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The Power of Ritual: The Creation of Sacred Time and Space in a Profane World | The Art of Manliness

Earlier this week we explored the nature of ritual and posited that its current scarcity may be at the root of the restlessness, apathy, alienation, …

Gigabit-Speed AC Wireless Routers Could Be One Of Your Smartest Home Tech Investments

If you’re like me, you are scrambling last minute to get your friends and family the latest tech gifts. You might be thinking about a new tablet, an iPad, game console, 2 in 1, or maybe even a smart watch. One gift that could be even more useful than all of those could be a new wireless router …

McBess Illustrations

Illustrator Matthieu Bessudo aka McBess.<p>Matthieu Bessudo also known as McBess is an outstanding illustrator and art director. His artworks are full …

Primo Is An Arduino Robot That Teaches Kids Programming Logic Through Play

[protected-iframe id=”ae8c946f599326f689633dd0b4ee0152-24588526-39990176″ info=”http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1039674461/primo-teaching-programming-logic-to-children-age-4/widget/video.html” width=”640″ height=”480″ frameborder=”0″ scrolling=”no”]<p>Dan Shapiro’s Robot Turtles board game …

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm

In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released <i>A New Kind of Science</i> and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something with the …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

IntelClinic’s NeuroOn Launches On Kickstarter, Promises To Let You Sleep Like Da Vinci

If you need a better night’s sleep you can either kick the chickens out of your bed (true story) or try something like the NeuroOn. Designed to work as a sleep mask and neural sensor, the system knows when you are in deep REM sleep and slowly wakes you when you will be most alert and refreshed. It …

Forrester: Top Technology Trends for 2014 And Beyond

This month, Forrester released its list of top technology trends for the three year time horizon. The author of the report, Forrester Analyst Brian Hopkins makes the point that now that consumers and employees have continuous connectivity and an endless supply of apps, the CIO must drive the …

SpaceX Successfully Launched Its First Commercial Satellite

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afycnFlrPIA<p>Last night at 10:41 GMT, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon-9 rocket. The rocket is on what may be the most important mission yet for the company. It is taking the SES-8 communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit. Its success …

Apple, PrimeSense And Perceptive Computing Or: Why Your Phone Will See In 3D

Last month Apple confirmed the acquisition of Israeli motion-sensing company PrimeSense. Initial thoughts turned towards applications in the Apple TV set-top box, but other reports that Apple was interested in its ‘mapping’ capabilities as well.<p>After some digging and asking around, it seems like …

Google robots may pose challenge to Amazon drones

<b>Google has revealed it has taken over seven robotics companies in the past half a year and has begun hiring staff to develop its own product.</b><p>A spokesman confirmed the effort was being headed up by Andy Rubin, who was previously in charge of the Android operating system.<p>The spokesman was unwilling …

Google opens first data centres in Asia

<b>Google has opened its first ever data centres in Asia as it looks to boost its growth further in the region.</b><p>The move comes as a growing number of people in Asia - which is home to more than half of the world's population - are getting connected to the internet.<p>Google said that having data centres …

The Case For Building Cities Underground

Forget supertall skyscrapers–a new wave of architects wants to build cities underground.<p>Deep beneath the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side, a new type of green space is coaxed out of the darkness. Delancey Underground, a 1.5-acre space that formerly served as a trolley terminal, has gone …

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NASA's Valkyrie robot is a 6-foot 'superhero' designed to save you from disasters

NASA has created a robot for DARPA's upcoming Robotics Challenge Trials. The Valkyrie is a 6-foot-2-inch humanoid machine with detachable arms, sonar sensors, mounted cameras, and a glowing Tony Stark-esque circle in the middle of its chest. The space agency says it's mobile and dexterous enough to …

Cassini Spies Mysterious Object Named 'Peggy' at Edge of Saturn's Rings

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spotted an object located right at the edge of Saturn's A ring that is confounding scientists. Its …

Student dies and wakes up in the morgue—what happens next, it was mistake

A computer programming student was undergoing surgery in Costa Rica, when she died, experienced the afterlife, then returned to her body—in the …

A New Crop Of Tech Billionaires Just Vowed To Give Most Of Their Money Away

They signed The Giving Pledge, the four-year-old brainchild of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in which the world's wealthiest individuals promise to give away half or more of their money to charity before or after they die.<p>With the seven who signed on today, 128 wealthy families have made this …

NSA used location-tracking to tell agents if they were being tailed

On the heels of last week's phone-tracking revelations, <i>The Washington Post</i> has released a 24-page NSA white paper offering further detail into how the program is managed and used. The program ingests 5 billion records each day into its Hadoop-managed database, but from there, the data can be used …

Here’s how AT&T is going to build its gigabit service in Austin

AT&T is set to launch its GigaPower fiber to the home service in Austin, Texas, any day now but other than wondering if and when my neighborhood …

Newly discovered greenhouse gas '7,000 times more powerful than CO2'

A new greenhouse gas that is 7,000 times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the Earth has been discovered by researchers in Toronto.<p>The newly discovered gas, perfluorotributylamine (PFTBA), has been in use by the electrical industry since the mid-20th century.<p>The chemical, that does not …

Mysterious smart ring project gives smartwatches the finger

A high-tech ring that promises to replicate many of the features found in the latest crop of smartwatches, but without strapping a brick to your wrist, is now one step closer to reality. Smarty Ring, a project that launched on Indiegogo last month, has blown past its funding goal to produce a ring …

United Nations counterterrorism official launches investigation into NSA surveillance

The United Nations senior counterterrorism official is launching an investigation into the surveillance activities of both the United States' and the United Kingdom's intelligence agencies. UN special rapporteur Ben Emmerson said that he would be initiating an investigation into both the NSA and …

Hizballah’s War of Shadows With Saudi Arabia Comes Into the Light

Speeches by Hizballah head Hassan Nasrallah are usually predictable affairs. Each time he speaks, be it in front of the podium or from a secure, …

FBI uses malware to spy on suspects, but it doesn't always work

The FBI has an elite hacker team that uses malware to spy on suspects and even secretly turn on users' webcams. This sort of state-sponsored hacking has raised alarm among privacy advocates. But despite fears of a Big Brother police state, the FBI's hacking team is nowhere near all-knowing.<p>Court …

Cellphone data spying: It's not just the NSA

The National Security Agency isn't the only government entity secretly collecting data from people's cellphones. Local police are increasingly scooping it up, too.<p>Armed with new technologies, including mobile devices that tap into cellphone data in real time, dozens of local and state police …

10 Surprising Twitter Statistics To Help You Reach More Followers

“Retweet” or “RT”? To #hashtag or not? How do you get the most engagement from your Twitter followers? Let’s dive right in.<p>Since social media is changing so often, it can be really hard to keep up with stats and trends that affect how you use it. I quite often forget the facts that I’ve read, or I …

How to Present Like a Pro – Part I

http://soappresentations.com/how_to_present_like_a_pro_i/<p>Do you have the message and the visuals ready? If so, it’s time to focus on your performance as a presenter.<p>To present like pros, one of the most important things we need to work on is non-verbal language. And that’s why we’ve prepared this …

Pro Presentation Tips: 7 Secrets To Winning The Room

You’ve done the work, you’ve put in your time, you know your stuff—but before you open your mouth to give the presentation you’ve prepared so intently, you’ve been judged.<p>It’s human nature: Our brains are wired to take in all available information and draw instant conclusions. Which means that …