Balraj Sidhu

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These stunning debut novels are the talk of the literary town

Every year, amid a sea of high-profile and heavily-hyped literary debuts, only a few manage to really stand out from the pack, to generate sustained …

Books

AI ripe for exploitation, experts warn

<b>Drones turned into missiles, fake videos manipulating public opinion and automated hacking are just three of the threats from artificial intelligence in the wrong hands, experts have said.</b><p>The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report warns that AI is ripe for exploitation by rogue states, …

Artificial Intelligence

The principles of designing for blockchain

When aligned with design thinking, blockchain technology could be a catalyst for a new wave of user experiences.The post The principles of designing …

UI Design

Mahatma Gandhi: 5 Things You Should Know About ‘India’s Father Of The Nation’

It's 70 years since his death.<p>Tuesday marks the 70th anniversary since the death of the world’s most famous pacifist, Mahatma Gandhi.<p>During his …

Watch: 15 Graphic Design Trends For 2018

<b>Philip VanDusen,</b> founder and chief creative officer of NYC-based Verhaal Brand Design, lays bare 15 trends that graphic designers should note for …

Graphic Design

Here Are The 20 Netflix Documentaries That Are Definitely Worth Your Time To Watch

Say goodbye to aimless browsing this weekend.<p><i>This post was translated from Spanish.</i>

A Scientist Working on Plants That Fight Climate Change Just Won a $3 Million Prize

She wants to take over 5% of the entire world's cropland.<p>Plant scientist Joanne Chory has US$3 million more than she did last week.<p>On Sunday, Chory …

Why moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is so controversial

President Donald Trump told Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Tuesday that he plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, upending decades of American policy.<p>Senior US officials have said Trump is likely on Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital while delaying relocating …

The devious art of lying by telling the truth

The line between truth and lies is becoming ever murkier, finds Melissa Hogenboom. There's even a word for a very different form of lying.<p>It is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this ­– they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused?<p>That statement becomes clearer when you …

Critical Thinking

How to Humanize Your Online Brand Through Your 'About' Page | Inc.com

<i>By Dan Lambert, co-founder and CEO of BoardVitals.</i><p>Consider this: Google and Facebook accounted for 20 percent of the world's advertising budget in 2016, which is up 9 percent since 2011, according to a Zenith survey detailed on CNBC.com. If it isn't already, your focus as an online marketer should …

Marketing

The 5 Best Men’s Shoes You Can Wear Comfortably All Day Long

Let’s face it: as great as they may look, traditional men’s shoes aren’t always the most comfortable choice for prolonged wear. Stiff soles can cause …

Shoes

Zaha Hadid Architects unveils designs for wave-inspired Melbourne apartment tower

Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled designs for the Mayfair Residential Tower, a luxury mixed-use building in Melbourne with spectacular views. Clad …

Architecture

Japan embraces renewable energy as dozens of towns go off-grid

After the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, decentralized power systems are quietly growing<p>With the rise of more and better ways of harvesting energy from renewable sources—not to mention a battery revolution—it should come as no surprise that more and more people are turning to technology to go …

When Websites Design Themselves

<b>Graphic design used to require</b> physical work. To compose letterheads, business cards, brochures, magazines, books, and posters, you hunched over a …

7 must-read books for design students

Heading off to uni this year, and looking for recommendations for graphic design books to keep you inspired? Maybe you're already studying and keen …

Graphic Design

The Future of Design Education is... No Design Education | Inc.com

Have you ever seen a door and have been unsure whether to push or pull? Or worse, have you ever pushed a door that was meant to be pulled? This classic design error--the Norman door-- was named after Don Norman, who explored the phenomenon in his best-selling book <i>The Design of Everyday Things</i>.<p>In …

EGEB: $600M of solar savings in 1 day, Virginia carbon cap, Residential solar down 17%, more

<i>Electrek Green Energy Brief: A daily technical, financial and political review/analysis of important green energy news</i><p>Apple’s New Campus: An Exclusive Look Inside the Mothership – Apple’s new building – header photo – is absolutely stunning. The structure will be 100% renewable powered – 4MW of …

New South Wales

Landscape Photographer of the Year Award 2017: Enter now

The 11th annual Take a view Landscape Photographer of the Year Award is now open and entrants have until 8 July to submit their photographs of the …

10 great uses of typography in portfolios

When it comes to putting together a portfolio site, the main thing you need to worry about is selecting your best work, because ultimately that’s …

Typography

The Hardest Bodyweight Workout You’ll Ever Do

No gym membership? That’s no excuse to swerve a workout. After all, if the Ancient Greeks taught us anything, it’s that an Adonis physique came long …

Health

Make This Simple Psychological Switch to Achieve Your Goals

You're familiar with the pattern—you kick off your pursuit of a goal with gusto and determination, practicing discipline committing to the steps …

The 19 Best Exercises For Ab Day

Bored of regular ol' crunches? Add these simple yet effective exercises to your next ab-day routine and you're guaranteed to feel so sore, it'll hurt to laugh.<p>Begin in a plank position. Jump your feet to the outside of your hands, coming into a deep squat and keeping your hands on the floor.<br>• Jump …

Workouts

Don’t forget this: You, too, can acquire a super memory

Learning a memorization technique used by elite memory athletes leads to widespread changes in brain wiring<p>Elite memory athletes are not so different from their peers in any other sport: They face off in intense competitions where they execute seemingly superhuman feats such as memorizing a string …

The Brain

The Insanely Popular Chinese News App That You’ve Never Heard Of - MIT Technology Review

Inside the offices of Toutiao, it’s hard to tell you’re just outside of Beijing and not in the heart of Silicon Valley.<p>The walls are decorated with …

Machine Learning

Otherworldly Images of Andromeda Galaxy Over a Tiny Swiss Village

Photographer Sandro Casutt lives in a remote Swiss village with unbelievable views of the Andromeda Galaxy. The village of Vals, population 990, is a prime location for viewing the closest major galaxy to the Milky Way. Thus, Casutt, together with his brother Markus, started Cosmic Art Photography …

Andromeda Galaxy

The 50 best books for Christmas 2016

2016 has been a fantastic year for literature, from tales of post-punk rebellion and fish-out-of-water detectives to politically incorrect satire and secrets from the Hollywood studio system. Here our top critics count down the year's best, from 50 to 1.<p>50. <b>The Making of Donald Trump</b> by David Cay …

Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Fidel Castro exhales cigar smoke during an interview at his presidential palace in Havana, March 1985.<br>Charles Tasnadi—AP<p>1 of 25<p>Fidel Castro, the …

Cuba

Minimalist Kitchen Design Ideas Combined With a Variety of Enticing Decor In It - RooHome | Designs & Plans

Roohome.com – Do you want to make your kitchen design looks so trendy? Alright! Now you may realize your dream to change your previous kitchen become …

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive …

Books

Solar power store highlights bright potential for clean energy

Next to the Village Pet Market, two doors down from Trader Joe's, a vision of California's energy future is for sale.<p>Bland's Solar & Air, in a nondescript strip mall here, looks a little like a car dealership, only for personal electricity generators from the sun. The unusual storefront gives …