When TED Runs Out of “Ideas Worth Spreading”

TED hosts one of the smartest websites on the Internet and is an incredible asset to knowledge, but its formerly groundbreaking conferences seem to be running out of the “big ideas” it touts. This spring, TED even resorted to American-Idol-style auditions to identify future speakers. This problem in mind, Financial Times reporter April Dembosky recently […]

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People Spend More Time Spacing Out Than Learning In Classroom Lectures, But The Internet Can Help

Over the last 100 years the industrialized world has seen an excess fo growth and development in nearly every instance of human life. Research and insight have led to radical changes in the way we practice business, spend our days, and interact with fellow human beings. Yet one massive component of modern life has barely […]

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Facebook Hits 1 Billion Users, Releases Ad about Chairs

First thing’s first. Big news from Facebook this week: they hit 1 billion active monthly users. That’s huge. Enormous. More people log into Facebook each month than go to church on the weekends. This, nevertheless, failed to impress Wall Street, as it meant that growth had begun to trail off for the social networking behemoth. […]

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The Illusion of “Facts”: The Problem with All Scientific Findings

Many people take facts at face value, but it turns out that half of what we feel we know is truly false, and always has been. In the recently published Half Life of Facts: Why Everything We Know Has an Expiration Date, Samuel Arbesman presents scientific knowledge in a different way than most think of […]

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Fender Struggles to Stay Profitable in a Guitar-less Age

The Fender electric guitar is synonymous with rock ’n’ roll, the rock star image, and general bad-assery. Rockers like Hendrix, Clapton and Townshend have elevated the Fender to mythic status and made their brand a source of desire for future generations of guitarists. So, why has the company having trouble in today’s marketplace? The answer […]

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Buddhist Statue Stolen By Nazis Is Found To Be Made of Meteorite

With the amount of destruction they wreaked across the world, its no surprise that the Nazis amassed a pretty impressive collection of fabulous artifacts from the around the world. What is surprising is that many of these artifacts are still turning up, and proving to be far more remarkable than anyone could have anticipated.

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Uncovered: Steve Jobs Predicts iPad, App Store, and Wireless Networking in 1983

In 1983 Steve Jobs gave a speech to a small group of designers and artists at the International Design Conference in Aspen. The speech sat in obscurity until mentioned in a Smithsonian Magazine article written by Waster Issacson, Jobs’ biographer. One version surfaced on the Internet which covered the first 20 minutes of the speech, […]

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What Economists Are Learning From Video Games

Economists are only interested in real money, right? For a new wave of economists from across the globe—dead wrong. Brad Plumer recently wrote in The Washington Post about what economists can learn from virtual economies in video games, which, strangely enough, work pretty much the same way as those in real life. From a major […]

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BREAKING: Looking at Adorable Animals Can Improve Concentration

Call in the Puppy Parade because the impossible is possible. Looking at the adorable, plump, squishy, coo-inspiring, bundles of sunshine that are cute animals is good for improving concentration according to a new study out of the Hiroshima University. The paper details the “power of Kawaii,” the Japanese word for cute, which was established through […]

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Legal Lessons from Mad Men: Infographic

Unlike The Office, the offices of Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce in AMC’s hit show Mad Men do not have a resident human resources representative. And for good reason: from sexism to racism to fist fights to drinking, the Manhattan offices of Don Draper and Pete Campbell are a lawsuit waiting to happen. With Don Draper […]

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