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How to get to your 30s without having regrets

9/12/2016
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According to research in behavioral economics and social sciences, our well-being follows a U-shape. Longitudinal studies have found that when we’re young, we are content with life, but gradually this decreases until we hit our 40s (the mid-life crisis is real). After this so-called nadir of happiness, we start to change course, becoming more content from our 60s onwards. A new survey from YouGov reinforces this. Over 1,000 respondents in the UK were asked if they preferred a low stress, low...

Duration: 00:04:19


An airline ban of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would be a nightmare to enforce

9/12/2016
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The air-travel industry is caught up in Samsung’s global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 following reports of the phone exploding or catching fire. Fearing battery fires on board, the US Federal Aviation administration on Sept. 8 warned travelers against turning on, charging, or stowing the Samsung phablet. Several Australian airlines—Qantas, Jetstar, and Virgin Australia—echoed the FAA’s guidance and banned passengers from charging or using the phones on board. (The US Consumer Product Safety...

Duration: 00:02:04


Facebook’s cofounder is donating $20 million to fight Donald Trump

9/12/2016
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Facebook cofounder Dustin Moskovitz has pledged $20 million to fight Donald Trump’s bid for the White House. Moskovitz announced early that he and his wife Cari Tuna will make a historically large donation to a handful of Democratic organizations, many backing Hillary Clinton, as well as nonpartisan voter-registration groups. The donations would make Moskovitz, who has a net worth of more than $10 billion, the third-most generous donor in the 2016 campaign. The pair, who became the youngest...

Duration: 00:01:37


How you can protect your mind from bias

9/12/2016
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Ask a left-wing Brit what they believe about the safety of nuclear power, and you can guess their answer. Ask a right-wing American about the risks posed by climate change, and you can also make a better guess than if you didn’t know their political affiliation. Issues like these feel like they should be informed by science, not our political tribes, but sadly, that’s not what happens. Psychology has long shown that education and intelligence won’t stop your politics from shaping your...

Duration: 00:03:05


The Ethiopian marathoner who protested against his government during the Olympics is now in the US

9/12/2016
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Feyisa Lilesa, the Ethiopian marathoner who crossed his arms in anti-government protest at the finish line during last month’s Rio Olympics, has arrived in the United States. The silver medalist did not return home after the games ended saying he feared for his life. “If not kill me, they will put me in prison,” Lilesa said at the time. The athlete’s protest gesture drew attention to the unrest that has rocked Ethiopia since November last year. Members of the Oromo community have been...

Duration: 00:01:36


An unprecedented prison strike hopes to change the fate of the 900,000 Americans trapped in a forced labor system

9/12/2016
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Last Friday prison inmates across the US will participate in what organizers are touting as the “largest prison strike in history,” stopping work in protest of what many call a modern version of slavery. The protest, organized across 24 states, is spearheaded by the inmate-led Free Alabama Movement (FAM) and coordinated by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC), a branch of an international labor union. Its manifesto, published online by “prisoners across the United States,”...

Duration: 00:03:38


What’s universal grammar? Evidence rebuts Chomsky’s theory of language learning

9/12/2016
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The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar — famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — has dominated linguistics for almost half a century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and linguists have abandoned Chomsky’s “universal grammar” theory in droves because of new research examining many different languages — and the way young children learn to understand and speak the tongues of their communities. That work...

Duration: 00:06:00


A judge just dealt a huge setback to Native Americans fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline

9/12/2016
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Federal agencies, including the Justice Department and the Army Corps. of Engineers, weighed in on the Dakota Access Pipeline after a federal court ruling Friday afternoon, saying the pipeline’s construction will not go ahead on public land around Lake Oahe in North Dakota until the agencies conduct further reviews of possible damage to Native American historical sites. They called for the company, Energy Transfer Partners, to halt construction on private lands surrounding the public area...

Duration: 00:03:49


The many overlooked benefits of ecstasy

9/12/2016
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When was the last time you had a truly ecstatic experience? Where your ego dissolved, and your consciousness shifted, and you felt connected to something far bigger than yourself? To many people, that question might feel a little awkward, says Jules Evans, research fellow at Queen Mary University of London’s Centre for the History of Human Emotions. But that’s because we have a long history of marginalizing and pathologizing ecstatic experiences. Our resistance to ecstasy in the West dates...

Duration: 00:03:03


Miss America’s first openly gay contestant represents an important milestone for the beauty pageant

9/12/2016
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Bess Myerson became the first Jewish Miss America in 1945. In 1984, Vanessa Williams became the first African American to win the prestigious title (although she was famously asked to step down amid a nude photograph scandal). When Angela Perez Baraquio was crowned Miss America in 2001, she became the first Asian American to do so. And now, in 2016, the beauty pageant has reached another milestone: Erin O’Flaherty will compete as the first openly gay contestant. The moment is meaningful in...

Duration: 00:02:16


North Korea bans sarcasm

9/9/2016
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North Korea has forbidden people from making sarcastic comments about Kim Jong-un or his totalitarian regime in their everyday conversations. Even indirect criticism of the authoritarian government has been banned, Asian media reported. Residents were warned against criticising the state in a series of mass meetings held by functionaries across the country. “One state security official personally organised a meeting to alert local residents to potential ‘hostile actions’ by internal...

Duration: 00:01:44


Scientists proved they can identify criminals using hair left at the scene of a crime

9/9/2016
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Forensic toxicology, the scientific investigation that teases out cause of death, is nothing like it is in the television shows. In reality, it takes weeks to months, rather than days, to identify perpetrators or victims. But forensic scientists are hard at work seeking new ways to move that timeline up. In a paper published on Sept. 7, a team led by researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California demonstrated that they are able to identify individuals by unique...

Duration: 00:02:49


Norway is furious with Facebook and its algorithms for “censoring” an iconic war photo

9/9/2016
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A ruckus has erupted in Norway over Facebook’s repeated removal of an iconic 1972 war photograph of a naked young girl fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam. Facebook has also suspended users who uploaded it. Things have come to a head today after Norway’s largest newspaper devoted its front page to an open letter to Facebook founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. The letter, written by Aftenposten’s editor-in-chief, Espen Egil Hansen, accuses Zuckerberg of “abusing” his role as “the...

Duration: 00:03:09


The maker of Botox is now targeting all your bodily flaws

9/9/2016
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Botox has become so commonplace that the wrinkle smoother is now the stuff of party favors. Allergan, the drugmaker behind Botox’s uncanny success, is betting that bra line fat, knee pouches, and cankles can deliver its next blockbuster hit. Last year, the US Federal Drug Administration approved the drug, Kybella, as a treatment to reduce the fat of double chins. Now the company is testing the drug for FDA-approved use on other paranoia-inducing rolls, including what some refer to as “bra...

Duration: 00:02:46


The human tongue has a sixth sense, and it loves carbs

9/9/2016
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The taste of carbs has a home on the human tongue. Scientists have long recognized five types of taste buds on the tongue, used for sensing sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami flavors. A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University claims humans can detect a sixth flavor: starch. Technically, the evidence shows we can taste some polysaccharides, including maltodextrin, which is derived from starch and used in lots of processed foods, including soft drinks, candies, potato chips,...

Duration: 00:01:57


Wells Fargo just became the poster child for when external and internal values don’t match

9/9/2016
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Wells Fargo doesn’t just have a mission statement. It has a 37-page “Vision and Values” brochure that explains, at length, how the bank puts its customers first. The document uses the word “trust” 24 times. “Our ethics are the sum of all the decisions each of us makes every day. If you want to find out how strong a company’s ethics are, don’t listen to what its people say. Watch what they do. This is even more important in our industry because everything we do is built on trust.” Wells...

Duration: 00:02:39


This simple morning ritual uses writing as a form of therapy and meditation

9/9/2016
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Every morning, people around the world participate in an almost religious ritual. Shortly after waking, they curl up with a journal and pen or pencil. They start writing, and they don’t stop until they’ve filled at least three hand-written pages—about 750 words. The routine is called Morning Pages, and people ranging from journalist Oliver Burkeman to entrepreneur Tim Ferriss say it’s changed their lives. Morning Pages have emerged as a beloved ritual in the years since author Julia Cameron...

Duration: 00:03:40


How the Craft-Beer Boom Is Changing Your Local Brew

9/9/2016
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A dedicated and ever-growing base of beer lovers has resulted in a record level of American breweries, according to the Brewers Association, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to small and independent American brewers. As of the end of November 2015, there were 4,144 breweries in the country, topping the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873. And the craft breweries of the Pacific Northwest and western United States are busily expanding the definition of “local” by establishing...

Duration: 00:02:54


Denmark buys leaked data to use in tax evasion inquiries

9/9/2016
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Denmark has become the first country in the world to apparently buy data fromthe Panama Papers leak, and now plans to investigate whether 500-600 Danes who feature in the offshore archive may have evaded tax. Denmark’s tax minister, Karsten Lauritzen, said he will pay up to DKK9m (£1m) for the information, which comes from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. He said an anonymous source approached the Danish government over the summer. The source sent over an initial sample of documents...

Duration: 00:02:36


Want a better body image? Try nature

9/9/2016
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Nature is good for us—surely nobody has missed that fact. These days, both scientists and policymakers agree about the importance of offering everyone access to green spaces, regardless of social background. That’s because easy access to nature encourages physical activity, which in turn has positive health effects. For instance, English populations with the most green space in their surroundings also have the lowest levels of mortality. The simple fact is that people tend to be healthier...

Duration: 00:02:58

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