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From the handshake to the high-five: a brief history of gestures

Gestures – usually made with the hand, but in some notable cases with other parts of the body entirely – form a symbolic, non-vocal language; a …

Bill Clinton

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

Here’s how to see the data that tech giants have about you

Facebook, Apple, Google, and Twitter probably have more info about you than you think. And the only way to know for sure is to download it all.<p>The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal that broke earlier this year will probably hold the crown as 2018’s biggest story in tech. It came to light that …

Social Media

The financial scandal no one is talking about

In the summer of 2015, seven years after the financial crisis and with no end in sight to the ensuing economic stagnation for millions of citizens, I visited a new club. Nestled among the hedge-fund managers on Grosvenor Street in Mayfair, Number Twenty had recently been opened by accountancy firm …

Finance

This City Could Lose A Third Of Its Jobs To Robots - Here's Its Plan To Fight Back

'You still need knowledge of how to weld to programme a welding robot.'<p>Tom McCarten<p>When Ryan Trotter left school at 16, he drifted along doing odd …

Customer Service

How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. …

Woodworking

Experiencing these 5 things? You might be in the wrong profession

Sometimes a job or career is just not meant to be. If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you might want to think about making a change.<p>While “picking the wrong career is not an uncommon thing,” according to Karen Elizaga, career coach and author of Find Your Sweet Spot, it’s not always easy to …

Employment

Going to sleep isn’t always easy, even when you’re tired. Here are ways to combat insomnia.

“Good wakefulness and good sleep go hand in hand,” according to cartoonist Ellen Forney. But what happens when you’re battling insomnia? Lack of …

Sleep

Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?

A neighbour objected to a young couple from Newcastle being naked in their own home. “We are sick of seeing big bums, big boobs and little willy,” was the core message of the note, crescendoing to: “We will report you both for indecent exposure.” It is such a small thing, banal, without …

Social Media

A Step-by-Step Guide to Selling Consulting Services

Do people often ask for your professional advice? It's time to start charging for your consulting sessions.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Ever since I launched my YouTube channel where I talk about different strategies regarding B2B selling and inbound …

Inside the World’s Most Elite (and Secret) Traders’ Club

In an industry where power and influence are measured in dollars and cents, this may be the most exclusive club in finance: The price of admission is …

Hedge Funds

Are You a People-Pleaser? Here are 3 Ways to Set Healthy Boundaries

If you identify with these traits you may be jeopardizing your health and your relationships.<p>Studies confirm that social interactions and face-to-face relationships are strongly connected to longevity and happiness. But challenges can arise when the dynamics of your relationships are not …

This is what the Warren Buffett empire looks like, in one giant chart

While most of the world’s richest people came to that title through a single company, billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s story is different.<p>Jeff …

Investing

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

Horse racing is something like a religion in Hong Kong, whose citizens bet more than anyone else on Earth. Their cathedral is Happy Valley …

Hong Kong

The Greatest Threat to Lee Kuan Yew’s Legacy

By Augustine Low<p>It was meant to damn Thum Ping Tjin and exonerate Lee Kuan Yew. But it achieved neither – as far as the court of public opinion is …

The unique way the Dutch treat mentally ill prisoners

In the Netherlands, criminals with mental illness are treated completely differently from many other countries. Melissa Hogenboom visits a Dutch prison to find out how.<p>When I arrive at Zwolle prison in the Netherlands, it’s initially hard to imagine that the quiet building, situated next to a …

Mental Health

7 clever ways to use that USB drive again

Thumb drives used to be so cool. They came in every shape and material, from little plastic rectangles to rubber wristbands, novelty animals, and pens sporting a built-in USB-drive. We used to marvel at the data they contained, easily dragged and dropped into a special icon. They were simple and …

The New Age of Astrology

In a stressful, data-driven era, many young people find comfort and insight in the zodiac—even if they don’t exactly believe in it.<p>Astrology is a meme, and it’s spreading in that blooming, unfurling way that memes do. On social media, astrologers and astrology meme machines amass tens or hundreds …

15 Times The Simpsons Accurately Predicted the Future

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What interviewers really want to hear when they ask 'Why do you want to work here?'

"So why do you want to work here?"<p>Eventually this question comes up in every interview. Over the course of the last 30 years, I have been and I continue to ask this question all the time.<p>I have learned there is a limited set of answers applicants give in response to this question and one particular …

Being eaten by the dragon

What it feels like to be bought by a Chinese firm<p>A FEW years ago two executives of an international oil company were working late in its otherwise …

Time for America to Follow China’s Lead

<i>Kishore Mahbubani is a former Singaporean diplomat who served twice as ambassador to the United Nations. Currently, he is the dean of the Lee Kuan</i> …

The Ways That Pop Economics Hurt America

A new book suggests that Econ 101 helped advance a rigid and potentially harmful free-market agenda.<p>Someone needed to write a book about how economic theory has been abused in American politics. And someone finally did. James Kwak’s “Economism” is a very important and timely book, and anyone who is …

Anger & Attachment

Where does anger come from? As a person occasionally prone to angry outbursts, I’ve thought a lot about this question. The lesson of Zen practice is …

Mindfulness

The Wrong Eating Habits Can Hurt Your Brain, Not Just Your Waistline

Being overweight can raise your blood pressure, cholesterol and risk for developing diabetes. It could be bad for your brain, too.<p>A diet high in saturated fats and sugars, the so-called Western diet, actually affects the parts of the brain that are important to memory and make people more likely to …

Diabetes

5 ways the new connected agriculture world changed in 2016

The world of agriculture technology, or agtech, is rapidly evolving from an industry entrenched in tradition to one that is fast embracing change. It’s automating laborious tasks and providing farmers and growers with greater knowledge and insight into their crops than ever before. As technology …

World War Three, by Mistake

Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.<p>On June 3, 1980, at about two-thirty in the morning, computers at the National Military Command Center, beneath the Pentagon, at the …

Military

Am I a Christian, Pastor Timothy Keller?

What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? Can one be a Christian and yet doubt the virgin birth or the Resurrection? I put these questions to the Rev. Timothy Keller, an evangelical Christian pastor and best-selling author who is among the most prominent evangelical thinkers today. …