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Fungi help create Amazon clouds and rain - Technology & science - Science - OurAmazingPlanet | NBC News

In the Amazon rain forest, salty particles from spore-launching fungi help make clouds and rain, according to new research.<p>The tiny, potassium-rich specks, smaller than bacteria, waft above the forest into the air. Once in the atmosphere, organic gases condense on the particles, coating them with …

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The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

Is Innovation More About People or Process?

What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.<p>This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster …

How the Software Industry Redefines Product Management

Quick, name a product that was developed without using software. It’s difficult, if not impossible. Software has become a crucial part of almost all goods and services. It’s used to design and develop just about any product you can think of, from consumer goods to industrial equipment – or any …

The Big Lie of Strategic Planning

All executives know that strategy is important. But almost all also find it scary, because it forces them to confront a future they can only guess at. Worse, actually choosing a strategy entails making decisions that explicitly cut off possibilities and options. An executive may well fear that …

Caribu: Bedtime Stories When You're Away From Your Kids

If you’ve got kids, you’re probably well-versed in reading them a little story before they head off to the land of marshmallow clouds. But equally, if you’re a working mum or dad, you may often miss out on putting them to bed, either due to being tethered to the office, or staying away for the …

Amazon Wants to Ship Your Package Before You Buy It

Amazon.com wants to get you that package fast, really fast – before you’ve even ordered it.<p>The Seattle retailer late last year was granted a patent for what it calls “anticipatory shipping,” a method to start delivering packages even before customers have clicked “buy.” The technique could cut down …

Java Primary Cause of 91 Percent of Attacks: Cisco

There are many different risks and attacks that IT professionals had to deal with in 2013, but no one technology was more abused or more culpable …

Information Security

Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Scientists discover a naturally occurring hormone that blocks marijuana buzz

A group of scientists from the French Institute of Health and Medical Research may have discovered the buzzkill in hormone form. It's called Pregnenolone, and a new study suggests it may be released as a natural response to counteract the mental effects of marijuana. Researchers discovered the …

Amazon: 5 bold predictions for 2014

How will Amazon top online groceries and delivery drones in 2014? The online retail giant might just focus on getting your attention via some new devices.<p>Amazon spent 2013 attempting to wow us and, for the most part, succeeded.<p>This year saw the debut of Amazon's Mayday customer service button -- …

eCommerce

Amazon and the "profitless business model" fallacy

Amazon v Apple: business models compared

Amazon 'loses' money, Apple makes tons if it – yet Wall Street prefers Jeff Bezos's losses to Tim Cook's<p>The words in the standfirst were spoken by an old friend and Amazon veteran, as three French émigrés talked shop at a Palo Alto watering hole. The riposte would fit as the epigraph for <b>The Amazon</b> …

The Best Entertainment Photos Of 2013

We've compiled the most memorable entertainment moments of the year in photos.<p>From Miley Cyrus' twerk seen 'round the world to Gisele's "multitasking" photo, here are the best photos of 2013.

The Most Colorful Cities in the World (Photos)

No need to rely on just nature to provide a colorful backdrop to your vacation. The streets and skylines of these global cities pop in jewel tones …

Welcome to the “Designed By Me” Era

Since at least the early ’90s, we’ve been hearing that Mass Customization is going to change the consumer landscape, but by and large, we still buy manufactured goods the way we have since the middle of last century. With the exception of custom-crafted luxury goods like bespoke tailored suits and …

Amazon testing 'octocopter' package-delivery drones

Need a delivery fast? Amazon Prime Air might someday get a package to you within 30 minutes, via octocopter. Jeff Bezos says so.<p>Amazon is testing a delivery service that uses drones to deliver packages within 30 minutes of an order being placed.<p>Dubbed Amazon Prime Air, the service uses 8-propeller …

Charlie Rose

Hiding From Managers Can Increase Your Productivity

Harvard Business School Assistant Professor Ethan S. Bernstein explains why decreasing workplace transparency can increase productivity.<p>Companies all …

Three Strategy Lessons From the Latest Round of Xbox vs. PlayStation

In 2008, when the Harvard Business School case study was written on the launch two years earlier of the PlayStation 3, the question was whether it was “game over” for Sony. The electronics giant had seemingly lost its dominant position in the gaming console market, with the Nintendo Wii’s surprise …

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes. An automobile industry trade consultant, for instance, observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, …