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The moon once looked different from Earth

"We tend to think that objects in the sky have always been the way we view them," says planetary scientist Matt Siegler. But that most viewable of objects—our moon—hasn't always looked as it does today, according to Siegler and his colleagues.<p>They believe that some 3 billion years ago, in a process …

What believing in God does to your brain

Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, research …

Neuroscience

When You Can't Relax: 7 Tips to Try

Many of us feel a constant pressure or prodding to be productive. As we sit down on the couch, we’re met with 50 reasons why we need to get back up. …

9 Ways Spring Makes You Lose Weight Without Even Trying

In case there's any question as to which season is THE ABSOLUTE BEST.<p>Spring <i>seems</i> like the best thing ever — all the showers and flowers — and it actually is, because the season actually magically makes you lose weight. You can't argue with these facts, actual proof that spring is all the things:<p><b>1.</b></b> …

Before Investing In A Startup, Study Their 4 M's

I was recently asked to judge a startup competition. As I was filling in the questionnaire which evaluated the startups, I noticed that the questions being asked revolved around four topics all starting with the letter M: market, model, management and momentum. I thought that was a simple and …

Startups

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Consciousness

Using Kaizen to Help You Lose Weight and Keep it Off

Kaizen is the practice of continually improving. And who doesn’t want that kind of result for their weight loss? Kaizen was first introduced to the …

Weight Loss

3 Meditation Apps That Will Clear Your Mind In As Little As Two Minutes

To say I’m a worry wart would be a <i>serious</i> understatement. I’m constantly telling myself to breathe (I even have it tattooed as a reminder) or to take …

Meditation Is My Super Power

For years, I've struggled with learning and practicing meditation. My annual personal goals, business goals, and affirmations inevitably included... "I will meditate daily for 10-20 minutes." I have researched and read countless books on meditation only to find myself frustrated every time I …

Be More Successful: 8 Steps to Find and Leverage Your True Strengths

We all hope to improve on our weaknesses, but sometimes the best approach is to do a lot more of what you already do best.<p>Are you as successful as you would like to be? (Depending on how you define success, of course.)<p>If you're like most people, the answer is, "Probably not." Not because you're …

Six Ways to Blow Up Your Business With Facebook Ads

Ever since Facebook first emerged in the market over 10 years ago, this social media platform has completely changed the way that people today communicate with one another. However, despite being the most popular social media network in the world, Facebook is also one of the most <i>under-utilized</i> …

Facebook Ads

If You Want to Get Fit, Stay Real and Forget the Latest Trends

<i>Elise A. Miller is the author of Star Craving Mad, and her new satirical romance novel, Tracing the Bones, is out in June. Elise is also a kettlebell instructor in Philadelphia, PA.</i><p>I was at the pool with my son the other day when a woman — in her 40s like me — said, "I hope you don't think I'm …

How to Get up Early and Become a Morning Person: Take Back Tomorrow Before Going to Bed

If you’re anything like me, you’re the kind of person who hits the snooze button 15 times before finally rolling out of bed. The kind of person who, …

Sleep

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50 Features Every Small Business Website Must Have [Infographic]

Having a strong web presence is mandatory, even for small businesses just starting out. The ability to find and evaluate products and services online …

Customer Service

Tell Yourself What Time You Want to Wake Up in the Morning and Ditch Your Alarm Clock

Ideally, you wouldn’t <i>need</i> your alarm clock to wake up. You’d get enough sleep and wake up at the same time every day. If that doesn’t work for you, …

The surprising ways the body works with the brain to shape our sense of self

On a bitingly cold winter’s day in 2013, a woman whom I’ll call Laurie took me to the terrace of a tall building in a city about two hours west of London, England. Years earlier, she’d tried to jump from the terrace and kill herself.<p>It had been a harrowing time for Laurie. She’d started hearing …

Consciousness

This Startup Is Making It Incredibly Easy to Start a Business

Silicon Valley payments upstart Stripe said Wednesday it is debuting a new program, called Atlas, to help more entrepreneurs be able to set up U.S. …

Can Machine Learning Decode Depression?

<b>The Challenges of Depression</b><p><b>D</b>epression affects almost 15 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability among U.S adults, yet many people with depression continue to go undiagnosed and untreated. Depression remains a condition that is identified through a clinical assessment focused on …

Don't Use These 3 Marketing Strategies That Will Sink Your Company | Inc.com

Do you like when other people prove you wrong?<p>I think it's probably safe to say that most people don't like to be wrong--it's kind of like the natural aversion to the nails-on-chalkboard sound.<p>Recently, I asked my fans to send me examples of marketing tactics they've tried for their businesses that …

Marketing

The 9 Best Marketing And Sales Analytics - Every Manager Should Know About

Sales and marketing analytics are essential to unlocking commercially relevant insights, increasing revenue and profitability, and improving brand perception. With the help of the right analytics, you can uncover new markets, new audience niches, areas for future development and much more. Let’s …

Big Data

6 Ways to Kill Your Startup

<i>This piece was originally published on Entrepreneur.</i><p>Sometimes the best way to learn how to do something is to understand how NOT to do something—to …

Hypnagogia, The State Between Sleep And Wakefulness, Is Key To Creativity

We all experience the borderlands between sleep and wakefulness. Here's how to make the most of it.<p>We're all familiar with the two basic states of consciousness: sleep and wakefulness. But what about what happens <i>in between</i> those states?<p>In the borderlands between wakefulness and rest is a strange …

You'll Never Become a Successful Entrepreneur Until You Stop Doing These 8 Things | Inc.com

In every situation, every game, every event, you're bound to have winners and losers--and business is no exception. In fact, nine out of 10 startups fail to gain traction and end up closing their doors. It's competitive out there, and if you want to count your startup among the few that survive, …

Entrepreneurship