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10 Oddball Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

What if a job interviewer asked you who would win in a fight between Spiderman and Batman? Or how you would describe the color yellow to a blind person? These are real interview questions collected by Glassdoor, the eight-year-old jobs website where users post information about companies, salaries, …

Employment

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

4 Simple Brainstorming Techniques To Help Write Killer Content

Brainstorming is supposed to be about harnessing the power of thinking outside the box to solve that impossible problem. It’s the magic that helps …

21 Recipes That Are Way Cuter Baked In A Muffin Pan

Hold on to your muffin pans, friends. Baking just got easier. And teensier. And cuter.<p>In the past, you've put your muffin pans and cupcake tins to work, making delicious bite-sized, itty-bitty treats. But if that's all you use the bakeware for, you're not letting it live up to its supreme potential.<p>…

What Your Professional Bio Needs to Get Noticed

A professional bio is something that everyone needs, but not everyone bothers to write one. Or they write one once, and then never update it. Or they wait until a conference organizer asks them to send one in, and just jot down the first few things that occur to them.<p>That’s a pretty big missed …

Blogging Basics: How to Write Blog Posts People Love to Read

Shares 8K<p>Are you blogging for business?<p>Do you want people to come back for more after reading your blog for the first time?<p>Write posts that people …

How to Build an Easy, Beginner “Set and Forget” Investment Portfolio

Many people don’t invest because it seems overly complicated. But if you want to build wealth, investing now is the easiest way to do so—and <i>anyone</i> …

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …

Mathematics

How to win at (almost) everything

In games, humans are hopelessly predictable. Spot this hidden behaviour and you can crush puny-minded opponents in everything from the lottery to Rock, Paper, Scissors.<p>Although we can never outwit the weather or natural disasters, there are ways to master those other seemingly unpredictable …

Sherlock Holmes

Resilience: How to train a tougher mind

Can you learn to be mentally tougher? Emma Young investigates the science of mindfulness and other techniques promising to foster resilience in the face of extreme stress.<p>“It was one of those perfect days. I think that’s what everyone remembers. And now whenever the day’s too perfect and the sky’s …

Education

Brain: Why exercise boosts IQ

If you want your mind to be sharper, the evidence suggests you should visit the gym. But how can exercising your muscles boost your brain power?<p>We tend to assume that brains don’t go with brawn – but that assumption is turning out to be seriously flawed. As the latest video from the Head Squeeze …

The Brain

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

Psychology: Why boredom is bad... and good for you

Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.<p>I’ve met lots of people with a talent to bore in my time, but Sandi Mann is one of the few to have honed it as a craft. Eager volunteers …

Creativity

The Talented Mr. Youssef, Brazil’s Black-Market Central Banker

He was known to authorities as Brazil’s black-market central banker, a career criminal who smuggled cash for the rich and powerful by private jet and …

Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction

Evolutionary biologist Sean B. Carroll, executive producer of the doc Mass Extinction: Life At the Brink, on why mankind’s days are numbered.<p><i>“How</i> …

Don't Tear Up Your License Yet: Why Autonomous Driving Is Still a Long Way Off – Feature

The idea of self-driving cars isn’t new. General Motors and RCA built such an appliance back in 1958 that was controlled by wires embedded in the pavement and lights alongside the roadway. The plan was for a central computer to orchestrate fleets of such machines in perfect formation, avoiding …

These Stunning, Simple Posters Tell The Story Of The Syrian Revolution

Syrian designer Fares Cachoux creates heartbreaking and hopeful posters of his country’s struggle.<p>When the Syrian revolution began, Syrian-born graphic designer Fares Cachoux was living abroad. He couldn’t concentrate on his work–especially after his hometown was bombed–so he quit his job, and used …

Graphic Design

Why Forgiving Yourself Can Be So Hard (But How to Do It Anyway)

Somehow, even in a culture that values forgiveness, guilt isn't so easy to erase. If you have done something you are deeply ashamed of or guilty …

Positive Thinking

Close encounters of the religious kind

Our picks of the week from around the web, including whether different religions believe in aliens and how Deep Blue broke Kasparov.<p><b>Computers</b><br>Deep Blue played chess like a human<br>David Auerbach | Nautilus | 30 October 2014<br>When IBM’s Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov over six games in 1997, it unnerved the …

Artificial Intelligence

What a Republican Senate Would Mean for World Politics

On Tuesday, when tens of millions of US voters go to the polls, they are very likely to deliver a US Senate majority to the Republican Party.<p>Six years into the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama and four years after the midterm elections that delivered control of the US House of …

The News is Grim Until You Look at The Data

A new website uses historical data and graphical analysis to show us that despite the news, we really are better off.

The 3 Most Annoying People You'll Encounter

10 best apps to train your brain

Whether it's to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.<p>"Stress and anxiety are among the most pressing and far-reaching public health problems we face," says …

No Internet? No problem. Cosmos for Android displays sites over SMS texting

Especially in emerging markets, an Internet connection can be hard to find. As such, the Cosmos Browser for Android is nothing short of a miracle, as …