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10 Picturesque European Cathedrals (PHOTOS)

Towering symbols of the Christian world, Europe's magnificent cathedrals represent the hope, promise and ambition of a host of nations, rulers and faithful devotees. Often taking hundreds of years to construct and sparing no effort or expense, these colossal undertakings became genuine, shining …

These Soviet anti-alcohol posters offer a lurid view of communist history

In the USSR, alcoholism was an enormous problem, which the government tried to tackle with these incredible PSA posters. The messages in them will be …

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RT @Cmdr_Hadfield: The Nazca lines seem to show that the less we understand about history, the greater our propensity towards mythology. http://t.co/al6UV0aIZr

LOL, texting, and txt-speak: Linguistic miracles

A linguist surprises the TED crowd; apparently txt-speak really is special.<p>LONG BEACH, CA—Is texting shorthand a convenience, a catastrophe for the …

A flyby of Venus, a dying galaxy and a birthday toast to Edgar Allan Poe – in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2013/mar/01/venus-galaxy-toast-space-pictures<p>720<p>Swing by the planet Venus, glimpse the fate of the Milky …

NYC: In honor of the drink & wash laundromat coming soon, we've rounded up six unique laundromats where you can play arcades, eat ice cream, pawn off your jewelry, support an arts non-profit, or taste empanadas http://untappedcities.com/newyork/2013/03/21/the-most-unique-laundromats-in-nyc/

NYC: A gorgeous look inside the Steinway & Sons factory in Queens with photographer Christopher Payne. http://untappedcities.com/newyork/2012/09/18/inside-the-steinway-factory-by-christopher-payne/

Pure Salvage: 10 Eclectic Tiny Homes Built with 99% Scrap

The premise of this small design-build firm is simple: almost everything you could want or need to build a new house is already in a a disused or …

Gigaom | Generation Mooch? Why 20-somethings have a hard time paying for content

Advertisement<p>I distinctly remember learning how to read, and it wasn’t from a book or in a kindergarten classroom.<p>It was sitting at the breakfast …

Google’s unified chat service to be named “Babel”, to work across five platforms

We’ve heard several reports over the past week about Google’s upcoming unified chat service. Two separate sets of screenshots have leaked, but both turned out to be fakes on closer examination.<p>Now thanks to some “trusted sources” of <i>Droid Life</i>, we learned that the service previously rumored to be …

How to Make Your Writing (a Little Bit) Better

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Your Next Phone Is Likely To Include Fingerprint, Facial, and Voice Recognition

In some ways, it’s a marvel that even half of consumers bother to lock their phones.<p>The benefits seem obvious enough: by entering a few numbers, you can achieve a basic level of protection from prying eyes. But according to a recent study, 44% of users said that even this was too much of a hassle – …

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Pricing Rules You Need to Know

Customers are irrational about prices. How can you make the most of their weirdness? This roundup of pricing rules of thumb based on research can help.<p>Pricing is notoriously hard. Simply asking your customers what they would pay sounds sensible, but often doesn't work. People frequently don't know …

7 Signs You're Not as Self-Aware as You Think

Self-awareness is a really big deal for everyone, especially executives and business leaders. Failure to face reality can destroy your career and your company.<p>Being in the advice giving game isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's not like you get to sit on a mountaintop and just rain down pearls of …

Need Juice? This Phone Charger Fits In Your Wallet

<b>The Pitch:</b> The ChargeCard is a super-slim USB phone charger that can fit in a wallet as easy as a credit card. The product was funded on Kickstarter, and was recently sold on the shopping site Grand St.<p><b>The Verdict:</b> Few phones have the juice to last through an entire day of even moderate usage. In …

Whatever Happened to the Phone Phreaks?

<i>Phone phreaks demonstrated that the mundane telephone could become a gateway to virtual adventures which spanned the globe, anticipating the culture of hacking today.</i><p>"Let's say a shopping center," says the hacker I'm talking to online. He's British, but is using an alias, 'Belial', and I don't know …

Yes, music helps your workout routine | Salon.com

For some athletes and for many people who run, jog, cycle, lift weights and otherwise exercise, music is not superfluous — it is essential to peak performance and a satisfying workout. Although some people prefer audio books, podcasts or ambient sounds, many others depend on bumpin' beats and …

'Sex And The Citadel' Peeks Inside Private Lives In The Arab World

"I know of young women who have been returned to their families by their husbands because, as you say, they did not bleed on defloweration," Shereen El Feki tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross.<p>El Feki, the author of the new book <i>Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World</i>, spent five years …

'Temperature Rising': Will Climate Change Bring More Extreme Weather?

According to the historical record dating back to 1895, 2012 was the hottest year this country has ever seen. But it's not just that the temperature has risen — from deadly tornadoes to the widespread coastal damage inflicted by Superstorm Sandy, we seem to be living through a period of intensified …

The Unseen Bean: Blind Roasted Coffee – Dear Coffee, I Love You.

Gerry Leary, who is seeing impaired, was led by his curious passion and love for good food to start his own coffee company when he as introduced to …

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