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12 Things Happy People Do Differently -- And Why I Started Doing Them

A lot of people have midlife crises. Me, I had a quarter-life crisis a few years ago, when I turned 24. There was no impulse purchase involving a red Mustang or electric guitar, but as my iPhone alarm woke me up bright and early for work one morning in my two-bedroom NYC apartment, I pondered, "Do …

Happiness

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Google Street View maps out the Large Hadron Collider facility

It was inevitable, given Google's geeky bent, that the company intent on documenting all the world's streets, paths, and passageways would make its way down into tunnels of the Large Hadron Collider. The CERN labs on the Franco-Swiss border opened their doors to Google's Street View team for two …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

RG III: Bryce Harper could help me

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III knows there's someone in town who might be able to help him with his sliding.<p>And …

Football (U.S.)

Robinson Cano, Yankees far apart

The gap between second baseman Robinson Cano and the New York Yankees on a new contract is enormous, with sources telling ESPN's Buster Olney that …

SAT scores stagnant, many unprepared for college, officials say

The average SAT scores for the high school Class of 2013 remained stagnant from the previous year and fewer than half of the students who graduated were prepared for the rigors of college, officials said Wednesday.<p>Average SAT scores for high school seniors nationwide stayed steady in reading, math …

French climber finds $332,000 worth of jewels in metal box on Mont Blanc

A French climber scaling a glacier off Mont Blanc got more than satisfaction for his efforts when he stumbled across a treasure trove of emeralds, rubies and sapphires that had been buried for decades.<p>The jewels, estimated to be worth up to $332,000, lay hidden in a metal box that was on board an …

JPMorgan CEO Dimon Meets With AG Holder Amid $11B Settlement Talks

JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon huddled with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday morning as the two sides attempt to hammer out a record-breaking settlement that could exceed $11 billion.<p>The high-level nature of the meeting at the Department of Justice in Washington suggests a deal …

Obama rebukes 'irresponsible' Republicans in health care speech

President Barack Obama dismissed what he called the “antics” on Capitol Hill over the budget to keep up the sales pitch on his namesake health care law Thursday.<p>Slamming “irresponsible” congressional Republicans who have threatened to shut down the government or prevent a raise in the debt ceiling …

eBay To Acquire Payment Processor Braintree For $800 Million

Auction site eBay, which owns PayPal, is buying the online and mobile payment company Braintree for $800 million — an acquisition that eBay's CEO calls "a perfect fit."<p>The deal, announced Thursday, could help eBay as it tries to convince customers to ditch their credit and debit cards and use …

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