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Microsoft Office Certification bundle is now 99% off

We’d all like to consider ourselves proficient in Microsoft Office, but let’s be honest – the majority of office professionals could stand to polish up on Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Access.<p>Take your skill-set from basic functionality and educated guessing to in-depth fluency with the Complete …

Why does walking through doorways make us forget?

Forgetting why you entered a room is called the “Doorway Effect”, and it may reveal as much about the strengths of human memory, as it does the weaknesses, says psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>We’ve all done it. Run upstairs to get your keys, but forget that it is them you’re looking for once you get to …

Psychology

Got a late start? Run. Run. Run

Imagine this. Your kid in class eight comes to you in the month of January and says that he’s unprepared for the final exams that are now just three …

Retirement

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

LONDON (Reuters) - Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.<p>Now British scientists have an explanation: Males are required for a process known as …

Biology

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

This Cat Has the World’s Most Interesting Face

Meet Venus the fascinating feline with the world’s most interesting face. The five-year old <i>tortoiseshell</i> not only has two different colored eyes …

Pets

Technology And Video Games Make Kids Think Differently About Old Questions

It is popular to write about how the internet is changing the way we think. Education and parenting journalists like to speculate about what new technology is doing to our children.<p>People write both negative and positive versions. The negative versions complain that we are raising a generation of …

The Answer to Pop's Prim-Princess Problem? Lykke Li

Searching for a little more soul and a little less predictability in a world of hypermanaged pop stars? Swedish indie-soul singer Lykke Li is here to answer your prayers.<p>In September 1981, Stevie Nicks appeared on the cover of <i>Rolling Stone</i>. She'd just released her legendary first solo album, <i>Bella</i> …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Investing

These Were Made With Just a Pair of Scissors

Hina Aoyama is an artist from Yokohama, Japan. Currently living in Ferney-Voltaire, France, Aoyama began exploring ‘ultra-fine lacy paper cuttings’ …

Crafting

43 Things You Might Not Know about Studio Ghibli Films

Since the launch of its first film, <i>Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind</i>, the Japanese animation company Studio Ghibli has enchanted viewers around the …

NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …