Pravir Seevnarayan

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What’s the speed of death? Scientists have measured how fast one type of cell death strikes.

Scientists now know how long it takes for a cell to tell itself it’s time to die.<p>Signals triggering a type of cell suicide called apoptosis move …

Forestry

Sir Roger Penrose and the Singularity

Sir Roger Penrose (*1931)<p>On August 8, 1931, English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. <b>Sir Roger Penrose</b> was born. …

Stephen Hawking

Ask yourself these questions before saying “yes” or “no” to anything

Your approach should change depending on your circumstances.<p>A LinkedIn connection that you’ve never met in person asks if you’d like to meet for a coffee. Your boss invites you to a networking dinner with several executives from the office. Your former college professor asks if you would be …

Shonda Rhimes

7 design lessons from Silicon Valley’s most important failure

From Tony Fadell to Megan Smith, six influential members of the 1990s startup General Magic share their advice for designers, technologists, and entrepreneurs.<p>The head of AI at Apple. The founder of Nest. The head of Google’s speech recognition. The CTO of Twitter. The CTO and cofounder of …

Silicon Valley

Here’s how African startups can apply for a share of €65m French fund

African startups will be able to apply for seed funding from a new €65-million French development agency (AFD) fund via an innovation competition, …

Finnish university's online AI course is open to everyone

Helsinki University in Finland has launched a course on artificial intelligence -- one that's completely free and open to everyone around the world. Unlike Carnegie Mellon's new undergrad degree in AI, which the institution created to train future experts in the field, Helsinki's offering is more …

How the ‘World’s Most Comfortable Shoe’ is Challenging Nike and Adidas

Driven by word-of-mouth sales and an eco-focus, San Francisco's Allbirds has sold over a million shoes in two years. But can this Silicon Valley success story last?<p>By<p>Jacob Gallagher<p>Jacob Gallagher<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@jacobwgallagher<p>jacob.gallagher@wsj.com<p>It’s a random Saturday in May, …

Shoes

10 Things Unstoppable People Do That Average People Don't

Most people can't handle success, authority, or privilege. It destroys them. It makes them lazy.<p>Are you unstoppable or average?<p>Do you get derailed by prior success?<p>Are you thinking linearly or exponentially?<p>Do you do these 10 things?<p>1. Don't get crushed by success.<p><i>Success can become a catalyst for</i> …

Self-improvement

The Five Best Stories I Read This Week: Gabriella Schwarz, Managing Editor

<i>We at Flipboard are on a mission to inform and inspire the world. In light of that, we read a lot. In this ongoing series, our team shares the best things they’ve read recently—whether it made them smarter, challenged their perspective or just made them laugh when they really needed it—and explains</i> …

Here’s how the transfer of property process works in South Africa

The legal word used for the transfer of immovable property from one owner to another is called conveyancing or, in layman’s terms, a property …

Nigerian startup TradeDepot scores big with $3m in funding from Partech

Nigerian web platform TradeDepot has received $3-million in funding from Partech. It’s the global investment firm’s first commitment from its …

How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online

<i>This article is a collaboration between The Times and ProPublica, the independent nonprofit investigative-journalism organization.</i><p>It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by Jerry Falwell Sr. 47 years ago in Lynchburg, Va., and the lines were …

The Art of Strategy Is About Knowing When to Say No

When HubSpot was in its earliest stages, I used to say yes to almost anything: new features, new initiatives, new ideas. It empowered my team to move fast and get things done. I prided myself on being a “yes” man. We were working hard on getting product-market fit right, so anything we could do to …

Customers

Here are 300 free Ivy League university courses you can take online right now

The eight Ivy League schools are among the most prestigious colleges in the world. They include Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania.<p>All eight schools place in the top fifteen of the US News and World Report 2017 national …

15 Top Leadership Books Every Current or Future Boss Should Read

There's something here for everyone, whatever your level of leadership.<p>Since Robert K. Greenleaf wrote his seminal essay, <i>The Servant as Leader</i>, the servant leadership movement has risen from obscurity to the very principles of how the most successful companies on the planet operate and …

Leadership

Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category

Wharton professors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs are fueling an entire generation of Warby Parkers. Now there are more than 400 startups tackling products from toothbrushes to bras. What could go wrong?<p>James McKean wants to revolutionize the manual tooth­brush. It's January 2018. The …

Startups

The one true Bitcoin

Inside the struggle between Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash<p>Bitcoin began from nothingness. The genesis block was mined on January 3rd, 2009, and yeah, the design was good and there was no double spending and Bitcoin’s followers became many. They used Bitcoin to buy a pizza and alpaca socks and drugs on …

Venture capitalists welcome Section 12J proposals but call for more changes

Venture capitalists have welcomed The National Treasury plan’s to amend a venture capital tax incentive, but want further amendments to be made.<br>The …

Venture Capital

Six common misconceptions about meditation

Meditation has been hailed as a way to boost mental health, help chronic pain, reduce stress and build a new appreciation for the world around us.<p>But …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Oscar-nominated "Last Men in Aleppo" a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week.<p>You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p><b>Here are</b> …

What I Saw Treating the Victims From Parkland Should Change the Debate on Guns

They weren’t the first mass-shooting victims the Florida radiologist saw—but their wounds were radically different.<p>As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read “gunshot wound.” I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the …

Guns

Finance minister Gigaba announces R2.1bn fund for startups

Finance minister Malusi Gigaba announced at today’s 2018 Budget Speech that the government will set aside R2.1-billion for startups.<br>“Work is being …

Small Business

Blockchain explained: It builds trust when you need it most

<i>This is part of "Blockchain Decoded," a series looking at the impact of blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency on our lives.</i><p>These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.<p>Trust is an essential part of ordinary living, whether it's picking mechanics based on Yelp reviews, …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

30 Ways to Add Storage to Every Room in Your Home

OK, so you don’t really have enough storage space. (Join the club.) Time to stop wallowing and start strategizing, guys. Here are 30 snazzy ways to …

Real Estate

African start-ups bag $195m in funding for 2017

Read time 2min 50sec<p>Investor interest in African tech start-ups reaches record high, notes a report from Disruption Africa.<p>Funding in African tech …

Startups

Partech Ventures introduces EUR57m African fund

Read time 2min 10sec<p>Partech Africa fund has secured over $70 million commitments so far.<p>Silicon Valley venture capital (VC) firm Partech Ventures has …

Venture Capital

Tshimologong, BCX invite tech start-ups to enter accelerator

Read time 2min 10sec<p>Ian Russell, CEO of BCX.<p>Wits University's Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct is inviting technology start-ups to apply for …