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A Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Some of you may have already heard of the so-called “quantum theory of consciousness.” I’ve encountered different versions of it over the years. It presents a method of integrating traditional religious views of the “soul,” the “afterlife,” and the possibility of “other realms of existence” with …

Ten easy encryption tips for warding off hackers, the US government—and Russia

On a frigid Saturday, pink and yellow Post-It notes scrawled with concerns about cybersecurity covered a wall of Eyebeam, a nonprofit art and technology center in Brooklyn. “Identity theft + surveillance = paranoia, plz help,” read one note. “How much of a threat do alt-right hackers pose on social …

Privacy

Everything you need to know about backdoors

The vast world of cybersecurity features secret portals of access to the deep web and undocumented encryption backdoors that most people look past …

Wink Hub 2 review: Powerful home automation made approachable and fun

Article Contents<p>1 Specs<p>2 The Good<p>3 The Not So Good<p>4 Quick hardware tour<p>5 Easy guided setups<p>5.1 Wink Hub 2<br>• 5.2 Other devices<br>• 5.3 Handy tutorials<p>6 Intro …

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Lexus' insane LED-covered car, and more in the week that was

Transportation startup Lucid Motors is working on an electric car to rival the Tesla Model S, and it just announced plans to build a $700 million manufacturing facility to bring it to fruition. Meanwhile, Lexus unveiled a mind-blowing car covered with 41,999 LEDs that can change colors at a whim. …

Are You Ready to Drive on Solar Panel Roadways?

By Bruce Lieberman<p>Anyone who's taken a road trip knows how intensely the sun can beat down on the roadway. Could all those rays be converted to solar …

California's climate fight could be painful — especially on job and income growth

Californians are likely to pay more for gasoline, electricity, food and new homes — and to feel their lives jolted in myriad other ways — because their state broadly expanded its war on climate change this summer.<p>The ambitious new goals will require complex regulations on an unprecedented scale, …

Climate

House to House: The painstaking process of sweeping ISIS from Mosul

<b>(CNN) —</b> Wrapped in a blanket and wearing pink sandals, a little girl sobs in fear as she walks down the street, gunfire blasting at the end of the road.<p>Confused, she turns around and covers her face with the blanket.<p>At that moment, a soldier from Iraq's elite special forces the Golden Brigade …

Mosul

Bitcoin was supposed to change the world. What happened?

A few years ago, Bitcoin advocates were touting its potential to transform the financial sector.<p>“What would happen if you and I could just exchange money without it ever going through a bank?” venture capitalist and early Bitcoin supporter Marc Andreessen asked me in a 2014 interview.<p>Bitcoin could …

Here's everything you need to know about Tesla's home battery

Shareholders voted in favor of Tesla buying SolarCity in a deal worth about $2 billion on Thursday, placing greater importance on Tesla's at-home battery.<p>Tesla unveiled its newly improved at-home battery, Powerwall 2.0, during its big solar-roof unveiling at the end of October.<p>The battery comes …

The surprisingly frugal habits of 8 extremely wealthy people

But to a billionaire it means showing up to work in a T-shirt and jeans, driving a Toyota or Volkswagen, and, in some instances, foregoing the purchase of a private jet or lavish vacation home.<p>Surprisingly, some of the richest people on earth are incredibly frugal, each one with their own …

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For 12 years, plants bought us extra time on climate change

Reducing emissions is still key<p>Plants are our best friends in the fight against climate change, and a new study shows just how important they are. From 2002 to 2014, plants sucked up so much carbon dioxide that they slowed the buildup of CO2 in the atmosphere, even as human-made CO2 emissions were …

Trump prepares to dismantle US environmental law | Environment| All topics from climate change to conservation | DW | 10.11.2016

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen a well-known climate skeptic to oversee the transition of the country's Environmental Protection Agency. The …

Tesla’s Future in Trump’s World

What will Donald Trump actually do?<p>It’s a question many Americans are asking themselves now that the U.S. has wrapped up one of its least …

General Motors

With Trump as president, China—China!—will be the world’s biggest champion of fighting climate change

Could a Trump presidency, in effect, ruin the global climate forever?<p>The answer is yes. The global, delicate effort to mitigate climate change already faced so many challenges, took so long to build, and came into being so desperately late. Trump, who has denied climate change is real and has an …

Climate

Worried about the NSA under Trump? Here's how to protect yourself

In January 2017, Donald Trump will become President of the United States of America, and the most technologically advanced surveillance infrastructure in the world will start reporting directly to him.<p>When Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance …

Privacy

21 time-management lessons everyone should learn in their 20s

You can waste a tremendous amount of time by trying to multitask or focusing too much on unimportant details.<p>Montreal-based designer and author Étienne Garbugli has struggled with all of that. As he's gotten older, he's learned how to manage his time and workload more effectively and has analyzed …

Why Bethesda Is Wrong About Its New Video Game Review Policy Even If You Hate Game Journalists

I wrote a pretty in-depth piece on Bethesda’s new review copy policy recently. Bethesda’s decision to not send out review copies until hours before launch is bad for everybody, whether you’re a critic or a gamer and—I would argue—it’s bad for game publishers and developers too, at least in the long …

Gaming Reviews

Russia, Nato and the return to a cold war

With the demise of the communist-led countries of eastern Europe and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact, the world breathed easier and we all felt that we would no longer stand permanently on the edge of a nuclear Armageddon. The post-cold war escalation of Nato activities and the encirclement of …

Russia

DARPA develops digital copilot for military aircraft

ALIAS can fly a military helicopter and then move into another aircraft and fly that too— and ALIAS is not human.<p>Driverless cars may have been making headlines of late, but DARPA’s ALIAS program has also been making great strides in the development of “digital pilot” technology.<p>The brainchild of …

The 25 Best Global Companies to Work For

Google’s employees in Argentina think it’s a great place to work. So do its employees in Brazil, Canada, India and Switzerland—not to mention the U.S.<p>…

How hackable are your smart home gadgets?

After last week's massive internet outage, now may be the time for a full audit of your smart home devices.<p>Last Friday saw a massive internet outage after hackers flooded Dyn, a major internet gatekeeper for sites like Facebook, Spotify and Netflix, with false bandwidthfrom an ocean of unsecured …

Home Automation

University opens without any teachers

<b>A university without any teachers has opened in California this month.</b><p>It's called 42 - the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.<p>The US college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train …

According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

The Brain

Can This Tower Solve China's Air Pollution Problem?

After years of battling with pollution, China is banking on a seven-meter tall tower made of aluminum and powered by electricity to clean up its toxic air.<p>Daan Roosegaarde, an artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, has introduced in Beijing a seven-meter tall tower that he claims can suck …

Pollution

Young Chinese women are committing suicide at a terrifying rate - here's why

For a long time, rural life in China was grim for women. They were married early, isolated and denied the same level of education as boys. Even today, many rural women are treated like second class citizens by their own family, subordinate to their fathers, brothers and - once married - their …

Why the Iran-Russia Relationship Is So Uneasy

<i>This article</i> <i>first appeared on the Wilson Center site.</i><p>Although recently Russia has firmly allied itself with the Iran-led Shia axis in the Middle …

Thousands of California soldiers forced to repay enlistment bonuses a decade after going to war

Short of troops to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan a decade ago, the California National Guard enticed thousands of soldiers with bonuses of $15,000 or more to reenlist and go to war.<p>Now the Pentagon is demanding the money back.<p>Nearly 10,000 soldiers, many of whom served multiple combat tours, have …