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The Secret Language of Ships

Approaching the container ship in San Francisco Bay, the tugboat looks like a pit bull puppy chasing an eighteen-wheeler. When the vessels are an …

San Francisco

Journey to the Roof of Africa – Member Feature Stories – Medium

When the boy arrives with our firewood and squats down on the dust-covered floor to escape the hailstorm raging outside, I can barely tear my eyes …

National Parks

Why Can't Everyone Do the 'Asian Squat'?

All the way down! Not on your toes!<p>Among the more practical advice that can be offered to international travelers is wisdom of the bathroom. So let me say, as someone who recently returned from China, that you should be prepared to one, carry your own toilet paper and two, practice your squat.<p>I do …

The White House

How much money do people need to be happy?

Take three people. All are unmarried, 33-year-old women who live in the United States. One makes an annual salary of $40,000, another makes $120,000, and the third makes $200,000. Who do you think is the happiest?<p>According to a recently released study (paywall) in the burgeoning field of happiness …

Demographics

Yes, bacon really is killing us

Decades’ worth of research proves that chemicals used to make bacon do cause cancer. So how did the meat industry convince us it was safe? By Bee Wilson<p>There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a …

Processed Meat

HyTech Power may have solved hydrogen, one of the hardest problems in clean energy - Vox

The “hydrogen economy” may be a thing after all.<p>It is an odd twist of chemistry that there is fuel embedded in the most common substance on earth: water.<p>Hydrogen — the H of H2O fame — turns out to be something of an all-purpose element, a Swiss Army knife for energy. It can be produced without …

Energy

Multitasking is Impossible, So Batch Tasks Instead

As much as you may think you can answer emails and still work on that report, or text with a friend while you're studying for a test, science says …

Time Management

VIDEO: How Do You Cure the Hiccups?

Hiccups are one of the weirdest human quirks there are — and they're also one of the most annoying. How do you stop these involuntary air explosions? …

Health

These Are the Drugs Influencing Pop Culture Now

Many critics consider Thomas De Quincey’s <i>Confessions of an English Opium-Eater</i><i>,</i> published in 1821, to be the first explicit exploration of the …

The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

Nutrition

How Schopenhauer’s thought can illuminate a midlife crisis

Despite reflecting on the good life for more than 2,500 years, philosophers have not had much to say about middle age. For me, approaching 40 was a …

Middle Age

7 of the Tallest Unclimbed Mountains in the World

At least for now.<p>Whether off limits thanks to government regulations or just the sheer power of nature, a variety of tantalizing mountainous wonders across the world are as yet unconquered by climbers. Tackling some of the world’s most formidable peaks takes years in planning and, often, a bit of …

Modern life too much for you? Maybe a tiny box in the woods is the cure.

To commune with ourselves, we must trek two hours to Stanardsville, a town on the edge of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains whose population has stairstepped down over the years to 384 people, a country store and this wooded plot, which, before 20 tiny houses arrived this fall, was an RV campground …

Student Finance

Why fat is so important to the human body, and why we hate it.

One more thing<p>You depend on <b>Slate</b> for sharp, distinctive coverage of the latest developments in politics and culture. Now we need to ask for your …

Human Anatomy

The Ice Guru in Brooklyn

Why people are following a leader who can teach them how to be cold<p><b>The Cortex Is the Enemy</b><p>Greenpoint is a historically working-class Brooklyn neighborhood full of industrial buildings. In the last two decades these have been turned into lofts with skyline views, and skyscrapers are going up, and …

That annoying runner on your social media feed is deeply influential

Everyone has the fitness-crazed friend who constantly posts about his runs—or at least lets a fitness tracker app do it for him.<p>Whether you find it inspiring or annoying to see updates of others’ physical feats in your newsfeed, these posts (likely read while in a stationary position) may motivate …

Social Media

11 fitness 'truths' that are doing more harm than good

Unfortunately, there's a lot of fitness advice out there that won't help you meet your goals and could actually do more harm than good.<p>For example, which matters more for weight loss: exercise or diet?<p>Are marathons the best way to get fit?<p>The answers to these questions might surprise you.

Fitness

Running Is the Worst Way to Get Fit

If you want to be in shape, skip the 10K training and sprint—but don't jog—to the nearest weight room.<p><i>Fighting Words is a column in which writers rub you the wrong way with their unpopular but well-argued opinions on fitness, health, nutrition, what have you. Got something to get off your chest?</i> …

Body Fat

These simple lifestyle changes can prevent or slow Alzheimer’s

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, 5.2 million of them are age 65 or older. The disease will escalate as baby …

Dementia

Is organic food really healthier?

When you load up your shopping cart with organic leafy greens, are you getting more nutritional benefits than consumers on the other side of the …

Agriculture

7 Things the Happiest People Do Every Single Day | Inc.com

Everyone wants to be happy. Yet many people are not. Is that because of their circumstances, or because of their perspectives?<p>Great question. Approximately 50 percent of your level of happiness, or what psychologists call your "happiness set-point," is determined by personality traits that are …

Happiness

Want to Be Super Successful? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 10 Things | Inc.com

We all have the same amount of time. That's why people who are more productive -- and successful -- use their time more effectively.<p>And that's why my <i>Inc.</i> colleague Chris Winfield is such a great resource for entrepreneurs.<p>Chris is an entrepreneur and writer, and if you like this post (and the next …

Time Management

10 things billionaires won’t tell you

<b>1.“We just get richer and richer.”</b><p>The past 35 years have been a period of extraordinary wealth creation by billionaires, according to a new “2015 …

Demographics

Jesus Was an Alien

Inside the strange theology of the Aetherius Society<p>In 1954, a London cabbie named George King received a telepathic communication from an …

Charisma

I’m a World Champion in Backwards Running

<i>[Illustration by Dave van Patten]</i>I do my workout very early in the morning so not many people see it. But in the beginning, when they did, they would …

Marathons

How to Make Your First Million the Warren Buffett Way

View Gallery<p>9 photos<p>Krista Kennell / Shutterstock.com<p>Whether you’re looking for investment advice or you’re striving for financial greatness, Warren …

Fireworks Displays Can’t Include a Perfect Red, White, and Blue - Facts So Romantic

Mother Nature can be a handful when she wants to be,” says John Conkling, the former technical director of the American Pyrotechnics Association and …

Chemistry

10 Morning Habits of Mentally Strong People

How you start your day determines how tough you really are.<p>You don't need to act physically tough to appear mentally strong.<p>A mindset that is mentally strong understands the importance of consistency and following a pattern to attain those goals that will mark them for success.<p>Our mornings are …

Self-help

Meet the top 100 business visionaries creating value for the world

At Business Insider, we believe capitalism can and should be a force for good. With this inaugural edition of <b>Business Insider 100: The Creators</b>, we are celebrating leaders who embody this spirit.<p>Many rankings focus only on those who have achieved great financial success. Our CEO Henry Blodget sums …

Startups