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The settings you should change immediately after buying a new TV

It's finally a good time to make the jump to a 4K TV. Prices have come down, HDR is up to snuff, and there are a bevy of great models to choose from. But once you bring your new TV home, you may want to take a trip through its settings and tweak a few in order to get the best possible picture.<p>If …

A 30-Day Meditation Challenge From the LoveYourBrain Foundation

Every 13 seconds, someone in the U.S. sustains a traumatic brain injury (TBI)—totalling about 2.8 million TBIs a year. Unlike many injuries, TBI …

These Simple, Science-Backed Exercises You Can Do at Home Have Huge Health Benefits

No need for gym!<p>Most of us probably know exercising is associated with a smaller risk of premature death, but a new study has found that doesn't have …

Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA

“We aren’t going to get sick, are we?” my roommate Brett asked me. He cringed as I knelt down and stuffed a plate of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria—which came as …

Genetics

If Xanax and Advil Had an Organic, All-Natural Baby, It Would Be These CBD Turmeric Capsules

If you're trying to ditch the prescriptions and over-the-counter pills in lieu of something all natural, we have a product you're going to want to check out ASAP. You already know that turmeric has been used for centuries as a natural anti-inflammatory that can outshine familiar drugs like …

The new thermodynamics: how quantum physics is bending the rules

It would take a foolhardy physicist to dare attempt to break the laws of thermodynamics. But it turns out that there may be ways to bend them. At a …

A New Drug Has Been Found To 'Melt' Away The Fat In Our Arteries That Cause Heart Attacks

Sound too good to be true?<p>We all know that an unhealthy lifestyle and poor diet can start clogging up our coronary system, making us more vulnerable …

The alt-right is creating its own dialect. Here’s the dictionary

Vocabulary pop quiz. Define the following words: “hypergamy,” “femoids,” “meeks.” If you got all of those right, you’re on your way to becoming fluent in alt-right.<p>No political movement has created an internet dialect with the speed and scale of the alt-right. Comprised of conspiracy theorists, …

Alt-Right

The Startup Teaching Languages That Have Almost No Teachers

After failing to find a Buryat instructor, Inky Gibbens launched Tribalingual to offer e-courses in endangered languages spoken only by thousands of people.<p>Inky Gibbens learns languages pretty easily and speaks four–English, Russian, Mandarin, and Mongolian–but was having trouble learning Buryat. …

Top 20 most reviewed books of all time from Amazon

One of the many reasons we love Amazon is because of their stellar customer review section. Having the ability to read thousands of opinions from customers before hitting the purchase button is super useful, especially when it comes to picking out a book. From cult classics such as Harry Potter to …

Books

How to slam dunk creationists when it comes to the theory of evolution

The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like creatures, was yet more proof of humanity’s place …

Toyota says it’s on the cusp of a major electric vehicle breakthrough.

The automaker revealed last week that it had achieved a sought-after improvement in existing lithium-ion technology by developing a “solid state” …

The Scientist Who Studied Einstein's Brain Learned That These 5 Factors Make You Smarter

In 1985, we thought Einstein's brain wasn't much different from anyone else's. We were wrong.<p>We still don't completely understand how the brain works and yet we're building machines to replicate it. Our quest to create artificial intelligence has grown into a near-frenzy as we surge ahead with …

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

Tesla Finishes First Solar Roofs—Including Elon’s House

First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products.<p>Tesla …

Intel lets you stick an AI brain into your USB port

Want to give your PC an IQ boost? Intel 's $80 Movidius Neural Compute Stick lets you plug some computing brains into your laptop's USB port.<p>The device, geared for tinkerers and programmers, can crank out 100 billion mathematical calculations per second while consuming a paltry 1 watt of power. …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time

This is huge.<p>For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer's disease, capturing …

The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body

To the Mesopotamians, the liver was the body’s premier organ, the seat of the human soul and emotions. The ancient Greeks linked the liver to pleasure: The words hepatic and hedonic are thought to share the same root.<p>The Elizabethans referred to their monarch not as the head of state but as its …

Where to Drink in Reykjavík, Iceland

Imagine a world without beer under a Prohibiton that never seems to end. In essence, you’ve got Iceland for most of the 20th century. After the …

From the creator of ‘Foyle’s War,’ a delightful homage to Agatha Christie

By Charles Finch<p>Agatha Christie has remained a towering figure in the mystery genre, even as her specific style has moved into various genteel retirement communities – the cozy, the historical, the pastiche. “Magpie Murders,” the British author Anthony Horowitz’s sleek, fun, cunning new novel, is a …

Books

When scientists saw the mouse heads glowing, they knew the discovery was big

By David Kohn<p>Kari Alitalo had studied lymphatic vessels for more than two decades. So he knew that this network, which carries immune cells throughout the body and removes waste and toxins, didn’t extend into the brain: This had been accepted wisdom for more than 300 years. “Nobody questioned that …

Alzheimer's Disease

10 Literary Classics Every Business Leader Should Read

If you only stick to business books and biographies, you're not learning as much as you could.<p>Biographies of inspirational figures, leadership how-to titles, and management case studies will all give you great insights on how to be a better entrepreneur and leader, but if that's all you read, …

The neuroscience argument against “living in the present”

There are plenty of advice columns, self-help books, and loosely spiritual twenty-somethings devoted to extolling the virtues of living in the present. The advice is intended as an antidote to life spent scrolling absentmindedly through twitter or planning next weekend, while failing to appreciate …

Product Design: Wrist Watches

Some people love their wrist watches. I usually don't use one, but I sure enjoy a well designed clock. When it comes to the product design of clocks, …

Anyone can be a designer using this amazing modular system made from cardboard stools

This amazing “spaceship” playhouse can be assembled in an endless variety of combinations – and it’s made entirely from kid’s folded cardboard …

Canada Unveils 'Dinosaur Mummy' Found With Skin And Gut Contents Intact

“We don’t just have a skeleton. We have a dinosaur as it would have been.”<p>After more than 110 million years encased in stone, an impeccably preserved, dragon-like dinosaur has been unveiled by paleontologists in Canada and it’s unlike anything they’ve seen before.<p>The remains of an armor-plated …

Dinosaurs

Our dystopian future isn’t found in '1984' — it’s 'Brave New World' and 'Infinite Jest'

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella set a high bar for developers at the company's annual Build conference last week with a slightly off-putting challenge: …

Nintendo is planning a Legend of Zelda mobile game

Following up on the massive success of Pokémon GO and the, well, slightly less massive success of Super Mario Run, Nintendo is reportedly planning a Legend of Zelda for smartphones for release later this year, or so The Wall St Journal’s sources have it.<p>Details beyond that are scarce; it would …

What causes that feeling of being watched

You feel somebody is looking at you, but you don’t know why. The explanation lies in some intriguing neuroscience and the study of a strange form of brain injury.<p>Something makes you turn and see someone watching you. Perhaps on a busy train, or at night, or when you’re strolling through the park. …

Hear the 10 Best Albums of the 1960s as Selected by Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson, the writer who gave vivid, inimitable form to "gonzo journalism," honed his literary chops the hard way, using rigorous …

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