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Boy Meets World: Baby Cambridge Emerges From Hospital Still Nameless

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge emerged on the steps of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s hospital in London today, giving the world its first glimpse …

Hand Gestures Could Make Kids Smarter

Using hand gestures may be important for more than just making a point; they could help children to learn.<p>In research published in the journal …

I Just Don’t Want A Child

Lately, I’m really getting how much energy it takes to <i>not</i> do something. And how much of not doing things I’ve done and sometimes not done. Not …

Running The Numbers: What's The Real Cost Of Your Workout?

Once you have a number, think about how that amount compares with what your friends spend. If, for example, your buddy pays $1,000 per year and you pay only $100 per year, you might assume that your approach is smarter.<p>But, hang on. If your friend works out 365 days a year (yes, really), and you …

Why Was 2012 LEGO's Most Successful Year In Terms Of Revenue?

<i>Answer by David Eaton, LEGO trivia buff, programmer,</i><p>2012 in particular featured Ninjago and LEGO Friends, each of which reportedly exceeded LEGO’s expectations. LEGO Universe was also shut down (a large cost) in 2011, so it probably didn’t weigh down 2012′s budget. LEGO also introduced the …

Not Quite Getting It Right On Evolutionary Game Theory

The BBC gives us a report on a new paper concerning evolutionary game theory. I’m unconvinced that they’ve quite got the implications correct. Here’s the BBC:<p>Evolution does not favour selfish people, according to new research.This challenges a previous theory which suggested it was preferable to …

'I Have To Choose Between Food And Rent': Meet The McDonald's Workers Fighting For Fair Wages

During Monday’s second quarter earnings call, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson cited “economic uncertainty” as one of a handful of reasons for the fast food company’s lackluster results. “The informal eating out market remains challenging,” he told shareholders and analysts, predicting flat sales.<p>For …

Car travel too expensive? The answer could be blowing in the wind

The rise in the cost of fuel is starting to make alternative forms of transport look more attractive. Which do you fancy?<p>Petrol prices hit a five-month high this week, according to a CommSec report, climbing to $1.55 a litre from a previous low of $1.30 in mid-May. Those increased prices mean that, …

Here's How To Build A Win-Win Networking Relationship

Here is a business-building rule of thumb: <i>Don’t waste your time networking if you are not prepared to develop win-win relationships.</i> Trust me when I say, I know what I’m talking about.<p>I am the organizer of a local business organization with a membership of over 400 self-employed women. I was …

Are mental illnesses such as PMS and depression culturally determined?

The latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – DSM 5 – was published over the weekend. Produced by the American …

Taiwan's One Sanction Against The Philippines That Really Hurts

Taiwan has announced 11 sanctions against the Philippines over what it calls an insincere apology for the coast guard shooting of a fisherman last week. One of them will really stick.<p>And it will hurt both sides.<p>Recalled diplomats can be replaced, and suddenly suspended talks on fishing or aviation …

It's hard not to be angry when men won't discuss rape and abuse

Most weeks some lovely, caring berks tell me I am a man–hating witch, so let's get it out there. Sometimes I am. The acceptable kind of suck-it-up …

African leaders must emulate Chinese celebrities to save elephants

The world can no longer ignore the reality that elephants may be gone within decades, unless something drastic happens to stop the slaughter. …

Greek addicts turn to deadly shisha drug as economic crisis deepens

Nobody knows which came first: the economic crisis tearing Greece apart or shisha, the drug now known as the "cocaine of the poor". What everyone …

What Is Authentic Leadership?

What is authentic leadership?<p>It continues to surprise me how many leaders attempt to be one way at work, while their “true” personality emerges outside of work. Once a CEO reminded me, “Leadership is acting.” And it surprises me when these same leaders seem shocked or confused when their employees …

How To Make The Boss Look Good Without Compromising Your Principles

Maybe you have a terrific manager who deserves recognition for her efforts. Perhaps she’s supportive and you want to reciprocate. Maybe you want to make the boss look good because you need some brownie points–or you’re simply trying to avoid his wrath and earn his trust.<p>Go for it.<p>I spoke to four …

Press Letting Obama Off As Bystander President

I am writing this piece from Moscow, which gives me a different perspective on the U.S. media’s “falling out” with President Obama. Our newly invigorated press appears to have awakened to the fact – post election, of course – that Obama is not the flawless figure they thought him to be. They are …

What Don't They Teach You At Business School?

I have a BBA and MBA – both in marketing. I was shocked at the complete and total lack of “real world” workplace skills. I actually have a huge desire to become a part-time professor – simply so I can share some of these <b>incredibly valuable</b> skills.<p>Some examples:<p><b>Career Planning and Strategies</b><br>From the …

Steve Jobs: 6 Tried-And-True Business Tips

Always looking to create heroes they can later destroy and then redeem, the popular press characterized Steve Jobs as a: young technology rock star (early 1980’s), petulant, spoiled brat (late 1980’s), washed-up, 0ne-hit wonder (early 1990’s), and ultimately an aging technology rock star (2000, …

The Most Successful People Take Small, Smart Steps Toward Their Goals

Lives there anyone anywhere old enough to work who has not had an idea for a new company? Who has not said on at least one occassion, “someone could make a fortune if they’d just…”<p>So how come we have so few entrepreneurs?<p>Study the type of ideas on which highly successful growth companies were …

Deal-Making 101: The Basics Explained

“More than 50 years ago, Charlie told me that it was far better to buy a wonderful business at a fair price than to buy a fair business at a wonderful price.” -Warren Buffett<p>I’ve had the opportunity to negotiate some significant transactions. I’ve bought companies, organized partnerships, and sold …