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Leveraging the narrative power of the sequel.
Agree to disagree and you will likely get at the right answer together.
“In the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”
Detroiters were refusing city-sponsored “free trees.” A researcher found out the problem: She was the first person to ask them if they wanted them.
Too little, and people tend to get stressed. Too much, and people tend to feel idle.
Separate areas with sofas, vanities, and even writing tables used to put the “rest” in women’s restrooms. Why were these spaces built, and why did they vanish?
What Socrates, Plato, and Confucius understood about time.
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.
Creative thinking is essential for everything from solving problems to personal fulfillment. So, how can we do more to nurture it?
Infinite patterns that never repeat have moved from fantasy to reality.
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.
In our digital age, so much information is being stored on servers rather than in our memory.
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.
“There’s nothing in the taste that tells you what you are eating is about to kill you.”
Programming requires much more than the cut and dry language taught in children’s books.
Queens in many societies heavily influenced the policies and governing behavior of their kings.
A quick check-in will get you back on track. In time, you won’t even need one.
Americans are out of sync with each other about many things. But not this.
There is a common narrative that our attention is a precious resource. But that narrative is incomplete.
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.
When beliefs dictate actions, you owe it to yourself to demand proof.
Acknowledging the death of our lives and legacy can help us live better.
Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’
Number seven: learning never stops.
When people treated them as if they couldn’t achieve what they wanted to do, it only made them stronger.
Turns out, I’m hip to a new trend.
Their vast civilization created a unique skew of the fine line between language and community.
The pigments morph because of the Munker-White illusion.
The author and artist’s keynote address on our fractured attention spans went viral. Now she has a plan for how to heal them: lose ourselves in nature.
Big-box retailers nationwide are slashing their property taxes through a legal loophole known as "dark store theory." For the towns that rely on that revenue, this could be a disaster.
What started as a joke between friends has become official Simpsons lore.
Don’t worry you’re not alone. More and more people are choosing to wait.
“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.”
Few things are more frustrating than re-running the same fight with your partner or family. Here’s how to resolve it once and for all.
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?
Learn faster. Retain more. Maybe even become the smartest person in the room. Science says so.
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.
People continue to fall back on harmful assumptions about the link between body shape and personality.
There are “dream kitchens,” and then there’s the Frankfurt Kitchen, designed by architect Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky in 1926.
Investing in cultural cohesion and preservation can help rebuild cities devastated by war or natural disasters, says a new World Bank report.
How an intense, unclassifiable relationship shaped the history of modern thought.
Better to run than to have your liver squeezed out.
“There are times when dreams sustain us more than facts. To read a book and surrender to a story is to keep our very humanity alive.”
Children naturally want to help at a very early age—but many families wait to conscript them until that desire has faded.
Why people form such positive first impressions of narcissists.
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?
Spurred perhaps by social media, more people are classified as perfectionists. What are the costs and how can you break the paralysis that’s killing your productivity?
By , Associate Editor and Rivan V. Stinson, Associate Online Editor | December 2, 2019 The holiday season is prime time to give back. And while you're thinking about your charitable giving, make sure you don't forget about those who've helped you throughout the year.
Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.
Slopeside shenanigans, gallons of sprayed Champagne, celebrities behaving badly, and… ski gangs? It’s all in a day’s work at Aspen.
Urban leaders need to kick the incentive habit and take a more inclusive approach to growing local economies.
Psychologists are beginning to explore the potential, life-changing benefits of certain personality traits.
We’ve begun to evaluate and place our trust in the source rather than the message.
A controversial set of guidelines aims to help men grapple with “traditional masculinity.”
Taking a hard look at the country’s social and economic issues.
“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.”
“Nothing is ever over / life breathes life in its turn / Sometimes the people listen / Sometimes the people learn”
Societies forget, and this physicist wants to know why.
After years of searching for a diagnosis and wondering if it was all in my head, tracking paranormal activity felt eerily familiar.
As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organization.
Walt Whitman and the discipline of creative self-esteem.
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.
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.
How the entertainment industry and news media are working to raise awareness.
An interview with David Epstein.
It is a new language but you shouldn’t feel discouraged, coding is more accessible than you might think.
Stop judging yourself, it’s only adding fuel to the fire.
There’s a certain novelty, after decades at a legacy media company, in playing for the team that’s winning big.
Mind time cannot be measured on a watch.
Sometimes a place for people to come together is what’s needed most.
Cast members share their experiences working on the 1993 blockbuster.
The first scientists to describe the animal thought it might have walked.
There are as many reasons for unpunctuality as there are habitually tardy people – and the underlying reasons can be complex.
A couple hours of studying isn’t nearly as impactful as eight hours of memorizing.
Sorry, steak fans.
The common yet vague advice is often misguided.
As she tours in support of her new album, ‘High as Hope,’ the singer reflects on her emotional journey so far
Gentrification is geographically limited in cities, but a new study shows where it has become a crisis, particularly for low-income black households.
She was responsible for the most popular cookbook of the 19th century—as well as the first-ever recipe for chocolate cake.
You might feel anxious on the inside, but there are ways to project confidence on the outside.
Her fourth tip might surprise you.
Turn yourself into a bookworm.
Put simply: there is no one-size-fits-all diet.
“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.”
Finland is the only EU country where homelessness is falling. Its secret? Giving people homes as soon as they need them – unconditionally.
For decades, the Borscht Belt was the go-to vacation spot for many New York Jewish families.
“The girl that you see onstage is now also coming alive in the songs,” says the singer, whose major-label debut, ‘Cuz I Love You,’ is out now.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist.
The 50-year-old formula is kept under lock and key.
Give it a try, you might be surprised.
You already carry a reusable grocery bag, straw, and water bottle. Are you ready to take your fight against plastic to the next level?
What makes men happy?
Why don’t the two holidays always coincide? It is, to some degree, the moon’s fault.
Singapore, like every big city, has been overrun with new car service apps. Is that a good thing?
Planning a major career change? Read this first.
Stop trying to balance work and life, and don’t give things up. There are other ways to be successful.
As the power of the album wanes on streaming services, sequencing matters more than ever.
If you try and do too many different types of work on the same day, you’re making it hard for yourself.
Many of today’s youngest viewers have never even seen a TV channel guide. They expect their shows and movies on demand.
But you should probably be more worried about not getting enough.
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.
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.”
How well do you recognize and understand your emotions? What about the emotions of those around you?
With variables like evolution and upbringing, the line blurs rather quickly.
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.
Kathi Lynn Austin pulls the trigger of a pistol at a shooting range outside Maputo, the capital of Mozambique. It’s a fall afternoon in 2015, and she’s wearing jeans, cowboy boots and a scarf — her standard uniform when out in the field.
The tricks to actually hearing what your body is telling you.
Did technology disrupt the drug game, too?
Investigating the business practices that rely on overworked and underpaid employees to deliver the movie theater experience many take for granted.
Contractors a few miles from the company’s spaceship-like headquarters live in fear of termination—and the bathroom lines.
On the road with billionaire Jim Pattison.