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If Cheating Pays, Who Bears the Cost?

If Cheating Pays, Who Bears the Cost?

Cheating is rampant, in many areas of life. The recent university admissions scandal in the U.S. has highlighted just one dimension: scamming your way into school. Fifty people were charged in the case. It involved cheating on or falsifying SAT and ACT admission...

Don’t Bottle Up Your Emojis

Don’t Bottle Up Your Emojis

Emotions can be hard to communicate. The ability to do so is a key part of healthy personal and work relationships. And of our own health. An article in The Atlantic pointed to studies showing that when we express our emotions we can reduce stress, and even improve...

Before You Get a Tattoo, Remember it Can Last 5,000 Years

Before You Get a Tattoo, Remember it Can Last 5,000 Years

When you’re writing something, it’s easy enough to edit or delete, right? Not always. In 1991 a pair of tourists were hiking between mountain passes in the Ötzal Alps, on the Austrian-Italian border. They came across a body, and thought it to be a mountaineer who...

Free Your Mind with Oodles of Doodles

Free Your Mind with Oodles of Doodles

Ever doodle at work? Probably not like this pilot. In 2017, he took a new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner into the air for an 18-hour test flight. This was to check its endurance. Instead of taking a typical flight path, the Dreamliner pilot decided to make a distinct pattern...

Are You Up for a Brand New Love?

Are You Up for a Brand New Love?

What words come to mind to describe the brands that really matter to you? There are lists of most trusted brands. Most admired. Most valuable. Most innovative. How about love and intimacy? Do you associate those sentiments with brands? They’re relevant too, and come...

Stick a Phork in It

Stick a Phork in It

What do you think about eating with the phone? I mean literally. Not talking on your phone during a meal. Or messaging. Or thumbing through it. But actually using your device as a utensil. That’s the concept of a rather odd Kickstarter campaign. The product is a...

Should We Argue with Appliances?

Should We Argue with Appliances?

It’s normal to have bickering in households. Spouses and kids, in any combination, can squabble over just about anything. But you know what never gets into an argument in my home? My toaster and my microwave. Also, my washing machine and vacuum get along great. Never...