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The Psychology of Color: How to Use Colors to Increase Conversion Rate

When it comes to persuasion, emotion is the primary target. And nothing – not even words or images – appeals more to people’s emotions than color to …

UI Design

The Sleek Flying Car of the Future is Here Now

A flying car was something once left to the realm of science fiction, but now it looks like it’s actually a reality. The Solvakia-based company AeroMobil recently unveiled the sleek-looking <i>AeroMobil 3.0</i>, the latest version of its flying car. It was shown at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, …

UK fracking faces bust amid Opec oil price war

With crude prices slumping, Britain’s hoped for shale oil ‘revolution’ may be undermined by basic economics<p>Experts have warned that a rush to start fracking for oil across Britain may already be over before it has even begun as the slump in global crude oil prices makes the controversial method of …

50 Best Websites for Entrepreneurs

For entrepreneurs, time is especially precious. Every wasted minute is a lost opportunity for networking, growing the business, and of course making money.<p>There are many websites out there that can help entrepreneurs grow a bigger, better business--but there are many more time-suck websites. How …

Entrepreneurship

Nasa picks astronaut crew ship designs

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1108000/1108857_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524654222_42b5bb7907005e2147910df18b8d702a<p><b>The US space agency Nasa has picked the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space.</b><p>It is giving up to $6.2bn to the Boeing …

Russians urged 'don't panic' as rouble hits new low - BBC News

Cave transformed into giant trampoline

The world's largest underground trampoline has been unveiled in a cave in Blaenau Ffestiniog, North Wales.<p>The unused cavern was once used as a slate mine but has been transformed by installing three giant trampolines.<p>The trampolines are reached by train, with each linked by a 60ft (18.28m) long …

The world wide web may be fracturing into a bunch of regional internets

The World Wide Web celebrated its 25th birthday recently. Today the global network serves almost 3 billion people, and hundreds of thousands more join each day. If the Internet were a country, its economy would be among the five largest in the world.<p>In 2011, according to the World Economic Forum, …

Net Neutrality

Why are credit unions not very popular?

<b>Everyone from the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Duchess of Cornwall loves the idea of credit unions.</b><p>Mutually-owned, locally-based and ethically-run, they provide low-cost loans for those who are least well-off - so saving them from the clutches of payday lenders.<p>Yet despite such high-profile …

Bank of England 'puzzled' by productivity gap

<b>The Bank of England says productivity is 16% below its pre-crisis trend - but says it is at a loss to understand why.</b><p>Its latest quarterly bulletin says that since the onset of the 2007-08 financial crisis, labour productivity in the UK has been exceptionally weak.<p>It records some "modest" …

Vanadium: The metal that may soon be powering your neighbourhood

<b>Hawaii has a problem, one that the whole world is likely to face in the next 10 years. And the solution could be a metal that you've probably never heard of - vanadium.</b><p>Hawaii's problem is too much sunshine - or rather, too much solar power feeding into its electricity grid.<p>Generating electricity in …

The Complete Guide to Choosing a Content Calendar

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>Do you know what you’re posting, sharing, and blogging this Thursday?<p>“Europe's leading digital technology conference”It's happening, Join 15k digital minds to shape what's next for your businessI'm interested<p>How about two Thursdays from now? Thursday …

Code Club opens up its coding-for-kids projects for UK parents and teachers

British after-school programming clubs network Code Club has started publishing its materials online, in an effort to make its coding lessons available to a wider range of children.<p>The organisation, whose network includes more than 2,100 volunteer-run clubs around the UK, has made its Scratch, web …

Tablets in schools: coding, creativity and the importance of teachers

From September, coding will be part of the primary and secondary education curriculum in the UK, as part of wider changes designed to boost computer literacy alongside reading, writing and maths skills for British children.<p>Some independent schools are already providing a glimpse at the potential. …

Get Homecooked Takeout Food Delivered Straight From Your Neighbor’s Kitchen

Don’t have time to make a healthy, home-cooked meal? With Eatro, a new sharing economy startup in London, you could just order from your neighbor.<p>Bar Segal, Daniel Kaplansky, and Zifeng Wei are childhood friends living in a small apartment in East London. They work together, eat together, and even …

Blogging – How to Write Articles that Speak to Your Audience

<b>Using blogging as a marketing tool takes skill. Nancy Goodyear offers practical tips for writing articles that keep your audience reading and hungry</b> …

The Future of Twitter Events Is Here

Twitter’s biggest draw to date has been the power of the event.<p>From Hurricane Sandy to the Academy Awards, “events” are those moments of large-scale, …

Giant Picnic Table Creates Confusing Optical Illusion

Designed by French artist Benedetto Bufalino, this picnic table will make any adult feel like a kid again. The oversized sculpture, entitled <i>La Table de Pique Nique</i>, looks just like the real thing but at a much larger scale, standing six and a half feet tall. From a distance, the optical illusion …

I Bought an Apartment Specifically to Rent Out on AirBnB

<i>This is a guest post by Jon Wheatley of Need/Want that originally appeared on the company’s blog. Need/Want makes innovative products that solve problems like SmartBedding and Draft Notebooks.</i><p>In 2012 I bought an apartment specifically to rent out on Airbnb. I’ve been managing it remotely for the …

Curious wants to turn teachers into the web’s next wave of entrepreneurs

When Curious launched this spring, its focus was offering lifelong learners a marketplace of bite-sized lessons on everything from beer brewing and …

Apple's Entirely Unnecessary But Very Cool Method Of Making The Mac Pro

This is an interesting little tale to me covering as it does two parts of my working life: tech and business and then the wider shores of the metals business which is what I do in my day job. Apple's new Mac Pro uses one particular metals manufacturing technique which is entirely unnecessary in a …

This African Inventor Created A $100 3-D Printer From E-Waste

Kodjo Afate Gnikou, an inventor working in a Togolese maker space, created a 3-D printer from discarded scanner parts that can be built for less than $100.<p>The small West African nation of Togo is one of the last places you’d expect to find a maker space–a workshop where inventors and tinkerers can …

E-waste

Imagine a world without shops or factories

<b>I have come to think that our world is being turned upside down. We probably do not grasp the huge implications because, perhaps, we are still imprisoned by our past.</b><p>We are all of us, almost everywhere, swept up in a maelstrom of change which overturns many of the assumptions we have lived with for …

A first look inside Google's futuristic quantum lab

In May, Google launched the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab with hardware from the Canadian quantum computing company D-Wave and technical expertise from NASA. It was an ambitious open research project aimed at exploring both the capabilities of quantum computer architecture and the mysteries …

Britain misses out again in Top 100 Global Innovators list

For a second year running, Britain has failed to get a single entry in a list of the world's 100 most innovative companies.<p>No UK firm has appeared in Thomson Reuters' Top 100 Global Innovators report since the consumer goods multinational Unilever dropped out last year.<p>US companies took 45 of the …

An App For Kids, By A Kid: Meet The 9-Year-Old Co-Creator Of ‘Super Fun Kid Time’

The best way to build a great product is to really understand the problem it is trying to solve. The latest awesome example of this is Super Fun Kid Time, an app made for scheduling kids’ playdates that was created at the Disrupt Hackathon by nine-year-old programmer Alexandra Jordan.<p>Super Fun Kid …

Making Your Mission Statement Work for You AND Your Customers

<b>Marketer Lynn Serafinn looks at the importance of having a mission statement and how to make one that resonates with yourself, your employees and the</b> …