Why Names Are So Easy to Forget

Drawing a blank?
by Olga Khazan

Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for. "Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really listening." She saved me from having to later—possibly even at ... Read & React

The 10 Secrets to Successful People's Calm

by Travis Bradberry

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm ... Read & React

What’s Really Happening On Your Watch?

The soap was stylish—perfectly round, the size of a golf ball, but without the little dimples that help it fly straight. This was a very stylish hotel, so you would expect that everything—bathroom included—would be stylish. The sink, for example, was shaped like a wok. Thus, when the soap landed in ... Read & React

To Work Better, Work Less

by Cody C. Delistraty

Between 1853 and 1870, Baron Haussmann ordered much of Paris to be destroyed. Slums were razed and converted to bourgeois neighborhoods, and the formerly labyrinthine city became a place of order, full of wide boulevards (think Saint-Germain) and angular avenues (the Champs-Élysées). Poor Parisians ... Read & React

Imagine If Thousands of Medical Researchers Could Have a Quick Conversation

by Dr. Francis Collins Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Today’s scientists find it tough to keep up with all of the latest journal articles, innovative methods, and interesting projects of colleagues in their fields. That’s understandable, because there are tens of thousands of journals, hundreds of conferences in major fields, dozens of emerging ... Read & React

Lego’s Female Scientist Set Could Inspire a Generation of Girls

Even in Legoland, men have long dominated science. That’s about to change, though. The Danish company just launched Lego Research Institute, a $19.99 line featuring a paleontologist, astronomer and a chemist. Behold: Lego   This trio of one-inch female scientists was created by Ellen Kooijman, a ... Read & React

About to Ask For a Raise? Listen to These Three Songs First

“Auditory cheesecake” is how famed cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker once described music. He called it an “exquisite confection crafted to tickle” the spots in the brain that leave us feeling happy and relaxed. That rings true for music that’s akin to, say, Mozart—but what about Metallica? Lil’ ... Read & React

The Ideal Commute Is Not Actually No Commute

I can't say for sure that I have the world's shortest commute, but if it were any shorter, I'd probably be dead. My commute is three each way: That would be steps, not stops or even minutes. Three steps from the threshold of my bedroom to that of my home office. To be totally honest, I've done the ... Read & React

This Is Literally the Formula for Happiness

What is an instance of happiness?  That's a squishy question philosophers have discussed for millennia. According to Sparknotes, Aristotle said happiness is an end to itself. The poet Kahlil Galbraith wrote that happiness "is your sorrow unmasked," whatever that means. Rhetoric aside, researchers ... Read & React

12 Tips for Designing an Open-Ended Project

by John Kamensky Senior Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

How do you tackle a large-scale, complex challenge that evolves over time, involves thousands of stakeholders, and where there is no clear solution? For example, is there a road map for how the Internet evolved? Could we do it again? IBM Center author David Witzel examines the evolution of the ... Read & React