equivalent of throwing away the water, energy, and other resources that go into growing it in the first place. But as interest in reducing food waste grows, so does innovation to make it happen. …

10 research-proven tricks that will make you appear smarter than you are

It's great to be smart, but intelligence is a hard thing to pin down. In many cases, how smart people <i>think</i> you are is just as important as how smart you actually are.<p>"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow." —Woodrow Wilson<p>As it turns out, intelligence only explains …

Emotional Intelligence

10 silly things you're doing that make you less likable

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few — the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented.<p>It's easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your …

Emotional Intelligence

What it's like in the world's most violent city

The latest edition of the index of the most violent cities in the world, from the Mexican nongovernmental organization Citizens' Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice, ranking the world's cities with populations over 300,000 people by their homicide rates, was released in …

Venezuela

Ukraine children eat food tainted by Chernobyl

ZALYSHANY, Ukraine (AP) — Viktoria Vetrova knows the risk her four children take in drinking milk from the family's two cows and eating dried mushrooms and berries from the forest.<p>But the cash-strapped Ukrainian government canceled the local school lunch program for 350,000 children last year — the …

Islam not compatible with German constitution, says AfD party

BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Sunday Islam is not compatible with the German constitution and vowed to press for bans on minarets and burqas at its party congress in two weeks’ time.<p>Beatrix von Storch, deputy spokeswoman of the right-wing Alternative …

Angela Merkel

How to Take Back Your Power?

If only my relationship could work, I would be so happy, that's the only thing that is missing in my life.<p>If only I had that dream job, my life would be amazing.<p>If only I had more money, everything would be so different.<p>Sound familiar?<p>We've all been in situations where we have put our happiness and …

Motivation