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From Google’s Hiring Secrets To The Best Office Colors: The Most Popular Leadership Stories This Week

This week we explored what it means to hire someone for their “googlyness,” and the magic word that makes you more productive.<p>This week, we learned that the shape of your face may change how you’re perceived at work while the paint on your office wall may change how you perceive your workplace.<p>Here …

A new model for planning sustainable cities

Much has been written about the importance of making our cities healthy and liveable. These types of cities are indeed designed for a variety of good …

Urban Design

NASA: We'll find alien life in 10 to 20 years

Are we alone in the universe? Top NASA scientists say the answer is almost certainly "no."<p>"I believe we are going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth in the next decade and definitive evidence in the next 10 to 20 years," Ellen Stofan, chief scientist for NASA, said at a public panel …

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Being Poor Affects Kids' Brains, Study Finds

Children raised in poor households have clear differences in the physical structures of their brains compared to wealthier children, a new study finds.<p>Brain scans of 1,099 children and teenagers in nine major cities shows the poorer kids have less surface area of the brain. This is important …

The Brain

What Your Garden Can Teach About Cities – Organic Gardening

If you’ve ever tried to grow anything in your garden you’ve probably had your share of unrealized visions. In your rookie year perhaps the tomatoes …

Buddhist Monk Displays “Unheard Of” Brain Activity While Meditating

When a person dies, many things can happen to them. I choose to believe that a deceased person has the ability to come back to Earth without taking a …

Articles about house was built out 14 shipping containers on Dwell.com - Dwell

I wish I could see this cool new pop-up shop in person, but alas, it's in Manhattan and only until October 31. It's the first...<p>A two-story, shipping container prefab offers a speedy solution to shortages of space on campus.<p>These shipping containers have left their itinerant lives as vessels that …

Earth Hour: The world turns off the lights in call for climate change action

More than 7,000 cities across 172 countries are expected to turn off the lights this evening in the biggest Earth Hour event ever.<p>At 8:30pm GMT the …

Tossing Out Teaching by Subject as Part of a Modern High School Education

Educators around the world have been making expeditions to Finland to learn the secrets of the nation's top performing students. Finnish students …

Teaching

School Districts Benefit from Marrying Curriculum and IT Planning

By Tommy PetersonTo put the focus squarely on student learning goals, schools blend the teams that develop scholastic and tech strategies.

Study: Melting Greenland ice sheet is rapidly slowing the Gulf Stream

The Northern Hemisphere winter of 2014-15 was the warmest on record globally, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. But …

World Water Day: Will Big Data Save Our Water Systems?

Massive forces are refashioning the relationship between humans and water.<p>Climate change, floods, droughts, population growth and rapid urbanization all present communities around the world with new challenges. That’s why some countries and cities are getting very smart, very fast, not only about …

The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.<p><b>All ideas change the world</b> in some small way, but not all ideas are “world changing.” At <i>Co.Exist</i>, we like to consider the ideas that are tackling the big …

Black Lives Matter

World’s largest indoor vertical farm will produce 2 million pounds of soil-free food in Newark

1/7<p>AeroFarm Newark Vertical Farm<p>A new $30 million deal will soon make New Jersey’s largest city home to the world’s largest indoor vertical farm. …

The Audacious Plan For One Startup To Get Solar Power To 1 Million Tanzanian Homes

How do you get a country to skip directly to renewables?<p>How do you get electricity to the millions of people who still don’t have it? One answer is to build an electricity grid. Another is to do what Tanzania is now doing: Give people a small solar panel and battery kit, so they have their own …

How Are Buildings Going To Stabilize Our Electric Grid? By Becoming More Like Electric Cars

Buildings in California will soon store large batteries that provide backup power for when demand is high.<p>Managing the electricity grid is a game of balancing energy supply and demand, and at the moment we’re not particularly good at it. To ensure reliability, grid operators have to keep redundant …

“Reason with water rather than repel it”: Architects take on Boston’s watery future

<b>Detail of “The Omega Chain,” a finalist selected in the infrastructure category. (Howard & Cavaluzzi Architects Int. LLC.)</b><p>Few cities are as vulnerable to sea level rise as Boston. That’s where the Living With Water project comes in<p>Henry Grabar<p>March 8, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>In one vision of Boston, a …

Sea Level

'Green power levies making British steel uncompetitive'

UK steel-makers call on Chancellor for relief from green power charges that make it hard to compete against foreign rivals<p>Britain’s steel industry is calling for the Chancellor to give it a £135m boost so it can compete with foreign rivals as UK producers struggle in the face of soaring energy …

Forillon National Park

Travel<p><b>Location: Quebec<br>Date Established: 1970<br>Size: 59,305 acres</b><p>Depending on your perspective, Forillon marks either the beginning or the end of the Canadian portion of the International Appalachian Trail. Much of the park is pure mountain wilderness, with remarkable hiking trails that skirt seaside …

National Parks

How To Reduce Friction With Good Design

Anders Toxboe, designer for Bonnier Interactive, cites motivation as the force that opposes friction in the realm of interaction design. A properly motivated user will be willing to withstand more friction and still have a positive experience. A poorly motivated user will, on the other hand, give …

How to Keep the Learning Alive in Co-Taught Classrooms

A MiddleWeb Blog<p>I want to share a classroom experience that proves students moving into the middle grades can remain enthusiastic readers and writers …

Teaching

Photographs of the Modern and Minimalist Stuttgart City Library in Germany

This photograph may look like some kind of computer-generated artist rendering of a futuristic space, but it’s actually a high-key architectural …

Production Methods: How to Turn a Flat Metal Disc into a Bottle-Necked Scuba Tank

They call it "hot spinning"<p>Plastic bottles are made by blow-molding, a beautiful, elegant process that can create a full-bodied shape with a narrow …

Scuba Diving

Another Table Design Inspired by Natural Bodies of Water

What Greg Klassen did for rivers, Christopher Duffy does for oceans<p>Do you remember Greg Klassen's River Collection of tables? To refresh your memory, …

Furniture

Is Innovation More About People or Process?

What’s more critical to producing a breakthrough innovation – finding creative people or finding creative ideas? This is a question Pixar head Ed Catmull has asked a great many people, and he says they tend to be pretty much split on it 50/50.<p>This astonished Catmull. Fresh off eight blockbuster …

Innovation

A Vacant Lot In Wyoming Will Become One Of The World’s First Vertical Farms

A unique conveyer belt design allows the three-story greenhouse to be efficient and sustainable, providing jobs and fresh produce to the Jackson community.<p>Jackson, Wyoming, is an unlikely place for urban farming: At an altitude over a mile high, with snow that can last until May, the growing season …

Could You Eat a Healthy Diet for Just $3.37 a Day?

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>While food assistance varies from state to state, a typical family using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the …

How the Internet of Things is affecting urban design

The Internet of Things is coming to a city near you.<p>That's not a tagline for the latest summer blockbuster or an ad for a swanky coffee shop chain: …

Internet of Things

'This Is Really Extreme Science': Adrift in the Arctic Ice With a Shipload of Norwegians

A Norwegian research vessel has locked itself in the shrinking ice cap to gather data needed to predict the cap's future—and that of the planet.<p>R.V. <i>LANCE</i>, 82.6 Degrees North—Curious polar bears, venturing too close to working scientists, have had to be scared off with flares shot from a gun. …