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How Do You Decide When It Is Time to Leave a Job?

One of the crucial components of achieving a meaningful life is your job, and you should carefully evaluate if you can attain this goal where you are or if you need to pursue a new career elsewhere, as leaving for the wrong reasons can be a big mistake. Have you recently received a call from a …

Employment

Making Virtual Teams Work: Ten Basic Principles

Consider this now familiar view from the field:<p><i>“I’ve run a virtual team for the past 18 months in the development and launch of [a website.] I am located in Toronto, Canada. The website was designed in Zagreb, Croatia. The software was developed in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Zagreb, Croatia; Delhi,</i> …

4 Secrets To Being Happy At Work

What truly makes someone happy at work?<p>Think back to the best job you ever had. What made it so great? Often people will answer that it was when they had a great boss, but when pressed further they’ll say things like, “the work was fun and challenging.” Or, “we were really making a difference.”<p>In …

How to Be Better at Email: A Comprehensive Scientific Guide

Check every 45 minutes (not every five). Ask simple questions. Don't pollute group-emails with one-word reply-alls.<p>Reuters<p>Email is all-pervasive, and arguably one of the most important tools of modern business. But the fact is most of us are not particularly good at it, wasting time on messages we …

Make Time for Growth Assignments in Your Daily Work

Your job probably includes some responsibility for researching new trends or dreaming up innovative ideas. Lucky you! Alas, if you’re like most people, you probably never feel like you have enough time to devote to those important projects. Often the activities with the most learning opportunity …

9 Job Mistakes That Could Stall Your Entire Career

Clinical psychologist Dr. Meg Jay doesn’t subscribe to the theory that your 20s are a throwaway time to just have fun and decide what you want to be when you grow up.<p>While popular media often depicts 20-somethings as aimless wanderers lounging in extended adolescence, the truth, according to Jay, …

Stress test for biofuel plant finds key genes

<b>PENN STATE (US) —</b> Scientists have identified the first step toward engineering a more drought-resistant variety of <i>Jatropha</i>, a potential biofuel plant.<p>…

The 7 Habits Happy People DON'T Have

Your life is good. Just look at the “world news” section of any news site and you’ll know its true.<p><i>And yet, there is this undercurrent of discontent,</i> …

Five Steps To Living A Fearless Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

There is no quick fix or magic pill to move yourself forward from a fearful life to a fearless life. Fear is a powerful glue and you have been stuck …

5 Reliable Ways to Achieve Your Success | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Want to achieve success? Want it badly? Learn 5 reliable ways to achieve your success. These are straightforward, no-nonsense, and timeless ways that …

4 Methods to Make Personal Development A Lot More Fun | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Personal development can be fun. But often times, it can also feel like a chore. You have to do this, and practice that, and you don’t really feel …

Self-improvement

7 Fierce Ways to Get Motivated

Even after writing 8 Practical Ways to Get Motivated, I couldn’t resist sharing 7 more “fierce” ways to help you get motivated.<p>So what’re you waiting …

Be More Productive by Taking More Active Breaks... Outside | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

I have a job where I sit at a desk and type on a computer all day. Luckily, I have a nice window in my office where I’m able to see the beauty of …

University of Illinois

5 Essential Photo Apps for Your Phone

The smartphone has not only revolutionized the way we live but also completely altered the landscape of modern photography. If you have any doubts …

Revamped Google Maps App Aims to Give Users More Content

The revamped Google Maps app still gets you from point A to point B, but now it is aiming to give people much more along the way.The company …

UK to test self-driving cars on public roads this year

Driverless cars will soon be rolling across the UK's public roadways, thanks to a government decision to permit tests by the end of 2013, reports BBC News. A report from the country’s Department of Transport gives a rundown of the plans, which it believes will lower congestion and improve safety — …

Call of nature: mobile phone charged using urine

It brings new meaning to answering a call of nature – engineers have for the first time charged a mobile phone using urine.<p>They have created a fuel cell that uses bacteria to break down the liquid waste to generate electricity.<p>They were then able to plug in a mobile phone to charge up its …

Volvo's Fold-Out Solar Charger Looks Like Sci-Fi Couture

A beautifully practical solar sculpture<p>Solar panels are great, but they can be a bit... well, bland sometimes. We can't argue with their benefits, but unless you've a keen eye for photography, they aren't really works of art.<p>Apart from Synthesis Design + Architecture's (SDA) solar pavilion of …

Eavesdropping On Nature Gives Clues To Biodiversity

Biology professor Mitch Aide uses his ears to learn about the frogs, birds and insects that are all around him. This scientist at the University of Puerto Rico is trying to track how animal populations are affected by a world that's under increasing pressure from human activities.<p>Aide says, "We …

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Top 5 unmissable journeys by rail

There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. Here are <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine’s top five ways to get on board.<p>1. The Ghan, Australia: the luxury rail ride<p>The Australian outback is a place that’s hard to grasp: a vast, ill-defined area mapped by Aboriginal people not on paper …

Holy Cow: Researchers Discover Plants Can Communicate With Each Other Through the Soil

In James Cameron's <i>Avatar</i>, the lush moon known as Pandora is covered in a "neural network" of roots, enabling the plants to communicate with each …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

15 of the Best Travel Photos Taken With an iPhone

There are many ways that Apple's iPhone has transformed our lives. It has put a previously unimaginable array of technology in our pockets - everything from a global positioning system to a video editor. One of the many industries it has changed in the process is travel photography. As the quality …

DSLR Cameras

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