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  • Crisis in Yemen

    Big Picture
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Since the horrific attack on Shi’ite mosques last week, Yemen has been tumbling into chaos. Militants of the Islamic State claimed responsibility, intensifying conflict with the rebel Houthi group that continues to gain control of parts of the country. Saudia Arabia has conducted airstrikes to try to stop the advance, and ground troops could also be sent from other countries. NOTE: Graphic content -- By Leanne Burden SeidelAnti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, March 23. Soldiers loyal to Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought off dozens of Shi'ite…
  • Rain Activated Street Art
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Innovative art on the sidewalks of Seattle becomes visible only when it rains. Hidden messages and clever artworks sprayed with “Always Dry” coating appear only when the pavement becomes wet. Rainworks are temporary, environmentally safe, and completely non-toxic. Also check out: Creative Storm Drain Art from Brazil
  • 11 Books To Read If You Want People To Know You're An Asshole

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    30 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    A Sociopath’s Guide To Dating is apparently a real book. For the subtle Christian Greys of the world. Via At least it's honest about "the exploitation of women"? Via "Benny Bastard" - seems legit. Via "And deception..." Nope, sounds like totally normal light reading! Via View Entire List ›
  • Content Will Never Be King
    Chris Brogan
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Yesterday, I had the pleasure to sit down with my friends Darren Rowse and Brian Clark. The last time the three of us sat quietly was in 2008 or 2009 when we launched the Third Tribe group (ah, memories). I joked that I wanted to bring that back and we could call it Sixth Tribe. You know, Third Tribe 2.0. Alas. Content Will Never Be King The conversation was brief, fun, and sprinkled with some melancholy about the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Darren is thriving with his Problogger events and his Digital Photography School. Brian is running Copyblogger Media,…
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    30 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
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  • Crisis in Yemen

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Since the horrific attack on Shi’ite mosques last week, Yemen has been tumbling into chaos. Militants of the Islamic State claimed responsibility, intensifying conflict with the rebel Houthi group that continues to gain control of parts of the country. Saudia Arabia has conducted airstrikes to try to stop the advance, and ground troops could also be sent from other countries. NOTE: Graphic content -- By Leanne Burden SeidelAnti-Houthi protesters demonstrate in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz, March 23. Soldiers loyal to Yemeni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi fought off dozens of Shi'ite…
  • Mascots bring the spirit

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    With the NCAA March Madness Tournament underway, the mascots are out in force to bring good luck to their teams. Here are some of them, and other mascots representing their team or organization. -- By Lloyd YoungThe mascot of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after defeating the San Diego State Aztecs 68-49 during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22. (Bob Leverone/Getty Images)
  • Ceremony fit for a king

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Thousands of people lined the streets of Leicester, England, Sunday to view the coffin of King Richard III as it made its way to Leicester Cathedral for three days of public viewing before his remains are reinterred during a service attended by members of the royal family. The skeletal remains of the king were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot some 500 years after he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. -- By Lloyd YoungThe King Richard III statue stands in the gardens of Leicester Cathedral, in Leicester, central England on March 19. King Richard III, the medieval…
  • Spring scenes

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Spring has arrived in the Northern Hemisphere. The vernal equinox is anticipated by many looking forward to warmer temperatures and a welcoming rebirth. In some areas of the world, the signs are more apparent. This year, the first day of spring held the distinction of coinciding with a solar eclipse. -- By Leanne Burden SeidelPedestrians walk past flowering trees in Piedmont Park, March 16, in Atlanta. (David Goldman/Associated Press)
  • Colors in the Sky

    18 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    With a severe solar storm raging, the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, could be seen from the island of Nantucket this week. The phenomenon, usually visible only much farther north, takes place when gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere collide with charged particles released from the sun. -- By Lloyd YoungThe aurora borealis, or the northern lights, over Derwent water near Keswick, England, on March 18. The northern lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth's atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun. (Owen Humphreys/Associated…
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  • Rain Activated Street Art
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Innovative art on the sidewalks of Seattle becomes visible only when it rains. Hidden messages and clever artworks sprayed with “Always Dry” coating appear only when the pavement becomes wet. Rainworks are temporary, environmentally safe, and completely non-toxic. Also check out: Creative Storm Drain Art from Brazil
  • Climbing Playground Vest
    28 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Innovative vest designed by Shiraishi Atsushi transforms parents into a fun climbing playground for their kids. Children will hang, play, climb, and spend time with their moms and dads. Also check out: Personal Space Vest and Creative Playgrounds
  • Sponge Popsicles
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Unique photo series by PutPut features sponges re-imagined as ice cream. Cleaning sponges combined with sticks become “sponge popsicles“. Also check out: Creative Ice Cream and Sponge Sculptures
  • Pizza Slice Packaging
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Triangular pizza boxes for individual pizza slices designed by Yinan Wang. Clever packaging for restaurants that sell gourmet pizza by the slice. Pizza slice boxes with cardboard handle solve the problems of greasy hands and easy storage of leftovers. Pizza by the Slice For more designs, check out: 15 Examples of Creative Packaging
  • Infinite USB
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Innovative USB cables designed by Gonglue Jiang can be linked together and plugged into one USB port. Designed for computers with limited ports. [ like the new Apple MacBook ] Each cable acts as a USB hub and opens up a port for the next cable. It was only a concept in 2010, and now it is a [...]
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  • 11 Books To Read If You Want People To Know You're An Asshole

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:56 am
    A Sociopath’s Guide To Dating is apparently a real book. For the subtle Christian Greys of the world. Via At least it's honest about "the exploitation of women"? Via "Benny Bastard" - seems legit. Via "And deception..." Nope, sounds like totally normal light reading! Via View Entire List ›
  • Can You Guess The Celebrity From The Questionable Doll Version?

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:46 am
    Plastic fantastic.
  • Premiere: Jason French Knows You Just Want His Money In New Video

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    He wants you to want him. Ironically, Jason French's big hit "You Just Want My Money" was written when he was down and out. His first record deal, signed when he was just 22, had fallen through, and he was working construction. Photo by Nikko La Mere "I went into the darkest place I've ever been in," says French, now 26. "It felt like all my dreams, everything I'd worked for, was just completely over." When a longtime music-industry acquaintance, Chris Anokute, reached out and asked if he had any new music, French handed over "You Just Want My Money" — and soon landed his deal…
  • How Well Does The-Dream Know The Lyrics To The-Dream Songs?

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:41 am
    His songwriting credits — including megahits for Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey — are numerous. Too numerous to remember, even. Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed News You have my heart And we'll never be worlds apart Maybe in magazines But you'll still be my star The-Dream says: "I'll never forget this one." Jon Premosch / BuzzFeed View Entire List ›
  • 97 Thoughts Every Woman Definitely Has When Joining Tinder

    30 Mar 2015 | 11:31 am
    Ow, my swiping thumb. Lifetime / Via 1. All of my friends are out on dates tonight. Great. 2. Where is my wine? 3. Oh, I love you wine. 4. I'm literally going to sit on this couch all night and watch TV. Alone. 5. How is it possible that ALL of my friends are on dates? 6. Like, what the fuck? 7. How do you even meet other humans? In person? At BARS? 8. Or on TINDER. Tinder. 9. EVERYONE talks about it. 10. I think everyone I know has one. 11. Why? 12. Should I get it? 13. It can't be that bad, right? Capitol Records / Via 14. It could be fun. Or could at least…
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  • Content Will Never Be King

    Chris Brogan
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Yesterday, I had the pleasure to sit down with my friends Darren Rowse and Brian Clark. The last time the three of us sat quietly was in 2008 or 2009 when we launched the Third Tribe group (ah, memories). I joked that I wanted to bring that back and we could call it Sixth Tribe. You know, Third Tribe 2.0. Alas. Content Will Never Be King The conversation was brief, fun, and sprinkled with some melancholy about the fact that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Darren is thriving with his Problogger events and his Digital Photography School. Brian is running Copyblogger Media,…
  • Content Marketing as a Food Truck: Rethinking Content Marketing In A World of Splintered Attention

    Chris Brogan
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:05 am
    With well over a billion users, Facebook must easily rank as most people’s “where I see interesting stories and click” tool of choice. Sure, us nerds might point to Feedly or Flipboard, but that’s not “most people.” That’s the enlightened. Some of us get our favorite sites to our inbox. But that’s more rare than not. What seems most true, however, is that hardly anyone stops by someone’s actual blog any more (or say “site” in case you bristle at the word “blog.”) If people aren’t visiting blogs directly any…
  • Are You Going to Social Media Marketing World? SMMW15

    Chris Brogan
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    I’m going to Social Media Marketing World in San Diego next Tuesday through Thursday. I’m doing two OFFICIAL things that I’ll stop explaining because I keep getting it wrong. Beyond that, most of my time is my own (I’ve got two other formal obligations and a few friend obligations). I thought I’d write out what my hopes are for the event, in case you and I have some shared interests we should cover. First and Foremost I’m definitely there to meet and connect. If you SEE me somewhere and find some dumb reason NOT to connect with me, stop it. Go the hell up…
  • How a $200 Chromebook Earned my Company $28,000 in Ten Days

    Chris Brogan
    21 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    This is the Acer Chromebook 11 CB3-111-C670. It’s about the size of a Macbook Air, kinda. It runs the Google Chrome OS, which means it’s pretty much like a browser-only deal. All the apps you use are web-based. And this device helped me make $28,000 in ten days. Could a Chromebook Make You More Money? I suspect you already know the real answer to how this worked. This Chromebook isn’t the most powerful computer in the universe. If you have a lot of tabs open, it doesn’t work well. So, I don’t have many tabs open. (hint one) Continue ReadingThe post How a $200…
  • What Writing A Great Sales Letter Taught Me About Everything

    Chris Brogan
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:26 am
    I can count on one hand the number of times that something I’ve tried to sell has been well-received by the people I serve. You know how some kids are a late bloomer? That’s me with most of the things I sell. People buy them years later sometimes. But this time, I really struck gold. How We Write Our Sales Letter Sequence I learned a lot while putting together the now-defunct webinar version of Online Course Maker. (Let me reiterate: the WEBINAR VERSION IS GONE). First, I learned that there’s such a thing as too much information for a format. I tried to cram way too much…
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  • 3 Keys to Staying Focused & Reaching Your Goals

    Kurt Smith
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:13 am
    It’s easy to drift. Life is hectic for all of us and if we’re not intentional about our direction in life we can easily wake up one day and wonder how we got where we are. A common complaint I hear from people, men in particular, is regret over not having done something in their life that they had always wanted or planned to do. It wasn’t their intention not to do it, but they also weren’t intentional enough to make sure it happened. Being able to stay focused on a goal or direction despite all of life’s curveballs is a necessity for success. It’s the…
  • How to be Seen as a Leader at Work and get Promoted Quick

    Martin Robert Hall
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    Some people watch it happen. Some people say what happened. And some people make it happen. The world and more importantly your workplace is crying out for people who make it happen. One of the biggest mistakes people make is thinking that leadership is in a title. “I couldn’t do that, that is only for managers or senior people” people often think. I should know, I used to do that myself. Well in order to be seen as a leader or a potential leader, you must act like one. Not then, but now. There is actually a phenomenon called the bystander effect which looks at why people…
  • 3 Things I Learned from Playing Big in Life

    Victoria Cox
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Chances are that most of us at one stage or another have found ourselves at a pivotal crossroad in our lives. Which way to turn? We have all been there. Over-thinking a decision into oblivion and flinging ourselves into a tailspin. The analytical mind whips us into a frenzy and we let our ego run wild off its leash. The human mind has a tendency to speed ahead with its I-Know-What’s-Best-For-Me-Thanks-Very-Much attitude. Yet when we think we know best, we dump the entire weight of the decision making process onto our shoulders. We get stuck on the How instead of the Why. I’m currently…
  • 5 Reasons a Female Friend is the Perfect Wingman

    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    What is your biggest fear when you are on a date with a woman? I know a lot of guys who would say that their biggest fear is to land in the zone that no man wants to land in. As you can already imagine I am talking about the friend zone. It never feels good when a woman tells you that “you are such a nice guy, but…” especially when you are really into her. It always hurts when a woman puts you in the friend zone. However, it is not as bad as you probably think. In this situation you have the choice between two different reactions. You can either hang your head in shame, or you can…
  • 5 Reasons Why You Must Constantly Learn

    Fernando Vilas
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:28 am
    How many times you had the feeling that you are lost with a new subject at work? If you are like most people, probably many times… But don’t worry! This is really common in our days because we live in a very dynamic environment, with a lot of new information to handle every day and staying up to date is a real challenge. The hard truth is that if you want to grow as person, in your society and in your job, you have to constantly keep learning new things. But, why exactly? 1. To perform, perform and perform: you can only succeed at what you are doing if you have the right knowledge to…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • How to Be a Demo God

    Guy Kawasaki
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Several times a year a group of executives from startups do a six-minute demo of their products to an audience of venture capitalists, analysts, and journalists. This name of the event is, logically, DEMO. It’s a great occasion—especially if you understand the dance that’s going on: Entrepreneurs acting as if they don’t need venture capital, and venture capitalists acting as if they don’t need entrepreneurs. (This is like acting prudish in a brothel.) This post is for anyone who has to give a good demo, whether at DEMO or anywhere else. Demoing is an essential skill to launch a…
  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
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  • Use Police “Safe Zones” for Safer Craigslist Transactions 

    Kristin Wong
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Craigslist is a great place to find inexpensive stuff, but it can also be dangerous. To combat crimes, police departments across the country are offering "safe zones" for Craigslist transactions.Read more...
  • What Would You Teach in a Financial Literacy Class?

    Kristin Wong
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Most of us agree: the world could use a little more financial literacy. Everyone talks about the need for financial education in schools. But if it were up to you, what exactly would you teach?Read more...
  • How to Choose the Perfect Summer Camp for Your Kids

    Alan Henry
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Choosing the right summer camp can be pretty daunting. Navigating a world of camp types, subjects, and fees can all be a pain, whether you’re the one going or you’re looking for something for the kids to do this summer. Here are some tips that will make the process a little easier. Read more...
  • Lifehacker Los Angeles Meetup, This Thursday at 6:30 PM

    Whitson Gordon
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
    A few members of the Lifehacker staff (Whitson, Thorin, and Kristin) are in Los Angeles this week, and we want to get together with you guys and hang out. If you’re in LA (or nearby), come join us for drinks and old school arcade games at EightyTwo downtown (Google Map here) on Thursday, April 2nd! Sorry, 21 and up only. Read more...
  • Keep a “Single Sentence Journal” if You Don’t Have Time to Write

    Kristin Wong
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
    Journaling boosts creativity and helps you reflect . But it can be time consuming to write a page or two every single day. If you don't feel like you have time to journal regularly, start a "single sentence journal."Read more...
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  • Animals and Plants Entwine in Mythical Sculptures

    Theron Sturgess
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    Surrealistic sculptor Ellen Jewett combines art, science, and medical illustration into an imaginative fusion of natural forms. Inspired by wildlife, Ellen transforms the familiar aspects of plants and animals into unique hybrid creatures.  Realistic details flow from animal to plant.  Some pieces even include industrial elements in order to highlight […] Read more on MAKE The post Animals and Plants Entwine in Mythical Sculptures appeared first on Make:.
  • The Tricky Science of 3D Printer Extruders

    Matt Stultz
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    While attending the Midwest RepRap Fest this weekend, Josh Rowley and Sanjay Mortimer of E3D took a moment to explain how hot ends work and to fill the crowd in on some of the projects they are working on. E3D’s line of hot ends have become the gold standard for […] The post The Tricky Science of 3D Printer Extruders appeared first on Make:.
  • Drone Craziness: 5 Weird And Wacky Multirotor Projects

    Jeremy Cook
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:33 am
    Make: Magazine Volume 44 is all about DRONES! Don’t have the issue? Get yours today! Flying drones may be able to do many jobs in the future, or possibly deliver everything from beer to defibrillators. For now though, it seems that most (non-millitary) drones exist for the entertainment of their owners. Here […] Read more on MAKE The post Drone Craziness: 5 Weird And Wacky Multirotor Projects appeared first on Make:.
  • New Project: Pi Spy Surveillance System

    Michael Castor
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    The Raspberry Pi B+, Pi Camera Module, and free MotionPie software make it easy to keep a discreet eye on things Read more on MAKE The post Pi Spy Surveillance System appeared first on Make:.
  • Watch the Successful Launch of World’s Largest Amateur Rocket

    Gareth Branwyn
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:52 pm
    A few weeks ago, we ran a piece here announcing the pending launch of this 46′ tall 1:1-scale V2 amateur rocket, to be launched at the Thunda Down Under rocket meetup in Australia. The Rocketry Victoria team was going for the world record of the largest amateur rocket ever successfully […] Read more on MAKE The post Watch the Successful Launch of World’s Largest Amateur Rocket appeared first on Make:.
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  • Tesla is unveiling a new product soon — but it's not a car

    Lance Ulanoff
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    Elon Musk is getting ready to make Tesla Motors more than just an electric car company The serial entrepreneur tweeted on Monday that he plans to showcase a new Tesla product at the company's Hawthorne Design Studio in California on April 30. See also: Hyperloop startup has a dream team and $8.5 million in funding Major new Tesla product line — not a car — will be unveiled at our Hawthorne Design Studio on Thurs 8pm, April 30 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2015 The tweet offers no clue as to the new product category, but Musk pretty much revealed his Tesla diversification…
  • See what happens when molten lava meets ice

    Tricia Gilbride
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:20 am
    It's probably a good thing that you don't have a volcano of your own to erupt at will, as much as you may think you could totally practice self control. Stick to the mini baking soda version Fortunately, there are scientists who can play with lava on our behalf and figure out what happens when you pour it over ice. Will it explode? Will it annihilate the ice? Turns out, it's like a bubble bath that will give you third degree burns Meteorologist pulls odd object out of his suit on live TV 13 mind-bending thoughts about photography Shep the herding drone may replace sheepdogs someday New 'Daily…
  • IKEA's Better Shelter gives refugee camps a much-needed redesign

    Elif Koc
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    The Swedish masters behind those DIY bed frames and bar stools have a new addition to their collection, but not one you'll find in IKEA catalogs The "Better Shelter" is a weatherproof and sustainable refugee home developed in partnership between the IKEA Foundation and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It looks nothing like its shoddy tarp-covered counterparts that have become the norm in refugee camps See also: 'Biggest refugee crisis of our age' braces for brutal winter Each 188-square-foot shelter can accommodate five people and comes equipped with a solar panel…
  • Why Cisco CMO Blair Christie embraces the Internet of Things

    Elisha Hartwig
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:58 am
    It's easy to get overwhelmed by the unprecedented amount of data modern marketers have at their fingertips, but Cisco CMO Blair Christie has managed not only to stay afloat, but to thrive in this new era of marketing Before taking on her CMO role in 2011, Christie was senior vice president of global corporate communications and investor relations at Cisco. Armed with data, Christie embraced the Internet of Things as she led Cisco's award-winning "Tomorrow Starts Here" brand campaign. The campaign leveraged innovative digital and social technologies as Cisco created "the Internet of Everything…
  • Dozens dead after airstrikes on camp for displaced Yemenis

    Megan Specia
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:57 am
    An airstrike on a displaced persons camp in Yemen has left at least 29 people dead and dozens wounded, including women and children, according to aid groups working in the area Al Mazraq camp for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Hajj governorate, near the border town of Haradh in western Yemen, houses around 5,000 people who have fled other areas of insecurity. See also: The breathtaking beauty of Yemen, a war-torn land A Saudi-led coalition is targeting Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen in a campaign of airstrikes that began last week A spokesperson for Doctors Without Borders…
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    Mind Hacks

  • How is the brain relevant in mental disorder?

    25 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    The Psychologist has a fascinating article on how neuroscience fits in to our understanding of mental illness and what practical benefit brain science has – in lieu of the fact that it currently doesn’t really help us a great deal in the clinic. It is full of useful ways of thinking about how neuroscience fits into our view of mental distress. The following is a really crucial section, that talks about the difference between proximal (closer) and distal (more distant) causes. In essence, rather than talking about causes we’re probably better off talking about causal pathways –…
  • Mind Hacks excerpts x 2

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    This month, Business Insider have republished a couple of chapters from Mind Hacks the book (in case you missed it, back before the blog, Mind Hacks was a book, 101 do-it-at-home psychology experiences). The excerpts are: 1. Why one of these puzzles is easy and the other is hard – which is about the Wason Selection Task, a famous example of how our ability to reason logically can be confounded (and unconfounded if you find the right format to present a problem in). 2. Why this sentence is hard to understand – which shows you how to improve your writing with a bit of elementary…
  • Trauma is more complex than we think

    15 Mar 2015 | 2:29 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how the official definition of trauma keeps changing and how the concept is discussed as if it were entirely intuitive and clear-cut, when it’s actually much more complex. I’ve become fascinated by how the concept of ‘trauma’ is used in public debate about mental health and the tension that arises between the clinical and rhetorical meanings of trauma. One unresolved issue, which tests mental health professionals to this day, is whether ‘traumatic’ should be defined in terms of events or reactions. Some of the…
  • Spike activity 06-03-2015

    7 Mar 2015 | 12:46 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The strange world of felt presences. Great piece in The Guardian. Nature reports that the Human Brain Project has voted for a change of leadership. But read carefully, it’s not clear how much will change in practice. Surely the worst ‘neuroscience of’ article ever written? “The Neuroscience of ISIS” from The Daily Beast. Ruthlessly, it’s the first in a series. Project Syndicate on why social science needs to be on the front-line of the fight against drug-resistant diseases. Psychiatry is More Complex…
  • Radical embodied cognition: an interview with Andrew Wilson

    5 Mar 2015 | 6:25 am
    The computational approach is the orthodoxy in psychological science. We try and understand the mind using the metaphors of information processing and the storage and retrieval of representations. These ideas are so common that it is easy to forget that there is any alternative. Andrew Wilson is on a mission to remind us that there is an alternative – a radical, non-representational, non-information processing take on what cognition is. I sent him a few questions by email. After he answered these, and some follow up questions, we’ve both edited and agreed on the result, which you can…
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  • Habit Summit 2015: My Deck, and a Surprise Takeaway

    Roger Dooley
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    This year’s Habit Summit, organized by Nir Eyal (author of the best-selling Hooked), proved to be one of the more interesting conferences I’ve attended or spoken at. The focus was on building habit-forming products, and the speakers were carefully selected [...]
  • The Wrong Font Can Kill You. Literally. Your Sales, Too.

    Roger Dooley
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:55 am
    Fonts have strange an unexpected effects. Patients were less compliant with medical instructions when hard-to-read fonts were used. And, the fluency of fonts can have a big impact on your marketing, too.
  • Spanish Translation of Brainfluence Released

    Roger Dooley
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Spanish version of Brainfluence is now available, at least in Spain. The tweet below from @Empresa_Activa shows the physical book rather than just the cover art. This is exciting, as I’ve observed a lot of interest in neuromarketing and [...]
  • Designing For The Mind – SXSW 2015

    Roger Dooley
    14 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    Here are the slides from and a quick recap of the Designing for the Mind panel at SXSW 2015.
  • 67 Ways to Increase Conversion with Cognitive Biases

    Jeremy Smith
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    All humans have built-in biases. This A to Z list of 67 different cognitive biases explains what they are and how to use them to improve conversion rates.
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  • To Statin or Not to Statin?

    Johns Hopkins Medicine
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Cholesterol-lowering statins have transformed the treatment of heart disease. But while the decision to use the drugs in patients with a history of heart attacks and strokes is mostly clear-cut, that choice can be a far trickier proposition for the tens of millions of Americans with high cholesterol but no overt disease.
  • Mist-Collecting Plants May 'Bioinspire' Technology to Help Alleviate Global Water Shortages

    American Institute of Physics (AIP)
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    By studying the morphology and physiology of plants with tiny conical "hairs" or microfibers on the surface of their leaves, such as tomatoes, balsam pears and the flowers Berkheya purpea and Lychnis sieboldii, a team of researchers in Japan uncovered water collection-and-release secrets that may, in turn, one day soon "bioinspire" a technology to pull fresh water from the air to help alleviate global water shortages.
  • Rate of Opioid Misuse Is Around 25 Percent, Addiction Rate 10 Percent, Reports Study in PAIN

    Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    New estimates suggest that 20 to 30 percent of opioid analgesic drugs prescribed for chronic pain are misused, while the rate of opioid addiction is approximately 10 percent, reports a study in the April issue of PAIN(r), the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.
  • Researchers Identify Mechanisms That Link Compulsive Binge Eating with Hypertension

    Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    An estimated eight million adults in the U.S. suffer from binge eating disorder. Now, researchers have shown that compulsive binging on foods that are high in fat and sugar can trigger specific molecular changes that can lead to high blood pressure (hypertension). While others have studied the effects of binge eating on the brain, this study is the first to look at its molecular effects on the expression of certain proteins in the body.
  • JAMA Surgery Study Demonstrates Short and Long-Term Cost-Savings Associated with Minimally Invasive Surgery

    University Hospitals Case Medical Center
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:05 am
    A new study in JAMA Surgery demonstrates that patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy procedures required fewer days of health care utilization and the health care system spent less on their acute and follow-up care than those who underwent traditional open surgery.
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  • Meet The Censorship Activists Who Are Scaring China’s Government

    Jon Russell
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
     TechCrunch talks to one of the founders of about the organizations ‘David versus Goliath’ struggle to end internet censorship in China. Read More
  • Google Now Includes Google+ Photos In Drive

    Darrell Etherington
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:40 am
     Google has begun showing photos uploaded via Google+ in Google Drive, where they can be managed via a new Google Photos tab, or stored in folders alongside other kinds of files easily. The inclusion of Photos and Videos in Drive is one sign that Google is moving to part out the Google+ social network into its key components, and is good news for mobile photographers. Google+ has one of the… Read More
  • Andreessen-Backed Teleport Launches A Mobile Search Engine For Globally Nomadic Tech Workers

    Kim-Mai Cutler
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:41 am
     It’s a big hairy vision — knowledge-workers freely migrate around the globe and city and federal governments compete to lure them. Teleport, a startup founded by early Skype employees around the idea of supporting an increasingly global mobile workforce, is taking another step toward that reality today. They are launching a set of iOS and Android apps that help tech workers find… Read More
  • Microsoft Jumps Into The Mobile Device Management Fray

    Alex Wilhelm
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:40 am
     Microsoft made good on its promise to add mobile device management (MDM) to its Office 365 productivity service, making the feature generally available today to commercial customers. Microsoft has added, in English, the ability for large companies to manage Office on the phones of their employees, regardless of whether the handset in use is a personal or corporate device. Read More
  • Testlio Raises $1M To Provide On-Demand QA Testers

    Kyle Russell
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
     Testlio, a startup that provides development teams with dedicated quality-assurance testers, has recently raised $1 million in seed funding to bring on more experts to fill out its “elastic” on-demand offering. Instead of hiring a team of QA engineers to deal with the bugs produced in new versions of an app or service, Testlio lets you sign up to have a dedicated team of their… Read More
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    Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

  • As stars form, magnetic fields influence regions big and small

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:26 am
    Stars form when gravity pulls together material within giant clouds of gas and dust. But gravity isn't the only force at work. Both turbulence and magnetic fields battle gravity, either by stirring things up or by channeling and restricting gas flows, respectively. New research focusing on magnetic fields shows that they influence star formation on a variety of scales, from hundreds of light-years down to a fraction of a light-year.
  • Worked-based wellness programs reduce weight

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Workplace wellness programs can be effective in helping people lose weight by providing healthier food choices and increasing opportunities for physical activity, particularly if these efforts are designed with the input and active participation of employees, a new study confirms. The two-year project successfully reduced the number or people considered overweight or obese by almost 9 percent.
  • Cats relax to the sound of music

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    It is widely accepted that, in humans, music confers numerous benefits. An extensive body of research indicates that these benefits extend even to patients under general anesthesia, and include reduced perceived pain, anxiety and stress.
  • Thin transparent flexible screens: Roll up your screen and stow it away?

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    As the demand for instant, constant communication grows, so too does the urgency for more convenient portable devices -- especially computer displays that can be easily rolled up and stored or transported. A new study suggests that a novel DNA-peptide structure can be used to produce thin, transparent, and flexible screens. The research harnesses bionanotechnology to emit a full range of colors in a single pliable pixel layer.
  • Compound from soil microbe inhibits biofilm formation

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    A known antibiotic and antifungal compound produced by a soil microbe can inhibit another species of microbe from forming biofilms - -microbial mats that frequently are medically harmful -- without killing that microbe. These findings may apply to other microbial species, and can herald a plethora of scientific and societal benefits, researchers say.
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    World of Psychology

  • Migraines: Personality Inhibition and Sexual Repression

    Nathan Feiles
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    In my previous post, I discussed the underlying emotional environment that can trigger migraines, or keep people who struggle with chronic migraines consistently close to the migraine threshold. There are many possible triggers for migraines, and, for people who struggle with non-organic chronic migraines, emotional history may have significant relevance to this picture. In my practice, I work with people who struggle with chronic migraines, utilizing a specialized form of psychotherapy that I refer to as “Migraine Therapy.” While each person who comes in is an individual with her…
  • Practical Tools for Developing Your Self-Worth

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    So many of us think we’re unworthy or worthless or not good enough. We might feel this way because of our past or mistakes we’ve made. We might feel this way because some people repeatedly told us we’re unworthy. Or because we haven’t accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. Or because we haven’t fulfilled a number of expectations we had for our lives. If you feel this way, take heart: Whatever the reason, you can learn to accept, appreciate and even love yourself. You can build a strong self-worth. In her valuable book Who Am I Without You? 52 Ways to Rebuild Self-Esteem After A…
  • Look to the Future to Ease Stress Today

    Polly Campbell
    29 Mar 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The Beast Is Back: Depression If we go looking, we can find plenty to stress about: How will I pay the bills? What will the test results show? What if I get caught in traffic? But the biggest source of our stress comes from ruminating about the future. As if we didn’t have enough to worry about right now, when the check engine light is blinking and the minivan is filled with kidlets holding ice cream cones, we go and worry about something that might happen two weeks from now. Maybe. Perhaps. What’s up with that? I call it what-iffing. What if my kid doesn’t learn to read? What if I lose…
  • As Calm as an Astronaut

    Sarah Newman, MA
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:45 am
    Watching the Soyuz launch to the International Space Station, I was overcome with how calm and focused the three astronauts on board appeared to be. The mission commander was peacefully controlling the Soyuz from an iPad while three stages of rockets pushed him into orbit at a rate of 4,000 miles per hour. American astronaut Scott Kelly will not return to earth for a year. Kelly is part of a NASA twin study to explore the health effects of long-term space flight. The study is integral to one day mounting a manned mission to Mars. Even though he leaves his family behind for 12 months, Kelly…
  • 5 Ways to Fight and Still Protect Your Relationship

    Alicia Sparks
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    If THIS is how your fights go, the odds aren’t in your favor (says science). Science confirms that it’s no longer just about how you fight, it’s what you do after the argument that may determine if you’re going to go the distance. You’ve recently argued with your significant other. Things got more heated than usual, and now all you can think about is how you wish it would have happened. Maybe you fought dirty or didn’t get a chance to say how you really felt. Maybe the issue is still unresolved, and you don’t know how to reapproach the subject. So you…
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