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Deebot D79 robot vacuum cleans bare floors and carpets, then itself

The Deebot D79 from Ecovacs can handle both hard floors and soft carpets, and takes robot vacuuming to another level with the brains to automatically empty its dustbin.<p>An ideal robot vacuum would pick up completely on its own, and clean not just bare surfaces but carpets too. Meet the new $700 …

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

Exercise

Where the Vocabulary of Autism is Failing

Terms like “low-functioning” are short on nuance and long on stigma.<p>Alex Garish knows how to make a dramatic entrance. The 11-year-old glides into the dining room of her family’s home in northwestern Montreal, arms outstretched like a plane, making a soft whooshing sound. She dips and turns …

Autism

Could a bitcoin-style monetary system spell the end for Britain's banks?

Deputy BoE governor warns digital-style currencies could deny commercial banks crucial deposits and hinder their ability to lend money<p>The Bank of England (BoE) could become the hub of a bitcoin-style digital currency that sidelines high-street banks and cuts the costs of financial transactions, …

Bitcoin

I Meditated For 365 Days Straight. Here's What Happened

I started meditating on a whim. One of those #100daychallenges caught my eye, and since I had been a longtime sufferer of anxiety and overanalyzing …

You Don't Have a Procrastination Problem, You Have an Impulsivity Problem

Procrastination is like bad signal or crappy Wi-Fi. Everyone deals with it, but most of us don’t understand how it works. Here’s the key: It’s not …

How Will We Live In 2116?

Super-skyscrapers, virtual holidays (involving electrodes stimulating the senses) and Hologram pets may seem like elements of a sci-fi movie, but according to Samsung’s SmartThings Future Living Report, they are likely to exist a century later. Put together by space scientist Dr. Maggie …

Planetary Habitability

There's a counterintuitive way to relieve stress — and it's way easier than meditating

It's forgiveness.<p>We get it: The idea of forgiving someone else to prevent a heart attack sounds just about as beneficial as licking a steering wheel to prevent a car crash.<p>But decades of research have linked the regular practice of forgiving those who've wronged us with a handful of health …

The 7-step evening ritual that will make you a happier person

Because your mind ain't perfect when it comes to happiness. It <i>cheats</i>.<p>Daniel Kahneman, Nobel Prize winner and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, has shown that your brain really remembers only two things about an event:<p>Via The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less:<p>If your brain is gonna cheat, you …

Work From Home? Here are 7 Good Habits for Getting More Done in a Day

There's now scientific proof to back up something you've always known: You’re probably more productive when you work from home. According to the</i> …

5 Easy Ways to Be Mindful Every Day

Do you ever wonder how much time you spend being in the moment? By this, I mean fully engaged in the very thing you are doing, without your mind wandering in the past or future. I first started thinking about mindfulness when I realized that I was hardly ever in the present moment. Whether I was …

5 Ways to Train for an Endurance Run (Besides Actually Running)

Shutterstock<p>The Secrets of Endurance Training<p>"You can definitely build running endurance without running every day," says Bill Pierce, professor and …

Marathons

Why the Best Leaders Aren't Type A Personalities

Type A's are more likely to be considered management material, but their aggression and stress can alienate employees.<p>How does stress factor into leadership? Is a leader who is stressed out from running around getting things done just a person of action, or a ticking time bomb?<p>Victor Lipman, author …

Employment

'AI can solve world's biggest problems' - Google Brain engineer

Artificial intelligence will eventually solve some of the world's biggest problems -- but it'll take some smart humans to get it there.<p>Quoc Le, a software engineer at Google Brain, is one such human.<p>Google Brain focuses on "deep learning," a part of artificial intelligence. Think of it as a …

Artificial Intelligence

To Anyone Who Thinks They're Falling Behind

You don't need more motivation. You don't need to be inspired to action. You don't need to read any more lists and posts about how you're not doing …

Netflix Is Making a Major Change to Help You Find What to Watch Next

Because you will need a new TV show eventually.<p>Ever wonder how Netflix figures out what to show you on its homepage? Like most major websites, it's the combination of several complicated algorithms. But Tech Insider reports that the site has decided to let users around the world help show you what …

A Harvard Professor Doesn't Have a Monopoly on 'Disruption'

Does Clayton Christensen own the word “disrupt”? The Harvard Business School professor certainly behaves as if he has a proprietary interest. This is …

Innovation

Facebook's Virtual Assistant 'M' Is Super Smart. It's Also Probably a Human.

M is the man! (Like, literally ... )<p>Facebook’s new virtual assistant for Messenger, M, is pretty darn impressive. It can arrange to have flowers delivered. It can warn you that it’s likely to rain. It can snag you hard-to-find tickets to the upcoming “Star Wars” movie.<p>At this point, M can do pretty …

Artificial Intelligence