7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do

7 lessons about finding the work you were meant to do

You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it — and other lessons from people who found their passion (sometimes late in life). Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat after getting laid off, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about. But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb.

Why It’s Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian

Why It’s Impossible To Actually Be A Vegetarian

photo credit: In a sense, aren’t they one and the same? ‘Heads’ via www.shutterstock.com In case you’ve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, here’s a quick refresher. Plants make up the base of every food chain of the food web (also called the food cycle). Plants use available sunlight to convert water from the soil and carbon dioxide from the air into glucose, which gives them the energy they need to live. Unlike plants, animals can’t synthesize their own food. They survive by eating plants…

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion?

Why Space and Time Might Be an Illusion?

This past fall, the world of physics celebrated the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of the force of gravity. Einstein’s creation has been the ultimate antidote to a blasé, seen-it-all attitude that sometimes infects even scientists. It opened up a universe that never ceases to surprise — black holes, the big bang, dark energy, gravitational waves — jolting us out of the grooves of thought that we fall into all too easily.  

Would You Kill Baby Hitler?

Would You Kill Baby Hitler?

Why do cold-hearted psychopaths make good surgeons and world leaders? According to Kevin Dutton, author of The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, psychopaths are well-equipped to deal with all kinds of nasty crises. Sending thousands of troops to war, for instance, is not something that many people can easily carry on their conscience, Dutton points out. Psychopaths tend to simply “be people who are able to get the job done, who are less morally squeamish.”

How the Mayan Calendar Works

How the Mayan Calendar Works

The Aztec calendar, which was adapted from the Mayan calendar. See more Mayan pictures. © PHOTOGRAPHER: STEPHEN SWEET | AGENCY: DREAMSTIME.COM Most people around the globe look at some form of a calendar every single day. Business executives check to see when their meetings are scheduled. The busy mom confirms soccer practices and piano lessons. College students ensure that their papers are turned in on time and they have plenty of time to study for exams. For the people of ancient Maya, calendars were just as important to daily life…

Ridiculous History: When People Thought They Were Made of Glass

Ridiculous History: When People Thought They Were Made of Glass

by Bryan Young My Body is Made of Glass   In 1422, King Charles VI died after ruling France for more than 40 years. Also remembered as Charles the Mad, the king may have been the first person to exhibit the glass delusion; that is, he thought he was made of glass and would break. The delusion, brought on by melancholia, would continue to pop up through medieval Europe until the late 19th century.

What are chemtrails, and should you be scared of them?

What are chemtrails, and should you be scared of them?

The trail of clouds that billow from an airplane streaking across the sky can be mesmerizing for children and adults alike. Jet engine traffic has become so common that it’s not unusual to see several lingering streaks in the afternoon. And though many consider the streaks beautiful against a bright blue sky, others are alarmed about them. Concerns range from the idea that these streaks could exacerbate global warming to more elaborate theories that the government has secretly been dumping harmful substances on the land.

These Shocking Illustrations Put Humans In The Place Of Animals

These Shocking Illustrations Put Humans In The Place Of Animals

Hoping to offer a different perspective on animal rights, we have collected cartoons that imagine what life would be like if animals were the dominant species, and behaved towards humans the way we behave towards them.  The result is a shocking (and occasionally upsetting – so be warned) series of images that is intended to make us “think differently about the way that humans treat animals”.