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Is making the workplace fun worth the cost? - Futurity

A fun working environment may be good for employee retention, but can reduce productivity, which can negatively impact sales performance.

Kids Like to Learn Algebra, if It Comes in the Right App | WIRED

You have an armadillo, a black-and-white trout, and a rainbow trout. Can the animals fit inside the box? No, this isn’t an intolerable ­riddle. For …

Doctor Who: 50 things you didn't know

1. The Doctor lives longer in France<p>French audiences watching Doctor Who dubbed into their native tongue obviously can’t be expected to know the difference between Christopher Eccleston’s Lancashire vowels and David Tennant’s adopted southern accent – but isn’t there some metaphysical conundrum …

TV Series

How the visual language of comics could have its roots in the ice age

Psychologist and comics obsessive Neil Cohn believes cartoons have a sophisticated language all their own and a heritage that goes back to cave art. Here he breaks it down<p>Neil Cohn's love of comic strips began in his family's attic. In one of his earliest memories, he recalls his dad climbing the …

Michael Dell goes on record supporting remote workers

Working from home took a hit earlier in the year when Marissa Mayer decided that all Yahoo employees would need to start working from a company …

Marissa Mayer

The Science Of Hangovers: Causes, Cures, And Prevention

GIF<p>This is one of the first rivalry weekends of the college football season, and I'll be spending it in New Haven, Connecticut, for what is perhaps …

Alcohol

Fun new GoldieBlox video engineers a new image for girls

You might be hearing a lot of talk on gender flipping these days and the newest thing to get the “flip” is children’s toys. By no means is this a new …

Kids

Love dog-watching? Rover.com’s live webcam offers glimpse into dog-friendly office

Well, I just spent ten minutes watching a live stream of dogs strolling around an office. And I have absolutely no regrets about it.<p>If you want to do …

What's Your Greatest Weakness?

I don’t remember where, why or how I learned that you need two eyes for depth perception. But it’s one of those things that everyone pretty much …

Perpetual Optimism in Business Is Indeed a Force Multiplier

The title of this piece is a quote by Colin Powell:<p>Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.<p>It is one of my favorites that is posted in a few places …

Talkin' 'Bout My Generation: What Works Best to Motivate Employees? - Small Business Trends

When it comes to motivating, engaging and retaining employees, there’s no one-size-fits all strategy that small business owners can rely on.<p>That’s …

20 Things Your Website Should Do and 5 Things It Shouldn’t

Is your small business website effectively pulling in visitors, keeping them around and converting them to customers? If your website is a little …

Starting With a Quick Err. . .Team Building Exercise

I did my time in the corporate world. Which means I’ve done my share of team building exercises. Relay races, building stuff, scavenger hunts… I …

Small Business

The Health Effects of Long Commutes Can Kill

Advocates for working from home when starting a business cite all kinds of reasons. There’s the lower overhead, spending more time with friends and …

Essential WordPress Plugins You Need for Your WordPress Site

WordPress is a powerful platform with thousands of themes that are strong choices for your small business website, straight out of the box. However, …

Are You Just Going Through the Motions?

This cartoon actually came out of me griping to my wife about how my day of cartoon writing had gone.<p>It was one of those days where you sort of spin …

Small Business

20 Ways to Communicate Effectively in the Workplace

It is imperative in a leadership role that you communicate effectively. An age old aphorism goes, “It’s not what you say, but how you say it.” …

Communicate

3 Ways Your Hang-ups Get in the Way of Growing Your Business

See how to stop getting in your way of your own success.<p>Over 23 million individuals claimed nonfarm sole proprietorship income in the U.S. in 2011, according to the IRS, with profits for these individuals rising 5.6 percent from 2010 to $282.6 billion. Many are professionals, like lawyers, IT pros, …

Small Business

Google's Logo Is An Addictive, Multi-Level Video Game To Celebrate The 50th Anniversary of 'Doctor Who'

"Doctor Who" was a science-fiction BBC TV show about a time-traveling humanoid alien.<p>Today is its 50th anniversary.<p>To celebrate that, Google has created an interactive, multi-level game. You choose a character and then try to beat six levels, avoiding aliens, ghosts, and more to flip switches, …

Doctor Who

Articles about 8 ways renovate airstream on Dwell.com - Dwell

The iconic, and slightly atomic, form of the shiny silver Airstream is embedded in our cultural and design milieu.<p>Size doesn't matter when these homes push the conventions of building and living in Japan.<p>From updating hardware and faucets to layering colors and textures, here are some ideas to …

Airstream

IBM's Watson is better at diagnosing cancer than human doctors

IBM's Watson -- the language-fluent computer that beat the best human champions at a game of the US TV show <i>Jeopardy!</i> -- is being turned into a tool …

How IBM's Watson Will Change The Way We Work

General Chuck Yeager is a living legend—a flying ace in World War II, the first man to break the sound barrier and a pioneer of the Space Program. Yet, to achieve what he did, he needed not just skill and courage, but also to evolve and adapt to a new era.<p>When Yeager started out pilots were macho …

The Top 7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2014

Strap yourself in, it’s going to be a wild ride. In considering the changes we’ve seen in technology over the past year, I’m bracing myself for unprecedented growth when it comes to anytime, anywhere, on-demand information and entertainment.<p>Based on the trends we’ve seen so far in 2013, I predict …

A Look At Aereo: The Live Internet TV That's Scaring The Pants Off Broadcasters

Broadcasters like CBS and Fox are not happy about Aereo.<p>They've been suing the three-year-old startup, which is backed by billionaire media mogul Barry Diller, so far to no avail.<p>In the meantime, Aereo has expanded its service to more cities nationwide. It's available in Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, …

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