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Misophonia: Why the sound of loud chewing makes you angry

Does hearing repititive sniffing makes you want to claw your eyes out?<p>Have you ever considered getting off the bus or Tube because someone is chewing …

Here are the dead giveaways to spotting a liar

Have you ever bent the truth? Maybe embellished a résumé or failed to mention an after-work outing to your significant other? That fib may have bailed you out of some explaining you didn't want to do.<p>But what if you're on the receiving end of someone else's lies? Then what?<p>Experts who study …

Serious world leaders are now talking seriously about a 'Trump Administration'

Almost everyone, from pundits to voters to the political establishment, assumed that Trump would just command (and relish) a brief period of national attention and then declare victory and withdraw.<p>Trump himself even seemed to espouse this view, talking publicly early on about how, if and when he …

Bill Gates says reading 50 books a year gives him a huge advantage

Why would the world's richest man — worth an estimated $78 billion— spend so much time leafing through pages?<p>Most of what he reads is nonfiction that explains something about how the world works.<p>His favorites from 2015 dug into how buildings are built, how children succeed, and how diseases are …

Bill Gates

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

Happiness

20 Most Anticipated Rap Albums of 2016

Kanye West<p>What will Kanye West's seventh album, <i>Swish</i>, sound like? There's really no telling. Over the last year, Kanye has released a solo record …

Rap & Hip-Hop

India had more selfie deaths in 2015 than anywhere else in the world

More than half of the 27 selfie deaths across the world in 2015 happened in India. The unfortunate trend shows no signs of abating, with three selfie …

'Oh to Be 80 Again... '

We've started a new year, and I've also celebrated a birthday recently. With the passing of these two significant markers of time, it got me thinking a lot about aging -- and what I need to do differently so that I can ensure that I live a long, healthy, and happy life.<p>But let me start off with a …

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Jammu and Kashmir

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

The 10 Most Stressful Jobs In 2016

The early months of a new year–following the fourth quarter and holidays, a chaotic time in almost any profession–are a popular time to reflect on work-related stress. What situations cause it most? How does it affect our work, and what can we do to prevent it?<p>For some workers, however, stressful …

Employment

Barack Obama: Guns Are Our Shared Responsibility

THE epidemic of gun violence in our country is a crisis. Gun deaths and injuries constitute one of the greatest threats to public health and to the safety of the American people. Every year, more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns. Suicides. Domestic violence. Gang shootouts. …

Guns

Inside the Lab Where Invisibility Cloaks Are Made

Can science compete with magic?<p>Just before Christmas I finally got to see an invisibility cloak. I’ve written a whole book about invisibility—its myths, magic, and technology—but never before had I seen in the flesh one of the new devices that promise to make things vanish.<p>We all know what …

The Actor, the Kingpin, and Mexico's Drug War as Entertainment

In the low budget action flick <i>El Bazukaco 2</i> (Big Bazooka 2) the crazed-looking cartel killer pops his head out of the moving SUV on a Mexican road …

Mexico

Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Women Who Worked at Playboy

"Whatever hostility was directed at Hefner, bunny ears and tails and all of that stuff, had absolutely zero impact on working there."<p>When asked, I will always tell people the best job I've ever had as a writer was working for <i>Playboy</i> magazine in 2008. At the time, I was just starting out as a online …

A 7-day guide to the pursuit of happiness

It can take just minutes to break through a foul mood if you know the right tricks. Here are some scientifically tested methods to help you beat the blues.<p>In the drudgery of the everyday, it can be easy to become lost in boredom and self-pity. Yet some people seem remarkably resilient to life’s …

Happiness

The Story Behind That Famous GIF of All of David Bowie's Hairstyles

As the internet mourns David Bowie's passing today, one of the most widely shared images was a GIF created by illustrator Helen Green.<p>UK-based artist Helen Green has—or had—a tradition. Every year, for David Bowie's birthday, she drew a picture of the groundbreaking songwriter and performer. Last …

How to Use Snapchat

Don’t leave Snapchat to the millennials! Learn to love the world’s most confusing social network with this guide<p>Snapchat makes me feel old.<p>How old? Well, when a 20-something tried to explain to me how to add a friend in the app, he began talking loudly and slowly. “YOU…PRESS…HERE…OK?”<p>I’m 31 and a …

Social Media

February 2016

Literary travel: around the world in 10 must-read books

Ann Morgan spent a year reading a book from every country in the world – 196 in total. Here she picks 10 favourites that vividly evoke the regions they describe<p>• <b>If</b> <b>you’ve read a book with a powerful sense of place or one that inspired you to travel, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below</b><p>In …

Books

Photographer Documents the Amusing Ways His Girlfriend Tries to Hide from the Camera

Some people are naturally camera shy and prefer to live their lives off-film. This, however, is a challenge when your significant other is a photographer. Mikaël Theimer tried many times to take a picture of his girlfriend, Marion, but she would always attempt to dodge his lens. Instead of giving …

Photography

Dakar Rally 2016 in Pictures

Portugal

These Offices Will Blow Your Mind

These days, a simple office water cooler and coffee machine won’t cut it. Workspaces are bigger and more impressive than ever — boasting perks that …

Coffeemakers