What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how effectively your mind operates.
Increasingly, we're filling our heads with soundbites, the mental equivalent of junk. Over a day or even a week, the changes, like those to our belly, are barely noticeable. However, if we extend the timeline to months and years, we face a worrying reality and may find ourselves looking down at the pot-belly of ignorance.
If you think of your mind as a library, three things should concern you.
1. The information you store in there -- its accuracy and relevance;
2. Your ability to find/retrieve that information on demand; and
3. Finally your ability to put that information to use when you need it -- that is, you want to apply it. read more
Asia has reportedly produced a new billionaire every week.
Well, it turns out to be much faster than that.
A new report by UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers found that one billionaire pops up in Asia every three days, outpacing all other regions in the world.
China accounted for 71% of Asia's new billionaires in 2015, up from 35% in 2009, according to the report, which has analyzed data covering more than 1,300 billionaires over the past two decades. read more
And they haven't for a long time.
In a seminar room in Oxford, one of the reporters who worked on the Panama Papers is describing the main conclusion he drew from his months of delving into millions of leaked documents about tax evasion. "Basically, we're the dupes in this story," he says. "Previously, we thought that the offshore world was a shadowy, but minor, part of our economic system. What we learned from the Panama Papers is that it is the economic system."
Luke Harding, a former Moscow correspondent for The Guardian, was in Oxford to talk about his work as one of four hundredodd journalists around the world who had access to the 2.6 terabytes of information about tax havens -- the so-called Panama Papers -- that were revealed to the world in simultaneous publication in eighty countries this spring. read more
You've probably heard of MacArthur genius grants, and maybe wondered if you could get your hands on one of those. You're smart, right? So what does it take to get one of these grants? For one thing, these aren't something you apply for -- the MacArthur Foundation finds you. Second, the foundation doesn't actually call them "genius" grants. They're officially called "MacArthur Fellowships." But one look at the recipients and, yup, we're talking geniuses. read more
ICHMOND, Va. -- The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.
One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth's Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday.
All 19 were initially registered as voters in the Shenandoah Valley city of Harrisonburg, Virginia, which is roughly 130 miles from Washington, D.C., although a clerk double-checking the entries later raised questions about one. She recognized the name of Richard Allen Claybrook Sr., who died in 2014 at age 87, because his son is a well-known local judge. She happened to recall that the judge's father had died. read more