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How online gamers are solving science's biggest problems

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 new wave of games that let players with little or no scientific knowledge tackle some of science's biggest problems. And gamers are already proving …

The art of praising children – and knowing when not to

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 parents.<p>It is not that I don't love my kids, or that I don't appreciate the gesture. I rather like it when they come …

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

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> …

UI Design

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

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 loved my bedtime stories and giggled …

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 …

7 Strength Moves Runners Should Do

Improve your running game by adding these resistance moves to your training regimen<p>Surprise—there’s more to running well than just putting one foot in front of the other. With a regular strength-training routine, you’ll build muscle to make you leaner, more powerful, and less prone to injury. (And, …

Workouts

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

And that’s before we get into the potential health benefits of trees, a subject that’s still under-explored by scientists. To date, there had been …

See Amazingly Awkward Family Christmas Photos

Ironic ugly sweater parties became a thing because some families actually have to wear such garments out of well-intentioned adherence to tradition. …

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 …

"Honesty, sincerity, simplicity, humility, pure generosity, absence of vanity, readiness to serve others – qualities which are within easy reach of every soul – are the foundation of one's spiritual life." RIP Nelson Mandela. http://onforb.es/18dFseE

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Hiring MBAs? You Should Be Looking at NCOs

When I speak to corporate leaders I explain that the difference between a master sergeant and an MBA is that the master sergeant has been doing it for 20 years.<p>Companies that hire MBAs planned to take on an average of 14.6 of them in 2013, up from 11.4 in 2012, according to a Graduate Management …

A landmark study suggests Britain’s children are lagging behind the developed world in maths, reading and science while the Far East rockets ahead – despite billions of pounds of spending under Labour. Does the secret to success lie in pushy parents? http://fw.to/AsOX0II

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

Though Huawei has already said it cares not a whit for the U.S. telecom equipment market, its CEO made its stance official this weekend. Huawei …

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 …

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 …

The Wait State: How Waiting Kills Companies and Cultures

If every government worker in the US read this article as fast as you are reading it, it would cost about $60,000,000 for their time.<p>This means more than <i>3,800 families would have to work for a year just to yield the taxes to pay the government salaries required to read this article</i>.<p>That money could …

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

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 about the extralegal prison – which was authorised 12 years ago today – and the general lack of understanding about the core legal …

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 …

China

Why NSA's war on terror is more than just a 'neat' hacking game http://trib.al/tKvzlYd Photograph: Washington Post

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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 …

A man's perspective on why engagement rings are a joke

Most of us are adult enough to know magic doesn't exist. And yet we're the same species that thinks fat rings are fairy-tale items which somehow "secure" another person's love, one step away from a "happily ever after".<p>They're expensive, useless and, worse, are insulting to notions of actual love. …

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 …