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The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene

Two years ago, I wrote a book called “The Sports Gene” that examines the intersection of genetics and athleticism. I expected my mother to buy a …

Molecular Biology

Scientists discovered another reason why you should stop eating lunch alone at your desk

As usual, I assumed that I was crunched for time and had better not take even a half-hour break to socialize with coworkers.<p>It's hardly an uncommon feeling. Surveys have found that a whopping 80% of workers eat at their desks, in spite of research that suggests taking a midday break can be highly …

Fire Fighting

Dell is also building its own Microsoft Surface clone

Dell already makes one of the best Windows laptops you can buy, and now it seems the company is working up its own rival for Microsoft's Surface tablet. Leaked slides show a new PC that Dell apparently plans to call the XPS 12. It's a tablet that magnetically latches onto a stand-alone keyboard, …

4K Ultra HD

The hype awakens: Disney launches new Star Wars toys

The new Star Wars flick, <i>The Force Awakens</i>, isn’t due in theaters until December 18. But Lucasfilm—and its newish parent company, the Walt Disney …

Star Wars

Man Asks Kickstarter for $20,000, Gets Over $9 Million

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

Kickstarter

The incredibly humble way Pinterest celebrated its first million pins

He joined the startup as its founding engineer way back in January 2010, before the site launched in beta that March.<p>He fondly remembers holing up in an apartment with cofounders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharp, hustling away on idea initially described to him as a new way to let people collect stuff …

Startups

3 main reasons why Puerto Rico can't declare bankruptcy

A "bailout" is simply unacceptable to U.S. taxpayers. But a solution that provides fairness to creditors as well as debtors is at hand, if Congress is prepared to deploy its readily available constitutional powers. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico should be authorized to restructure all its debts in …

Caribbean

German carmakers have reportedly outbid Silicon Valley to buy Nokia’s mapping unit

A consortium of German car makers—including the parent companies of Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW—are on the verge of buying Nokia’s digital mapping service, a technology that is crucial for self-driving cars.<p>The luxury car makers have begun to draw up a contract with Nokia, agreeing to pay over €2.5 …

Automotive Industry

Promise seen for drug in patients with early Alzheimer's

Known as solanezumab, the drug is a monoclonal antibody that helps the brain clear amyloid-beta before it clumps together to form plaques that are implicated in Alzheimer's, which affects 44 million people living with dementia worldwide, and has no effective treatment.<p>In 2012, solanezumab was shown …

Dementia

How Paramount Might Change the Way You Watch Movies Forever

Early July, Paramount changed things. The change won’t be immediate, nor is it guaranteed that it’ll catch on at all in this particular iteration. …

Adam Sandler

Hilton closes longtime hotel casino in Puerto Rico amid economic crisis

The Condado Plaza Hilton in Puerto Rico is closing its longtime casino in another blow to the U.S. territory's struggling economy.<p>Managing director Raul Bustamente told The Associated Press Wednesday that 144 workers have been laid off. He said the closure comes after a 40 percent drop in the use …

Amazon is now bigger than Walmart

Amazon, with its online power, has grown even bigger than Walmart.<p>Amazon's market value surged past Walmart's in after-hours trading Thursday, fueled …

Microsoft to buy Israeli cyber security firm Adallom: report | Reuters

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp plans to acquire Israeli cyber security company Adallom for $320 million, the Calcalist financial newspaper reported on Monday.<p>A Microsoft sign is pictured at its Finnish headquarters in Espoo, Finland July 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva<p>Adallom, which …

Cybersecurity

Stephen Hawking helps launch massive search for E.T.

A new $100 million, 10-year search for intelligent life in the universe was announced Monday by famed scientist Stephen Hawking and other researchers.<p>The first of the two initiatives announced today, Breakthrough Listen, will be the most powerful search ever taken for signs of intelligent life …

Google, Docker, CoreOS, Mesosphere form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation to standardize container tools

No fewer than 22 companies are coming together today to establish the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, a standards body that will provide shared governance for tools that companies can use when deploying applications in Linux containers — an alternative to longstanding virtual-machine …

Cusby adapters give you the building blocks to adjust to USB-C

You can’t stop staring at the new 12-inch MacBook, especially the gold one. It’s lighter and smaller and while it has all the computing power of your suddenly-bulkier model, you’re not sure about life with a single USB-C port.<p>A Miami startup, led by an electrical engineer, has designed adapters …

A 3-D Food Lab And Restaurant Wants To Turn Yuck Into Yum

Dorothée Goffin's lab in Belgium is outfitted with 3-D printers and digital milling machines. It's also a kitchen. And, one day a week, the doors open to anyone who feels like walking in to mess around with the equipment. These days, the tech geeks, chefs and curious folk that inhabit the lab are …

3D Printing

Spain’s unused, billion-euro Don Quixote airport is about to be sold to a Chinese investor for just $11,000

In 2006, amid a construction boom in Spain, a tiny town with a population a little over 75,000 people an hour outside Madrid built an airport for €1 billion ($1.1 billion). The town, Ciudad Real, at the time named the new airport after Don Quixote, the windmill-fighting fictional character famous …

Barcelona

The Future Of Work: Airbnb CHRO Becomes Chief Employee Experience Officer

Businesses have long recognized the importance of delivering a differentiated and engaging experience for their customers. But as Millennials have surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce, companies are now applying the same philosophy of creating memorable …

Human Resources

The Shockingly Simple Secret Behind Employee Motivation | Inc.com

Here's the central law of employee motivation, of coaxing a great performance from your employees, day after day: <i>Employees who are selected, oriented, and reinforced properly, and who are surrounded by peers of the same caliber, will thrive when given significant autonomy.</i> Otherwise, they'll wither.<p>…

Employee Engagement

Audi, BMW and Daimler Near Deal to Buy Nokia Mapping Service

Car makers see potential for location-based services to become new revenue stream<p>BERLIN—A group of German auto makers agreed to pay slightly more than €2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) for Nokia’s digital mapping service, prevailing over Silicon Valley bidders in a battle for a key enabling technology …

Enterprise Tech

Microsoft Tops Expectations Despite Huge Nokia Writedown

Revenue of $22.2 billion was ahead of analysts' forecasts as were per-share earnings, once adjusted for the Nokia impact.<p>Software maker Microsoft on Tuesday reported revenue and earnings well ahead of expectations, although the company took a big hit from a writedown of its Nokia phone unit …

Markets

the handmade way

5 Backyard Tents That Make Shady, Lazy Summer Hideaways

Pin Picks: Making furniture with wooden pallets

If you’re thinking about a new project this summer, wooden pallets offer a variety of ways to get creative.<p><b>Pallet furniture</b> is trending on Pinterest …

A Craft For The Uncrafty

Spin-Off of The Lion King Aims to Enchant a New Generation of Viewers

Disney Junior, the American television network that is owned by the Walt Disney Co., is launching an animated series called <i>The Lion Guard</i> based on …

Animation

Five Ways to Improve Your Focus

<i>Answer by Yishan Wong, parent of two and Reddit.com employee, on Quora.</i><p>I was able to convert to this habit during my later years in college (my first …

Selfies

A Look At Index Weighting

During the five-year period ending April 30, 2014, the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (NYSE Arca: RSP) returned 21.84% on an annualized basis. Over the same period of time, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSE Arca: SPY), which holds the same stocks as RSP but weights them by market capitalization …

Deals of the day: The next $1 billion IPO

<i>To get deals in your inbox each morning, sign up for our Term Sheet newsletter</i><p>Venture Capital Deals<p><b>Elasticsearch Inc.</b>, an Amsterdam-based provider of …