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Why Hourly Estimates For User Stories And Technical Tasks May Seem Crazy But You Need To Do Them Anyway

Interview with Hiten Shah Founder of Product Habits<p>We began this month with a Build episode where we exposed all the aftershocks of using current …

User Stories

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Microbiology

PSA: 5 Apps That Make Investing Your Money Infinitely Easier (Yes, Really)

<i>When it comes to your finances, do you take a head-on or a head-in-the-sand approach? If you identify with the latter, then the good news is you're</i> …

Investing

New findings paint picture of Neanderthals as artists

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals may not have been that different from us, after all.<p>New evidence reveals that they created the world's oldest known cave paintings and even wore seashells as body ornaments. Both behaviors suggest that they thought symbolically and had an artistic sensibility like modern …

Humanity

Five major psychiatric disorders have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

CRISPR gene editing may have just become a whole lot more accurate

CRISPR gene editing is an enormously exciting area for molecular biologists, opening up new opportunities when it comes to editing DNA to fight back …

Genetics

The Agile Death March

Agile software development. Death March projects. And now: Agile software development and Death March projects in the same sentence. Pretty scary, …

Project Management

What is agile methodology? Modern software development explained

Every software development organization today seems to practice the agile software development methodology, or a version of it. Or at least they …

Project Management

Five Things Every Developer Should Know about Software Architecture

Key Takeaways<p>Understanding the basics of software architecture is more important than ever before, given the distributed nature of the software …

Project Management

Alphabet officially flips on Project Loon in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in trouble. Approximately 3 million of its residents are still without electricity after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, …

Cassini Found Tons of "Kittens" Hiding In Saturn's Rings

While Saturn might not be as thicc as its celestial neighbor Jupiter, the gas giant remains a cornucopia of unsolved mystery. We still don’t know how …

Astronomy

Russia and US will cooperate to build moon's first space station

Part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars, the Nasa-led programme will see the two countries working to create a crewed spaceport in lunar orbit<p>Russia and the United States have agreed to cooperate on a Nasa-led programme to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project …

Space Exploration

Ten Fold Designs Revolutionary Structure that Self-Deploys in Minutes

Eight minutes. That is the length of time UK-based company Ten Fold Engineering’s self-deploying structures can transform itself from a portable …

Clean Energy

Analysis of 2 billion user stories explains how to compete with Amazon

Amazon really is an ecommerce behemoth. The retailer, which acquired Whole Foods earlier this week, already commands 50 percent of first-time product searches and dominates the ecommerce industry in almost every way.<p>But that doesn’t mean it is untouchable. If you know what pushes the average …

How to Buy Better Flour for Home Baking Projects

If you’re not seeking out quality flour, you should start—just ask these professional baking nerds.<p>For those of us who can digest wheat, the war on …

Baking

How Happy People Complain

Complaining gets a bad rap. We brush it off as ungrateful, unproductive, and whiny — and, okay, it can be. In a study published in the <i>European</i> …

Incredible Pictures of Icebergs Off Newfoundland

Greenland
Antarctica
Gender

Unlikely friendships in the animal kingdom, in pictures

Shell's 1991 warning: climate changing ‘at faster rate than at any time since end of ice age’

Climate change “at a rate faster than at any time since the end of the ice age – change too fast perhaps for life to adapt, without severe dislocation”. That was the startling warning issued by the oil giant Shell more than a quarter of a century ago.<p>The company’s farsighted 1991 film, titled …

Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex | WIRED

Inside the Macedonian<p>Fake-News Complex<p>Inside the Macedonian Fake-News Complex<p>by Samanth Subramanian | photographs by Guy Martin 2.15.17<p>The first …

Journalism

Harvard has created a 'liquid' battery that could last for more than a decade

Lithium-ion batteries power everything from phones to electricity grids but their lifespan is incredibly short, plus they're difficult to recycle. …

Clean Energy

History of Robots at London Science Musuem: Pictures

There’s a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up.

A conversation on the future of the power sector.<p>Electric utilities increasingly find themselves at war with their own customers. Homeowners and commercial building owners have all sorts of new choices for how to generate, store, and manage their own electricity — solar panels, home batteries, …

Natural Gas