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  • Before We Learn to Crawl, Walk, or Talk We Learn to Smile #ChooseHappiness

  • It's a well known fact that kids, generally, are having a much better time than us adults, and that's partly because their imaginations aren't tainted, so they're not as jaded and cynical as we are-and partly because they smile a lot more often than we do. (up to 40 times a day more!)

    Yes smiling (remember that?), the simple act of raising the corners of your mouth, can make you feel much better. Even if you're full of rage.
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  • NASA's Kepler Discovers First Earth-Size Planet

  • In April last year NASA made the announcement that they had discovered an earth-like planet, Kepler-186f, orbiting the “habitable zone” of red dwarf Kepler-18, which is around 490 light years from earth. The planet was discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, which was launched by NASA in 2009 to look for earth-like planets orbiting other stars.
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  • Win a signed Scottish Rugby team shirt & a pair of tickets to the Scotland vs Ireland international rugby game

  • Vitality have recently become the Official Wellness Partner of Scottish Rugby and to celebrate their giving the chance to win a signed shirt from the Scottish Rugby team and a pair of tickets to the Scotland vs Ireland international rugby game in Edinburgh on 21st March 2015.

    All you have to do is visit http://vtly.co.uk/scottish-rugby and tell Vitality the character who should have been in the photo instead of the ball.
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  • Easy Street was a bumpy ride for Ron Perlman

  • Looking for Easy Street? Just follow the horned Hellboy, badass biker Clay Morrow or Vincent the lion man from “Beauty and the Beast.”

    The guy behind the facades is Ron Perlman, whose self-professed Neanderthal bone structure and leading-man blue eyes have made him a household face.
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  • Can You Remember Your Landline Number - Do you still use one?

  • Landline telephones, surely they'll be obsolete pretty soon because no one but telemarketers-and possibly your gran-uses them any more.

    Relish broadband decided to find out just how irrelevant they are and took to the streets of London waving a £50 note around, offering it up to anyone who could dive into their mind and come back with their landline number.
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  • Heroic War Zone Volunteers Saving A Syrian Baby's Life

  • Syria has been immersed in a Civil War since 2011 and it's had a devastating effect on the civilian population. But, amongst the devastation and the horror, there is hope in the form of a group of volunteers known as White Helmets.

    Tragically, the White Helmets aren't receiving the funding they need to buy equipment and medical supplies to aide them in their work.
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  • Sci-Fi Film Challenges Cliched Portrayal Of LGBT Characters

  • Here's a little game to play, see if you can name a sci-fi film where the LBGT characters aren't just some camped up cliche. Difficult, huh? If LBGT characters do feature in a sci-fi movie they're most likely OTT dramatic stereotypes, like Harvey Fierstein's character Marty Gilbert in Independence Day.

    Out to challenge this type of portrayal is filmmaker Mike Buonaiuto with his IndieGogo-funded feature Credence, currently in production.
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  • The Drinkable Book

  • American scientists and designers have collaborated to create the drinkable book , using a combination of typography, nanotechnology and specially-designed filter paper. Launched by communications group DDB New York for charity Water is Life, the Drinkable Book is a sanitation manual with pages that double as water filters to purify contaminated water.

    It was created by researchers from American institutions Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Virginia.
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  • One Alfred Place explores the natural alternative to energy drinks

  • Add a 'Spring' to your step........Spring has officially sprung! Hooray I hear you all cry! It's time for blankets of bluebells, the chirruping of birds, the leaping of lambs, and the blooming of blossom!

    In anticipation of warmer weather to come we thought it best to introduce some new drinks at the club to help quench your thirst on those hot days ahead (am I being too ambitious?!)
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  • Run An Empire

  • 'Run an Empire' is a smartphone game where you compete against others to capture territory in your local environment, players compete to capture and maintain control of as much of their local territory as possible. To capture somewhere you have to run (or jog, or walk) around it.

    Currently it's on Kickstarter looking for some cash to get it to the next stage of development and any and all help is needed to make it happen.The game uses your neighbourhood as an arena for play.
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  • Journalists Are Having A Rotten Time At Sochi, And Their Tweets Are Pretty Funny

  • While the athletes are ready for the Sochi Winter Olympics, which get under way at the Black Sea resort on Thursday, let's just say some of the facilities are not. Journalists are known to complain a bit on foreign trips and at big events, but this is something else.

    The Sochi games are costing Russia $51 billion to stage, which is five times the the cost of the last Winter Olympics, which were in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010.
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  • Polish Company Developing A Star Wars-Style Hologram Phone

  • Leia Display Systems is working on reducing the size of their impressive hologram-video machines to the point where you will make three-dimensional phone calls.

    A Star Wars-style phone which allows users to see 3D hologram images of the person on the other end of the line has been pioneered by experts at Leia Display Systems, a Polish company named after the film's heroine.
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  • Plug It On The Window

  • Solar power might have just got a lot more convenient. The Window Socket offers a neat way to harness solar energy and use it as a plug socket. So far we have seen solutions that act as a solar battery backup, but none as a direct plug-in.

    Simple in design, the plug just attaches to any window and does its job intuitively.
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  • How To Get Away With Being Late For Work

  • According to a 2011 survey, 16% of workers report that they arrive late for work at least once per week.

    27% confess to coming through the door behind schedule at least once a month. And our bosses appear to be even worse.
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  • Aaron Eckhart ERASED Interview

  • Aaron Eckhart stars in director Philipp Stolzl's suspenseful action thriller, "Erased," playing former CIA agent Ben Logan who moves to Belgium with his estranged 15-year-old daughter, Amy (Liana Liberato), to start a new life working as a high-tech security consultant for a multinational corporation in Brussels.

    Suddenly Logan and Amy are propelled into an all-out, frenzied run for their lives after they discover they are targets of a wide-ranging international conspiracy.
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  • 5 Key Secrets For Getting the Right Supplier For You

  • For a small business, choosing the right global suppliers and expanding into overseas markets can be daunting to say the least. You need to make sure you're making smart and safe choices. To do that you need to trust your supplier and reduce the risk for your business. But how do you do that?

    There are a few important steps you can follow to ensure you get the best from your supplier. By using this guide you can make sure your business moves along the path to success.
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  • This Man Thinks He Never Has to Eat Again

  • You know what's a complete waste of time, money, and effort? Eating. I mean, wouldn't you rather just ingest a tasteless form of sustenance for the rest of your life and never have to go through that tedious rigmarole of opening and eating a premade sandwich or feasting on a pile of fried delicacies ever again?

    Rob Rhinehart-a 24-year-old software engineer from Atlanta and, presumably, an impossibly busy man-thinks so.
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  • Papertab

  • Cambridge, UK and Kingston, Canada - January 7, 2013: Watch out tablet lovers: An amazing new flexible paper computer developed at Queen's University in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs will revolutionize the way people work with tablets and computers.

    The PaperTab tablet looks and feels just like a sheet of paper. However, it is fully interactive with a flexible, high-resolution 10.7? plastic display developed by Plastic Logic, a flexible touchscreen, and powered by the second generation Intel® Core i5 processor.
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  • The Manliest Motivational Movie Scenes

  • In an age dominated by watered-down, teeny-bopped action flicks, and effeminates like Zac Efron...it's comforting to know these awesome films ruled the multiplexes and/or the shelves of video stores.

    Epitomized by Tom Hanks in 'Sleepless in Seattle' (i know, a chick flick, but worth watching for this one scene), it's 'ok' to let the flood gates open when man is in conflict with man.
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  • Michael Lukasiewicz - One Man Show

  • Michael Lukasiewicz's portraits are instantly recognisable, characterised primarily by the striking intensity of his subjects. From the age of ten, Lukasiewicz wanted to emulate his older brother who was attending a secondary school that focused strongly on art. Following in his brother's footsteps, he studied at the same school and has rarely laid down his pencils and brushes since.

    Store Street Gallery, 32 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7BS - Exhibition Dates: 31st October - 24th November 2012
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  • The Cigarette Packages of the Future Are Going to Be Really Horrible

  • It's official: after rejecting the tobacco companies' appeal, the High Court of Australia has declared the country's new obligatory cigarette packaging law constitutional. Look at them above-starting on December 1, the packages' iconic brand design will be fully replaced by the horrors of smoking.

    Rest assured, this is coming sooner or later to the rest of the world as well, including the United States.
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  • The Scientific 'Meth'od: The righteous left-brained storytelling of Breaking Bad

  • When it comes to science, writers tend to have more in common with Jesse Pinkman than Walter White. Sure, we all profit from it - just how do they make these words go onto the computer anyway?

    But generally speaking, the only chemistry that interests the people running your favorite television shows is the kind that sometimes sparks between actors.
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  • In the Future, Your Drug Dealer Will Be a Printer

  • The current drug economy where wars are waged and billions exchanged illegally will be a thing of the past. With with 3D printed drugs, we could enter a brave new world where taking any drug is as legal as drinking a cup of coffee.

    But even more customised. Which is fine, as long as we don't all end up addicted to something that makes us want to eat each other's faces off because the tandem effects make us feel like the sun.
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  • 'The Forty Story': Pentagram Turns 40

  • Billed as 'The story of a boy born on the day Pentagram opened and how his life has been tracked (and kerned) by forty years of Pentagram design' - This fantastic piece of font work and copywriting celebrates the 40 years of one of the worlds most iconic design agencies.

    You may not have heard of the design agency Pentagram, but if you've seen a Nissan billboard, a Tiffany's bag or an episode of "The Daily Show" since 2005, you know its work.
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  • Dubai's Futuristic Underwater Hotel

  • Would you stay in an hotel submerged below sea level? The architectural innovators over at Deep Ocean Technology have a conceptual design that is set to change the hotel industry and the vacationing experience in the Middle East.

    The Water Discus Underwater Hotel is designed as a modern and aquatic alternative to the mundane hotels found on land. It's a total fantasy dream.
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  • The Science of Kissing

  • There's nothing like a romantic kiss. It is the climax of every great love story and an experience that has motivated poets and musicians for thousands of years.

    It's also a wonderful example of a behavior that is both nature and nurture. Humans have an instinctive drive to connect through kissing, but the style and expression is shaped by our culture and personal experiences.
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  • Tricking People Into Thinking You're Famous

  • Last weekend Thomas Elliot and his friends went to a Virginia mall with the intent of tricking everyone into thinking Thomas was a famous celebrity. Not only did the plan work, but Thomas Elliot's about to be an actual Internet celebrity because this video's going viral.

    Watch the video and you'll see how quickly Thomas and his friends were able to convince everyone that he was actually famous.
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  • Famous Photographs Meet Their Creators

  • The Tank Man of Tienanmen Square. Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston in victory. The portrait of the Afghan Girl on the cover of National Geographic. Many of us can automatically recall these photos in our heads, but far fewer can name the photographers who took them. Even fewer know what those photographers look like.

    Tim Mantoani hopes to change that by taking portraits of famous photographers holding their most iconic or favorite photos in his new book Behind Photographs
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  • 10 Hot Web Startups Changing the Face of Retail

  • In 2010, branded content was one the largest trends among retailers and brands. In 2011, branded content shifted to branded entertainment. Now, in 2012, we'll look toward content cultivation and aggregation.

    By creatively using Pinterest and Tumblr, brands are becoming enthralled with consumer curation, primarily because these types of curated sites create non-linear paths to purchases.
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  • Women vs Men: Not So Parallel (parked)

  • A British study billed as "the most comprehensive ever conducted on gender driving differences" has concluded that women are better at parking cars than men. The study, which relied on surveillence camera footage of over 2,500 drivers across 700 parking garages, was devised by professional driving instructor Neil Beeson, and produced by car park firm NCP.

    Among its findings: Women are better than men at tracking down spaces, lining up with the parking space, and reversing into spots "by the book." Meanwhile, men are better at entering spaces while driving forward, and exhibit more confidence than their female counterparts, leading to quicker parking decisions.
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  • "I'll have what she's having"

  • Longstanding One Alfred P member Mark Earls aka HERDmeister recently published a new book with MIT Press, I'll Have What She's Having - Mapping Social Behaviour (with Professors Alex Bentley & Mike O'Brien).

    It shows how much of the modern world can be understood - in particular, how ideas and behaviour spread - with reference to the simple act of copying (as memorably demonstrated by THAT scene in When Harry Met Sally).
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  • Smoking is good for you (plus a whole bunch of other stuff!)

  • Every week we read that something we believe is bad for us actually has beneficial health effects. This week it's coffee, before that it was pizza - and every other day it's red wine. But can these stories really be true? That depends how you interpret the facts. To demonstrate, Ian Sample 'scientifically proves' the benefits of a few risky pastimes

    Two weeks ago, I was happy in the knowledge that two staples of my diet, namely caffeine and pizzas, were inherently bad for me. Now that's all been overturned.
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  • The Don Draper Guide to Investment Banking

  • With the announcement this week that hit US TV show Madmen will be returning this March, we pay tribute to the king of cool and quintessential man for the 21st century, Don Draper, with his guide to investment banking. Here are all the lessons you could learn from the man himself:

    While you don't want to follow everything Don does (e.g. sending a major announcement about your firm to the NY Times without consulting anyone else first), you can pick up a lot from him.
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  • Top Ten Most Annoying Management Phrases

  • Team Macro Man have noticed that everything seems to need an 'Awareness' campaign so have decided to launch Management Talk Awareness Week to highlight the most annoying terms of the year.

    So here are TMM's top ten annoying phrases of 2011 (even if some are older) that we would like to see the back of.
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  • $Billion Outdoor Pastime Struggles With Liquid

  • FORMULA 1 bosses have been urged to make their multi-million pound cars slightly more adaptable than a 10-year-old Nissan Micra.

    As Jenson Button pointed the remains of his car over the finish line before anybody else in the Canadian Grand Prix, many viewers wondered how several billion pounds worth of design had struggled so much to cope with the average road conditions of Manchester in July.
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  • Holy Entrepreneur! That Jane Asher is Gorgeous

  • The radio airwaves and water-coolers of Britain have been packed to chat-capacity again recently as the country has pored over every aspect of a visit of a pious Pope, the election of a pie-eating Labour leader and the lapsed preparations of a pie-in-the-
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  • Alfred. Icon, Entrepreneur, Raconteur and Reprobate gives you the view from his 'One Place'

  • Daffodils, roadworks and tax returns traditionally signal that spring has sprung in London, so too does butch talk of this years must have executive car. Having seen the new four-door Porsche Panamera this morning the conclusion; an excellent way to show
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  • 05 July 2015

  • Alfred's Blog:

    Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms - End the Confusion and Save Lives #T1D

  • it's ten years since the death of Adam Bell, 34, from misdiagnosed Type 1 diabetes. A usually healthy and active person, Adam suddenly fell ill complaining of stomach pains and nausea. He was incorrectly diagnosed by his doctor as suffering from a virus, and Adam tragically died alone the following day.

    Post-mortem results revealed Adam died from Ketoacidosis, a complication of Type 1 diabetes. The Adam Bell Foundation was set up in his memory, to raise awareness and save lives.
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