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Startup Cover bets on Android's market clout, flexibility

Many companies get their start on Apple's mobile market, but a start-up called Cover that's launching Thursday hopes to find profits from the increasingly powerful and widely used Android instead. The company's software, free and beginning closed beta testing Thursday, is designed to make it easier …

15 Ways To Wake Up With Motivation

Through all of the stories of great successes, it’s the men and women who found their <i>motivation</i> and consistently used it as their main drive to reach …

Startup Founders Reveal 5 Ways to Build a Strong Culture

When you walk into SinglePlatform's office, you'll see customer testimonials lining the walls, inspirational quotes and artwork chalked onto a …

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What Your Company Logo Says About Your Brand (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>A truly great company logo becomes synonymous with its identity. Think about the McDonald’s golden arches, Apple’s apple, Coca-Cola’s cursive typeface, Nike’s swoosh and all the other iconic brand images that you remember.<p>But what does a logo say about your …

Creative Thinking and Idea Magnets - 11 Vital Creative Characteristics

Do you know people who seem to have an incredible ability to surround themselves with creative idea people? Not only are these individuals creative …

57 Startup Lessons I've Learned The Hard Way

<b>Editors Note:</b> This is a guest post by Slava Akhmechet, founder of RethinkDB. You can follow him on Twitter here.<p>There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people (here and here). I’d like to add another one. I learned these lessons the hard way in …

California billionaire unveils futuristic 'Hyperloop' transport

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California billionaire Elon Musk took the wraps off his vision of a futuristic “Hyperloop” transport system on Monday, proposing to build a solar-powered network of crash-proof capsules that would whisk people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in half an hour.<p>In a blog …

FYI: Can Staying Positive Extend Your Life?

Maybe, but no one has ever proved it.<p>The belief that optimism can keep you alive—or at least stave off cancer—gained traction after the release of a study in the Lancet medical journal in 1979. The study followed six dozen recovering breast-cancer patients for five years. Researchers found that …

Language boosts invisible objects into visual awareness

The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein famously said that, "the limits of my language mean the limits of my world," meaning that we can only understand the world through the language we use, and that if our language does not include words for some particular idea or concept, then that concept cannot …

The Forgotten Cold War Plan That Put a Ring of Copper Around the Earth

During the summer of 1963, Earth looked a tiny bit like Saturn.<p>The same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. marched on Washington and Beatlemania was …

Plans for 800 mph hyperloop unveiled

A revolutionary high-speed train that would shoot passengers to their destination inside a capsule at 800 miles per hour has been unveiled in California by the technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.<p>Having "pulled an all-nighter" to finesse his plans, Mr Musk declared the Hyperloop could transport …

How Post-Earth Humans Will Survive In Space [Infographic]

This diagram from 1963 imagines how future humans will adapt to hostile environments.<p>"The wheel, the ski, the kayak, the sports car—pure geometry in motion," wrote aviation researchers Toby Freedman and Gerald S. Lindner in the November 1963 issue of <i>Popular Science</i>. "No doubt the engineers of these …

Flood of dopamine may fuel desire to drink

<b>MCGILL (CAN) —</b> A pathway in our brains that makes us crave reward goes into high gear when some people take a drink.<p>Compared to people at low risk …

This Baby Panda Reuniting With Her Mom Is The Best Thing You'll See On The Internet Today

Don't worry, Yuan Yuan. We'd probably have a hard time picking a baby up at first, too.<p>After being separated for a month, a panda mom and her newborn baby got reunited last week in the Taipei Zoo. The Associated Press posted a video… you don't even have to read any more. Just watch it:<p>Zookeepers …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

RoboticsThis Robot Hand Taught Itself How to Grab Stuff Like a Human<p>Author: Matt SimonMatt Simon<p>BummerSorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on …

This Is How NASA Will 3-D Print In Space [Video]

Spare tools on-demand<p>Earlier this summer, we told you about NASA's plans to send a 3-D printer aboard the International Space Station next year. In the video here, NASA officials explain why that's a huge deal.<p>A considerable amount of storage space on flights goes to odds and ends that can break or …

Top 5 (Well, 6) UFO Sightings in History

The truth is out there. It’s just… you’d think with all the cellphone cameras out there someone would have figured it out by now. But despite some of …

Why Chinese Kids Are Terrible At Spelling Bees

Globalization brings texting and spelling bees to China, with unfortunate results.<p>Taking a cue from the U.S., China's state-run CCTV has started hosting spelling bees. Sounds fun, right? Except they've started to find that Chinese kids and adults are actually pretty bad at recalling how to write in …

In 165-Million-Year-Old Fossil, Evidence That Fur Predates Mammals

Meet Megaconus mammaliaformis, a furry proto-mammal and, in the words of one researcher, "your great-great-grand uncle 165 million years removed."<p>Meet <i>Megaconus mammaliaformis</i>, a 165-million-year-old proto-mammal recently discovered in Inner Mongolia, China. This squirrel-sized dude evolved long …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

4 Ways to Create a Cool Company Culture

Want to attract the best talent? You'll need an awesome company culture. Here are a few quirky ideas on how to build one.<p>The war for talent at start-ups is notoriously intense, so how can you lure the best and brightest brains to your team? Perks help, of course, but free food and massages in a …

12 Rules for Great Customer Meetings

Here's how to have a face-to-face customer meeting that moves an opportunity to the next step.<p>Sales great Brian Tracy once spent an hour with me one-on-one, coaching me on how to meet face-to-face with new customers. Here's a list of rules that emerged from that once-in-a-lifetime experience. Enjoy!<p>…

3 Unusual Ways to Help Employees Make Good Decisions

One CEO explains his quest to set up his staff for success at work--and in life.<p>About seven years ago, I had an epiphany about my leadership style that changed the course of my life and business forever. In short, I realized that it was time to shift my definition of success away from the money I …

Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps

If your company has core values, shouldn't you? Establishing your own personal guidelines can remove risk and accelerate success.<p>Most concede the power of core values in business. Jim Collins made a great case in <i>Built to Last</i>. But it's difficult to accurately create or accept core values for your …

Serial Start-up Founders: Brilliant, or Suffering From A.D.D.?

The real entrepreneurial challenge is launching a business idea and steering it all the way through to growth and profitability.<p>Biz Stone, one of the founders of Twitter, is supposedly starting yet another company, called Jelly. But Stone is already running a portfolio business called Obvious, …

Why Do Some Companies Grow and Others Just Don't? | Inc.com

Turn a Good Worker Into a Great Manager: 6 Steps

I'm sure this is familiar. You have a great employee, who does strong work, and is ready for more responsibility. So you make him or her a supervisor, manager, or leader of others, and you're happy you did. "Congratulations, you're now a manager," you say, with all sincerity.<p>But then, you live to …

Is There Value in Bartering?

Trading services instead of currency can lead to trouble if you're not careful, says Inc. columnist Norm Brodsky.<p><i>Dear Norm,</i><p><i>A few prospective customers have suggested we do a barter arrangement whereby we trade services with each other and no cash actually changes hands. I have two questions about</i> …

6 Unique Ways to Be Successful and Happy

What if the key to becoming successful and happy is to quit trying to be either? Would that throw a wrench into your career goals? Make a mess of your life plans? If so, then you need to read this.<p>Here's the thing. Never before have there been so many people spending so much time searching for the …