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25 Resources Keep You Fresh, Focused and Formidable - Small Business Trends

The importance of being fresh, focused and formidable is undeniable in life and business.<p>Building personal relationships and connections, tribes and …

One Colorado Town’s Answer to a Catch-22 of Water Conservation

Wildlife<p>A few years ago, the town of Westminster, Colorado, just north of Denver, came eye-to-eye with an issue many water-conserving cities face when a resident posed this question at a public meeting, <i>“Why do you ask me to conserve, and then raise my rates?”</i><p>With droughts dotting the country and a …

Chevy's self-driving muscle car

Tucked away in a nondescript commercial building in Fountain Valley, Calif., dozens of designers, engineers, and craftsmen have toiled secretively …

4 Things Every High-Growth Company Should Know In Its Search For Capital

Entrepreneurs who are looking to take their companies to the next level face a potentially unlimited number of options. Does your company need cash to accelerate growth? Is venture capital the answer? Is now the right time to seek private equity funding and expertise? Does it make more sense to …

The Ten Biggest Power Plants In America -- Not What You Think

Lately, there have been some cool articles on the largest power plants in the world (Forbes – Pentland), and China always tops the chart with its Three Gorges Dam Hydroelectric Plant. Of course, the U.S. has some pretty big ones that make it into the top tier.<p>But everyone uses the wrong measure to …

​10 Adult ADHD Symptoms Every Impulsive, Procrastinating Guy Must Know

It's not just a problem for kids​<p>Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders diagnosed in kids. But while it's often considered a children's condition, it can affect adults, too.<p>According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 1 in 10 …

Five Ways To Simplify Your Life

Americans work more, take less vacation, and retire later than people anywhere else in the industrialized world. Hunched over computer screens in offices with artificial lighting, we may sometimes forget the world that exists beyond our office walls.<p>Fortunately, Mother Nature has scheduled …

How To Protect Your Retirement Assets From The Coming Crash

As a chronic prognosticator of doom, I’m often asked, “Do you heed your own warnings?” I sure didn’t the last time the stock market crashed. Despite forecasting the dot-com collapse in November 1999 (in an article titled, “Living in the Shadow of Vesuvius, The Dotcom Economy Parties On”) I froze …

Bedspread thought to be from Abraham Lincoln's deathbed to be tested for blood

Experts will test for human blood on cotton bedspread given to Wisconsin Historical Society in 1919, said to have covered US president as he lay dying<p>A bedspread that may have covered Abraham Lincoln as he lay dying will be tested for his blood in Wisconsin on Tuesday, 150 years to the day after …

The habits behind successful, creative, productive people

Gretchen Rubin has a slight frame, a fast mouth and an energetic zeal when talking about her new book, for which she was once again part researcher and part guinea pig. <i>Better Than Before</i> in many respects picks up where her earlier body of advice, <i>The Happiness Project</i>, left off. This time, she …

Self Control

Which Way to Mars? Competing Visions for Missions Revive Debates

When will humans get to Mars? What path should they take? And can we afford the trip? These questions have been percolating since Project Apollo, but they're coming into sharper focus — partly because NASA is reviewing its long-term space exploration plans, and partly because there's a presidential …

Lincoln’s Civil War brilliance: The real story of the political savvy that helped end slavery

<b>Allan Pinkerton, Abraham Lincoln, center, and Maj. Gen. John A. McClernand in Antietam, Md., after the Battle of Antietam on Oct. 3, 1862. (AP/Library Of Congress/Alexander Gardner)</b><p>The president walked a careful line, sometimes imperfectly. But his political skills ultimately won emancipation<p>James …

FAA Approves Delivery Drones, As Long As Amazon Changes Everything

There's always a catch<p>In December 2013, Amazon announced with great fanfare a radical concept for delivery: drones, on autopilot, carrying small packages right to customer’s doorsteps. While the idea was not without its critics, it looked like a tangible future for commercial drones. Yesterday, the …

Running The Retirement Numbers: What Delaying Saving Really Does To Your Nest Egg

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>These days, turning 30 doesn’t sound quite as grown up as it once did.<p>And that has a lot to do with the fact that 20-somethings are finding it hard to launch into financial adulthood.<p>According to a recent Gallup poll, about a third of adults under the age …

Inside Nasa’s giant rocket factory

It’s been decades since Nasa has had a rocket powerful enough to reach to the Moon – and beyond. But now the agency is building one that could venture even further into space. Richard Hollingham pays it a visit.<p>If you remember one fact from this story, make it this: America’s new rocket will be …

This Farm In A Box Can Grow As Much Lettuce As An Acre Of Land

In an area roughly the size of two back-to-back parking spaces, the CropBox–housed in a recycled shipping container–can grow the same amount of …

Aquaponics

How To Build A Hovercraft From Styrofoam Plates

Just in time for Marty McFly's arrival in the future<p>If you believe the old Hollywood prophecies, Marty McFly will be hopping out of Doc Brown’s DeLorean on October 21st. And when he gets to the future, he’ll need a hoverboard. You can do your part to prevent a time paradox--just slap together this …

DIY

Near Finish Line, Mars Opportunity Rover Stumbles Across Weird Rocks

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover is taking a break in the home stretch of its Red Planet marathon to study some rocks the likes of which it's never seen before.<p>The intriguing rocks lie atop a hill overlooking a site dubbed Marathon Valley — so named because Opportunity will have traveled the marathon …

Mars Rover

Protect pensioners from scammers who want their savings, say MPs

Pensioners are at risk of being ripped off when new rules on cashing in pension pots are introduced next month, MPs have warned.<p>Changes to accessing retirement savings come into force on 6 April and the public needs better protection from the accompanying threat of scams, mis-selling and poor …

The World Of Energy Is Getting Diversified

The four biggest sources of electrical power generation in the United States are coal, natural gas, nuclear, and hydro. But very quietly a very big change is taking place.<p>Wind generation accounted for 4% of all the electricity in the U.S. in 2013. No numbers yet for last year but given the …

29 Boredom Busters Your Kids Will Actually Love

Because you refuse to hear the b-word.

TIE Fighter Drone Mod is Coolest Since Millenium Falcon

Oliver, the maker of the incredible Millenium Falcon quadcopter we shared recently, is back with yet another impressive creation. This time he has tackled the iconic Tie Fighter Interceptor. Much like the Millenium Falcon build, he’s using foam to loosely represent the shape. When flying around, …

The Strangeness Of Reading 'The Walking Dead' Comics

I have three fears in life: failure, spiders, and spoilers.<p>The first two are shared by many, but the third is something that haunts me especially as a pop culture critic. Everywhere I turn on the internet there’s the potential to be smacked in the face for a spoiler for a show I haven’t seen yet. …

The Walking Dead

How to Find Happiness in Today’s Hectic World

Trying to find happiness in a world so busy and complicated can seem impossible.<p>What’s weird is that in so many ways our lives are objectively better …

Review: Pad & Quill’s Bella Fino wallet case for iPhone 6/Plus combines beauty & protection

I’m generally a minimalist where iPhone cases are concerned, preferring either the naked phone or a very slim case like the Mujjo wallet case that is my daily driver. But Pad & Quill’s leather cases are so gorgeous, it’s hard to resist trying out something a little more substantial.<p>The Pad & Quill …

Mobile Technology

Gear: Patebury Leather Tool Roll

The Patebury brand is formed from the names of Joram Salisbury and Cameron Paterson, two young Australian men who manufacture leather cycling accessories of the highest quality. They have just released their latest product, which is possibly the most beautiful tool roll you have ever seen.<p>You may …

Graphics

Debt vs. Retirement: How Much To Put Toward Each

Recently, a good friend asked me a seemingly simple question: “Laura, does it make sense to save for retirement while also carrying debt?”<p>The answer, however, is anything but simple and depends on a number of different factors.<p>“A lot of people are trying to figure out, how do I balance multiple …

Personal Finance

Tutorial: 15-minute tablet cover

Andrea from Go To Patterns and Andrea’s Notebook (formerly known as The Train To Crazy) shows how you can make this tablet cover with a sleek, modern …

How to Organize Your Entire Life with Trello

Trello is an awesome project management tool that makes collaboration easy and, dare I say, even fun. But this visual list tool can do so much more, …

Project Management