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29 of The Most Surreal Landscapes on The Planet You Must See

Alien visions right here on Earth.<p>Earth is full of bizarre landscapes. Some are land formations moulded over thousands of years, while others are …

'Big Chicken': The Medical Mystery That Traced Back To Slaughterhouse Workers

<i>Editor's note: In the 1950s, the U.S. poultry industry began adopting a new process: Acronizing. Ads that ran in women's magazines pictured crisp-skinned whole chicken that tasted "fresh," "wholesome" and "country sweet" thanks to a "revolutionary process which helps maintain freshness in</i> …

Public Health

Is Alkaline Water Just a Way of Making Expensive Pee?

Nutrition is a battlefield where everyone seems to have an opinion. Some of those opinions are science-based, and others are veiled quackery with …

The False Promise of DNA Testing

The forensic technique is becoming ever more common—and ever less reliable.<p>One evening in November of 2002, Carol Batie was sitting on her living-room couch in Houston, flipping through channels on the television, when she happened to catch a teaser for an upcoming news segment on KHOU 11, the …

This Is the Magic Hour to Schedule a Presentation, According to Science

Research on the human body clock offers some very interesting pointers.<p><i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Does your life have defined patterns?<p>Do you have a work o'clock, a wine o'clock and a third-glass-of-port o'clock?<p>The body …

Short-Term Memory

Making Sense Of The Many Business Models In The Sharing Economy

Do we even know what the sharing economy is anymore? Breaking down all the business models, from for-profit, venture-backed corporations to small cooperative collectives.<p>Is Uber even part of the sharing economy? Does Airbnb’s business model have a positive or negative impact on communities? Are …

How my business raised £3.5m through crowdfunding

Mouldable glue business Sugru smashed its target in four days and broke two records. CEO Jane ni Dhulchaointigh shares her tips for a successful campaign<p>Sugru recently raised £3.5m on equity crowdfunding platform Crowdcube, smashing our original £1m target in four days. We broke two equity …

20 Of The Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.<p>Sure, there's something spooky about them. But also something undeniably striking.

Toronto-based Influitive nabs $30.5M to evolve more brand fans into advocates

The customer is not only king these days. He’s also Paul Revere.<p>One vehicle helping the customer spread the word to every village about your business is the advocate marketing platform Influitive. Today, the Toronto-based company — led by the founding CEO of marketing automation platform Eloqua, …

Why VCs Draw Big Salaries but Look for Founders Who Take Little

They want to fund entrepreneurs who believe in their company so much that they'll do everything in their power to extend the company's runway, including taking very low salaries.<p><i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Generally speaking, why do VCs take full salaries and expect startup</i> …

Forget China, There’s An E-Commerce Gold Rush In Southeast Asia

There’s a myopia blinding e-commerce players to the reality of opportunities in Southeast Asia. Everyone is looking at Asian economies from under the shadow China casts on the economic landscape, which can’t help but obscure the picture.<p>China is one of the most developed markets in e-commerce today …

eCommerce

This Is What Happens to Your Body After You Die

<i>Most of us would rather not think about what happens to our bodies after death. But that breakdown gives birth to new life in unexpected ways, writes</i> …

Burglary at Steve Jobs's Home Triggered This 'Self-Monitoring' Startup

On July 17, 2012, a burglar who had no sense of history or understanding of the capabilities of technology broke into Steve Jobs’s home in Palo Alto, CA, and took off with a bunch of iProducts as well as jewelry, the deceased man’s wallet, and other equipment. The premises were empty. The home was …

New darlings of the investment world

Circumstances have never been better for people investing in UK startups. Soaring numbers of new businesses means there is greater choice than ever …

How does funding work – Business angels, VCs and investments in Nordic startups by numbers

Inspired by an article from Founders and Founders back in 2013, I wanted to give an example of how startup funding rounds really work in the Nordics. …

Startups Anonymous: The time a 14-year old invested in my startup

[<i>This is a weekly series that brings you raw, first-hand experiences from founders and investors in the trenches. Their story submissions are</i> …

Startups

Why GGV Capital is betting big on Internet-of-Things startups in China

US and China-based VC firm GGV Capital announced earlier this week that the company has made three new investments into Chinese Internet of Things …

Internet-Connected Sheep and the New Roaming Wireless

Scientists around the world are building sensor networks that rely on the natural environment.<p>The Internet of Things is one of those buzzy phrases that has driven technology and business since it was first coined nearly two decades ago. Usually it’s applied to urban areas where the idea is that …

Internet of Things

Samsung’s $100 Million Internet of Things Bet Is Even Crazier Than You Think

The company dreams of making all our devices and appliances live in harmony. Even with a humongous bankroll it won’t be easy.<p>When you think of impossible dreams, Samsung probably doesn’t come to mind.<p>While the South Korean tech giant is a capable creator of mobile devices, computing components, …

Here’s a list of must-read books and articles about Silicon Valley’s history

Silicon Valley might be home to countless photo-sharing apps and on-demand services for pretty much anything, but it also has a rich history few of these apps’ users and customers of these services know about.<p>Patrick Collison, cofounder and chief executive of payments company Stripe, has collected …

How tech is helping seniors live at home, not in a home

<i>This sponsored post is produced in association with Humana.</i><p>Most seniors would like to remain independent, and continue to live in their own home as long as possible. It’s important that they can do so in a safe way. Technology can help ease the worries about not knowing if an aging family member …

10 Chinese Internet of things startups to watch in 2015

The Internet of Things, or IoT, emerged as the third wave of internet development and is gradually merging the physical and online worlds. Prompted by the smart hardware boom, this sector is in full bloom in China, with repercussions across fields such as smart homes, wearables, connected cities …

2014's most dubious 'science' stories | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Alamy<p>Still some surprises to be had with the human body.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/29/1419853655603/b1f8476f-efbf-4581-9ba9-accfbc83fd9a-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Alamy<p>Still some surprises to be had with the human …

Misfit raises another $40M from Xiaomi and others, fixes gaze on China market

Those Misfit fitness trackers — like the Shine — are big in China.<p>“We’re the No. 1 activity tracker in China right now,” Misfit CEO Sonny Vu told VentureBeat Monday.<p>And by the sound of things, Misfit is going to get even more popular in China with the help of some big friends.<p>The company raised a …

Zikto, a hardware startup from Seoul, secures $50K on Kickstarter in first 24 hours

<i>Update: On November 25 the $100,000 Kickstarter goal was passed, with 27 days left on the campaign, which ends December 22.</i><p>A proverb says a good beginning is half the battle. Based on this, Zikto is well on its way to victory, having reached half of its Kickstarter goal on the first day.<p>Zikto are …

The 110 Year-Old Light Bulb That's Never Been Turned Off

The oldest lightbulb in continuous use was installed before the Wright Brothers took flight, is 110 years old, and is still as beautiful as the day …

Whistle dog activity tracker lands on Apple Store shelves and in IFTTT’s recipe book

Connected canine startup Whistle Labs has found a new retail partner in Apple, which will soon begin selling its connected dog tag in Apple Stores in …

Why China will leapfrog the world in Internet of Things

The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things?<p>China.<p>With its recent IPO, Alibaba is a ramping up a strategy for the Internet of Things. Seeing the success of …

The $50 Billion Opportunity Hidden In the Internet of Things That Nobody is Talking About

There's a new $50 billion industry emerging around the edges of the Internet of Things. The way that we advertise and the way that consumers purchase …

Internet of Things

Findster’s GPS Tracker Locates Missing Kids Or Pets, Without A Monthly Fee

There are a number of gadgets, both new and old, that allow parents to geo-locate their children – or let puppy parents track down a wandering Fido – but many of these either fall short of the task at hand by relying on Bluetooth alone, or require a monthly fee, like the FiLIP smartwatch for kids …