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The 100 best nonfiction books of all time: the full list

After two years of careful reading, moving backwards through time, Robert McCrum has concluded his selection of the 100 greatest nonfiction books. Take a quick look at five centuries of great writing<p>Robert McCrum reflects on his 100 greatest nonfiction books list The 100 best novels written in …

WALSH: The Most Effective Way To Destroy Your Husband, Ruin Your Marriage, And Encourage Infidelity

There is more than one way to cheat on your spouse — or, I should say, cheat your spouse. And it seems that many husbands are being cheated by their …

China’s Blow to Recycling Boosts U.S.’s $185 Billion Plastic Bet

China is upending the global plastics market.<p>The world’s biggest user of scrap has stopped accepting shiploads of other countries’ plastic trash as …

Pollution

7,500 Strangers Just Bought A Crumbling French Chateau Together

It's late 2017. By now, crowdfunding has been used to finance films, board games, classical music, scientific research and infertility treatments.<p>Add this to the list of things bought with the collective purchasing power: A chateau in the French countryside, complete with moat.<p><i>Mais oui!</i><p>The platform …

Dungeons and Dragons

<b>Books discussed in this essay:</b><p>During the summer of 1991, George R.R. Martin found himself with nothing to do. He had left a job producing the CBS …

Home.me turns your 2D floorplan drawings into 3D renderings

It’s easy enough to draw a basic floorplan of your home, but turning that floorplan into 3D rendering typically falls into the realm of professional designers. With home.me,TechCrunch Berlin Hackathon hackers Charles Wong and Aravind Kandiah, who are both students at the Singapore University of …

The Cyber Monday Deals That Shoppers Are Freaking Out Over

Who needs long lines and crowded stores? That's why we love Cyber Monday. You can get all of your shopping done without changing out of your pajamas. …

Shopping

New Medieval Books: Beowulf to da Vinci

Five new books to take you on a journey back into the Middle Ages.

Medieval

Marantz TT15S1 Review: This Storied Turntable Isn’t Just a Majestic Machine, It’s Ravishingly Good

I’ve owned a Marantz JJ1200 turntable since high school — stole it from my then stepmom, or liberated it, you might say, from her basement rec room. …

Thelonious Monk

Nasa map of Earth's seasons over 20 years highlights climate change

The visualization shows spring coming earlier and the Arctic ice caps receding over time<p>Nasa has captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of planet Earth​.<p>The data visualization, released this week, shows Earth’s fluctuations as seen from space.<p>The polar ice caps and snow …

Climate Change

Our favorite mesh Wi-Fi system can now boost any router you already have

We absolutely love the AmpliFi HD (High-Density) Home Wi-Fi System, which is by far the fastest and most reliable mesh wireless solution in this …

Wi-Fi

5 Affordable Last-Gen Smartphones That Are Great Buys

It’s always tough to recommend budget smartphones to prospective buyers. For less than $200 (and no contract) there are a few standout offerings – we …

Two of these Hi-Fi wireless speakers barely cost more than one Sonos speaker

We wrote about the VAVA VOOM 22 Wireless Speaker last week, and it ended up being one of the most popular devices we covered all week long. To recap, …

Tech Trends

I tried the Instant Pot that everyone's obsessed with — and it totally changed the way I cook

• <b>- An Instant Pot is a pressurized cooker that prepares food very quickly.</b>• <b><br>- People have become obsessed with it.</b>• <b><br>- I tried it and also loved it.</b>• <b><br>- It's</b> …

Movies Anywhere Is the Best Thing to Happen to Streaming Video Since Netflix

I’ve been using Movies Anywhere since the service launched two weeks ago and have started buying VOD movies again for the first time in years. If …

Is Garbage a Product of Bad Design?

A team of architects and planners has set out to prove that heaps of waste aren’t an immutable part of a city’s topography.<p>New York City is an island of imported goods. The city’s main export, though, is trash.<p>The Department of Sanitation (DSNY) heaves more than 12,000 tons of waste each day; …

The AirPods rival that blows everyone away only costs $40 on Amazon

There are precious few products we’ve covered that have yielded as much positive feedback as the SmartOmi Q5 True Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. Of …

This $25 device will double the internet speed on your computer

If you use a modern home Wi-Fi solution like the Google Wifi or our favorite mesh system, the AmpliFi HD, you’re undoubtedly enjoying lightning fast …