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Getting People to Believe in Something They Can’t Yet Imagine

What would you do if you had a working prototype of a revolutionary tablet computer that was receiving rave reviews well before Apple came out with its iPad? Cancel further funding for the project in favor of developing an updated version of an existing company product? In hindsight that seems …

The Brilliant Ten: Manu Prakash Brings Science To The Masses

He creates low-cost alternatives to high-tech research equipment.<p>When he was a boy growing up in India, Manu Prakash didn’t have a microscope, but he’d seen drawings of one. Convinced he could build his own, he stole the thick lenses from his brother’s only pair of eyeglasses. Though the fledgling …

Draw Your Elevator Pitch

When it comes to a good elevator pitch, brevity and memorability are everything. Most elevator pitches are neither.<p>One of us (Liza) is a staff cartoonist for the <i>New Yorker</i>, while the other (Deb) is a mentor to many start-up founders. We got to talking about the problem of crafting a brief, …

Translating marketing texts for speaking – an experiment

As part of the workweek I am currently at I set a goal to give a brownbag on “writing for speaking”. The reasons is that some of the training …

What are armpits for?

And why are they hairy? Greg Foot explains all, and also reveals which sex has the smelliest armpits.<p>There are a few theories for why armpits are hairy. One idea is that they stop your lymph nodes from overheating. Another is that the hairs actually reduce friction when you walk. A third theory is …

The man who reinvented the sanitary pad

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the school dropout transforming women’s lives, the first computer dating idea and the benefits of kids.<p>How will the 2014 World Cup ball swerve?<br>Simon Choppin | The Conversation | 5 March 2014<br>On the aerodynamics of footballs. The traditional ball …

A Very Compelling Reason to Tell Employees How Much Their Peers Earn

A recent study from Cornell and Tel Aviv University researchers suggests transparent salaries have a surprising effect on productivity.<p>Do you hide your employees' salaries as closely guarded secrets? You might be hurting worker productivity, suggests research from Cornell University and Tel Aviv …

Employment

The 10 Best Things From March 2014

PM/AM: A GIF is the Soul of Wit

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PopMech's morning briefing, PM/AM, gathering yesterday's headlines you might have missed and the tech and science news you need for today.</i><p><b>Read This</b><p>"The technophobic fantasies of early Michael Crichton."<p>Author Keith …

Information is Beautiful

Simple Steps to UX/UI Web Design

Your guide to picking the right User Interface (UI) and creating the best User Experience (UX) in just a short amount of time. Learn how to quickly create mockups, landing pages, and build mock integrations that turn into large ideas.<p>Have more questions about UX/UI? Contact mvp@koombea.com for …

The Science Behind 'Brain Training'

Increasing fluid intelligence has proven beneficial for people diagnosed with ADHD, and selling memory improvement is a big business. Are the claims overheated?<p>In 2002, Torkel Klingberg, a psychologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, published a study involving 14 children with attention deficit …

Amazon and the genius of Jeff Bezos

The week’s best arts and culture reads – including an overview of Amazon, an essay on Orwell and why Inside Llewyn Davis is a masterpiece.<p>Marrying libraries<br>Anne Fadiman | Book Keeping | 11 February 2014<br>Beautiful short essay about love and books. “After five years of marriage and a child, George and …

This Computer-Generated Swarm Is Mind-Melting

Replace a flock of birds with fireflies on a dark night, and this is about what you'd get.<p>Swarms--like a flock of birds, or a school of fish--are mathematically complicated, but computer scientists are getting better at modeling, and learning from, them. Using code that simulates birds in …

Radiohead launch their own PolyFauna app for iOS and Android

Radiohead have become the latest band to launch their own smartphone and tablet app, with the release of PolyFauna for Android, iPhone and iPad.<p>The free app is a collaboration with design agency Universal Everything, based on imagery and sounds from the song Bloom, from the band’s The King of Limbs …

The Intercept

Best of News Design – The Society for News Design

NEW YORK — The Society for News Design on Friday announced three World’s Best-Designed™ Newspapers and one World’s Best-Designed™ digital winner at …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

Why Watson and Siri Are Not Real AI

Douglas Hofstadter is a cognitive scientist at Indiana University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. While the face of the artificial intelligence field today is IBM's Watson or Apple's Siri, Hofstadter says these have nothing to do with thinking …

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Get People to Open your Emails

One of the most important elements of email marketing is writing subject lines that get people to open your emails.<p>How many times have you received a marketing email from someone and never opened it? Chances are more than once, and more than likely, it’s because the subject line didn’t grab you.<p>So, …

For Innovation: Culture Trumps Office Design

by Jorge Barba<p>Innovation Labs, either accelerators or corporate bunkers, are now becoming commonplace. As a result, workspace design is …

Holacracy Is Not What You Think

A Response to Steve Denning’s “Making Sense of Zappos and Holacracy”<p>Last week at Forbes.com, Steve Denning posted one of the best researched articles …

Management

How Intuit Innovates by Challenging Itself

We know that questioning can trigger innovative thinking. But the key—and challenge—to truly changing the status quo is identifying the <i>right</i> question. In a collaboration to determine just how disruptive leaders find these compelling questions, Professor Clayton Christensen and I conducted nearly 40 …

5 lessons for CIOs in the age of the cloud

Kevin Ledford has been CIO of Chiquita Brands(s cqb) for five years. This is the company that brings all those bananas and pineapples to your table — …

As the line between platform and publisher continues to blur, who wins and who loses?

As publishing tools have become cheaper and more distributed, many have benefited from this ongoing democratization of distribution — whether it’s …

Report — Measure — Learn

How regional newspapers can rebound<p>Yesterday, I learned a lot about today’s editorial workflows in daily newspapers in Germany. Together with some …