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Our Predictions for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Based on Everything We Know About Joss Whedon

Perhaps you have heard of Joss Whedon. For a while, he was just a sought-after movie script doctor and creator of cult TV science fiction. But then …

The Science of What Makes an Introvert and an Extrovert

Do you like to make small talk? Do you prefer one-to-one conversations or group activities? These questions and many others often show up in …

What does the rise in taser usage across England and Wales tell us?

The use of tasers by police forces continued to increase between 2010 and 2011 in England and Wales according to statistics released today by the Home Office. The number of incidents more than doubled in some areas as the devices continued to be rolled out across the country.<p>The data showed that …

Two Soldiers on Facebook Debate Syria

The Console War That Never Happened

And the living room that could have been. How Sony and Microsoft missed an enormous opportunity.<p>Today, in Tokyo, Sony announced the PS Vita TV. It's a tiny, elegant little device that can stream video and media from third-party services, access a vast library of PlayStation Network titles, and even …

An Ex-Drug Kingpin on How Real Breaking Bad Is

<b>Breaking Bad's bloody blend</b> of Bunsen burners and broken bodies has already won it critical acclaim and a committed fan base, but what we wanted to know is if the series, finishing its run in a few short weeks, has also managed to remain true to its depiction of the drug trade. To find out, we …

The 5 Steaks You Should Be Grilling Now

<i>Welcome to our new weekly series On the Grill, where our Sunday Dinners columnist Tom Hirschfeld will be showing us how to grill everything from steaks to salads with confidence (and style).</i><p><i>Today: How to grill the perfect steak, soup to nuts: the 5 best steaks to grill, the 5 rules for cooking them</i> …

What's Killing Poor White Women?

For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why.<p>On the …

Just how bad was the summer movie season?

By all accounts, this was a bad summer at the movies. Actually, “bad” isn’t strong enough; by all accounts this was one of the worst summers at the …

The Most Surprising Things About America, According To An Indian International Student

Aniruddh Chaturvedi came from Mumbai to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn., where he is majoring in computer science. This past summer he interned at a tech company in Silicon Valley.<p>During two years in the U.S., Chaturvedi has been surprised by various aspects of society, as he …

The Curse of Being a Sole Survivor - Facts So Romantic

On January 26, 1972, a Yugoslavian passenger plane flying 33,000 feet above then-Czechoslovakia exploded, ripped apart, and plummeted into the …

What's being done about all those damn feral cats?

There's no denying that cats can be adorable. But feral and stray cats are wreaking havoc on the global ecosystem. Here's why it's bad to leave …

Pirates, ninjas, and robots: Expanding ‘Borderlands’ $10 at a time

There’s nothing in gaming that’s quite like Borderlands. Gearbox Software’s malleable world of Pandora amounts to one big, loving riff on geek …

‘Like Being in Prison with a Salary’: The Secret World of the Shipping Industry

<i>Rose George | Metropolitan Books | August 2013 | 17 minutes (4,213 words)</i><p><i>The following is the opening chapter of Rose George’s new book, Ninety</i> …

The Military Roots of Fighting Modern Wildfires

Firefighters in Yosemite and beyond are relying on World War II technology.<p><i>Updated at 4:45 pm on August 30, 2013 with additional information.</i><p>To battle the more than 50 wildfires now burning across the western United States—including the massive Rim Fire threatening Yosemite National Park in …

The Wild World of Ejection Survival

When Asiana Airlines flight 214 broke apart at the end of a San Francisco runway in July, five people spilled out the back. A Korean teenage girl sitting in Row 41, the line of perforation down which the tail section tore away from the rest of the plane, was nearly the sixth.<p>"Everything in the back …

The Onion Denies Taking A Serious Line On Syria

Satire or campaigning? The Onion has been one of the most consistent voices on Syria for months.<p>WASHINGTON — Though <i>The Onion</i> is a satirical newspaper, its Syria coverage in the past few months has been anything but: a series of articles have slammed President Barack Obama for his inaction on Syria, …

The decline of serial killers and rise of the sharing economy

The booming market for peer-to-peer business is a reflection of Americans' renewed faith in strangers<p>In San Francisco and Los Angeles, fleets of amateur taxi drivers have taken to the streets, using services like Lyft and Sidecar to find fares, ferrying total strangers around to earn extra cash. In …

Kim Jong-un's Ex-Girlfriend 'Shot by Firing Squad'

Kim Jong-un's ex-girlfriend was among a dozen well-known North Korean performers who were executed by firing squad on Aug. 20, reports said Wednesday.<p>…

Meet the FBI hostage team that rescued Hannah Anderson

In February, one of the nation's most elite units breached a heavily fortified bunker using specially designed explosives, disoriented the adversary …

The greatest mystery of the Inca Empire was its strange economy

In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, the Inca Empire was the largest South America had ever known. Rich in foodstuffs, textiles, gold, and coca, …

South America

Friends in Low Places

'Frog' and 'Fisherman' welcomed me into their world of panhandling hustles and bicycle crack deals.<p>Fisherman sways as he urinates on the dirt, splashing his split leather moccasins. The soles have come loose at the toes in a gaping grin. “I gave my life for the earth I’m pissing on,” he says. In …

Military Spending

Lifehacker Pack for Android: Our List of the Essential Android Apps

With over two million apps in the Play Store, Android is home to one of the biggest app stores in the world. Soon they’ll even be on your favorite …

Spyglass is a Beautiful Disk Scanner with Duplicate Detection

Windows: Scanning your hard drive for unnecessary files doesn't have to be tedious: Spyglass makes it easy, and dare I say it, fun.<p>If you've ever …

Google’s “20% time,” which brought you Gmail and AdSense, is now as good as dead

Google’s “20% time,” which allows employees to take one day a week to work on side projects, effectively no longer exists. That’s according to former Google employees, one who spoke to Quartz on the condition of anonymity and others who have said it publicly.<p>What happened to the company’s most …

Google Glass

Inside Google’s culture of relentless self-surveying

When Google recently admitted that the baffling brainteasers it posed to interviewees were utterly useless at predicting which ones would make good employees, it was another example of the power of what Google calls “people analytics”—the mixing of Big Data with management science to come up with …

Employment

How to Catch a Liar on the Internet

Technology makes it easier than ever to play fast and loose with the truth—but easier than ever to get caught.<p>The trouble started, as trouble so often does, with <i>The Price Is Right</i>. In 2009, Cathy Wrench Cashwell, a postal carrier, appeared on the show, advancing to win a coveted turn at the game’s …