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Ancient Chinese town's Ming dynasty buildings under water

Over 120,000 evacuated as picturesque old town district of Fenghuang is swamped by flooding in mountainous part of Hunan province<p>One of <b>China</b>’s renowned ancient towns was under water on Wednesday as heavy rain hit the centre of the country, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from the …

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Killer storm: 13 deaths blamed on winter blast as snow piles up

A massive winter storm dumped snow across the Northeast and ushered in dangerously cold temperatures Friday, leaving travelers stranded and cutting a deadly trail across several states.<p>The treacherous conditions have led to at least 13 deaths in the eastern United States, according to The …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.<p>The chemical, that does not …

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered "productive" enough.<p>The emeritus professor at Edinburgh University, who says he has never sent an email, browsed the …

10 Principles for Startup Success Through Failure

If you can’t deal with failure, then the entrepreneur lifestyle is not for you. Don’t believe that urban myth that all you need is a good idea, a little fun work, and the money will start rolling in. When you are pushing the limits, nobody gets it right the first time, or even maybe the tenth time. …

Four Extreme Leadership Principles Of A Navy SEAL

Have you ever felt like making a comparison between entrepreneurship and extreme competitive sports? If so, you’re not the first. My team member Adam Torkildson drew my attention this week to someone he met through his interest in extreme fitness–Mark DeLisle, a former Navy SEAL and current fitness …

Bus rapid transit: Improved buses are the best route to better transit.

When it comes to moving large numbers of people efficiently through urban areas, it’s hard to beat good old-fashioned heavy rail subways and metro …

17 Startup Founders on How to Become Insanely Successful

Here's what it takes to launch a business, from those who have been there before.

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25 Crowdsourced Covers For Literary Classics

A few months back, we wrote about a project called Recovering the Classics, which planned to crowdsource enticing new covers for 50 literary classics–great books like <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>, <i>Grimm’s Fairy Tales</i>, <i>Frankenstein</i>, and <i>Pride and Prejudice</i>. By now, the masses have had time to file an incredible …

Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …

A Journey to the Arctic Ice and Into the Human Spirit

We rode for five days over an expanse of sea ice. The horizon was scattered with the memory of winter, and pieces of purple and amber mountains peeked through the eternal white snow. The light descends slowly this time of year and it draws out that delicious final hour of sunset glow upon the …

From Airbnb To Warby Parker: 7 Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs

In Kern and Burn, two designers compile pearls of wisdom from the biggest players in the field.<p><i>For the modern-era business to succeed, design has to be built in from the ground up. It’s a tall order for designers, who now–more than ever–need to nourish their inner CEO. Graphic designers Jessica</i> …

Drone hobbyists show off their breathtaking aerial shots on Dronestagram

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Dronestagram/edupin<p>It’s no wonder that humans are fascinated with the bird’s-eye view. High in the sky, even the most …

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America in the 1970s: The Pacific Northwest

Day 5 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. In our final photo essay, we visit the northwestern states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, during a heightened energy crisis that left gas pumps empty …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

31 Stunning Pictures Of American National Parks

The National Park Service oversees 401 areas throughout the U.S. and U.S. territories and has nearly 300 million visitors each year.<p>You don't have to be a hiking fanatic to enjoy these places. You can swim, kayak, bird watch, walk, bike, drive, camp, or just relax in the country's national parks.<p>We …

11 All-Natural, Instant Energy Boosters

China's rainbow mountains - in pictures

The Danxia scenic area in Gansu province, north-west China, is a landform of reddish sandstone that has been eroded to create unusual rock formations

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

The 4 Weapons Of Exceptional Creative Leaders

Charles Day outlines four perhaps unexpected but effective weapons that the best creative leaders use in their battle for creativity and profitability.<p>For the leader of a company powered by creativity, the difficulties of navigating today’s complex marketplace are compounded by the fact that, in …

10 Amazing River Trips in North America

There's a place for vacations that include museum tours and visits to the childhood homes of famous people, but sometimes you need to feel your heart pound and catch a lump in your throat. For the latter type of experience, head to the mountains: The rivers are calling.<p>Whitewater rafting can spice …

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Apple's Craziest, Most Futuristic Patents Show How Insanely Ambitious Its Thinking Is

Luckily it's often possible to get a hint of what Apple has in the works, just by looking at its many patent applications.<p>It's important to note that Apple files for many more patents than it will actually use, employing a protective strategy that quickly annoys those tired of legal patent battles …

Incredible Paintings on Maps Unify Countries

Madrid-based Spanish artist Fernando Vicente uses maps for more than geographical purposes. For his <i>Atlas</i> series, the creative illustrator paints on old maps, transforming countries and whole continents into people, animals, and skulls. The collection of acrylic paint portraits applied and …