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These Stunning Images Show The Brain's Fragile Beauty & What Happens When The Wiring Goes Awry

Ever wished you could peer inside your own brain? What's it like in there?<p>Complicated, that's what.<p><i>Scroll down for images.</i><p>“The human brain has more cells than there are stars in the Milky Way and these cells communicate through a thousand times as many connections," Dr. Sally Till, a research …

How paralysis forced Michael Graves to design a better wheelchair

Michael Graves has done chairs before. The architect and designer who almost single-handedly brought the concept of no-brow—high design for the masses—into American culture conjured teak patio chairs for Target; Arts and Crafts-inspired lounge chairs for Arkitectura; sleek stacking chairs for Kron …

Portraits of people living on a dollar a day – in pictures

More than a billion people around the world subsist on a dollar a day, or less. The reasons differ but the day-to-day hardship of their lives are very similar. A book by Thomas A Nazario, founder of the International Organisation, documents the circumstances of those living in extreme poverty …

How to do Long Exposure Photography and Light Trails at Night

Before I understood how photography worked, I was always intrigued by light trails in images. I never understood how that happened. When I began to …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Thomas Edison's Reaction To His Factory Burning Down Shows Why He Was So Successful

According to a 1961 Reader's Digest article by Edison's son Charles, Edison calmly walked over to him as he watched the fire destroy his dad's work. In a childlike voice, Edison told his 24-year-old son, "Go get your mother and all her friends. They'll never see a fire like this again." When …

How To Solve A Rubik's Cube

<b>Step 1: White Cross</b> <br>You should be able to complete this step just by playing around with the cube. Make sure that the edges of the cross match the center squares on the adjacent sides.<p><b>Step 2: Finish First Layer</b><p><b>Step 3: Middle Layer</b> <br>You may need to move some middle layer edge pieces from the top …

Fasts and juice cleanses are all the rage – but do they do any good? The cheese and gin-loving Facegoop team investigates<p><b>M:</b> Detox, detox, detox. It's all I hear about these days. If it's not master cleanses, it's Ayurvedic retreats. Everyone has detox tales to tell, E.<p><b>E:</b> Oh, yes. I love a tale of …

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Stunning Invisible Barn Mirrors the Surrounding Landscape

In a seamless integration of architecture and nature, New York design practice STPMJ has come up with the <i>Invisible Barn</i>, a site-specific architectural folly that reflects and merges with the surrounding landscape. Originally submitted as a proposal to the popular Folly competition (sponsored by the …

Why Goldman Sachs is the new Glastonbury

Rather than take drugs and get drunk, today’s teenagers want to work hard and get on<p>A 14-year-old boy called Aaron Parfitt was sent home from school last week after organising a mass walkout of pupils over a lack of homework. He’d become disillusioned after failing a maths exam.<p>To my parents’ …

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6 Surprising Tactics Of An Unassuming Billionaire

At this year’s South by Southwest Conference, I had the opportunity to spend time with Scott Cook, founder of Intuit. It was the first time we had the chance to connect since my company, Docstoc, was acquired by them.<p>Scott is a staple on the Forbes Billionaire List. A self-made man, he built his …

Stylish Eco-Friendly Villas Renew More Than They Consume

In the city of Kunming located in Southwest China, Vincent Callebaut Architectures has designed 45 stunning villas they call Flavours Orchard. Determined to pioneer an eco-friendly lifestyle, the stylish structures are meant to encourage a close and intimate relationship with the natural …

What's wrong with selling visas to rich immigrants at £2.5m a pop?

It's time to make some serious money from immigration. Britain could and should raise billions every year from the world's rich and skilled who want to live and work here. We should auction residential visas to the world's super-rich. We should top that up with swingeing fines on employers of …

A letter to … my friend whose boundaries I overstepped

I was 18 months into my marriage when I met you. I had made the mistake of marrying someone out of loyalty as a friend, and fear of solitude, and had no idea at the time how that carried a risk of deep unhappiness and loneliness on a level I'd never previously known. Before my wedding, I moved to a …

Logo Design: Negative Space

We keep going through our weekly journey checking out great logos! We're thinking ahead and we want to find new topics, good ones, to share with you …

How To Follow Up On A Job Interview

Sarah Stamboulie, a New York career consultant, had a young Japanese client whose work visa was due to expire in just six weeks. The man was determined to find work at a hedge fund that would allow him to stay in the U.S., but he spoke with a strong accent, his written English was poor, and he had …

The One Question Every CEO Needs to Answer

It can be lonely at the top, especially for CEOs. Most CEOs have no way to systematically gather the right information from all levels of the business. While they may be drowning in data, it is almost always historical in nature and provides little help in answering the key question of <i>“How likely</i> …

Being a doctor was once a job with great purpose. Now it's just a business

As a physician, I resent the fact that the divisive healthcare reform debate has made my profession look like it is only a business, essentially a commodity. Growing up in the small hill-resort town of Nainital in northern India, I was the son of the only surgeon in this small town. Solely on his …

James Lovelock: 'enjoy life while you can: in 20 years global warming will hit the fan'

In 1965 executives at Shell wanted to know what the world would look like in the year 2000. They consulted a range of experts, who speculated about fusion-powered hovercrafts and "all sorts of fanciful technological stuff". When the oil company asked the scientist James Lovelock, he predicted that …

Why Smoothies Are Easy, Delicious Productivity Boosters

If you don’t get the right nutrition, your whole day will blend together. So you better get the right fruits, nuts, and veggies into the blender.<p>Software isn’t going to power you through your day–you need a sweet suite of nutrients to do that. Your killer app, then, might be the quick, easy, …

Kinect-based games shown to have positive impact on children with learning difficulties

A company called Kinems is using personalised, video game-based learning to improve the skills of children with motor impairments and learning …