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The Best New Buildings Of The Year

The festival took place October 2nd - 4th at Singapore's Marina Bay Sands, which was also once a WAF Award-winning design.<p>These 29 incredible designs were winners in their respective categories, which included Housing, Villa, and Office. Among the winners are repurposed public spaces, brand-new …

The 10 Coolest Infinity Pools At Vacation Rentals (PHOTOS)

There is nothing better in the world than catching some rays on the beach, sitting so close to the water you can feel the mist of the breaking waves on your face -- or is there?<p>Well, there are infinity pools at hotels and on rooftops: the best urban rooftop pools, a short ode to incredible infinity …

Becoming a Better Judge of People

In business and in life, the most critical choices we make relate to people. Yet being a good judge of people is difficult. How do we get better at sizing up first impressions, at avoiding hiring mistakes, at correctly picking (and not missing) rising stars?<p>The easy thing to do is focus on …

Stellar Sales Pitches Start With This

Why should anyone buy anything from you? A good answer to that question is crucial to your success.<p><i>Editor's note: This article first appeared on Mark Suster's blog Both Sides of the Table.</i><p>In my first enterprise software company we developed a methodology for sales that we called PUCCKA, which I …

The Era of Business Cards Is Dead

The paper business card has lost its significance--and utility. Check out a few digital alternatives designed to make networking easier.<p>It's time to ask yourself: How many business cards have you collected that never again see the light of day?<p>Seriously. This is an important question.<p>My mentor Tom …

How GE Uses Data Visualization to Tell Complex Stories

<i>GE, perhaps more than any other major company, is dedicated to the use of data visualization as a key part of its marketing and communications efforts. Stemming from our Insight Center on visualizing data, I spoke with Linda Boff, GE’s executive director of global brand marketing, about the</i> …

Figurative Sculptures Made From Tightly Welded Chains. Korean artist Yeong-Deok Seo creates imposing figurative sculptures using tightly knit configurations of welded bicycle chains and industrial steel chains. While impressive in their intricacy and the apparent skill required to create them, the artwork’s titles such as Infection – Anguish,Infection – Ego, and Addict, suggest the rippled surface created by the materials is not an arbitrary decision. These are figures of individuals in dispair, pockmarked with disease, the chains acting as a metaphor for the human condition. (o) http://youngdeok.com/ http://www.facebook.com/artistyoungdeok

New Evidence Unearthed for the Origins of the Maya

The Maya culture began differently than previously thought, study says.<p><b>Civilizations rise and fall, often in dramatic fashion. Their origins, though, are subtler and tend to be overlooked or poorly understood.</b><p>In the case of the Maya, anew paper in <i>Science</i> magazine sheds surprising light on that …

Muslim Bashing in the Wake of Boston Bombing

After Boston attack, physical threats are waning, but verbal attacks continue.<p><b>When the FBI identified the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects as Tamerlan and Dzokhar Tsarnaev, the American Muslim community braced itself for another onslaught of anti-Islamic feeling—a caustic sentiment that has</b> …

How to Really Understand Someone Else’s Point of View

The most influential people strive for genuine buy in and commitment — they don’t rely on compliance techniques that only secure short-term persuasion. That was our conclusion after interviewing over 100 highly respected influences across many different industries and organizations for our recent …

BlackBerry Q10 review

You can't please everybody all the time, and if there's a company who knows this better than the rest, it's BlackBerry. At the showy launch for BlackBerry 10, the company finally unveiled its new stable of smartphones with which it would fight the likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Nokia and …

Barclays' Rich Ricci may still receive bonuses worth millions

The colourful and controversial head of Barclays' investment bank, Rich Ricci, stands to walk away with outstanding bonuses potentially worth …

Sometimes even chief executives get sick of being force-fed bonuses

Take a deep breath. Could we be seeing an outbreak of morality among the corporate elite? Next's chief executive, Lord Wolfson, announced last week …

How Costa Coffee Used Data To Drive Loyalty And Sales

By Meg Carter4 minute Read<p>With a coffee shop, maybe two, on every street corner, coffee has become the ultimate takeout commodity. Yet despite coffee …

Are You Paying Enough Attention to Your Sales Force?

There’s a question all top managers should ask: How can I make my sales force, which is one of the biggest and most important investments my company makes, perform more effectively?”<p>There are several reasons that question is so important.<p><b>Sales forces are expensive.</b> Despite predictions by some …

What Big Companies Can Learn from Shark Tank

One of the hardest places to get capital to commercialize a great growth idea is within corporate america. Startups can tap the venture capital market. Corporations can go to the general capital markets by issuing stocks or bonds. But let’s say you are a general manager or director/VP level of a …

The Next, and Overlooked, VC Opportunity: The Middle East

Venture capital is ignoring the Middle East for all the wrong reasons. Ultimately, playing it safe will cause them to yield new opportunities.<p>I’ve interviewed over 150 impressive, young entrepreneurs and engineers throughout the Arab world. Many have visited the States (or would like to visit), but …

What Job Candidates Really Want: Meaningful Work

What talented people want has changed. They used to want high salaries to verify their value and stable career paths to allow them to sleep well at night. Now they want <i>purposeful</i> work and jobs that fit clearly into the larger context of their career. And that means they want jobs that are sensible …

Microsoft’s Mobile Comeback Isn’t Happening

<b>We’re only talking about the world’s biggest software company and the future of computers. So far, it’s still basically irrelevant.</b><p>To Microsoft’s …

Qatar pledges $500m for Darfur reconstruction

Qatar has pledged $500m in aid to rebuild Sudan's Darfur region after a decade-long conflict, an official has said.<p>Monday's announcement came as hundreds of delegates met for the final day of a two-day donor conference in Doha to raise support for a multi-billion dollar project to rebuild …

North Korea: Facts on the Ground

Explainer<p>Here are some of the things we know about the notoriously secretive country.<p>So much about New Korea is unknown—the progress of its nuclear weapons industry, the hierarchy of its power elite, the range of its missiles, the extent of its industry hidden underground. And now the world is …

Bracelet For Human Rights Workers Sends Kidnapping Alerts to Facebook, Twitter

When activated, the device sends "Help!" messages social media accounts and nearby aid workers.<p>Activists and aid workers who document government abuses or monitor elections often risk abduction by those who oppose their work. Now one organization has developed a gadget to help.<p>Stockholm-based Civil …

Syrian President Assad: There Will Be Contagion

"The whole world knows that if Syria is partitioned, or if terrorist forces take control of the country, there will be direct contagion of the surrounding countries," Assad said in an interview with two Turkish media outlets, video of which was posted on his Facebook page Friday.<p>"Then there would …

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Track The Progress Of This 3D-Printed OpenRC Truggy, A Remote Control Car Enthusiast’s Dream

If you’re into 3D printable stuff, or into remote-control cars, then the OpenRC Project is for you. A gentleman in Sweden named Daniel Norée is sharing his progress on a 3D-printed Truggy, as well as sharing the recipe with the OpenRC Project group that he created. A truggy is an off-road vehicle, …

A man feeding swans in the snow

Photographer Marcin Ryczek captured a man feeding swans and ducks on a snowy riverbank in Poland.<p>Check out more of Marcin Rycek’s work by visiting …

Italian Archaeologists Find Pluto's Gate to Hell

Italian archaeologists, led by Francesco D'Andria from the University of Salento, believe they have found Pluto's Gate in southwestern Turkey.</i> …

Magic mushrooms' psychedelic ingredient could help treat people with severe depression

Drugs derived from magic mushrooms could help treat people with severe depression. Scientists believe the chemical psilocybin, the psychedelic …