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Recent studies, we're told, show many young women aren't checking for breast cancer. We're also told women are 88% more likely to watch a video if it features a smokin' hawt guy. This video addresses the first observation by employing the second. Rethinkbreastcancer.com, a health-advocacy site and the source of these two observations, put them together to create a visual presentation that's straightforward, informative and hilarious.
We won't lie to ya -- it's a rough world outside the friendly confines of Anthill Central. Fortunately, we have hard-nosed brethren among the Formicidae ready to stand up to the nasties and blaze a pheromone path we all can follow. Many of them appear in an iPhone/iPad game called Anthill -- Tactical Trail Defense.
Inventor and educator Hung Nguyen, one of this year's Anthill Smart 100 honorees, is a finalist for New South Wales Australian of the Year 2012. Nguyen, a dean at the University of Technology, invented Aviator, a technology that allows a wheelchair to be piloted by the user's brain waves.
Since so much of entrepreneurship is built on calculated risk -- doing it without an net, as it were -- we believe you'll get a kick out of this video. Or maybe your acrophobia will kick in, requiring a frosty beverage or stiff drink. Win-win either way, we think.
With many of the nation's hospitals crippled by an industrial action by the Australian Nursing Federation, we thought it timely to bring forth this video, by nurse-training provider Ausmed, dubbed "A World Without Nurses." So, watch the video and then tell us: Who's side are you on?
We've seen countless pre-teens pound eye-melting video games into submission and treat laptops and mobile phones like the devices are extensions of their bodies. So we can't be completely floored by Thomas Suarez, a seasoned iPhone app developer who's about five years away from qualifying for a driver's license.
Iz in ur brain, storming ur lolcat ads. Here's a fun little sendup of what would happen if an advertising agency embraced homemade cat videos as the germ of marketing genius. So, ask yourself, what can these darling feline clowns do for your business?
In this clip from a U.S. talk show, a former Democratic congressman encapsulates the stated grievances of the Occupy Wall Street movement in a bit more than 30 seconds. Now, if only the movement could stick to the script instead of wandering off and setting things on fire.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, long removed from his days as soulless overlord of the company that ruled our PCs, warms up for his appearance at the G-20 with this interview, in which he talks about taxing the rich, helping Third World nations and... Steve Jobs.
Russians far and wide are witness to an incursion from a rare staging point. An Australian franchise has made a big splash in the land formerly known for perestroika and currently known for its high concentration of billionaires (Moscow has more of 'em than any city on Earth; it's true, we Wiki'ed it).
A company pioneering a drug to delay cataracts from forming or slow their growth has won this year's $100,000 Enterprize competition. Adelaide-based Calpain Therapeutics' victory was announced earlier this month by University of Queensland Business School, which has run Australia's richest business-plan contest since 2000.
Its promoters call Eric the Circle "the next generation of tweeting." And maybe it will be someday. For now, we can say with confidence that this website and iPhone app, with which you draw and share simple cartoons, can be a colossal devourer of time. And we say that with a smile.
We've spoken lately -- and controversially -- about entrepreneurship as art. Creating something out of nothing and making it beautiful -- that's the prime directive. Not accumulating money. We were reminded of business-as-art when we saw this trailer for a documentary about the man behind (inside?) "Sesame Street" superstar Elmo.
He has a track record of show-stopping entrepreneurial feats. He is a relentless supporter and cheerleader for the business-venture spirit in Australians young and old. And every time Anthill rolls out its 30under30 list, there he is again. This time, Sebastien Eckersley-Maslin wowed us with Blue Chilli, a support company for budding online ventures.
Picture this: You open the door of the office microwave or refrigerator and are walloped by a stench normally reserved for garden compost piles. Welcome to one of the top pet peeves among Australian office workers, according to a survey commissioned by LinkedIn.
Mooter Media, a digital media developer, has snagged $15 million from a California venture capital group to develop a platform in the growing area of social photography. Mooter says it's one of the larger investments in technology and online media in recent Australian history, at least since 99Designs secured $45 million in April.
The challenge three years ago was enormous: Two guys whose time on this planet totaled less than a half-century would take on one of the toughest markets in Australia -- home entertainment retail. And they would do it online. Talk about an uphill climb. But Jonathon Green and Elliot Green have proven to be the most gritty of entrepreneurial mountaineers.
Sneaking onto a Melbourne-area train isn't just illegal -- it can get you killed. At least that's the tragi-comedy reality in "Endzone," a faux movie trailer created by a group of young filmmakers. It might be worth it to evade a ticket in the real world, but not in this one.
Hey, you runners out there (or would-be or should-be runners) -- if you're looking for motivation, perhaps what you need is a big helping of zombie apocalypse. Saving your hide while piling up the distance is one facet of Zombies, Run! -- a smartphone game app that has attracted a horde of attention on Kickstarter.
"People ask me how I manage to work over 100 hours a week," Ruslan Kogan says. "I tell them: I don't work; I live this stuff." For the 28-year-old creator of the wildly successful online consumer electronics company that bears his name, "stuff" is a potent mix of competition, innovation and bravado.