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How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds 🔒

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds 🔒 ◇ ~3,000 words ◇ Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens.

Interesting points:

  • Students who took classes and never carried phones to their classes scored one full grade higher than students who did take their phones to class, even if it was off and put away in their backpack.
  • Similarly, people taking intelligence tests did better the farther away their phone was located.
  • People think they are smarter because they can quickly look things up on their phone, but they miss out on all the connections between known material the brain can store, link, and process.

Nicholas Carr  ※ The Wall Street Journal  ※ wsj.com  ※  October 6, 2017

Should the US Put Power Lines Underground?

Should the US Put Power Lines Underground? ◇ ~1,050 words ◇ UF’s director of energy studies observes that installing power lines underground to prevent outages during hurricanes may not be the magic bullet many are seeking.

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida  ※  The Conversation  ※  theconversation.com/us  ※  September 12, 2017

Seven Days of Heroin

Seven Days of Heroin: This is What an Epidemic Looks Like ◇ ~9,100 words ◇ The Enquirer sent more than 60 reporters, photographers and videographers into their communities to chronicle an ordinary week in this extraordinary time.

Dan Horn and Terry DeMio  ※  cincinnati.com  ※  September 10, 2017

Death by GPS

Death by GPS: Why do we follow digital maps into dodgy places? ◇ ~4,700 words

The park rangers at Death Valley National Park in California call it “death by GPS.” It describes what happens when your GPS fails you, not by being wrong, exactly, but often by being too right. It does such a good job of computing the most direct route from Point A to Point B that it takes you down roads which barely exist, or were used at one time and abandoned, or are not suitable for your car, or which require all kinds of local knowledge that would make you aware that making that turn is bad news.

Greg Milner  ※  ARS Technica  ※  arstechnica.com  ※  May 3, 2016

Be the Most Memorable Person in the Room

20 Hand Gestures You Should Be Using ◇ ~2,300 words ◇ Do you know how to speak with your hands? I’ll show you how.

Science of People, LLC  ※  scienceofpeople.com  ※  2015

Kidnapped and tortured: One player’s unbelievable story

Kidnapped and tortured: One player’s unbelievable story ◇ ~4,900 words ◇ A college football player thought he and a friend were going to meet up with two women. Instead, they were abducted and tortured for 40 hours – all because of a teammate.

Tisha Thompson and Andy Lockett  ※  ESPN  ※  espn.com  ※  June 29, 2017

Handling Toxic People

12 Ways Successful People Handle Toxic People ◇ ~1,900 words ◇ To deal with toxic people effectively, you need an approach that enables you, across the board, to control what you can and eliminate what you can’t.

Travis Bradberry  ※  Entrepreneur guest  ※  Entrepreneur.com  ※  March 17, 2015

Silicon Valley Murder Mystery

Silicon Valley Murder Mystery: How Drugs and Paranoia Doomed Silk Road  ◇  ~3,900 words  ◇  Silk Road once reigned as the Internet’s premier destination for drug deals and even more illicit fare. But as the Web site became a billion-dollar enterprise, its creator, Ross Ulbricht, went from idealistic to dangerous. An adaptation from Nick Bilton’s new book shows how the empire collapsed.

…this may be what Pablo Escobar looks like in the Internet Age. Ulbricht is currently housed in the same maximum-security New York City jail as the world’s most famous drug lord, “El Chapo.”

Nick Bilton  ※  Vanity Fair  ※  vanityfair.com  ※  April 16, 2017

8 Toxic Habits to Give Up

8 Toxic Habits To Give Up If You Want To Be Confident And Successful ◇ ~850 words ◇ How to ditch the habits that are dragging down your success and self-esteem so that you can fly higher.

Elle Kaplan  ※  CNBC contributor  ※  cnbc.com  ※  September 18, 2017

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