After Mars, India space chief aims for the moon

India decides to expand its horizon on low-budget missions to the moon and the sun after successfully becoming the first country in Asia to reach Mars. What sets the Indian space mission apart is the shoestring budget of achieving this feat, when its unnamed Mangalyaan spacecraft slipped into the Red Planet’s orbit after a 10-month journey. India ranks among the top six space-faring nations in technological capabilities – after the US, Russia, the European Space Agency, Japan and China. Read More>>

How to make a diamond from scratch – with peanut butter

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“If we want to understand how the Earth was formed, then one of the things you need to know is what planet is made out of,” explains Frost, A scientist at the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Germany. Frost’s research involves attempts to mimic the conditions of the Earth’s lower mantle. As part of this work, Frost has found some surprising ways to make diamonds – from carbon dioxide and a bizarre ingredient peanut butter. His institute is looking at whether they can make artificial diamonds with different properties; doping the diamonds with boron might make better semiconductors for electronics that don’t heat up with use, for instance– one of the biggest wastes of energy in electronics at the moment. Read More>>

 

Dropoff Will Build Same-Day Delivery Right Into Your Business

Dropoff is looking to revolutionize the courier industry with its new services. Dropoff offers a web and mobile dashboard that lets you book a courier anytime, review prices before you start, get reliable ETAs and then track the package as it’s moving. Despite the competition, Dropoff hopes that its dedication to focusing on businesses only, not consumers, and specializing in industries outside of the usual grocery delivery, will pay off. Read More>>

HOW LEADERS DEAL WITH MOMENTS OF EXISTENTIAL CRISIS

A business failure is not the end of the world, but a life exploding crisis at the same time can take a toll on entrepreneurs. Uncertainty is part of the course of business. That includes crises; everything from typical ups and downs to dangers more existential. Entrepreneurs say these experiences have taught them a variety of lessons about leading in a crisis. Immediate actions such as saving time, reevaluating business strategies and utilizing resources on hand are some of the suggested battle plans. Read More>>

To Blast or Not to Blast?

The entire concept of email blasting divides email marketers like no other topic. Blast is considered as the global warming of email marketing. Some email marketers claim it’s a looming issue, detrimental to the ecosystem and proof that a systematic change is needed. Some use the term for personal gain or profit. Others deny there is any problem at all. The modern marketer feels that the word blast implies that no thought has been put into an email campaign and the term should be banished. Read More>>

Astronomers solve puzzle about bizarre object at the center of our galaxy

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For several years, astronomers have quizzed the presence of a bizarre object in the center of the Milky Way that was believed to be a hydrogen gas cloud headed toward our galaxy’s enormous black hole. The object is now widely known as G2 by UCLA astronomers who have studied it during its closest approach to the black hole.

The body of G2 has fascinated many astronomers in recent years as it appears to be in an inflated stage. Astronomers believe that they are witnessing a phenomena about black holes that haven’t been watched anywhere else in the universe; a breakthrough into physics in a way that has never been possible before. Read More>>

A Counterintuitive System for Startup Compensation

Molly Graham, joined as an employee on Facebook when it had 400 employees but a clear compensation system wasn’t in place. This resulted in very little transparency and frustration in the workplace. Hence, Graham decided to set out to change this by going back to the basics with a solid standardized compensation system. Today, as Head of Business Operation at Quip, she believes that there is a simple, transparent system that will work for all startups. Read More>>

Slack, An 8-Month-Old App That Lets You Chat With Coworkers, Is Now Worth $1.1 Billion

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Slack, the app that lets you chat with coworkers, is worth $1.12 billion by raising $120 million in capital. This was co-led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Google Ventures, as well as Slack’s previous investors.

The company says it already has 73,000 paid users and is currently adding $1 million in annual run rate every four weeks. Slack might sound like an overnight sensation, but CEO Stewart Butterfield instigated the idea out of a company he launched more than four years ago. Butterfield also founded the Yahoo-owned photo site Flickr. Read More>>

HOW TO EXERCISE YOUR CREATIVE MUSCLE

Creativity is often believed to be a talent, where it’s really more of a skill. Experts believe that the key to coming up with creative breakthroughs at work might be to let the creative side play in the off hours.

Jean Maginnis, founder and executive director of the Maine Center for Creativity in Portland, believes that many people who have achieved such breakthroughs have a common denominator: They engage themselves in creative expression, such as writing, painting, performing, or some other arts-related endeavor. She suggests simpler ways to begin such as jotting down your ideas in a notebook for a week. You may find some gems in the mix to charge your ideas further into a creative explosion. Read More>>

Army Eyes 3-D Printed Food For Soldiers

The Army is trying to implement 3-D printers for their day to day activities, the latest being the development of 3-D print food for soldiers.

Army researchers will try to find ways to 3-D print nutritious food with less heavy packaging than the current military meals.The Department of Defense has just approved research funding and the research may take some time to produce results. While regular printers put ink on paper, 3-D printers blast liquids and powders into complex shapes. But it’s not clear if printers could mold a solid like carrots — and what would happen to the food’s nutritional value.

According to military scientists and 3-D experts, these meals for soldiers are on track to be ready by 2025. Read More>>

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