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Which countries have the boldest business leaders, what are their qualities?

INSIGHTS — A research has generated “bold index” – a means of measuring the boldness of leaders around the world. According to the study, Chinese and American leaders are most likely to be effective and seen as bold. The research by Zenger/Folkman is based on a database of 360-degree assessments from over 75,000 business leaders around the world.

Global energy demand forecasts show “we’ve entered a turning point”

INSIGHTS — Four world-renowned organizations agree that global energy demand growth will be slow over the next 20 years (2015-2035); how fast it happens and how it times out are where the differences emerge in their forecasts. What that means can be deciphered by taking a broad view and comparing forecasts across Wood Mackenzie (WM), the International Energy Agency (IEA), BP and ExxonMobil (XOM).

Mad scientist shrinks Arduino (open-source electronics platform) to size of an AA battery

INSIGHTS — Arduino is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone making interactive projects. And, there are a ton of different development boards available on Arduino platform, but none are as awesome as Johan Kanflo’s AAduino…

Facebook lays out 10-year road map for worldwide connectivity, growth, serviceability

INSIGHTS — Mark Zuckerberg has laid out Facebook’s 10-year road map. It appears that the social media giant is not maturing any time soon as the next decade holds a large number of its growth catalysts. Reason: its expansion and diversification have been very rapid compared to its capability and technological capacity.

Cambridge Research Team Reveals Design for 300-Meter-Tall London Timber Skyscraper

INSIGHTS — Cambridge’s Center for Natural Material Innovation (CNMI) recently revealed conceptual designs for a 300-meter-tall, timber-framed skyscraper in London as part of its research project. “It’s a catalyst for future thinking,” said Simon Smith, a principal at Smith and Wallwork, Cambridge, which is handling structural design of the tower….

Global wind power surpasses for the first time nuclear energy; China leads the pack

INSIGHTS — Wind farms are cropping up worldwide on an unprecedented scale, because of the growing desire for renewable energy. According to a report, the capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, surpassing for the first time in history nuclear energy.

Why workers in these countries are most scared that robots will replace them

Chinese workers have seen the future, and it involves artificial intelligence, robots, and other forms of automation replacing them, at least for repetitive tasks. That’s how workers responded to interviews about the future of work conducted in 13 countries

Mental Illness is Now a Major Worldwide Health Concern — Affecting Global Economy

According to recent estimates published this week in the journal Lancet Psychiatry, depression, anxiety, or other mental-health issues is currently costing the world $1 trillion dollars each year. According to the report, almost ten per cent of the global population – around 740 million people – now suffers with a mental disorder.

Japanese CROWS are MASTERMINDS, New Caledonian crows have ENGINEERING skills (Video)

A video shows Japanese crows using ‘critical thinking’ to crack nuts – by dropping them on the roadway – actually on a pedestrian crossings. That’s called adopting the best/least cost method – a winning strategy with lowest level of life-threatening risk. High IQ?

This Startup Wants to Use Bacteria to Revolutionize Agriculture

If Massachusetts-based startup Indigo has its way, those bacteria could possibly change the face of agriculture. Indigo’s goal is to manipulate the composition of bacteria in plants to grow healthier crops that ultimately produce more nutritious food…

[Infographic] How the Internet of Things will explode by 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been labeled as “the next Industrial Revolution” because of the way it will change the way people live, work, entertain, and travel, as well as how governments and businesses interact with the world.
In fact, the revolution is already starting…

Einstein’s gravitational waves may finally have been found

Scientists are holding a news conference on Febrauary 12, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss the search (some say discovery) for gravitational waves, which zoom through space at the speed of light…

Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg the kind of dad the world needs now?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to work on Jan. 25 after a two-month parental leave. To most people, he is a hoodie-wearing Harvard dropout who created the most successful social networking platform in the world. But here’s another way to imagine Zuckerberg: as a devoted father who has redefined what it means to be a working parent in a culture that values, above all else, the bottom line…

Why Google’s workplaces make other office workers envious

Google officially opened the new headquarters for its Canadian engineering and development team on Jan. 15, 2016. The new office, located in Kitchener, Ontario, features everything from micro kitchens offering snacks around the clock to a climbing wall. The building’s amenities rival those of Google’s other offices around the world…

Why Think Tanks exist, what do they do

THINK TANKS EXIST AND OPERATE IN A MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS. A few of these ideas eventually become policy. Most do not. Like any entrepreneurial venture, there is no magic formula for success. Because of the muddiness of the policymaking process, a sense of mystery surrounds think tanks. Many people do not understand what a think tank does, how it operates, or what role it plays in a policy setting….

3 tips for dealing with stress at work

The workplace can be a hotbed of stress – six in 10 workers in major global economies say they are experiencing increasing workplace anxiety, according to research by the Regus Group. Add to this the loss of working days – some 13.7 million days a year in the United Kingdom alone, according to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – and the cost to the economy. Therefore, being able to deal with stress is not only vital for our well-being but our productivity….

Emotion and the Art of Negotiation: Key Findings & Advice

Negotiations can be fraught with emotion, but it’s only recently that researchers have examined how particular feelings influence what happens during deal making. Professor Alison of Harvard University shares some key findings and advice based on her classroom negotiation exercise “Honoring the Contract” she recently conducted…

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