Nirmal Jivan Shah

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East Africa’s underachieving universities signal the need for urgent and deep reform

East Africa has made a huge bet on university education as a path to opportunity and prosperity. East Africa could have the most educated population …

This Is Not An Optical Illusion; It's A Huge Cloud Of Jelly Creatures

If you stare at this photo for long enough, you'll start to see 3D palm trees swaying in the wind. Just relax your eyes and -- LOL, only kidding!<p>What you're actually looking at is a massive swarm of electric blue Velella velellas, more adorably known as "by-the-wind sailors," a relative of the …

Mobile Connectivity for a Younger America

The recent World Cup final in Brazil featuring Germany and Argentina is being touted as the most active social media sporting event utilizing smart devices ever with a total of 32.1 million tweets during the game(1), surpassing the 2013 NFL Super Bowl with a recorded 26 million tweets(2). This is a …

What Is a Digital Ocean Country?

Shark week got me thinking... Do you really care about the ocean? What's beyond the shoreline may never cross your mind. Could an ocean country change that?<p>I always wanted to be a journalist, hoping that one day a story I wrote or produced would make a difference in someone's life. I never thought …

Natural and social scientists develop new model of how 'perfect storm' of crises could unravel global system<p>A new study partly-sponsored by Nasa's Goddard Space Flight Center has highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in coming decades due to unsustainable …

Yahoo is now part of Oath

Before you continue...<p>Yahoo is now part of the Oath family. Due to EU data protection laws, we (Oath), our vendors and our partners need your consent …

Data Protection

What Ecologists Are Most Worried About Right Now: 5 Emerging Trends in Climate Change Ecology

When scientists publish an analysis of the impacts of climate change on species, ecosystems and people, the language used can sound terribly distant and cold. In truth, the tone of these studies reflects the tone of science but not the feelings of scientists.<p>Ecologists studying the impacts of …

Teams Can’t Innovate If They’re Too Comfortable

On a warm afternoon in June, a few dozen people gathered on a sun-dappled spot of lawn in Cambridge to discuss the very broad topic of modern leadership.<p>The head of a famous museum debated a senior exec from Google about what constitutes great design. A Broadway choreographer shared his hiring …

Six Innovative Projects From Groundswell International

Groundswell International, founded in 2009, is a global partnership of development organizations and individuals committed to creating a better food …

Has The End Of The Banana Arrived?

Researchers fear that a relentless and virulent fungus could cripple the world's banana monoculture<p>Two weeks ago, at a conference in South Africa, scientists met to discuss how to contain a deadly banana disease outbreak in nearby Mozambique, Africa. At fault was a fungus that continues its march …

The Best Leaders “Talk the Walk”

One of the most ubiquitous aphorisms in business is that the best leaders understand the need to “walk the talk” — that is, their behavior and day-to-day actions have to match the aspirations they have for their colleagues and organization. But the more time I spend with game-changing innovators …

How Uber Explains Our Economic Moment

Every once in a while you have one of those “microcosm experiences” that perfectly encapsulates the trends shaping our world. My most recent one came last week during an Uber ride.<p>I needed to get from my house in Cambridge to the WBUR studios in Boston so I could be a guest on local legend …

William Gibson: the man who saw tomorrow

Prescience can be tedious for science-fiction writers. Being proven right about a piece of technology or a trend distracts from the main aim of the work: to show us how we live now. William Gibson knows this as well as anyone. Since the late 70s, the American-born novelist has been pulling at the …

Why the US-Africa Summit Was Important and Why It Wasn’t Enough

If America really wants to help Africa grow with trade and investment, it needs to ditch a number of stereotypes it still holds.<p><i>It was the best of</i> …

The Five Beats of Successful Storytelling & How They Can Help You Land Your Next Job

Author Philip Pullman wrote, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” Whether we’re talking …

5 Things I Learned By Dating A Girl From The ‘Hood

In the spirit of “taking one for the team,” I’m here to hang out with the crazy chicks, brave the dangers of the ‘hood, cavort with women who allow …

Fire Putin As Russia, Inc. CEO For Mismanagement

Vladimir Putin derives his personal popularity in Russia from two false narratives:<p>The first: Putin personally rescued the economy from the chaos of the Yeltsin years. Without Putin, pensions and wages would still not be being paid and the economic collapse would still be continuing.<p>Second, Putin …

The Secrets To Becoming A Great Leader Revealed

Our company survived over a decade of ups and downs in the business world because our team is made of the “right stuff.” It’s not DNA. You don’t have to be born with it. You don’t have to graduate from a prestigious institution or inherit a trust fund. Leadership is a skill we can all learn and …

How Tonga Got Hooked Up

Last year, King Tupou VI of Tonga stood beside his Prime Minister, Lord Tu‘ivakanō, in front of a crowd gathered in the center of the nation’s …

Asian Development Bank

Finally, a Cat Mag for the Creative Class

Cats infest the internet like gremlins, filling every available empty space they can cram their furry little heads into; their virtual selves are as …

Cats

Shut Up and Listen

People are talking about empathy more than ever. A search of <i>New York Times</i> archives reveals that while the paper mentioned the term in only 18 …

Empathy

Tone Your Abs on a Mat: 5 Moves Better Than Crunches

Feel the burn, skip the crunches.<p>The mat is a great place to sculpt sexy abs. What's not so great? Only doing crunches—which utilize just a portion of your core muscles—to tone up. So we put together five intense and efficient core-strengthening moves that target <i>all</i> the regions of your abs. Here's …

Workouts

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.

Microsoft, Amazon target climate change with cloud computing grants

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Microsoft<p>Cloud computing providers Microsoft(s msft) and Amazon (s amzn)Web Services are opening up their pools of …

The Future Of Medicine May Depend On The Most Fragile Places On Earth

Coral reefs and other rare environments aren't just fascinating and beautiful. The potent and diverse chemicals created by nature might hold the key to better treatments for cancer, HIV, and many other diseases that stymie doctors — but only if we can reach them in time.<p>Harvesting and adapting …

Software Bot Produces Up To 10,000 Wikipedia Entries Per Day

While Internet trolls and members of Congress wage war over edits on Wikipedia, Swedish university administrator Sverker Johansson has spent the last …

Have and Have Not: The Widening Gap

The late Peter Drucker is widely viewed as the inventor of modern corporate management, although before his death he was discouraged by the short-sightedness of many business leaders. He was especially concerned about the widening pay gap between CEOs and the average worker -- a trend he had …