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The Most Successful Brands Focus on Users — Not Buyers

What makes a brand successful in the digital age? A joint study by SAP, Siegel+Gale, and Shift Thinking suggests that digital brands don’t just do things differently; they also think differently. Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the <i>minds</i> of their customers, digital …

Customer Experience

11 apps that have actually changed people's lives

Headspace<p>'It's a real skill to be able to treat our thoughts with rationality and objectivity, to recognise them as just thoughts and feelings and …

Pokémon Go

We compared Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to find out who's the more successful visionary — here's the verdict

<b>• Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, are huge names in the world of business.</b><p><b>• Their work has attracted a lot of attention from both the public and the media.</b><p><b>• They also have a lot in common, including a net worth in the billions and a keen interest in space.</b><p><b>• We compared</b> …

Elon Musk

I've Been Making Asian Nachos For Years...and Now Everybody Wants Them

We come across a lot of food trends—yes, like the currently hot Asian nachos. It’s our job to go through them and use years of cooking and eating …

Cooking

China’s latest energy megaproject shows that coal really is on the way out

China has some of the worst air pollution in the world. In several cities, thick layers of smog are common, resulting in thousands of deaths every year.<p>According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal. The team of Chinese and American …

Renewable Energy

Thousands of people in Kenya are getting free money for 12 years in an experiment that could redefine social welfare around the world

Monica Atieno Aswan is a basic-income recipient, getting $22 a month to help support her family. ‘This money has really changed my life,’ she said. …

YCombinator

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Oxfam: Richest one percent banked 82 percent of wealth created in 2017

Oxfam's latest report on wealth inequality describes how a wealthy elite accumulates vast fortunes while the poorest go without. But the charity has …

Economics

Inside Telegram’s ambitious $1.2B ICO to create the next Ethereum

We have even more information about messaging app Telegram’s plans for cashing in on its popularity within the crypto community with the massive ICO for its proposed Telegram Open Network (TON) project (that we first reported), after obtaining the whitepaper and investor prospectuses in full.<p>From …

This Eerie Mental Health Condition Has Locked Thousands of Japanese Away From Society

"Hikikomori" is becoming a health crisis.<p>Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about …

Thousands flee as Philippines' Mayon Volcano spews ash

Thousands in the Philippines have evacuated areas near Mayon Volcano, with this number expected to rise if the threat of eruptions increases. The …

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein – in charts

Two centuries after the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, the monster she created still stalks our imaginations. Adam Frost, Sergio Gallardo and Edu Fuentes piece together the facts behind the myth<p>Frankenstein at 200 – why hasn’t Mary Shelley been given the respect she deserves?

Literature

KodakOne could be the start of a new kind of intellectual property

It’s easy to be a bit amused about Kodak’s new blockchain and cryptocurrency, the KodakOne. The old photography company is the classic case of a firm …

Blockchain

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

Citrix holds high hopes for Brazil

The company expects a threefold increase in sales for 2018; devises plan to boost cloud-focused training for resellers.<p>Citrix will ramp up channel …

​South Korea to auction 5G spectrum in June 2018

The government expects fifth-generation (5G) network to be commercialized in March 2019 and deployed nationwide by 2022.<p>South Korea will begin 5G …

What can be done about our modern-day Frankensteins?

In 1797, at the dawn of the industrial age, Goethe wrote “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” a poem about a magician in training who, through his arrogance …

Mary Shelley

Radical freedom: writing, walking – and exploring the wilderness within

I went on a long walk to be free of my novel but it turns out that long-distance walking is a lot like writing. With both, we are fashioning a self<p>When I set out to cross England on foot, I wasn’t thinking about it in literary terms. I was thinking in terms of survival. The path was long, 320km; …

This Infographic Breaks Down 52 of The Most Common Misconceptions

You'd think that in the age of the internet, where more information than we can possibly consume in several lifetimes is at our fingertips, stubborn …

Han Kang: ‘I was looking for answers to fundamental questions, then I realised so is every writer’

The South Korean novelist on the death of her sister, the transformative power of writing – and how migraines helped<p><b>Han Kang is a South Korean writer whose novels in translation include Human Acts and The Vegetarian – for which she won the 2016 International Man Booker prize. Her latest work, The</b> …

Former Facebook executive: social media is ripping society apart

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’<p>A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how …

Top 10 Food and Restaurant Trends of 2017

Say what you will about 2017, but it’s been a great year for food. And once again we’ve compiled 10 the year’s best food and restaurant trends—and …

The One Mistake Everyone Makes When Cooking Rice

Cooking rice on the stovetop or in the oven can prove surprisingly difficult. But unless you have a rice cooker or a pressure cooker (such as the …

Living in Japan for a year, I saw reasons for its 'demographic time bomb' everywhere — and now I'm seeing the same troubling signs at home

Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images<p>Economists agree Japan is a “demographic time bomb.” The population is getting older, but fewer children are …

‘Rick And Morty’ Creator Dan Harmon Had The Best Advice For A Fan Who Asked Him About Depression

Although Dan Harmon has had some creatively volatile moments, he is largely acknowledged to be a Good Dude. The creator of <i>Community</i>, <i>Rick And Morty</i>, and the podcast Harmontown was recently contacted by a fan on Twitter who asked him for advice on coping with depression.<p>While many would have simply …

Mental Health

Anthony Bourdain Has Had It With Restaurant ‘Bro Culture’

Anthony Bourdain stands up for a lot of causes. Since moving his TV empire to CNN, he’s become more political and more outspoken on hot-button issues facing society and the world. And, really, how couldn’t he be? Traveling the world as much as Bourdain does opens eyes and allows any person a more …

Anthony Bourdain

Babies Who Get More Cuddles Have Their Genetics Changed For Years, Study Shows

Hold me.<p>The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A new study says it can …

The Complicated Legacy Of A Panda Who Was Really Good At Sex

Karen Wille saw her panda friend for the last time in July 2016. He was in bad shape. He was skinny. His once-sleek black-and-white fur had dulled. …

Birds

Great balls of graphene: New Samsung tech could charge phones five times faster

Samsung’s Advanced Institute of Technology has come up with another use for graphene, a material that’s part of many exciting future projects from …

Engineering

A former NASA flight director explains how to stay calm in a crisis

<b>• Former NASA flight director Paul Hill had a high-stakes job</b> <b>managing various space shuttle and International Space Station missions for the program.</b><p><b>• Hill shared the strategies he used to keep calm when things went wrong in mission control.</b><p><b>• He told Business Insider such tactics included focusing</b> …

Space Exploration