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AI lawyer can help you with a thousand different legal issues

Over two years ago, Joshua Browder, now a junior at Stanford University, created a chatbot that could contest parking tickets in New York City and London. By June of 2016, DoNotPay had successfully contested 160,000 parking tickets -- a 64 percent success rate -- and earlier this year, Browder …

The Future

High-fat oil and low-paid farmers: the cost of our coconut craze

The health implications of coconut oil have been much discussed – but supermarket shelves still groan with countless coconut products. Meanwhile, many growers earn less than $1 a day. Should we turn our back on this runaway trend?<p>Canary Wharf in London on a Thursday lunchtime, and platoons of …

Nutrition

Don't Make These 7 Bedroom Design Mistakes

To catch a glimpse of a homeowner’s true design sensibility, skip past the manicured lawn, through the primped foyer, and into the bedroom. This …

Home Decorating

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

From Death Valley to Glacier Bay, Alaska and back down to the Grand Canyon, we've got the country covered.<p>With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those looking to spend a few nights under the stars. But …

National Parks

Startups And The Big Lie

A startup is hemorrhaging cash, and the VCs have yet to agree on terms for a capital infusion. The clock is ticking until deadpool, first weeks away then days. The founders, stress levels increasing to stratospheric levels, continue to sell their company to everyone, whether investors, employees, …

Venture Capital

Can LittleBits Save RadioShack?

Probably not.<p>RadioShack has had a rough year. In March it announced the closure of 1,110 stores. Six months later its brand-new CFO resigned. The electronics store is running out of cash and earlier this year hinted it could be forced to liquidate or seek bankruptcy protection if it didn’t turn …

Wall Street

Pool, deck, eco-friendly: This is the typical Australian home

Australians are a society of fixers, builders, painters, remodellers. We are obsessed with home renovation and our pads.<p>In case you couldn't tell …

10 Ways to Have Your Best Hike Ever

<b>Choose the Right Hike</b><br>An easy rule of thumb: If you can't walk 10 miles, don't choose a hike that's 10 miles, says Jeff Alt, hiking expert and author of <i>Four Boots One Journey</i>. Be mindful of the altitude and time of year; if the temperature or altitude is too high, you'll need to take some days to …

Backpacking

Barley helped ancient humans inhabit the 'Roof of the World'

How did human settlements manage to reach high altitudes in the Tibetan Plateau, a region known as the "Roof of the World"? An international team of researchers has a simple answer: barley.<p>The findings, published in the journal Science, reveal a key factor that helped human settlements overcome …

A New Vocabulary for American Towns

Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities<p>Here are three words, a verb, a noun, and an adjective, which have caught our ears as we’ve traveled around on our <i>American Futures</i> adventure. We couldn’t miss them. They are ubiquitous—and sometimes even invoked—when …

Why Silicon Valley's Elites Are Obsessed With Poker

"It was meant to basically put together 9 or 10 of the most competitive people in Silicon Valley and play poker," Palihapitiya, who's been hosting home poker nights for a few years now, told Business Insider. "Once you get this competitive group of people together on the same table, it's super fun."<p>…

Self-improvement

Amazon and Google Change Places on Going Green

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.<p>One technology giant on the forefront of renewable energy implementation has come out on why it …

Renewable Energy

5 Fatal Mistakes Entrepreneurs Must Avoid | Inc.com

Research on the causes of entrepreneurial failure is often confusing and contradictory, but most investors and successful entrepreneurs agree that five common mistakes are potentially fatal:<p><b>Poor hiring.</b> In young and fragile companies every hire is crucially important, yet also potentially …

Entrepreneurship

Virus may be the culprit in a disease that’s wiping out starfish | Ars Technica

Sea Star Wasting Disease turns its victims into a paste.<p>Since the summer of 2013, echinoderms along the Pacific Coast of North America have suffered …