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Where will the strongest earthquakes strike?

By Rich_Maloof Dec 7, 2012 5:01PM

Every time a major earthquake hits, scientists and pundits line up to speculate as to when and where the “really big one” will occur. Using a variety of models, they have pointed everywhere from the coast of Japan to New York City to the San Andreas fault — the continental crack ultimately causing California to sink into the Pacific while creating beachfront property for desert-dwelling Arizonans . . . at least in speculative fiction.

Image: Copyright 2012 IDV Solutions, LLC created by John NelsonTurns out, though, that everyone’s predictions about the big one might really be nothing more than speculative fiction (a fact that might have prevented the recent trial and conviction of six Italian scientists for failing to predict the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake).


An academic study finds hiring managers don’t always pick the most qualified applicants.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Dec 7, 2012 4:19PM

Conventional management wisdom states it’s not okay for your boss to be your friend. It's a common workplace conflict that bosses want to be liked, trusted and respected, but not all qualified employees are created equal.

A new study by Professor Lauren Rivera at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management offers an interesting perspective on the employment process: Hiring managers don’t always choose the most skilled applicants, they pick people they want to spend time with.

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Life lessons, courtesy of the apes.

By Rich_Maloof Dec 6, 2012 4:28PM

Confident, outgoing people who are socially engaged live longer lives. How can that be when the rest of us want so often to punch them in the face?

Yet, it’s true. A study from the University of Edinburgh newly affirms that personality is intertwined with physical well-being. This time, the evidence arrives courtesy of our genetic brethren, the apes.

Photo: Paul Souders/Getty Images


Thanks to the election, ‘capitalism’ and ‘socialism’ tie for the No. 1 spot.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Dec 5, 2012 10:39PM

Since 2003, the Merriam-Webster Dictionary has been choosing the top ten words of the year. Today, editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski announced the top 10 most looked-up words of 2012, reports the Associated Press.

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Holiday cookie creations get the high art treatment as pastry chefs and architects go pro.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Dec 4, 2012 5:45PM

We see some pretty sumptuous gingerbread houses during the holiday season, but nothing quite like the structures described by the Associated Press today. Exhibited at various luxury hotels across the country, some of these sweet, homemade stunners are contest entries or creations made to raise money for charity during the holidays. Photo: Bebeto Matthews/APThey’re all fabulously detailed, many requiring the talent of pastry chefs, architects and sometimes even historians.


The nose knows.

By Rich_Maloof Dec 4, 2012 5:14PM

As a professional interrogator or pretty much anybody from the cast of Law & Order will tell you, there are no universal signs for spotting a liar. Every liar lies a little differently.

Despite the armchair psychology, crossing one’s arms, avoiding direct eye contact, and other nonverbal cues aren’t necessarily signs that a deception is in the works.

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12 lies you should never tell.

By Rich_Maloof Dec 3, 2012 5:47PM

Is it ever OK to tell a lie? Consider a few of the well-meaning fibs that will come up this holiday season.

“A fat elf in a red suit is watching you, and he won’t bring any gifts if you’re not good.”

“Heavens, no, we didn't make out at the company's holiday party.”

“Thank you — I love fruitcake!”

This past weekend, Huffington Post offered a list of  “12 Things You Should Never Lie About.” The clear implication is that there’s also a set of things you should or at least could lie about. But is it ever really OK? Lying always seems to exact its pound of flesh. A lie is a shark in the water — just when you think you are safe, it will come back to bite you.

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The 57-year-old 'Diamonds Are Forever' manuscript features handwritten corrections by Ian Fleming.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Nov 30, 2012 8:25PM

Everyone seems to have James Bond fever these days. The recent release of “Skyfall,” the 23rd in the series of popular spy flicks, became the first James Bond movie to earn more than $200 million, according to The Huffington Post.

Photo: Ian Fleming (AP)

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