This Funny World Map Shows What Every Country Leads The World In

This Funny World Map Shows What Every Country Leads The World In

MICHAEL KELLEY
JAN. 10, 2014, 7:14 AM 30,063 16

A wonderful map created by William Samari, Ray Yamartino, and Rafaan Anvari of DogHouseDiares illustrates what every country does better than every other country. They collected the information from various sources and sprinkled in some quirkier rankings since many countries led the world in multiple things.

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Did Soros just predict an economic crash in China?

Did Soros just predict an economic crash in China?

BY WILLIAM PESEK

JAN 11, 2014

George Soros probably shouldn’t expect any warm invitations to Beijing — not with the much-reviled short seller warning of a giant Chinese crash.

The billionaire first shook a major government in September 1992, when he led an attack on the British pound. For his role in humiliating London and forcing John Major’s government to exit the European exchange-rate mechanism — essentially the euro — Soros reportedly netted $2 billion. Soros made a bundle off America’s subprime debt crisis as well. Here in Asia, his legend has loomed large since 1997, when Malaysia’s then-Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accused him, bizarrely, of heading a Jewish conspiracy to spark an Asian crisis. Read more of this post

The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on why it’s so dang hard to stick to a resolution

Posted by: Kate Torgovnick May
January 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm EST

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It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared last year how you can make stress your friend — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person. Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution. Read more of this post

Goodnight. Sleep Clean. Why do we have to rest? Meet your brain’s janitorial staff

Goodnight. Sleep Clean.

By MARIA KONNIKOVAJAN. 11, 2014

SLEEP seems like a perfectly fine waste of time. Why would our bodies evolve to spend close to one-third of our lives completely out of it, when we could instead be doing something useful or exciting? Something that would, as an added bonus, be less likely to get us killed back when we were sleeping on the savanna? “Sleep is such a dangerous thing to do, when you’re out in the wild,” Maiken Nedergaard, a Danish biologist who has been leading research into sleep function at the University of Rochester’s medical school, told me. “It has to have a basic evolutional function. Otherwise it would have been eliminated.” Read more of this post

How a Hunch Led to Stunning Claim on Buddha Birth Date; Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism

How a Hunch Led to Stunning Claim on Buddha Birth Date

By Ammu Kannampilly on 4:08 pm January 5, 2014.
Kathmandu. The two archaeologists had a hunch that the Buddha’s birthplace in southern Nepal held secrets that could transform how the world understood the emergence and spread of Buddhism. Their pursuit would eventually see them excavate the sacred site of Lumbini as monks prayed nearby, leading to the stunning claim that the Buddha was born in the sixth century BC, two centuries earlier than thought.

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Ask a Billionaire: James Dyson on His Management Style; Letting people try out their ideas, getting them totally involved, that’s really important. Getting down there, being with people every day, and experiencing what they’re experiencing is also crucial

Ask a Billionaire: James Dyson on His Management Style

January 09, 2014

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James Dyson
Founder and chief engineer, Dyson
Net worth: $4.4 billion

What kind of manager are you?

A pretty dreadful one. The trouble is, I’m just not that interested in it. I’m interested in working with a group of people to make something work. But it’s not conventional management. I just do what I do my way—most of my employees are still here, so it can’t be that wrong! If someone has an offbeat idea which sounds daft, consider it and think about it and try it out. We don’t have technicians, so engineers go and make their own prototypes and rigs. Letting people try out their ideas, getting them totally involved, that’s really important. Getting down there, being with people every day, and experiencing what they’re experiencing is also crucial.

The Little Book of IDEO: Values

The Little Book of IDEO: Values

by Tim Brown, CEO and President at IDEO on Dec 18, 2013

We wrote this to give you a sense of IDEO’s culture—the ties that bind us together as coworkers and as people.

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