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Carmakers launch peer-to-peer vehicle sharing | Financial Times

Three of the world’s biggest carmakers have jumped into peer-to-peer vehicle sharing, as the automobile industry scrambles to stay relevant in the …

Peer-to-peer

The next design trend is one that eliminates all choices

In 2004, psychologist Barry Schwartz wrote <i>The</i> <i>Paradox of Choice,</i> a compelling manifesto <i></i>that outlined the paralysis and dissatisfaction one feels when presented with too many choices. A decade later, Aaron Shapiro, the CEO of the global digital design agency Huge, has evolved Schwartz’s observations …

Design

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?

Amazon is about to find out.<p>When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors for each page that a Kindle user reads, I remembered an editor who looked at my one of my book proposals and said something along the lines of, “It feels like you've only got 20,000 words of material. You …

The Messy Business Of Reinventing Happiness

Inside Disney’s radical plan to modernize its cherished theme parks.<p>Bob Iger wanted approval. It was February 2011, and the Walt Disney Co. CEO gathered his board of directors inside an intimate theater at the company’s Team Disney headquarters in Burbank, California. There, just the night before, …

Walt Disney Company

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain

Why do meat eaters get colon cancer more often?

March 11 2015 by Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD in Cancer, Meat<p><i>Not the best for your colon?</i><p>This post may be controversial – like swearing in the church of …

Colon Cancer

Actually, You Don't Need Carbohydrates for Energy

Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous:<p><i>"I need carbohydrates for energy."</i><p>If that's the …

The death of Queen Elizabeth will be the most disruptive event in Britain in the last 70 years

UPDATE: A new, revised, and expanded version of this story was published on December 27, 2016. Click here to read it »<p>Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of this Realm and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, is not going to live …

The Inuit Paradox

Patricia Cochran, an Inupiat from Northwestern Alaska, is talking about the native foods of her childhood: “We pretty much had a subsistence way of …

Parkinson's link to statins: Calls to end widespread use of the drug

PH<p>Dr Kailash Chand, deputy chairman of the British Medical Association, was speaking following research which found those who take the …

Medicine

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The science of protecting people’s feelings: why we pretend all opinions are equal

It’s both the coolest — and also in some ways the most depressing — psychology study ever.<p>Indeed, it’s so cool (and so depressing) that the name of its chief finding — the Dunning-Kruger effect — has at least halfway filtered into public consciousness. In the classic 1999 paper, Cornell researchers …

30 Minutes Lost Sleep Can Lead to Weight Gain And Diabetes

Thirty minutes lost sleep can lead to weight gain and diabetes.<p>Losing just 30 minutes of sleep a night has been linked to weight gain and metabolic …

7 Google Flights Tricks That Are Better Than Any Travel Agent

And cheaper, too!<p>Chances are you’re familiar with Google Flights. The travel search engine does everything you assume it would, like locate flights based on your ideal outbound time, inbound time and number of stops. After all, it’s the same technology that powers both KAYAK and Orbitz.<p>The site …

27 Modern Packaging Design Examples for Inspiration

Beautiful <b>packaging design</b>, concepts, ideas and packaging examples of popular branding, products created by professional designers and students. …

Graphic Design

Chains That Opened More Than 100 Restaurants

In some neighborhoods, it's easy to feel like there's already a fast-food joint on every corner in America. But a few popular brands are still finding room to grow. In its annual rankings of the top 50 largest fast-food chains in America, trade publication <i>QSR Magazine</i> found only nine chains added …

Coffee is practically a health food: Myth or fact?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Myth or fact? Coffee is good for you.<p>If you chose fact, you're right. New studies this week add to dozens more reporting the health benefits of coffee, including protection from type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, prostate cancer, Alzheimer's, computer back pain and …

Coffee

How random is random on your music player?

<b>There I was, walking to the railway station, minding my own business, when... bam!</b><p>Our song.<p>That's the gamble you take when you set your device to "random". Sometimes you get good songs, sometimes you get bad ones. Sometimes you get songs that remind you of someone that was once in your life.<p>I …

Britney Spears

Why do we sleep? To clean our brains, say US scientists

Scientists in the US claim to have a new explanation for why we sleep: in the hours spent slumbering, a rubbish disposal service swings into action that cleans up waste in the brain.<p>Through a series of experiments on mice, the researchers showed that during sleep, cerebral spinal fluid is pumped …

To Find Better Ideas, Become A Matchmaker

Because when you bring people together, their brains come along, too.<p>So, yes, science has started to find it’s really true that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The deeper and more diverse the relationships you have, the more vulnerable you’ll be to innovation, success, and other forms of …

Make Your Communication Irresistible

That’s a rather audacious claim, right? But it’s true. You can make your communications compelling. How? By understanding the difference between …

Selling

Study: Read Romance, Be Sensitive

Readers of fiction (romance more so than science fiction, suspense, or domestic) were better at picking up emotion in the eyes of others.<p><b>Problem:</b> People are always saying “Nothing” when you ask what’s wrong, or “Good,” when you ask how they’re doing, even though oftentimes those answers are clearly …

There's a Reason It's Called "Venture" Capital

I meet a lot of entrepreneurs. In general, they tend to fit into two categories.<p>The first type is looking for a quick win. They’re doing largely …

Venture Capital

Watch: This Desk Knows When You Should Stand, Sit, Or Just Breathe

The Stir Kinetic Smart Desk, from veterans of Apple, Ideo, NASA, and Disney, adjusts heights and tracks your habits in an effort to help you work smarter and healthier.<p>Perhaps you’ve heard: Sitting is the new smoking. For years, a growing body of research has shown sitting for extended periods of …

How I Hire: Da Vinci Didn’t Have a Job Description

People often ask me, “How do you hire people at the Institute for the Future? What backgrounds are you looking for?” The reality is that it is almost …

The Future

the simplest internet tea timer EVER)

I’m an every day coffee drinker, occasional tea drinker. That makes this link perfect for me. By the time my next cuppa rolls around, I’ll have …