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Reddit Is Obsessed With This Two-Ingredient DIY Mask For Clear, Smooth Skin

Oompa Loompa to ooh la la in minutes.<p>Spend an hour digging through the skincare threads of Reddit, and you'll discover three things: 1. Pretty much …

Skin Care

IBM updates Cloud Object Storage System for compliance data in regulated industries

To better fit the needs of customers dealing with sensitive data, IBM launched new compliance-enabled vaults and concentrated dispersal mode …

Over 47GB of medical records, blood test results of 150,000 patients exposed in cloud storage error

The bucket included 316,363 PDF reports in the form of weekly blood test results.<p>Security researchers have discovered that over 47GB worth of …

Japanese Farm Food cookbook, by Nancy Singleton Hachisu

Japanese Farm Food<p><b>Publisher:</b> Andrews McMeel Publishing<p><b>Publication Date:</b> September 2012<p><i>Featured Recipe:</i> Teuchi Ramen (Ramen at Home)<p><b>Japanese Farm Food</b> …

Forget stealing data — these hackers hijacked Amazon cloud accounts to mine bitcoin

A report from the security intelligence group RedLock found at least two companies which had their AWS cloud services compromised by hackers who wanted nothing more than to use the computer power to mine the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The hackers ultimately got access to Amazon's cloud servers after …

Indian food breaks all the flavour theory rules - and that's why it's so delicious

If cuisines were people, French food would be a goody-two-shoes know it all, always the first to have their hand up in class, and Indian food would …

Google Compute Engine goes a little crazy with up to 96 CPU cores and 624 GB of memory

If you’ve got a resource-hungry app, Google Compute Engine’s latest offering has you covered. It lets you dial up to 96 CPUs and an other-worldly 624 GB of memory. Remember Bill Gates allegedly asking who would ever need more than 640K of memory. He obviously didn’t see this coming.<p>If you think …

Computer Hardware

David Colbert, Dermatologist to the Rich and Famous, on Everything You

In the final days before this year’s Victoria’s Secret runway show in Paris, New York-based dermatologist and skincare expert Dr. David Colbert was running around the city, handling last-minute breakouts and fine-tuning the complexions of some of the show’s top walkers with his Colbert MD Runway …

Skin Care

Google Cloud IoT Core Focuses On Simplicity And Scale

Google announced the availability of the beta of Cloud IoT Core, its enterprise IoT platform offering. The service has been in the private preview for select customers and partners. Let’s take a closer look at Google’s IoT platform as a service in its current form.<p>Technically speaking, Google had …

Cloud Computing

Intel introduces self learning Loihi research test chip with circuits that mimic the mechanics of the human brain

<b>Intel</b> has developed a neuromorphic chip, code named Loihi, that emulates the way the human brain works by learning based on feedback from the …

Behind the glare of recent hacks, some companies actually paying homage to data protection

Pro-active efforts set breach protection as a corporate priority<p>While more stories on corporate hacks rolled into the bad news bin last week, the …

How to Climb up a Really, Really Steep Hill

We’ve all been there: You look up at a road that appears as a wall in front of your bike and have to “paper boy” from side to side to reduce the gradient. Your legs feel more like you’re squatting weights than pushing pedals. Then, as you reach the top of the pedal stroke, you realize that you …

Northern California

Photo Archive Lets You Download 4,300 High-Res Photographs of the Historic Normandy Invasion

In the mid-20th century, theorists like Roland Barthes and Pierre Bourdieu exploded naive notions of photography as “a perfectly realistic and …

Normandy Campaign

Adobe accidentally releases private PGP key

The firm's security team failed in a spectacular fashion.<p>Adobe has earned mockery after accidentally posting its private PGP key on the firm's …

Information Systems

A guide to common types of two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (or 2FA) is one of the biggest-bang-for-your-buck ways to improve the security of your online accounts. Luckily, it’s becoming much more common across the web. With often just a few clicks in a given account’s settings, 2FA adds an extra layer of security to your online …

​The Conscious Buyer's Guide To Safe Seafood

Take this cheat sheet to the seafood aisle with you to buy more sustainable, safe fish.<p>You know that eating fish—particularly fatty fish like salmon or mackerel—offers some pretty impressive health benefits, from boosting heart health to keeping your brain sharp. But as soon as you get to the …

How ancient India pioneered fundamental math concepts centuries before Europe

It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early as the 3rd or 4th century, happened in India. Mathematics on the Indian subcontinent has a rich history going back over 3,000 years and thrived for centuries before similar advances …

Mathematics

There and Back Again

What J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit still has to offer, 80 years after its publication<p>“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” So began the legendarium that dominated a genre, changed Western literature and the field of linguistics, created a tapestry of characters and mythology that …

​​Why Cycling is the Best Way to Lose Weight

Having worked as a certified fitness trainer for 21 years, I’ve long since come to the conclusion that if you’re looking for the best exercise to shed a few pounds—and keep them off—nothing beats cycling. Over the years, I’ve seen clients shed half their size and heard from readers who have lost …

Fitness

Minio scores $20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer

Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need.<p>By building a solution that enables …

Keybase launches Teams, a free encrypted alternative to Slack

Keybase, a tool for creating a secure online identity and privately messaging others, has launched Teams, an end-to-end encrypted group chat app that closely resembles Slack.<p>Built by the folks behind OkCupid and SparkNotes, the service is currently in alpha, is completely free and promises to keep …

​8 Chilling Stories That Will Remind You to Wear a Helmet ​

Crashes often happen when you least expect them. And though you can’t safeguard against all injuries in a bike crash, wearing a helmet is your best line of defense against blows to the head. These eight cyclists survived situations that tested the limits of their own favorite helmets—and recover …

Cycling

Two-week on, two-week off diet is the key to losing weight, study finds

Slimmers can shed more pounds by taking a two-week break from dieting every fortnight, say scientists.<p>Research found it boosts dieters' chances of keeping the weight off in the long-term.<p>Health scientist Professor Nuala Byrne said the method combats a phenomenon known as the "famine reaction", …

Holistic Medicine

Everyone loves this guy’s creative way of helping his girlfriend’s depression

Dating someone with mental health issues can be difficult.<p>Unless you’ve been through depression and anxiety yourself, it’s hard to know exactly what …

Everything you need to know about visiting Oktoberfest

The Munich Oktoberfest justly lays claim to being the world’s largest folk festival (yes, it’s not just about drinking beer). Over the past decade it has attracted an average of around six million visitors a year, who between them consume almost seven million litres of beer and munch their way …

How I (Almost) Ruined My Solo Trip to Paris

And how other perfectionist travelers can avoid doing the same.<p>One year ago, I had just gotten back from my first real solo trip. I’d spent a week in …

France

Why Dropbox decided to drop AWS and build its own infrastructure and network

There is always a tension inside companies about whether to build or to buy, whatever the need. A few years ago Dropbox decided it was going to move the majority of its infrastructure requirements from AWS into its own data centers. As you can imagine, it took a monumental effort, but the company …

Dropbox

Microsoft And Google Race To Build The World's Smartest Cloud

There’s no shortage of reasons for moving your business to cloud storage, provided that you haven’t already done so. Cloud-based platforms such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure offer a multitude of advantages to the more traditional methods of data storage, including added security, …

Artificial Intelligence

Cycling to work means better health and a longer life. Here’s how to get started.

ABritish medical journal published a study this spring that seemed to confirm what dedicated bicyclists had long suspected: Commuting on two wheels is really, really good for your health.<p>Compared with driving or taking public transit, bicycling to work is associated with a substantially lower risk …

Cost-benefit Analysis

A WATERTIGHT CROWN

The Twinlock, then Triplock, winding crowns, invented by Rolex, reinforced the Submariner’s waterproofness by screwing down against the case, providing watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch.<p>As the winding crown is gently pressed in and turned, the thread engages. After just another few …