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18 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow In 2015 If You Love Food. Good News, Inspiring, Positive Stories. Pearl Jam Sends $367K in Aid to Contaminated Flint, Michigan. Our Colorful Planet. Powerful Video Reveals How Ads Are Filled With Sexism And Objectification Of Women. Iran Is Back in Business. Ostracized as a pariah for almost four decades, Iran is back in business in a mere ten days—and with both East and West.

Iran Is Back in Business

On Saturday, the Islamic Republic welcomed Chinese President Xi Jinping—and a delegation of three deputy premiers, six cabinet ministers, and a planeload of business executives—with much pomp and publicity. The two countries announced plans to resurrect the ancient Silk Road that once defined trade across Asia, this time with high-speed trains. They also agreed to increase trade to six hundred billion dollars over the next decade. Has the Internet Made Air Travel Irrelevant? How to improve your memory with science. Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS Brain-boosting activities don't have to feel like homework.

How to improve your memory with science

Science increasingly shows they can be fun little hobbies you add to your daily routine. As we get older, we all want to make sure our brains stay sharp — especially since doing so can help prevent memory loss and ward off diseases like Alzheimer's. Scientists have tested whether different activities can improve brain power, and they have some good news: Certain things really can help boost our mental abilities.

It's important to note that this research is usually based on specific patient populations for limited amounts of time. Powerful Video Reveals How Ads Are Filled With Sexism And Objectification Of Women. Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male? Jennifer maravillas FOR HBR “Oh no!”

Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male?

The head of strategy for a big IT company put his head in his hands. “I can’t believe we just did that.” He was horrified, and I hadn’t said a word. All I’d done was show him and the rest of the executive team a series of other companies’ ads. Unless companies consciously integrate gender into their cultures and communications, many of them end up unconsciously skewed toward male preferences. Whether it’s in recruiting materials or executive speeches, in advertising or marketing messaging, companies tend to talk in stereotypes, even if they have female-dominated marketing teams. Ads are a great tool for building gender awareness, and watching your own ads can be a great tool for surfacing your company’s own assumptions. Here’s the exercise. First, check out this Red Bull ad, one of the more beautiful models of targeting “real men.”

'Still Not Asking For It': Striking topless photographs call out rape culture. An Australian photographer has created a project called "Still Not Asking For It" that takes a stand against "rape culture" and sexual assault.

'Still Not Asking For It': Striking topless photographs call out rape culture

Rory Banwell photographed women and men standing exposed with black tape covering their nipples and wearing black underwear. The striking black and white photographs show powerful messages scrawled on the models' stomachs. Still Not Asking For It. 41 Perfectly Nostalgic Photos Of San Francisco Through The Years. New travel challenges for the fit, fearless and freaky. Alpine skyrunning Give something a new name and a new sport is born.

New travel challenges for the fit, fearless and freaky

Enter skyrunning, essentially going for a run somewhere very high up. The term has taken off in the Alps and describes a high altitude version of fell-running over rough ground, and snow at higher altitude. Icicle, a company based in Chamonix, has launched skyrunning weeks with guided runs of 15-20km a day and coaching, for runners capable of half-marathons. • £699pp B&B and activities, June-August Marathon drinking sessions However much training you do, running a full or half-marathon can be pretty miserable. Is having no social life as bad for you as smoking? How often do you see friends or family?

Is having no social life as bad for you as smoking?

Go to a sports club or church group? If the answer is rarely, then you need to get out more. Being socially isolated is terribly unhealthy. Studies since the 1980s have shown that if you haven’t got friends, family or community ties, your chance of dying early may be 50% higher than if you did. Social isolation is now being touted as similarly detrimental to health as smoking or not taking exercise. While most studies have concentrated on people around the age of 60, research in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has looked at adolescents, “middle adulthood” and older people.

Ian McKellen: 'Why has no openly gay man ever won the best actor Oscar?' Ian McKellen, the veteran British actor who found global fame through the Lord of the Rings movies, has cautioned that homophobia is as much of an issue among Academy voters as racism.

Ian McKellen: 'Why has no openly gay man ever won the best actor Oscar?'

Commenting on Monday on the current row over the lack of diversity among both Oscar voters and this year’s nominees, McKellen suggested prejudice was the reason no publicly out man had ever received an Academy award for best actor. He expressed sympathy with black actors angry that they were “being ill-treated and underestimated,” but said the issue was a wider one. “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance,” he said, with the implication that he felt it tended towards the former. Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Sean Penn have all won best actor Oscars for playing gay men. Can money buy happiness? As the post-Christmas credit card bills roll in, most of us would say that a little more money wouldn’t go amiss.

Can money buy happiness?

In fact, according to research for the Guardian in 2015, money is the greatest source of anxiety for Britons. We betray our children by making them afraid to fail. West Point, the training academy for aspiring army officers in the United States, is regarded as one of the most formidable educational institutions in the world.

We betray our children by making them afraid to fail

The opening weeks of training are deliberately tough. Mind-blowing: how your thoughts control your work-life satisfaction. Over the years businesses have cottoned on to the fact that healthy employees are more productive and creative in the workplace.

Mind-blowing: how your thoughts control your work-life satisfaction

Cycle to work schemes, office gyms and healthy food options in staff canteens have more than your wellbeing in mind. However, the latest techniques to boost your productivity require minimal investment and no organisational or technical changes whatsoever. Why don’t I appreciate what I have? You asked Google – here’s the answer. Reputation and the rise of the 'rating' society. Uber drivers are motivated to offer a better customer experience by being rated by every passenger at the end of each journey. Likewise, their passengers are incentivised to behave politely because their drivers rate them in turn. A recent version of the Uber app even allows passengers to see those ratings. How to Talk to Your Kids about Taking Risks. Kids take risks. According to Laurence Steinberg, professor of psychology at Temple University and the author of Age of Opportunity: Lessons from the New Science of Adolescence, there’s not much parents can do to stop that.

Risk-taking seems to be hard-wired into young brains, especially in adolescence. Girl Friendship Drama: When It’s Time to Stop Perseverating and Let It Go. When Can Women Stop Trying to Look Perfect? Photo.