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SpaceX founder Elon Musk reminds us of Marvin from The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. In addition to being a perpetually miserable robot from outer space (citation needed), he also has a brain the size of a planet. But how did he get so gosh-darned smart?

DNA and upbringing probably had a lot to do with it - but so did reading the right books at the right age. Here are five books that Musk reckons everybody should read; from weighty science-fiction to breezy business tomes. Best of all, they're all mentally accessible to the average person.

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Click Frenzy was a couple of weeks ago now and, as you may remember, Lifehacker braved the long hours to live blog the whole thing. With good reason too! Some items were 99% off, including an LG 55" 4K TV that was going for just $10.

If you were one of the unlucky many who missed out on Click Frenzy's Go Wild deals - all hope is not lost. You may still have snagged a huge bargain despite being told you weren't quick enough.

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Most of us suffer from work-related stress from time to time -- it's part of the human condition. While most instances of stress are manageable, others can seriously affect your overall health and well-being. This comprehensive flowchart breaks down all the things that contribute to stress; from sleeping habits to work deadlines.

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NBN just announced a whole bunch of new initiatives it hopes will "raise the standard of service quality" to the Hybrid Coaxial-Fibre part of the network. To do so, new connections have been halted, effective immediately.

If you are in an area set to get HFC, and haven't already - this means you're going to be waiting at least six months longer for your NBN.

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Being a gracious dinner guest means finding polite ways to navigate prickly parts of the event -- whether that's minimising awkward conversations or finding the right way to pass on a dish that makes your stomach churn. If you're headed to someone else's home for holiday feasts this year, here's how to turn down food you don't want to eat without coming across as rude.

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If you've just put down hundreds of dollars in exchange for a polished new gadget, than you want that money to go as far as possible - which means making sure that your device of choice enjoys a long and healthy existence before it heads off for recycling many years down the line.

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If you’re a phone lover, you may think prepaid is a dirty word; a term to describe the lowest rung of the phone-plan food chain. But this really isn’t the case anymore. We take a look at the best options for data, unlimited call and long expiry dates.

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The Lifehacker staff sifts through a ton of apps on a regular basis, but a few have stuck with us over the years. Some apps are simply nice to have, while others have become essential in our daily lives. From dealing with irate dragons to counting our mindfulness minutes, each app on this list has a special place in our hearts (and our homescreens). Best of all, they're completely free to download!

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Your Google Pixel 2 has a pretty capable built-in butler in the form of Google Assistant. Not everyone with an Android phone, however, is all-in on Google's ecosystem. In fact, some users might be - wait for it - Microsoft users. And that means Cortana is their go-to virtual assistant. Thanks to Microsoft, you can ditch Google's voice assistant and swap it out with one that's more up your alley.

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Dear Lifehacker, I live in regional NSW in an area that’s prone to bushfires. I read that the dry winter that we’ve just had will leave the area I live in with an above average risk of bushfires this season. I’ve cleaned my gutters and cut back the trees but what else should I do? Is there any way I can stay in my house during a bushfire?

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Whether it’s getting your partner to do more housework or making your colleagues back your latest idea, we all end up spending a considerable amount of time trying to persuade or even manipulate others.

So can science offer any clever tricks to get people to do what we want, without resorting to bullying them? It’s complicated, but some 30 years of psychological research suggests there might just be a few methods that are worth a try.