Chris Boyer-Krantz

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6 Tips That Will Get You Noticed & Promoted

It can be particularly challenging for women to call attention to ourselves in ways that grab the attention of those higher up in our organization. …

Leadership

How to Turn Ideas From the Women's Marches Into Action

Here are some of my favorite signs from the post-inaugural protests across the country, along with steps for how to act on the slogans.<p>Millions of men and women marched Saturday to promote the equality of women. My favorite part was all of the homemade signs. The one that best described my …

Feminism

7 of the Coolest Bridges in the United States

They may not be the oldest or the highest, but they are awesome nonetheless.<p>There are hundreds upon hundreds of bridges in the wide expanse of the United States, and among them some are the oldest, the highest, the longest. But some of the nation's coolest, most impressive bridges don't fit cleanly …

Engineering

How to Price Anything: The Psychology of Why We’ll Pay What We Pay

“How much should I charge for this?”<p>While talking about money might still be taboo in some circles, there’s no way to get past the fact that your …

50 Reasons Why Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

From making you live longer to making cities more resilient: If you want a reason to make your city more walkable, it’s in here.<p>As more cities try to improve walkability–from car-free “superblocks” in Barcelona to heat-protected walkways in Dubai–a new report outlines the reasons behind the shift, …

11 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

40 American Towns You Haven't Heard of But Should Visit ASAP

Hit the roads less traveled.<p>When it comes to your vacation, most people seek out places they've seen on TV or have heard about from friends and family. Fair enough. Now, let us introduce you to 40 unsung hot spots. These unheard-of towns across the U.S. might not have made it onto your bucket list</i> …

Barcelona's "Superblocks" Plan: Less Cars, More Bikes, Better Social Spaces

Ambitious, brilliant and affordable city planning at its finest<p>Thirty years ago everyone in China rode bicycles; today it's all cars. Thirty years …

Maverick women writers are upending the book industry and selling millions in the process

“I just wanted a story with a nice guy.”<p>In late 2012, author H. M. Ward had an experimental manuscript collecting proverbial dust on her computer. It starred a woman named Sidney and a man named Peter—an impossible nice-guy combo of handsome, strong, smart, patient, and, oh, super wealthy.<p>Ward had …

Writing

24 signs you're a good boss — even if it doesn't feel like it

Being the boss comes with a ton of pressure. And when you're in a management position, it can be difficult to evaluate how you're doing.<p>Are you striking the right balance between commanding respect and appearing accessible? Are your employees responding well to your style of leadership? Are any of …

Employment

Polish Sculptor Makes Water Complete Her Bronze Fountain Sculptures

When you hear the word “sculpture”, you unintentionally imagine something that stands still. Unless it goes with the name of this Polish sculptor …

Sculpture

8 natural & homemade insecticides: Save your garden without killing the Earth

<b>These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your</b> …

Gardening

A Section of Route 66 Will Become America's First Public Solar Road

A section of America’s most famous highway is going green, <i>The Christian Science Monitor</i> reports. The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) …

8 Creative Ways Cities Are Combating Rising Temperatures

It is, undeniably, getting hotter: In India, temperatures recently reached 123.8 degrees and more than 2,400 people died of heat-related illnesses …

Building a DIY Digital Movie Camera With Vintage Lenses

Capture the 8-mm film look of yesteryear with a Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Optical Illusion Zebra Crossings Are Appearing In India

Editor's Blog Photo credit: One of the four new optical illusions appearing on India's roads. Nitin Gadkari via TwitterHow do you slow down a car …

How Can We Reduce Concrete’s Hefty Carbon Footprint?

<i>By Nate Berg, Ensia</i>A roomful of materials scientists, gathered at UCLA for a recent conference on “grand challenges in construction materials,” …

The Most Successful Businesswomen Demand This 1 Thing

Honest feedback is essential to improvement. Women aren't getting enough of it, and it's holding us back.<p>Your boss is thinking things about you he can't say--or, more accurately, won't say. Maybe he's noticed your productivity tends to go down after lunch or your weekly reports are a bit subpar. …

Leadership

How To Motivate Lazy Employees And Increase Productivity

As CEOs, we’ve all been there, right? One day, your employees are performing at their peak, and then the next, they become lazy employees and won’t …

5 Things You Don’t Need To Tell Successful Women

Success is predictable. Learn proven lessons the pros already know.<p>We are in awe of the world's most accomplished. From the outside, they make the extremely difficult look effortless. Looks can be deceiving. One of the greatest illusions is the notion, success comes easy.<p>Not everyone will have the …

personaldevelopment

The Happiest Workplaces Have These 4 Things in Common

The work structure allows, and pays for, our outside work passions to be big parts of our lives.<p><i>How can organizations apply happiness principles to have a healthy work environment? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with</i> …

Happiness

The 3 Biggest Career Blind Spots That Stop Women From Being Successful

Wonder what it takes to truly be successful in your career? If so read these nuggets of wisdom from my interview with Alexandra Levit, who consults, writes, and explores leadership development, entrepreneurship, career and workplace trends on behalf of American Express, Canon, Deloitte and many …

Softening & Adding Glow to a Portrait in Adobe Photoshop

When it comes to portrait photography, there are a few tricks you can take advantage of in Adobe Photoshop that can add some subtle effects to your …

Trick Photography and Special Effects by Evan Sharboneau

Believe it or not, you don't have to own super expensive equipment or be some kind of camera wiz to take high quality camera shots like these…<p>… but …

Tips for Using Telephoto Lenses

Birding is one of the most popular hobbies in the world (almost as popular as photography), and when I was a park ranger I learned two tips from …

Simply Sellable: Here’s Why Photos of Animals Sell

The question we get asked more than almost any other here at 500px is a deceptively simple one: “What kinds of photos sell?”<p>People want to take …

Las Vegas Gambles on Pedestrian-Powered Streetlights

A New York-based startup is donating four street lamps to the city that light up using solar-kinetic energy.<p>In a bid to become a more sustainable community, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on pedestrian-powered electricity. The city announced in March that it has partnered with a New York-based …

30 spring cleaning tricks you'll wish you'd known all along

On These MIT-Designed Streets, There Are No Traffic Lights, Or Need To Stop At All

The intersection looks like chaos, but it’s really a perfectly timed work of art and technology.<p>In Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s classic sci-fi novel <i>The Mote in God’s Eye</i>, humans end up visiting an alien planet. One of the oddities of this new world is that the aliens cross the roads by …

Autonomous Cars

Intentionally unstable Water Pavilion lets visitors walk on the ocean

This breathtaking platform lets users walk into the sea in an experience that feels like floating in and on the water. For the Yeosu Expo in 2012, …

Architecture