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BETTER to be lucky than good, the adage goes.

And maybe that’s true — if you just want to be merely good, not much better than average. But what if you want to build or do something great? And what if you want to do so in today’s unstable and unpredictable world?

Via The New York Times


Steve Jobs’s biological sister, Mona Simpson, gives a moving tribute to her brother.

An acclaimed novelist, she delivered a beautifully written description of Steve Jobs’s life, illness and death. She said his last words before he slipped into unconsciousness for the last time were, “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”

Via The New York Times

After decades in which cancer screening was promoted as an unmitigated good, as the best — perhaps only — way for people to protect themselves from the ravages of a frightening disease, a pronounced shift is under way

Now expert groups are proposing less screening for prostate, breast and cervical cancer and have emphasized that screening comes with harms as well as benefits.

Full story at The New York Times

There are no formulas for who is successful. But there are statistical probabilities. For example, you are equally as likely to succeed if you go to Harvard as if you apply to Harvard and get rejected, according to Alan Krueger, Princeton economist.

So you can be proactive, and do things that successful people do. But you can also think the other way, and avoid doing things that only losers do.

Artificial blood created from stem cells could be tested on Britons within  two years.

The scientists behind the research, which could provide industrial scale quantities of blood, believe it will transform transfusions by preventing hospital shortages, and save thousands of lives on battlefields and at the scene of car crashes.

Heart transplant, bypass and cancer patients would also benefit from having a guaranteed supply of blood on hand for their surgery.

Full story at Mail Online

The secrets to success — listen when others speak, admit when you’re wrong, remember names, lead with appreciation not demoralization — are simple and eternal, and most of us could use a refresher course.

To celebrate 75 years and more than 16 million copies in print, the new and not particularly-improved edition, “How to Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age,” is here. Here’s a well-deserved look at the classic version.

If you burn a lot of candles, you probably find yourself buying new ones pretty often, not to mention cleaning melted wax out of the bowls. Here’s a trick that’ll make them last nearly twice as long.

Link Lifehacker

What places are calling your name for 2012? Whatever your mood, Traveler magazine has a recommendation for you—from the romantic hills of Croatia to the perfect beach in Thailand.

Link National Geographic

Klout — and influence measurement in general — has always been a controversial topic.  How do you define influence?  How do you measure it?  Isn’t it context-specific?  Much has been written and debated on this topic, and there is much more work to be done on this.

There’s another way in which Klout, specifically has been controversial.  ”Everyone has Klout” says the Klout home page.  What that means is that Klout will create a profile for you, whether you’ve opted in to be measured or not.  Once they’ve created a profile for you, there is no way to opt out or deactivate your profile.

Link The Realtime Report

Samsung Electronics Co overtook Apple Inc as the world’s top smartphone maker in the July-September period with a 44 percent jump in shipments, and forecast strong sales in the current quarter in a clear warning to its rivals.

Full story at The Huffington Post

Preeti Bhatia

Interesting Fact Of The Day

Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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