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Best advice from CEOs: 40 execs' secrets to success

Warren Buffett<p><b>Chairman and CEO—</b><b>Berkshire Hathaway</b><p>Advice for young women: “You do the same thing a male will do. You follow your passions. You find …

What makes great teaching? – expert views

A new report has reviewed all the research into what makes teaching effective. Our experts share their thoughts about the findings – have your say in the comments thread or tweet us @GuardianTeach<p>Popular teaching methods, such as lavishing praise on pupils and grouping students by ability, are not …

10 Incredible Works of Art Made in Microsoft Excel

While most see Microsoft Excel as endless blank rows and columns, others view it as a platform to bring their artwork to life.<p>Many have managed to …

Kano Review: A $150 DIY Computer and Coding Kit

We live in an age where many children have access to smartphones, tablets and laptops. They’re powerful and intuitive, offering the Web and an ever-growing library of apps to explore. Learning and accessing information has never been easier.<p>But these children, and a ton of adults too, have little …

The $149 Chane A1rx-c speaker is almost too good to be true

Budget speakers are getting really good -- Audioengine, Dayton Audio, Emotiva, Monoprice, and Andrew Jones Pioneer models are all exceptional -- and now I'm adding Chane Music & Cinema's speakers to the list. The model I'm reviewing here, the A1rx-c bookshelf speaker, is their least expensive; it …

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities

You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their …

Carnegie Mellon University

A mother wasn't happy with Minecraft — so she's making her own game

When a parent finds a problem with their child’s favorite game, they often don’t have a lot of alternatives. But for one mom, the solution’s simple: Make a game for your kids.<p>Allison Huynh is an entrepreneur and a mother of two, and when she found out that block-building megahit Minecraft was …

New York scientists unveil 'invisibility cloak' to rival Harry Potter's

ROCHESTER N.Y. (Reuters) - Watch out Harry Potter, you are not the only wizard with an invisibility cloak.<p>A cloaking device using four lenses developed by University of Rochester physics professor John Howell and graduate student Joseph Choi is demonstrated in Rochester, New York in this September …

MasteryConnect Collects $15.2 Million So Teachers Can Teach To Students And Not To Tests

MasteryConnect has raised $15.2 million to further market its software that it hopes will help enable educators to teach to their students, and not teach their students how to take tests.<p>“We’ve created a platform that lets teachers identify a student’s level of understanding against any set of …

Inhabitat - Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects is one of our favorite architectural firms, championing the fight for sustainable...<p>We've built cities that do …

Tony West, No. 3 official at Justice Department, is stepping down

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that Tony West, a San Francisco lawyer who has been the No. 3 official in the Justice Department for the last two years, is stepping down.<p>West's resignation adds to a leadership vacuum in the Justice Department, where some jobs have gone vacant because of …

Cramming 101: How to avoid hidden charges on your cellphone bill

Your cellphone bill may be stuffed with hidden charges you’ve never authorized or noticed.<p>The practice, called “cramming,” is so rampant that a Senate committee report argued earlier this week that it is costing consumers some serious money.<p>“Wireless cramming has been widespread and has likely cost …

Former Thiel Fellow Tackles Sleepless Nights With New Device

The last time Forbes caught up with James Proud, he was 20 and had just sold his first company. A member of the inaugural class of Thiel Fellows, a group of 20 teenagers paid by billionaire investor Peter Thiel to skip college, the overachiever had parted ways with a music business started out of …

CartoDB’s Odyssey.js Is An Open-Source Tool For Telling Stories With Interactive Maps

Everything happens somewhere. That’s the logic behind Odyssey.js, an open-source tool that utilizes maps to help turn data into interactive multimedia stories without the user needing coding skills.<p>With a $35,000 grant from the Knight Prototype Fund, creators of the cloud-computing platform CartoDB …

Learn To Build Apps With 88% Off The Complete iOS 7 Development Course

We know many readers are interested in learning to code. So, we partnered with StackSocial to offer TNW readers a special deal on one a great iOS 7 development course. In this iOS bootcamp, you’ll gain the skills needed to build your own iPhone & iPad applications for iOS 7. Normally $499, TNW …

This Fridge Doesn’t Need Electricity To Stay Cool

Inspired by studying frozen lakes, the Sure Chill can stay cold for up to 35 days–long enough to get life-saving vaccines to kids still living off the grid.<p>Jenny McCarthy might tell you differently, but vaccines really do save lives. Unicef estimates that 2 to 3 million kids survived in 2011 …

Microsoft Research Launches Code Hunt Game to Teach Programming

Microsoft Research today launched Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone interested in learning how to code by playing. The premise is straightforward: the player must write code to advance in the game.<p>The built-in tutorial introduces you to the game:<p>Greetings, program! You are an experimental …

Rare Mushroom Photos Reveal the Visual Diversity of Fungi

Who knew there are so many different kinds of mushrooms? Retiree Steve Axford, who lives and works in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales in Australia, uses his camera to capture the startling visual diversity of fungi and other living things. As his photographs reveal, there are far more …

'Chameleon' Vine Looks Like Whatever Tree It Climbs

The more you adapt, the better you survive<p>Chameleons aren’t the only species that excel at mimicry, as biology professor Ernesto Gianoli discovered in Chile’s temperate rainforests.<p>The woody vine <i>Boquila trifoliolata</i>, Boquila for short, is a climbing plant, and has the abilities to mimic the leaves …

Three Apps To Help You Evaluate Your Mental Health

The month of May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. Millions of Americans wake up to face each day living with a mental health condition—myself included. Two years ago I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have good days and bad days, but for the most part I am managing my illness.<p>I have …

Ubi, The Ubiquitous Computer, Can Now Control Your Lights

When we first met Ubi, a voice-activated Android computer that hangs out on your wall, she was fairly powerless. While she kind-of-sort-of worked well, I found her to be very limited. That changes today, in theory.<p>Ubi’s creator Leor Grebler has announced Ubi’s integration with SmartThings, a home …

Proto.io Lets You Create Mobile App Prototypes And See Them Run In A Native App

Proto.io, a mobile prototyping platform that’s been organically growing its footprint over the last couple of years, is now offering a fairly notable new feature: In addition to being able to easily build mobile app prototypes using its service, it has just launched native iOS and Android apps that …

Edward Snowden's OS of choice, the Linux-based Tails, is now out of beta

Edward Snowden knows better than most how effectively the NSA can scope us online, so that's why he used the Amnesiac Incognito Live System (Tails) to cover his own whistleblowing. That OS is now out of beta as version 1.0, letting you surf on most PCs while leaving zero trace of your activities. …

Threadless Launches Type Tees, An App That Lets Anyone Put Their Funny Slogan On A T-Shirt

E-commerce site Threadless has spent the last decade crowdsourcing art for its t-shirts and allowing users to vote on which designs it should run. Now it’s giving more power to its customers and enabling them to create and have small runs of t-shirts with funny sayings they come up with.<p>To do so, …

How To Turn A Clothespin Into A Matchstick Gun

Update your desktop arsenal with this creation<p>DIY enthusiast Grant Thompson, who previously made a 10-penny battery that powered a small light for almost two weeks, is at it again. Inspired by another project tutorial, Thompson created seven variations of a mini-pistol that can fire matches over 20 …

Why Google doesn’t care about college degrees, in 5 quotes

Google isn’t big on college degrees, although the search giant is inundated with applicants touting perfect GPAs from Ivy League schools.<p>Google’s chairman and head of hiring, Laszlo Bock, has given a few insights in the <i>New York Times</i> on how he sorts through a multitude of bright applicants.<p>The …

Space Elevator Closer to Liftoff With New Cable

Tails: the operating system that blew open the NSA

When NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden first emailed Glenn Greenwald, he insisted on using email encryption software called PGP for all …