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We are ‘almost definitely’ living in a Matrix-style simulation, claims Elon Musk

Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder of Space X, Tesla and Paypal, has told an interviewer there is only a “one in billions” chance that we’re not living in a computer simulation.<p>Speaking at San Francisco’s Code Conference this week, Musk said that he has had “so many simulation …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

21 Favorite Books of 2015

I have a book addiction. Especially non-fiction. Most of these I read in print, but some were audiobooks, and others on Kindle while traveling. My …

Love Isn't Something You Fall Into

<i>Lovers are those for whom no minute is like any other, people between whom nothing habitual takes place, just what is new, unprecedented, unexpected. In such connections there exists an almost unbearable happiness. When we understand our lives correctly, we can slowly grow into such happiness by</i> …

The First Step To Getting More In Touch With Your Spirituality

All you need is a night sky, states one religious scholar.<p>With more and more people identifying themselves as "spiritual, not religious," the path to connecting with a higher power has become a deeply personal one. Different people tap into their spirituality in different ways, but there is often …

Spirituality

The 25 greatest British novels

BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics from outside the UK, to pick Britain’s best novels ever – this is what some had to say about the top choices.<p>What are the greatest British novels ever written? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane …

Literature

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Books

Hitler’s Final Days Revealed: Eyewitnesses Recount the Nazi’s Death in Unearthed Footage

The doc The Day Hitler Died, airing Nov. 16 on the Smithsonian Channel, reveals taped interviews with Hitler’s surviving staff that have never been …

World History

This 16-year-old artist uses fallen leaves to create stunning paintings.

Meet 16-year-old Joanna Wirażka, part of a new generation of artists who use the Earth as their canvas.<p>Traditional art techniques are beautiful, but …

To sip or to gulp? The secret to honing your wine-tasting skills

Different flavours can be detected depending on the amount of wine sampled - and saliva plays a role too<p>A new study is set to spark renewed debate about the best way to taste wine.<p>It is widely recognised that smell plays as much a role in unlocking a vintage’s complex flavours as tasting does.<p>But …

Research

Espresso Cola: Give Your Soda the Coffee Treatment It Deserves

Big-time caffeine and serious flavor: the Espresso Cola is the afternoon pick-me-up of our dreams.<p>There's caffeine and then there's the kind of big-time caffeine boost you'll get from topping off a bottle of Coca-Cola with two shots of espresso. But that's sort of the point, according to <b>Mike Haft</b> …

Coffee

Bernie Sanders' Problem With the Constitution

In this week’s issue of TIME, Sam Frizell takes a look at the rise of Bernie Sanders, the rumpled senator from Vermont who has proved to be a …

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With 'Stereotypes,' A Duo Raised On Hip-Hop And Classical Has It Both Ways

Kevin Sylvester says that when most people see a 6-foot-2-inch, 260-pound black man, they don't expect him to also be a classically trained violinist. A recent exchange with a woman in an elevator, when he happened to have his instrument with him in its case, drove that point home.<p>"She's like, …

Flute

5 TED Talks That Will Help You Understand--and Improve--Your Brain | Inc.com

Without it you couldn’t keep breathing, let alone reading this column. Yet how often do you think about your own brain–how it works, what it needs, and how it could work better? Your brain is both the most important and least understood organ in your whole body. But in these fascinating TED Talks, …

The Brain

48 Animated Videos Explain the History of Ideas: From Aristotle to Sartre

This year we've been featuring short animated videos from BBC Radio 4, all covering the big questions: How did everything begin? What makes us human? …

Los Angeles

30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

Modern life can become quite repetitive and may cause a person to feel trapped and stifled by the repetitive routines we tend to slide into. There …

10 Things That Make Anxiety Worse You Can’t Ignore!

When your feelings of anxiety become intense, it’s only natural to want to rid them from your system as quickly as possible. This is particularly …

Mental Health

The Best and Worst Chocolates for Weight Loss

The flavonols in chocolate can lower blood pressure, improve your cholesterol profile, and lower your risk of heart attack by up to 31 percent, …

Nutrition

Watch a Disney artist draw The Little Mermaid in a mind-blowing, new way

Your favorite Disney characters now look even more amazing, thanks to virtual reality.<p>In a video from Future of Storytelling, legendary former Disney …

Philosophers can’t agree on how much we should help refugees—or even whether we should

Don’t be surprised by political leaders’ indecision over how to help refugees amid the growing crisis in Europe. Even philosophers can’t offer an unanimous answer on the moral response.<p>Here are just a few of the positions–albeit highly simplified—that philosophers have taken on how wealthy …

North Africa

Polaroid's $99 ink-free Snap instant camera is a joy of a toy to use

BERLIN — Polaroid's new Snap camera that prints instant photos without ink is so hot right now, it could catch on fire — and it's not even out yet.<p>We …