Don’t Wait — Prevent Procrastination Now With This Simple Trick (Atlantic)

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Procrastination can be thought of in terms of two people. The future you, which you often shortchange in favor of the other, present you. “Yes, I probably should put money in my 401(K), but I really want the gargantuan flat screen/designer shoes/diamond-encrusted Apple Watch — now!”

Researchers found that if the procrastinators among us simply change the way they think of far-off events, in terms of days, rather than months or years — they get moving sooner. Read more right now.

‘Atlas of the Subconscious': Around the World in Dreams (Atlantic)

 

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Roc Morin has always been fascinated by dreams. So he decided to do an experiment: Over the course of a year, he visited 17 countries and documented the content of people’s dreams for a project called the World Dream Atlas.

Along the way, he discovered some universal characteristics of dreams as well as dream content that’s specific to certain cultures. Dreams, Morin explains, “offer a glimpse of how expansive our minds can be outside the strictures of physical reality.” Read the the Atlantic article.

The Center Point of the US (Smithsonian)

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Where would you guess is the center point of the United States? Mathematicians and mapmakers have puzzled over how to define the central point of the country for decades. The problem was complicated enough when all they had to deal with was the contiguous lower 48 states; Alaska and Hawaii make it even more interesting. Click to see if you’re close.

Dictionary Drops Nature Words to Make Room for ‘Indoor’ Words (Orion Magazine)

Dictionary English256Oxford University Press deleted words from its 2007 edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary that included acorn, adder, ash, beech, bluebell, buttercup, catkin, conker, cowslip, cygnet, dandelion, fern, hazel, heather, heron, ivy, kingfisher, lark, mistletoe, nectar, newt, otter, pasture, and willow.

Some of the words it introduced to the new edition were attachment, block-graph, blog, broadband, bullet-point, celebrity, chatroom, committee, cut-and-paste, MP3 player and voice-mail. Read more.