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Non-stick nanotech for everyone!

Ultra-Ever Dry. LiquiGlide. Two non-stick coatings use nanotechnology to make short work of common frustrations. The names say it all, but to really believe it, you need to watch the demo videos. The mercury-like look of water beading up and… Continue reading

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Barefoot College, India

Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College has one main purpose: to bring rural villages out of poverty by training women (preferably illiterate grandmothers) new skills for economic and environmental sustainability. The women arrive with no formal education and return home six months… Continue reading

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Urban outlaw: Magnus Walker

More reason why you should pursue the things you love… This 32-minute video introduces you to Magnus Walker, someone who’s really living the dream. He’s turned his obsession with the Porsche 911 into an enviably fulfilling profession where his craftsmanship… Continue reading

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The quick list: playing catch-up

Long stretch since the last post… For expediency’s sake, a quick list of articles worth reading (most recent on the top). SCIENCE >> National Geographic: The Bite that Heals. Scientists are unlocking the medical potential of venom / Jennifer S.… Continue reading

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Mutton dressed as lamb? Fashion and ageism in Silicon Valley

Older and highly experienced job candidates in the tech industry find themselves in the opposite situation of what fresh grads have faced in the past. Where 20-somethings made themselves over in business wear and sensible shoes to signal maturity, 40-somethings-plus… Continue reading

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The new training for robotic surgery

Note to gamers: all those hours of training your visual motor skills with a joystick could make you a fine candidate for robotic surgeon. >> via ArsTechnica / WIRED UK: Gamers prove equal to surgeons in operating robotic surgery tools… Continue reading

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The role of fire in evolution

Interesting article on the effect of raw versus cooked food on the brain. For all you people on raw food diets, think twice! >> WIRED: Raw food not enought to feed big brains / Ann Gibbons

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The power of kittens on productivity

Science says looking at pictures of kittens boosts productivity. >> The Atlantic: Why Cute Kitten Pictures Really Do Make You More Productive at Work / Derek Thompson ELEKTROKATZE is here to offer support…

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The training glove: better than steroids

Stanford University biologists H. Craig Heller and Dennis Grahn have created a glove which quickly cools down body temperature and speeds up the recovery time of muscle fatigue. Using the glove, the test subject went from “doing 180 pull-ups total… Continue reading

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The surprising secret to selling yourself

The Harvard Business Review blog talks about how to sell yourself in a job interview. Experience wins on paper but when it comes to signing on a new hire, potential trumps experience – even in salary. >> Harvard Business Review:… Continue reading

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The 4-day week and the value of change

Surprise! Not really… but here’s ammo for the next annual review: what every office employee wants is also beneficial to the company’s bottom line. Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of 37signals, gave his employees what most would dream of but… Continue reading

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The megalopolis called Twitter: Ai Weiwei’s city

New interview with Ai WeiWei by Jonathan Landreth in Foreign Policy, via The Atlantic. Beijing’s greatest problem is that it never belongs to its people. Though it’s a city of more than 10 million, people living here are like people… Continue reading

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The death of an icon: art critic Robert Hughes

The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize. – Robert Hughes Robert Hughes, art critic / writer / historian, R.I.P. >> NYT obit for Robert Hughes Shock of… Continue reading

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The spending patterns of US households: fibbing infographics

A snippet about household budgets… At a glance, everyone’s roughly in the same boat with spending patterns for food, housing, education, retirement etc. with low, middle and high income households. Percentage-wise they’re similar, but do the math and you’ll see… Continue reading

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The casting call: JR Inside Out in HK

As 2011 TED Prize Winner, French artist JR was challenged to change the world. His response? Inside Out: a global art project transforming messages of personal identity into works of art. Well worth 24 minutes of your attention, his presentation… Continue reading

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The power of negative thinking

Nice time-lapse trailer for Oliver Burkeman’s new book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking There’s a long tradition in philosophy and spirituality that’s about embracing negativity, about easing up on all this positive thinking, and learning… Continue reading

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The effect of gravity on a Slinky

If you loved watching the Slinky walk down the stairs as a kid, watch this crazy video on what else the Slinky does and why.

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The Elvis of Cultural Theory, Slavoj Zizek

Humanity is OK, but 99% of people are boring idiots – Slavoj Zizek Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic, interviewed by Decca Aitkenhead for the launch of his new book Less Than Nothing. Kooky, straight-shooting and sage. >> The… Continue reading

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The expert opinion on financial advice (or not)

Well, now it’s proven: the stock market is a gamble and listening to a fund manager is not necessarily better than consulting a crystal ball. Apparently Warren Buffett agrees. >> The Economist / Not so expert: The need for financial… Continue reading

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The presentation: Reggie Watts @ TED

Watch this before you do any public speaking.

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