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Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?<p>By Andrew Dickson<p>In February 2009, a Twitter user called @popelizbet issued an apparently historic challenge to …

Linguistics

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

Fake News

Master Excel like the boss you are for less than $30

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Software

The 10 Coolest Monologues In Movie History

A perfectly-delivered monologue is all-too rare in of our day-to-day lives, but film is a whole different matter - a polished, scripted fantasy land …

Dr Con Man: the rise and fall of a celebrity scientist who fooled almost everyone

Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini was hailed for turning the dream of regenerative medicine into a reality – until he was exposed as a con artist and false prophet<p>Scientific pioneer, superstar surgeon, miracle worker – that’s how Paolo Macchiarini was known for several years. Dressed in a white lab coat or …

FDA

Millionaire tells millennials: if you want a house, stop buying avocado toast

Australian real estate mogul Tim Gurner advised young people to solve their housing woes by putting their ‘$22 a pop’ toast toward a deposit instead<p>An Australian millionaire and real estate mogul has advice for millennials struggling to purchase a home: stop buying avocado toast.<p>Tim Gurner, a …

Real Estate

The alarming inside story of a failed Google acquisition, and an employee who was hospitalized

On a cold morning in February 2015, a group of men left the spacious Google X headquarters in Mountain View, California, before daybreak. They traveled more than two hours east to some trailers parked in the middle of nowhere, on private ranch lands in California's Central Valley.<p>The men were there …

Google Glass

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Science Fiction
World Economic Forum

It's Scientifically Possible to Boil Water Until It Freezes Solid

Wait, what?<p>If you feel like having one of your fundamental beliefs thrown out the window, try this on for size - under the right conditions, you can …

Chemistry

Being a Successful Entrepreneur Isn’t Only About Having the Best Ideas

Most people think that being an entrepreneur is about having that big idea. And it is. To start something new, you need to have an idea that works: something people need, something they’ll want, and most importantly — at least for the people investing in your idea — something that’s scalable.<p>But …

Entrepreneurship

Extracting Insights from Vast Stores of Data

Companies have invested millions of dollars in big data and analytics, but recent reports suggest most have yet to see a payoff on these investments. In an age where data is the new oil, how are smart companies extracting insights from these vast data reservoirs in order to fuel profitable …

Profit

Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence

To get a more confident You in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family, or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.<p>Confidence is an expectation of a positive outcome. It is not a personality trait; …

5 ways to make your Wi-Fi faster

Tired of slow Wi-Fi? Fear not: Faster Wi-Fi speeds are possible, if you're willing to work (and pay) for them.<p>The good news is that many broadband companies are doing their part. Many cable providers are now offering lightning-fast Internet speeds. But if your Wi-Fi router isn't set up correctly, …

The Only Way To Build A Career That Generates Both Financial And Emotional Reward

Throughout my 18-year corporate career, all I saw around me was what other corporate people were doing – the good, bad and the ugly. The meetings that droned on and on, the ridiculous political fights, the narcissist leader, the power-hungry manager stepping all over his staff, the passing over of …

Ferguson: Teacher's 'six of the best' inspired my success | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says he owes his success to being beaten with a belt by his favourite school-teacher when he stepped out of line as a schoolboy.<p>Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson poses with his new autobiography before a book signing at …