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Your 5 Procrastination Excuses, Debunked

Just because you’re a chronic procrastinator doesn’t mean your reasons aren’t valid–or that they’re impossible to overcome.<p>People have been struggling with procrastination long before the Internet tempted us away from work with YouTube videos.<p>Thomas Jefferson didn’t take a break from writing the …

Procrastination

How The Director Of “Open Windows” Made An Eerily Prescient Movie-In-A-Computer-Screen

Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey explore the murky stuff of Internet leaks and male entitlement in a thriller from the Timecrimes director.<p>Spanish filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo picked a hell of a subject for his first English-language film. After his audacious 2007 debut <i>Timecrimes</i> brought him to the …

Why You’re Losing Design Proposals

All that hard work for nothing! Here, 11 tips for winning proposals and securing lucrative contracts.<p>Losing proposals, and the potentially lucrative contracts that come with winning them, just plain sucks. You know you can do that job–knock it out of the park, even. But for some reason, the …

Communicate

Twitter Sues The U.S. Government Over Information Requests

Twitter is suing the United States government, claiming its First Amendment rights are being violated. The case, filed Tuesday in the Northern District Court of California against both the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, concerns the number of National Security Letters …

Transparency

A RoboCop Hard Hat For Industrial Workers

The Smart Helmet is like Google Glass for your head.<p>Wearables are known as consumer technologies, but the applications for business could be just as useful. Take this RoboCop-style hard hat.<p>Developed by DAQRI in Los Angeles, the Smart Helmet combines cameras, sensors for things like object mapping …

Google Glass

The Lights On This Soccer Field Are Powered As Players Run

A people-powered soccer field, in the middle of a favela in Brazil.<p>A typical soccer player runs about seven miles in a single game. A new soccer field in Rio de Janiero puts every footstep to use: Under the astroturf, power-harvesting tiles capture kinetic energy and use it to light the field.<p>The …

Didn’t Get Into Y Combinator? It’s Teaching A Class This Fall, And You Can Tune In For Free

Y Combinator is taking its entrepreneurship lessons into the classroom. The accelerator said Tuesday its president, Sam Altman, will teach a class at Stanford this fall for budding startup founders. The instruction and course material will be made available online and free of charge.<p>“For nine years …

Startups

Futurama’s Resident Physics Nerd on Math Jokes and Richard Nixon

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 09.27.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>David X. …

BP Deepwater Horizon Spill: UK Government Sends Support For British Oil Giant In US Court Rulings Tied To 2010 Disaster

The U.K. government is throwing its support behind British energy giant BP PLC (NYSE:BP) in U.S. court cases stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico …

Japan's Sharp Considers Selling US-Based Solar Energy Subsidiary As Company Winds Down Overseas Solar Ventures

Japanese electronics giant Sharp Corp. (TYO:6753) is steadily whittling down its solar energy operations. The company is seeking to sell its U.S. …

Pro-Moscow Rebels Say Ukraine Breaks Cease-Fire Deal While They Still Demand Secession

Pro-Russian rebels said Saturday that Ukraine’s government forces have broken a cease-fire agreement and launched several missiles into the eastern …

Yemen: At Least 50 Killed In Clashes Between Houthis And Pro-Government Forces Near Sanaa

At least 50 people were killed in clashes between Yemeni soldiers and Houthi rebels in the northern province of Jawf, after the most recent protests, …

Mexico's Plans For A $9.2 Billion Airport Revive Resistance From Neighboring Farmers

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto unveiled this week details for a new Mexico City airport that will quadruple existing capacity and potentially …

Why Networking Makes You Feel Physically Gross

Ever feel like you needed a long, hot shower after a grueling day of schmoozing with strangers for work? There’s a reason for that.<p>If the idea of networking makes you nauseous, you’re not alone–and science backs up your disgust.<p>According to research out of the University of Toronto, professional …

Networking

Corona Beams Sunlight On Patio Drinkers Suffering From Shade

In northern North America, summer is fleeting at best, and this summer in particular was more feeble than most. So when the weather’s nice, there’s something akin to a moral duty to get out there and enjoy it. Yet, for urban dwellers, a city’s architecture can thwart any efforts to soak in some …

Get A Status Update On Your NYC Neighborhood In The Form Of A Weekly Cartoon

What’s the mood in Williamsburg? Or the Upper West Side? These cartoons combine the power of 311 data and creativity to let you know how your ‘hood is faring.<p>Nations have poet laureates. Imagine cities had a cartoonist version. In Iris Gottleib‘s rendition of New York, street litter in NYC’s Upper …

Manhattan

Announcing The Finalists Of The 2014 Innovation By Design Awards

Meet the 51 finalists from our Innovation by Design Awards.<p>That’s proven by the finalists from our 2014 Innovation by Design competition, chosen from 1,587 boundary-pushing entries. All are listed here, and category winners will be announced at our conference in New York on October 15. Learn more …

McDonald's

‘Horrorstör’ Is A Ghost Story Designed Like An Ikea Catalog

The novel takes place in a haunted Swedish superstore.<p>The prospect of spending a Saturday at Ikea is so innately disquieting, it’s amazing it hasn’t become the setting for a horror story before now. <i>Horrorstör</i> is a new horror novel by Grady Helix that doesn’t just use the big box Swedish furniture …

Horror

Bitcoin Entrepreneur Charlie Shrem Pleads Guilty In Silk Road Case

There’s no denying bitcoin has a shady reputation. The virtual currency known for being hard to trace first came to the limelight with the unveiling of Silk Road, an online black market for illegal drugs. Not helping bitcoin’s standing, 24-year-old Charlie Shrem, former vice chairman of the Bitcoin …

Bitcoin

The Port Of The Future, Where The Shipments Come From Space

Half documentary, half fiction, the Lunar Economic Zone project explores what it would mean if China controlled valuable resources on the moon–just as it already controls valuable metals used in electronics here on Earth.<p>China landed a space probe on the moon last December, and it plans to return …

China

The Ollie: A Pretty, Smartphone-Controlled Robot You Can Smash Into Stuff

Meet the spiritual successor to the Sphero.<p>When the original Sphero launched in late 2011, plenty of folks were wowed by it. (We sure were.) The robot crammed the remote control capabilities of an RC car into a perfectly round, Apple-esque design that lit up in different colors when it rolled …

Robotics

Made In Kenya, Assembled In America: This Internet-Anywhere Company Innovates From Silicon Savannah

BRCK’s device keeps people connected no matter where they are on Earth. And in a reversal of globalization, it’s made in America, for the rest of the world.<p>Flip over most any Apple product, and you’ll find the company’s famous tagline: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” It’s no …

Louisiana Is Going To End Up Underwater Sooner Than You Might Think

This is really happening: A swath of a U.S. state–and an entire culture–is about to be lost underwater.<p>Southeastern Louisiana is part of a wetlands ecosystem spanning thousands of miles–one that is, according to an investigation from <i>ProPublica</i>, in grave danger. The interactive report, entitled …

Nobody Knows How All These Ikea Items Made It Into Pre-16th-Century Artwork

Ikea has everything. Its vast compounds of towering home goods stretch out far enough to intimidate nature’s most wide-open spaces. Although Ikea has doubtless become a staple of modern day living, it also appears as though the brand has always lurked among us–furnishing our ancestors with …

Art

The Most Unusual Strike This Year Shows Why It Pays To Treat Employees Well

A remarkable Labor Day tale: Workers loved their CEO so much that they walked off their jobs to save his.<p>Here’s one way to think about whether you’re treating your staff well: Ask yourself, would they stick their necks out for you?<p>This summer, CEO Arthur T. Demoulas got his rewards for being a good …

Slowing Down Streets With Art Under Your Feet

Changing how pedestrians and cars interact doesn’t always need new lights and street design. These communities have done it a more simple way.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This article is part of <i>Orion</i> magazine’s two-year series, Reimagining Infrastructure, which we’ll be running here on Co.Exist. Request a free …

Tackling The Daily Challenges Of Being Poor, Now There Are Some Apps For That

Tech incubator Significance Labs aims to create apps that serve higher needs than delivering pizza with fewer taps.<p>Jessica Thomas, a 24-year-old resident of Brooklyn, is as tech-savvy as they come. She juggles her busy calendar on her BlackBerry (though her friends make fun of her for still having …

New York City

Wheeee! What It’s Like To Wear A Virtual Reality Headset On A Roller Coaster

Why would you wear an Oculus Rift on a roller coaster? Why WOULDN’T you?!?<p>You know how you go get froyo, and at first it seems like enough to just top it with a few pieces of fresh fruit. “This is perfection,” you think, “the simple pleasures.” And then you’re beckoned to the sprinkles, Oreo …

Virtual Reality

Guinness Boasts Of Blackness In New African Campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIvHZFB-iYU<p>This might be the first time in advertising history that a beer has used the color of its product as a marketing tool to appeal to a specific demographic. Iconic Irish brand Guinness has launched a new campaign for the African youth market under the …

Black Culture

Why It Makes Sense To Put Solar Farms On Old Landfill Sites

Because we don’t need any more golf courses, for one.<p>Old landfills are often ideal sites for solar farms because the land has a limited number of alternative uses. It’s not possible to sink heavy foundations (which rules out large buildings) and environmental concerns weigh against other …