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What I've Learned: Mary Barra

The General Motors CEO talks cars, hard work, and the bailout.<p><i>In January 2014, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors (and the first female CEO of a major car company). It was 34 years after she had started working at the company as an 18-year-old.</i><p><b>Some people are natural-born leaders.</b> Some people …

Great Depression

The Innovative Coworking Spaces of 15th-Century Italy

Coworking spaces are on the rise, from Google’s “Campus” in London to NextSpace in California. Much has been made of these shared workspaces as a brand-new idea, one that barely existed 10 years ago. But the way they function reminds me of a very old idea: the Renaissance “bottega” (workshop) of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Neuroscientists create ‘atlas’ showing how words are organised in the brain

Using brain imaging, scientists have built a map displaying how words and their meanings are represented across different regions of the brain<p>Scientists have created an “atlas of the brain” that reveals how the meanings of words are arranged across different regions of the organ.<p>Like a colourful …

The Brain

How to Talk in Meetings When You Hate Talking in Meetings

Nobody loves meetings. But they can be especially taxing for people who crave a quieter setting for brainstorming or thinking through issues, or who struggle to have their voices heard in a room full of loud-talkers. How can these folks make sure their ideas are well-represented in team meetings? …

Public Speaking

45 Everyday Phrases Coined By Shakespeare

April 23rd is generally considered to be a good day to celebrate the birth of England’s greatest poet and playwright, <b>William Shakespeare</b>. This is …

The Linguistic Appeal Of ‘Garbage Person,’ The Internet’s Favorite Insult

We trace the phrase’s provenance from Charles Manson to Clickhole.<p>Something a garbage son might do. (All illustrations: Franzisca Barczyk)<p>In the …

Charles Manson

The history of English can be explained in five words

In 1582, Richard Mulcaster, headmaster of the Merchant Tailors’ school, wrote that “our English tung is of small reatch, it stretcheth no further than this Iland of ours.” It didn’t stay that way. Today, English is spoken by more than a billion people all over the world.<p>It is a colorful, vibrant, …

Language