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10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

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4 Lifehacks From Ancient Philosophers That Will Make You Happier

<b>You’ve probably heard about Stoics or Stoicism — and most of what you know is wrong.</b><p><b>They weren’t joyless bores. The ancient Stoics were the first</b> …

Astronomer Jill Tarter on the Ongoing Search for Extraterrestrial Life and How She Inspired Carl Sagan’s Novel-Turned-Film Contact

Astronomer <b>Jill Tarter</b> grew up taking apart and reassembling her father’s radios. She is the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research — California’s institute of Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — and the inspiration for Jodie Foster’s character in the iconic 1997 film <i>Contact</i>, adapted from …

It’s not just David Byrne and Radiohead: Spotify, Pandora and how streaming music kills jazz and classical

More musicians are taking aim at the rates paid by Spotify and Pandora, and warning whole genres are in danger<p>After years in which tech-company hype has drowned out most other voices, the frustration of musicians with the digital music world has begun to get a hearing. We know now that many rockers …

Uber for families provides lifts home from school when parents are busy

Shuddle is a service offering safe rides home for kids whose parents aren’t available for the school run.<p>3 Jul 2014<p>Home time can be stressful for …

Curse, An Under-The-Radar Community For Hard-Core Gamers, Raises $16M

Not to glorify another high school dropout, but Hubert Thieblot had one of those unusual, circuitous paths toward building a profitable gaming startup. An avid World of Warcraft player, he started a website for his guild under the name Curse about a decade ago.<p>“I wanted to have something I could do …

13 European Student-Run Startups Get $100K Each From Founder.org

Thirteen European startups to have been awarded $100,000 each by Founder.org, the investor in student entrepreneurs based out of universities. The winners included:<p>Volumental from Sweden is a cloud-based 3D scanner, which originally started as part of a research project Kinect@Home at KTH, Royal …

Ultratext Is A Simple GIF-Making App That Works With iMessage

There’s nothing more obnoxious than texting someone who doesn’t respond (at least somewhat) promptly. And their excuse? “<i>Sorry, I didn’t see your text!”</i> Ha, no more, my so-called friends, no more! A new app called Ultratext will help get their attention by letting you easily create colorful, …

FreedomPop Brings Its Free Wireless Service To Europe, Sans Handsets

FreedomPop, the startup out of L.A. that has been going after U.S. carriers’ wireless business with a “free” basic mobile offering, is now bringing a SIM-only version of its service to Europe and beyond. Today, the company announced that it will kick off first with FreedomPop in Belgium, with …

Button Wants To Bring Loyalty Rewards To The On-Demand Economy

Imagine you’re an executive running a multi-billion-dollar e-commerce business and you have figured out ways to keep customers on your site and prompt them to make purchases a couple of times a year. Now imagine if you could bring those same tools to businesses that have monthly, weekly, or even …

Restaurant Payments App Cover Raises $5.5 Million From Spark Capital

Cover wants to facilitate the process of paying your check at the end of the meal, removing friction and encouraging more restaurants to accept mobile payments. To get more restaurants — and users — signed up, the company just raised a $5.5 million Series A round of financing led by Spark …

Men’s Style Startup Dash Hudson Raises $400K Led By Former Groupon CTO Paul Gauthier

Dash Hudson, a startup aiming to make twentysomething men a little less clueless about style, is announcing that it raised $400,000 in seed funding.<p>More impressive than the amount of funding was who participated — co-founder and CEO Thomas Rankin said the round was led by Paul Gauthier, Groupon’s …

15 Years After Napster: How the Music Service Changed the Industry

Fifteen years after Napster launched, we asked a dozen music journalists and editors to give their thoughts on the service that revolutionized the …

Jonah Berger Knows How to Make This Video Go Viral

When Jonah Berger was in college his grandmother suggested he read Malcolm Gladwell’s <i>The Tipping Point</i>, which explored how small things can make large impacts. While the book helped inspire Berger’s career, he says Gladwell got it wrong and didn’t back up his ideas with science.<p>He likes making bold …

Sleep and the Teenage Brain

<i>“Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,”</i> Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. <i>“Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,”</i> Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College …

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration, and other …

How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective

<i>“The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,”</i> wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, <i>“becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.”</i> But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs? That’s …

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How to Avoid Work: A 1949 Guide to Doing What You Love

<i>“There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,”</i> Anaïs Nin wrote in her diary in 1941. Indeed, finding a sense of purpose and doing what makes the heart sing is one of the greatest human aspirations — and yet too many people remain caught in the hamster wheel of unfulfilling work. …

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

<b>In this "unexpected delight,"* filmmaker David Lynch describes his personal methods of capturing and working with ideas, and the immense creative</b> …

10 YouTube Videos That Will Change How You Think

While you may think of YouTube as a place to check out the latest in funny animal videos, there’s a lot of content that caters to the brain rather …

The Best Science Books of 2012

It’s that time of year again, the time for those highly subjective, grossly non-exhaustive, yet inevitable and invariably fun best-of reading lists. To kick off the season, here are, in no particular order, my ten favorite science books of 2012. (Catch up on last year’s reading list here.)<p>INTERNAL …

Good Writing vs. Talented Writing

The secrets of good writing have been debated again and again and again. But “good writing” might, after all, be the wrong ideal to aim for. In <b>About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews</b> (<i>public library</i>), celebrated author and literary critic <b>Samuel Delany</b> — who, for a fascinating …

10 Ways To Nurture Your Creativity And Optimize Your Intuitive Powers

Develop the habit of taking time for regular meditation and/or reflection.<p><b>Meditation doesn’t</b> have to be hard or mystical. Start by simply setting …

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The Science of Love: How Positivity Resonance Shapes the Way We Connect

We kick-started the year with some of history’s most beautiful definitions of love. But timeless as their words might be, the poets and the philosophers have a way of escaping into the comfortable detachment of the abstract and the metaphysical, leaving open the question of what love really is on …

Givers, Takers, and Matchers: The Surprising Psychology of Success

<i>“The principle of give and take; that is diplomacy— give one and take ten,”</i> Mark Twain famously smirked. But for every such cynicism, there’s a heartening meditation on the art of asking and the beautiful osmosis of altruism. <i>“The world is just,”</i> Amelia Barr admonished in her rules for success, <i>“it</i> …

This Explains Everything: 192 Thinkers on the Most Elegant Theory of How the World Works

Every year since 1998, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> has been posing a single grand question to some of our time’s greatest thinkers across a wide spectrum of disciplines, then collecting the answers in an annual anthology. Last year’s answers to the question <b>“What scientific</b> …

Everything – A Unique Fragrance That Smells Like All the 1,400 Perfumes Launched Last Year

Created by Dutch art duo Lenert and Sander, Everything is a unique perfume made up of 1,400 samples of every new perfume launched in 2012. Can you …

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