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This Amazing House Can Be Built Just 5 Hours After A Disaster

With a fifth of their population below sea level, the Dutch have historically been ahead of the curve when it comes to planning for ecological disasters. A new project from Dutch designer Pieter Stoutjesdijk takes that efficiency one step further, with an emergency shelter that can be built in a …

How Your Knees Can Predict the Weather

Granny was right: Scientists find link between achy joints and the forecast<p>The Wolff family of Paramus, N.J., was eyeing the gathering clouds and debating whether to cancel a planned park trip when 6-year-old Leora piped up with an idea: "Let's call Grandma. Her knees always know when it's going to …

America's Best Small Public Companies

The last five years have been a traumatic one for American businesses, which lived through the Great Recession that kicked off at the end of 2007. Companies have dealt with sluggish GDP growth and rising unemployment. But the most nimble companies have thrived during this time, and they span all …

Cultivating Charisma: How Personal Magnetism Can Help (Or Hurt) You At Work

Olivia Fox Cabane, author of The Charisma Myth, talks with Fast Company about why charisma is so critical to business and how special Jedi mind tricks can help get you there.<p>As a socially inept teenager, Olivia Fox Cabane realized that she had two choices. “Either confine myself to a desert island, …

How To Set Up Twitter As Your News Reader

By Tyler Hayes5 minute Read<p>It seemed inevitable, with enough backlash, that Google could be persuaded to reverse its decision to shut down its RSS …

Apps

5 Profound Insights On Success From A Wharton Prof Devoted To Understanding It

When Wharton Business School professor Richard Shell was faced with a life-threatening illness, he was forced to think about the big picture. What was success to him? Since then, Shell has dedicated his life to helping folks find true meaning in their own lives and work.<p>If one advances confidently …

Henry David Thoreau

Learn to "Pitch Anything" Through Persuasion and Presentation

Whether you want to admit it or not, as an entrepreneur, you’re in the business of sales. You’re constantly selling to customers, investors, even …

The Fatal Human Flaw That Keeps Us From An Economy Based On Happiness

In theory, happiness is a better indicator of prosperity in a country than traditional economic measurements. But human psychology has a tendency to get in the way.<p>Measuring and comparing the overall happiness of societies has become a pop discipline that we’ve covered more than a few times (see …

A Map Of America's Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade

The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and …

Why We Lose Our Days To Unproductive Tasks

We often say yes to more messes. How can we stop?<p>We have a range of exotic answers to the ever-burning question, how do we become more productive? Like by making your morning routine minimalist, turning your meetings into meals, and mastering the afternoon nap–though the secret to a most-productive …

There's A Billion Reasons Why Ross Perot Jr. Loves That 'Giant Sucking Sound'

<b>While H. Ross Perot Sr. famously railed against free trade and government debt, his namesake has built another family empire by leveraging them both. The result is one of the world’s great logistics hubs–and a third billion-dollar fortune for the Texas dynasty.</b><p>Lifting off from his helipad atop the …

Tour de France Cyclists Live Longer

Despite potential hazards, elite endurance athletes appear to live longer than their contemporaries, a study in the <i>European Heart Journal</i> has found.<p>Researchers gathered mortality information on 786 French participants of the Tour de France from 1947 through 2012, comparing them to the general …

How Creating A Better Bucket List Becomes A Blueprint For Living Your Best Life

What do you want to do before you die? Go to Mars? Skydive? Climb Everest? Be ambitious: a good bucket list should grow over time, not shrink. Just like you.<p>A few years ago, Pat Palumbo, a Westchester, New York-based real estate agent, faced some major health problems. She recovered, but “having …

University of Pennsylvania

What If Wes Anderson Made A Surf Movie?

Sitka takes an indie eye onto the waves of Northwestern Canada.<p>In an industry dominated by publicly traded apparel giants, how can a small surf brand from Vancouver Island possibly compete? For Victoria, B.C.-based Sitka it means creating offbeat, memorable films as the branded content that will …

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Finally, An Affordable 3-D Printer Big Enough To Print More Than Trinkets

By “large” we mean 16″x16″x9″, enough to finally print a regulation-size chessboard for all those 3-D-printed rooks you’ve been churning out. …

3D Printing

5 Weird Habits That Make People Successful And Awesome

Because if you make enough money, people call you “eccentric” instead of “crazy.”<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Yes, we all need to heed our callings, follow our north stars, and not settle for jobs, but pursue careers.<p>Thing …

Self-improvement

How This Brain Scientist Used Video Game Tech To Break New Ground

By Taylor Beck4 minute Read<p>You might call University of Pennsylvania researcher Michael Kahana a navigator of the mind. By pushing the limits of …

The Brain

Unblocked: A Guide To Making Things People Love (Part 1)

<b>Processes are the circulatory system of a company.</b><p>Great processes bring rich blood to every aspect of product-making and company-making; they enrich …

Product Management

How Kindness Makes Or Breaks Careers

You don’t break in, you’re let in, as the career trajectory of Etsy design lead Cap Watkins illustrates. Now go return the favor.<p>Cap Watkins is now the design lead at Etsy, but before that he was a lonesome Louisiana-bred web designer living in Oakland, working from home and not knowing a soul …