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How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

Explainers, Life

No matter how old you are or what type of role you have in life, there are times you’re a follower, and there are times you’re a leader. I don’t care whether you’re in high school or leading a firm with 500 people, some situations require leadership.

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Productivity has been a topic of discussion ever since ancient eastern and western philosophy started. It’s a universal theme. I believe it’s in our nature to make better use of our time. Let’s start by learning the following 7 productivity lessons from the most well-known philosophers in history.

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

Active people tend to overthink what food is doing for their body—Is keto good for endurance? What’s the perfect post-training macro spread? Butter or no butter in my coffee?—but underthink what it’s doing for their mind. Yet you’ve probably noticed that what you eat impacts what’s going on upstairs.

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

Design, Explainers, History, Tech

For all the triumph of America’s new planes and tanks during World War II, a silent reaper stalked the battlefield: accidental deaths and mysterious crashes that no amount of training ever seemed to fix. At first, pilots took the blame for crashes. The true cause, however, lay with the design. That lesson led us into our user-friendly age—but there’s peril to come.

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

Explainers, Life

After two years of research and more than 400 interviews about midlife, former NPR reporter Barb Bradley Hagerty received dozens of insights about how to live well in the middle years. We’ve distilled them here, with a little context.

Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

Explainers, Food, Videos

Chickens are the most populous bird on the planet. There are 23 billion of them at any given time – that’s ten times more than any other bird. It’s by far the fastest growing meat product but pound for pound the price of chicken has fallen sharply. How has this happened?

How To Borrow Natural Light

How To Borrow Natural Light

Architecture, Explainers, Videos

With an increasing focus on sustainable design practices, the smart use of natural daylight in our homes is no longer a luxury — it has become a necessity. At the heart of any good daylighting strategy is a concept of “borrowed” light: the capture of light falling on the exterior of a home and transporting it to the spaces where it’s needed.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

Explainers

The problem with airfare deals is that you can’t just search for a great deal on a single website. Airfare prices change minute by minute. The old advice was to search for airfare on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, but that no longer applies now that airlines have become so competitive with each other.

The Completely Correct Guide To Reclining On An Airplane

The Completely Correct Guide To Reclining On An Airplane

Explainers, Life

One of the touchiest subjects in all of air travel is the seat recline. To some, leaning your seat back on a flight is a no-brainer. Why wouldn’t you take that precious spare space for relief? For others, the sight of the seat in front barreling toward them is a living nightmare.

The Case For More Silent Meetings

The Case For More Silent Meetings

Business, Explainers, Videos

Talking meetings have much merit, but can also be subject to a host of problems. Current research supports the benefits of holding a “silent meeting” as one way of better leveraging the ideas, perspectives, and insights of organizational talent.

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

How To Fight Lies, Tricks And Chaos Online

Explainers, Long Reads, Media, Tech

It took me years to really understand where all the information I saw online was coming from. So this isn’t just a guide to spotting when something is fake. It’s a system for slowing down and thinking about information — whether that information is true, false, or something in between.

How Emotional Intelligence Boosts Your Endurance

How Emotional Intelligence Boosts Your Endurance

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

People who test highly on emotional intelligence tend to be successful in many walks of life. What’s less clear is if testing someone’s emotional intelligence tells you something new about their prospects that you wouldn’t get from testing more traditional things like their IQ and “Big Five” personality traits.

Why Do So Many U.S. Cities Have Gridded Streets?

Why Do So Many U.S. Cities Have Gridded Streets?

Cities, Explainers, Videos

Many U.S. cities were founded with a street grid. Why? This video describes the historic factors that contributed to the adoption of a grid. This includes influential city designs from Versailles, London, Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, and Reno.

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

A Psychologist Explains How To Beat Social Anxiety

Explainers, Life, Psychology

A nice analogy is that of mood and action. We often think we have to “feel” like doing something before doing it. We think we have to feel like going to the gym before going to work out. But if we lace up our shoes and go to the gym, often our mood catches up, and we’re glad we went. With confidence, it’s the same thing.

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Why Speaking To Yourself In The Third Person Makes You Wiser

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Scientific research suggests that you should adopt an ancient rhetorical method favoured by the likes of Julius Caesar and known as ‘illeism’ – or speaking about yourself in the third person — the term was coined in 1809 by the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the Latin ille meaning ‘he, that’.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

Cities, Explainers

They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars and generally made life harder for motorists. Now it appears the work is paying off. Oslo and Helsinki are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.

Why Airplane Boarding Got So Ridiculous

Why Airplane Boarding Got So Ridiculous

Economics, Explainers

Airlines were focused on finding the fastest possible boarding method, so planes can spend less time at gates and more time in the air, making money. They might have stuck with that aim if it weren’t for the other change, which has to do with the fight for overhead bin space.

How To Sketch Like An Architect

How To Sketch Like An Architect

Architecture, Design, Explainers, Videos

Follow along as Eric Reinholdt from 30X40 Design Workshop works through a few rough sketches for a new project. He discusses the key style points and techniques you can use to develop your own architectural sketching style. Each sketching vignette includes many tips.

Why Caviar Is So Expensive

Why Caviar Is So Expensive

Explainers, Food, Videos

Caviar is one of the most expensive foods in the world. Selling for up to $35,000 per kilo, it’s revered and relished by aristocrats across the globe. But it’s an acquired taste. Turns out, caviar wasn’t always so valuable.

Here’s How Nicotine Affects Your Brain

Here’s How Nicotine Affects Your Brain

Explainers, Health

With such a focus on the physical concerns around vaping, the main psychoactive ingredient in e-cigarettes, nicotine, is often left out of the conversation. The addictive drug can boost your cognition and won’t give you cancer, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe for casual use.

What We Get Wrong About Time

What We Get Wrong About Time

Explainers, Life, Psychology

“Time” is the most frequently used noun in the English language. Most of us tend to think of time as linear, absolute and constantly “running out” – but is that really true? And how can we change our perceptions to feel better about its passing?

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Art, Explainers, Media

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Others are perfectly content with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are some ideas.

Human Population Through Time

Human Population Through Time

Explainers, Videos, World

It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?

How To Persuade People To Change Their Behavior

How To Persuade People To Change Their Behavior

Explainers, Life

Our innate anti-persuasion radar raises our defenses, so we avoid or ignore the message or, even worse, counter-argue. Rather than trying to persuade people, getting them to persuade themselves is often more effective. Here are three ways to do that.

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers, Innovation, Science, Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

How Fish And Chips Migrated To Great Britain

How Fish And Chips Migrated To Great Britain

Explainers, Food, History

When Portugal fell under Spanish rule, the Inquisition targeted individuals with Jewish lineage. As religious violence worsened, many Jews fled Portugal and resettled in England, bringing with them culinary treasures founded in Sephardic cuisine—including fish. Peshkado frito was one of them.

What Happened To MoviePass?

What Happened To MoviePass?

Business, Explainers, Videos

MoviePass tried to change the moviegoing experience altogether, with a simple idea. For a monthly fee, subscribers could go to the cinema once a day, every day. Ironically, too many subscribers would eventually be a bad thing. MoviePass went from being a hit to entirely collapsing, in just 3 days. How?

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