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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

Forecast of social network's impending doom comes from comparing its growth curve to that of an infectious disease<p>Is Facebook really losing its appeal? Tell us what you think<p>Facebook has spread like an infectious disease but we are slowly becoming immune to its attractions, and the platform will be …

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 …

World Economic Forum

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 …

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 …

Demographics

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 …

Economic Development

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

Watching a cloudy, sweet liquid turn into a clear, alcoholic one – accompanied by the hiccupping of an airlock – is a treat<p>… 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 …

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, …

Indigenous Peoples

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 …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …