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Samsung patents smart contact lenses with a built-in camera

In the future, we could all be wearing smart contact lenses, like the ones secret agents use in movies.<p>Samsung has been granted a patent in South …

The spread of US slavery, in one haunting map

By 1860, slavery had become such a divisive issue between the North and South that the two regions of America literally went to war over the issue.<p>But it wasn't always this way. As this map (and its interactive version) by historian Lincoln Mullen at George Mason University shows, slavery wasn't …

Want to Be Truly Happy? Here's the Only Thing Harvard Researchers Say You Absolutely Need | Inc.com

In just a second, we'll share the research-backed secret of happiness. But first, even though it's March, let's think about an old Christmas movie: <i>It's a Wonderful Life</i>.<p>You'll remember Jimmy Stewart's character, George Bailey--and you might even remember the book inscription at the very end that …

Happiness

Russian police arrest woman seen waving child's head

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police on Monday arrested a woman who was seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow subway station. She is …

Crime

The World's 15 Most Complex Subway Maps

As ranked by a research team of mathematicians and theoretical physicists.<p>For all its colorful frenzied glory, the Tokyo Metro map isn’t the most complex subway guide in the world. New York and Paris both have it topped—at least in the eyes of one group of theoretical physicists and …

Maps

10 Best Backpacking Trips in U.S. Parks

This year the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th birthday. Over the past century, the agency has protected and managed a system that has grown to now include 59 parks in 27 states and ranges from famed summer-vacation destination icons like Yellowstone and Yosemite to the remote 8.4 …

National Parks

How to make a gourmet cocktail party from convenience store snacks

If you're trying to save money or avoid waiting for a table your favorite wine bar, an at-home cocktail party is the perfect way to unwind with …

Dubai blaze raises questions over Gulf skyscraper design | Reuters

DUBAI (Reuters) - A blaze that engulfed a Dubai skyscraper on New Year’s Eve - the emirate’s third high-rise fire in three years - has raised fresh questions about the safety of materials used on the exteriors of tall buildings across the wealthy region.<p>Plumes of smoke rise from the 63-storey …

Skyscrapers

The Best DIY Detox Juices

It's easy to get your juice fix at home (and way less expensive than a trip to your local juicery).<p>Whether you've resolved to get healthier or just …

Rachmaninoff: An American Without Assimilation

The question of assimilation has been on my mind a lot lately. Living in this great country where individuality is embraced, our current obsession with assimilation for those choosing the U.S. as their new home seems like a strange paradox.<p>Consider the Russian composer, pianist and conductor Sergei …

The Arts

6 Ways Sleep Benefits Your Mind

Ready to increase your number?<p>Milk may do a body good, but sleep is the mind's best friend.<p>Everything from your happiness to how well you age depends on your brain. When you're sleep deprived, your cognitive functioning plummets to a less-than-ideal level, making it hard to go about your day. That …

Sleep

The Force Awakens Passes Titanic at Box Office

<i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> surpassed <i>Titanic</i> over the weekend to become the second highest-grossing movie of all-time domestically.<p><i>The Force Awakens</i> …

2015: Top Six Breakthroughs That Are Changing Your World

2015 was a year that shook us out of complacency.<p>Black Lives Matter forced the nation to confront the threat of police violence faced every day by African Americans. The refugee crisis coupled with the movement of ISIS into Europe and the United States brought distant wars close to home.<p><i>It was a</i> …

Middle-class

Here's Your Checklist for a Great Week in Toronto

By College Tourist; Author: Niki Kirschner, University of Delaware<p><b>This checklist is the perfect guide for anyone visiting the capital of Ontario for a week.</b><p>When you think of Eastern Canada, there are 3 major cities people think of: the French-Canadien city of Montreal, the capital of Canada, …

The Complete Guide to Where to Put Your Eye Makeup

Finally, an easy way to decode those complicated tutorials.<p>Eyeliner, eye shadow, blending brushes — oh my! Learning to use eye makeup is no easy task, even for seasoned beauty buffs. If you have a tough time decoding all those tricky makeup tutorials, I have an easy guide to each part of the eye so …

Half of tree species in the Amazon at risk of extinction, say scientists

If deforestation continues at current rate, 57% of the 15,000 tree species will be in danger, including Brazil nut, cacao and açai<p>More than half the myriad tree species in the Amazon could be heading for extinction, according to a study that makes the first comprehensive estimate of threatened …

Biodiversity

Plugging Into Your Brain

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Ray Kurzweil's wild prediction that in the 2030s, nanobots will connect our brains to the cloud, merging biology with the digital world.<p>Let's talk about what's happening today.<p>Over the past few decades, billions of dollars have been poured into three areas of …

39 Times "30 Rock" Was The Smartest Show On TV

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Comedy

This robot will read your Facebook profile and make you a cocktail based on your personality

A group of German product designers created a robot that uses data from your Facebook account to create a personalized cocktail made just for you.<p>Here's how it works: The user logs into the terminal, grants access to his or her Facebook profile, and then the system uses an algorithm developed by …

University of Cambridge

Healthier Diet, Eating Healthy Linked to Living Longer, Less Cancer and Heart Disease

It's no secret to most people that dietary trends have changed since the '90s. Whereas "healthy eating" back then often consisted of opting for whole wheat bread for your sandwich or buying "low-fat" Oreos instead of regular, our knowledge as a culture has since expanded. Most of us are aware of …

What it's Really like to Fly Overseas in First Class

I'm not going to make you wait until the end of my column to tell you that it is<p>FANTASTIC!<p>As a travel writer, I don't fly first class, or even business for that matter. I pay for my fares anywhere. I pay for hotels, food, anything a tourist would pay for.<p><b>The Delay.</b><p>As I was flying from Miami to …

Flight Deal of the Day: Fly to Europe from Canada for Under $200

It's never too soon to start planning next summer's trip to Europe, and one low-cost airline is already offering seemingly too-good-to-be-true deals from its newest Canadian destinations.<p>Iceland-based airline WOW Air just announced a special sale from their newest cities, with airfares as low as …

Flying

The Best Shows On Netflix You’ve Never Heard Of

Netflix original programming has grown from one series in 2012 to 36-plus series in the years to come, which means that Netflix is as full-fledged a network as FX or AMC (in fact, they’ll provide even more programming by 2016). As they ramp up their original programming, expect to see fewer series …