Ahead: Our Most Important 40 Years

Don't underestimate the significance of China's rise. We are living through the biggest shift in wealth, power, and prestige since the Industrial Revolution.

The next 40 years will be the most important in human history. Don't underestimate the significance of China's rise. We are living through the biggest shift in wealth, power, and prestige since the Industrial Revolution catapulted Western Europe to global dominance. The force driving the rise of the East is exactly the same: the interaction of geography with economics and technology. How can the West can manage the East's rise? Paying off the West’s huge debts is one obvious instance. Encouraging immigration to balance the West’s aging populations is another. Unless more is done, Europe faces demographic disaster by the 2020s.

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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A map of London's most toxic breathing spots

Air pollution is up to five times over the EU limit in these Central London hotspots.

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  • Dirty air is an invisible killer, but an effective one.
  • More than 9,000 people die prematurely in London each year due to air pollution, a recent study estimates.
  • This map visualizes the worst places to breathe in Central London.
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The most culturally chauvinist people in Europe? Greeks, new research suggests

Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.

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  • Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
  • Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
  • British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
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To remember something, draw it

It works better than other memorization techniques.

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  • Drawing something that you want to remember is more effective than using other memory techniques
  • For older people with dementia or Alzheimer's, drawing stores memories in still-intact regions of the brain
  • Even if you're terrible at drawing, it's the neurological underpinnings that make it worth a try
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