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There’s a Powerful Hack to Remember Something New You've Just Learned

The more we understand how our bodies and brains work, the more we realize that what’s good for the body is often good for the brain. In recent years, for instance, many studies have shown that a powerful way to improving your memory is to exercise.

new study even provides a hack to remember things you’ve just learned. To find it, researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands split a group of 72 volunteers into three. Each group underwent a learning session where they had to memorize 90 image associations. The first group followed it up with a 35-minute high-intensity exercise session and then a three-hour session watching nature documentaries. The second group watched documentaries first then exercised. The third group watched documentaries but did not exercise.

The participants were then tested two days later on whether they could recall the image associations. Only the group that had exercised about four hours after the learning session performed better than the other two groups.

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Though the researchers don’t know yet what exactly helped the delayed-exercise group perform better, they believe that it...

People Are Falling in Love with a Productivity System That Just Uses Pen and Paper

I’m one of those people who is constantly testing out new productivity apps in the hopes that this is the technology that will transform my life for good. Each new app promises to make me more efficient than the last.

But I’ve never been able to find a method that quite beats the flexibility and simplicity of pen and paper. Most productivity methods force you to work their way, rather than adapting to suit your needs. Pen and paper, however, can be used any way you like. I’ve always wanted to find a system that balances this flexibility with enough structure to keep you organized.

That’s where the Bullet Journal system comes in. Created by designer Ryder Carroll, the system aims to give the humble paper notebook a little more structure.

The Bullet Journal consists of a few specific sections:

  • An index, in which you list the page numbers of any subject you want to find again later (using a notebook with pre-printed page numbers speeds up this process).
  • A future log, in which you keep track of upcoming events or deadlines for the next six months.
  • A monthly log, in which you note events and...

Criminals Steal Billions From Government Every Year; Here’s How to Prevent It

Fraud is a persistent and growing problem for government programs. It costs taxpayers billions of dollars and erodes public trust in government institutions. In fiscal year 2014, the government paid out nearly $125 billion improperly, nearly $20 billion more than it improperly paid out the previous year. Certain programs, such Medicare and Medicaid, are especially vulnerable to fraud given the large amount of funds available to eligible beneficiaries. As a result, these programs have been the victim of large and highly publicized fraud schemes. In June 2015 alone, 243 people were arrested in 17 cities for allegedly billing Medicare for $712 million worth of patient care that was never provided or unnecessary.

Combatting fraud typically is seen as the responsibility of inspectors general, and indeed, IGs are fighting the good fight every day to detect fraud schemes and recover fraudulent payments. But this “pay and chase” model is inefficient. In an environment of increasingly limited government resources, anticipating fraud and preventing it before it occurs is one of the biggest cost savings opportunities federal agencies have.

To effectively combat fraud, we must take a risk management approach. Not all fraud risks are equally as likely to occur and some would...

Make Room, Introverts—Everyone Needs Time to Recharge

Ever since that book about the power of introverts, people seem to have gotten really into introversion. Do a quick Google of “only introverts will understand” if you need a sampling. Somehow, it seems like we’ve ended up with stereotypes where introverts order pizza in bed and think deep important thoughts while extroverts prance around them setting things on fire and begging them to come out for a drink. I exaggerate, but one 2012 opinion article in The Telegraph goes as far as saying that in “a world without introverts … there’d be no art.”

Sure, it’s worth noting that everyone isn’t equally enthusiastic about social interaction, but as a personality trait, which way you’re verted is not quite as indicative of who you are and how you act as some seem to think. Enjoying reading books and spending time alone does not make you an introvert any more than enjoying mashed potatoes makes you a foodie.

And yet it seems that introversion is continually used as an explanation for all kinds of things that in studies, it’s not actually associated with—like being sensitive or imaginative. You can be both sensitive and introverted, but...

When It Comes to Workplace Noise, Millennials Can't Even

Companies go out of their way to woo workers with freebies and quirky spaces. Coffee and snacks are somewhat standard. Other businesses go bigger, withneon-orange slides that wind between floors or treehouses and ponds on sprawling campuses. But a new survey asks whether those accommodations are really what workers are after. What if the key to workplace contentment and productivity isn’t more stuff—sleeker desks, a cornucopia of food to fight over—but more quiet?

Oxford Economics, an analysis firm spun out of Oxford University’s business college, reached out to more than 1,200 executives and non-senior employees across industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, financial services, and the government sector. The majority of the respondents (74 percent) reported that they worked in open-plan offices. A handful had private offices, and the rest split their days between home offices, travel, co-working spaces, or a combination of the three. About half of the respondents were Millennials.

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Across the board, uninterrupted work time trumped employees’ wish lists. None of the respondents indicated that amenities like free food were most important to them in a work...

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