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Selling for Mars in the 1950s.
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John Kennedy recalls his life at Mars in the 1950s.

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Governmentium: heaviest element known to science?
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Researchers have discovered the heaviest element yet known to science. The new element, Governmentium, has one neutron, 25 assistant neutrons, 88 deputy neutrons and 198 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it an atomic mass of 312.

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From Meccano to Fish - David Ford’s story
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David Ford writes on his fascinating Pedigree career, including the development of Aquarian fish food and 3 retirement parties....

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Ian Dunbar on dog-friendly training
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Dr. Ian Dunbar's decades of research on hierarchical social behaviour and aggression in domestic animals truly give him a dog's-eye view of human beings' incomprehensible behaviour. This fascinating and amusing TED talk (14 minutes) offers insights into the training of dogs - and also direct relevance to the training of humans....

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“I am about to do a new thing…”
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Hal Toberman writes about his rich and varied life after Mars.

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Do you live in Great Britain? Save on Domestic Energy Bills
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Mike Gardiner writes: I have been working at the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change now for two years and have come across a win-win policy.

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Contemporary transport excellence
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Click on the title above for a compilation of examples of resourcefulness in transport solutions...

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McKinsey articles on innovation, IT strategy and global challenges
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Here are three fascinating articles from McKinsey: one is a video on the five global forces impacting global businesses, another on how IT is required to adapt to support more innovation and a third on the inauguration of their equivalent to Mars’ Make the Difference.

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TED talk on Beautiful Information
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David McCandless on visualising information, combining the language of the eye and the mind - with illustrations from our relationship break-ups, global fears and global budgets

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Member Survey 2010 Results
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Member Survey - What you said you like and don't like - and what we are doing about it

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Christmas Music
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The Hallelujah Chorus for shoppers - with thanks to David Drennan for sending it in

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Kerstin Klasen's visit to McLean
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The McLean office looks like any other Mars office - of course - but still it's nice to see.  Kerstin Klasen took some photos when she visited recently. (Click on the title above - Kerstin Klasen's visit to McLean - to see the photos)

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Penguins in flight
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Penguins in flight - the research behind our exclusive product launch news

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Work rest and play in the monastery
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An old favourite showing the energising impact of Mars bars in the monastery...

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Tim Berners-Lee on The year open data went worldwide
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In 2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" - for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. In this short video posted on TED last month, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up.

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Pastmasters 2009 photographs
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The Pastmasters (UK) dinner in 2009 was another very enjoyable occasion...

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John Eustace on 'retirement' in Italy
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John Eustace tells of the joys of olive picking in Italy - which seems to be largely due to the inspiration of Malcolm Gladwell and 'Blink'..

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Miss Green on YouTube
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Miss Green dances for the camera 

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Don't Rock the Boat Baby
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M&M's involving themselves in hard work....

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Fashion Show
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This fashion show shows clothes made from M&Ms wrappers

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Mars Moto tour 2009 (illustrated)
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Click here for the illustrated version of the Mars Moto Tour 2009 featured in the News section

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Rob Sawyer on Life at the Sharp Edge
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Rob Sawyer writes about his retirement project of becoming a qualified cabinet-maker - a far cry from General Management in Mars.  Here is his story of how it happened.

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Wrigley's 5 gum ' Solstice' 2009
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Wrigley's 5 gum ' Solstice' ad, 2009 - the current highest-rated on YouTube

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Wrigley's Doublemint Gum commercial featuring Chris Brown, 2008
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Wrigley's Doublemint Gum commercial - Chris Brown, 2008

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Wrigley's gum 'bus journey' advert 1990
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Wrigley's Spearmint gum 'bus journey' advert 1990

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Wrigley's spearmint 'talking computer' ad 1998
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Wrigley's Spearmint 'talking computer' ad 1998

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Vanessa Faulkner on Garden Design Principles
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Although Vanessa and her colleague work in England, the design principles they outline here would apply in any garden, large or small.

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5™ GUM launch reports - European markets
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Black is back. Bettina Kühnel reports on the launch of 5™ gum in individual European markets.

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Working in Freedom: Martians Reunited talks to Peter Jacobs
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After leaving Mars, Peter was successively Chief Executive of the British Sugar Company, Berisford plc and BUPA, along with a string of non-executive roles that still continue. His big retirement project, however, is Cove Park, a residency centre for all the arts.

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Stretching after running
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Should Mars consumers stop to help runners?

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View with a Room
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Building a conservatory is often the catalyst for the redesign of a garden, but in our case the design of the garden was the catalyst for building a conservatory.

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The crisis of credit visualised - part 2
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The credit crisis visualised - part 2

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The crisis of credit visualised - part 1
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The credit crisis visualised. This video gives a wonderfully clear visual account

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Balancing beauty and family fun in the garden
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We need to think about ways to share the garden with the children over the long summer holidays

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Sailing Round the World. Martians Reunited talks to Dave Hammond
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Dave Hammond has been at Mars for 38 years, and looks much the same as when he started. Same smile, same size - due to a long-standing gym habit - and one of Mars’ most inspirational managers.

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Down the Garden Path: Martians Reunited talks to Jane Stevens
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Jane Stevens (now Nichols) started her Mars life as a Food Science student at Four Square, “taking swabs from various places around the factory in order to see what would grow”.

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Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play
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At the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown talks about the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play - with a number of examples you can try at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't). Tim Brown is the CEO of the "innovation and design" firm Ideo - taking an approach to design that digs deeper than the surface.

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Vanessa Faulkner on Roots, Shoots and Wellington Boots…
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The story of how one Mars P&O manager became a garden designer – otherwise known as the Journey from Mars to Earth.

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Virtual living in Second Life
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Why build a virtual world? Philip Rosedale is founder of Second Life, an online 3D virtual world inhabited by millions. He chairs Linden Labs, the company behind the digital society. In this video, he talks about Second Life, and its underpinnings in human creativity. He desciribes it as the natural place to find ‘early adopters, people who tend to be creative and entrepreneurial’.

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Vanessa Faulkner on Buried Treasure
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I never cease to be amazed that something as insignificant as a small onion contains all the necessary ingredients to produce a wonderful garden plant! Bulbs are like little food parcels, they are a complete kit for producing some of the most amazing and good value garden plants.

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The Power of Colour
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Narciso Sian sent us this strong argument in favour of balancing our diet by eating right......

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