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My Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2017

It's that time of the year when I shift away from the world's calamities to some of its finest achievements (for a minute anyway), which is to say, …

How to take a shower, according to dermatologists

We love a restorative shower for its day-starting, head-clearing, muscle-relaxing power. But that long, hot shower that starts your day might not be doing your skin any favors.<p>Too much hot water can actually be bad for our bodies, according to experts in hair and skin care. We asked several …

Skin Care

Aphria defiant amid possible ban from TSX

The stalemate between Canada's largest stock exchange and its biggest publicly listed cannabis company with assets in the United States shows no signs of lifting any time soon.<p>A month ago, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) said it would ban shares of marijuana companies found to be in violation of …

Bose's new Noise-Masking Sleepbuds may change your life

Bose has been quietly introducing some unconventional products over the last few months, including its Hearphones and Soundwear Companion Speaker, but its upcoming Noise-Masking Sleepbuds are making an unprecedented debut -- for Bose anyway. The company is preselling prototypes by way of an …

Audiophile

The psychology of Web design: How colors, typefaces and spacing affect your mood

A great web design is so much more than just delivering content and making it look good. When visitors come to your site, they produce a set of feelings about your website and your organization. The type of feelings they produce – positive or negative – are entirely in your hands and should not be …

A doctor was asked to test an iPhone gadget and ended up diagnosing his own cancer

Earlier this year a vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound gadget for his smartphone.<p>Dr. John Martin, who is not an oncologist, was tapped to test out the Butterfly iQ, a tiny ultrasound device designed to replace several bulkier, more expensive machines. When …

The Video Game That Could Shape the Future of War

The U.S. Army is developing a new way to test technologies and tactics—but first they have to get tens of thousands of soldiers to play it.<p>As far as video games go, <i>Operation Overmatch</i> is rather unremarkable. Players command military vehicles in eight-on-eight matches against the backdrop of …

Webflow lets you build gorgeous web animations just by dragging and dropping

Oh, to be a web developer in 2017. We’ve long passed the “bad old days” of Flash (RIP), Silverlight, and ActiveX. It’s now possible to build gorgeous, engaging, animated websites using the holy trinity of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript — no plugins required. If there’s a downside, it’s that it can be …

Bring nature inside with the EcoQube Desktop Greenhouse

Sponsored Content<p>It looks after your plants and uses light therapy to improve your sleep.<p>Living in an apartment often means giving up on outside space and even natural light. With the EcoQube Air Desktop Greenhouse, you can nurture your own plants in any home. With a smart hydroponics system and …

Learn to build for your user with this UI & UX Design Bootcamp for $39

You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase “can’t see the forest for the trees.” It’s all about losing sight of the big picture while you’re focusing on details. Unfortunately, that’s a malady that infects many web designers. While many work to dazzle users with visual glitz, that flair can often come at …

When Life Asks for Everything

I’d like to offer you two models of human development.<p>The first is what you might call The Four Kinds of Happiness. The lowest kind of happiness is material pleasure, having nice food and clothing and a nice house. Then there is achievement, the pleasure we get from earned and recognized success. …

15 foods that will help you get a better night’s sleep

About 40 per cent of adult Canadians suffer from some type of sleep disorder while another 20 per cent report being unsatisfied with the quality of …

This AI program can make 3D face models from a selfie

A group of AI experts from The University of Nottingham and Kingston University managed to create a new method by which two-dimensional images of faces can be converted into 3D using machine learning.<p>The researchers trained a convolutional neural-network to perform the task by feeding it tons of …

Machine Learning

7 must-read books for design students

Heading off to uni this year, and looking for recommendations for graphic design books to keep you inspired? Maybe you're already studying and keen …

FireSigns: a semiotic theory for graphic design

Semiotics is the study of signs and significations, and as graphic designers we create visual signs (dubbed in the book as “FireSigns”) that are …

Graphic Design

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Every month, we ask a bunch of public-radio music curators to tell us about one new song they can't stop playing. In the 10-song mix that resulted for October, you'll hear a folk-minded Minnesota songwriter who reminds WVPB's Joni Deutsch of both Steve Cropper and Katy Perry — plus a Latin funk …