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  • International Day of Yoga

    Big Picture
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The first International Day of Yoga was held on June 21 and India set a record for the largest yoga demonstration in a single venue. Many other countries participated in the holiday recognized by the United Nations. -- By Leanne Burden SeidelIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, sits on a mat as he performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, in New Delhi, India, June 21. With nearly 36,000 in attendance, the yoga gathering set a record for the world's largest to mark the first International Yoga Day. (Saurabh Das/Associated Press)
  • Globe photos of the month, June 2015

    Big Picture
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including an attempt to break a record for the “most arm-linked people standing up simultaneously,” the beginning of summer, the Old Colony Unity Day, and Boston Pride Week. -- By Lloyd YoungIsabelle Barbosa of Wellesley carefully walked with flippers into the lake at Cochituate State Park. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
  • Dog Washer 360

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    5 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Innovative 360 degrees washing system will help you gently spray, clean, and wash your dog in less than one minute. Woof Washer 360 dog washing system. Simply connect the hoop to the water hose, add soap / pet shampoo, and wash your dog. [order] Also check out: Doggie Fountain and Dogs Shake Off Water
  • Glitch Halts New Horizons Operations as It Nears Pluto

    Discovery News
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    The probe is expected to recover in one to several days, according to NASA.
  • 10 Life-Changing Things To Try In July

    BuzzFeed Index - Latest
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Because we tried them for you in June! The BuzzFeed Life editors are always trying new products, apps, tips, and DIY projects, and we decided it was time to start sharing the best of them with you. Each month, we'll post our recommendations for what's actually worth it. For the sake of transparency, items under "Things We Bought" were purchased with our own money and/or were not the result of a PR pitch. Those under "Things We Tried" are items that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. Let us know in the comments what sorts of things you'd like us to review next…
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  • Globe photos of the month, June 2015

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    Here’s a look at some of the best images taken by Globe photographers last month including an attempt to break a record for the “most arm-linked people standing up simultaneously,” the beginning of summer, the Old Colony Unity Day, and Boston Pride Week. -- By Lloyd YoungIsabelle Barbosa of Wellesley carefully walked with flippers into the lake at Cochituate State Park. (Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff)
  • Great Barrier Reef at risk

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:06 pm
    UNESCO World Heritage delegates recently snorkelled on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thousands of coral reefs, which stretch over 1,200 miles off the northeast coast. Surrounded by manta rays, dolphins and reef sharks, their mission was to check the health of the world’s largest living ecosystem, which brings in billions of dollars a year in tourism. Some coral has been badly damaged and animal species, including dugong and large green turtles, are threatened. UNESCO will say on Wednesday whether it will place the reef on a list of endangered World Heritage sites, a move the Australian…
  • Same-sex marriage legalized in US

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:19 pm
    The US Supreme Court made a historic decision today in a 5-4 ruling establishing same-sex marriage across all 50 states, ending two decades of litigation. -- By Lloyd YoungSupporters of same-sex marriage Pooja Mandagere, left, and Natalie Thompson kiss outside the U.S. Supreme Court following the announcement of the ruling on the same-sex marriage case, in Washington, June 26. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
  • European Games 2015

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    The first European Games are nearing their conclusion with this Sunday’s closing ceremonies in Baku, Azerbaijan. More than 6,000 athletes from European Olympic nations have been competing in 20 sports, mainly traditional, but also including beach volleyball, martial arts such as karate and Sambo, and 3x3 basketball. -- By Lloyd YoungAthletes clear the water jump during the women's 3000 metres steeplechase during day nine of the Baku 2015 European Games at the Olympic Stadium on June 21 in Azerbaijan. (Matthias Hangst/Getty Images )
  • International Day of Yoga

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The first International Day of Yoga was held on June 21 and India set a record for the largest yoga demonstration in a single venue. Many other countries participated in the holiday recognized by the United Nations. -- By Leanne Burden SeidelIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, sits on a mat as he performs yoga along with thousands of Indians on Rajpath, in New Delhi, India, June 21. With nearly 36,000 in attendance, the yoga gathering set a record for the world's largest to mark the first International Yoga Day. (Saurabh Das/Associated Press)
 
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  • Dog Washer 360

    Toxel.com
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Innovative 360 degrees washing system will help you gently spray, clean, and wash your dog in less than one minute. Woof Washer 360 dog washing system. Simply connect the hoop to the water hose, add soap / pet shampoo, and wash your dog. [order] Also check out: Doggie Fountain and Dogs Shake Off Water
  • Captain America Shield Backpack

    Toxel.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Cool backpack designed by ThinkGeek looks like Captain America’s shield. Officially licensed Captain America shield backpack will store your books, laptop, iPad, and transform you into one of the Avengers. Also check out: Sword Frying Pan with United Steaks of America
  • Wine Carafes

    Toxel.com
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Beautiful wine carafes designed by Etienne Meneau look like human veins, hearts, and tree branches. Unique glass carafes will help you store, present and serve delicious wine. Also check out: Wine Rings and Seven Deadly Sins Wine Glasses
  • Skateboard Skulls

    Toxel.com
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:41 pm
    Broken skateboard decks recycled and transformed into wooden skulls by talented Canadian artist Beto Janz. Souls of broken skateboards will live on in the form of skateboard skulls. Also check out: Skateboard Sculptures and Skateboard Guitars
  • Rusting Car Wrap

    Toxel.com
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Brand new Volkswagen van wrapped in realistic rust artwork and disguised to look like an old rusting car. Protect your new car with “rust-look” stickers designed by Clyde Wraps. Also check out: Eyelashes for your Car and Steering Wheel Desk
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    BuzzFeed Index - Latest

  • 10 Life-Changing Things To Try In July

    6 Jul 2015 | 12:31 am
    Because we tried them for you in June! The BuzzFeed Life editors are always trying new products, apps, tips, and DIY projects, and we decided it was time to start sharing the best of them with you. Each month, we'll post our recommendations for what's actually worth it. For the sake of transparency, items under "Things We Bought" were purchased with our own money and/or were not the result of a PR pitch. Those under "Things We Tried" are items that were provided to us at no cost for the sake of review. Let us know in the comments what sorts of things you'd like us to review next…
  • The Great Wall Of China Is Slowly But Surely Becoming Less Great

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:31 pm
    Bad maintenance, natural erosion, tourist-made damage, and brick-stealing are taking their toll on the Great Wall. The Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an indisputable symbol of Chinese culture. Dave Morrow / Via Flickr: daves-f-stop Over the course of 2,000 years, various dynasties built up the military defense project along more than 20,000 kilometers of the country's ancient northern border. Its unique nature attracts millions of tourists each year. STR / Getty Images However, various factors have reduced the part of the Wall built during the Ming-dynasty (1368 -…
  • The Abortion That Let Me Be a Mother

    5 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Chile is one of six countries in the world where abortion is forbidden under any circumstance. It has been illegal there since 1989, when the dictator Augusto Pinochet imposed an absolute ban. A new bill advanced by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and being debated by Chile’s lawmakers would allow abortion in cases of rape, or when the mother or the fetus’ life is at risk.Chilean journalist Paola Dragnic found herself in the middle of the debate. You can also read this essay in SpanishWhen I was 36, all I really wanted was to have a baby. My partner Marcelo had been asking me…
  • 16 LGBT Books That Will Actually Change Your Life

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:31 pm
    These books showed you that it was more than OK to be gay. We asked followers of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which LGBT book influenced them the most. Here are their recommendations. Farrah Penn / Via BuzzFeed Balzer + Bray Atibordee Kongprepan View Entire List ›
  • On The Road With The Teen Social-Media Sensations Of DigiTour

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    San Francisco, April 28Hayes Grier is hungry. It’s well after 9 p.m., after a two-hour show and a long day, and the dinner delivery guy is running late, and the 14-year-old’s face is starting to get that wild-eyed, slightly manic look that was all but invented by overstimulated and underfed teenage boys. He can’t sit still but has nowhere to go, so he paces around the narrow green room in San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, chewing gum and scrolling through his Twitter mentions, which stack up at a rate of dozens, sometimes hundreds, per minute. If you listen closely,…
 
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  • Customer Service is Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:13 am
    My son, Harold, is huge into video games and video game culture. He knows more weird and deep-level memes and obscure details than you’ll ever know. Harold has convinced me to take him to the SCG Convention in Texas. To say he’s hyped and excited is to really underplay how he feels about it. As part of this, I’ve encouraged Harold to do as much of the planning and deciding as possible. Harold chose the Aloft hotel chain. Swell by me. He picked it because he loved the videos. I prepaid for the days of the conference. And then, I ran into a snag.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have

    Chris Brogan
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    I’m sprawled out on my bed writing to you. My son is reading a copy of Retro Gamer and my daughter is playing Splatoon (it’s a Wii game that your kid probably wants). Lately, I’ve been thinking about this blog, about you, about my business, about what I stand for. That kind of stuff. The Biggest Competitive Advantage I Have is Openness and Honesty But that sounds like I’m trying to be virtuous. I’m not. I just think it’s easier/better/faster to just tell you what I think and feel, instead of worrying. Continue ReadingThe post The Biggest Competitive…
  • How to Get Ahead if You’re Shy – or the Secret Magic of Puppets

    Chris Brogan
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    My son, Harold, found out quite by surprise that he really likes puppets. He pretty much had to have this Kermit the Frog puppet. What we did with it was quite interesting. And in the process, I found myself thinking about me, then you, and about us. About all of us. And about something I’m not sure I’ve yet shared in this specific way. The Magic of Puppets When you put a puppet on your hand, you empower someone else to speak for you. You can say things you might not say from your own lips. Because hey, it’s a puppet. Puppets are like a super power.Continue ReadingThe post…
  • How to Learn A New Skill

    Chris Brogan
    28 May 2015 | 4:54 am
    I’m a big fan of the work of Dr Nick Morgan. In my circles, when people ask me advice about how to be a better professional speaker, I tell a somewhat backhanded and loving story about how I paid for a day of Dr. Morgan’s time, hellbent on having him make me a much better speaker. I loved everything he had to say. It was brilliant, full of really important details and ideas. And I couldn’t really make good use of any of it. Dr. Morgan mentions it in this post. For instance, “The good news for you conference organizers, then, is that if you hire Chris you’ll get…
  • The Value of Data Velocity in Marketing

    Chris Brogan
    21 May 2015 | 6:33 am
    I’m working on some interesting stuff as it relates to both bigger businesses as well as small businesses. I’m interested in how better use of data could open up a whole big slice of not-yet-tapped economic value for companies (again both bigger and smaller). It’s times like this where I feel bad for people who think I’m the “social media guy.” I’m thinking about velocity as it applies to marketing. Meaning, if we knew something faster, could we add more value and help someone better? Velocity as a Marketing Tool I was in Atlanta the other day for 20…
 
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    Dumb Little Man - Tips for Life

  • 5 Sure-Shot Tactics to Eliminate Barriers at the Workplace

    Jessica Barden
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    In today’s highly competitive workplace, every employee needs to come up with bundles of ideas to outrun their competitors. Unfortunately a great proportion of young professionals are unaware about the strategies that they could implement to grow their career graph perfectly. Therefore in this article we would take a closer look at some effective strategies that any fresh grad could learn to live a hassle free professional life. Here are 5 sure shot tactics which you could learn to overcome every hurdle of your professional life proactively. Effective Planning Session The very first step…
  • Do Your Penis A Huge Favor, Follow These 10 Sensible Tips

    Jayce Guerrero
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    It’s easy to be preoccupied with the size and shape of your penis or obsess over how magnificent you think it is. However, you may be overlooking how your daily habits are negatively affecting your most valued appendage. The poor health choices you make each day not only influence the quality of your erections and semen, but can also be a cause of erectile dysfunction you may suffer over time. To make matters worse, most men nowadays are leading unhealthy lives and it’s only a matter of time when erectile dysfunction strikes them sooner rather than later. It’s time for you to make some…
  • 10 Types of Annoying Characters in the Gym

    Tanvi
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    1. The Stare Machine – Checking out once in a while in an inconspicuous way for inspiration or admiration is alright. But it’s rude to stare. Don’t be a creep! 2. The Skunk – Okay, so 99% of the people hit showers after their workout. But don’t be a skunk and spread your body odor that sucks life out of everyone else in the gym. Be kind, use a deodorant! 3. The Sweat-er – No one..trust me no one wants to see the sweat dripping from your face and running into you-know-where. Use a towel. Also, wipe the machines after you use them. Let’s not mix our juices with each other.
  • 5 Mistakes Men Often Make In Their Love Relationships

    Aditya Soni
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:54 am
    If at least one of the partners shows some degree of prudence, on most occasions the majority of untoward circumstances can easily be avoided in a relationship. When you are in a relationship, and you know that you have some nasty habit whether it’s smoking, alcohol or any other that is not liked by your partner, changing yourself for your soul-mate can go a long way towards building a strong bond of trust and love. However, it’s not uncommon for most men to make mistakes in their love relationships. As per temperament goes, men are wired differently, so it’s not entirely their fault.
  • 3 Easy Steps to Take Back Control of Your Life’s Direction

    Gregory Henderson
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    It makes you feel helpless, doesn’t it? Being in a situation where you feel you have so little control over your life. Perhaps when the housing bubble burst, your finances, investments, and retirement nest egg went down the drain as well, and you’re finding it increasingly difficult to continue working and saving money. Or maybe you’ve gone through a gut-wrenching divorce that’s zapped all of your confidence and self-esteem. You feel like you’ve just entered the Twilight Zone. Whatever the situation you find yourself in, your future feels dim and it seems as if everything’s headed…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Learn the Basics of Working with Epoxies In This Video

    Patrick Allan
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Epoxy can be a handy tool for all kinds of home projects. This video explains what epoxy is and some basic tips for how to use it.Read more...
  • Build Your Own Aerial Photography Rig with Kite

    Thorin Klosowski
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Aerial photography is a lot of fun and you have a ton of options for doing it. These days drones are certainly one of the most popular , but balloons work too . If that’s all too much of an investment, Make shows you how to do it with a kite.Read more...
  • Keep Condiments From Dripping in the Fridge With Containers

    Kristin Wong
    5 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Over time, dripping condiments can cause a sticky mess in your fridge. To keep your fridge clean and its contents organized, try corralling your condiments in containers.Read more...
  • Google May Offer "Did You Mean" Suggestions While Searching on Android

    Eric Ravenscraft
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Google’s “Did you mean” feature is a handy way to avoid having to remember how to spell things. Now, Google seems to be spreading its reach to autocomplete suggestions on Android, before you’ve even completed your search.Read more...
  • Today's Best Deals: Cheap Hot Tub, Pet Treats, Kitchen Scale, and More

    Shep McAllister, Commerce Team on Deals, shared by Shep McAllister, Commerce Team to Lifehacker
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us onFacebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.Read more...
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    Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

  • New Project: How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects

    Willy Nicholas
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    There's no need to 3D print a simple shape for a prototype or proof of concept. Just use cardboard! Read more on MAKE The post How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Solving A Molding Conundrum: How to Really Print Sphere Molds

    Marty Marfin
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Learn how to model sphere molds in CAD so that it minimizes undercut. Read more on MAKE The post Solving A Molding Conundrum: How to Really Print Sphere Molds appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Maker Camp: Bring Your Makey!

    Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    We’re revving-up for the launch of our fourth annual Maker Camp on July 6. Maker Camp is where you need to spend your summer. It is for anyone who is interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and learning, especially kids. You’re invited to join us online or at your local […] Read more on MAKE The post Maker Camp: Bring Your Makey! appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • Countdown to the Call for Makers for World Maker Faire New York

    Nick Normal
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:59 am
    The application deadlines for participating in the 6th annual World Maker Faire New York (September 26/27) are fast approaching. Enter now before it's too late! Read more on MAKE The post Countdown to the Call for Makers for World Maker Faire New York appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
  • New Project: DIY Mint Tin Backpacking Stove

    creuzerm
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    This mint tin backpacking stove can use a variety of fuels, from denatured alcohol and commercial solid fuel tabs to gathered sticks and wood. It provides lots of flexibility for less than 100 grams (3 1/4 oz). This type of stove is intended primarily for boiling 1-2 cups of water. Editor’s Note: Please use […] Read more on MAKE The post DIY Mint Tin Backpacking Stove appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.
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  • Not even conflict or sanctions stops the Moscow party

    Christopher Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    MOSCOW — On a recent balmy night in downtown Moscow, a PR and marketing intern named Maxim Petrov was sipping a tall Moscow Mule at Strelka, one of the city's hippest bars Outside, a DJ spun remixed retro Russian rock songs and modern new wave hits as dozens of sweaty, tattooed 20-somethings in skinny jeans and tight tops gyrated like they were seizing. See also: Patriot Park: Russia's 'military Disneyland' is fun for the whole warmongering family Petrov, glimmers of light reflecting off a disco ball highlighting his smooth, youthful face, was catching his breath and enjoying a brief…
  • A look at China's distinctive color-changing rocks

    Johnny Simon
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Hunan province features some of China’s most breathtaking natural beauty. It is home to the misty, towering peaks of Wulingyuan as well as the distinctive, albeit less massive red carbonate of the Guzhang Hongshilin National Geopark, located in Guzhang County. See also: Green ghost town: Nature overtakes an abandoned Chinese village The stone formations originated underwater, later rising above sea level following tectonic shifts. The natural elements and 450 million years of erosion gave them their striking wavy texture. The rocks are also known…
  • Dream comes true for young girl who was told princesses can't be black

    Jenni Ryall
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Finally, a little girl's dream has come true In May, 3-year-old Aboriginal girl Samara Muir was the victim of racial vilification when she tried to meet her idol Queen Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen. On Sunday, she got her wish of hanging out with Elsa, free of derogatory comments See also: The Sydney Opera House says no to selfie sticks Samara, who dressed in a blue Elsa princess dress and crown, was invited to attend a special Frozen high tea at the Langham Hotel in MelbourneAccording to The Age, Samara had one thing to say to Queen Elsa: "I love you." Read more... More about Australia,…
  • Donald Trump bested by lowly avocado in poll on Twitter

    Adario Strange
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Would you be embarrassed if you lost an election poll to a fruit? That's the question likely spinning in the mind of fairly Twitter-savvy presidential candidate Donald Trump, as the lowly avocado thoroughly trounced him in a Twitter poll on Sunday See also: Hackers hit Donald Trump hotels with major credit card breach A Twitter account called AvocadoFact tweeted what seemed like a fun and harmless message on July 1: Who would you rather have in office? rt for an avocado. fav for donald trump? As of this writing, the avocado is beating Trump, with 61,367 retweets versus Trump's 5,987 favorites…
  • 5 skills you should master before applying for a social media job

    The Daily Muse
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Just a few years ago, the job title "social media manager" didn't exist. Fast forward to today, and almost every company has someone on staff who is responsible for social media. At smaller companies, the person who manages it might be the same person who handles public relations or marketing. At bigger companies, there is usually a dedicated employee who could command a salary of $50K or more. So, what exactly does a social media manager do? Most people tend to think that social media management means simply answering customer questions on Facebook and Twitter. And while that kind of…
 
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    Mind Hacks

  • Computation is a lens

    vaughanbell
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    “Face It,” says psychologist Gary Marcus in The New York Times, “Your Brain is a Computer”. The op-ed argues for understanding the brain in terms of computation which opens up to the interesting question – what does it mean for a brain to compute? Marcus makes a clear distinction between thinking that the brain is built along the same lines as modern computer hardware, which is clearly false, while arguing that its purpose is to calculate and compute. “The sooner we can figure out what kind of computer the brain is,” he says, “the better.”…
  • Spike activity 03-07-2015

    vaughanbell
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:47 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: It is Time to Temper Our Artificial Intelligence Hysteria says PSFK Oxford academic warns humanity runs the risk of creating super intelligent computers that eventually destroy us all in The Telegraph. Fusion reports on how artificial intelligence is evolving to recognise porn. BBC Radio 4’s The Life Scientific featured neurosurgeon Henry Marsh. Counterpunch has an extended, detailed piece on ‘The Rise and Fall of the Human Terrain System’ – the US Army’s group of ‘war on terror’ weaponised…
  • For argument’s sake

    tomstafford
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    I have (self) published an ebook For argument’s sake: evidence that reason can change minds. It is the collection of two essays that were originally published on Contributoria and The Conversation. I have revised and expanded these, and added a guide to further reading on the topic. There are bespoke illustrations inspired by Goya (of owls), and I’ve added an introduction about why I think psychologists and journalists both love stories that we’re irrational creatures incapable of responding to reasoned argument. Here’s something from the book description: Are we…
  • Pope returns to cocaine

    vaughanbell
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:44 am
    According to a report from BBC News the Pope ‘plans to chew coca leaves’ during his visit to Bolivia. Although portrayed as a radical encounter, this is really a return to cocaine use after a long period of abstinence in the papal office. Although the leaves are a traditional, mild stimulant that have been used for thousands of years, they are controversial as they’re the raw material for synthesising powder cocaine. The leaves themselves actually contain cocaine in its final form but only produce a mild stimulant effect because they have a low dose that is released…
  • Never mind the neuromarketing

    vaughanbell
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:35 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about the state of neuromarketing – where companies pay millions of wasted dollars to apply brain science to marketing. The piece looks at the three forms of neuromarketing – advertising fluff, serious research, and applied neuroscience. The first is clearly bollocks, the second a solid but currently abstract science, and the third a triumph of selling style over substance. Finally, there is the murky but profitably grey area of applied neuromarketing, which is done by commercial companies for big-name clients. Here, the pop-culture hype…
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    Neuromarketing

  • Your Brain on Porsche: Neuro-Nonsense

    Roger Dooley
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    The last few months have been mostly good news for neuromarketers. From major university research to corporate investment, credibility is on the rise. But, completely dismissing the sketchy science perception won’t be possible as long as people use and abuse [...]
  • Sales Intuition: How to Use It and Improve It

    Roger Dooley
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:52 am
    Sales intuition can be a powerful tool, according to a recent study. Salespeople who acted on intuition outperformed those who over-thought the process. I explain the research and give ways to improve intuition.
  • The Neuromarketing Train in Barcelona

    Roger Dooley
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    It's likely a worldwide first: mass transit ads for a masters degree in neuromarketing program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
  • Dark Patterns: How Even Savvy Users Get Tricked

    Roger Dooley
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    Can user experience design get too tricky or even unethical? Here are illustrations of sneaky techniques used by LinkedIn and others.
  • Should You Put the Price First or Last?

    Roger Dooley
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Should you lead with the price? Or wait? Harvard and Stanford researchers used fMRI brain scans to find the answer to this common question.
 
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Amazon Marks 20th Anniversary With “Prime Day,” Its Answer To Black Friday

    Catherine Shu
    6 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
     Black Friday, the annual shopping extravaganza which brought in more than $1.5 billion in online sales alone last November, is arguably the single most important day for retailers in the U.S. Now Amazon wants to steal its thunder with Prime Day. The e-commerce giant announced that it will mark its 20th anniversary on July 15 with deals for subscribers of its Prime shopping program in nine… Read More
  • Chinese Companies Delisting from U.S. Indices? Maybe Not

    Connie Loizos
    5 Jul 2015 | 11:18 pm
     It was the the big story not so long ago. As of mid-June, 14 U.S.-traded China-based companies had received buyout offers valued at a collective $22.4 billion, according to Dealogic. The highest profile of the bunch was Internet services provider Qihoo 360, which, several weeks ago, announced it had received a buyout offer led by its chairman and CEO — one that would make it the… Read More
  • B2B E-Commerce Service Bizzy Launches In Indonesia With $2.5M In Funding

    Jon Russell
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:27 pm
     Indonesia, one of Southeast Asia’s most vibrant and upcoming e-commerce markets, welcomes a new entrant today after Bizzy, a B2B-focused marketplace, officially opened its service in the country. Read More
  • Exponential Organizations Are The Future Of Global Business And Innovation

    Nabyl Charania
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
     Here’s a strange thought: Not very long ago, vertical integration was the cutting edge of global business. Indeed, well into the last century, the companies considered to be at the forefront of innovation were those resting atop the largest and most sprawling networks of operation. Read More
  • Uber Should Tell You Where To Get Picked Up

    Josh Constine
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:29 pm
     One-way streets. Roads with nowhere to pull over. Forbidden U-turns. Sometimes your current location isn’t the most convenient place for Uber to pick you up. Walking 15 seconds around the corner or across the street to a better spot could cut five minutes off waiting to get picked up on or the journey. That’s why Uber, Lyft, and other car services should tell us where to get picked up. Read More
 
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  • 8 Insightful Quotes about Life from ‘Wish I Was Here’

    Lauren Suval
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    The 2014 Kickstarter-inspired release, “Wish I Was Here,” starring Zach Braff and Kate Hudson, features a multifaceted narrative for middle adulthood. Braff’s character, Aidan Bloom, is a husband and father who faces obstacles regarding career choice, parenting, faith and impending loss. As the natural progression of life runs its course, new (and rather challenging and emotionally painful) experiences manifest. Here are eight insightful quotes from this poignant film: When I was a kid, my brother and I used to pretend we were heroes, with swords. We were the only ones who could…
  • Idle Hands Are Anxiety’s Playthings?

    Sarah Newman, MA
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Sedentary behavior is associated with increased anxiety, according to a new study published this month in BMC Public Health. Researchers found that low-energy activities that involve sitting down, such as watching TV, using the computer, riding the bus and playing video games increased the risk of anxiety. The longer participants spent sitting, the more anxious they felt, regardless of achieving sufficient physical activity throughout the day. “Anecdotally — we are seeing an increase in anxiety symptoms in our modern society, which seems to parallel the increase in sedentary…
  • 7 Tips for Dealing with Distractions for Adults with ADHD

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:45 am
    Distractibility is a big issue for people with ADHD. They don’t have enough activity in the area of the brain that controls attention, said Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, a psychologist, author and ADHD expert. That means you have a harder time filtering out things you don’t need to focus on. “So a kid dropping a pencil in class pulls at [your] attention just as much as the teacher announcing the next test.” The ADHD brain also is constantly scanning for more stimulating things, said Dana Rayburn, a certified ADHD coach who leads private and group ADHD coaching programs. So often anything…
  • Banish Negative Thoughts Forever

    Psych Central Staff
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Makes a lot of sense. When you’ve hit your lowest low, bouncing back on your feet often seems impossible. You’re not where you want to be professionally, mentally or physically, and it’s really starting to get you down. But that doesn’t mean you have to let yourself fall deeper into a pattern of destructive thoughts. Sometimes, it may feel easier to wallow in your funk but the truth is that it isn’t healthy, and will only make things worse. 3 Simple Steps to Improve Your Self-Confidence The University of Virginia’s psychology professor Tim Wilson offers a…
  • How Rewarding Yourself for Good Habits Can Throw You Off Track

    Gretchen Rubin
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    5 reasons why rewards can be very dangerous for habit-formation. Of the 21 strategies that I identify, that we can use to make or break our habits, the Strategy of Reward was one of the most difficult for me to understand. In large part, because the lesson is: be very wary of using rewards to master habits! It sounds so sensible to reward yourself for sticking to a good habit. But it turns out that rewards are very, very tricky to use well. Why? 1. One common form of reward is the attainment of a goal, and that reward marks a finish line — and a finish line marks a stopping point.
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