Darcy Kerrigan

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The dark side to 'service with a smile'

It was Heraclitus and Democritus, a couple of Greek thinkers known as the "weeping and laughing philosophers". Heraclitus got his name from being melancholic and sad, whereas Democritus always wore a mask of cheerfulness.<p>Humans are, and always have been, highly sensitive to the emotional …

Psychology

Vicarious gets another $50 million to expand its research team and build smarter robots

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg might not be able to agree about much when it comes to AI these days, but the pair do seem to see the same potential in Vicarious, a startup applying unsupervised learning techniques to robots. Musk and Zuckerberg were two of the early backers of Vicarious. The startup …

'He was very scared': the death of a teenage stowaway

Last month 14-year-old Raheemullah Oryakhel died trying to reach the UK. As the Calais camp where he lived is dispersed, where will children like him go?<p>The death of Raheemullah Oryakhel, a 14-year-boy from Afghanistan, was marked last month with just a couple of paragraphs in the French press, …

How This Underdog Startup Scooped Up 90 Percent of Its Rival's Business--in 1 Week

Crying customers. Product demos at 2 a.m. Red Bull and 5-Hour Energy cocktails. This is the story of how FareHarbor landed a bunch of new customers through old-fashioned, take-no-prisoners competition.<p>It was Thursday, a few hours before the long Fourth of July weekend would begin, when FareHarbor …

Immigration deadlock reprises Obama's battle with the court

WASHINGTON (AP) — By deadlocking on President Barack Obama's immigration program, the Supreme Court not only scuttled a policy the White House hoped …

U.S. Federal Courts

PM Cameron resigns as UK votes to leave EU

<i>Go here to follow CNN's coverage of the UK referendum live.</i><p><b>London (CNN) —</b> The United Kingdom's historic Brexit vote to leave the European Union triggered the resignation Friday of British Prime Minister David Cameron and wreaked havoc on global markets.<p>There was a mixture of jubilation and tearful …

Robert Reich: Wealth inequality is even more devastating than income inequality

Two thirds of Americans now live paycheck to paycheck. This isn’t sustainable, warns the former secretary of labor<p>Robert Reich<p>April 28, 2016 8:30am (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Robert Reich’s blog.<p>Wealth inequality is even more of a problem than income inequality. That’s because you have to …

Middle-class

The obscene moral hypocrisy on Brussels: Why are terror attacks against civilians in the Middle East ignored?

<b>People display a solidarity banner in Brussels following bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 22, 2016. Banner reads "I am Brussels" in French and in Flemish languages. REUTERS/Charles Platiau - RTSBS6P (Reuters)</b><p>The hundreds killed in the Middle East in the past few days don’t get a fraction of …

Middle East

11 Must-Read Biographies About Incredible Women

Because Women's History Month is the perfect excuse to stay in with a book.<p>This Women's History Month, one of the greatest ways to honor those who came before us is to celebrate the extraordinary lives of some phenomenal ladies.<p>We've rounded up 11 biographies of 11 vastly different women, whose …

You can now sign up for Google’s Project Fi cell service without an invite

You can now sign up for Project Fi, Google’s first foray into offering its own cell phone service, without an invite.<p>The service, which launched ten months ago, was an invite-only project until now — though getting an invite wasn’t all that hard. Starting today, anybody in the U.S. can simply sign …

Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes - starting under 100K

A company in Asheville, North Carolina is taking prefabricated home design to a new level with their Renew Collection of affordable net-zero energy …

The developing world faces a silent killer. Could a $1 solar light help?

A Philippine social enterprise is bringing cheap solar lighting to more than 20 countries helping improve safety, reduce air pollution and cut energy costs<p>Every day at around 6pm, 40 families living in a remote corner of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India – a 6km walk from the nearest road – would …

Inside China's eerie unborn ghost towns

The best ski resorts you've probably never heard of

Google's internet-beaming Project Loon balloons are now being tested in Sri Lanka

The Mountain View internet giant is reportedly trialling three new internet delivery balloons in Sri Lanka ahead of a joint venture with the Sri Lankan government.<p>One of the three balloons entered Sri Lankan airspace on Monday, according to the government's information and communications technology …

9 Cant-Miss Book Club Picks for February

Originally published on Kirkus. For more from Kirkus, click here.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>9 Cant-Miss Book Club Picks for February<p>Follow Kirkus on Twitter: www.twitter.com/KirkusReviews

Books

Chemistry: Four elements added to periodic table

<b>Four chemical elements have been formally added to the periodic table, completing the scheme's seventh row.</b><p>They are the first to be included in the table since 2011, when elements 114 and 116 were added.<p>The first true iteration of the table was produced in 1869 by the Russian chemist Dmitri …

Chemistry

Kim Jong Un has a personal girl band, and it’s giving ‘friendship performances’ in China

The smiling, head-bobbing, saluting women of the Moranbong Band posses all the hallmarks of your typical K-pop group. Clad in mini-skirts and high heels, they perform under flashing lights on dramatic, larger-than-life sets. They infuse Western pop flavor with a Korean twist.<p>But the Moranbong …

Global leaders are ignoring one of the greatest causes of climate change

This week, as world leaders meet to hammer out a deal to reduce the greenhouses gases (GHGs) responsible for warming our planet, a major source of those gases is unlikely to make a significant appearance onto the agenda: meat.<p>In 2006, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) …

Agriculture

These hybrid animals will be created because of climate change

In 2006, a white bear with brown splotches, believed to be a hybrid of a polar bear and a grizzly, was shot by Arctic hunters. Then in 2009, a possible hybrid of a right whale and a bowhead was photographed in the Bering Sea.<p>The increased hybridization of animals is a strong indication that our …

Inside Lavasa, India's first entirely private city built from scratch

Still half-built a decade after construction started, is Lavasa – India’s controversial $30bn mega-project – the brave new world for smart cities, or an expensive flop?<p>The All American Diner plays 1950s rock’n’roll through a tinny speaker, the retro booths are traditional red and the burgers are …

India

Ten Haunting Documentaries That Are Stranger Than Fiction

<i>Mugshot of Albert Fish, 1903 | Image: Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Documentary film is my favorite genre, and the linked list of ten …

This tiny country just outlined a plan to completely stop using oil, coal, and gas

This is welcomed news in a world that - despite recent advances in tackling climate change by the US and China - remains relatively paralyzed in its ability to make substantial changes to how it deals with climate change.<p>Earlier this year, Costa Rica met the entirety of its national power demand …

Renewable Energy

Taking the 'Smart Drug' Modafinil Made Me Love Work but Hate People

In the rat race that is modern life, it's sort of the only drug that makes sense. How awful is that?<p><i>More on Nootroprics:</i><p>Will 'Smart Drugs' Really Make Us Smarter, or Just Ruin Our Lives?<p>A Campus Dealer Explains How the College Drug Economy Works<p>Can the Pills That Claim to Make You Clever Also Make …

The Bad News About the Organic Industry

The good news: Organic produce is now certified by the government, widely available at big-box stores, and more affordable than ever. The bad news: …

12 Moving Facts About Walt Disney That Will Inspire You to Succeed

You don't know Disney, unless you know these facts about his entrepreneurial career.<p>An army of real estate agents fanned out over central Florida, working on behalf of a mystery client. They bought thousands of acres, sometimes offering as little as $100. Who was the buyer? They couldn't tell …

Walt Disney Company

8 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

30 places to see before you turn 30

Amazing destinations around the world cater to the particular strengths and challenges of the twenty-something set.<p>These spots might be more physically challenging or tougher on your schedule.<p>They might be easier on the wallet, or a reveler's playground best appreciated while you can still stay up …

Costa Rica

This Smog Vacuum Cleaner Turns Carbon Particles Into Jewelry

The designers and engineers at Studio Roosegaarde, together with Environmental Nano Solutions and university researcher Bob Ursem, have recently …