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Here's Why The Eight-Hour Workday Is An Outdated Concept

How productive are you during your eight-hour workday? No matter your answer, the truth is that there are better ways to achieve optimal productivity.

Productivity

The mysterious European businessman who gave India its iconic railway book stalls

At a time when booksellers everywhere appear a threatened breed, the life of Emile Edouard Moreau, who set up A H Wheeler and Co, the chain of railway bookstalls that endure to this day, appears as a fascinating example of a man with interests that spanned continents, and yet about whom there …

Literature

4 Inspiring Examples of Mobile Branding & Storytelling

Wendy Clark once famously said, “If your plans don’t include mobile, your plans are not finished!” This statement comes from a woman who’s a …

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his choices One in five doesn’t represent over 300 years of women in literature: a response What is missing: …

Jeff Bezos Responds to New York Times Story: 'I Don’t Recognize This Amazon.'

Memo to staff: "Anyone working in a company that really is like the one described in the NYT would be crazy to stay."<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos doesn’t say much in public, and he wasn’t quoted in the damning report the New York Times published about his company this weekend. But now he has responded to …

Jeff Bezos

The Top 10 Business Rivalries In History

From the Cola Wars to the battle between long-distance carriers, we take a look at some of the biggest business rivalries in recent history.<p>You’re paused in the soda aisle at the grocery store or on your way into work, in search of your morning latte. Coke versus Pepsi, Dunkin’ Donuts versus …

Sundar Pichai and the world of Indian CEOs

<b>It is not every day that one of the world's largest technology companies announces a new CEO.</b><p>So when Google announced that Sundar Pichai was taking the reins on Monday, his promotion gained thousands of column inches worldwide - not least of all in his native India.<p>The Hindu newspaper called the …

Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success

A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background<p>“Sergey and I are seriously in the business of starting new things,” writes Google co-founder Larry Page, in his blogpost launching the company’s latest venture to the …

This Indian startup is everyman’s Apple Pay

Last year, Apple unveiled a product to unshackle payments from plastic cards with “outdated and vulnerable magnetic interface, exposed numbers, and …

Banking

Google to restructure into new holding company called Alphabet

‘Slimmed down’ Google will be largest subsidiary of parent company, whose structure is said to be similar to that of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway<p>Google is dead. Long live Alphabet.<p>The tech company announced on Monday that it would rebrand itself as Alphabet – a new holding company whose …

Who owns India’s palaces?

In July, Dholpur Palace found itself in the headlines and not for all the right reasons. The Congress party alleged that Dushyant Singh, a Bharatiya …

An impact that will endure

Abdul Kalam’s passing has seen a national outpour of grief. This emotional unity in a diverse India is rare in peacetime. No other public figure …

India’s soldiers still have to fight with clunky, outdated and unreliable rifles

One of the world’s largest tenders for assault rifles has been scrapped. And, as a result, one of the world’s largest armies must continue to wait for reliable weapons for its frontline troops.<p>Last month, after four years of deliberations, India’s defence ministry finally called off a project worth …

Indian Army

All you need to know about the Vyapam scam

Another day and another death in the murky Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board (MPPEB), or Vyapam (Madhya Pradesh Vyavsayik Pareeksha …

India

How India changed the English language

For hundreds of years, words have flowed along the routes of trade and empire. Rahul Verma follows some of their remarkable journeys.<p>They are in there, often unnoticed. The words that have become part of everyday English. Loot, nirvana, pyjamas, shampoo and shawl; bungalow, jungle, pundit and …

Language

The heat and the death toll are rising in India. Is this a glimpse of Earth’s future?

Global warming could also have a shattering impact on our ability to feed ourselves<p>Roads have twisted in the heat. Hospitals are overwhelmed by thousands of dehydrated people, the poor, the elderly and children among the worst hit. Urgent instructions to wear wide-brimmed hats and light-coloured …

The lost cause of nuclear non-proliferation

Every five years, representatives of countries from around the world meet in New York and assure themselves that they are doing all they can to keep …

The Motherboard Inside Your Brain

Brain scientists are working to turn on and off behavior with electricity—and possibly motivation and optimism, too. How a few milli-amps of electric …

The Brain

Atletico lost to a moment of Messi genius, says Simeone

The Argentine's second-half strike delivered the title to the Catalan giants and the beaten coach has taken the opportunity to congratulate Luis Enrique's men on their triumph<p>Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone believes that a moment of individual genius from Lionel Messi decided the game which won …

The commodification of violence

Over the last few decades, I have spent a lot of time studying violence, trying to make sense of the phenomena. I have worked hard at finding the …

Do Sunscreens' Tiny Particles Harm Ocean Life in Big Ways?

Residues from consumer products may stop sea life from developing normally.<p>Tiny particles used in sunscreens and other consumer products may harm marine creatures by disabling the defense mechanisms that protect their embryos, according to a new study.<p>Small amounts of microscopic metals in some …

Pollution

Blueprint for a Better Human Body

People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species.<p>When Elizabeth Wright smacks her right leg on a table, she says “ow.” That’s only interesting if you know one more thing: that her right leg is made out of carbon fiber and metal. It’s also part of her. “It is my right …

Alexander McQueen

How ant colonies, butterfly swarms and lizard tongues are teaching industry a lesson

<b>(CNN) —</b> From the organizational strength of the ant colony, to the unseen communication in a swarm of butterflies, nature has always beaten man to it.<p>But now researchers at Festo, a German industrial control and automation company, are taking their cue from the natural world to gain valuable …

Robotics

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Robotics

Is India's 100 smart cities project a recipe for social apartheid?

The emergence of hi-tech prototype cities is raising concerns that India’s new urban enclaves will override local laws and use surveillance to keep out the poor<p>In architectural renderings, Gujarat International Financial Tec-City resembles a thicket of glassy blue skyscrapers soaring above the …

Building a young nation of character

The world has come around to the view that democracy is essential for full human development. And only education and skill development can make this …

The politics of internships

Arun Iyer dreams of being a politician. The 23-year-old is currently a LAMP (legislative assistant to an MP, or member of Parliament) intern. A …

Climate change: the big myths that need to be exploded

The threat to our planet and the lives of billions of people – not to mention big business – has led to wild claims on both sides of the divide. Here are some facts<p>THE EARTH IS WARMER NOW THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN<p>In the distant past, temperatures were far warmer than even the most extreme warming …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

The Brain

Does the digital era herald the end of history?

<b>Has the digital transformation of our society put the future of recorded history in jeopardy? Many internet observers fear so. But why, and what do they mean?</b><p>Since the 1980s our lives have grown increasingly digital, and with dizzying speed.<p>Most of our photos, videos, conversations, research and …