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This Is Your Brain on Nature When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. “Everything is Waiting for You” by David Whyte Alertness is the hidden discipline of familiarity. The Rise of Netflix Competitors Has Pushed Consumers Back Toward Piracy A new study shows that after years of declines, BitTorrent usage and piracy is on the rise again. The culprit: an increase in exclusivity deals that force subscribers to hunt and peck among a myriad of streaming services to actually find the content they’re looking for. The 20 Best iPhone …

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Kitchen machismo off the menu as female chefs blaze a trail in Scotland Julie Lin MacLeod worked in male-led kitchens for years, and her experiences there – inappropriate sexual advances among them – served as motivation to open her own place, one that would be run by women. Some of the best eateries in Glasgow on this list. 5 Psychological Strategies to Ease the Stress of Perfectionism The last three months I’ve been trying an experiment. It’s something that I’ve never done before, and in a certain way, it’s been a huge challenge. However, in other ways, it’s been an enormous stress relief, and I would say a largely successful effort. Read for myself, sharing for others. ‘I have an …

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The outrageous plan to haul icebergs to Africa If towing icebergs to hot, water-stressed regions sounds totally crazy to you, then consider this: the volume of water that breaks off Antarctica as icebergs each year is greater than the total global consumption of freshwater. And that stat doesn’t even include Arctic ice. Given the state our planet is in, this is anything but crazy, and it’s sad that it’s come to this. Steve Kerr and Phil Jackson Trade Coaching Lessons Favored to win their third straight championship, Steve Kerr’s Golden State Warriors face more adversity than fans realize. Kerr speaks with his former coach Phil Jackson — who led two teams to 11 NBA championships — about surviving success. Mindful coaching of athletes. Something …

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Ditch the almond milk: why everything you know about sustainable eating is probably wrong In food and drink, we all want to do the right thing. We want to shop and eat sustainably. But, sometimes, it is easier said than done. Our willingness to jump on the latest eco-trends and unquestioningly accept reassuring labelling can lead to unintended consequences. Another week, another article about food. Time to get my own farm? The iPhone’s autocorrect is a blessing and a curse. A longtime Apple designer explains why it’s so hard to teach software to read your mind. I have a confection to make. Ugh! No, I don’t want to bake a cake. Let me type that again. I have a confession to make. …

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Innocent people with dirty-sounding last names face the “Scunthorpe problem” Sitting through roll call in school is already bad enough if you have a last name like Weiner, Butts, Cummings, Medick, Dickman, or Suconcock. But if that sounds rough, just try getting past the first stage of an online registration process. Seymour? Is there a Seymour in the room? A Mr. Seymour Butts? (yes, I am 8 yrs old!) Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at all, but hunch over video games. Parents and other passengers read …

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New No’s by Paul Chan After the 2016 election, artist and writer Paul Chan wrote the following poem that he called “New No’s”. I ran across this several times at The Whitney; it’s part of their great exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest. Print and put up in every school and workplace! If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years – from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today. Science says… (as ever, it’s all about balance, something humankind just isn’t that great at) This company embeds microchips in its employees, and …

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Robot says: Whatever In Henry James’s intriguing novella The Beast in the Jungle (1903), a young man called John Marcher believes that he is marked out from everyone else in some prodigious way. The problem is that he can’t pinpoint the nature of this difference. Next week: We’ve made a robot that cares! From Death Traps to Disneyland: The 600-Year History of the Roller Coaster The resounding click-clack muffles the murmur of anticipation as the train inches up the wooden structure. When the riders reach the apex, the bright blue summer sky swallows everything. Then, with a lurch, gravity takes over. Everybody screams. I have not been on a rollercoaster in years. Already making plans to rectify that! Do Nothing …

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We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From? Your third-grade phys ed teacher used them all the time. Your neighbor does, too. Even your kids pull them out every once in a while. We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to generation. Also interesting to see how many of these have crossed the Atlantic. Home Office refuses visas for authors invited to Edinburgh book festival The festival, which starts on Saturday and includes appearances from 900 authors and illustrators from 55 countries, routinely provides assistance for visa applications. It has reported a jump in refusals over the last few years. This country is getting worse. Bill …

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France outlaws lewd cat-calls to women in public amid attack uproar France voted to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, leaving cat-callers and aggressively lecherous individuals facing potential on-the-spot fines of up to 750 euros as part of tougher legislation to fight sexual violence. Good. Somebody at Fitbit needs a lesson on the menstrual cycle How long was your longest period? Eight days? Ten days? Two weeks? A month? It’s the “how long is a piece of string” of the female body, isn’t it? I’ve had periods that have lived, like a Mayfly, for a single day. In 2016, I had a period that lasted the entirety of the Rio Olympic games. More women in tech would help with this …

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What made Darth Vader such a visually iconic character Darth Vader was only on screen in the original Star Wars movie for 8 minutes and for a little under 34 minutes in the whole original trilogy. I can STILL remember that opening scene. Scary. Volcano Coffee Recyclable pod coffee – not an advert – I ordered some and they are fab. I swapped apps for dating in real life – this is what happened Over the past five years, my online dating CV looks like this: two one-year relationships, five four-month relationships, several flings, 30 first dates, and around 2,500 Tinder matches. No frickin comment. Liberty Media’s Ellie Norman: ‘We want to show F1’s raw emotion’ These are challenging times …

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