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Is Rex Tillerson the weakest secretary of state of all time?

He has seemingly met with roughly the same number of heads of state over the last few months as Trump’s daughter Ivanka<p>The audio transcript of Tillerson’s first sit-down interview since becoming secretary of state, with a reporter from the conservative news agency the Independent Journal Review, …

Donald Trump

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

At the first TEDxMoscow, a program that points toward possibility

TEDxMoscow took place in the historic Hotel Metropol, built before the Russian Revolution of 1917. (Photo: TEDxMoscow)<p>At the century-old Hotel …

Space

Fixico lets motorists snap photos to get quotes for cosmetic car repairs

Dutch startup Fixico is using the smartphone’s ubiquity to power a platform that connects car owners whose car has suffered cosmetic damage to bodywork repair shops that can polish out the scratches or hammer out the dent and return their pride and joy to its former glory.<p>The startup, which …

Repairs

9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time

Some people get their daily dose of cardio by running into every meeting saying, “Sorry I’m late!” While it might seem like chronic lateness is just …

Time Management

This Graphic Explains All the Health Hazards of Sitting for Too Long

By now, you already know that prolonged sitting is bad for your body. But what exactly goes on when you sit for hours every day? This graphic from …

Ergonomics

Robotic Surgery Is More Dangerous Than Hospitals Are Letting On

Complications from robotic-assisted surgeries have gone "vastly underreported" according to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins.<p>Robotic-assisted surgery is primarily carried out by the Da Vinci system, which is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical. It has been on the market for more than a …

Medicine

Inspiring Office: Sagmeister & Walsh

As you may have noticed by now I don't like too much colour in my ideal home. But in some places it works out so perfectly as an accent that I'll …

The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, …

APIs

10 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Writers' block? Go take a nap.<p>Composer Erik Satie walked roughly 10 kilometers from Arcueil to Paris every morning. Saul Bellow rode his mountain bike. Novelist Haruki Murakami keeps a famously intense running schedule, which he described in the <i>Paris Review</i>:<p><b>Whether it lets the mind wander, improves</b> …

But Seriously Now, Why Do Doctors Still Make You Fill Out Forms on Clipboards?

"Meditative practices emphasize returning to one’s breath. The clinical equivalent of this is to return to one’s patient. "<p>We'll get back to St. Marys, Georgia, later today. For now, let's dip back into the mailbag for the latest array of views -- most from doctors or other medical professionals, …

I Wasn't a Fan of Sheryl Sandberg—Until I Couldn't Find a Job

In college, I had the luxury of developing a sophisticated critique of her call to "lean in." After a few months of unemployment, I found it was just what I needed to hear.<p>A year ago, when <i>Lean In</i> hit book stores and caused the firestorm that happens every time a prominent woman makes some sort of …

What American Healthcare Can Learn From Germany

Under Obamacare, the U.S. healthcare system is starting to look more like Germany's. Here's what Germans do right—and how Americans could do even better.<p>Last fall, Sam, an American woman who lives in Berlin, began to experience stomach pain while eating and drinking. She visited her general …

The 5 Things to Do About the New Heartbleed Bug

Should you take the latest security scare seriously? I do, and here are the steps I am taking.<p>[Please see important <b>UPDATE</b> in a newer post, and repeated at the bottom of this post.] Most flaps about scary new Internet bugs are just typical scary Internet flaps. This latest one, the Heartbleed bug, I …

Smithsonian Magazine's 2013 Photo Contest

The editors of <i>Smithsonian magazine</i> have just announced the 60 finalists in their 11th annual photo contest. They've kindly allowed me to share several of these images here, including some great shots from each of the competition's six categories: The Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, …

How Men and Women Complain About Companies

Businesses know that bad experiences often translate into negative word of mouth, when customers share their misfortunes with other potential customers. But who talks? And whom do they talk to?<p>Say you ordered a steak medium-rare and got one well-done. Or you waited in line for forever for your car …

The secret time-saving trick hidden inside every New York City taxicab

Next time you’re riding in a New York City taxicab, try this hack: Even before reaching your destination, you can tap the fare on the television screen and swipe your credit card ahead of time. No need to conduct the transaction if you’re in a rush at the end of the ride.<p>It’s not quite Uber-level …

New York City

What an Energy Revolution Doesn't Look Like

Over the last five years, not all that much has changed in the American energy picture.<p>When I started writing about energy in 2007, it seemed like a revolution was on the way! Concern about climate change seemed to be growing and the cost of wind and solar power were declining.<p>Fast forward six …

Study: Exercise Helps Aging Brains Grow Larger

Doing aerobic exercise twice a week for 26 weeks significantly increased the volume of older women's hippocampi—the region of the brain associated with memory.<p><b>Problem:</b> According to the World Health Organization, more than 35 million people worldwide suffer from dementia. Though we still lack a lot …

How to Check If a Site Is Safe From 'Heartbleed'

If your site reads Safe, it makes sense to change your password. Even if it doesn't yet, a change still makes sense.<p>This post follows one a few hours ago about the Heartbleed security failure, and for safety's sake it repeats information I have added to that post as an update.<p><b>Point 1</b>: If you would …

People want more takeout and they're ordering online

GrubHub Seamless is the latest in the parade of tech companies privately filing to go public. The Wall Street Journal reports that the online takeout and delivery company has filed a confidential S-1 and could make an initial public offering sometime in the first half of this year. The company …

Hospitality

More Hot Stuff from CES in Pictures

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

A Look at Microsoft, Google and Apple’s Approach to Flat Design

Flat design has been a trend in user interface design for a few years now. It is basically simplifying the interface by retaining the essentials and …

The 9 Hottest Trends In HR Technology ... And Many Are Disruptive

I just completed several weeks of HR conferences (four vendor conferences, the HR Technology Conference, SuccessConnect, and LinkedIn TalentConnect) and want to share some insights on key directions in HR technology.<p>Here are the 9 biggest trends I see taking place, many of which are highly …