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The Difference Between Purpose and Mission - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DISNEY INSTITUTE

<b>By Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute</b><p>What is the difference between an organization’s mission and its common purpose?<p>People frequently ask the Disney Institute team this important question. To answer it, we must define “mission.” Most organizations think of a mission as a …

Walt Disney Company

Ask Ethan: Is The Universe Itself Alive?

You’ve seen the analogies before: how atoms are like solar systems, how the large-scale structure of the Universe are like neurons in a human brain, and how there’s the interesting coincidence that the number of stars in a galaxy, galaxies in the Universe, atoms in a cell, and cells in a living …

Self-awareness

Why Rey Is Obi Wan Kenobi's Granddaughter

<b>Warning: Major spoilers ahead -- but really the movie's been out for more than 10 days. Why are you reading Star Wars analysis if you haven't seen the movie yet?</b><p><b>Who is Rey?</b><p>Like much of the world last weekend, I had the sincere pleasure of seeing a brand new <i>Star Wars</i> movie. For an entire weekend …

Luke Skywalker

Your Mouse Knows When You’re Mad

Did you know that when you get frustrated with your computer you move your mouse more slowly? Your computer knows. In fact, researchers at BYU have figured out tell-tale signs of frustration, anger, and confusion in users just by looking at their mouse movements.<p>The team discovered that when users …

Anger Management

Solu Portable Computer

PuzzlePhone might be the modular smartphone you've been waiting for

We’ve been hearing a lot about modular smartphones throughout the past two years or so, and we’re certainly getting close to seeing them make their way into consumers’ hands. If you don’t want to wait to get your hands on a delayed Project Ara handset next year, there may be another viable option …

Mobile Technology

Biomimicry in a USB Cord

More than just a mobile cord, the Snail Haptor USB Cable features a unique wind-up design that keeps it firmly in place and always organized even …

A Sideboard Inspired by Traditional Twill Fabric

Designed for Laurameroni’s Intarsia collection of limited edition sideboards, Bartoli Design created their very own that was inspired by twill …

Furniture

Video: The solar system to scale

Beautiful short film depicting what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system on a dry lakebed in Nevada.<p>At first I …

Astronomy

Star Wars' Millennium Falcon can be yours in drone form

Some of the most impressive new toys revealed as part of Disney's <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> "Force Friday" event are in fact centred on the classic …

Star Wars

Google updates logo, saying it's better for mobile

The search giant has made big changes this summer, including the introduction of an entirely new management structure. The latest alteration: a new logo.<p>Google, in the process of reinventing itself as an empire of companies, gave its colorful logo a face-lift.<p>The search giant unveiled a new …

Graphic Design

Google Delays Pilot Of Ara Modular Smartphone Till 2016

There are Google (Alphabet) moonshots such as its project to hack death/extend human life. And then there is the stuff shooting quite a lot lower than the moon — aka projects which also seem spectacularly unlikely to ultimately deliver a successful product.<p>To wit: Project Ara, Google’s (Alphabet’s) …

Motorola

Here's How Startups Actually Start Up

There’s a sucker born every day — or so they say. But the way startup fever has been spreading across the land, it almost feels more like there’s a …

Dos and don’ts to preserve your brainpower

From changing your diet to partying like you’re 21, here are six tips for protecting your brain from the ravages of time.<p>Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance …

The Brain

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

Existence of cosmic neutrinos confirmed by Antarctic scientists

Neutrinos, created by violent phenomena such as black holes and exploding stars, could hold the key to the universe’s most distant and mysterious events<p>Antarctic scientists have confirmed the existence of cosmic neutrinos – ghostly particles that have traveled from the Milky Way and beyond. These …

Physics

In The Market For A New Bathroom Tile? Here’s One That’s Also A Mathematical Discovery

The pentagon is not a shape you typically see used for tiling. Take a peek at your average bathroom tile pattern and you’ll probably see triangles, quadrilaterals, or hexagons–shapes that, when tessellated, don’t overlap or leave any gaps. That’s what mathematicians call being able to “tile the …

Mathematics

First 3D Printed Supercar - A New Way To Build Cars

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A Cloud-Inspired Sofa and Armchair

Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos designed the Cloud Sofa and the Cloud Armchair to make you fell like you’re sitting on a cloud. With its cozy nest of …

Furniture

How to access a million stunning, copyright-free antique illustrations released by the British Library

What would you do with a million free images?<p>In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most open institution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose. So …

British Library

Why three German car makers just bought a mapping company from Nokia

Last year, some 17 million cars rolled off production lines with navigation systems built into them. That’s about one in four of all cars sold worldwide and more than all the cars sold in the US in 2014. That number will only grow as vehicles become increasingly autonomous. For cars to be able to …

Autonomous Cars

Scientists have created 3D holograms that you can touch

“Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”<p>Save for lightsabers, traveling at the speed of light and jittery robot sidekicks, perhaps the most memorable technology in the original <i>Star Wars</i> movie was the three-dimensional hologram of Princess Leia. Scientists have been trying to turn this fiction …

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Is Programmatic Advertising the Future of Marketing?

Nicholas Blechman for HBR<p>It’s been 21 years since the first banner ad appeared on the web. It ran on a site called HotWired.com, the original website of <i>Wired Magazine</i>, and it asked, “Have you ever clicked your mouse right HERE?” An arrow pointed to an ominous-sounding prediction, which was spelled …

Digital Advertising

Europe Has The Potential To Dominate Industrial IoT, But Can It Deliver?

Sampo Hämäläinen Contributor<p>Sampo Hämäläinen is vice president, Europe, at Futurice.<p>Last autumn I moved back to Finland after spending five years in the U.K. and Germany, building Futurice’s international offices. The Finland I returned to was a very different economy from the one I’d left — no …

Internet of Things

Snow Crawler : A Snow Mobile That Will Make You Love Winter

<b>Snow Crawler</b> is a concept transportation that aims to make you love winter. It’s born out of man’s defiant nature and inborn stubbornness to …

Magic Leap sheds light on its retina-based augmented-reality 3D displays

Magic Leap is working on a tiny 3D technology that can shine images on your retinas, creating augmented reality that blends the real world with fantasy.<p>Rachel Metz, who wrote about Magic Leap for MIT Technology Review, explained what the mystery company (a startup that raised $542 million from …

Why the world needs good news

I can’t remember a single day when the leading item on the evening news was positive. Why is negative news dominating the media and why do people …

Loneliness

These 10 Quotes Prove Why Sentient AI Can Be Both Terrifying and Inevitable

In Sony Pictures’ new film <i>CHAPPiE</i>, which opens in theaters on March 6, the title character is a robot who learns how to think and feel, ultimately …

Artificial Intelligence