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Thinking Cap: Podcasts, Articles And Clips To Make You Smarter

This week we’re looking at what “things” are made of, some great autumn festivals to look forward to, why there are 24 hours in the day and what happens when new tech meets old laws.

Learn How To Draw By Understanding The World Around You [Infographic]

Learning any artistic process takes a mental adjustment. Learning to draw requires a different mindset that making a spreadsheet. This graphic helps you recognise the broad steps to get started.

Ask LH: How Do I Ask Someone To Be My Mentor?

Dear Lifehacker, I understand how useful it is to have a mentor, or someone whose experience I can benefit from. Once I’ve found someone though, how do I ask them? Do you just email them and ask, or is there a better way to make your case? Sincerely, Desperately Seeking Senpai

This Video Teaches Kids Everything They Need To Know About The Joule

Video: The joule can be a confusing enough form of measurement for adults, but the folks over at Adafruit managed to distil how joules work for a younger audience. As these things go, the video’s just as useful for confused adults.

Use The 'Train Like You Fight' Technique To Learn New Skills Better

Training is an important part of learning any new skill. However, if your training doesn’t resemble the actual setting you’ll need to use your skills in, it will be harder to remember. Try to make your practise match your final context as much as possible.

Five Science 'Facts' Taught At School That Are Just Plain Wrong

Let’s start with a quiz: How many senses do you have? Which of the following are magnetic: a tomato, you, paperclips? What are the primary colours of pigments and paints? What region of the tongue is responsible for sensing bitter tastes? What are the states of matter?

Learn Basic Flight Attendant Lingo With This Handy Glossary

If you’ve ever wondered what flight attendants mean when they say things like “prepare doors for departure” or “cross-check complete”, this glossary explains everything you need to know.

Thinking Cap: Podcasts, Articles And Clips To Make You Smarter

Photos that changed the world and changed minds, how people edited photos before Photoshop was a thing, a good reminder to back up your own photos and, well, some more beautiful photos, all in this week’s Thinking Cap.

Why It's Important To Be Comfortable Being A Rookie

Video: In an increasingly public world, it’s terrifying to try some new skill and be viewed as a rookie. However, if you can’t get comfortable feeling new, you’re going to have a hard time improving.

Thinking Cap: Podcasts, Articles And Clips To Make You Smarter

Real-life stories of feral children discovered in the wild, a new podcast on climate change, and why Sir Patrick Stewart really really loves hardware stores (and we do, too,) all in this week’s Thinking Cap!

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