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Microsoft is trying harder to silence internet haters

It's the home of trolls and haters, a place where famous people and ordinary people alike are often subject to shocking threats, insults, and having their personal information published online (a practice known as doxing.)<p>It's a thorny problem for social-media sites like Twitter, which would rather …

Meet Corporate Australia's 20 female free zones

But evidently not everyone has been enlightened on the benefits of gender diversity on boards, not least of all better financial performance.<p>There …

New In Small Business Tech This Week: Microsoft Buys LinkedIn And Apple's Going After PayPal

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?<p><b>1 – Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26.2 billion.</b><p>The software giant is paying a 50% premium over LinkedIn’s last closing price. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s CEO, says: “Just as we have …

Apple Pay

Sorry Guys, Practice Alone Won’t Make You Good at Sports

Might be time to spend those 10,000 hours elsewhere.<p>A new study suggests that, when it comes to sport, practice doesn’t necessarily make perfect. In …

15 Apple inventions that show how the company is crafting the future

Just this past year, the US Patent and Trademark Office has published thousands of patents that Apple has both applied for and been granted.<p>In 2015 alone, it was granted 1,938 patents.<p>Of course, a patent never guarantees a product — often, published patents or applications are merely proof that a …

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe

Orcas Are The First Non-Human Creatures That Evolved Through Culture

Welcome to the club!<p>They might not be writing books or producing off-Broadway plays, but orcas do actually have their own culture, just like us, and …

Promising treatment prospects for invasive breast cancer

Scientists have now been able to understand for the first time why many cancer cells adapt relatively quickly to the treatment with therapeutic …

Science says this is probably why dogs are so sweet

We all know that dogs are a human’s best friend, but we’ve never entirely been sure <i>why</i>. Now, a team of researchers led by the University of Oxford …

Anthropology

Applying Inspirational Design Thinking to Tackle Breakthrough Innovation

A society's progress depends upon the quality of the questions it asks itself and to know what questions to ask today in order to secure a sustainable future.<p>One question could be: "Why design something at all?" Our society obsesses over entrepreneurship, innovation and design for creating growth, …

Japanese-language MyShake app crowdsources earthquake shaking

University of California, Berkeley, scientists are releasing a Japanese version of an Android app that crowdsources ground-shaking information from …

This $1.5 billion PC gaming company's first US store stole some of the spotlight from the new Apple Store in San Francisco

Razer is a company that makes PC game equipment for hardcore gamers.<p>Although relatively unknown to nongamers, the Southern California-based company enjoys a truly cult-like following, often being called the "Apple of the gaming industry." In its last round of funding, Razer was reportedly valued at …

7 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be Led

Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an …

How a chemist at Yale found a whole new way to take on cancer

It would spark a revolutionary approach to treating cancers, attract tens of millions in investments, and set rival companies on a scientific race. At the center of it all? A tiny garbage truck.<p>It's called the proteasome, and its job is to chew up and get rid of your cells' obsolete and broken …

New Horned Dinosaur Species Unearthed In Utah

The two-ton plant-eater Machairoceratops cronusi had four horns and lived 77 million years ago.<p>A new species of horned dinosaur has been unearthed by scientists in southern Utah.<p>Remains of the animal, named Machairoceratops cronusi, suggest it was about 26 feet long, weighed two tons and ate …

Why High-Skilled Freelancers Are Leaving Corporate Life Behind

In some industries, there’s now one freelance “comprehensivist” where there used to be a team of specialists.<p>On a sunny November day in San Francisco’s Mission District, inside the offices of Stamen Design (a studio known for cool-looking maps), I met what you might call a unicorn of the modern …

These 4 Major Paradigm Shifts Will Transform The Future Of Technology

For the past fifty years or so, technology has followed a fairly predictable path. We squeeze more transistors onto silicon wafers, which makes chips more powerful and devices smaller. Manual processes become automated, productivity increases and life gets better. Rinse and repeat.<p>Today, we’re at …

Innovation