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Creativity

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

How to Learn New Things as an Adult

A new book explores the psychology of mastering skills and absorbing information.<p>Quick, what’s the capital of Australia? No Googling! (And no points if you’re Australian—that means the information is more meaningful to you, which means you’re more likely to know it.) Did you get it? Or are you sure …

Learning

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Augmented Reality

Apple has a secret team working to make the iPhone's camera a portal to augmented reality

The effort, which involves teams from several acquired startups, reflects Apple's near-term desire to put augmented reality technology into consumers' hands even as it develops special glasses that could eventually change the way people perceive their surroundings.<p>Apple also recently hired an …

Augmented Reality

Inside Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s Ambitious Plans To Create The Post-Car City

The first female mayor of the French capital wants to clean the city’s air and lower its carbon footprint. The solution: more walking, more bikes, more public transport—and fewer cars.<p>A year ago, the Georges Pompidou highway next to the right bank of Paris’s Seine River was filled with traffic. Now …

Carsharing

How to Nail the First 30 Seconds of Your Presentation | Inc.com

It was a Thursday afternoon and I was catching up with friends during a rare happy hour. One friend, Shelly, is an expert in her field and has just started speaking at conferences in her industry. The visibility has meant excellent growth for her business, but for someone who never considered …

Public Speaking

Most people are secretly threatened by creativity

Creativity is highly prized in Western society—much touted by cultures that claim to value individualism and the entrepreneurial spirit. But scratch beneath the surface, and it turns out that a lot of schools and businesses aren’t actually all that excited about bold new ideas. By and large, we …

Anticonventional Thinking (ACT) Questions Tool

If you and your team need to get creative, try out these anticonventional thinking (ACT) questions. Their purpose is to help you analyse a situation …

How Amazon's Alexa was 'born' and where voice-controlled tech will take us next

Amazon Echo, the acclaimed voice-controlled AI device, is built on the technology of a little-known British company, Evi, which Amazon acquired in …

Find Your Passion Today With These 14 Questions | Inc.com

What's been a common theme in your life? What's something that people would say about you in each job you've held?<p>What skills come to you naturally? How could you possibly use those to make a living? (Get creative, this is just a brainstorming activity.)<p>What types of things do friends, colleagues, …

Brainstorming

The Fogg Method Is the 3-Step Technique for Changing Behavior

We all have bad habits we could change. (Late-night snacking, anyone?) We could all use a few more healthy habits in our lives too. (You know the …

Will Power

How Silence Rewires Your Brain to Make You More Intelligent

In 2011, the Finish tourism board decided to run a campaign promoting the “silence” you can get by visiting the beautiful country. Along with photos …

20 amazing places in Spain that the British haven't discovered yet

Spain overtook the US to become the world's second most popular travel destination last year. It welcomed an estimated 82.2 million international visitors in 2017 - more than ever before and up from 75.3m in 2016. But that doesn't mean you can't still find pockets of seaside tranquility and cities …

I spent 2 weeks socializing in VR, and I saw the future

When Mark Zuckerberg donned an Oculus Rift on stage at the Oculus Connect conference last fall to show off a group of avatars playing cards in …

Why You Should Spend Your Money on Experiences, Not Things | Inc.com

When you work hard every single day and there's only so much money left after your regular expenses, you have to make certain it's well spent. Spend your limited funds on what science says will make you happy.<p><b>The Paradox of Possessions</b><p>A 20-year study conducted by Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology …

Happiness

The Way You Shop Will Change Forever This Year. Here’s How

These are the four big retail trends coming in 2017.<p>Online shopping has now reached a decade of maturity. We all use services like Amazon Subscribe & Save–and we do so through our phones, following advertisements we see on Facebook.<p>Yet while the internet forever changed shopping, the physical …

eCommerce

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday | Inc.com

For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for …

Creativity

A Stanford University psychologist’s elegant three-step method for creating new habits

If you hate the monotony of running on the treadmill, but drag yourself to the cardio room daily, believing self-torture will eventually become a habit—that’s not heroic; it’s bad design.<p>According to B.J. Fogg, a psychologist and researcher at Stanford University who has studied behavior change for …

Lego's new kit teaches kids to code

Lego is making its blocks smarter.<p>The company is launching a new building and coding set at CES 2017 this week that brings movement to Legos.<p>The Lego Boost kit lets kids build five different smart toy models, including a cat, robot and guitar, with the help of sensors and motors.<p>The move follows …

Lego

Become more optimistic with these exercises

<b>(CNN) —</b> Being pessimistic may keep your heart from being broken when a best-case scenario fails to come to pass, but there are some real health benefits to seeing the glass as half full.<p>Optimism -- having favorable expectations about the future -- may be good for your heart and overall quality of …

Happiness

4 New Year's Resolutions That the Most Creative People Make | Inc.com

Here we are--the end of December. Yes, that's another year gone by, but it's also another opportunity to reset and establish new ways to find motivation, inspiration, and your creative spirit.<p>New Year's resolutions, like any other design challenge, are daunting. With wide-open space ahead of us, …

Creativity

7 Mindful Rituals That Are Hard To Adopt But Will Benefit You Forever

I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘mindfulness’ before. From mental health experts to professional athletes, it’s being touted as the next big revolution in …

9 Steps to Staying Motivated, for Artists, Makers, and Creative Freelancers

I used to think I was unstoppable. Just six months ago, I was juggling a demanding full-time job, graduate school, and a blog while maintaining a …

The Biggest UX Challenges Of 2017

UX is no longer just about user experience. It’s about social justice.<p>2016 raised the stakes, didn’t it? Just a year ago, it seemed like a big deal that iOS is always bugging us about our iCloud storage. Now, designers are asking themselves questions like, “wait, did my UI just give rise to a …

Social Media

What one piece of tech would transform your working life?

<b>What one piece of technology would most improve your working life?</b><p>Chances are it wouldn't be a glove. But car workers in Germany are now using smart gloves that not only save time but prevent accidents as well.<p>It is an example of how tech-enhanced humans are fighting back against the seemingly …

Google Glass

Artist Transforms Ordinary Bananas Into Whimsical Works of Art

Graphic designer Stephan Brusche (aka iSteef) continues his journey to transform bananas into art. These Fruitdoodles, as the Dutch artist has dubbed them, are one part sculpture, one part drawing, and one part pure imagination. Brusche is able to see unlimited possibilities with his edible canvas, …

Art

Mental Canvas on Surface Studio with Surface Dial

Bike Washing Machine : Wash Your Clothes While Riding The Stationary Bike

<b>Bike Washing Machine</b>, from the name of this project you would already know what it is. This project combines 2 activities into one. Riding a bike is …

Washing Machines

Smart Highway: A Glow-in-the-Dark Road in The Netherlands

Last August, Design Milk ventured to Copenhagen to check out the finalists in the INDEX: Award 2013 pool of truly innovative designs which all …

Design