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Start your morning off right with these simple but effective routines.
U.S. mayors are split on whether business incentives are good politics, but most believe—despite evidence to the contrary—that they’re good policy.
A growing number of self-proclaimed experts promise they can teach anyone how to make a passive income selling cheap Chinese goods in the Internet's largest store. Not everyone’s getting rich quick.
The tricks to actually hearing what your body is telling you.
“The longest-lived and those who will die soonest lose the same thing. The present is all that they can give up, since that is all you have, and what you do not have, you cannot lose.”
It’s difficult to find lasting love, but by recognizing your attachment type you can be more conscious in your relationships and stop self-sabotaging.
Stop judging yourself, it’s only adding fuel to the fire.
What do we mean when we say that the “soul of the city” is under threat? Often, it’s really about politics, nostalgia, and the fear of community change.
Sometimes those who seem a little crazy are the ones who really get it.
Mind time cannot be measured on a watch.
“Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions.”
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
Uber has introduced a feature that allows customers to stop their drivers from talking. But there’s growing evidence that cutting ourselves off like this isn’t healthy.
‘They’re sophisticated, clever – and they always deliver’: from the ports of Europe to the streets of London, one criminal network is now at the top of the UK’s £5bn trade.
An interview with David Epstein.
Contractors a few miles from the company’s spaceship-like headquarters live in fear of termination—and the bathroom lines.
The findings of a major report have been widely mischaracterized—although the actual news is still grim.
Colin O’Brady thinks it’s possible—but just barely—to haul enough calories to traverse the continent. Here’s how.
Creative thinking is essential for everything from solving problems to personal fulfillment. So, how can we do more to nurture it?
In the tiny Bavarian town of Dachsbach, Arnd Erbel bakes pretzels and pretzel breads the old-fashioned way.
Diving deeper into the making of the narrative-based open world marvel.
How cold should your fridge be? How often does it need to be emptied? And is it safe to keep open tins of food in it? Here is a guide to keeping it cool.
Turns out, I’m hip to a new trend.
Study finds newspaper closures are linked to partisanship.
You already carry a reusable grocery bag, straw, and water bottle. Are you ready to take your fight against plastic to the next level?
Why this John C. Reilly comedy is a great piece of film criticism and a genius parody.
Did technology disrupt the drug game, too?
Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally.
Planning a major career change? Read this first.
Acknowledging the death of our lives and legacy can help us live better.
Slow down and take things one tiny step at a time.
E-cigarette startup Juul Labs is valued at more than $16 billion. It’s also hooking teens on nicotine and drawing scrutiny from the FDA. Can the company innovate its way out of a crisis it helped create?
Podcasting is getting so popular, it’s begun stealing stars away from television.
Sin City is now home to a whole new kind of gaming.
Americans are out of sync with each other about many things. But not this.
Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’
“There’s nothing in the taste that tells you what you are eating is about to kill you.”
Their vast civilization created a unique skew of the fine line between language and community.
Psychological research shows that the harder we strive to be happy, the less likely we are to achieve that goal.
“Fearlessness is what love seeks… Such fearlessness exists only in the complete calm that can no longer be shaken by events expected of the future… Hence the only valid tense is the present, the Now.”
Why people form such positive first impressions of narcissists.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
How a dirt-court meetup in Central Park grew to become a vital lifeline during the AIDS crisis and a surrogate family for LGBTQ people to this day.
In our digital age, so much information is being stored on servers rather than in our memory.
Stop trying to balance work and life, and don’t give things up. There are other ways to be successful.
A trip to Martinique for the island’s unique rhum agricole with importer Ed Hamilton.
Sometimes a place for people to come together is what’s needed most.
The whole weird history of American culture is in this song somewhere.
When all is said and done it’s the people around you that make the difference.
A Bloomberg reporter’s first-person account of trying to get back his name and credit rating.
Size has something to do with it, but it is more about why the land is being preserved.
“All you have is what you are, and what you give.”
There is a common narrative that our attention is a precious resource. But that narrative is incomplete.
It’s been more than 30 years since states started trying to achieve “potty parity,” but many queues are still unequal.
On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison.
A couple hours of studying isn’t nearly as impactful as eight hours of memorizing.
It is a new language but you shouldn’t feel discouraged, coding is more accessible than you might think.
A huge tax break was supposed to create a manufacturing paradise, but interviews with 49 people familiar with the project depict a chaotic operation unlikely to ever employ 13,000 workers.
William Banting tried every 19th century weight-loss fad, from caustic laxatives to vapor shampoos. Polite society was shocked when he unveiled the method that finally worked.
“Solitude is not chosen, any more than destiny is chosen. Solitude comes to us if we have within us the magic stone that attracts destiny.”
In an industry known for its parties, awareness and support for those struggling with substance abuse is growing.
“In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
Children naturally want to help at a very early age—but many families wait to conscript them until that desire has faded.
American landlords derive more profit from renters in low-income neighborhoods, researchers Matthew Desmond and Nathan Wilmers find.
Infinite patterns that never repeat have moved from fantasy to reality.
What Socrates, Plato, and Confucius understood about time.
I was skeptical of the experiment, but I felt that it was necessary to try it for the sake of my sanity.
What skills will be in demand in the next few years?
You might feel anxious on the inside, but there are ways to project confidence on the outside.
A rise in competition is shaking up how Hollywood does business.
With more than two decades behind it, the Quebec program that spawned an affordable child care model has some lessons for the rest of the world.
Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was also a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission. The events inspired the 2019 Netflix film, Red Sea Diving Resort - and the real story is in many ways more remarkable.
I always thought my mother's spiritual seeking was silly. So I almost couldn't believe it when a wacky new age community helped me cope with her death.
Investigating the business practices that rely on overworked and underpaid employees to deliver the movie theater experience many take for granted.
Research shows that it varies dramatically by education, race and ethnicity.
There are almost 5,000 criminal gangs in the UK. But the old family firms are gone – today’s big players are multinational, diversified and tech-savvy.
There’s a scientific reason no one outside the South can nail them.
As she tours in support of her new album, ‘High as Hope,’ the singer reflects on her emotional journey so far
Keep your digital life private.
“I walk because, somehow, it’s like reading. You’re privy to these lives and conversations that have nothing to do with yours...”
If you try and do too many different types of work on the same day, you’re making it hard for yourself.
We’ve begun to evaluate and place our trust in the source rather than the message.
When the hunting of a profitable bird is outlawed, enforcing the law means dealing with armed and angry lawbreakers.
A quick check-in will get you back on track. In time, you won’t even need one.
“Every classmate who became a teacher or doctor seemed happy,” and 29 other lessons from seeing my Harvard class of 1988 all grown up.
Psychologists are beginning to explore the potential, life-changing benefits of certain personality traits.
Turn yourself into a bookworm.
Informally called “Proxima c,” the candidate world appears to be six times the mass of Earth and orbits in the frigid outskirts of the Proxima Centauri system.
For many raised in the church, escape presents a singular problem. “They have an identity to go back to,” says one former Scientologist. “We’re trying to discover our identity in a vacuum.”
Queens in many societies heavily influenced the policies and governing behavior of their kings.
Why don’t the two holidays always coincide? It is, to some degree, the moon’s fault.
How the difference between traction and distraction could transform your productivity.
Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.
After years of searching for a diagnosis and wondering if it was all in my head, tracking paranormal activity felt eerily familiar.
Feeling like you’re a suspect isn’t the greatest way to end a shopping trip. But it’s not you they’re after.
They’re really just jeggings rebranded.
As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organization.
When beliefs dictate actions, you owe it to yourself to demand proof.
In a sweeping study of 2 million pieces of financial data and 100,000 design actions over five years, McKinsey found design-led companies had 32% more revenue and 56% higher total returns to shareholders compared with other companies.
There’s no such thing as an effortless crop, but plenty that are pretty foolproof – even if you have just a windowsill or room for a few pots.
Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist.
‘A consistent seven to nine-hour sleep each night is the most effective thing we can do to reset our brain and body health.’
Bye bye, green screen.
In the face of setbacks, some people seem to fall apart, while others find ways to move forward and continue to get things done. Are there things you can do to be resilient?
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.
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