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I Took The SAT. Here's What I Learned.

As I write this, tens of thousands of high school students are hunched over desks, filling in little circles with number 2 pencils, laboring to complete the SAT, a test that will have an outsized impact on where they go to college. In my state, the test starts at the teenager-unfriendly hour of …

College & University

These DARPA Darlings Just Raised $20M To Build A Super-Powered Google For The Internet Of Things

As an analyst for the CIA, Tim Junio spent three years keeping tabs on the United States’ adversaries, watching their digital attacks on the networks and electrical grids that kept the country going. In 2014, he was consulting for DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research arm, when he helped …

Google Street View

How To Stick It Out At A Job You Hate

Dear Liz,<p>I know you’ve heard it before, but I really hate my job. If I just hated my job and that were the end of the story, I would look for a new job, but I can’t do that because my husband has one more year to go in his PhD program. When he graduates he’ll get a job somewhere else — in another …

Employment

Fly Over NASA's Greatest-Ever View Of Pluto

After nearly a decade’s-long journey, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto on July 14, 2015.<p>It passed within 12,500 km (7,800 miles) of the surface, making it the closest fly-by of any object past Saturn.<p>Although it will take a full 16 months to send the full suite of data home, the …

Solar System

John Oliver Buys And Forgives $15 Million In Medical Debt: But Is The Forgiveness Taxable?

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is the best show on TV that doesn’t feature a cartoon nuclear power plant employee from the fictional town of Springfield. Oliver, the British comedian and show’s host, parlayed a role as Jon Stewart’s sidekick on The Daily Show into his own gig, and has quickly …

Personal Finance

The Wizard Of Bezos!

As our lives become more digital, the race is on to see which company can most impact us. And while it’s hard to image a winner-take-all gambit that consumes digital, the fast-emerging battle over the ”digital home” is one place where there may not be room for more than one dominant player. Between …

Jeff Bezos

Startup What3words Aims To Give Billions Of People One Thing They Don't Have: An Address

More than 75% of the world’s 7.4 billion people do not have a reliable mailing address. In some countries this means spending a few extra bucks on delivery fees or making several angry phone calls to the sender; in other countries this means a few extra days of waiting for a letter or package or …

Li Ka-shing

Why There Isn't More Of A Hullabaloo About Civic Tech

While there’s a growing interest among social entrepreneurs and others in civic tech, the sector still hasn’t made a big splash.<p>For that reason, Omidyar Network, which has invested around $90 million in 35 civic tech organizations over the past decade, recently decided to sponsor research into how …

Innovation

How To Design Your Next Minimum Viable Product - 3 Case Studies

At this point, telling someone to launch their idea with an MVP (minimum viable product) is like telling them to brush their teeth: it’s accepted as good advice on the road from garage startup to IPO. While the idea of launching the simplest version of your product to quickly test demand and …

Product Management

Why In-N-Out Burger And Google Have More In Common Than You Think

In a quick spot poll of several clients and CMOs last month, we asked a simple question: “What is standing in the way of you achieving your brand goals and ambitions this year?” We thought we would hear comments such as: “We are too underfunded to build our brand” or “We are under-equipped to …

Customer Experience

Escape From A Black Hole? Not In This Universe

By definition, black holes are objects that have so much matter concentrated in a single point that nothing — not even light — can escape from within a certain region of space around them. This was a feature of Newtonian gravity; it’s a feature of Einstein’s General Relativity; and when we have a …

Stephen Hawking

9 Techie College Courses You Should Take Advantage Of

Are you in college studying liberal arts? Or math? Or basket weaving? Doesn’t matter: having tech skills can benefit you. Just because you’re in a non-tech major doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of some techie college courses that can help you out big-time down the road.<p>Here are nine college …

Data Science

Five Tips For Becoming Indispensable At Work

Dear Liz,<p>I am 30 years old but I am already on my fifth job since college.<p>In my career so far I’ve had one four-year job, one two-year job and two one-year jobs. I am sick of all the jumping around. The four-year job ended when the owner retired and his son took over the business and laid off half …

Employment

How To Compete And Win In The New World Of AI

A future in which humanity is subservient to computers and giant corporations was one of the predictions that came out of last week’s Code Conference in LA. This forecast came from one of today’s most forward-thinking entrepreneurs: Elon Musk. Musk, who is well known for touting the dangers of AI, …

Artificial Intelligence

2020 AD: By Now, Half The World's Wealth Is Controlled By Millionaires

The Boston Consulting Groups latest report on wealth tells us that by 2020 some half of the world’s wealth will be controlled by millionaires. What’s rather more interesting about this thought is the caveats that apply to it rather than the actual fact itself. For this isn’t something showing any …

Income Inequality

Pivoting: A Key Skill For Entrepreneurs

Bea Arthur was deemed the “Comeback Kid” in 2011 by Danielle Jenene Powell in <i>Fast Company,</i> when she picked herself back up to launch an online therapy site – In Your Corner (originally known as Pretty Padded Room) – after her first business – MeTime (a community that provided on-site childcare and …

Entrepreneurship

Ten Ways To Add Power And Personality To Your Resume

There are easy ways to add tremendous power to your resume, but they will not do you any good if you’re planning to toss your resume into an automated recruiting portal.<p>Keyword-scanning software will not pick up on the power and heft in your resume. The only thing keyword-scanning software can do …

Employment

America's Surprisingly Efficient And Effective Welfare Benefits System

The Republicans look like turning to that perennial interest, reforming the welfare benefits system. And there’s no doubt that it could be reformed to all our benefit. In particular, we could make the poor better off without spending any more money: or we could make them as well off as they are now …

Income Inequality

Five Stupid Things Lousy Managers Do

When I get frustrated with the boneheaded things I see happening in the business world — which is to say, about three times a day — I remind myself that one of the biggest problems in business is that we treat the business world like a separate planet from planet earth.<p>We forget how humans operate …

The Workplace

Google's Motion Stills App Turns Apple Live Photos Into Animated GIFs And Videos

When Apple released the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus last year, it introduced the Live Photos feature – which brings still photos to life by capturing the moments just before and after the shutter button is pushed. Live Photos are played by applying pressure on the phone display using 3D Touch when …

Mobile Photography

Bold Statements About The Future By Tech Experts At RISE Conference

Some of the most brilliant minds in the tech scene locally and internationally ventured to the second edition of RISE conference in Hong Kong last week, an event that drew over 8,000 attendees from 88 countries. The audience learnt that many of the innovation leaders have very specific, even …

Quantum Computing

How To Negotiate Your Starting Salary

It’s exciting to get a job offer, but there can be some anxiety associated with that event, too. You hope that your discussions with a recruiter, an HR person or your hiring manager have made it clear to everyone on the employer side of the desk that you have certain salary requirements that must …

Employment

Write An Essay, Win A Newspaper (The Whole Business)

If you ever have had the dream of owning and running your own small newspaper in bucolic New England, here is your chance.<p>The owner of the <i>Hardwick Gazette</i> in Hardwick, Vermont, announced yesterday that he is running a contest, and the prize is his newspaper.<p>All you have to do is to write a 400-word …

Genealogy

Buzz Aldrin: The Government Should Stop Competing With Private Sector In Space

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin thinks Congress needs to stop inhibiting the space program and the government should quit trying to compete with the private sector. Instead, it should leverage the space program to build bridges with other countries, especially China.<p>“The government is now spending your money …

Space Exploration

Can't Donate A Building? Alumni With Job Tips Win New Respect

When colleges reach out to alumni and parents for support, the big “ask” these days may not involve fund-raising campaigns. Instead, it’s the job market that has become top of mind, especially when it comes to backers’ ability to help their alma mater’s current students find good internships or …

College & University

Elite Universities Are Closing Their Doors To Poor And Minority Students

Poor and black students are finding their route to success barred as elite universities are closing their doors to minority students.<p>Figures published today show that wealthy students are up to 16 times more likely to be offered a place at leading universities than teenagers from deprived …

College & University

One Of America's Most Successful Inventors Dean Kamen Talks Segway, Clean Water And Robotics

With 440-plus patents, college dropout turned inventor Dean Kamen is one of the most prolific tinkerers of our time. Though he’s perhaps best-known for inventing the Segway, he’s been called the next Thomas Edison particularly for his life-changing innovations in treatments aimed at illnesses …

Barack Obama

Foreign Qualification: What It Takes To Do Business In A Different State

Whether you’re looking to expand your company’s physical presence or intending to secure the most favorable business tax and legal environment for your company, you may be considering doing business in a different state.<p>It can get a little confusing as you try to make heads or tails of what …

Small Business