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Our Trash Has Become A New Ocean Ecosystem Called "The Plastisphere"

Sure, we all know pollution destroys ecosystems, but, for better or for worse, pollution can <i>create</i> ecosystems, too. The billions of tiny pieces of …

How the Circumference of Earth Was Accurately Estimated 2000 Years Ago

Born around 276 B.C. in Cyrene, Libya, Eratosthenes soon became one of the most famous mathematicians of his time. He is best known for making the …

What Happens When You Tell a Lie?

If you've spoken to someone for more than 10 minutes today, odds are that one of you was lying. If that person was your mother, the odds of lying …

Kidd's rant filled with expletives

Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd reportedly used a 13-letter word in an expletive-filled rant against assistant Lawrence Frank following the team's …

Basketball

The Fastest Way to Cool Down Beer

Beer. I prefer to drink it cold.<p>Unfortunately, sometimes the beer which I have is warm. This usually happens when we are planning a party, because I …

Zara's Secret To Success: The New Science Of Retailing

Most books by college professors are erudite but dry. Not so the New Science of Retailing (Harvard Business Press, 252pp, 2010) by Marshall Fisher and Anent Raman, professors at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and the Harvard Business School. The premise that markdowns can be …

The Hidden History of the MLB Playoff Team Logos

This afternoon, postseason baseball will commence as the Cardinals take the mound against the Pirates. But in a different time, it would have been …

Why you should pitch your business with Excel, not PowerPoint

For the founder who trembles at the thought of pitching to investors, a new workshop from Montreal-based FounderFuel and Real Ventures may help.<p>Their approach to the pitch is straightforward and sensible, but they don't play down the number of hours it takes to craft, refine and deliver it. Any …

Eight tips for managing a difficult boss

In my consulting and coaching work with employees, we spend far too much of our time working on "managing up" – helping employees deal with a difficult or incompetent boss. Often, the boss has an unpleasant manner. The boss is a bully or a poor communicator. Sometimes the boss is disorganized and …

Why Do Vitamins Make Urine Bright Yellow?

If you’ve ever taken a daily multivitamin you too might have noticed your urine turning a bright yellow-ish color. Take your vitamins and eat some …

Eleven Things Science Shows Will Make You Happier Every Day

Did you know there are 11 ways we can make ourselves happier, and they are backed up by scientific research?<p>Our team tried out the popular productivity blog Buffer’s list of scientific suggestions this week and we added our own unscientific data to the mix. We spend a significant portion of our …

Thirty Amazing Facts About Private Jets

President Obama recently called for the elimination of “tax breaks for private jet owners,” painting anyone who doesn’t cram themselves into 28 inches of economy legroom as a fat-cat wastrel. But owners of business aircraft swear to their utility. Private jets (which are powered by gas turbine …

Chivalry in the age of equality: Who pays on a date?

Never mind this Mars and Venus stuff: If you want to see how men and women think differently, ask them who shells out for dates. While 82 percent of men say they pay for most expenses after they’ve been dating for a while, only 58 percent of women think that’s the case.<p>And although more than half …

Pot stock scams growing like weeds, regulators warn

Investors in marijuana-related stocks may see their profits go up in smoke, U.S. regulators said on Tuesday.<p>The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Wall Street's industry-funded watchdog, warned that scammers have been targeting investors attempting to tap into the growing U.S. marijuana …

Cannabis

Air-Conditioned Vests Keep Chinese Factory Workers Cool

The recent heatwave in Southern China has caused air-conditioned vests to rise in popularity, and over four thousand have already been sold in the …

5 Character Traits You Should Show in Interviews (and How)

Elmer G. Letterman once said, “Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.”<p>While there's quite a lengthy list of character …

Wozniak on Jobs: “A lot of what was wrong came from Ashton’s own image of Jobs.”

Steve Wozniak, the chubby, lovable half of Apple, wrote a short review of <i>Jobs</i> (our review) for Gizmodo:<p>I saw <i>Jobs</i> tonight. I thought the acting throughout was good. I was attentive and entertained but not greatly enough to recommend the movie. […]<b>I suspect a lot of what was wrong with the film came</b> …

The Secret To Great Storytelling

If you want to master great storytelling, you have to learn 3 essential lessons. All of them are contained in a wonderful TED talk by Carmen Agra Deedy about her mother, driving, and a universal insight.<p><b>1. No story from your life is as interesting to others as it is to you.</b> You have to be concise. …

Making A Great Last Impression: Seven Steps To A Positive Job Departure

It once was the aim of many people to work for 30 to 40 years with the same company, and then to retire with a pension and a gold watch. Pensions are mostly a thing of the past, and for many young people, watches are as well. Retiring from one’s first employer will be rarer still. Talented people …

Serial returners, beware: Retailers are tracking you

It's not just the government that might be keeping tabs on you. Many retailers are tracking you, too — or at least your merchandise returns.<p>The companies say it's all in the name of security and fighting fraud. They want to be able to identify chronic returners or gangs of thieves trying to make …

Indexers vs. dividend lovers: How to pick a winner

Index investing and dividend investing both have cult-like followings. And, like many cults, both groups have a tendency to believe they have a monopoly on the truth.<p>While the two strategies emphasize many of the same ideas, such as maintaining a long-term viewpoint and keeping buying and selling …

Investing

Man saves dog in boating mishap before rescuing his wife

You know that old adage about dogs being man's best friend? Some dog owners are taking it way too seriously.<p>Case in point: The recent incident of a man who actually rescued his dog before his wife when their boat nearly capsized in rough waters.<p>Earlier this week, Graham Anley and his wife, Sheryl, …

HTC One Review

It may come across as soundbite-y, but it’s the truth: what HTC has achieved with the One would have seemed unthinkable just two years ago. The …

Which Grammar Mistakes Will Keep You From Getting A Good Job?

You don’t realize it, but you’re both a grammar snob <i>and</i> a grammar slob. Sure, you roll your eyes at those fools who use language more sloppily than you do — but you also get annoyed at those uptight prudes who judge you for being sloppy with your punctuation.<p>Do not judge, lets you be judged<p>The …

The World's First Lab-Grown Meat Burger Tastes Terrible (Surprise!)

The world's premier artificial, $300,000<p>3D-printed burgerlab-grown finally its way into human mouths today. Turns out it tastes pretty weird. Go …

The 20 Things I Wish Someone Told Me at 20

As college doors start to swish and swing open, slurping young people back in for fall classes, I feel compelled to put my hand up and say, "Wait, you forgot something."<p>I have something I want to tell them before they head back up the university's hill to walk new halls, meet new faces and make new …

Top Ten Reasons Why Large Companies Fail To Keep Their Best Talent

Whether it’s a high-profile tech company like Yahoo!, or a more established conglomerate like GE or Home Depot, large companies have a hard time keeping their best and brightest in house. Recently, GigaOM discussed the troubles at Yahoo! with a flat stock price, vested options for some of their …

Stay Out Of Syria To Avoid Turning War Into Another Federally Funded Entitlement

Obama administration policy toward Syria is a slow train wreck. Unremitting pressure from war-minded elites is pushing President Barack Obama closer to military intervention in the bloody civil war. Yet getting involved would be a fool’s errand.<p>Nevertheless, America’s putative allies appear to …