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The Most Important Design Lessons Of 2014

May they inspire you to greatness in 2015.<p>More companies than ever identify as design-led organizations. Yet the nuts and bolts of how to “do design” remain mysterious to many. Meanwhile, design as a profession has sprinted past the days when industrial designers crafted beautiful, shiny objects, …

Design

How Google’s PageRank Quantifies Things (Like History’s Best Tennis Player) Beyond The Web

PageRank can be used for everything from analyzing the world’s most important books to predicting traffic flow to ending sports arguments.<p>When two unknown graduate students, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, first described Google in an academic paper published in 1998, the key innovation that drove …

Photographer Gives Us an Inside Look at Meghalaya, India, ‘The Wettest Place On Earth’

New Zealand-based photographer Amos Chapple is a name you might recognize from his intimate look inside Iran that we shared just over a year ago. …

12 Of The World’s Most Jaw-Dropping Remote Hideaways

Escape to the glorious middle of nowhere in these sanctuaries, in mountaintops, prairies, forests, and seasides around the world.<p>When you live in a constantly connected (but spiritually disconnected) urban environment, it’s natural to dream about escaping to some wilderness shack and never coming …

Sea Level

After That Earthquake, Have You Hugged Bernal’s Chert Today?

Last weekend’s dramatic 6.0 earthquake was centered around American Canyon, but it caused substantial damage in the nearby town of Napa. Get well soon, drinky Wine Country neighbors!<p>But did you feel the quake here in Bernal when the earth shook at 3:20 am? The answer to that question seems to vary …

Sound Off: Where The Military's Rhythm Came From

Think about all of those Hollywood depictions of the American military, from <i>Stripes</i> to <i>Full Metal Jacket</i> to <i>Cadence</i>. In almost every one, a bunch of guys will jog past the camera at some point, singing and stepping in unison.<p>The first time that happened was in 1944, when a particular rhythm …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Fitness

Associated Press News

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

How Pandora’s 40 Engineers Nabbed 70 Million Monthly Users

The Pandora Prioritization System brought users to their company in droves. How can their approach apply to your company?<p>When it went public in 2011, over a decade after the company’s founding, Pandora employed fewer than 40 engineers. With this skeleton crew, the company built products for 70 …

Product Management

7 Tools That Let You Control Your Own Data

Our personal data is loose on the web, and it’s near impossible to know who is collecting and mining it. Here are a few services that can help you take back the reins.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here. Or read more about this idea, “You …

An Interactive Map Of Every Refugee In The World

Trace a dizzying and very sad series of paths that mark the millions of people each year who are forced to flee their homes.<p>Every day, an average of 23,000 people around the world are forced to flee their homes because of war or the threat of persecution. Many end up crossing international borders …

Revitalizing the Suburb Without Giving Up the Car

Top 10 Predictions for Technology in 2014

Microsoft may get its mojo back, smartphones will get cheap, and we’re about to enter the Year of Encryption. A look at what to expect in telecom and …

A 3-D Printer That Uses the Sun to Create Glass Objects Out of Sand

Marcus Kayser's Solar Sinter project turns the desert's resources into bowls<p>When design student Markus Kayser wanted to test his sun-powered, sand-fed 3-D printer, he knew the gray skies outside his London apartment wouldn't do. So he shipped the 200-plus-pound contraption to Cairo, Egypt, flew …

Cloud Computing Guru Marc Benioff Offered To Fix Healthcare.gov For Free And The White House Said No

But they could have gotten a lot more help than that.<p>Salesforce.com founder and CEO Marc Benioff, known for his close ties to the Obama Administration, actually offered to fix the website at no charge, and run it for free for five years, Benioff told the Washington Post.<p>But the White House couldn't …

The White House

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

10 Tips for Taking More Interesting Photos

The end of one year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, and for many people a time to make New Year’s resolutions about …

Five Things You May Not Know About Child Marriage

<i>NPR's Jennifer Ludden recently traveled to the African nation of Malawi, one of many countries in the developing world where child marriage remains prevalent. She found girls like Christina Asima, who was married at 12 and became a mother at 13. She is now divorced and caring for her infant son on</i> …

16 Sinful Hot Chocolate Recipes You Have to Try

We know it’s hard to put down your pumpkin spiced latte in favor of any other warm winter drink. But that will get a whole lot easier once you read these 16 absolutely sinful hot chocolate recipes. Looks like its time to start stocking up on marshmallows! ;)<p>1. French Vanilla Hot Chocolate: French …

Dessert

Be Shallow - A Guide to Wide Aperture Photography

One of the many things that often differentiates a photographer from a snap shooter is the use of depth of field. Shallow depth of field is one of …

Landscape Photography

Why Americans and Europeans may soon start dying of infections like it’s 1905 again

Antibiotics aren’t doing what they’re supposed to do anymore. You know, kill infections. Since Alexander Fleming invented penicillin 75 years ago, nearly all bacteria have mutated into strains impervious to antibiotics. Those souped up bacteria now kill hundreds of thousands of people, at a …

Medicine

The Simplest Way to Get People Biking

Are Your Pics Blue Enough? How to Turn Your Photos Into Instagram ‘Like’ Magnets

Want to get more likes on Instagram? Make sure your images are predominantly blue, spaciously cropped, bright and mildly desaturated.<p>At least those …

China creates 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year—and it plans to quintuple that

Back in 2150 BC, Emperor Yu sealed his place in China’s history of eminent rulers by controlling the Yellow River’s annual flood, saving waterlogged crops. Today China’s rulers face the opposite problem: It’s water scarcity that threatens farms. So instead of the Yellow River, the Chinese …

China

This Collection Of War Photography Holds Some Of The Most Haunting Images You'll Ever See

"Photographs are our collective memory of war. Luckily, most of us don't ever experience it first-hand," Tucker told ShutterLove, a photography website.<p>The survey has now been collected in a museum exhibition called, "War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath," showing currently …

Brooklyn Museum

The 7 Keys to Mastering The Headshot

A good headshot says a lot about a person, as it should. A headshot technically is a portrait, but a great headshot isn't just your typical posed …

Quick and Informative Intro to SLR Lenses for Beginners

The world of camera lenses can be a bit daunting when you first start out, and so a videographer and photographer have joined forces to put together …