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What if work was about the actual value of your passion?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: How Do I Find My Passion?</i> <i>Answer by Justine Musk, @justinemusk, blogger, fiction writer.</i><p>The problem is that we’ve lost any real sense of what “passion” means.<p>It’s not what gives you bliss or makes you happy 24/7, but what you’re willing to suffer for; what …

Pop Culture

Mapping Every Single Job in the U.S.

The powerful “dot map” brings urban employment data to life.<p>One of the best visualizations of race in America might be called pointillist. By mapping one dot for every Census-registered human in the country, color-coded for race, a team at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center of Public …

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

Self-help

5 Minute Workout for Toned Abs

There's no denying it. We've all wished for a tighter, more toned tummy at one point or another, especially when bikini season rolls around. That's …

Workouts

#1 Positive Thinking & Self Help Community

17 Small Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier and Healthier Tomorrow

She was asking the question not because I looked 8 years younger, but because I looked 20 pounds heavier.<p>“It’s me, sweetie,” I said.<p>She looked at the picture inquisitively. The 2015 version of me isn’t all that different from the guy on the I.D. card, and yet she hardly recognized me. In short:<p>• I …

A Big-Muscle Workout Plan for Skinny Guys

But what if I tell you it doesn’t have to be that way? That you can pack on slabs of muscle, too?<p>The 60-day plan below is designed specifically for ectomorphs, or “hard gainers.” It focuses on making you bigger and stronger.<p>To steal a line from strength coach Greg Nuckols: “To get stronger, you …

What Urban Design Can Actually Do to Address Police Violence

Leaders in the field discuss what design can—and can’t—accomplish in the service of communities like Baltimore and Ferguson.<p>Last year, the city of Lakewood, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland, paid $507,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by the owners of an apartment complex that hosted a church-operated …

University of Washington

India's shocking farmer suicide epidemic | Asia

<b>Umbrale, India -</b> After days of hushed chanting that "the sky betrayed" him, Datatery Popat Ghadwaje, 42, committed suicide by ingesting insecticides at his grape orchard.<p>Crushed under a $41,000 debt and a series of bank repayment notices, Ghadwaje of Umbrale village in the western state of …

India

4 Money Habits To Steal From The Very Wealthy

<i>The author of a new book about the superrich,</i> The Thin Green Line, <i>shares a few of their secrets.</i><p><i>By Lynn Andriani</i>

Income Inequality

What ‘Back to the Future II’ got right about tech in 2015

On Oct. 21, a teenager from Hill Valley, CA, will arrive in our time in a flying car, to save his family. He will use our hoverboards and our portable garbage-powered nuclear reactors, and will be there to witness the Cubs wining the World Series over Miami. OK—maybe <i>Back to the Future Part II</i> is …

Robots

FCC Filings Reveal Apple's First-Party iBeacon Hardware

FCC filings discovered by electronics company Securifi (via <i>TUAW</i>) have revealed Apple's plans for first-party iBeacon hardware to go along with the microlocation technology found in iOS. The transmitter is registered as the "Apple iBeacon" and carries a model number of A1573, which is in line with …

Study: Opportunities in Young Adulthood Linked to Later Narcissism

People who come of age during a recession are less likely to be narcissists later in life. The humbling experience of struggling through a down economy as a young adult seems to leave its mark.<p>There has been much debate over which generation, exactly, is the “Me” generation. Is it Millennials? Is …

3D Printing and Legos: Perfect Together

New software allows designers to "legofy" their prototypes, eliminating hours of time spent waiting for 3D printers to churn out their widgets.<p>There is a little thrill in watching something you designed get built, layer by layer, by a 3D printer.<p>But it's a slow thrill.<p>3D printing, even for a small …

Tracking the Flight Paths of Birds

6 Personal Philosophies That Shaped Successful Entrepreneurs

We talked to several successful entrepreneurs to find out the philosophies that dictate their approach to work and life.<p>Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma–which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of …

Entrepreneurship

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia at the end of the month—right before paychecks and benefits come out.<p>Reuters<p>Income inequality is making us sick.<p>Well, it's not making all of us sick. Only the poorest of us. That's what a new paper in <i>Health Affairs</i> by …

How Sleep Deprivation Decays the Mind and Body

Getting too little sleep can have serious health consequences, including depression, weight gain, and heart disease. It is torture. I know.<p>I awoke in a bed for the first time in days. My joints ached and my eyelids, which had been open for so long, now lay heavy as old hinges above my cheekbones. I …

Giving Kids Bikes Can Reduce Drop-Out Rates

A hipster-esque solution to a tough problem in India proves surprisingly effective.<p>In countries where not enough girls are going to school, NGOs and policymakers have tried everything: giving people money as an inducement, building more schools, trying to make sure kids are safer as they walk to …

Murder by Craigslist

A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims: white, working-class men.<p>Wanted: Caretaker For Farm. Simply watch over a 688 acre patch of hilly farmland and feed a few cows, you get 300 a week and a nice 2 bedroom trailer, someone older and single preferred but will consider all, …

Shut Up and Drill: Why Fracking Could End the Age of Gas Price Spikes

Drivers of the world, rejoice: The technology behind the natural gas revolution could give us a more flexible and dependable source of gasoline<p>REUTERS<p>For decades, a specter has haunted the U.S. economy: the specter of surging gas prices. From the malaise years of the 1970s to the early 21st century …

Fear of a Black President

As a candidate, Barack Obama said we needed to reckon with race and with America’s original sin, slavery. But as our first black president, he has avoided mention of race almost entirely. In having to be “twice as good” and “half as black,” Obama reveals the false promise and double standard of …

Massive Open Online Healthcare

Simply eliminate the human element, and costs will plummet toward zero.<p>jiri/flickr<p>Hark, a new age dawns in healthcare! No longer must we tolerate long waiting times for a doctor appointment or service in the hospital emergency room. No more will we suffer inequities in access to healthcare. …

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Animal Behaviorist: We'll Soon Have Devices That Let Us Talk With Our Pets

We're fast approaching the point, says Con Slobodchikoff, when computers will help to mediate our communications with animals.<p>To arrive at those findings, Slobodchikoff relied on statistical analyses of the alarm calls produced by one particular species, the Gunnison's prairie dog. He …

McKinsey Names the Most Over-Hyped (and Under-Hyped) Major Technologies Out There

McKinsey Global Institute disses renewable energy.<p>The McKinsey Global Institute specializes in measuring the unmeasurable. Who else has the audacity to <i>appraise the Internet</i> but MGI, who slapped a $8 trillion price tag on the global digital economy.<p>In its latest report, MGI set out to answer an even …

Xbox One: Our Servers Will Have More Power Than All the Computers in 1999! Us: Really?! Expert: Almost.

It's probably more like 1995, which is still pretty amazing.<p>Watching the reveal of the Xbox One this week, one particular claim about Microsoft's new console caught my ear. Marc Whitten, the executive in charge of Xbox Live, the company's online gaming network, charted its historical …

You Didn't Have Any Lions to Run From, So You Clicked on This

The evolutionary causes of the Internet's inescapable charisma<p>In the same way, Stafford suggets, the Internet offers cognitive rewards -- "a tidbit of juicy gossip," say, or "a heartfelt email" -- within its mix of bars and lemons and creaky gifs. The payoff is instant; the reward is quick; and …