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Banks are teaming up to launch a Venmo killer

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Big banks are eager to take on PayPal’s Venmo money-transfer app, and they’re banding together in their efforts to do it.<p>At its investor day on Feb. 23, JPMorganChase confirmed that a new, bank-led money-transfer service is scheduled for release later this year. Customers …

FinTech

The Secret To Danish Happiness

Denmark consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world. The reason why might lie with the idea of "hygge."<p><i>This article first appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. In November, GGSC is hosting a summit on Mindfulness and</i> …

Happiness

Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s guide to overcoming fear and putting shoes on in space

Chris Hadfield’s days of space travel are behind him, but he’s still whizzing by at the speed of light.<p>“I think it’s the fifth time I’ve ever retired actually,” he tells Quartz. “I used to be a downhill ski racer, then I was a farmer, then I was a fighter pilot, then I was a test pilot, then I was …

Space Exploration

Los Angeles, teeming with homeless people, declared a state of emergency

Los Angeles, where the homeless were once mostly concentrated in downtown’s infamous Skid Row, is now so inundated with homeless people that tent cities are cropping up all over the city in highly visible places. So overrun are its highways, parks, and underpasses by the sharp uptick in its …

A Navy SEAL shares 8 secrets to grit and resilience

The emerging science of grit and resilience is teaching us a lot about why some people redouble their efforts when the rest of us are heading for the door.<p>Research is great, but it's always nice to talk to someone who's been there firsthand, and to see how theory holds up against reality. So who …

Osama Bin Laden

20 Lessons Of Design

Once upon a time, design was considered unimportant among most top business leaders, a secondary realm prowled by precious egotists and aesthetes.<p>At best, design was an afterthought, like slapping a coat of paint on an already-built house or adding a cool tail fin to a finished product.<p>No more. …

Illuminated Book Sculptures Form Highly Detailed Magical Worlds

Artist Su Blackwell utilizes beloved novels as an uncommon canvas and builds upward to create bewitching book sculptures. For her latest standout exhibition, she was inspired by how one's dwelling can act as an imaginative space. “The works include dwellings, such as lighthouses, wood cottages, …

Sculpture

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Here's what your food would look like if it weren't genetically modified over millennia

Genetically modified foods, or GMOs, inspire strong reactions nowadays, but humans have been tweaking the genetics of our favorite produce for millennia.<p>While GMOs may involve splicing genes from other organisms (such as bacteria) to give plants desired traits — like resistance to pests, selective …

Organisms

This $39-million football star is also an off-season farmer

Few people with $39 million football contracts would use their time off to drive a combine or corral a 1,000-cow herd. But Green Bay Packer Jordy Nelson, apparently, is not most people.<p>The star wide receiver works five to six weeks a year on his family’s 4,000-acre Kansas farm, he told ESPN …

The Irish love stilettos: The most popular shoe styles around the world

Mexican women love wedges, Germans are fans of brogue stitching, and Americans and Canadians are pretty much the only people who like newspaper print …

Be careful, your love of science looks a lot like religion

Scientific beliefs are destined to supersede and replace primitive religious views, once argued 19th-century French philosopher Auguste Comte. His scientific positivism birthed today’s <i>scientism</i>: the notion that science has exclusive access to the truth.<p>“Science” is usually equated by proponents of …

Why so many good doctors are leaving medicine behind for Silicon Valley

The world looks different when you’re eighteen and when you’re thirty—in some cases because your perspective has evolved, other times because the world has changed. Men and women drawn to careers in medicine while in high school or college are finding that when they emerge on the other side, things …

Digital Health

Photographer Documenting the Homeless Discovers Her Own Father Among Them

Honolulu, Hawaii-based photographer and law student Diana Kim can trace her love of photography back to her father, who used to own a photography studio on O'ahu. Until just a few years ago, however, not much else connected father and daughter except for a strained relationship marked by …

Homelessness

14 Easy 5-Minute ‘Dos MADE for the First Day of School (Or Work ;)

If there is one thing we wish we could magically wake up to in the morning (besides Chris Pratt, of course), it’s beautiful, frizz-free hair. We are still waiting for <i>The Jetsons’</i>s hair machine that could easily fix all of our styling problems. But in the meantime, we’re sharing 14 updos that will …

The Key to Giving and Receiving Negative Feedback

Rich was a plant manager with a 10,000-person workforce producing a billion dollars of product per year. He was a pro at his craft and highly respected in his industry. I met with him and his team weekly as an organization development consultant for a couple of years. Someone from HR asked him to …

Tough Love Performance Reviews, in 10 Minutes

There’s growing evidence that conventional performance reviews are not working. According to a CEB analysis, organizations can only improve employee performance 3% to 5% using standard performance management approaches. Last fall, 53% of human resources professionals in a Society for Human Resource …

Alibaba and Tencent’s booming mobile payments businesses could hit a speed bump in China

China’s $90 billion mobile payments industry might soon face a nasty roadbump.<p>On Friday the People’s Bank of China issued draft proposal for a new set of laws that could deeply hinder the nation’s booming online finance industry, currently dominated by the web giants Alibaba and Tencent.<p>As the …

Travel Photo of the Week

App Used 23andMe’s DNA Database To Block People From Sites Based On Race And Gender

A coder used 23andMe’s open API to create a program that can discriminate against people online, based on their DNA.<p>The future imagined by the 1997 sci-fi film <i>Gattaca</i> may come to pass sooner than we think. This week, personal genetics company 23andMe discovered that a programmer had used its open …

A group of Harvard scientists have built a 3D printer that’s actually useful

Despite all the fanfare, 3D printing has yet to hit its stride. Up until now, its best uses have been in designing, prototyping, and making creepy copies of yourself. This tends to stem from the fact that you can generally only print with one material at a time, and in most cases, it’s faster to …

3D Printing

The strange expertise of burglars

How do you break into a house without breaking a sweat? David Robson delves into the “flow state” of professional robbers – and finds how to beat them.<p>At first, it feels almost too easy. Against the gentle rustling of leaves, I walk through the back gate, across the lawn, and open the door, all of …

Credit Cards

'Free' college in Europe isn't really free

While Democratic national contenders are calling for debt-free college in the US, they offer few details about how they would finance such a plan.<p>Of course, many European countries like Germany already offer free college, though "free" is a relative term since tax payers absorb that cost.<p>But those …

Debt Management

This is what it’s like to be an Indian-American woman in India

Liberation comes with not quite fitting in. Mess up the chai? Forget your dupatta? Accidentally skip a long line to interview a government official? An American accent and a bashful, “Sorry, I didn’t know” shrug go a long way.<p>But as an Indian-American based in Mumbai, the benefits of living in a …

Zhenyuanlong suni: biggest ever winged dinosaur is found in China

Photograph: Junchang Lü<p>The beautifully preserved skeleton of the winged and feathered dinosaur Zhenyuanlong suni discovered in China.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/16/1437046897799/980e84c6-78de-46c2-8258-71429e5cbd7f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Junchang Lü<p>The …

A scientist who studies psychopaths found out he was one by accident — and it completely changed his life

A neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Fallon (not to be confused with Jimmy Fallon, the popular TV host) first began studying the brains of murderers, rapists, and other criminals in the mid-1990s, when his university got its first PET brain-imaging machine. But he didn't start …

Psychology

14 Ways to Redesign Your Day for an Optimal Work-life Balance

For many of us, the balance between work and life has become so hopelessly out of kilter that getting a handle on it seems overwhelming and nearly …

Back from the brink: five successful rebrands and why they worked

Photograph: Mark Renders/Getty Images<p>Stella Artois shook off its negative image by launching a range of drinks under the softer brand name Artois.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/7/20/1437402439856/88a80868-7753-4684-b3ec-672e2d0f6d19-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Mark …

What Really Killed Homejoy? It Couldn't Hold On To Its Customers

A cleaning company charges north of $85 for a 2.5-hour house cleaning, but to rope in as many new customers as possible, it offers the service for a promotional price of $19. Guess what happens when the introductory deal is used up?<p>You don’t need an MBA to solve this riddle. The customer never …

Startups