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What is a Prospect vs Lead vs Opportunity?

Terminology in sales isn’t just jargon, and it can be confusing.<p>So many different ways to slap a label on someone. Sadly, there are so few sales …

Nobody can agree on exactly how Samsung's battery factory fire started

Samsung definitely doesn't need this right now.<p>Accounts of what started yesterday's fire at a Samsung SDI factory have been conflicting, with Samsung …

Batteries

The Science Behind Why—And How—We Drink So Much Milk

Milk is packed with protein, carbs, fats, and vitamins, making it the perfect nutrition source for babies. However, America’s massive dairy industry …

Dragonfly Wings Can Rip Apart Bacteria Without Antibiotics

We finally know why.<p>Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development. Strategies to construct them vary …

Gecko strips completely naked to flee from attackers

Fleeing naked into the night is a practice usually only adopted by surprised lovers.<p>But one lizard has evolved the behaviour as a cunning way to slip away from predators.<p>Many lizards can drop their tails when grabbed, but new species (<i>Geckolepis megalepis</i>) goes to more extreme lengths, shedding its …

Astronomers have spotted a black hole so ravenous, it's pushing the limits of physics

Astronomers have discovered a giant black hole that's so hungry, it's been gorging on a star for more than a decade — more than 10 times longer than any stellar meal detected before.<p>Not only is this by far the largest meal a black hole has been seen consuming, but the feast has been going on so …

With a $16M Series A, Chorus.ai listens to your sales calls to help your team close deals

Just about everyone can benefit from an extra ear listening in at the right time. And while an ear dedicated to helping me remember the items my housemate asked me to pickup at the store last week has yet to be commercialized into a startup, Chorus.ai is riffing off the concept to deliver a …

Here's Why It Pays to Track Every Tiny Business Expense

Between taxes, credit card rebates and simply knowing if you're profitable, watching the pennies is essential.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Is it important to track each and every one of your business expenses? Ask that question to any financial expert, and I’m sure …

Cancer drug that inhibits porcupine enzyme could help hearts

Inside our bodies, compounds known as Wnt proteins are something of a double-edged sword. When functioning normally, they help with tissue …

Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?

Targeted, genetic modification in humans is no longer in the realm of science fiction. Both the UK and US governments have approved the use of a …

Mysterious Brain Disease in Children Tied to a Popular Fruit

Since 1995, hundreds of poor children in Muzaffarpur, India have mysteriously suffered seizures and feelings of brain fogginess, usually in the …

Touching Your Hand in a Certain Way Produces Specific Emotions, Study Says

For example, a short vertical movement between thumb and palm was linked to excitement.<p>​Findings from a recent University of Sussex study suggest human emotion can be relayed through the air, using ultrasound technology that simulates touch.<p>The study is the first to demonstrate there is consistent …

4K TV broadcasts are coming: here’s what you need to know

ATSC 3.0: What is it?<p>Ajit Pai, the new chairman of the FCC, published an op-ed today in <i>Multichannel News</i> advocating for the television industry to move forward with implementing ATSC 3.0, the latest standard to govern over-the-air broadcast TV. Along with the editorial, Pai presented a proposal to …

Quantum Computing Update: Researchers Unveil ‘Construction Plan’ For An Actual Large-Scale Device

The world of subatomic particles is a weird one — at least insofar as our brains, which have evolved to understand the macroscopic realm around us, …

Tailored treatment? 107 genes found linked to high blood pressure

In the US and the UK, high blood pressure (hypertension) affects approximately one in every three adults and is a leading risk factor for heart …

How to activate your brain's ability to learn

A new study looks at the power of practicing well beyond mastery.<p>In music, you have scales. In Jiu Jitsu, it’s drilling. Most of us just call it practice. Whatever you label it, many believe that greatness, heck even mere competency, requires training a skill well past proficiency. It's continuing …

The Brain

Which foods can improve your gut bacteria?

<b>Can what you eat change the bacteria in your gut for the better? Dr Michael Mosley has been finding out which foods and drinks can make the most difference.</b><p>The gut microbiome - the diverse community of bacteria that inhabits our intestines - is a hot topic in science right now.<p>Almost every day we …

Is Your Phone Or Computer Making You Blind? Staring At Screens Could Lead To 'Blindness Epidemic,' Study Reports

Recent findings from the Universidad Compultense de Madrid revealed that LED screens could eventually lead to a “global epidemic of blindness.” The …

6-Year-Old Scientist Charms Ellen With His Brainiac Ways

He's made $500 because of his science podcast.<p>Ellen DeGeneres invited a 6-year-old science lover on her talk show, and he delivered both laughs and interesting facts.<p>Wearing a lab coat and a tie, a boy named Nate charmed DeGeneres and the audience with all things science and talked about his …

One unusual sign your IQ is higher than average

Good news for people who have a dark, twisted sense of humor.<p>Got a sadistic sense of humor? While you might get side-eye from colleagues after cracking a joke no one else finds funny, here's the good news. It might be a sign of a higher IQ.<p><b>More From Inc.com: The Top 10 Global Startup Hubs of 2017</b><p>A …

Italian prosecutors are investigating BT's £530 million accounting scandal

Reuters reported late on Tuesday that Milan prosecutors have opened an investigation into "alleged false accounting and embezzlement." BT first announced it had discovered accounting irregularities at its Italian division three months ago, but on Tuesday radically upgraded the costs of these errors …

Caffeine Helps Conscious Memory Recall in College-Age Students, Study Finds

While the dominant theme in education is focused on the current pick for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, and her vigilance in implementing …

Accounting Basics: 4 Financial Ratios You Need to Know

Banks and investors will typically use financial ratios to measure the performance of your business. They may also be used to gain insight on a company's financial statements. Regardless if you're a finance whiz, it's always best to fully understand the financial state of your business. Use these 5 …

Brain stimulation pinpoints precise memory boost

Building on previous studies showing that electromagnetic stimulation of the brain can improve the memory, researchers at Northwestern University …

The Brain

Two Easy Ways To Rewire Your Brain To Be More Productive

Until technology catches up with a solution to fix our productivity problems, you can use brain science to get more done.<p>“Our brains and bodies, which functioned perfectly for us up until the 20th century, can no longer keep up,” says Harvard scientist David Bach, founder of the Platypus Institute, …

Singapore's first ISS satellite can stay in orbit for twice as long as usual

Singapore's Nanyang Technological University has successfully launched a satellite from the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time.<p>The Aoba-Velox III was delivered to ISS by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on a resupply rocket from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at …

Space Exploration

'The 4-Hour Workweek' author says a 3-step process he learned from Tony Robbins drastically improved his life

In many ways, Tim Ferriss carries on a tradition well established by Tony Robbins: finding people at the top of their fields, determining what makes them tick, and then passing those insights along to a general audience.<p>After Ferriss, who wrote the best-seller "The 4-Hour Workweek," interviewed …

The First Sighting of a Black Hole

The center of the galaxy doesn’t look like much, even if you’re lucky enough to live in a place where the night sky is sufficiently dark to see the …

The foolproof way to never forgetting a name

In the early 1990s Mark Channon was working at a London bar, when a friend taught him a technique to remember names. At the time, Channon, who was an aspiring actor, could remember lines for a performance, but had a terrible memory for names.<p>One of the most powerful things is if you are able to …

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