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8 tips to evolve a start-up into a successful company

While the journey of every company from start-up to success is different, there are some steps that every business must go through. We’ve started …

Here are the 32 countries Google Maps won’t draw borders around

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>Google may be standing up to government surveillance, but on Google Maps it shies away from conflict.<p>The company displays the borders of 32 states differently than the other 162 members of the United Nations. Many of these countries have long had disputed borders or are …

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Best bit in Netflix reply to Verizon

Why People Should Reconsider Having Sex

Why people have sex doesn’t seem like a mystery, but a study at the University of Texas asked that very question. We might assume that “it feels …

The sexist pseudoscience of pick-up artists: the dangers of “alpha male” thinking

We can mock the men in silly hats who claim to be experts in picking up women, but their weird anthropological worldview – of “alpha males” competing …

The hunt for "unexpected genetic heroes"

What can we learn from people with the genetics to get sick — who don't? With most inherited diseases, only some family members will develop the …

'Give up dairy products to beat cancer’

A leading scientist, who has been fighting breast cancer since 1987, says the disease is overwhelmingly linked to animal products<p>In 1993, the breast cancer that had plagued Jane Plant since 1987 returned for the fifth time. It came in the shape of a secondary tumour – a lump in her neck the size of …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains How Rich Bill Gates Is

Neil deGrasse Tyson helps put Bill Gates's fortune in perspective at a talk at the University of Washington in 2011.

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SnG: Are You A Ch*t*ya? (Part 1)

WhatsApp introduces Rahul Gandhi’s mysterious grin as a smiley

The public note announcing and explaining the latest emoticon<p>A sample conversation that can end with the smiley<p>All is not within the family? No …

A gynecologist with a sense of humor http://t.co/P2HVkkAL8Y

Prashant Bhushan to give home tuition to judges so that they come up with correct verdict

<b>New Delhi.</b> Upset with the judgment meted out to Arvind Kejriwal by Patiala Court Judge, eminent lawyer and AAP leader Prashant Bhushan has decided to …

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Children’s Endearing Letters to Judy Blume About Masturbation, and the Beloved Author’s Response

In 1879, Mark Twain delivered a brilliant satirical lecture about masturbation, mocking the cultural hypocrisies around a practice so prevalent, so natural, yet so condemned. Nearly 130 years later, science writer extraordinaire Mary Roach traced the perilous religious roots of these hypocrisies. …

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The Greatest Commencement Addresses of All Time

The commencement address is the secular sermon of our time — a packet of timeless advice on life, dispensed by a podium-perched patronly or matronly shaman of wisdom to a congregation of eager young minds about to enter the so-called “real world.” But the genre’s finest specimens speak to all of us …

I Don’t Want to Be Right

Last month, Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that he and a team of pediatricians and political scientists had been working on for three years. They had followed a group of almost two thousand parents, all of whom had at least one child …

The ‘S’ in Sports mode

Many cars with automatic gear boxes have an <b>S</b> position. This is commonly referred to as the Sports mode and drivers are told their car would become …

How to Find Fulfilling Work

<i>“If one wanted to crush and destroy a man entirely, to mete out to him the most terrible punishment,”</i> wrote Dostoevsky, <i>“all one would have to do would be to make him do work that was completely and utterly devoid of usefulness and meaning.”</i> Indeed, the quest to avoid work and make a living of doing …

If you read one thing today, make it Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck on the two basic mindsets that shape every aspect of our lives, from leadership to love: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/01/29/carol-dweck-mindset/

The musical journey of the exotic Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra has done many great things in her life. Winning Miss World, telling the world she hated the chip-chip and most importantly, Shah Rukh …

May 20, 1990: Advice on Life and Creative Integrity from Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson

‘Tis the season for glorious life advice dispensed by cap-and-gown-clad elders to cap-and-gown-clad youngsters, emanating a halo effect of timeless wisdom the rest of us can absorb any day, at any stage of life. On May 20, 1990, <b>Bill Watterson</b>, creator of the beloved <b>Calvin and Hobbes</b> comic strip, …

How to Be an Explorer of the World

As a longtime fan of guerrilla artist and illustrator Keri Smith’s <i>Wreck This Box</i> set of interactive journals, part of these 7 favorite activity books for grown-ups, I was delighted to discover her <b>How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a wonderful compendium of …

Dad’s company made burgers. Mine just eats them – James Somers | Aeon Essays

There’s this great moment in the documentary <i>Jiro Dreams of Sushi</i> (2011) when the world’s most celebrated sushi chef turns to his son, who is leaving …

Computer Industry Pioneer: I've Figured Out The True Creator Of Bitcoin

Nobody knows who invented the digital currency Bitcoin.<p>The developer used a pseudonym, Satoshi Nakamoto, and since then there's been a lot of inconclusive internet sleuthing.<p>Ted Nelson, a computer scientist, has posted a video to the web claiming that he's figured it out, and that it's Kyoto …

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23 Weeks 6 Days

When Kelley Benham and her husband Tom French finally got pregnant, after many attempts and a good deal of technological help, everything was …