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The world as a work of digital art

As curious creatures, we attempt to understand the world around us in many ways and nowadays that usually boils down to big data visualization. Whether we're creating models of large-scale systems or breaking down reality into wireframes and exposing the digital bones beneath, the data-rich …

How a simple wooden plank helped create the greatest fight in 'Star Wars: Episode I'

When "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" opened in theaters May 19, 1999 the anticipation for the continuation of the saga was palpable. Fans would finally get the first three installments leading up to "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope." All those hours of discussing what led Obi-Wan Kenobi …

Star Wars

Every Quentin Tarantino Movie, Ranked From Worst to Best

One of the most critically lauded directors of the past 25 years, it's hard to believe Quentin Tarantino is <i>only</i> turning 52 years old today (March 27).<p>A master of his craft, Tarantino had already won the Palme d'Or -- the top prize at Cannes -- for "Pulp Fiction" (1994) by his early 30s, and that …

Pulp Fiction

Should you be worried about arsenic in California wine?

<b>(CNN) —</b> A lawsuit that's stirring concern among drinkers of some California wine starts with a history lesson.<p>The deaths of Napoleon Bonaparte, Simon Bolivar, King George III, King Faisal I and other prominent figures have been attributed to arsenic poisoning, the first paragraph of the 30-page …

FDA

10 Delightful Photos Of Famous Artists And Their Cats

These photos reveal the artist’s true spirit animal, from Salvador Dalí’s ocelot to Georgia O’Keeffe’s Siamese.<p>Since the ancient Egyptians dedicated a religious sect to the cat goddess Bastet and made elaborate temples in her honor, artists around the world have paid worshipful homage to the feline …

Art

Kill Me Now: Paramount Planning TRANSFORMERS Cinematic Universe

Do You Believe In Ghosts? You Might After Reading This Book

Who doesn't love a good ghost story? The unseen hand moving a cup or the shadow climbing a staircase promises an existence beyond our mundane realities. Hannah Nordhaus' new book, <i>American Ghost,</i> is an offbeat mishmosh of memoir, cultural history, genealogical detective story and paranormal …

Books

You Don't Always Need to Cook With Stock (Except When You Really Do)

Stock adds flavor, but do you really have to use it? Here's our guide for when you can get away with water, and when you should, um, stock up.<p>Stock adds flavor, color, and richness to your cooking. But it's also time-consuming to make and expensive (well, more expensive than water, anyway). Water, …

Cooking

Palm Sunday Easter Bread #SundaySupper

Posted by<p>Terri Truscello Miller<p><i>Palm Sunday Easter Bread, or Pane di Pasqua, is a yeast bread decorated with beautiful dyed eggs, and colorful</i> …

Dessert

A 28-year-old 'financial prodigy' built a hundred million dollar insurance empire that now might be worthless

Burns is now 28 and retreated to South Carolina after resigning from Southport Lane in early 2014, according to a profile of Burns and his investment from The Wall Street Journal's Mark Maremont and Leslie Scism.<p>Burns' resignation came after he checked himself into a mental health ward at Bellevue …

Burns

U.S. energy advertising blitz cost Canadians $24M

The multimillion-dollar campaign to market Canadian oil in the United States was hard to miss.<p>The Maple Leaf was plastered on the walls of subway …

Tom Steyer

china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming

<b>china paves the way for a new definition of urban farming</b><br>image courtesy of foreign policy<p>2011 marked a paramount year in modern chinese history- the …

National Geographic Travel

Watch Andrei Tarkovsky’s Films Free Online: Stalker, Solaris, The Mirror & Andrei Rublev

Andrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986) firmly positioned himself as the finest Soviet director of the post-War period. But his influence extended well beyond …

Samsung rumored to be developing a custom mobile CPU core

Samsung seems confident in its Exynos 7420, having opted to cut Qualcomm out of the picture with regard to the Galaxy S6. Building on its Exynos line-up, the company is rumored to be moving towards a completely in-house processor design, as sources suggest that Samsung is developing its own mobile …

Mobile

Technology startups collect billions of dollars and sit on the sidelines

Niklas Östberg's startup has raised so many rounds of funding that he has almost lost track.<p>"I think officially we're probably on Series, oh, did we …

The skills gap is widening - but here’s how you can close it

<i>Rosie Allabarton is a writer who lives in Berlin. Her journalism specializes in technology, education, employment and women in technology. She works as a tech writer and content manager for CareerFoundry, an online educational platform that provides training in web development and UX design,</i> …

Employment

Complete shift to renewable energy within Canada’s reach, academics say

Canada could shift entirely to renewable sources of electricity by 2035 and eliminate 80 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, says a group of Canadian academics that is aiming to spur government action on climate change.<p>To get there, they recommend a national carbon-pricing …

Fossil Fuels

Microsoft’s new scheme could become Google’s worst Android nightmare

Microsoft has had a tough time in the mobile market, where it has to face both Google’s impressive market share and Apple’s best-selling iPhones at …

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Silicon Valley

How We Can Bite Back at Seafood Fraud

We’re supposed to eat more fish for our health. But when you look down at that filet of red snapper on your plate, do you wonder where it comes from, if it’s even really red snapper? If not, perhaps you should start asking, because in the next two years, U.S. retailers will need to have …

Google ditched the steering wheel because people are unreliable

If you've ever wondered why Google decided to build its own car, well, you have at least part of your answer now. During a talk at SXSW, Astro Teller, the head of Google X, told the crowd that they decided to remove the steering wheel and brakes entirely because humans are not a "reliable backup" …

Why the Earth Will Never Be Invaded

Why haven't the Borg invaded the Earth yet? I have watched every episode of <i>Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager,</i> and <i>Enterprise</i>, and myriad movies where the Earth is invaded by aliens. I love science fiction. But it is only fiction and will remain so.<p>Many people, …

Physics

Houston, we have a lot of problems: is Mars One too good to be true?

The organisers claim everything is hunky dory with their plan to send 40 people to spend the rest of their days on the red planet, but sources suggest otherwise<p><b>Age:</b> Going since 2011, but probably best described as nascent.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Either a crazy, far-fetched story about a mission to Mars; or an …

Mars

The 10 weirdest job interview questions for 2015

Job interviews aren't easy — you have to look the part, research the company and then sell yourself as the best candidate for the position.<p>And just …

Here Are the Water Restrictions California Should Have Passed Today

After confronting the truth that we have only one year of water left, California passed new water restrictions today which are WIMPY AS HELL. Here, …

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

The bacteria in and on our bodies can betray some of our deepest secrets – even after we die. Linda Geddes investigates.<p>In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within your body plummet and degrading chemical …

Biology

Windows 10 Upgrades Will Be Free—Even For Pirated Copies

Microsoft has announced that it will give be giving free upgrades of Windows 10 to anyone who uses Windows right now—even if they're currently …

Police raid Uber offices in Paris

Documents and cellphones seized as part of investigation into low-cost UberPop service<p>French police raided Uber's office in Paris this week, as part of an investigation into its controversial UberPop service. According to French media reports, 25 officers raided Uber's headquarters for six hours on …

French Government