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How online gamers are solving science's biggest problems

A new generation of online games don't just provide entertainment – they help scientists solve puzzles involving genes, conservation and the universe<p>For all their virtual accomplishments, gamers aren't feted for their real-world usefulness. But that perception might be about to change, thanks to a …

The art of praising children – and knowing when not to

Grumpy parents, relax. It seems some kids, especially those with low self-esteem, may be harmed by constant compliments<p>Some parents are blessed with a soul that lights up every time their little precious brings them a carefully crafted portrait or home-made greetings card. I am not one of those …

India has become a dystopia of extremes. But resistance is rising

Neoliberalism has failed the vast majority of India's people. But the spirit that gave the nation independence is stirring<p>In five-star hotels on Mumbai's seafront, children of the rich squeal joyfully as they play hide and seek. Nearby, at the National Theatre for the Performing Arts, people arrive …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

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Swiss researchers created a cube that can sit, jump and walk (video)

Swiss researchers have created a metallic cube that can "walk" across a surface. Staff at the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich crammed a series of inertia sensors and constantly-spinning rotors (called reaction wheels) into a 15-centimeter cube, dubbed Cubli, that enable the contraption to …

A letter to … My younger son, who can't join us for Christmas

The letter you always wanted to write<p>I owe you an apology, son. Even as a child you were a real character, so funny and lovable. Sometimes your energy overwhelmed me: I was tired and anxious in an exhausting career and didn't give the right attention to you and your elder brother, though you both …

How to Overcome The 6 Most Toxic Employee Behaviors

Identify, prevent, and get rid of the most toxic of workplace behaviors forever.<p>The old adage that <i>“People are hired for their talents and fired for their behavior”</i> is true. People often fail at work by exhibiting patterns of behavior that are toxic to the organization. The following six varieties …

Human Resources

Strength Training for Runners

Exercise 1 One-Legged Deadlift<p>This slow-burn move builds powerful hamstrings (for tackling those hills) while challenging your balance and increasing your stability. Holding 8- to 10-pound dumbbells, stand tall <b>(A)</b> and shift your weight to one foot. Slowly hinge your upper body forward at your hips, …

Health

Check Out the New Ibelux 40mm f/0.85: The World’s Fastest Mirrorless System Lens

Speed freaks (at least where lenses are concerned) who love their mirrorless camera get ready to celebrate, because there’s a new super-fast lens on …

Taking Photographs Weakens Memories, Psychological Study Finds

Here’s something that both photographers and the typical millennial have to look forward to in old age: Your memory is going to suck because of all …

If Sir Alex Ferguson truly loves Manchester United he should walk away now

Roy Keane is right with his claim that Sir Alex Ferguson cannot let go of his Old Trafford ties and until he has severed all formal associations, David Moyes will find himself playing second fiddle to The Boss<p>Just because Roy Keane is completely bitter does not mean he is entirely wrong.<p>Granted, …

Don’t Like Pollution In Your Home? Plant A Row Of Trees And Breathe Easier By Half

New science shows that even one or two extra trees on the street can reduce dust and allergens inside homes. Perhaps cities and homeowners should consider more “tactical” urban greening?<p>Trees aren’t just nice to look at. They also provide key environmental services, from removing harmful gases from …

The Insane Growth Of China’s And India’s Megacities Mapped Through Satellite Imagery

These charts–made with information from weather satellites scanning the ground–show how wide and how tall cities around the world have grown. What’s happening to the size of cities in Asia will blow your mind.<p>Faced with the incomprehensible scale of worldwide mega-urbanization, observers have …

Spider webs reach out to entangle airborne prey thanks to electrostatic glue

Spider webs reach out and grab airborne prey and particles thanks to an electrostatic glue that coats their surface, zoologists at Oxford University …

15 Inspiring Quotes From Nelson Mandela On Leadership, Change And Life

I just read a post here on Forbes from Glen Llopis about hope, and it inspired me to think about the human quality of hopefulness: what it is and why it’s important for us. I like this definition of hope from dictionary.com: <i>the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for</i> …

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about talent, only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected talent departures. With all the emphasis on leadership development, I always find it interesting so many …

How pushy parents helped make Shanghai's children the cleverest in the world

<b>Britain is losing the global education race</b><p>A landmark study suggests Britain’s children are lagging behind the developed world in science, maths and reading while the Far East rockets ahead – despite billions of pounds of spending under Labour. Does the secret to success lie in pushy parents?<p>The …

Huawei calling it quits in the U.S. networking market

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Though Huawei has already said it cares not a whit for the U.S. telecom equipment market, its CEO made its stance official …

This Scientific Discovery Could Lead To The Fountain Of Youth

It took four years and thousands of tissue samples to develop, but Steve Horvath’s new biological clock just might extend your life.<p>It may not be the eternal spring that Ponce de León searched for, but thanks to Steve Horvath PhD, a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the University of …

Genetics

How working at McDonald’s taught me to sell false eyelashes

I spent the summer working full time at McDonald’s before starting my first year at university in September 2008. I was supposed to revert to part …

Guantánamo 12 years on: how the media is missing the point

More than half of prisoners remain inside despite being cleared for release – and other little-known facts about notorious prison<p>Two recent stories about Guantánamo from two of the US's most respected news organisations highlight just how little attention the American press has paid to the facts …

Faster than a speeding bullet

THE new high-speed railway line to Urumqi climbs hundreds of metres onto the Tibetan plateau before slicing past the valley where the Dalai Lama was …

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Why NSA's war on terror is more than just a 'neat' hacking game

Edward Snowden's revelations show how British and US spies have compromised e-commerce and civil liberties with a series of clever coding stunts<p>Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy. And then there's Edward Snowden, who was a spy and then became something else. Nobody's neutral about him. The other day I …

The 4 Most Effective Ways Leaders Solve Problems

With as many problems as we are all faced with in our work and life, it seems as if there is never enough time to solve each one without dealing with some adversity along the way. Problems keep mounting so fast that we find ourselves taking short-cuts to temporarily alleviate the tension points – …

4 Problem-Solving Tactics Of Great Leaders

At businesses both large and small, the best leaders use four similar problem-solving tactics, writes Glenn Llopis, chairman of the leadership and business development company Glenn Llopis Group, in a recent post for Forbes. He says these strategies can go a long way toward deterring problems and …

Leadership

Leaning Back: The Power Of Introverts

Have you noticed? There has been a lot of buzz about introverts lately, and the more we learn about introverts, the more we understand the power of introverts to lead and influence others. There is no doubt that the workplace tends to be biased toward those who are more charismatic and outgoing. …

11 Or 12 Things I Learned About Life From Day Trading Millions Of Dollars

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, is “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter). Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher. I was a day trader for many years and it almost killed me.</i><p>I was a day trader for many …