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100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

Why Dust is the Most Important Stuff in the Universe

It’s one of the astronomy’s most popular fun facts, trotted out by everyone from the geeky 1980s cosmic icon Carl Sagan to his impossibly cool heir …

The year ahead: ten amazing science and technology innovations coming up in 2014

From the world's largest underground hotel to Star Wars-style holographic communication, the coming year is set to unveil an array of incredible advances in science and technology<p><b>Beam yourself across the world</b><p>The growth in video communication has been exponential. Skype now boasts 300 million …

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt

For six or seven decades, computers have been based on processing electronic 1s and 0s.<p>Now, computer scientists are breaking out of that paradigm in strange new directions, as they seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.<p>One approach is quantum computing, in which …

The Insanity Of Bitcoin, Explained

There’s no better way to appreciate the trippiness of the digital currency Bitcoin than this hallucinatory animated video.<p>If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you might have heard that digital currency Bitcoin is currently the talk of Wall Street after skyrocketing in value to trade at over …

7 Success Lessons It's Never Too Late to Learn

Life's lessons don't always come when we want them. But these 7 tips for success are worthy teachings at any age.<p>You never know when a new life lesson is about to occur. You can't plan for them. They just seem to sneak up on you when you least expect them. There are times I wish they had come a bit …

25 Ways to Win With Watermelon

There’s something about watermelon—it just isn’t summer without it. But you can do more than just serve it in wedges or in a fruit salad. Paired with basil and feta, it becomes a savory salad, and paired with vodka it becomes…well, the best cocktail to round out the summer months. So, for National …

What Are The Most Lactose Intolerant Places In The World? [Infographic]

Whether you can digest milk comfortably after childhood is a genetic fluke. For many people, the ability to produce lactase--the enzyme that allows the body to break down lactase, the sugar in milk--disappears after childhood, when we no longer need to survive on our mother's milk.<p>Lactase …

DNA storage: The code that could save civilisation

Two scientists think we can safeguard the world's knowledge against an apocalypse if we store it in DNA. How far-fetched is the idea? Ed Yong meets them to find out.<p>Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. …

Genetics

How Hugh Jackman Taught Me to Make a Lasting Impression

A chance encounter on a New York City street offers a lesson in making the ideal first impression.<p>When you speak to another person, every moment is a key moment--so make sure to always act that way.<p>I was standing by myself between sessions at a huge conference in New York. (I'm pretty shy but with …

New Daft Punk Tribute Features Dancing Pictogram Men

Designer Matteo Civaschi and his team at Milan-based creative studio H-57 just came out with a hilarious new tribute to Daft Punk's hit song <i>Get Lucky</i>. Using those classic pictogram men they've come to be famous for, his group created an awesome video that you can't but want to watch from beginning …

Visual Language

Want to Know What Really Makes You Happy? Try Tracking It

Throughout our careers and lives, the big decisions we have to make usually lead back to a single, overriding concern: What really makes me happy? Too often we try to answer these questions without knowing or understanding the real data from our lives. Our self-analysis devolves into speculation or …

If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story

Ask a CEO if they want to spend a pile of money on an analysis of their company’s story, and they’ll probably throw you out of their office. But if you tell them that you have a powerful insight that can help them raise the prices on all of their products, they might ask you over to their house for …

The Two-Minute Game that Reveals How People Perceive You

We often write about B-school research findings in this space. Now we’re going to let you take part. This video, presented by Harvard Business School associate professor Michael Norton, is a game. In fact, it’s the same game Norton used in research he recently conducted, so when you play the game …

Millions of US license plates tracked and stored, new ACLU report finds

Millions of Americans are having their movements tracked through automated scanning of their car license plates, with the records held often …

4 Tools That Make Social Media (Almost) Painless

They'll boost your social media marketing reach--with little to no extra effort required.<p>I have a confession to make: I don't love social media. Unlike my husband, who spends the last half hour of every evening on Facebook because he loves the way it connects him to everyone he knows, or my stepson …

Social Media

5 Tech Innovations Spawning New Start-ups

They're still new themselves but already these innovations are seeing start-up ecosystems grow up around them.<p>Smart entrepreneurs often see a tech tidal wave coming long before it hits the shoreline. Check out five emerging technologies below--and the companies that are using them to create new, …

Give the Perfect Elevator Pitch

Can you tell what you do in a compelling way? Believe it or not, most people can't. Here's how to do it efficiently and effectively.<p>Ah, the classic <i>elevator pitch</i>. It's a challenge every entrepreneur, marketer, and sales person must meet, and yet most do it poorly. The concept is simple: communicate …

SEO is Dead. Now What?

Until now, search engine optimization has been tactical and reactive in nature. But that's all changing.<p>Search engine optimization has changed significantly since the earlier days when the term was first coined and industry leaders are beginning to hint at a fundamental philosophical shift that …

SEO

10 Traits of Great Leaders (and Their Followers)

Without great followers, no leader would achieve greatness. See here if you have what it takes to be both.<p>Much is written and taught about becoming a great leader. Many strive for leadership and many actually become great. As Shakespeare said in <i>Twelfth Night</i>: "Some are born great, some achieve …

How a Bad Night's Sleep Can Screw You Up

Are you getting enough rest? Lack of sleep affects everything from decision making to creativity.<p>For 20th century masters of the universe, getting four hours of sleep a night was a badge of honor. How could a C-suite executive sleep more and truly be successful? Today, that axiom has been turned on …

Leadership Dictionary: How to Talk Like a Leader

Do you know which buzzwords and phrases to use--and which to avoid?<p>One of the most challenging aspects of leadership is communicating with important people in a wide variety of roles. Every day, you have to motivate your employees, capture the attention of potential customers, and inspire …

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 …

SoundBrush, An App That Lets You Draw Music, Turns The Untrained Into Musicians

An iPad app called SoundBrush is out to make music composition accessible, even those who don’t play an instrument. After releasing a MVP in April 2012 to test out the concept of drawing music on a tablet, SoundBrush released a more sophisticated second version last month along with a sharing and …

Stop-Motion Humorously Shows Repetition of Everyday Life

There's a reason why this stop-motion, Goyte's Easy Way Out, created by Oh Yeah Wow, is starting to snatch up awards left and right. At the recently wrapped St. Kilda Film Festival, Australia's short films competition, Oh Yeah Wow nabbed Best Music Video, Best Music Video Animation and the People's …

Stop Motion

The longest words in English: do you know what they mean?

The longest word in German – <i>Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz</i>, meaning "the law concerning the delegation of duties for …

MOOCs - massive open online courses: jumping on the bandwidth

These are trying times for researchers across the globe, and I think it matters not whether one is in the UK, US or anywhere else; the lack of …

Trust in science would be improved by study pre-registration

In an ideal world, scientific discoveries would be independent of what scientists <i>wanted</i> to discover. A good researcher would begin with an idea, …

30 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Frequent Flyers

Your iPhone could be your most valuable travel companion. It can help you get the best seats on and off the plane, get you to the gate on time, find convenient airport lounges, avoid weather cancellations and even help you find the bathroom in a pitch dark hotel room. All these apps are available …