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How Jenna Lyons Transformed J.Crew Into A Cult Brand

See how Jenna Lyons has taken J.Crew from ugly duckling to fashion arbiter.<p>Jenna Lyons is in her corner office sucking on an iced coffee as if it were manna. The room looks like a cross between a boudoir and an artist’s loft, with a peach fur draped over a white leather eames chair. The industrial …

A Swedish Solar Startup's Nanowires Promise To Deliver A Big Energy Boost

A Swedish startup has figured out a way to increase the energy production of solar panels by 25% by using tiny wires made with gallium arsenide, an expensive material that excels at converting a greater amount of sunlight into electricity than conventional solar cell materials such as silicon.<p>Sol …

What Are The Most Ridiculous Startup Ideas Which Eventually Became Successful?

It is possible to create a <b>good</b> startup with a <b>good</b> idea, but <b>great</b> startups are often the result of ideas that would have seemed <b>ridiculous</b> if you had heard them prior to seeing them working.<p>Ask yourself, if you were a venture capitalist pitched one of these ideas, what would your reaction have</b> …

The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

How many times have you been in a meeting and someone says to you, “That’s a great idea, you should take the initiative and make it a reality.” What typically happens? Most of the time – nothing. Most great ideas remain dormant because people don’t have the courage, resources, time and/or money to …

Cultivating Your Concept

Some entrepreneurs are lucky. Carrying a natural flair for the eureka moment, bright ideas light up their mind like Einstein.<p>For the majority of us …

Jeff Bezos

Need A Business Loan? Impress The Algorithm, Not The Loan Officer

On Deck Capital‘s showdown with Death happened four years ago, when it abruptly lost access to $10 million in credit. An online lender to small businesses, the Manhattan outfit learned in a tense conference call that the hedge fund providing all of its capital was cutting it off in the face of …

Space-based solar farms power up

It would solve our energy needs overnight. But with huge technological and financial challenges, can space-based solar power ever take off?<p>“Ex-Nasa scientist seeks visionary billionaire to help change the world. High risk venture. Return not guaranteed. GSOH a plus.”<p>John Mankins, the scientist in …

Geoengineering: Goldilocks effect to cloud seeding

Get this climate techno-fix right, and the effect is dramatic, Get it wrong, though, and you make the problem worse. So how do you get this to work as planned?<p>It’s quite a promise. Using existing technology, we could engineer clouds “to cancel the entire warming caused by human activity from …

Does skipping breakfast make you put on weight?

It’s a plausible theory, until you look through the evidence. Then things become a little messy.<p>We’re often told that breakfast is an essential part of a healthy diet, especially if you are watching your weight. Some schools run breakfast to ensure that as many pupils as possible eat this …

Why paying attention is anything but elementary

It’s surprising how much of the world we see and yet do not take in. Who better to teach us why we miss so much and what to do about it than Sherlock Holmes?<p>“The true art of memory is the art of attention,” wrote Samuel Johnson. Wise words, indeed, but what exactly is this art? Do we really know …

Mindfulness

Building a new society in space

If any mission to the Moon or Mars is successful, how will people behave when they are free from Earth’s influence? Our space correspondent searches for answers.<p>I like Star Trek as much as the next person. Probably more. But one thing has always bothered me: life on the Starship Enterprise may …

Space Exploration

Welcome To The Age Of The Completely Archived Life

Stanford University isn’t just collecting the papers of pioneering architect William McDonough–it’s documenting his entire existence.<p>Stanford, like many other schools, has a massive historical archive–boxes upon boxes storing the life works of hundreds of notable thinkers from throughout history. …

Halo 4 Goes “Forward Unto Dawn” With Live Action Web Series

Even though <i>Halo 3,</i> released in 2007, sold 14.5 million copies and probably occupied several billion collective gameplay hours worldwide, Hendler, who …

In a Pinch, This Coca-Cola Ad Doubles As An iPod Dock

If MacGyver were trapped on a desert island, he would probably be able to figure out a way to turn his rolled up magazine into an amplifier for the …

iPod

Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide In The Air Into Useful Products

As we move forward into the 21st century, one of the biggest challenges facing humanity is climate change caused by increasing carbon dioxide emissions. In particular, how to fight the effects of climate change without causing widespread economic suffering.<p>It goes without saying that there are a …

Massive Energy Skyscraper Proposed On U.S.-Mexico Border

Note: An update to this story is available here.<p>A Maryland energy company is planning to deliver 500 megawatts of power to the electrical grid from a giant hollow tower on the Arizona-Mexico border that would be the second-tallest structure ever built.<p>Known as a downdraft tower, the project by …