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Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

See China’s Iconic Great Wall From Above

This is one of the world’s greatest feats of engineering.<p>China’s iconic Great Wall, actually a network of fortifications rather than a single structure, is the product of countless labors over a period of some two thousand years. Qin Shi Huang took the remnants of truly ancient fortifications, …

China

The Truth About Your Ego: Why We're Resistant to Change

<i>Michael Tunney is a writer, editor and media strategist based in Chicago. This post originally appeared on Lantern.</i><p>Let’s face it. Our biggest obstacle to change is what’s staring back at us in the mirror. And the main force that feeds us misinformation and prevents us from changing is our egos.<p>The …

13 Indians Who Had Small Beginnings But Made It Big In Life

Life is about taking the cards you're dealt with, turning it around and still walking out the winner. You might not always be born into riches, you …

India

Birds fly across the Vallanadu road in #Tuticorin district,Tamil Nadu. Photo: N. Rajesh

From The Typical Delhi Mom To The Metro Girls, An Artist Perfectly Captures The People Of Delhi

Priya Kurian , an artist from Delhi and owner of the blog <i>Delhittante,</i> has perfectly captured the essence of Delhi - its different people. From the …

India

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Solar Impulse 2: Plane makes inaugural flight

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/science_environment/1081000/1081204_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524656211_8329320cde95fda9e6b2b1a0e14ef5f2<p><b>A solar-powered plane that will be taken on a round-the-world journey in 2015 has made its inaugural flight.</b><p>The Solar Impulse 2 vehicle …

Gates Foundation Picks Its Moonshots In India To Reinvent Toilets Globally

From solar-powered electronic toilets to a prototype that helps recharge mobile phones from urine, and another one that could potentially offer advertising slots while pooping among several revenue generating opportunities, the ideas showcased at “Reinvent the toilet fair” in New Delhi were not …

The Amazingly Simple Invention That Stops Fruit And Veggies From Going Bad

The drawer of the refrigerator – where most bags of salad, blueberries and raspberries go to die. I learned a nifty trick recently – putting cilantro in a cup of water makes it last ages. Kavita Shukla, a Harvard-graduate-turned-entrepreneur, came up with something much more clever. Sheets of paper …

The Rags-To-Riches Tale Of How Jan Koum Built WhatsApp Into Facebook's New $19 Billion Baby

<i>Click here for our magazine cover story on the Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, The Secret Meetings, The $19 Billion Poker Game</i><p>Jan Koum picked a meaningful spot to sign the $19 billion deal to sell his company WhatsApp to Facebook earlier today. Koum, cofounder Brian Acton and venture …

How do I renew a French SIM card?

<b>Josette Carter writes</b><br>I have a mobile phone that I bought in France three years ago. The SIM card has expired. It says: “Orange” on it. Can I buy a SIM card online? How will I activate the phone once I get to France? Do I have to be in France and go to an Orange store to buy the SIM card and …

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

Why Exercise Is The Key To Work-Life Balance

Getting enough exercise doesn’t just make your butt look good; it also can save it in the office or at home.<p>Maybe you should be asking your boss for midday workouts.<p>Interesting research published in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> shows that exercise isn’t a selfish indulgence (how dare you care about …

Exercise

15 Quotes To Inspire You To Greatness in 2014

Sometimes we need an extra push to follow our dreams in the new year. Great quotes can inspire us, motivate us, and help us get through hard times. In 2014, it’s time to take your career to a whole new level.<p>No more making excuses for why you can’t go after your dream job or the title you know you …

5 Powerful Exercises To Increase Your Mental Strength

<i>The following guest post is by Amy Morin, a licensed clinical social worker in Lincoln, Maine. In addition to working as a psychotherapist, she is also an adjunct college psychology instructor and she serves as About.com’s Parenting Teens expert.</i><p>Psychology often discusses mental health — but what’s …

19 Reasons Why Willpower Fails You, And What To Do About It

Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter. Try again, fail again, fail better.<p><i>–Samuel Beckett</i><p>Willpower is an essential ingredient in achieving, overcoming, and becoming — so why does it so often fail us? Below I offer 19 science-based reasons why will and will alone isn’t enough, with suggestions peppered …

Mentally Strong People: The 13 Things They Avoid

<i>Editors’ Note: Following the huge popularity of this post, article source Amy Morin has authored a guest post on exercises to increase mental strength here and Cheryl Conner has interviewed Amy in a Forbes video chat about this article here.</i><p>For all the time executives spend concerned about physical …

Extend flexible working rights to all employees could create unexpected issues

From 1 April 2014, the right to request flexible working will be extended to all employees, not just those that have children under the age of 17 or …

The Workplace

The Scary And Amazing Future Of Work

Cubicles with low walls, open collaboration areas, desks and computers assigned as you show up for work. If you need to hold a private meeting or make a personal phone call, you reserve a conference room in advance. This is what the offices of some companies are like today—and what most companies …

Dambisa Moyo: Is China the new idol for emerging economies?

7 Tips For Battling–And Even Embracing–Procrastination

It doesn’t have to hurt so much. In fact, some procrastinating can lead to productivity.<p>There are days when business owners just don’t feel like working–especially solopreneurs who work from home. With no one watching over your shoulder, it’s easy to let hours–or even days–of unproductive time …

Procrastination

Udder people’s money

IN INDIA there are about 280m cows. They produce valuable things—milk, dung and calves. But cattle are expensive to keep. The biggest outlay is …

Financial Services

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

Movies

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

Silicon Valley

The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

Hiking

Why We’re More Creative When We’re Tired, And 9 Other Surprising Things About How Brains Work

You may be hardwired as an introvert or an extrovert. But don’t worry, there are ways to change how our brains work.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our …

The Brain

Take a Death-Defying Ride Alongside India’s Well of Death Riders | Colossal

<p>This fantastic bit of filmmaking blends music video and documentary in a new clip for British rock group Django Django’s 2010 track <i>WOR</i>. The subjects …

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

Looking back a decade or so ago it was absolutely essential to have an office, or more likely, a cubicle. That’s where we had meetings, saw our coworkers, and just got work done. But today do we really need corporate offices? New technologies allow us to “connect to work,” meaning that all we need …

32 Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

And all you have to do is read them!