Archive for July, 2011

What exactly defines intelligence in a person?

Question by White & Nerdy: What exactly defines intelligence in a person?
I personally have little faith in IQ tests. I’ve seen extremely intelligent people score poorly on the SATs, and school grades mostly reflect the effort put into the class. Society seems to place more emphasis on certain skills equaling intelligence than others. For example, an adult not knowing how to correctly spell words such as “pretzel”, “potato” or “sandwich” is laughed and ridiculed when this person can count cards in a poker game and win every single time, or recite pi to 100 different places and be correct. I also don’t feel a college education automatically defines intelligence either, so what exactly does define intelligence in the American society?

Best answer:

Answer by eric S
smarts is generally defined as your ability to learn and retain information. even einstein had to learn things from somewhere, so the person with the highest I.Q. wouldnt be considered smart if they lived in the woods and never learned anything. but just because you can count cards doesnt make you smart either if thats all you can do. even if you werent that intelligent but used all you knew to your advantage then you would be considered smart. intelligence as measured by an i.q. test is born into you, but smarts is how you use it. so dont confuse being smart, with being intelligent, because they arent always the same thing.

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Nice Darwin Awards photos

Check out these Darwin Awards images:

Brave / stupid
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Dude falling asleep on his windowsill, three stories up from a very hard pavement

Drilling the hard drive
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Drilling one of the drives
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Ignore the laundry line in the foreground

The destructor

A few nice Darwin Awards images I found:

The destructor
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Cordless drills sure are fun!

Death row
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Three of the now dead hard drives are lined up. The fourth one went and jumped off a cliff. 😛

Lastest Minds News

Dogs Adept at Reading People’s Minds
Title: Dogs Adept at Reading People’s Minds Category: Health News Created: 7/15/2011 2:06:00 PM Last Editorial Review: 7/18/2011

PHT: Doughty, Kings still not close to a deal
In the minds of many, Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty ‘s restricted free agent negotiations are inexorably linked. The two young superstars even have the same representation ( Newport Sports ). The thought was that once one of the two signed, the other might follow like a domino.
Read more on MSNBC

Only 10% of Companies Have Market Intelligence Capabilities That Are Truly World Class

New York CIty, New York (PRWEB) May 22, 2011

The need to address growing global competition has accelerated the development of systematic market intelligence at global companies, according to the 2011 Global Market Intelligence Survey by Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), a global strategic market intelligence and advisory group. However, the study shows that only 10% of the companies surveyed have achieved market intelligence capabilities that are truly world class. Such companies in general, enjoy much higher efficiencies in decision making and strong return-on-investment on their market intelligence budgets.

?The proportion of companies that have systematic market intelligence globally has grown in the past two years – from 63% to 76%. This is quite significant as this shows that the financial crisis has further solidified the position of market intelligence in companies that need to grow and compete internationally. In addition, one third of the companies that don?t have a market intelligence operation intend to launch one within the next 12 months. Out of the companies with market intelligence functions, 64% intend to increase their investments in market intelligence, with geographical focus in Asia and Latin America,? said Markko Vaarnas, CEO at Global Intelligence Alliance.

The Survey also found several distinguishing qualities of companies with world class market intelligence functions.

1. They work closer with decision-makers

Over half of the companies with world class market intelligence capabilities have at most one organizational layer between the market intelligence function and the CEO, and none have more than four layers. Such companies also have more top management as internal clients.

2. They have more extensive networks

Companies with world class market intelligence capabilities get contributions from more people within the organization than companies on average.

3. They work in a more regular fashion

52% of market intelligence work goes into regular deliverables opposed to ad-hoc deliverables, while the figure is 45% for companies in general.

4. They more often have a centralized market intelligence function

While 69% of companies with world class market intelligence capabilities have a centralized market intelligence function, the same is true for only 56% of companies in general.

5. They use their budgets and staff more effectively

Even though companies with world class market intelligence capabilities work with intelligence budgets and team that are comparable in size to other companies in general, they score significantly higher both in the maturity level of their market intelligence functions and in decision-making efficiency.

Conducted in March 2011, the 2011 and fifth Global Market Intelligence Survey tracks the increasing importance of the market intelligence profession:

How is market intelligence used by various industries?
Have companies become more sophisticated in the use of market intelligence? If so, how do they use market intelligence to compete and grow in international markets?
What business opportunities will market intelligence be used to explore in 2012-2013?
What are some world class market intelligence best practices?

Full details will be presented at the Global Market Intelligence Survey 2011 Overall Results & EMEA Regional Results webinar on Tuesday, June 7, 2011. Registration is free.

For further information, visit the or send an email to media(at)globalintelligence(dot)com.

About Global Intelligence Alliance

Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA) is a strategic market intelligence and advisory group. GIA was formed in 1995 when a team of market intelligence specialists, management consultants, industry analysts and technology experts came together to build a powerful suite of customized solutions ranging from outsourced market monitoring services and software, to strategic analysis and advisory.

Today, we are the preferred partner for organizations seeking to understand, compete and grow in international markets. Our industry expertise and coverage of over 100 countries enables our customers to make better informed decisions worldwide.

About the Global Market Intelligence Survey

The Global Market Intelligence Survey looks into the current state of Market Intelligence activities in international companies and the perceived benefits, how market intelligence supports decision-making, and the anticipated future developments across geographical regions and industries.

The 2011 Global Market Intelligence Survey is the fifth in a series and involved 989 respondents in an online questionnaire in March 2011. Most of the questions were of multiple-choice format to facilitate quantitative analysis. Open questions were also included to add to the level of insight. English was used as the survey language in most countries, while translations to Czech, French, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish were also in circulation in parts of Latin America, Europe and Africa.

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Question by Go HaBs 2009!: SCIENCe……..?
give me three kinds of bacteria that causes diseases

and name me one kind of protist that causes disease and leave links that would be helpfull if you want 10pts

Best answer:

Answer by brainybroad269
The Centers for Disease Control website has a list of diseases caused by bacteria (fungi are included in this list, so you have to pay attention).

Some of the most familiar examples are:
Bacillus anthracis causes anthrax
Clostridium botulinum causes botulism
Vibrio cholerae causes cholera

Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax are two types of protists that cause malaria.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Beringea Exits Organic Baby Food Company Plum Baby

Detroit (Vocus) June 10, 2010

Beringea has sold its stake in premium organic baby food purveyor Plum Baby to Darwin Private Equity. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The company, founded in 2006 by former chef and mother of three Susie Willis, pioneered the premium baby food sector in the United Kingdom and has witnessed dramatic year-on-year growth. Its award-winning range of over 50 products, created with the ethos of “real food for babies, not just baby food,” is distributed in all major British supermarkets and includes baby food puree pots, purees in pouches, baby cereals, fromage frais and baby biscuits and snacks.

?Our investment in Plum has been a rewarding one. Under the leadership of a strong, dynamic management team the company is now in a market-leading position, ” said Karen McCormick, investment director at Beringea. “I am delighted that Darwin?s purchase of Plum will enable the company to move forward to its next stage of growth and that we have been able to realize a profitable exit for our shareholders.?

The initial investment in Plum Baby was made in 2007 by Beringea?s ProVen Health Venture Capital Trust fund.

Beringea is an international private equity and investment banking firm with offices in Detroit, London and Shanghai. Beringea’s funds invest in a range of small- to medium-sized companies with the potential for high growth and strong returns for investors. Beringea is the manager of funds, including the InvestMichigan! Growth Capital Fund, InvestCare Partners, Global Rights Fund II and the ProVen family of venture capital trusts. For more information, visit


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