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The Swiss are now at a negative interest rate due to the Russian ruble collapse

The initials “SNB” for the Switzerland’s central bank, the “Swiss National Bank” are about to become just as familiar as the initials ECB for the European Central Bank. Today, the SNB announced it would cut interest rates for banks that keep large amounts of money at the SNB to -.25%. Yes – a …

Interest Rates

Adventurous Mountaineers Scale the Alps for Incredible Photos

Although these stunning images might look like the work of Photoshop magic, photographer Robert Bsch (or Robert Boesch) captured these campaign photos for the Swiss mountaineering brand Mammut by carefully coordinating an entire team of mountaineers on the snowy Alps. Racing against time and …

Mountaineering

Ultimate Guide to Flat Website Design

The combination of bright colors and exotic typography has paved the way for unique flat interfaces. Minimalism is a big part of this design idea, …

Google's Project Loon balloon circles Earth in a record 22 days

Google's Project Loon Wi-Fi broadcasting balloons can feasibly circle the Earth in 33 days -- a feat Ibis-167 recently tried to pull off. Jumping onto swift air currents and quickly changing altitudes, Ibis-167 was actually able to beat that time and circumnavigate the globe in a record 22 days.<p>"It …

The Myth of the Non-Technical Startup Employee

As the first non-technical hire at a startup, you wear many hats.<p>You answer support tickets, write newsletters, even order lunch: whatever needs to …

Employment

Gates Spends Entire First Day Back in Office Trying to Install Windows 8.1

REDMOND, WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Bill Gates’s first day at work in the newly created role of technology adviser got off to a rocky start yesterday as the Microsoft founder struggled for hours to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade.<p>The installation hit a snag early on, sources said, when Mr. …

Why You Should Use Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

Having a bad development workflow will cost you a lot. It can make your senior engineers be productive like juniors, or even worse push them to leave …

How photographing events stops us living them

As someone who has spent the last two decades making my living as a photographer, I know what it's like to stare down the barrel of a lens. I have also often been in the predicament of trying to determine whether the image I hold in my head is of the actual experience or the memory of the image …

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills – and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen.<p>Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA<p>Yellowstone National Park has an embarrassment of astonishing sights, from the thundering waterfalls of …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said

Words from the wise.<p><b>Amazon.com</b> (NASDAQ:AMZN) was once the poster child of what happens when excitement about a company detaches from reality. The …

Original And Innovative Web Layouts

17 min read<p>Share on Twitter or LinkedIn<p>Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. …

Kimi Räikkönen Is the Most Interesting Man in Formula 1

The Iceman doesn't care about politics—he just wants to race.<p>“Sometimes in Formula 1 there is politics, and the shit there is stupid,” Kimi Räikkönen says as we sit in the Lotus Formula 1 team’s hospitality tent, sheltered from the drizzle that hangs over most of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. “I …

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<b>How It Works: The Cestol Airliner</b><p><b>Over-the-Wing Engines</b><br>Scientists at Cal Poly mounted the Cestol’s turboprop engines above the wing—as opposed to underneath it—for two reasons. First, exhaust passing over the wing increases lift. Second, the wing deflects engine noise, shielding communities below. “NASA wants aircraft noise reduced by 52 decibels,” Marshall says. “So far, we’re already looking at a 30-decibel reduction.”<p><b>Circulation Control</b><br>Conventional wings often have multiple flap elements, …

The astounding athletic power of quadcopters | Raffaello D'Andrea

Girlfriend Dumped After Forwarding Stupid Link

GREAT FALLS, MT—Amanda Manis was dumped Monday after forwarding boyfriend Anthony Madrid a link for the humor web site LunaticLobsters.com. "I was …