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With $13 Million From Maveron, Eargo Is The Hearing Aid Of The Future

After five years of research and $13 million in venture funding, Eargo has created a hearing device that people actually want to wear.<p>Launching out of beta today, Eargo’s invisible, rechargeable hearing aid is modeled after the fishing fly, of all things. It’s made out of flexi fibers — small …

Medical Technology

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission

Privacy advocates claim always-listening component was involuntarily activated within Chromium, potentially exposing private conversations<p>Privacy campaigners and open source developers are up in arms over the secret installing of Google software which is capable of listening in on conversations …

Privacy

Photographic Freedom Under Siege In Europe? | How To Help & Why You Should

For the majority of the western world, it’s summer break for students, which means sun, fun, and STDs for many. Parents have to find things to do …

Europe

Homeschooling Family Started Making Short Films for Fun Until That Playful Hobby Turned Into Something Far Bigger

A decade ago, Aaron and Chad Burns joined other members of their family in making short films just for the fun of it, but that hobby has now turned into something far greater, as the cousins are just days from seeing their feature film, “Beyond the Mask,” head to theaters nationwide.<p>Both from …

Homeschooling

Amid controversy, construction of telescope in Hawaii halted

HONOLULU (AP) — After more than a week of demonstrations and more than a dozen arrests, Hawaii Gov. David Ige said Tuesday that the company building one of the world's largest telescopes atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea has agreed to his request to halt construction for a week.<p>"They have responded to my …

Telescopes

Striking Street Photos Document the Vibrant Culture of NYC in the '70s and '80s

For over 30 years, every since his days as an NYU film student, Robert Herman has roamed the streets of New York City with his camera in hand to photograph the sights and people of his urban home. <i>The New Yorkers</i>, shot from 1978 to 2005 on Kodachrome color film, is his collection of candid photos …

New York City

Tag: Landscaping 101

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from Japanese Zen Masters<p>by Michelle Slatalla<p>Landscaping 101: Biodynamics for the Edible Garden<p>by Clare Coulson<p>Pink Grasses: …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Living Rooms

Winter solstice 2014: celebrations at Stonehenge – in pictures

Modern-day Druids, pagans and other revellers gather at Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain to celebrate the first day of winter – otherwise known as the winter solstice, which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year

In 2050, You Might Want To Be Living In Helsinki

The city and its suburbs are growing, but so is its vision for dense, walkable neighborhoods and car-free transit. It’s a model for the future of urban smart growth.<p>Helsinki already ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities, but by 2050, it may top the list, especially as other cities …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

New 'Tripr' App Makes Your Friends For You, Ahead Of Time

Instead of taking chances that you'll meet some good-looking backpacker at the next hostel or run into a gaggle of handsome travelers on a Parisian street, why not just "book them" ahead for your next vacation? New travel app Tripr can (and will) make that happen.<p>The app's mantra is that you should …

10 International Street Photographers Who Change The Way We See The World

Think of a city. Of its winding roads and bustling crowds and tall buildings and piling garbage and whatever else. Now look closer. Think of the strange colors that jam up against each other for a brief moment, or the constant and ever-changing potential for violence, or danger, or love. Think of …

Badu As She Wants to Be

Though it may have flickered softly while this decade’s meretricious pop princesses paraded in their tinsel, Erykah Badu’s style—lushly nostalgic, glamorously weird—never wavered. Badu’s exalted ragtag of big coats, psychedelic dresses, and winged cuffs has always matched the languorous tempo of …

The Entrancing Cinemagraph Creations of Julien Douvier

The cinemagraph genre is one of the most exciting to follow because, unlike almost every other type of “photography” (in quotes since you they aren’t …

Hong Kong-China relationship is changing amid new dynamic

The colorful skyscrapers and massive luxury shops glistening along both sides of Hong Kong's harbor offer architectural proof of the economic boom that hit this city after Britain handed the former colony back to China in 1997.<p>To many of the pro-democracy demonstrators now clogging Hong Kong's …

'Ghost Gunner' lets people make untraceable, homemade guns

Defense Distributed's newest project is a PC-connected milling machine that aims to streamline the process of self-assembling AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.<p>What is a "ghost gun?" It's any type of firearm that is self-assembled and untraceable. It's one of gun control advocates and lawmakers biggest …

Guns

25 Inspiring Tiny Homes for Portland Residents Who Earn $15,000 or Less

The tiny home revolution has reached Portland, Oregon, as the city nears approval for a massive new tiny house community. The project, which is …

led air strikes reportedly hit Islamic State refineries in Syria

Air strikes believed to have been carried out by U.S.-led forces hit three makeshift oil refineries in Syria's Raqqa province early Sunday as part of an assault to weaken Islamic State militants, a monitoring group said.<p>The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks occurred …

Middle East

Going after Islamic State's sources of financing

Shaky video posted to YouTube last week pans across foot-high bundles of $100 bills topped by two shining gold ingots. A man's voice calls for Islamic blessings and says the rich trove — "maybe even millions of dollars" — belongs to Usama Nujaifi, a deputy president of Iraq.<p>Not anymore.<p>Islamic …

Hong Kong's protests turn violent; 26 hurt

The Hong Kong government said Monday that riot police have pulled back from pro-democracy demonstrations around the city that have caused widespread disruption in one of Asia's financial hubs.<p>Defiant demonstrators remained on the streets of Hong Kong's financial center, blocking traffic on key …

Islamic State crisis: Al-Nusra issues threat over air strikes

<b>Syrian militant group al-Nusra Front has denounced US-led air strikes as "a war against Islam".</b><p>In an online statement, the al-Qaeda-linked group called on jihadists around the world to target Western and Arab countries involved.<p>It comes as the US and other nations widened air strikes against …

Middle East

Guilt-Free Creativity: Stop Kicking Yourself & Start Producing

We’ve all been there: You finally carve out the time to work on a big creative project and then you… choke. After counting on this break to really</i> …

Sistine Chapel

Sarah Lewis: Find Your Private Domain

About this presentation<p>Much of modern creativity advice focuses on “getting your work out there” and networking with others. But great work often …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity