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Melissa Locker

Tainted alcohol isn’t just a Costa Rica problem—here’s what tourists need to know

A number of countries have seen recent outbreaks.

To help patients relax, my dentist has a serene picture hanging above the chair in her office. It features a typical beach scene with golden sand, azure waves, and a swimsuit-clad person sipping a cocktail with an umbrella in it. That’s an idyllic idea of a dream vacation, but after a spate of counterfeit-alcohol-related deaths, maybe the person in the photo should drop the cocktail.

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Bas Kohnke

Five soft skills you need to be a better leader in 2020

Everyone can be a leader at their own level. These are the top five soft skills you should start practicing immediately.

How do we determine what it means to be a leader? What are the qualities, and how do you demonstrate your leadership?

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Joe Berkowitz

5 quick takeaways from Marvel’s huge Phase 4 news

Everything you need to know from Marvel’s juicy Comic-Con presentation.

It was a big weekend for Marvel, in the midst of its biggest year yet. As Avengers: Endgame overtook Avatar for the title “#1 movie of all time that isn’t called Gone With the Wind,” MCU overlord Kevin Feige appeared at Comic-Con to deliver rabid fans all the news they’ve been craving about what happens next.

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Mark Wilson

See ‘The Simpsons’ house revamped in 2019’s most cliche design trends

What if Marge and Homer had hired an interior designer?

I don’t recall when a purple side table, purple cabinets, or purple dressers started looking normal, but it was definitely at some point during the 30-year history of The Simpsons. Those 662 episodes (and counting!) have drilled teal, lilac, and pink interior design into our collective consciousness. But what would those vivid living spaces look like in real life? And how would that iconic living room setup look if it had been...

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The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Business Designer

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Sarang Sheth

A former Harley Davidson engineer built the most efficient e-bike of all time

Erik Buell is a pretty common name in the motorbike circuit. Best known for founding Buell Motorbikes, a trueblue American motorcycle company that made some incredible café racers before being acquired by Harley Davidson, Buell soon shifted his attention to the future i.e., electric automobiles. Buell’s latest electric-forward company, Fuell, is part wordplay, part sardonicism, and complete visual and engineering bliss.

The Fuell Fluid is the company’s second ever EV after the Flow, an...

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Mesmerizing Light Effects and Motion Design for R.P.M

Mesmerizing Light Effects and Motion Design for R.P.M abduzeedoJul 22, 2019

RETOKA ., a designer based in Barcelona, Spain, shared a really awesome digital art and motion design project on Behance. The project is titled R.P.M. and it reminds me of Photoshop explorations I used to to when we started Abduzeedo. I love everything about this project, the colors, the light effect and especially the motion. I would love to have a wallpaper for my phone, perhaps...

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Gwen Moran

7 tips for getting off to a good start at your first job

We asked experts who work with young professionals about the best ways to set yourself up for success.

Taking the reins at your first job can seem daunting. How do you make a great first impression? How do figure out what to prioritize? And how can you avoid pitfalls that will take you off course?

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Iain Boyd

Supersonic travel is on the verge of a comeback—here’s why

New plane designs would limit the noise created by supersonic booms, pointing toward a new era of supersonic flight.

Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make...

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Neha Mistry

Every photographer will love to get their hands on these products designed especially for them!

Behind every good photograph is a photographer with his loved and trusted tools! Being married to a part-time photographer, I know there is no visible end to his to-buy list, and how would there be? Photography is an intricate and expensive craft, and although the advent of phone cameras has made capturing photographs a breeze, there is an equal number of people who believe that images via the traditional methods are more controlled and dependent on their manual skills. This collection we...

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Elizabeth Segran

Inside the luxury industry’s fight for millennials’ hearts, minds, and wallets

Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Hermès are battling for young consumers. Will their strategies—which include everything from podcasts to video games—pay off?

If you’re poking around the Louis Vuitton website for a new purse or belt, you might stumble across something you’d never expect: a retro, arcade-style video game that infinitely scrolls in the style of Sonic the Hedgehog.

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Mark Wilson

The world’s most-advanced AI can’t tell what’s in these photos. Can you?

Researchers from UC Berkeley, the University of Washington, and the University of Chicago are building the ultimate archive of photos that confuse AI.

Is that a manhole cover or dragonfly sitting on a table? Is that a green iguana or just a squirrel running with some nuts? Is that a unicycle or a crocodile crossing the road? To humans, the answer is obvious. But the best image-identifying artificial intelligence in the world hasn’t a clue.

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Chris Litster

I thought I knew what it meant to lead with vulnerability. Then I became CEO

Brené Brown makes it seem so easy. It’s not.

Vulnerability is a hot topic right now, with leading voices like Brené Brown and Elizabeth Gilbert sharing research-driven reasons to let down your guard at work and make space for real understanding and empathy. It’s an easy concept to buy into. Wouldn’t we all like to live in a world where people were honest about their insecurities and needs, rather than projecting overconfidence and aggression, especially in business?

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Update Sketch Confidently, without any False Conflicts

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Joe Berkowitz

Spotify flexes its podcasting muscle with Parcast’s ‘Summer of ’69’ true crime series

‘Summer of ’69’ is a collection of podcasts on the Parcast network, exploring the Zodiac Killer, Chappaquiddick, Manson, and more. It might just be what Spotify’s foray into podcasting was made for.

Marvel may have memorably branded Avengers: Infinity War “the most ambitious crossover event in history,” but now that title has a challenger.

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Art Markman

The 3 ways that happy people deal with problems

Happy people generally share common approaches to problem-solving. Practicing these methods can help you be more resilient.

To state the obvious: It’s easier to be happy when things are going well. Positive outcomes are known to lift people’s moods, while negative emotions (like anxiety) generally reflect concerns about negative outcomes.

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Michael Grothaus

Equifax forced to pay $4 per person in data breach

That won’t even buy you a Big Mac Happy Meal.

Almost two years after credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a major data breach affecting more than 143 million people, the company has now settled with U.S. regulators. As part of that settlement, Equifax will pay at least $575 million, and potentially up to $700 million, in fines and restitution. The settlement is the largest ever agreed for data breach violations, reports CNBC.

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Michael Grothaus

Tech companies will meet at the White House today to discuss Huawei ban

Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Micron, Microsoft, and Broadcom will all be in attendance.

A handful of America’s largest tech companies will meet at the White House today to discuss the administration’s ban on Huawei, reports Reuters. Two sources told the news agency that White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will meet with executives from Intel, Qualcomm, Google, Micron, Microsoft, and Broadcom.

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Jill Bernstein

So this is what 2019 tastes like

Fast Company explores the new business of food.

Walk into a grocery store—or open a food-shopping app—and it’s easy to feel paralyzed these days: Ziplock bags and cling wrap are bad for the environment, but . . . what’s the alternative? Same goes for meat: Even the organic, grass-fed varieties are a strain on the planet. When it comes to snack bars, which ones are good for us? And who gets to decide what that even means? And then there’s water. The bottles are problematic, and...

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