How Reading Fiction Re-Wires Your Brain (Atlantic)

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Have you ever wished you could embody a fictional character? A recent study shows that while you can’t physically become your favorite protagonist, you can experience what you read — at least, that’s how it appears to your brain. While we all agree you are what you eat, this article from The Atlantic may prove you are what you read as well.

How to Deal with a Demon Boss (LinkedIn)

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Want help managing a bitter, ruthless, or downright evil boss? Author Chester Elton discusses ways to deal with all forms of malicious mangers, including the Bullies and Backstabbers as well as the Bastards. Needless to say, Elton’s suggestions are all respectable alternatives to the go-to (and unfortunately criminal) fork-in-the-eye response.

The Social Effects of Bright Light (Atlantic)

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What do zesty chicken wings, orange juice, and belligerent (yet fictional) characters have in common? According to a recent study, each is preferred over its mild counterpart by participants in brightly lit conditions. As it turns out, emotional responses are greatly influenced by light intensity. The Atlantic explains why these results give a whole new meaning to the phrase “mood lighting.”

Anti-Microbial Glass for Your Smartphone (New Yorker)

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Hypochondriacs rejoice: those pesky bacteria lurking on the surface of your smartphone are no match for Corning’s antimicrobial glass, soon to hit markets. The secret? This astounding product incorporates silver ions, which demolish all but a tiny fraction of your touchscreen’s resident bacteria. But don’t be too quick to hail this almighty, germ-resistant development. The New Yorker reminds consumers that — while this invention may have a place in medical wards — not all bacteria are bad.