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The most surprising things about America, according to a Silicon Valley engineer who moved from India 7 years ago

Sometimes you don't realize what makes your country unique until you hear it from an outsider.<p>Aniruddh Chaturvedi, a senior software designer at LinkedIn, came to the US from India in 2011 and was immediately surprised by certain aspects of American culture. He now lives in California.<p>In a Quora …

Silicon Valley

One man's suffering has exposed Monsanto's secrets to the world | Carey Gillam

It was a verdict heard around the world. In a stunning blow to one of the world’s largest seed and chemical companies, jurors in San Francisco have told Monsanto it must pay $289m in damages to a man dying of cancer which he claims was caused by exposure to its herbicides.<p>Monsanto, which became a …

Pesticides

If Trump Is Laundering Russian Money, Here’s How It Works

For Donald Trump, there was the purchase of the $12.6 million Scottish estate and the $79.7 million for golf courses in the United Kingdom, not to …

Corruption

These 20 pictures will teach you more than reading 100 books

“Art isn’t only a painting. Art is anything that’s creative, passionate, and personal. An artists is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, …

Motivation

Think Hoodies Are the Uniform of Entrepreneurs? According to This Yale Study, Your Wardrobe Needs an Upgrade

Think hoodies and suits are interchangeable? According to a Yale University study, dressing well can have tangible impacts on your business.<p>As an entrepreneur, chances are high that you've got a lot on your plate, and adding to that laundry list with dressing well may seem like yet another …

This Is Always the Last Thing You Should Say in an Interview (People Are Scared, But They Shouldn't Be)

You're already thinking it. Just come out and say it. What's the worst that could happen?<p>Whether by luck or by skill (maybe a bit of both), you've landed an interview for what could be your dream job.<p>You've just got to convince them to hire you. How do you stand out from all the other candidates as …

The 4 Underlying Principles Of Changing Your Brain

It is a commonly held belief that once we reach adulthood our brains are ‘hard-wired’ and incapable of dramatic change. However, research in recent years has led neuroscientists to believe that our brains are in fact much more malleable, flexible and able to shift physically and psychologically …

The Brain

A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Consciousness

A psychologist explains how to beat social anxiety

The problem isn’t your social skills<p>It is rarely helpful to tell a shy person to “just be yourself!” Riffing on that frustrating exchange, clinical psychologist Ellen Hendriksen has written a book that she hopes will answer the question the anxious person usually asks in return: How?<p>Hendriksen …

The Beginner's Guide to Recognizing and Changing Negative Thoughts

This strategy will help you recognize and replace the negative thoughts that can hold you back in life.<p>A pessimistic, dismal outlook can take a toll on your life in more ways than you might think. Research consistently links negative thinking to increased risk of mental health problems, physical …

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book <i>The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1</i>, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”<p>Your attention determines the experiences …

This 7-Word Mantra Saves Me Every Time I Feel Anxious

You would never meet me and think, <i>this woman has anxiety</i>. I walk into rooms wearing electric-berry lipsticks, flamboyant outfits (I’ve never met a …

Your Dog Knows How You Feel—Here’s How

A recent study reveals dogs are more intuitive than we thought.<p>Does it ever seem like your dog is in tune with your emotions? You may be on to something.<p>In new experiments, dogs showed signs of understanding whether a human or a dog was happy or mad based on facial expressions and vocalizations.<p>The …

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

7 tough lessons people often learn too late in life

Life lessons are full of wisdom because they often have to be learned the hard way. However, the hardest part about that process is realizing that sometimes not every opportunity lasts forever. You finally "get it" long after the fact.<p>If possible, it's best to learn these things sooner rather than …

Self-help

7 lessons I learned from tracking my net worth for 14 years

I've been tracking our net worth like a weirdo since I started working in 2003.<p>That's over 14 years of data. Sweet sweet data.<p>That first row is so simple. 2 bank accounts, 1 brokerage account, and what I considered an impressive net worth of $8,745.69.<p>Except I didn't do it right. I only recorded by …

Roth IRA

Why American men are getting less marriageable

If it seems like the number of complaints from your female friends about not being able to find a man is growing, we may finally know why. Somewhere between 1979 and 2008, Americans decided it was much less worth it to get hitched: the share of 25- to 39-year-old women who were currently married …

Demographics

People are using Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in very different ways

Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime may be competitors, but they serve their audiences in very different ways.<p>People use Netflix most often to watch original series, Amazon to watch movies, and Hulu to watch TV shows from other networks, a report from Hub Entertainment Research shows. The firm surveyed …

TV shows

4 Ways of Choosing Happiness from Within

<i>What makes you happy?</i><p>Reflect on what you’ve done today. <i>What do your behaviors say about your approach to happiness?</i><p>These are the question I usually …

Want to Be the Most Interesting Person in Any Conversation? Experts Say These 5 Techniques Will Work

Whether you're a social butterfly or a total introvert, it doesn't matter. These techniques will help you shine in any conversation.<p>You walk into a room at a social event where people are mingling and networking near the bar. In one corner of the room, something catches your eye. You notice a small …

I was a butler and estate manager for billionaires — here are 7 surprising insights I learned from the inside

More often than not when conjuring an image of a butler, people think of Alfred from Batman, or Carson from Downton Abbey — grey-haired, British, and well-mannered. That's not really the case.<p>In the summer of 2005, I was in my early 20s working my way up the Wall Street corporate ladder, having …

Downton Abbey

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

Some people seem to 'click' with everyone they meet — and a psychologist says there are a few reasons why

If you've been on even a single date, then you've likely taken part in some post-date analysis. <i>Was she cute? Was he smart? Was there a spark? Did you have —</i> as if anyone even knows what this means <i>— chemistry?</i><p>Platonic meet-ups rarely get analyzed in as much excruciating detail — in real life or in …

Psychology

This Parenting Mistake Could be Why Anxiety is at an All-Time High

Things have changed a whole lot in the course of a generation.<p>Anxiety has become an epidemic, now eclipsing depression as the most common health disorder, particularly among younger people. While several hypotheses exist which try to point blame for the increasingly common condition, Norwegian …

The Hidden Player Spurring a Wave of Cheap Consumer Devices: Amazon

A few weeks ago, Wyze Labs, a one-year-old start-up in Seattle, sent me its first gadget to try. It’s a small, internet-connected video camera, the kind you might use for security or to keep tabs on your dog or your baby.<p>On the surface, the camera doesn’t sound special. Like home internet cameras …

eCommerce

20 brilliantly simple and cheap upgrades that improve your everyday life

<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>The WeMo Smart Plug lets you control your devices and appliances from your phone and with your voice through Amazon Alexa and Google …

Headphones

There's Just Been a Stunning Change in the Race for Amazon's New Headquarters

It seemed as if this was a done deal. How things change.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>The most glorious thing about the fight to host Amazon's second headquarters is that no competing city seems out of it.<p>And there are said to …

All of America is doomed to repeat a mistake Kansas made 5 years ago

In a rational world, Kansas' notorious experiment with radical business tax cuts, which came to a close this year after a half decade of disaster, would serve as a cautionary tale for the Republicans who are now attempting to pass their own tax bill through Capitol Hill—a historical example to be …

Taxes

50 places you should visit in 2018

Whether you're exploring the world solo or taking a romantic trip with a significant other, travel is arguably one of the best ways to spend your time and money.<p>The start of a new year provides the opportunity to add to your bucket list of destinations, and in the interest of helping you do that, …

Abu Dhabi

5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Self-improvement