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Streetcar, bus, and metro systems have been ignoring one lesson for 100 years: Service drives demand.
You can do more for your health. And it’s not that hard.
Your super liberal and super conservative relatives might all have one thing in common.
The first dodecahedron was discovered 300 years ago and there are still many unanswered questions.
How plastic is the brain?
The best career advice you can get: Do something you are good at.
Big-box retailers nationwide are slashing their property taxes through a legal loophole known as "dark store theory." For the towns that rely on that revenue, this could be a disaster.
The sheer stress of an environment contributes to obesity and diabetes.
This mismatch creates a child-care crisis between 3 and 5 p.m. that has parents scrambling for options.
Smart guides for understanding this strange and contradictory moment in history.
We’ll put you on the right path to maximize your benefits.
Unpacking the counterintuitive psychology behind conflict resolution.
A trip to Martinique for the island’s unique rhum agricole with importer Ed Hamilton.
Thinking is a tool that can be overused. But by recognizing this, you can start focusing on what is really worth your thoughts.
When did America decide preschool should be in a classroom?
You simply have more chance of career success if you have more skills.
The new tax law adds wrinkles for homeowners deciding whether or not to retire without a mortgage.
The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands.’
These women chose to have both a family and a job as a pro skier or mountain guide. But they're often subjected to a public narrative that either villainizes or discredits their decision.
Growing inequality in the United States shows that the game is rigged.
By this point in the year, your New Year’s resolutions may have fizzled or grown boring. Here’s how to get back on track.
It’s simple: If you want to live an exceptional life, you can’t behave like everyone else.
Spurred perhaps by social media, more people are classified as perfectionists. What are the costs and how can you break the paralysis that’s killing your productivity?
If we lose our capacity for solitude, our ability to be alone with ourselves, then we lose our very ability to think.
Keep these tips on hand the next time you’re interviewing for a new job or angling for a raise.
Walt Whitman and the discipline of creative self-esteem.
A nearly identical replica of the Simpsons’ family home was built for a give away but when the winner refused it, the developers had to find a buyer.
There’s a reason Big Tech knows us so much better than we think – each of us is far more normal than we realise.
Here’s one more way our modern sleep schedules might be killing us.
Visiting the remains of the doomed ship causes it damage—but so will just leaving it there.
What’s changed isn’t marriage, but the types of people who are likeliest to get married.
The famous rhythm game Lumines is back, and it’s a reminder of where things went wrong.
“Who is good if he knows not who he is? and who knows what he is, if he forgets that things which have been made are perishable, and that it is not possible for one human being to be with another always?”
One roadie’s guide to surviving nomadic life in the hardest-partying business on earth.
Make sure you gather financial documents that you’ll need if you must evacuate in the event of a natural disaster or your home is damaged.
The Mars company has sponsored hundreds of scientific studies to show cocoa is good for you.
“Old friends cannot be created out of hand. Nothing can match the treasure of common memories, of trials endured together, of quarrels and reconciliations and generous emotions.”
We check our phones every 12 minutes, often just after waking up. Always-on behavior is harmful to long-term mental health, and we need to learn to the hit the pause button.
Amazon Flex allows drivers to get paid to deliver packages from their own vehicles. But is it a good deal for workers?
If you truly understand the difference between what is and what is not under your control, and act accordingly, you will become psychologically invincible, impervious to the ups and downs of fortune.
Building relationships at work takes time and patience, but it’s crucial to your career. And you shouldn’t limit efforts to just your peers, either.
Balancing work and life is no easy task. Maybe it’s time to tilt the scale a little bit on the life side.
There are way we express our love for one another beyond words, but all are a language of sorts.
Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving.
A glimpse inside the beautiful, heartbreaking, unclassifiable relationship that fomented some of the greatest, most original and paradigm-shifting poetry.
“We are serving the wrong masters.”
Under pressure of a warming world, does ‘glacial’ need to be decommissioned and pushed over the climate cliff?
The drawbacks of Medicare Advantage plans can become apparent when serious illness or injury strikes.
"Metabolism" has been twisted and spun to the point where what many of us think about it is not entirely correct, if at all. Let’s straighten some of that out.
A controversial set of guidelines aims to help men grapple with “traditional masculinity.”
Size has something to do with it, but it is more about why the land is being preserved.
Five important lessons I learned from ‘Raising Humans in a Digital World.’
More women than ever are undergoing fertility treatment on their own. Yet the process is designed almost exclusively for couples. Smart Design’s Stephanie Yung explores a better way in this three-part series called Project Junior.
Welcome back, Ektachrome!
Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.
I’m 93, and, as extremism sweeps across Europe, I fear we are doomed to repeat the mistakes which created the Holocaust.
Turn yourself into a bookworm.
The explosive growth of their AI voice assistants has Google, Apple, and Amazon racing to put your entire smartphone in an earpiece.
Writing can help you gain clarity and confidence in many areas of life. The sooner you start, the better.
Societies forget, and this physicist wants to know why.
The story you decide to tell matters just as much as how you decide to tell it.
Can you carry on exercising when your motivation slips, the weather gets worse or your schedule becomes overwhelming? Experts and Guardian readers give their best advice.
It’s more challenging than it first appears.
Smart Design’s Davin Stowell shares the origin story of the OXO Swivel, one of the great icons of 20th-century industrial design.
Children naturally want to help at a very early age—but many families wait to conscript them until that desire has faded.
Turns out, I’m hip to a new trend.
And other things you should remember when you meet a plus-size hiker on the trail.
It’s one thing to imagine the scale of the universe. It’s another to see it up close.
As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organization.
One thing I’ve noticed over the years of bringing my students to Ireland – my homeland – is that they pay rapt attention to the little things.
How elite military and scientific teams bring home fallen U.S. soldiers.
Lifelong lessons no kid should ever have to learn.
For most of the history of our species, in most parts of the world, bathing has been a collective act. It might be time to resurrect this ancient and deeply human art.
Training yourself how to put the news into perspective – practising ‘factfulness’ – will change your outlook for the better.
Chronic pain often has no physical cause. Psychotherapy can reduce the suffering.
In a sweeping study of 2 million pieces of financial data and 100,000 design actions over five years, McKinsey found design-led companies had 32% more revenue and 56% higher total returns to shareholders compared with other companies.
A poll finds that far from being more moderate than urban or rural voters, suburbanites are actually more partisan.
One of the biggest mistakes we make is that we assume we always learn from our mistakes. I’ve met enough people who learned little from their own stupidity. We all know these people. In fact, we probably are these people. You know why? It’s damned hard to learn from your mistakes.
It only takes a few ingredients and about an hour of your time, yet it’s one the most famous Italian recipes.
From myths to literature to giant squid, here’s how some of our favorite eerie creatures and legends got their start.