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NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2013

What do you have to do, as a song, to win our hearts? You have to sink in. You have to stop someone dead in her tracks. You need to cause that man to act a fool. Scrunch a nose, tense a shoulder, drop an ass.<p>We compile our 100 Favorite Songs much like we do the work on our 50 Favorite Albums list, …

Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will

For his entire life, Elon Musk has bent people to his insatiable will. Most recently, he's co-opted NASA. And now we'll see whether he's a) the visionary who forces americans to become explorers again, or b) a man so distracted by vision that his life's work is a series of brilliant disappointments.<p>…

Elon Musk

Burt's Bees Lip Balm Homemade DIY Copycat Recipe

Shares 202K<p>I absolutely LOVE <b>Burt’s Bees Lip Balm</b> and I recreated the perfect copycat recipe from scratch!<p>History of Lip Balms<p>Our ancestors didn’t …

George Clooney's Rules for Living

No one does the fame thing like Clooney. He floats above it even as he uses it to embellish his influence. He understands his place in the pantheon even as he remains hidden from the inquisitive lens. He's the master.<p><b>You must love him.</b><p>For one thing, he's lovable, professionally so. For another, he …

Brad Pitt

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Evaluating The Best Ways to Give to the Poor: Guest post by Bruce Wydick

What are the best things ordinary people living in rich countries can do to help poor people living in developing countries? This is the question the …

Fair Trade

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

Meet The Inspiring 18-Year-Old Who Built A Simple Water Purifier That Could Save Lives

A busy university professor didn’t have time to work closely with his high school student intern. So he sent her off to figure out her own project. What happened next will make you feel good about the future.<p>If you’re worried about the state of the planet, fear not. The next generation has it …

A Donkey Ambulance for Women in Labor in Afghanistan

A new invention uses inflatable cushions to carry women across difficult terrain.<p>Afghanistan has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world, and a high concentration of donkeys.<p>Enter the maternity saddle -- a new invention that promises to carry women in labor across …

How to Kill Your Charity (Yes, That's a Good Thing): Eric Stowe at TEDxSeattle

Painless microneedle patch could test for TB

Scientists at the University of Washington say their approach would be more precise and less painful than the traditional skin test that uses a hypodermic needle.<p>Today, one of the standard tests for tuberculosis involves inserting a hypodermic needle into a person's arm using a very precise angle …

University of Washington

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Using mobile technology to test & map water quality

<b>Disclaimers:</b><p>The reader is responsible for discerning the validity, factuality or implications of information posted here, be it fictional or based on …

Squeeze The Bacteria Out Of Water With A New Gel

In an emergency, clean drinking water can be tough to find. Floods, earthquakes and hurricanes can make our usual sources of water potentially unsafe.<p>After the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean left many without access to clean water, researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore …

De-clutter Desk With Modular Modo

If you feel a twinge of embarrassment when you look at the clutter on your desk, then you are in serious need of help. Pens, wires, gadgets, …

Two second mobile time? Google says it’s vital to success

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / kazoka<p>When it comes to browsing on the Internet, the greater population has the patience of a …

Disruptive Innovation In The Poorest And Most Remote Places In The World

<i>Editor’s Note: In advance of the many health-related discussions to take place in September at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit, UN week and other such events, the Skoll World Forum asked some of the world’s leading voices in global health to paint a comprehensive picture of</i> …

Flipboard for Nonprofits and Cause Champions

Inside Flipboard / August 1, 2013<p>Launched last week, Big Ideas is a new category on Flipboard showcasing the people and organizations confronting …

From Airbnb To Warby Parker: 7 Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs

In Kern and Burn, two designers compile pearls of wisdom from the biggest players in the field.<p><i>For the modern-era business to succeed, design has to be built in from the ground up. It’s a tall order for designers, who now–more than ever–need to nourish their inner CEO. Graphic designers Jessica</i> …

Warby Parker

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Dessert

Justice Stevens Would Like A Word

<b>As the House of Representatives</b> tries to pretend that its whistle-brained conservative majority cares enough about the Voting Rights Act to do anything except resist the temptation to dance on its grave, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens -- who, thank the Lord, is not taking retirement …

Right To Vote

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …

Woodworking Projects - 5 Easy Pieces for Beginners

For maximum productivity and enjoyment, beginners are wise to start small. Here are five easy woodworking projects perfect for novices.<p>Photo: …

Woodworking

The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror

When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.<p>Reuters<p>The image is still powerful, isn't it?<p>So are the anger, and the memories.<p>Most Americans don't just remember where they were on September 11, 2001 -- they remember feeling frightened. Along …

How-To: Homemade Strawberry Fruit Rollup

Relive your fruit snack-filled childhood with this handy tutorial from fifteen spatulas, which shows you how to make homemade strawberry fruit rollups from just three ingredients.<p>[via frickyeah1990s]<p><b>More:</b><p>MAKE | How-To: Dried Fruit Rolls<br>• MAKE | Recipe: Make Homemade Fruit Leather<br>• MAKE | How-To: Dry …

Homemade

How Google Sets Goals

Goal setting within a startup or company is essential to success. But there are a number of different approaches to attaining these goals both within teams and individually. And what better framework to follow than Google’s strategy around establishing goals.<p>This gem is part of the Google Ventures …

Should Africa beware tech companies bearing gifts? | David Smith

When Erin Hayba began a project to bring computers to solar-powered schools in the world's biggest refugee camp, there were plenty of sceptics. …

How the internet is fast unravelling mysteries of the Mayan script

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the internet is helping them finish the job and write the history …

The secret to getting engineers to be more charismatic

<i>Olivia Fox Cabane is an executive coach with an unusual approach: She teaches her clients how to become more charismatic. It’s an odd calling for someone who is an introvert by nature. In this excerpt from “The Charisma Coach” published by Matter, writer Teresa Chin explains why Silicon Valley</i> …

Charisma