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16 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever

That's especially the case when it comes to learning important life skills.<p>To ascertain which talents are worth the investment, one Quora reader posed the question: "What are the hardest and most useful skills to learn?"<p>We've highlighted our favorite takeaways, as well as a few other skills we …

The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home

The team calls the device a Chemical Looping Energy-on-Demand System (CLES), and it's based on an original invention by Professor Behdad Moghtaderi …

Clean Energy

How to Secure Your Home Before Leaving for the Holidays Photos

It’s an unfortunate truth that the holiday season often brings with it a slew of home break-ins and burglaries. Pricey gifts, package deliveries, and traveler-vacated houses make for a seemingly perfect formula for crimes of opportunity. With the rise of ever-more sophisticated home technology, …

Half of all adults in the world have less than $2,300 in wealth

Income inequality has been a hot-button issue globally in 2016, and with good reason. A new report confirms that the world’s rich do, indeed, keep getting richer.<p>According to researchers from Credit Suisse, the richest 1% owned 50.8% of the world’s wealth in 2016, up from 45.4% in 2009. Zoom out to …

Demographics

The 50 best films of 2016 in the US: 50-2

Drama,Comedy,Action and adventure,Documentary,Crime,Science fiction and fantasy,World cinema,Romance,Culture,Film,Hail, Caesar!,Wiener-Dog,The Jungle Book,Fences,10 Cloverfield Lane,The Neon Demon,Deepwater Horizon,Sausage Party,Manchester by the Sea,Nocturnal Animals,The Lobster,Hell or High …

Avoiding Manipulation in Macro Underwater Photography – Part I

Underwater photography has reached a new era. Gone are the days of vintage photography equipment—physical flashbulbs and rolls of film—that limit the …

How to Get Free Passes for National Parks This Year

If you have a kid in the fourth grade, it's time to start planning your next road trip.<p><i>This story originally appeared on money.com.</i><p>Good news for …

National Parks

Can hipsters stomach the unpalatable truth about avocado toast? | Joanna Blythman

Avocados are bountiful in our food culture and all over Instagram. But communities in Mexico are suffering because of our fetishisation<p>Are avocados now toast, at least for the thoughtful eater? There was only ever one way for avocado adulation to go, and that was down. Just have a look at …

Researchers have stumbled upon a battery breakthrough that could change energy storage forever

Better battery storage can advance all sorts of technology from phones to electric cars — but increasing battery life is no easy feat.<p>Luckily, researchers hailing from the University of California Irvine may have accidentally discovered a solution that could change energy storage forever.<p>Fifth-year …

These Earth-Saving Robots Might Be The Future Recyclers

Apple's new robot, Liam, is designed to disassemble iPhones for recycling purposes.<p>Meet Liam, an Apple robot designed to take apart 1.2 million iPhones a year.<p>Mashable reporter Samantha Murphy Kelly got a first look at the robot at Apple's headquarters. It has 29 arms and it was an Apple secret for …

The Paradox of Workplace Productivity

At its most basic, productivity is the amount of value produced divided by the amount of cost (or time) required to do so. And while this equation seems simple enough on the surface, the strategies for optimizing it have evolved dramatically over the last two decades. Technology has enabled massive …

Employment

Mercedes-Benz Debuts a $1.7 Million USD Luxury Yacht

Only 10 of these exist, with a limit of one boat per country.<p>What was first a futuristic concept unveiled at the 2012 Monaco Yacht Show is now a marketable model ready for the public with Mercedes-Benz’s new Arrow 460 Granturismo Edition Yacht. Nicknamed the “Silver Arrow of the Seas,” this sleek, …

Readers suggest the 10 best Oscar snubs

Oscars,Raging Bull,Pulp Fiction,The Lego Movie,Boyhood,Culture,Goodfellas,Film,Selma,Oscars 2016,Awards and prizes<p>Last week we brought you our pick of the 10 best Oscar snubs. Here you suggest what other films should have taken the prize

Pulp Fiction

Illustrated Notes on Spring Scents

As Byredo launches its new fragrance, Super Cedar, we explore the notes and descriptions of some of our favourite green scents<p>The phrasing a perfume …

Beauty

Gary Lineker confirms he will present Match of the Day in his pants if Leicester City win the Premier League

Gary Lineker has confirmed he will remain true to his word and present Match of the Day in just his pants if Leicester City win the Premier League.<p>The maddest Premier League season in living memory is somehow getting madder by the day after another incredible night of football.<p>After Leicester City …

‘It was like being buried alive’: battle to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome

Is it physical or mental – or a combination of the two? And why are treatments for CFS hotly disputed? In an extract from her book Cure, Jo Marchant tells the story of Samantha Miller, one sufferer of the controversial condition<p>‘It was like being buried alive,” Samantha Miller says …

North London

Beating Procrastination: 72 Successful People Reveal their Most Powerful Tips

Why do today what you can put off till tomorrow?<p><i>"This isn't important right now, I will get to it later." "This is too difficult, let's keep it for next week." "I need to be in the right mood." "I work better under pressure."</i><p>It comes in various forms (as above), but it has one name. …

This startup was named the best place to work in NYC thanks to a unique Japanese philosophy

"Provide omotenashi."<p>Say what?<p>"The easiest literal translation is the ability of the host to predict what his or her guest wants before he or she asks for it," explains Button's CEO Mike Jaconi.<p>"What it speaks to, though, is if given or demonstrated authentically, there's an ability that you have …

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Mark Kermode: the best films of 2015

A female Iranian vampire, forbidden love and Pixar’s brilliant depiction of a teen’s inner turmoil helped make 2015 a great year for cinema<p>• Observer critics’ reviews of the year in full<p>You can tell how good a year was by how hard it is to compile a list of the top 10 highlights! Such was the …

Top 10

Energiewende-Induced Innovation: First Solar Leads $50M Investment In Younicos

If any single company is capable of capturing the current state of energy innovation in Germany, it is probably Younicos.<p>Based in Berlin, Younicos is commercializing an energy storage-as-a-service controls system that provides a suite of services for enhancing the stability and efficiency of the …

Eco-Friendly Furniture Uses Glowing Bio Resin to "Self Heal" Salvaged Wood

In nature, trees can heal themselves when wounded while simultaneously promoting healthy growth. Inspired by this self-repairing process, German design company Manufract has created unique furniture pieces that combine salvaged oak with bio resins–this material repairs the wood and forms it into …

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Greek crisis, China crash and low rates: hedge funds’ horror year

The nightmare has wider effects, with a quarter of the industry’s assets managed for pension funds<p>The panic that swept the markets in August was tough for investors the world over, but particularly for the macro hedge funds, who bet big on economic trends.<p>Despite a reputation as “the smartest guys …

How to Write a Great Business Plan in Less Than a Day

Planning is important but someone else's idea of what a business plan should be shouldn't stand in your way of starting something important.<p>Before getting engaged, you first fall in love with the future possibilities, then seek advice from others, and finally make the decision to go for it. Married …

Small Business

5 Mobility Exercises You’ve Probably Never Done, But Should

<i>Today’s guest post comes courtesy of Dean Somerset, who’s excellent new resource, High Tensile Strength, is set to be unleashed today to the masses.</i> …

Watch The Moving Lesbian Storyline That Got Cut From 'Love Actually'

Love, actually, is for same-sex couples, too.<p>In the voice-over that opens the now classic rom-com "Love Actually," Hugh Grant waxes poetic about what it means to love in our current age.<p>"If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around," he narrates, as …

YouTube plans to defend film-makers against copyright claims

Video site will defend strong examples of fair use against copyright claims, saying creators can be ‘intimidated’ by the effort required to defend their rights<p>YouTube will go to court to defend film-makers wrongly accused of copyright infringement, the site has announced.<p>It will now offer legal …

Why IBM spent billions buying technology it already had access to

After securing the initial partnership, IBM's Inhi Suh, VP and GM of Big Data, Integration, & Governance, realized that the Weather Company was working on some mind-blowing technology, she told Business Insider.<p>She realized that marrying that tech with IBM's own super smart computer Watson, which …

Top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs on Mexico’s Pacific coast

Photograph: PR<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/11/17/1447773639425/26c09128-96e8-47be-bf33-fd20a26893b4-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: …