Margaret Mariani

2,501 Flips | 12 Magazines | 767 Likes | 25 Following | 3,651 Followers | @MMariani | Qualitative Researcher and Consumer & Brand Strategist who believes the secret to happiness is living an interesting life. Reach me at hello at thestratlab dot com.

Restaurants Are Returning Their Empty Oyster Shells To The Ocean To Rebuild Decimated Reefs

A partnership between a nonprofit and a waste-management company in Mobile, Alabama has already diverted 2.8 million oyster shells from landfill.<p>Producing up to 500 million pounds of oysters each year, the Gulf Coast region of the United States is a shellfish haven: The area accounts for 67% of the …

How to Use Micro-Influencers for Your Small Business

According to Twitter research, 49 percent of consumers seek purchase guidance from social media influencers.<p>This story originally appeared on Bizness Apps<p>You probably know that word-of-mouth is the most valuable form of marketing out there. With 92 percent of consumers trusting referrals from …

Public Relations

EXCLUSIVE: Documents expose how Hollywood promotes war on behalf of the Pentagon, CIA and NSA

US military intelligence agencies have influenced over 1,800 movies and TV shows<p>By Tom Secker and Matthew Alford<p><i>Published by</i> <i>INSURGE INTELLIGENCE</i><i>, a</i> …

Your Brain Can Only Take So Much Focus

The ability to focus is an important driver of excellence. Focused techniques such as to-do lists, timetables, and calendar reminders all help people to stay on task. Few would argue with that, and even if they did, there is evidence to support the idea that resisting distraction and staying …

The rules of brainstorming, according to top design firm IDEO

I work at home, alone for the most part, which means I rarely have the opportunity to be involved in a good brainstorming session. That's a shame …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Science Says Read to Them Like This (But Most Parents Don't)

Read to children like this, and they'll have greater cognitive development -- and become more successful.<p>Just about every parent I know wants to do whatever they can to ensure their kids live happy and successful lives.<p>It's why we pack up and move to new neighborhoods, why we learn to praise our …

Japanese family life is falling apart — and the reasons why go back to World War II

Saddled with long work hours and rising expenses, young Japanese couples are opting not to have kids. Even if they have the energy to start a family, many simply don't have the time.<p>As a result, spending shrinks on the small scale and the Japanese economy contracts on the large scale. Japan has …

World War II

Successful People Don't Just Listen to What People Tell Them, They Have These 7 Critical Thinking Habits

Ever been stuck with trying to get to a solution, but not getting anywhere? If you nod affirmatively, you may be lacking in critical thinking. What …

Imaginary creatures to light up Sydney Opera House

<b>When the sun sets on Friday, the Sydney Opera House will light up with imaginary animals inspired by both nature and science-fiction.</b><p>The colourful motion graphics will illuminate the iconic building's sails to help launch the Vivid Sydney light festival.<p>"Each creature represents a different …

Australia

This Japanese Popsicle Flavor Could Be Delicious, If Unexpected

If you’re a fan of Japanese snacks, you’ve no doubt tried some very, well, interesting flavors of normal items, like a corn puff that tastes like …

A passport from a country that doesn’t exist

The NSK has invented a nation as a work of art – and its pavilion at the Venice Biennale has much to say about statehood and globalisation, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>The woman who stamps my passport is called Mercy and she has no fixed abode. Born in Nigeria, she travelled via Libya to Italy, where she …

Human Rights

For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

By Anna Fifield<p>, Bureau chief<p>TOKYO — High school dating? No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.<p>Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. And it means money changing hands.<p>Sometimes this involves …

High School

Bill Gates tweets to new grads: ‘This is an amazing time to be alive’

Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft and the Gates Foundation, doesn’t need a commencement speech to give new graduates good advice about planning …

3 Life Lessons From My Mom That I Use Everyday As A CEO

Every year on Mother’s Day, I struggle to put into words just how grateful I am to my mom. She passed away two years ago, and while the hole she left …

This new blackhead removal trend will seriously gross you out

EW.<p>If you're a spot-popping-video-watching, pore strip-loving person, stay tuned, because Reddit's new method of getting rid of blackheads will be the highlight of your day. If every word I just said hit you directly in the gag reflex, please leave now, because these pics are nasty.<p>According to …

Headteacher goes on mega rant against parents as she quits her job

<b>A headteacher has quit her job but not before sending an open letter to parents blasting them for not disciplining their kids.</b><p>Louise McGowan is …

Miroslava Duma Launches Fashion Tech Lab with $50 Million to Invest

The founder of Buro 24/7 is setting up a hybrid venture that is part investment fund, accelerator and experimental laboratory to commercialise new …

Generation of Renters Now Buying

First-time buyers are rushing to buy homes after a decade on the sidelines, promising to kick a housing market already flush with luxury sales into higher gear.<p>Tracking home sales to a particular age group is hard, but a series of data points form a mosaic of a generation of young people ready to …

Trees will grow on the balconies of Istanbul’s honeycomb-like apartments

Istanbul is on track for a stunning new landmark that’ll bring rural living to the heart of the city. International architecture studio Eray Carbajo …

Massive creature washes up on Indonesian island - but what is it?

A giant carcass found washed up on a beach in Indonesia’s central Maluku province puzzled locals and authorities trying to identify the massive creature.<p>The massive carcass was found on Hulung Beach on Serum Island on Tuesday night by a local man, the Jakarta Globe reported.<p>Asrul Tuanakota, 37, …

Who needs brainstorming? Brainwriting gets way more ideas, this prof says

There’s a better way than a brainstorm to get creative thinking out of your team, says Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She teaches teamwork and negotiation to aspiring company leaders and explains techniques that she says are scientifically …

Neuroscience shows that our gut instincts about only children are right

Conventional wisdom has it that only children are smarter and less sociable. Parents, freed from the shackles of constantly settling sibling disputes, devote more time and money to the singleton, exposing them to a greater variety of higher-level activities (there’s a term for what happens when you …

'Baby Dragon' Found In China Is The Newest Species Of Dinosaur

Meet <i>Beibeilong sinensis,</i> the most recently identified dinosaur species.<p>The name means "baby dragon from China." The dinosaur had massive feathered wings and a birdlike skull. It probably looked most like a cassowary, flightless birds slightly smaller than an ostrich.<p>But the <i>Beibeilong</i> was much …

Australian politician becomes first to breastfeed in parliament

<b>Australian Senator Larissa Waters has become the first politician to breastfeed in the nation's parliament.</b><p>Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, fed two-month-old daughter Alia Joy during a vote on Tuesday.<p>The lower house last year joined the Senate in allowing breastfeeding, but no MPs in …

How a Brain Researcher Discovered the Fountain of Youth in a 93-year-old Athlete

Olga Kotelko helped researchers discover just how beneficial exercise is for the brain.<p>Aga Burzynska is rock climbing on a bluff outside Fort Collins, CO, as she often does. While she reaches for craggy fingerholds in the veined surface, Burzynska, a neuroscientist, calculates and recalculates, her …

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

Teaching

Percentage of teens and young children hospitalized for suicidal thoughts doubled from 2008 to 2015, study finds

By Travis M. Andrews<p>, Staff writer<p>From 2008 to 2015, the percentage of children ages 5 to 17 hospitalized for suicidal thoughts or actions more than doubled, according to data presented Sunday at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco.<p>The study, led by Gregory Plemmons, an …

Mental Health

Rare Medieval text printed by William Caxton found in Reading University archives

Pages printed more than 500 years ago by William Caxton rediscovered in an archive have been hailed as a "thrilling" find.<p>The two pages, thought to be the only surviving examples from a priest handbook dating back to late 1476 or early 1477, were found buried in a box at Reading University's …

Remains Of Homo Naledi, An Early Human Who Coexisted With Homo Sapiens, Found In South African Cave

An extinct human species, the Homo naledi, shared space with modern humans as well as other hominins between 226,000 and 335,000 years ago. And …

The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies

In a thought-provoking new paper, three Yale scientists argue it’s not inequality in life that really bothers us, but unfairness<p>Anyone looking for evidence that people have a natural aversion to inequality will find numerous laboratory studies that seemingly confirm their view. Studies have found …

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