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How to Tell a Great Story

We tell stories to our coworkers and peers all the time — to persuade someone to support our project, to explain to an employee how he might improve, or to inspire a team that is facing challenges. It’s an essential skill, but what makes a compelling story in a business context? And how can you …

Student Suspended for Brilliant Chemistry Joke in Her Yearbook

Senior class vice president and all-around model student Paris Gray tried out a brilliant and hilarious chemistry joke, but she didn't get a positive …

Artist's Fanciful Face Paint Transformations Bend Reality

Face paint isn't just for carnivals anymore — it's an art form in its own right.<p>Elsa Pageler proves this with her amazing ability to use face paint …

The Beginner's Guide to Whisper

“Share your thoughts. Make new friends! Be yourself,” encourages Whisper’s promo video, above.<p>The free iOS and Android app Whisper, which launched …

10 Short-Form Books for Your Morning Commute

On a bleak morning, there's nothing more comforting than a good story to distract yourself during the 20-minute bus ride to work.<p>And though you might …

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the trend is only getting worse.<p>The global burden of cancer will grow …

Facebook will lose 80% of users by 2017, say Princeton researchers

Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be largely abandoned by 2017, say researchers at Princeton University (pdf).<p>The forecast of Facebook's impending doom was made by comparing the growth curve of epidemics to …

Davos 2014: Widening wealth gap 'biggest risk' in 2014

<b>The increasing gap between rich and poor is seen as the biggest risk to global stability, according to a survey by the World Economic Forum (WEF).</b><p>In its annual report it warned that income disparity is seen as the risk "most likely to to cause serious damage globally in the coming decade".<p>The …

Want to get hired? Don't hug your interviewer

Asking for a hug, acting out a Star Trek role, requesting the name and phone number of the office receptionist – these are just a few of the outrageous ways that job seekers shocked their potential employers during an interview.<p>That's according to the findings of a new survey of the most memorable …

Employment

Mapping The Wealth Of U.S. ZIP Codes Shows The Haves Hiding From The Have-Nots

This interactive graphic, which lets you see the economic stats for every ZIP code in the country, shows the emergence of “Super ZIPs”–communities where nearly everyone is wealthy.<p>The Harvard philosopher Michael Sandel calls it the “skyboxification of American life”–the way in which the wealthy and …

Miami's Newest Condo Tower Will Be Home to Nearly 2 Percent of the World's Billionaires

Swiss vote no to capping bosses' pay at 12 times lowest paid

<b>Swiss voters have rejected a proposal that would have limited executive pay to 12 times that of the lowest paid.</b><p>The referendum saw 65.3% vote against the plan with 34.7% in favour.<p>The country is home to a range of giant businesses, including pharmaceutical companies Novartis and Roche, the …

Picking the Perfect Fabric

Everlane's website is one of the best resources for finding out what goes into your clothes. The minimalist, web-only clothing company practices "radical transparency," and their blog is doused with behind-the-scenes videos from their factories and manufacturing cost break-downs. The company was …

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

Aboriginal hunting practice increases animal populations

Burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to near doubling of lizards and improves habitat.<p>In Australia’s Western Desert, …

What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the beer's flavor.<p>For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as "crisp." But to a brewer, the …