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Havaianas: How a Brazilian flip-flop took over the world

<b>It is one of the simplest shoes on the planet: a piece of plastic, roughly the outline of your foot, with a crude strap holding the sole to your toes.</b><p>Yet Brazil's Havaianas brand took the humble flip-flop to new heights. The company behind them was sold earlier this week for $1bn (£780m). Selling …

Brazil

Are We What We Buy?

We buy things not only to show who we are, but also who we are not. | Reuters/Rodrigo GarridoOnline ratings are ubiquitous these days and you might …

Stanford University

An Englishman's home by Evelyn Waugh An Englishman's.

Published byEmil McDowell Modified about 1 year ago<p>Embed<p>Download presentation<p>Presentation on theme: "An Englishman's home by Evelyn Waugh An …

Literature

How Memorable Leaders Create Their Legacy

I see most leaders at the finishing line of their career or tenure looking back over their journey to think about what they accomplished; what they …

A Google Exec Just Claimed The Singularity Will Happen by 2029

Robots with human-level intelligence.<p>Ray Kurzweil, Google's Director of Engineering, is a well-known futurist with a high-hitting track record for …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

(Apple CEO Tim CookAP)<br>One day, not too soon — but still sooner than you think — the smartphone will all but vanish, the way beepers and fax machines …

Polling expert: Brits want May to get a Brexit deal that the EU has already shot down several times

Most voters support Britain's free trade arrangement with the EU but at the same time are keen for May to impose stricter controls on migrants coming from the 28-nation bloc once the country has completed its exit.<p>Polling expert John Curtice presented the data during a conference at the Queen …

United Kingdom

The Arrival of Artificial Intelligence

Chris Dixon opened a truly wonderful piece in the Atlantic entitled How Aristotle Created the Computer like this:<p>The history of computers is often …

7 unforgettable leadership lessons from the ancient Roman conqueror Julius Caesar

Beware the Ides of March!<p>On this day — March 15 — in 44 BCE, Julius Caesar had a pretty bad day at work. The dictator of Rome was lured to a meeting and stabbed to death by his coworkers.<p>Several years earlier, the politician and general had rose to power in a civil war. His assassination sparked …

World History

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into the Most Stunning Home

The interior is just so lovely.<p>Even though people say it's what's on the inside that matters, this abandoned WWI-era cement factory started out as a serious eyesore all around. The outside was harsh and worn, while the inside looked like, well, a factory. But one architect with a goal to transform …

Manhattan apartment transforms into flexible live-work space

A two-bedroom turns into a three-bedroom<p>This Manhattan apartment underwent an efficient transformation by Russian architect Peter Kostelov, who took a two-bedroom space and turned it into a modular open space with three bedrooms, two of which can also be used as work studios.<p>The design incorporates …

Trump’s Dutch Fanboy Geert Wilders Loses. Sad!

Geert Wilders doesn’t just want to ban travel from Muslim-majority nations, he wants to ban the Quran itself. But Dutch voters just handed him a …

Europe

4 Crazy Predictions About the Future of Art

The futurist has some wild ideas about where artificial intelligence is going.<p>Futurist (and current director of engineering at Google) Ray Kurzweil has made a lot of predictions about the future--and many of them have come true. In his 1990 book <i>The Age of Intelligent Machines</i>, Kurzweil foresaw …

Singularity

California's new education ratings tool paints a far rosier picture than in the past

When they unveiled the California School Dashboard on Wednesday, state officials described it as the most comprehensive way yet to assess the state of California public schools.<p>Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson heralded the website as "a resource unlike anything we've ever had before" and …

Education
Donald Trump

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What Wilson began 100 years ago this month, Trump is ending

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><i>Will Englund is an editor on the Post foreign desk and author of the just released "March 1917: On the Brink</i> …

World History

World war 3 is coming...

The prospect of a global conflict – World War III if you like – appears somewhat unthinkable. Since the Second World War, there has been no major war …

What Geert Wilders’s poor showing means for Marine Le Pen

IN THE run-up to its election on March 15th the international media descended on the Netherlands, speculating that the country might become the third …

Europe

Tillerson says State Department spending 'simply not sustainable'

TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Thursday the State Department's current spending was "not sustainable," and he willingly accepted the "challenge" President Donald Trump had given in proposing to cut more than a quarter of his agency's budget.<p>Trump's budget proposal …

Nixon nostalgia trip: Trump’s administration already recalls the worst of Tricky Dick

Eight weeks in, Trump displays all the petty paranoia that sank Nixon — but without his shrewd executive competence<p>Presidents almost always hate the press or at least find them a necessary evil. Some handle the relationship better than others. John F. Kennedy's press conferences were celebrated for …

The Man Who Made Us See That Trade Isn't Always Free

David Autor upended the assumption that everyone benefits when countries swap goods without restrictions.<p>Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist David Autor once referred to himself as an “ambulance chaser.” It was his self-deprecating way of admitting that his work tends to focus on the …

Economics

7 unprofessional email habits that make everyone hate you

With the onslaught of emails we receive every day, it's hard to imagine how anyone could keep up professional email habits at all times.<p>To make this task a little less daunting, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviors you could demonstrate when sending an email.

Queen Elizabeth Gives Brexit Her Royal Assent

Notes from an increasingly irrelevant island nation coping with a bout of lunacy.<p>The Queen has given her Royal Assent to <b>Theresa May’s</b> freshly-passed Brexit bill, paving the way for the prime minister to pull the trigger on Article 50, the mechanism by which the U.K. will leave the E.U.–a move May …

United Kingdom

Brene Brown on the 1 Question You Need to Ask About People You Truly Dislike

Emotional intelligence expert and TED speaker Brene Brown knows 1 simple question that will help you connect with others--even if you truly dislike them.<p>Every entrepreneur learns quickly that creating your own path doesn't make you less reliant on others. In fact, it is the reverse: While a …

Emotional Intelligence

Trump’s Medicaid assault: Now he’s gutting a social program he promised to protect

The White House plans to slash Medicaid funding and kick people off the program — that’s not how Trump campaigned<p>For a long time now, Donald Trump has broadcast to the world that he is different from other Republicans when it comes to the social safety net. While most Republican candidates in the …

Airbnb, Instagram, And The Rise Of The Optimized Cabin

Hudson Woods is a $25 million bet to suburbanize cabin life.<p>A two-hour drive north of New York City, Hudson Woods is one of those idyllic vacation destinations that city slickers salivate over–its open skies and rolling hills are a far cry from the city’s claustrophobic chaos.<p>There, …

Ancient Tomb Decorated with Vibrant Murals Found in China

A 1,000-year-old circular tomb, whose walls are decorated with colorful murals, has been discovered in Datong City, in northern China.<p>Because the …

Archaeology

7 Architectural Experiments that Failed Spectacularly

Experimentation in architecture is what propels the discipline forward. In an ideal scenario, once a project gets as far as the planning stage, large …

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