April Standifer

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5 Ways to Regain Your Sense of Inner Calm

You can learn to decompress. Here's how<p><b>Go Big—But Go Home</b>Use short bursts of restlessness to your advantage when tackling challenges. Your fight-or-flight response can help you get through anything that scares you a little (a work presentation, asking out a cute guy). However, adopt the habit of …

Targeted Weight Loss Isn’t Real. But What About Toning?

Want to sculpt your arms or tighten your butt? Make sure you read this first<p><b>The question:</b> I know I can’t target certain body parts for weight loss, but what about targeted toning? <b>The expert:</b> Greg Justice, certified personal trainer, exercise physiologist, and author of <i>Mind Your Own Fitness</i> <b>The</b> …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Get Strong and Sexy in Six Weeks—the Workout Plan

Strong is the new sexy. Follow this workout plan for six weeks straight to get the body you want<p>Define your shoulders, flatten your abs, and perk up your posterior with this program created by Kellie Davis, strength coach and coauthor of <i>Strong Curves: A Woman's Guide to Building a Better Butt and</i> …

House Republicans Join In Passing $1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House on Wednesday passed a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill — a compromise that appeared to get past the bitter partisan showdowns that have caused an unpopular federal government shutdown and nearly tipped the U.S. into default.<p>The 359-67 vote was a sign of considerable support from …

Months After 'Blackfish' Release, Controversy Over SeaWorld Grows

<b>Listen · 4:19</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Thedocumentary <i>Blackfish</i> made a splash at the Sundance Film Festival when it premiered last January, and got more attention when it was released in theaters over the summer. But it didn't reach its largest audience until October, when millions …

Episode 509: Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?

To hire new employees, some companies are paying less attention to resumes and more attention to data — and the data are leading to some surprising findings.<p>On today's show, we take a weird hiring test for a call-center job. And we hear what does (and doesn't) predict success for everyone from …

How to create perfect social media posts

<i>This story originally ran on PR Daily in July 2013.</i><p>We all wish there were a magic formula we could follow to create Facebook posts that our fans love …

4 considerations for PR success in 2014

A new year is the perfect time for a fresh start.<p>As you kick off 2014, you have a chance to consider more ways to be successful at your job, …

Public Relations

Blackfish, SeaWorld and the backlash against killer whale theme park shows

Heart are an unlikely bunch of revolutionaries. But the American soft rockers' decision to cancel a concert at SeaWorld in Florida may mark a turning point in the relationship between humans and one of the most magnificent mammals of the ocean. The band this week joined Willie Nelson and Barenaked …

Online in 3D: the 'grotesque beauty' of medieval Britons' diseased bones

The bones of a young woman who died of syphilis more than 500 years ago, the reassembled jaw of a man whose corpse was sold to surgeons at the London hospital in the 19th century and the contorted bone of an 18th-century man who lived for many years after he was shot through the leg, are among the …

This just in: why news is Twitter's next frontier

A new 'experiment' and a high-profile hire suggest big plans<p>Twitter is moving more aggressively into the world of journalism, building a new alert system for breaking news and hiring someone to build new partnerships with the media industry. Together, the moves point to a service that is as much a …

Eyetracking And The Neuroscience Of Good Web Design

Companies like Google, eBay, and Barnes & Noble are all integrating neuroscience discoveries into their web design. Here’s how.<p>Fabian Stelzer, EyeQuant‘s CEO, believes there’s a science to how we view the Web. Whether on desktops or on mobile, whether we’re male or female, young or old, our eyes …

Eye Tracking

A simple guide to opting out of Google’s controversial new ads

Google’s latest Terms of Service update allows the company to use your personal information from Google+, including your name and photograph, in …

Why The Trend For Misspelled or -ly Startup Names Won't Go Away

As if bootstrapped startups already didn’t have enough on their plates, they face an additional, major challenge that no amount of engineering or business acumen can adequately overcome: Naming their company.<p>In an age where strong online presence and clear differentiation from the competition are …

Why Africans worry about how Africa is portrayed in western media

On a Polish TV station last weekend, I was asked to comment on a documentary depicting life in the slums of Katanga, Uganda, aired in the context of what was described as a "demographic ticking bomb" facing the east African nation. The documentary was a Polish journalist's take on the latest UN …

Small Businesses Need Big Data, Too

If you run a small or medium-size business, chances are you haven’t felt a need to invest in extensive customer data, relying instead on your well-honed intuition to help you hold your own against data-rich, bigger competitors. A lot of small-firm owners and managers feel that way, and in many …

How good is your cyberincident-response plan?

Many organizations must face a troubling fact: defending their digital perimeter is not enough. They should assume that successful cyberattacks will …

Management

See Comet Tails Flap In Solar Wind

Or, giant space sperm swim toward Planet Ova.<p>Last Thursday, NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) captured images of two comets passing through solar wind. At the center is Comet Encke, and emerging later is Comet ISON.<p>STEREO consists of two sun-orbiting observatories, one ahead …

Why the youth market matters for Snapchat and Facebook, despite what the WSJ thinks

Ever since the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> wrote about the rumors that Snapchat turned down a $3-billion acquisition offer from Facebook (s fb), technology …

Is your company taking away your online privacy — and even your identity?

The online barrier between personal and professional identities can be shaky — especially in the world of technology and startups.<p>Many a community manager’s Twitter feed is taken over with work PR and marketing posts, and many a blogger’s Facebook feed is a string of articles and posts.<p>But is that …

Google reaches privacy settlement with 37 states

NEW YORK -- Google reached a $17 million settlement with 37 states and the District of Columbia over a privacy case involving the use of third party "cookies" in Apple's Safari Web browsers. Cookies are the small files used by advertisers to collect certain data about Web surfers.<p>Attorney generals …

Twitter shares head south 7%

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter stock hit a 7% downdraft in trading on Monday amid broad declines in social stocks.<p>Shares of the micro-blogging company plummeted $3.04, or 6.9%, to close at $40.94.<p>The plunge in Twitter came during a sell-off in social stocks. Shares of Facebook ended the day down $3.18, …

A Flying Robot Jellyfish Now Exists

Applied mathematicians at New York University have fashioned a flying robot out of four carbon fiber wings that beat the air like a jellyfish. Why? …

How Your Editorial Content Can Fuel Big Data Insights

Much has been written about the importance of brands embracing storytelling — or, at the very least, becoming better at creating more dynamic …

How MongoDB raised $150M in warp speed to challenge IBM, Oracle, and SAP

MongoDB, the company that offers a database technology developers can use to easily enter and retrieve data for applications, raised its $150 million round of funding in just three weeks, according to its CEO, Max Schireson.<p>Most fundraising takes months. However, Schireson, in an interview with …

Twitter Succeeding Where Facebook Failed

As Twitter grows beyond its 140-character limitation and prepares for an IPO, we could be witnessing the rise of a platform that succeeds where Facebook has failed.<p>Remember the Facebook platform? Its debut was May 2007, and it was a big deal at the time. “Right now, social networks are closed …

Map: The Sad State of Global Workplace Engagement

Only 13% of employees worldwide are engaged in their jobs, according to 2011-2012 numbers collected by Gallup. What does that mean for where you live and work?<p>Our map below shows engagement data on the countries polled by Gallup, and includes regional insights into where the problems lie — and how …