Arunprasad Nandakumar

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A Growing Cult of Millennials Is Obsessed With Early Retirement. This 72-Year-Old Is Their Unlikely Inspiration

Vicki Robin literally wrote the book on retiring happy.<p>Vicki Robin had no idea she’d become a millennial icon.<p>The 72-year-old coauthor of the 1992 …

Retirement

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Are you ready? Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it.<p>Google knows where you’ve been<p>Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You …

Privacy

Paris is a city that a lot of tourists do wrong—here’s how to get it right

There is perhaps no city more idealized, and more written about, than Paris. And yet, for tourists and travelers embarking on their first visit, there is also no city that’s easier to get wrong.<p>The Louvre, Ladurée, Champ de Mars, the Eiffel Tower—newcomers are often torn between all the sights to …

France

14 best American whiskies

The vastness of America, both in terms of geography and its taste for whiskey, means that there is a great, diverse array of spirits available. So, …

Make This Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken and Broccoli for Dinner

February is not my favorite month. While I'd like to think I'd spend time in my kitchen making long, labor-intensive dinners, like lasagna bolognese …

Cooking

Blockchain: The New Technology of Trust

Beyond just Bitcoin, learn how blockchain technology is transforming how we interact with the world with our immersive infographic:

A Spiced, Roasted Broccoli That Will Be Your New Favorite Side Dish

Serves 3-4 as a side dish<p>We all know that roasting your favorite vegetables helps boost flavor, but when you add the richness of The Spice Hunter Garam Marsala with garlic, chilies, and broccoli you’ll create an umami-laden side dish that’s meant to be savored. Finish off with a garnish of chopped …

Broccoli

Everyone Is Getting Hilariously Rich and You’re Not

SAN FRANCISCO — Recently the founder of something called Ripple briefly became richer than Mark Zuckerberg. Another day an anonymous donor set up an $86 million Bitcoin-fortune charity called the Pineapple Fund. A Tesla was spotted with a BLOCKHN license plate. There’s a surge in people looking to …

Cryptocurrency

The Basics of Blockchain Technology, Explained in Plain English

Anything and everything you need to know about what makes blockchain technology tick.<p>Historically, no asset has been a greater source of wealth …

Blockchain

9 Tips for Better-Than-Delivery Fried Rice

By Alex Delany<p>If you've got some almost-stale rice you're halfway there.<p>Fried rice is that takeout staple that everyone from hungover college students to too-tired-to-make-dinner-tonight professionals can agree is delicious. It's a wonderful food, but figuring out how to make fried rice at home …

Onions

The Meaning of Buddhism

Fundamental principles of the Theravada doctrine<p>The teaching founded by the Buddha is known, in English, as Buddhism. It may be asked, who is the Buddha? A Buddha is one who has attained Bodhi; and by Bodhi is meant wisdom, an ideal state of intellectual and ethical perfection which can be achieved …

How To Make Sourdough Bread

<b>Make sure your sourdough culture is active:</b> If your sourdough has been in the fridge, take it out 2 to 3 days before you plan to bake. Feed it daily …

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from …

9 Page-Turners Too Addictive To Put Down

<i>Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.</i><p><b>Origin</b> by Dan Brown<p>"The plot is absurd, of course, but the book is a definitive pleasure. Prepare to be absorbed—and in more ways than one." Another Brown (<i>Inferno</i>, 2013, etc.) blockbuster, blending arcana, religion, and …

Porsche Racer Shows You How to Set a Perfect Driving Position

Even if you already know, this is an excellent review.<p>If you want to drive fast, especially on track, your seating position is of chief importance. But not everyone knows how to achieve an ideal position, and it's not necessarily the most intuitive thing to figure out. For those in that camp, …

McLaren's novel MP4-31 suspension revealed

<i>Giorgio Piola and Matt Somerfield analyze the innovative suspension design on McLaren's new MP4-21 Formula 1 car.</i><p>McLaren has openly talked about there being some 'innovation' on its 2016 Formula 1 car when the first images of the Honda-powered machine emerged on Sunday.<p>And while there were already …

Visa thinks your car should pay for its own fuel

They see me payin', they hatin'.<p>The jury may still be out on the usefulness of the Internet of Things, but payments giant Visa is 100 percent sure that it doesn't want to miss out. Today, it announced plans to push Visa payments into numerous fields. We're talking "wearables, automobiles, …

Alternative Fuel

How Mercedes made F1’s best hybrid engine - and why it’s looking forward to 2016

We spoke to Andy Cowell, managing director of Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains, for the answers<p>Last year Mercedes dominated Formula 1. The …

Motorsport

Daimler chief sees electric cars beating hydrogen, for now

Daimler may be hedging its bets with work on both electric and hydrogen fuel cell cars, but it sees a front runner emerging. In a chat with <i>Euro am Sonntag</i>, company chief Dieter Zetsche says he believes EVs are "more likely" to come out on top. Simply put, he believes the electric camp has more …