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The Best Books of 2016 for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners

Read one. Better yet, read them all.<p>Finding new ways to look at the same problems can be all you need to take your business to the next level. But that means finding ideas and perspectives that don't result in incremental changes but in <i>major</i> changes.<p>The following books (in no particular order) will …

Christmas Day truce of 1914 was not a one-off, researcher reveals

It is one of the most enduring images of the First World War, the day where troops from both sides of the trenches paused months of violence to play a game of football together.<p>Now, it has come to light the great Christmas Day truce of 1914 was not a one-off, and such truces were far more common …

Dyson’s Office Light Of The Future Runs For 22 Years

Designed by Jake Dyson, this fluorescent replacement can provide mood or work lighting, and runs for 200,000 hours.<p>A light hangs from the ceiling, but most of it isn’t a light at all.<p>This is the Cu-Beam Duo, the latest invention out of Dyson. It’s intended to be the commercial light of the future. …

Your brilliant Kickstarter idea could be on sale in China before you’ve even finished funding it

Shenzhen, China<p>Yekutiel Sherman couldn’t believe his eyes.<p>The Israeli entrepreneur had spent one year designing the product that would make him rich—a smartphone case that unfolds into a selfie stick. He had drawn up prototypes, secured some minimal funds from his family, and launched a …

Intellectual Property

The 33 Best Books of 2016

Add them to your reading list now.<p>With 2016 slowly winding down, it's the exact right time to catch up on the books you may have missed. Whether you're in the mood for excellent short story collections, sharply drawn fiction, or unbelievably gripping memoirs, scroll ahead for our round-up of the …

11 Places to Visit on the Ultimate American Road Trip

There’s something truly romantic about the great American road trip. The thought of throwing caution to the wind, jumping in the car (a vintage …

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts …

Zoom into the Heart of the Breathtaking Crab Nebula

Heart of the Crab Nebula. Image source: nasa.gov<p>Hubble recently released a breathtaking image of the heart of the supernova remnant known as the Crab …

Watch: an 8K timelapse showing Grand Teton park in all its glory

Grand Teton National Park is in the northwest of the U.S state of Wyoming and it’s an eye candy. The park “<i>boasts an awe-inspiring array of pristine</i> …

Time-lapse Photography

Incredible Video From NASA Show's Orion Re-entering Earth's Atmosphere

This amazing video by NASA gives you a first person view of what it looked like when the Orion spacecraft re-entered Earth’s atmosphere.<p>Orion is …

Space Exploration

A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Elon Musk About Business and Investing

Elon Musk is a classic missionary founder who is more interested in changing the world and creating enduring businesses than just the financial …

Frequency Separation for Dummies in Photoshop

You may have heard of this technique called frequency separation where you magically separate the details in your image from the colors and tones to …

World's best bookstores from London to Los Angeles | CNN Travel

Largest plane in the world to perform test flights in 2016

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen started planning to build the largest plane in the world in 2011, along with several partners -- including Elon Musk. Now, that plane (called Stratolaunch) is under construction at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, and is expected to undergo testing as …

Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies | Jordan Kisner

Skip Lievsay is one of the most talented men in Hollywood. He has created audioscapes for Martin Scorsese and is the only sound man the Coen brothers go to. But the key to this work is more than clever effects, it is understanding the human mind<p>Skip Lievsay, an unassuming-looking guy in his mid-60s …

Jokes

The Amazon Web Services Engineer Bootcamp Bundle

If you need to deploy any kind of application, especially one that needs room to grow, Amazon is a great place to host it. These four courses show you how to configure the perfect AWS setup.<p>The tuition starts from scratch, looking at the various services Amazon provides, such as EC2, S3, and the …

Scientists use lasers to find out why astronauts have bad skin

A team of German scientists are employing advanced imaging technology to help understand one of the unusual effects of long-term space habitation — thinning skin. Led by Professor Karsten Koenig of Saarland University, the study is an offshoot of the European Space Agency's Skin B project detailing …

Obama meets Detroit woman believed to be oldest veteran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama opened the Oval Office to a 110-year-old Detroit woman believed to be the nation's oldest veteran.<p>Obama says …

Barack Obama

Oregon Is About To Become Second State To Offer Free Community College

Up to 6,000 students could benefit from the program in its first year.<p>Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed into law Friday a bill that would allow students to go to community college for free immediately after they graduate high school.<p>The legislation sets aside $10 million over the next year to begin …

If you want your children to succeed, teach them to share in kindergarten

Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.<p>Kids who get along well with others also are less likely to have substance-abuse problems and run-ins with the …

Someone is breaking into underground vaults in California to sever major internet cables

This attack is part of a series of at least 11 that stretch from the San Francisco Bay Area to Sacramento that the FBI is currently investigating, according to the report. The attacks have generally occurred in concealed locations that are unmonitored by devices like security cameras.<p>"When it …

San Francisco

Welcome To The Age Of The Micro-Singularity

By Amber Case5 minute Read<p>Last month, over a billion people around the world suddenly knew the name and appearance of the very same woman, and …

How to Give Give Your Shots the Cinematic Look in Lightroom

We all love the movies. It's not only the feel of sitting in a cinema watching on a big screen, it’s the skill of the director and cinematographers …

3.69-carat diamond found in Arkansas park | CNN Travel

Loyal Chinese Student Has Carried His Disabled Friend to School for Over 3 Years

An 18-year-old heroic teenager has been named “the most beautiful student in China.” For over 3 years, Xie Xu has carried his classmate Zhang Chi to school. Zhang can no longer walk because he copes with muscular dystrophy, a disorder that has slowly depleted his skeletal muscles.<p>Both boys live in …

Disability

Stuck In A Loop

It's a vicious cycle. I'm trapped in this invisible prison and what we can do is make it as positive as we can.

10 Uncommon Habits of Extraordinarily Productive People

Do what everyone else does and you get the results they get. Here are ways to be different -- and achieve differently.<p>Whatever your definition of success (each person's definition of "success" is and should be different), one thing is true for everyone: Success means getting things done.<p>Highly …

Why do we get sleep in our eyes?

Our eyes fill up with gunk as we sleep, but what is it? As Jason G Goldman discovers, the stuff has a more important job than it seems.<p>The first thing I do when I wake up each morning is look at the long list of notifications that have silently accumulated on my phone as I slept. The second thing I …