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Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

29 books to read your kids if you want them to be kind and brave

There is little in this universe I love more than the end of my kids’ days. No matter how frazzled I am, or what superhuman efforts they put up to resist bedtime, snuggling up with them tucked in and a pile of books beside us is the tonic we need to end our days.<p>Kids’ books are beautifully simple. …

Books

How Hyperconnected Cities Are Taking Over the World

“Political geography is not determinant anymore, because cities are more important.”<p>In the medieval period, empires battled and colluded with each other in the quest for land.The resulting system, in which nations became the main actors on the global stage, is perhaps the one most of us know best. …

What Makes an Original: Psychologist Adam Grant on the Paradox of Achievement and How Motivated Dissatisfaction Fuels Creativity

“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.”<p><i>“To be perfectly original,”</i> Lord Byron famously quipped, <i>“one should think much and read little, and this is impossible, for one must have read before one has learnt to think.”</i><p>In <b>Originals: How</b> …

The human role in a bot-dominated future

Imagine a world where bots are ubiquitous… a world where nearly every online interaction takes place with a Siri, Alexa, Cortana or some soon-to-be-named artificial being. Here, banking is a breeze, as a customer service bot can quickly extrapolate your banking preferences from your online search …

Solar Capture Technique Turns CO2 Into Burnable Fuel

Engineers at the University of Chicago have created a new kind of solar cell that efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide into usable …

Carbon Dioxide

The True Time Cost Of Multitasking

Time-tracking apps are revealing what you’ve probably guessed: Multitasking wastes hours. Knowing that, though, helps solve the problem.<p>In the interest of knowing where my day really goes, I have been tracking my time for the past 15 months. I use spreadsheets with half-hour blocks. That keeps this …

Constant Multitasking Is Damaging Millennial Brains, Research Shows

And their employers are making things worse.<p>You probably know that multitasking makes you less productive not more so. Neuroscientists, psychologists, and efficiency experts have been telling the world for years that since the brain can't actually pay attention to more than one thing at a time. …

Human Consumption of Earth's Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

By Alex Kirby<p>Humans' appetite for gnawing away at the fabric of the Earth itself is growing prodigiously. According to a new UN report, the amount of …

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

This Man Wants Magic to Be a Branch of Psychology - Facts So Romantic

In his rather untidy office at Goldsmiths, University of London, the cheerful and vaguely rumpled Gustav Kuhn grabs what looks like a wire-frame …

San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy

San Diego is not waiting for Washington to get its act together on climate change. The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious …

Contingency Planning Tops Audit Hot Spots for 2013

Volatility is becoming the new normal in Corporate America, and the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy provide a reminder of the importance of …

Buckminster Fuller’s Ideas Are More Important Now Than Ever

A new book about the inventor and thinker shows that his ideas might have been ahead of their time—but they’re still incredibly vital.<p>Think of Buckminster Fuller, the 20th-century innovator, and you might picture a geodesic dome or his flying car designs from the 1930s. Maybe you picture a crackpot …

Zappos And Holacracy: Why They Did It, What They Learned And What's Next

Today my guest for The Future of Work Podcast is Alexis Gonzales-Black. Alexis is the former organizational design lead for Zappos, and is currently the co-founder of Thoughtful Org Partners. Previously, I spoke with Brian J. Robertson, the creator of the concept of Holacracy which received lots of …

The Workplace

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

This Is Bob Harper's 5-Minute Fat-Burning Workout

<b>Fire up your muscles from head to toe.</b><p><i>By SELF Staffers</i>, SELF<p>This do-anywhere workout takes only five minutes -- so you can knock it out on a busy day or before a party. Here's what you need to know:<p><b>YOUR TRAINER:</b> Bob Harper, celebrity trainer and host of the T<i>he Biggest Loser</i>, which starts in …

This Mad Scientist Will Clone 100,000 Cows

This year, a Chinese company plans to open a massive factory to clone 100,000 cows. Just how far will this mass reproductive technology go?<p>Two …

'Thing Explainer' - A Review of Randall Munroe's New Book (Using the Ten Hundred Most Common Words)

Just one day ago, a new book came to my house: <i>Thing Explainer</i> by the writer of another book called <i>What If</i>. I've written about that other book here. This new book is an effort to help people understand all sorts of cool stuff about the world and how it works using simple words -- in fact, only a set …

Fatalities as freezing rain, floods and ice hit central US

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — At least three people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and …

Rising temperatures, invisible threats: Climate change spurs disease fears

DALLAS — Winter was oddly mild in northern Texas in 2012, a year that saw few snowflakes and barely any ice. When the cold failed to show up, the spring mosquitoes arrived in droves, carrying disease.<p>The insects multiplied during an unusually muggy May, when temperatures hit the 90s and then stayed …

Pope to honour Ugandan martyrs on Africa tour

The 78-year-old pontiff was given a rapturous welcome as he arrived in Uganda from Kenya on Friday, with excited crowds expected to turn out for an open-air mass and vast youth rally on Saturday.<p>Francis, who has railed against corruption and wealthy minorities who hoard resources at the expense of …

Thousands march on climate change in Manila, Brisbane

Religious clergy, students and activists marched through the Philippine capital calling for curbs on emissions to mute the impact of climate change, which is blamed for a spike in typhoons and extreme weather that has wreaked havoc on the nation.<p>The march, attended by more than 2,500 people …

U.S. hardest-hit nation for weather-related disasters

If there has ever been a finding that exemplifies the need for additional investments in weather resiliency and adaptation measures, the United Nations put it forth this week.<p>Over the past 20 years, 90% of major disasters have been caused by weather, and the United States was the hardest-hit …

This network of NASA satellites will change the way we fight forest fires

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is developing a plan to attach over 200 sensors to its system of satellites in order to detect wildfires quickly from space. The new system will revolutionize the way responders receive information about fires.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

UN: Number of teens dying of AIDS tripled over 15 years

The UN children's fund says the number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most having acquired the disease when they were infants.<p>AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa, with six countries - South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Mozambique and …

Scientists say they have a new cure for hearing loss

Jay Alan Zimmerman is a successful composer who writes music for movies and musicals. There's something that sets him apart from other composers, however. He's deaf.<p>Zimmerman wasn’t always deaf. He came to New York and began his career in music. Over time he realized he had lost quite a bit of …

Energy-rich Russia pays little attention to climate change

As temperatures rise worldwide, areas such as Siberia are suffering increasingly long dry spells. Russia's national weather agency says the country is the fastest-warming part of the world.<p>But Russia has taken little action to reduce its own emissions of the greenhouse gases believed to be behind …