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If Ryan Levinson fell in the water, there would be no easy way for him to swim to safety. But he decided to live on a sailboat anyway.
Culture fit isn’t just a fluffy goal. Having friends at work is important for your productivity and happiness.
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?
At the start of the winter semester, I introduced my students to the routine: before each class, they’d silence their phones, get a pouch from the box, and lock their phones in.
Those who imagine that life in the past was simpler, slower, and better are wrong.
When a widow and three children are found dead after a suspicious fire, an investigation ensues that uncovers one of the victims’ monstrous past.
When I first came across Charlie Munger’s 1995 Speech, The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, I realized that I could learn more from him than my MBA. So I spent the next few years reading and researching about cognitive biases and how we mislead ourselves.
Hazel Scott was a piano prodigy who wowed the worlds of music, TV and film. But when she stood up for her rights, the establishment took her down.
The TV legend possessed an extraordinary understanding of how kids make sense of language.
By the time you reach the interview phase, your prospective employer already knows a lot about you. They know your previous experience. What they don’t know is whether they want to work with you.
If you plan to delay retirement, watch out for these benefit traps.
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
What Socrates, Plato, and Confucius understood about time.
Stop judging yourself, it’s only adding fuel to the fire.
How one writer went from barely reading to trying to plow through a book a day, and how you can find more time to read, too.
But you should probably be more worried about not getting enough.
We don’t want to hear about the time your dog did a fourteener. Mera, recently renamed Baru, made the first canine ascent of Nepal’s 23,389-foot Baruntse in November 2018.
In a change that has been as seismic for McDonald’s as the drive-through window, the chain has reintroduced its signature burger with fresh—never frozen—beef. And that’s just the start.
“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.”
The sleep-wake limbo may have been a boon to our ancestors' survival.
We are all trained to be passive thinkers and doers, but it can really hold you back.
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.
“Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?”
Pools are festering, pathogenic baths that we fool ourselves into thinking are clean.
We come into conversations with our own agendas and low attention spans, but if you want to build better relationships you need to master active listening.
“We are serving the wrong masters.”
The “magic number” helped foreigners like me get by without learning the language. But I didn’t feel at home in China until I finally hung up the phone.
You can do more for your health. And it’s not that hard.
Tips for getting more done and improving the your daily productivity.
HelloFresh blew past 100 competitors to become the No. 1 meal-kit company on the planet. The German startup is winning—but not by playing nice.
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
There are things we all do, or don't do, that lead us to waste far more time than we realize in the moment.
A nearly identical replica of the Simpsons’ family home was built for a giveaway but when the winner refused it, the developers had to find a buyer.
“In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
After reporting on personal finance, I used behavioral economics on myself.
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.
Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators.
Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”
Her fourth tip might surprise you.
Amazon Flex allows drivers to get paid to deliver packages from their own vehicles. But is it a good deal for workers?
It’s easy to look at success and attribute it to good decision making. But here’s the thing—that statement is also true the other way around.
The years since 2008 have seen a global crackdown on offshore finance. Yet a few places have doubled down on offering secrecy to the super-rich. Among these, one tiny Caribbean island might be the worst offender.
One of the most brilliant minds of the Harvard class of ’35, Reed Edwin Peggram met his soulmate on the eve of World War II and risked everything to stay by his side.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
This mismatch creates a child-care crisis between 3 and 5 p.m. that has parents scrambling for options.
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.
You don’t have to sign up for full Medicare coverage at age 65 if you’re still covered under an employer’s plan. But you’ll need to watch enrollment deadlines.
How plastic is the brain?
An unprecedented, global-scale test of one of quantum theory’s most counterintuitive predictions sheds new light on the nature of reality and how we can exploit it with quantum technologies.
Rejuvenation technology, mind uploading, and a second shot at life.
Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.
Many families are discovering that a 20-year term for a life insurance policy isn’t enough.
The cold blue light of modern touchscreens may be aesthetically pleasing, but it poses health problems. Designers and technologists should take cues from military history and embrace the orange.
Why even behavioral scientists say listening is so important.
Keep these tips on hand the next time you’re interviewing for a new job or angling for a raise.
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
“Grief is a force of energy that cannot be controlled or predicted. It comes and goes on its own schedule. Grief does not obey your plans, or your wishes. Grief will do whatever it wants to you, whenever it wants to. In that regard, Grief has a lot in common with Love.”
The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece.
With phones and tablets everywhere nowadays, it’s no surprise many parents are worried about the potentially harmful effect screens will have on their kids. New studies show they can calm down a little.
Lifelong lessons no kid should ever have to learn.
Walt Whitman and the discipline of creative self-esteem.
Eighty years ago today, a four-year-old girl vanished into the Pennsylvania woods. The search captivated people across the nation — and some have never stopped looking.
A controversial set of guidelines aims to help men grapple with “traditional masculinity.”
For decades, the Borscht Belt was the go-to vacation spot for many New York Jewish families.
The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands.’
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us.
Societies forget, and this physicist wants to know why.
Step one: rethink the entire concept of a career.
An analysis of dental plaque illuminates the forgotten history of female scribes.
The sheer stress of an environment contributes to obesity and diabetes.
The new tax law adds wrinkles for homeowners deciding whether or not to retire without a mortgage.
It only takes a few ingredients and about an hour of your time, yet it’s one the most famous Italian recipes.
Social media has created a world in which everyone seems ecstatic – apart from us. Is there any way for people to curb their resentment?
Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.
When Kyle Dickman set out on a month-long road trip with his wife and infant son last spring, he was fueled by a carefree sense of adventure that had defined his entire life. Then he got bit by a venomous snake in a remote area of Yosemite National Park, and the harrowing event changed everything.
Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same.
I was arrested at an anti-war protest, jumped bail and went on the run. That’s when my story really began.
The pigments morph because of the Munker-White illusion.
There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that’s winning big.
Notes from a month-long hydration quest.
How to master the staycation.
“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.”
I learned a lot, but not all of it stuck.
“Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.”
No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting?
Infinite patterns that never repeat have moved from fantasy to reality.
Size has something to do with it, but it is more about why the land is being preserved.
Independent cybersleuthing is a realistic career path, if you can live cheaply.
What’s changed isn’t marriage, but the types of people who are likeliest to get married.
Visiting the remains of the doomed ship causes it damage—but so will just leaving it there.