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  • Documenting one family’s home birth experience

    Big Picture
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Home births aren’t for everyone. But for Ashley Bennett, having her second child at home in Medford was an opportunity to be encouraged and supported at a time when she, and many women, feel at their most vulnerable. The birth plan gave Ashleyand her husband, Mike, an array of delivery options, but, as always when it comes to birth, circumstances were unpredictable. The night Ashley went into labor, their toddler, Marin, came down with a fever. And Ashley’s dreams of a water birth — in a giant portable tub — dried up when the new addition to the family, Isaac Douglas Bennett, arrived…
  • Super Mario Sweater Vest

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    3 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Eye-catching sweater vest inspired by the iconic first level from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game. You can download Mario sweater vest knitting pattern and make your own. Also check out: Super Mario Cake and Super Mario Aquarium
  • We Watched "Jupiter Ascending" And Here's What We Learned

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    4 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed This weekend we (Daniel Dalton and Hannah Jewell) went to watch Jupiter Ascending, an ambitious space opera from Andy and Lana Wachowski, writers/directors of The Matrix.It stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum and is either the worst movie ever made, or the pinnacle of human achievement in the cinematic arts, depending on whether you believe critics or Tumblr.Here's what we learned...Daniel Dalton: Shall we start with a plot summary? This is a movie about rollerblading. Possibly the greatest rollerblading movie ever made, and that includes Prayer of the Rollerboys.
  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

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    Chris Brogan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had a wonderful time at Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking event. There was a lot of value offered for those who attended. As a speaker, I loved sharing what I knew with the folks who were there. But I also operated as an attendee, listening and absorbing, and also getting what I could out of meeting and talking with other attendees. I had a secret opportunity: almost a dozen people there were friends as well as attendees. So I got a LOT out of my time there. But it made me think. Are you getting the most out of your conferences? There are some great ways to improve your conference…
  • Main search for AirAsia Flight QZ8501 called off

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    4 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
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  • Documenting one family’s home birth experience

    3 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Home births aren’t for everyone. But for Ashley Bennett, having her second child at home in Medford was an opportunity to be encouraged and supported at a time when she, and many women, feel at their most vulnerable. The birth plan gave Ashleyand her husband, Mike, an array of delivery options, but, as always when it comes to birth, circumstances were unpredictable. The night Ashley went into labor, their toddler, Marin, came down with a fever. And Ashley’s dreams of a water birth — in a giant portable tub — dried up when the new addition to the family, Isaac Douglas Bennett, arrived…
  • Roll out the barrels

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC’s top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilized once the fuel has been used. -- By ReutersMen stack oil barrels at a depot in Santo Domingo, Feb. 6, 2015. A group of resident Haitians sell the metal barrels for $9 each to be used as garbage bins, or made into grills or to store water. (Ricardo Rojas/Reuters)
  • Chinese New Year 2015

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:05 pm
    The Chinese Lunar New Year began Feb. 19 ushering in the Year of the Sheep, according to the Chinese zodiac. The new year also marks the beginning of the Spring Festival in China, which continues until the Lantern Festival on the 15th day. -- By Lloyd YoungChinese artists perform a dragon dance at a local amusement park during celebrations for the Lunar New Year on Feb. 19 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of the Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends…
  • Wintry woes for the MBTA

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:05 am
    The MBTA has been struggling to restore service after a massive amount of snow fell on the state, beginning with the blizzard in late January. Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager, said “tremendous progress” had been made in an “absolutely unbelievable recovery” effort. She also said that the commuter rail system is “still having challenges,” operating at a little over 60 percent. Scott said the MBTA woes this winter had sounded several “wakeup calls,” and that the system needs more investment. A look back at our recent public transit woes, due to an unusually harsh winter. --…
  • Carnival and Mardi Gras 2015

    20 Feb 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Pre-Lenten celebrations around the globe, including Carnival and Mardi Gras, wrapped up earlier this week before the marking of Ash Wednesday. Historians say the tradition dates back to Roman times, when the newly converted Christians retained vestiges of their pagan festival, “Lupercalia,” as a period of celebration before the penance during the 40 days of Lent. -- By Lloyd YoungThe Queen of Panama City carnival Onissis Samaniego participates during a parade of the Panama City carnival in Panama City, Panama, on Feb. 16. (Alejandro Bolivar/EPA)
 
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  • Super Mario Sweater Vest

    Toxel.com
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Eye-catching sweater vest inspired by the iconic first level from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. video game. You can download Mario sweater vest knitting pattern and make your own. Also check out: Super Mario Cake and Super Mario Aquarium
  • Honey on Tap

    Toxel.com
    2 Mar 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Innovative tap system allows people to harvest delicious fresh honey without opening the beehive and with minimal disturbance to the bees. Simply turn on the tap and watch pure honey flow into your jar. [pre-order] Also check out: Coffee Faucet and Breakfast Sandwich Maker
  • Oreo Art

    Toxel.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Beautiful artworks on delicious Oreo cookies by talented artist Tisha Cherry. Oreo cream filling shaped to look like objects, characters, and landscapes. Also check out: 3D Coffee Art, Banana Carvings, and Sushi Art
  • PlayStation Controller Table

    Toxel.com
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Unique coffee table made by Scott Blackwell of WoodCurve looks like Sony PlayStation 3 controller. DualShock 3 controller table with glass cover and hidden compartment for video games. PS3 table handcrafted out of high quality Birch plywood. Also check out: Floppy Disk Table and The Abyss Table
  • Gizmo Skirt

    Toxel.com
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Eye-catching skirt looks like adorable creature from the 1984 Gremlins movie. Gizmo Gremlins Skirt designed by Brian Lichtenberg. Priced at $2,100. Gremlins Skirt Also check out: Cat Stockings and Hug Me Jacket
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  • We Watched "Jupiter Ascending" And Here's What We Learned

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:46 am
    Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed This weekend we (Daniel Dalton and Hannah Jewell) went to watch Jupiter Ascending, an ambitious space opera from Andy and Lana Wachowski, writers/directors of The Matrix.It stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum and is either the worst movie ever made, or the pinnacle of human achievement in the cinematic arts, depending on whether you believe critics or Tumblr.Here's what we learned...Daniel Dalton: Shall we start with a plot summary? This is a movie about rollerblading. Possibly the greatest rollerblading movie ever made, and that includes Prayer of the Rollerboys.
  • The 2015 Oscars Without Any Dialogue Is Wonderfully Awkward

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    You say it best, when you say nothing at all. Well now there's a new version, featuring Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris. youtube.com The action from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood last month becomes even more uncomfortable when the sound is removed. Bill Smith / Via youtube.com Oprah, in particular, looks confused. Bill Smith / Via youtube.com View Entire List ›
  • Can You Identify These Books By Their Covers?

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:16 am
    Can you name these famous books by their cover design alone? Warning: It’s harder than you think.
  • Adam Levine Had The Best Reaction When A 10-Year-Old Super Fan Had A Panic Attack Meeting Him

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    This is a totally understandable reaction to meeting Adam Levine, to be honest. Christopher Warner is a 10-year-old with Down syndrome from Washington, D.C. Christopher loves Maroon 5. youtube.com But he had never seen them live! youtube.com So his teachers made a video about how much he loves Maroon 5 and sent it FOX 5 and D.C. radio station Hot 99.5. youtube.com Hot 99.5's Kane Show got Christopher and his family to a Maroon 5 show Monday night at Washington D.C.'s Verizon Center. Facebook: thekaneshow View Entire List ›
  • 21 Things People Who Fall In Love A Lot Can Relate To

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    Love is in the air, always and forever. The world is buzzing with things and people to love and you are always ready to bask in all of it. Via gifbuffet.tumblr.com You look for the best in people and love them entirely for it. Warner Bros. / Via foodisforfuel.com Why should you not? Some people have the prettiest, most expressive eyes. ABC Family / Via pretty-little-liars.wikia.com Some have a smile that can light up a million bulbs at once. Red Chillies Ent. / Via indipepper.com View Entire List ›
 
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  • Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Conferences?

    Chris Brogan
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:35 pm
    I had a wonderful time at Michael Port’s Heroic Public Speaking event. There was a lot of value offered for those who attended. As a speaker, I loved sharing what I knew with the folks who were there. But I also operated as an attendee, listening and absorbing, and also getting what I could out of meeting and talking with other attendees. I had a secret opportunity: almost a dozen people there were friends as well as attendees. So I got a LOT out of my time there. But it made me think. Are you getting the most out of your conferences? There are some great ways to improve your conference…
  • You Will Never See Us Coming

    Chris Brogan
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:23 am
    I was talking with the ever smart Jeff Brown who does the Read to Lead Podcast (one of my favorites), and we were talking about how podcasting is just booming. Jeff runs a Podcaster Academy. I co-founded PodCamp, etc. It’s a big topic these days. Jeff said that once at his former job in radio, someone said, “You can’t kill radio. No one will ever listen to a traffic report on a podcast.” Continue ReadingThe post You Will Never See Us Coming appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
  • Remember When I Said I Quit Facebook?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Feb 2015 | 12:04 pm
    A few years back, I quit Facebook. I tried deleting my old profile, but in Facebook, that’s pretty much an act of congress, so I just abandoned it. A year ago-ish, I snuck back on, but decided not to do much in the way of “business” via my Facebook. Along the way, I discovered what I think is the real value of the platform. Facebook Business Value Isn’t What You Think People ask me often about advertising on Facebook. I have no idea. Every time I’ve done it, nothing much happens. Jon Loomer knows better than me. That’s his thing. Continue ReadingThe post…
  • Why I Won’t Stop Blogging

    Chris Brogan
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    I started blogging in 1998, back when they called it journaling. My first site wasn’t really blogging software. It didn’t exist yet. A bunch of my sites have been lost to software companies folding. Then eventually, I landed on blogger.com, ported some of those posts to WordPress, made a lot of mistakes, and finally settled into chrisbrogan.com staying on WordPress and staying in the same rough area of the universe (though my focus changes every few years). I won’t stop blogging I love it. I love having a platform where I can reach out to people, share my thoughts and ideas…
  • Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business

    Chris Brogan
    8 Feb 2015 | 9:40 am
    I was on MSNBC’s Your Business with JJ Ramberg, with my co-panelist Larry Broughton. We discussed underpants, second locations, and virtual assistants. If any of that is your thing or if you just want to see me chatting in a tie, here you are: Continue ReadingThe post Hanging out on MSNBC Your Business appeared first on chrisbrogan.com.
 
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  • Does Working From Home Really Work?

    Veronika Shoebridge
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:18 am
    Every side has its own arguments when it comes to working or not working from home. But if the boss and the employee alike take a look at this issue from the eyes of the other person, they can sooner find a suitable and pleasing outcome for both sides. More and more people demand flexibility in their lives or look for a work-life balance. Companies started to listen, allowing staff to work from home either permanently or a few days per week. But there is still some tension between employees and their bosses, when speaking about home office. Employees: The bright side to “home office” I…
  • Why Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

    D.j. Barrett
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:17 am
    Yea that’s exactly how I said it. Perfect practice makes perfect. I know you’ve heard the saying “practice makes perfect,” but does it really? Great athletes preach this mantra to others to show them how they got to where they are in their life right now. But read this quote of what NBA Legend Michael Jordan said: “You can shoot eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, all you become is good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” This quote in itself is a life lesson! Let’s say…
  • Best Countries for Studying Abroad.

    John Unger
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:27 am
    Students who spend time studying overseas are offered many wonderful opportunities. They can study another language, establish friendships with other young people from countries all over the world, participate in internship programs, and develop skills that are important in today’s globalized society. The good news for American students is this: Several European countries have wonderful opportunities available for American students wishing to attend college on the other side of the Atlantic, or who are seeking internship opportunities in Europe. Many of these programs are tuition free,…
  • What Your Testicles Say About You

    John Khoury
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:33 am
    Our bodies tell us much about who we are, and ain’t nothing more integral to a man than his family jewels. What may surprise you is that a man’s testicles also say a lot about women. You see, a tool is made to do something but is designed as it is because of the environment it operates in. Wheels tell us not only about cars but also about roads. In this same vein (no pun intended) testicles tell us as much about women as they do about men. I write a lot about human nature. Testicles paint a vivid, concise picture of our nature. We know what they’re for: producing sperm. Big deal. But…
  • 7 Reasons successful people have mentors and you should too

    Colleen Thompson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Does this sound familiar? You have a big dream. It’s what you were meant to do. It motivates you. It has you getting up early and staying up late. But none of your effort seems to make a dent. Even though you’re doing all you know to do, at the rate you’re going, you will never get where you want to be. Maybe you are called to be a great parent or spouse. Or, maybe you aspire to create a successful business that kicks money in your direction while you travel the world. Either way, some of you will forever dream and some of you will be successful. Ever wonder if there is a tool or…
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Art of Simple Questions: How Simple Questions Lead to Great Innovations

    Guy Kawasaki
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    There is a myth that successful companies begin with grandiose ambitions. The implication is that entrepreneurs should start with megalomaniac goals in order to succeed. To the contrary, my observation is that great companies began by wondering about simple things, and this leads to asking simple questions that beget companies: Therefore, what? This question arises when you spot or predict a trend and wonder about its consequences. It works like this: “Everyone will have a smartphone with a camera and Internet access.” Therefore, what? “They will be able to take pictures and share…
  • Top 10 Ways to Capture Attention

    Guy Kawasaki
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    This is a guest post by Ben Parr, the author of Captivology. You probably deal with attention issues every day. How do I get the attention of new customers? How do I retain the attention of existing clients? How do I captivate my boss or my upcoming date? It’s a hard problem to solve, especially since very few people understand how attention fundamentally works. Writing my new book Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, I combed through more than a thousand research studies and interviewed dozens of scientists, PhDs, business leaders, and luminaries to understand why we…
  • The Meaning of Meaning

    Guy Kawasaki
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:39 pm
    When I was a venture capitalist, I noticed that entrepreneurs whose primary goal was to make money usually failed. This is because this kind of entrepreneur attracts other people who want to make money, and then when the company doesn’t pay out big bucks immediately (and no startup does), these folks look for greener pastures. To combat the problem of ill-suited people pursuing entrepreneurship, experts often recommend rigorous self-examination before starting a company. However, most people  ask themselves the wrong questions: Can I work long hours at low wages? Can I deal with…
  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form. Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Lifehacker

  • Treat Paying Down Debt Like Working Out to Make it a Habit

    Eric Ravenscraft
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:30 am
    Paying down debt can feel like a never ending task, but dealing with it is a habit like any other. You can use similar habits to the ones you use to work out to start dealing with your debt.Read more...
  • Gallery Doctor Identifies Bad or Duplicate Photos for Easy Deletion

    Eric Ravenscraft
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Android: You don't have to try very hard to take too many photos with your phone anymore. Gallery Doctor will help clean up the garbage by identifying photos that are too similar, or finding the ones that have poor lighting and may not look very good.Read more...
  • Write Down What You Accomplished at the End of Every Week

    Eric Ravenscraft
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    It's easy to remember the pile of things you have to do in the future. Once it's done, you'll probably forget it quickly. At the end of every week, write down what you accomplished that week so you have something quantifiable to show for it.Read more...
  • Pretend It's Already an Hour Ahead to Plan for Daylight Saving Time

    Melanie Pinola
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    This Sunday, most states in the US will be "springing forward" an hour in time—and losing some precious sleep. To make the adjustment easier, try living in the future on Saturday.Read more...
  • How to Manage Your Tolerance for Physical Pain

    Herbert Lui
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Physical pain can be intimidating. Whether it's a soreness after waking up, a sports injury, or an unexpected twinge, pain can be scary if you aren't mentally prepared to deal with it. We spoke to a few experts to learn how you can deal with—and prepare for—physical pain without feeling overwhelmed or freaked out. Read more...
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  • 7 Fun and Easy DIY Spy Projects To Turn You Into 007

    Mike Senese
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    Maybe you’ve always dreamed of being a CIA operative. Or maybe you’re really into into 007. But whatever the reason, you’ve always had a thing for spies and those high-tech toys they have up their sleeves. Well, now you don’t need all that formal training, not to mention all that danger. […]Read more on MAKE
  • Frequency Management: Don’t Wreck Your Neighbor’s Drone

    Tyler Winegarner
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    As the FPV drone flying grows and grows, it’s easy to expect more people showing up at your local gatherings. In general, that’s great for the community, but it can result in some serious difficulties keeping the radio waves clear for active pilots. Poorly managed frequencies can turn any FPV meetup […]Read more on MAKE
  • Gallery: 9 Giant Lego Animals

    Nathan Hurst
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    Artist Sean Kenney’s solo exhibition features huge foxes, frogs, butterflies, and bees constructed entirely of LegosRead more on MAKE
  • TIE Fighter Drone Mod is Coolest Since Millenium Falcon

    Caleb Kraft
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:07 am
    Oliver, the maker of the incredible Millenium Falcon quadcopter we shared recently, is back with yet another impressive creation. This time he has tackled the iconic Tie Fighter Interceptor. Much like the Millenium Falcon build, he’s using foam to loosely represent the shape. When flying around, the illusion is quite […]Read more on MAKE
  • Thinify Your Project Enclosure Using Layers of PCB

    Caleb Kraft
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:50 am
    Enclosure design can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, it is a task that nearly every project will require. A forum user at the EEVblog has taken a very elegant approach to his enclosure design by constructing the entire thing from PCB. One possible benefit from this design is that getting […]Read more on MAKE
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  • Bison vs. hunter: Daily life Yellowstone's crowded wild

    Luke Leonard
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:38 am
    There were 4,900 bison in Yellowstone at the end of 2014. A political agreement with the state of Montana set a population goal of 3,000 Four Native American tribes have treaty rights to hunt bison that cross the border out of Yellowstone National Park into Montana. The state also grants some individual hunting permits. The National Park Service has also initiated selective culling and slaughter of bison in capture facilities — a very controversial issue for the parks service. See also: Fish drying is the livelihood of thousands in West Bengal Additional reporting by European Pressphoto…
  • Facebook wants to bring free web access to 100 countries by end of year

    Samantha Murphy Kelly
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    BARCELONA — Facebook told a few members of the press this week that its Internet.org initiative, which aims get more of the world's population online, is on track for an aggressive expansion. Chris Evans, VP of Internet.org at Facebook, said the company plans to expand into 100 countries by the end of the year. The program is currently set up in six countries — Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Colombia and India — and has helped more than 7 million people access health, employment and local information services without data charges. See also: Zuckerberg: Facebook is 'working…
  • Ruling the 'Empire': Facts you don't know about TV's hottest cast

    Yohana Desta
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    Empire is quickly taking over television. The pulpy family drama about a man running a wildly successful record company has been a runaway hit with audiences — and it's still growing. In its seventh week on the air, its audience has continued to grow — an unprecedented rise that's shocked even the most seasoned TV veterans See also: 8 awkward, not remotely hot tools used to film Hollywood sex scenes Even though the series, created by Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, is front-loaded with seasoned, Oscar-nominated actors such as Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard and Gabourey…
  • Paul Allen discovers wreckage of major WWII Japanese battleship

    Blathnaid Healy
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:56 am
    Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen says he's found the wreckage of one of Japan's largest battleships in the Sibuyan Sea off the Philippines after an eight-year long search for the vessel. See also: How Paul Allen's $7 million and big data are combating Africa's elephant crisis The billionaire tweeted underwater photos of the Musashi, which was sunk during World War II by U.S. forces in the 1944 Battle of Leyte Gulf, killing half of those onboard. The photos were captured by the Octo ROV deployed from Allen's 414-foot mega yacht M/Y Octopus after he found the vessel on Sunday The 73,000-ton…
  • Clinton ran her own computer system for official emails

    The Associated Press
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:51 am
    The computer server that transmitted and received Hillary Clinton's emails — on a private account she used exclusively for official business when she was secretary of state — traced back to an Internet service registered to her family's home in Chappaqua, New York, according to Internet records reviewed by The Associated Press. See also: Clinton email revelation: You did what, Hillary? The highly unusual practice of a Cabinet-level official physically running her own email would have given Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, impressive control over limiting…
 
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    Mind Hacks

  • Fluctuating existence

    vaughanbell
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The Neurologist has a fascinating case report of a women with Parkinson’s disease who experienced a fluctuating belief that she didn’t exist. Cotard’s delusion is usually described as the ‘belief that you’re dead’ although Jules Cotard, for whom the delusion is named, defined it as a délire des négations – the delusion of negation, or nihilism, as it’s usually translated. In fact, in his original case report, Cotard’s patient didn’t believe they were dead but that they had “no brain, nerves, chest, or entrails, and was just…
  • Downsides of being a convincing liar

    tomstafford
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:31 am
    People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them. Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised in the art of self-deception might be more successful in the spheres of sport and business. They might even be happier than people who are always true to themselves. But is there ever a downside to believing our own lies? An ingenious study by Zoe Chance of Yale University tested the idea, by…
  • The scientist as problem solver

    tomstafford
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:17 am
    Start the week with one of the founding fathers of cognitive science: in ‘The scientist as problem solver‘, Herb Simon (1916-2001) gives a short retrospective of his scientific career. To tell the story of the research he has done, he advances a thesis: “The Scientist is a problem solver. If the thesis is true, then we can dispense with a theory of scientific discovery – the processes of discovery are just applications of the processes of problem solving.”. Quite aside from the usefulness of this perspective, the paper is an reminder of intoxicating possibility…
  • Actually, still no good explanation of ‘that dress’

    vaughanbell
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:12 am
    The last time I almost went blind staring at “that dress” was thanks to Liz Hurley and on this occasion I find myself equally unsatisfied. I’ll spare you the introduction about the amazing blue/black or white/gold dress. But what’s left me rather disappointed are the numerous ‘science of the dress’ articles that have appeared everywhere and say they’ve explained the effect through colour constancy. Firstly, this doesn’t explain what we want to know – which is why people differ in their perceptions, and secondly, I don’t think colour…
  • Spike activity 28-02-2015

    vaughanbell
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:06 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Nautilus magazine has a good piece on behavioural economics and rethinking ‘nudges’. Although the rethink is really just another form of standard ‘nudge’. The biggest hedge fund in the world, the $165 billion Bridgewater, starts an AI team to help give it the edge on investments reports Bloomberg. Well, they couldn’t get much worse than humans. Gizmodo reports that a neuroscientist says he’ll do a head transplant ‘real soon now’. Hungover neuroscientist reads Gizmodo, thinks ‘I said…
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  • Neuromarketing Bats 1 for 6, Still Wins

    Roger Dooley
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:27 am
    In tests of multiple neuromarketing techniques at Temple University, only one was more predictive of advertising success than simply asking the subjects. But, the news is good. The post Neuromarketing Bats 1 for 6, Still Wins appeared first on Neuromarketing.
  • Be Awesome, from First Impression to Last, and More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:47 am
    This weeks picks include the science of first impressions, how to be someone people want to talk to, when to use rounded prices, and lots more! The post Be Awesome, from First Impression to Last, and More – Roger’s Picks appeared first on Neuromarketing.
  • How To Set The Right Price Every Time

    Roger Dooley
    18 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Exactly how to price products is a big challenge for marketers, but new research provides valuable direction in this complex decision-making process. It isn’t just “big picture” pricing, like establishing margins and an overall price point, that bedevils marketers. There [...] The post How To Set The Right Price Every Time appeared first on Neuromarketing.
  • Junk Science of Wine, Most Hated (But Effective) Ad, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    6 Feb 2015 | 6:41 am
    Wine-tasting is proven to be junk science, and there's a marketing lesson for all products and companies. Also, my newest from Forbes, latest podcasts, etc. The post Junk Science of Wine, Most Hated (But Effective) Ad, More – Roger’s Picks appeared first on Neuromarketing.
  • Brainfluence Podcast – Episodes 31 to 40

    Roger Dooley
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:01 am
    Another couple of months and we’ve got ten more episodes of The Brainfluence Podcast with awesome guests like Paul Zak, Dan Pink, and Robin Dreeke, the FBI’s former top behaviorist! Here’s your chance to catch up on any you missed. [...] The post Brainfluence Podcast – Episodes 31 to 40 appeared first on Neuromarketing.
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  • New Molecular Technology Implemented to Protect Nation's Crops

    Protea Biosciences, Inc.
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    The winter frost isn't the only thing affecting our nation's crops, according to the Purdue University Weed Science team, who are working hard to educate food growers on a major culprit: herbicide-resistant weeds.
  • New Type of Biomarker Shows Promise in Improving Prostate Cancer Care

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Fred Hutch researcher, Dr. Andrew Hsieh, has identified two biomarkers that may improve oncologists' ability to predict which patients' prostate cancer will recur after surgery, long before the development of visible cancer elsewhere in the body.
  • Study Shows Who Benefits Most From Statins

    Washington University in St. Louis
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    New research suggests that widely used statin therapy provides the most benefit to patients with the highest genetic risk of heart attack. Using a relatively straightforward genetic analysis, the researchers assessed heart attack risk independently of traditional risk factors such as age, sex, so-called good and bad cholesterol levels, smoking history, family history and whether the patient has diabetes.
  • GW-UTeach Partnership to Prepare STEM Majors to Become Teachers

    George Washington University
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD) and Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) announced Tuesday that GW was selected by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to join a national network of universities in the UTeach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teacher preparation program. GW received a $1.45 million grant to implement the program.
  • UC Davis Scientists Describe Novel Drug Mechanism That Fights Brain Cancer

    UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Researchers at UC Davis have developed and characterized a molecule that interferes with the internal regulation of cancer cells, causing them to self-destruct. This novel mechanism was found to be effective against glioma cells - responsible for a usually fatal type of brain cancer - and could be applicable to other highly aggressive cancers.
 
 
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  • Fashion Markplace Farfetch Raises $86M Led By DST At A $1B Valuation

    Ingrid Lunden
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:09 am
     Some big news today in the world of fashion e-commerce. Farfetch, the London-based online marketplace for high end fashion retailers, is announcing a raise of $86 million. The funding vaults Farfetch into the unicorn club with a valuation of $1 billion, and it is notable for another reason: it is led by DST Global — the VC firm founded by Yuri Milner that has invested in the likes… Read More
  • IBM Watson Group Buys AlchemyAPI To Give It Machine Learning Capabilities

    Ron Miller
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
     IBM Watson, the artificial intelligence platform made famous by beating the three best Jeopardy champions ever several years ago, bought Denver-based AlchemyAPI today. It did not reveal the purchase price. The acquisition gives Watson a key piece of machine learning technology. The deal also gives it access to community of over 40,000 AlchemyAPI developers, who are building cognitive… Read More
  • Shyp Returns Makes It Easy To Send Back Stuff You Buy Online

    Kyle Russell
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
     On-demand shipping startup Shyp is introducing a new key feature to its iOS and Android app today with the launch of Shyp Returns, a dedicated interface for returning stuff you buy online without stopping at the post office or UPS. Read More
  • Goldman Sachs Leads New £25M Round In UK Online Furniture Retailer WorldStores

    Steve O'Hear
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
     More evidence that VCs are bullish about the online furniture retail space in the UK, as web upstarts continue to apply pressure on the likes of IKEA and other traditional brick ‘n’ mortar furniture retailers. This time Goldman Sachs is leading a £25 million round in WorldStores, the “home and living products” online retailer and operator of flash sales site Casafina. Read More
  • Maelle Gavet Steps Down As CEO Of Ozon, Russia’s Amazon

    Ingrid Lunden
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:29 am
     A very surprising and sudden changing of the guard at Ozon, an e-commerce marketplace known as the “Amazon of Russia.” Maelle Gavet has stepped down as CEO, effective today, and is getting replaced by Danny Perekalsky, who had been the deputy CEO. Gavet, who has been CEO of Ozon for four years, is leaving for a job somewhere else but has not yet said where that landing will… Read More
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  • Lightning plus volcanic ash make glass

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Researchers have proposed a mechanism for the generation of glass spherules in geologic deposits through the occurrence of volcanic lightning. The existence of fulgurites -- glassy products formed in rocks and sediments struck by cloud-to-ground lightning -- provide direct evidence that geologic materials can be melted via natural lightning occurrence.
  • Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Scientists have discovered a new hormone that fights the weight gain caused by a high-fat Western diet and normalizes the metabolism -- effects commonly associated with exercising. When tested in mice, the hormone blocked the negative health effects of eating a high-fat diet.
  • Bird flu: New compound protects 100 percent of ferrets, mice, from H5N1

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Medical researchers have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the H5N1 virus in two species of animal models.
  • First scientific publication from data collected at National Synchrotron Light Source II

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Just weeks after NSLS-II achieved first light, a team of scientists tested a setup that yielded data on thermoelectric materials. To test the optical performance and components of the beamline, the scientists put a material in the path of the x-ray beam and attempted to characterize its structure as the best way to identify and fix possible flaws or aberrations that the instrument could have caused.
  • Neuroscientists identify new way several brain areas communicate

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Neuroscientists have identified a new pathway by which several brain areas communicate within the brain's striatum. The findings illustrate structural and functional connections that allow the brain to use reinforcement learning to make spatial decisions. Knowing how these specific pathways work together provides crucial insight into how learning occurs. It also could lead to improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.
 
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    WIRED » Science

  • Ebola’s Not Over For Health Care’s Volunteers

    Maryn McKenna
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:31 am
    Health care workers who caught Ebola while treating its victims in the US and in Africa continue to struggle with poor health and the stigma of the disease. The post Ebola’s Not Over For Health Care’s Volunteers appeared first on WIRED.
  • Hunters Find a Frozen 10,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Rhino

    Nick Stockton
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    A baby wooly rhino was found in the Siberian ice by two Russian hunters. The post Hunters Find a Frozen 10,000-Year-Old Baby Woolly Rhino appeared first on WIRED.
  • Human Population and My Ancestors

    Rhett Allain
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    How far back in time do you have to go such that the number of your ancestors is equal to the human population? The post Human Population and My Ancestors appeared first on WIRED.
  • Chilean Volcano Spews a Spectacular Lava Fountain

    Erik Klemetti
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:20 am
    Villarrica unleashed an impressive lava fountain as the recent unrest continues at the Chilean volcano. The post Chilean Volcano Spews a Spectacular Lava Fountain appeared first on WIRED.
  • How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline

    Neel V. Patel
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last week, The New York City Panel on Climate Change released a new report detailing exactly how climate scientists expect New York City to change over over the next 100 years, focusing on projected increases in temperature and sea level. Sea level rise will certainly transform the shape of the city’s coastline. But Manhattan’s edges are […] The post How Climate Change Will Alter New York City’s Skyline appeared first on WIRED.
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    World of Psychology

  • 7 Steps to Free Your Child from Anxiety

    Therese J. Borchard
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    I had my share of panic attacks as a kid. Especially over schoolwork. I was dead sure, absolutely positive, that I would never ever be able to complete the assignment, pass the test, and get forwarded to the next grade. Because I was so stupid, I thought, I would have to repeat fifth grade until I was 20 years old, at which time everyone would mistake me for my classmates’ mom and I would have to make all my friends’ lunches. I believe everyone is born with an “I can” voice and an “I can’t” voice. Some folks emerge from their mother’s wombs with a fervent confidence that…
  • Larry Sanders & the Need for Understanding

    Candy Czernicki
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:55 pm
    Larry Sanders, the former Milwaukee Bucks basketball player, recently disclosed that he’d taken a leave of absence from the team in order to be treated for depression and anxiety. He later took a buyout of his contract and currently is not playing anywhere in the NBA. Someone I used to work with, who apparently somehow has been oblivious to my mental health status for the last 10 years, made a comment on this story on Facebook. He said that he would never make as much money in his life as this “useless (expletive)” and hoped he would overdose. Even for this guy, who is known for…
  • We Are Not the Same

    Linda Sapadin, Ph.D
    3 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    How boring it would be if everybody in the world were the same. Yet, how difficult it is for people to respect and appreciate those differences. Instead, we become impatient with others’ differences, letting them know how wrong they are for not acting or being the way we think they should be. “Why can’t you be more like …” “How many times do I need to tell you to …” “You better change the way you …” Yup, it’s tough for us to accept differences in people. Amazingly, we actually do better with plants and pets. The nursery we…
  • Alternative Approaches in the Treatment of Depression

    John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Our friends over at The People’s Pharmacy, Joe & Terry Graedon, have a long-running radio show (or podcast, if you prefer) that is one of the best-kept secrets in natural and alternative treatments in health. They also cover mental health topics, and this past week’s topic was alternative treatments for depression (alternatives to regular antidepressant medications or psychotherapy). One of the more promising alternative treatments for chronic depression is ketamine, a medication that’s been around a long time and used as an FDA-approved anesthetic and pain medication.
  • 6 Things I Learned about Serious Mental Illness While Caring for My Brother

    Katherine Flannery Dering
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    Over the past year since I published my memoir about caring for my brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia, I have encountered several misguided but firmly held beliefs that get in the way of understanding our fellow humans who suffer from a severe brain disorder. Here are just a few: 1. If people with serious mental illness (SMI) would take their medication, they would be all right. Unfortunately, this is not true. For 32 years my brother was loaded up with thousands of pills and subjected to all sorts of talk therapies and counseling. Still he alternately thought he was James Bond,…
 
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