Melissa Rancourt

192 Flips | 4 Magazines | 3 Following | 1 Follower | @MelissaRancourt | Engineer. Entrepreneur. Educator. Founder greenlight for girls, Owner Serendip Spa & Yoga, Academic Director Parsons Global Exec MS Strategic Design

16 Physics Jokes Every Science Lover Will Appreciate

We’re not just fission for laughs here.<p>Q: Why does a burger have less energy than a steak?<p>A: Because it’s in its ground state.<p>Einstein developed a …

Physics

10 Podcasts to Help You Get Creative

It seems like wherever you turn, there’s a new podcast starting up. And while podcasts are certainly not a new phenomenon, they’ve definitely hit …

Creativity

Want To Start A Science Startup? Find A Problem, Not A Discovery

Turning scientific discovery into real-world solutions is no mean feat, but despite the challenge of getting science out of the lab, there’s been a recent boom in organizations taking a different approach to do exactly that.<p>Spinning science out of academia is not new, of course. Technology Transfer …

Innovation

How This Husband and Wife Duo Built a Company That Was Acquired by Nestle Only 5 Years After Its Founding

Sweet Earth Foods was started by food and marketing veterans who had a clear focus right from the beginning.<p><i>In this ongoing column,</i> <i>The Digest</i><i>,</i> Entrepreneur.com <i>News Director Stephen J. Bronner speaks with food entrepreneurs and executives to see what it took to get their products into the mouths of</i> …

Social Media

We’ve been structuring brainstorm sessions all wrong

The traditional framework for brainstorms involves identifying a problem, listing solutions within a set of parameters, and then choosing the best.<p>But research on creativity and innovation suggests that truly innovative solutions result not from searching for a “correct answer,” but from the …

Design

A High School Senior Casually Reverse-Engineered eBay in a Hackathon

"She's remarkable. She's going to change the world, no doubt."<p>When Megan Cui, a rising senior at William Mason High School in Mason, Ohio entered her …

High School

30 Examples of 30 Day Challenges That Will Change Your Life

Look at life like a series of experiments. Change your habits for 30 days and see what happens.<p>When it comes to self-improvement, two of the biggest stumbling blocks I see people encounter in my therapy office are a lack of motivation to get started and a fear that a goal will be too overwhelming.<p>I …

Minimalism

Pro-Tip: Want People to Read Your Posts? Use Imperative “Power Words”

“Power Words” and Why They MatterWhat Are They:I’m sure you’ve already heard of “power words.”Maybe you know what they are already and just don’t …

Writing

Experts Say Practicing Mindfulness Can Be As Simple As Doing These 5 Things Every Day

When you think of mindfulness, I'm willing to bet some of the images that immediately pop into your mind include yoga mats, people humming "om," and …

Mindfulness

Google's Grand Plan To Make AI Accessible To Developers And Businesses

Artificial intelligence took center stage at Google’s annual user conference, Cloud Next 2018. The company made several announcements that make machine learning and artificial intelligence accessible to both developers and businesses.<p>One of the first announcements came in the form of Cloud AutoML, …

Machine Learning

Know thyself… by writing your first novel

Don’t worry what others think. You are writing for yourself<p>Once you find the sweet spot, your story will flow out of you<p>Writing a novel is a scary prospect. They’re so long and winding, they can seem never-ending. The main obstacle might seem to be starting – the terror of the blank page – but the …

Creative Writing

Feeling Stuck? Here Are 10 Amelia Earhart Quotes to Inspire You to Follow Your Dreams.

For her birthday, here are 10 quotes from 'the first woman to fly the Atlantic.'<p>Pilot, women’s right advocate and author Amelia Earhart was the first female air pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean. While her disappearance remains a mystery, her impact remains concrete.<p>Since Earhart was a child, …

Amelia Earhart

A Brief Introduction To Interaction Design

Most companies understand why they need a strong web presence, but they often leave the users out of the process. In a competitive digital landscape, …

UI Design

How to Write Dialogue That Dazzles Your Readers

If you’re a fiction writer, you’re always looking for ways to improve your craft. There are so many aspects to focus on — what kind of detail to …

Writing

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

Here's What You Really Need to Know About Blockchain

Eliminating information bottlenecks is how blockchain will truly make an impact<p>In 1970, a scientist at IBM Research named Edgar F. Codd make a remarkable discovery that would truly change the world. Though few realized it at the time, including at IBM, which neglected to commercialize it. It was …

Databases

The Most Overlooked Secret to Great Writing

What no one tells you about creating work that readers love“Nothing great in the world was accomplished without passion.” -Georg Wilhelm Friedrich …

4 Effective Business Models That Built Billion-Dollar Companies

From software that's free to virtual goods that cost real money, all the new models have their uses.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It takes more than a mere initial idea to build a successful business. To start with, you’ll need a roadmap of where you’re headed and how …

In-App Purchases

The Designer Who Changed Airbnb's Entire Strategy

At the end of 2011, Airbnb was entering hyper-growth with 13 international offices and over a million nights booked in 182 countries. But instead of popping champagne, Airbnb’s leadership enlisted Rebecca Sinclair, Head of User Experience Research and Design, to lead a nights-and-weekends …

Product Management

Build Learning Spaces That Inspire Innovation

Dynamic, flexible seating. Bright, inviting colors. Functional workspaces that inspire movement and tinkering. These kinds of learning spaces foster …

Unlock your character’s inner voice. Write top dialogue with this simple trick.

I use this method to flip my dialogue from clumsy and turgid into something more raw and compelling.There are hundreds of ways of accessing the …

What Every CEO Needs to Know About Design

CEOs who are design thinkers now need to add 'design doing' to their toolkit.<p>"To personalize an experience in the context of the moment--to understand what makes a customer human--Reinventors don't just plumb lots of data, though they do that well. They're design thinkers. They approach problems …

Become the creative you’ve always wanted to be by embracing these seven habits

The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esoteric and unique only to the anointed few.<p>The ancient Greeks believed that creativity was a divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. They …

These are the 5 “super skills” you need for jobs of the future

Work is changing, so to stay ahead you’ll need to master these skills that you probably didn’t learn in college.<p>Chances are your job description has changed over the past five years. Or maybe your role didn’t even exist a short time ago. The workplace of today and the future looks quite different …

How to Write a Book That’s Based on a True Story

Life is filled with stranger-than-fiction moments. You might be wondering, though, how do you know how to write a book based on a true story? Because …

Writing

How WeWork became the most hyped startup in the world

On a Thursday morning in March, a group of young professionals file through the security gates of a co-working space in Moorgate, tapping their …

WeWork

Resilience is the new happiness

Happiness is a serious business. Inspired by the positive psychology movement, corporations hold positions for “chief fun officers” and esteemed institutions like Stanford and Yale offer classes on happiness. But this infatuation with good times is only creating confusion about what it means to …

Why we banned maths worksheets

We don't use maths worksheets in our school. Ever. This might shock some people to hear, especially in a climate where teachers have to perform a …

How to Write Consistently and Show Up Every Single Day (Even When You Don’t Feel Like It)

I get it…Some days you just don’t <i>feel like writing.</i> The inspiration isn’t there and you feel like you don’t have anything important to say.Your …

Today's Sharing Economy Is Different Than Anything You've Seen Before. Here Are 7 New Strategies to Use

Without these strategies, you will quickly be left behind.<p>As dialogs with peers become easier and more trusted via smartphones and the Internet, people are more willing to share their assets with others, and capitalize on the potential for a quick return for very little effort.<p>The sharing economy …