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3 Secrets From a Chess Master Who Built One of the Fastest-Growing Companies in the U.S. | Inc.com

Manion attributes much of the success with his business, digital-marketing platform Ensighten--which claimed the 172 spot on last year's Inc. 5000--to his involvement with chess. He applies many of the lessons learned from the game to guide his business.<p>"Chess was instrumental in establishing the …

Business Strategy

Hilarious Science Teacher Adds Creative Additions to Students’ Doodles

Imgur user Squeezymo, a former eighth and ninth grade science teacher in Bangkok, Thailand, included more than just grades on his students’ work. The educator noticed that his kids drew a lot on their papers. So, he established a rule in the classroom: if you draw something, the teacher will add to …

Education

Remarkable Latte Art Featuring Photorealistic Cats Looks Too Impressive to Sip

Japan seems to be on the cutting edge of the quirky genre known as latte art; the latest trend features sepia-toned, photorealistic drawings of cats that are captured in the foam of an espresso beverage. Twitter user @dongurinekobei is responsible for these extremely-detailed creations that …

Art

Mylio: A Compelling New Way to Organize and Access All Your Photos from Anywhere

One of the most interesting products at this year’s PhotoPlus wasn’t a camera, or a lens, or a quirky accessory hiding in one of the out-of-the-way …

The 5 Levers For An Entrepreneur's Most Valuable Creation: Personal Wealth

You would think that entrepreneurs are the most skilled people on the planet at manufacturing wealth. And you’d be incorrect. Beyond personal independence, creation of jobs, and the creation of returns for investors, it’s surprising how ill equipped entrepreneurs are when it comes to creating and …

10 video-making apps that help you make the best home movies

Vloggers, home movie-makers and video enthusiasts can all have a lot of fun and get professional results with these apps<p>Smartphones are not only changing the way we watch films, but also the way we make them. When director Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money filming his documentary feature <i>Searching</i> …

10 (More) Gorgeous Colorized Photos That Put History In A New Light

For the history buffs of the world, we imagine there are few experiences as fulfilling as poring over volume after volume of black-and-white photographs, hunting for that rare shot of a notable figure or iconic location.<p>As for the rest of us, we'll be trolling Reddit. Their ongoing thread of …

Sunrise Brings its Beautiful Calendar App to the Mac

Sunrise has already made a name for itself on iOS, Android and the Web, but today it’s catering to Mac users with a new, native calendar app.<p>In fairness, its look and functionality are almost identical to the Sunrise website and Chrome app that launched back in May. If you’re already familiar with …

Fighter Jet's Landing Gear Fails, So Pilot Lands Vertically On A Stool, On A Boat

On a wing and a prayer. Oh, and a stool -- <i>don't forget the stool!</i><p>Capt. William Mahoney made use of each on June 7, after the front landing gear on his AV-8B Harrier jet failed shortly after take off from the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship currently out in the Mediterranean Sea, according to …

Electronic artists turn 600 phones into a symphony of light and sound

Forget Prince's "Purple Rules" demanding smartphone-free concerts, one group is actually encouraging fans to wave their handset in the air because it's part of the show. Electronic group Booka Shade recently performed a concert where the audience's phones played coordinated sound and lights via a …

Capture the Color of Anything with the SwatchMate Cube

You know how when you’re out and about and you run across a color you want to remember for something? Say you want to use it in a design or to paint …

92-Year-Old Grandmother Creates Amazingly Complex Temari Balls

These stunning embroidered balls called “temari” were made by the prodigiously nimble fingers of a 92-year-old grandmother in Japan. Although she only learned this elaborate skill in her sixties, she has since created nearly 500 unique designs that have been photographed by her granddaughter …

Japan

Architect Bypasses Mortgage Payments, Builds a Tiny Home

Idaho-based architect Macy Miller longed for a place of her own, but didn't want the burdensome cost of mortgage payments and decided to construct her own compact home. After having a dream back in 2011, Miller mustered up the initiative to design her small yet efficient home known as <i>Tiny House</i>. …

Mortgages

Lavabit Founder Attempted To Thwart FBI, New Documents Show

DALLAS — One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent’s business card on his Dallas doorstep. So began a four-month tangle with law enforcement officials that would end with Mr. Levison’s shutting the business he had spent a decade building and becoming an unlikely hero of …

Raleigh-Based Team Aims To Make Shoes That Will Last You For LYF

Aly and Beth Khalifa have a vision: to “establish the new cutting edge of sustainability.” They’re doing it by creating products that can be easily broken down, repaired, or recycled and they’re starting with a simple pair of shoes. Called LYF, these odd-looking clogs are completely recyclable and …

40 Hidden Artworks Painted on the Edges of Books

A fore-edge painting is a technique of painting on the edges of the pages of a book. The artwork can only be seen when the pages are fanned, as seen …

Visualizing The Big Data Industrial Complex [Infographic]

Behold the ever expanding rings of big data, tech’s most overhyped sector. I say overhyped, yet demand is fierce for software, hardware and consulting services that help companies process and store giant streams of varied and frequently changing information. According to research collective …

Facebook is hiring a data scientist, but you’ll have to fight for the job

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Simon Bratt<p>Facebook (s fb) is looking to hire a new data scientist, but rather than sift through …

New Zealand bans software patents

The passage of a new patent law marks end of years of debate and lobbying.<p>New Zealand has finally passed a new Patents Bill that will effectively …

New Zealand

A Startup Founder Whose Company Sold To Google For Billions Of Dollars Is Determined To Kill The Patent 'Trolls'

Since leaving DoubleClick, O'Connor founded a startup called FindTheBest. FindTheBest aims to help consumers discover and learn about the best electronics products out there.<p>But the company is currently being sued by a so-called patent "troll" regarding a patent that, O'Connor says, they are not …

Startups

Incredible paintings of sci-fi suburbia will make you wish you were Swedish

Welcome to rural Sweden, sometime in the late '80s. Citizens go about their mundane lives and children explore the countryside. But something isn't quite right. Robots and hovercrafts are commonplace, and decaying science facilities sprout from the harsh Scandinavian landscape. There's even a rumor …

The Girl Who Outsmarted a Bike Thief and Rode Away

Bike thieves suck. Vancouver resident Kayla Smith recently learned this lesson the hard way when her Masi road bike was pinched by your typical …

The Imaginary Factories Inside All Our Gadgets

What if an iPhone wasn’t just a gadget but a place where tiny people worked? The Imaginary Factory series explores the inner life of our technology.<p>The problem of explaining how technology works to an inquisitive kid can befuddle the best of parents. It’s easier to explain to a kid how a radio …

Gear & Gadgets

What Not to Do in Chicago

Ask someone for tips on traveling to Chicago and they will probably list off tons of different things to do and places to see. But what they likely will not say is what you should not do while visiting the Windy City.<p>Do not put ketchup on your hot dog.<p>Photo courtesy of Arnold Gatilao on Flickr.<p>Just …

Hot Dogs

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

Advertising

Farm to Fork Across America: Quality U.S. Grown Food IS Our Homeland Security

<b>Co-authored by Lee Glenn</b><p>Winding my way from Reno, down some of the most scenic highways in California, redwood, pine and fir greened the way to Heaven and Earth Farm as I traveled to meet legendary farmer, teacher and soil scientist Amigo Bob Cantisano. A ninth generation Californian, he bears the …

Agriculture

Out Of Ideas And In Debt, Spain Sets Sights On Taxing The Sun

It’s always sunny in Spain, right? That might be a bit of an overstatement but the country hasn’t garnered a sunny reputation for nothing: cities like Huelva and Seville boast nearly 3,000 hours of sunshine per year. With so much sunshine at its disposal, Spain has aggressively pursued the …

Diver Photographer Snaps Photos of Polar Bears from Within Clawing Distance

Diver Photographer Joe Bunni isn’t one to shy away from risky wildlife photography trips. During one such adventure on a trip to Canada, they ran …