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This tree beautifully reveals the relationships between languages

For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designer's go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the world's largest language families.<p>All of the languages illustrated …

Language

You’ve heard of mindfulness, now meet its dynamic young cousin sophrology

Mindfulness is the tried-and-tested tool of our times for anxiety, depression, chronic pain, addiction and more, but what if it’s not your thing? For those too twitchy to sit still and focus on breathing, the ubiquitous mindfulness apps, self-help sheets and courses in schools and workplaces are …

Mindfulness

There Were Some Very British Responses To The American Preacher At The Royal Wedding

Keep calm and carry on trying not to laugh.<p>American preacher Michael Curry stole the show at the Royal Wedding with an impassioned sermon. The Chicagoan bishop gave an emotional address about acceptance and love while quoting Martin Luther King.<p>But it all proved a bit much for some of the …

Royal Weddings

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy …

Biology

Former Israeli sniper says soldiers crossed a 'red line' in Gaza that he 'thought we were never going to cross'

A former Israeli soldier says Israel's troops crossed a "red line" by firing on unarmed protesters in Gaza with sniper rifles.<p>"We see IDF snipers shooting at unarmed Palestinians when they are 300m away from the fence," Nadav Weiman, who was with an Israeli sniper unit a decade ago, told Sky …

Israel

Redux Courg Watch

The Courg Watch by Redux is a timepiece that aims to fill a gap on the market, providing something between a dive watch with an aviator look. What …

Watches

Both My Parents Knew They Would Die Before I Turned Nine

This is how they helped me prepare for life without them.<p>The movie theater was empty except for the two of us. As the credits rolled, we made the room into our playground: We danced in our seats, cut cartwheels down the aisles, and laughed until the lights turned on and the clean-up crew arrived.<p>I …

Easter Bunny

Nintendo is making a special edition Famicom Mini loaded with manga games

Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Captain Tsubasa, Kinnikuman<p>Nintendo is releasing a gold and red Famicom Mini in Japan that comes preloaded with 20 games that are based on manga, as spotted by <i>Kotaku</i><i>.</i> The Famicom is the original Japanese version of the NES, first released in 1983. The news today comes …

Retrogaming

10 awesome and weird iPhone accessories you probably need

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>There's a whole industry devoted to making add-ons for the computer in your pocket, and while a good chunk of them aren't exactly necessary …

Gear & Gadgets

I Tried That Travel Pillow You Keep Seeing Everywhere — and It Actually Works

I am a sucker for travel gadgets and hacks. Even though some years I'm lucky if I step on a plane more than two or three times, I'll do anything to make those few hours crammed into Economy feel a bit more comfortable.<p>Step forward the Trtl ($30), a new design that replaces the traditional neck …

Hacking

20 products and apps we swear by to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and wake up well-rested

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Tom Brady sleeps in Under Armour's Athlete Recovery Sleepwear, which is soft, stretchy, and helps sore muscles heal. Under Armour Ever …

Shopping

Here's what Monica's apartment from 'Friends' would look like in 2018

The purple walls were cool in the '90s, but if “Friends” character Monica Geller-Bing still lived in her two-bedroom apartment in New York City today, things might look a little different.<p>The team at interior design startup Modsy had a vision of how the fictional character would have decorated the …

Interior Design

This Mousepad for Apple’s Magic Mouse Helps You Be More Productive

For anybody who loves and uses Apple’s Magic Mouse (which is now available in space gray), the company Moonimal has created a minimalist mousepad …

Minimalism

Japan forcibly sterilized tens of thousands of 'inferior descendants' in a massive eugenics program

TOKYO (Reuters) - One day when Saburo Kita was 14, he was taken from an institution for troubled children to see a doctor. Despite protesting that his health was fine, he was ordered to strip, lie down on a table, and was given a local anesthetic.<p>Then the surgery began.<p>He was left with a thick, …

Rights & Freedoms

The portable home theater projector the size of a soda can is back down to its lowest price

There are a bunch of different portable projectors you can use to beam a nice big picture from your smartphone, tablet, or computer, and plenty of …

Gear & Gadgets

The JLD column: the life of a child abuse solicitor

As a university student, I must admit that my aspirations were not to be a child abuse solicitor. I knew I wanted to be a high street solicitor who …

Sociology

This CEO Faced a Social Media Disaster. His Rapid Response Was Brilliant (and Might Have Saved His Company)

He had just hours to react--and he did, decisively and compassionately.<p>The first time many Americans heard of Talon Air, a private jet charter company out of New York, was probably this week--after the mother of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting victim took to Facebook to bash …

Social Media

Kind of Obsessed: This Pillow Improved My Sleeping Habits and My Sanity

Before last November, I never gave a second thought to the pillows I slept on every single night. The ones I have are not new. They’ve moved with me …

New York City

The Jeff Bezos approach to handling criticism is a good rule everyone should follow

Jeff Bezos has faced his fair share of criticism ever since he launched Amazon as an online bookseller in 1994, competing with the likes of Barnes & Noble, and he's since created a strategy for dealing with harsh feedback.<p>"At that time all of the headlines ... the funniest were about how we were …

Employment

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Directors on That Savage Ending

<i>Spoiler Warning: If you have not seen “Avengers: Infinity War” and want to avoid spoilers, for God’s sake, wait to read this until after you do.</i><br>By …

Marvel Universe

This is what it's like to be a woman with a sex addiction — and what everyone gets wrong about it

Having a string of partners and watching hours of porn isn't necessarily the way to achieve sexual liberation. While many people are empowered by owning their own sexuality in this way, for some, it can mean the exact opposite. Rather than enjoyment and affection, sex can be intertwined with shame …

Drug Addiction

The best lightweight gaming laptops

Back at CES a few months ago, I wrote that we were entering a golden age in lightweight gaming laptops. It started last year with NVIDIA's small, power-efficient Max-Q graphics, followed by Intel and AMD's surprising team-up on Core H with Radeon RX Vega M graphics. Now Intel has ramped up the …

Computer Hardware

Here's Why Killing Yourself With Cardio is the Wrong Way to Get in Shape

Want to look better? Forget about the gym.<p>If getting in better shape is something you'd like to do, know this: You'll make more of a dent watching what you eat as opposed to trying to burn calories doing cardio. It's because a person burns roughly 100 calories running one mile, and since you need …

Exercise

These strange $400 headphones with a hybrid design have ruined normal headphones for me

There's a huge variety of headphones out there, so any company coming into this saturated market should really have something "different" if they want to stand out.<p>Indeed, nascent audio company Nura did something different with its Nuraphone headphones. It came out with a pair that are both …

Consumer Tech

The Ugly Coded Critique of Chick-Fil-A's Christianity

The fast-food chain's "infiltration" of New York City ignores the truth about religion in America. It also reveals an ugly narrow-mindedness.<p>The New Yorker has been taking it on the chin lately for its essay about Chick-fil-A’s “infiltration” of New York City. Although most of the piece is about …

Religion

People With Depression Use Language Differently -- Here's How to Spot It

Scientists have long tried to pin down the exact relationship between depression and language, and technology is helping us get closer to a full …

Mental Health

Sega Genesis Mini (aka Mega Drive Mini) announced

Sega wants in on the “classic edition” action for the Mega Drive’s 30’s anniversary<p>To commemorate the console’s upcoming 30th anniversary, Sega took the opportunity to unveil its own miniature “classic edition” version of the legendary 16-bit Genesis (or, as it was called in the rest of the world, …

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Check Out Entangled Time

Where the future influences the past.<p>In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and …

A 20-year-old star makes $65,000 for each Instagram post and bought a mansion with her earnings

Bella Thorne makes so much money as an Instagram star that she bought a mansion.<p>The "Midnight Sun" star said in the documentary "Inside the Life of Bella Thorne," produced by Vogue, that she makes up to $65,000 for each promotional post on Instagram, and additional revenue for posts on …

Everything flight attendants notice about you when you board a plane — and how their tips could help you get a free upgrade

From taking advantage of overbooked flights to being smart with air miles, we've heard it all when it comes to what does and doesn't work when you're looking to bag a free flight upgrade.<p>But it comes down to the what the flight attendant thinks of you. And there are a number of things they look out …