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The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth

The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.<p>Twenty years ago, a Hitachi executive named Tsugio Makimoto predicted a revolution.<p>In the future, he wrote, high-speed wireless networks and low-cost mobile devices will …

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8 Clever Ways to Prevent Overeating

Weight loss isn’t just about what you eat; it's also about <i>how much</i> you eat. And overeating is all too common. We’ve all been there before. But with a …

Are you as fit as you should be for your age? This checklist might surprise you

It's National Fitness Day, so today seems like the perfect opportunity to rethink your approach to exercise. According to Virgin Active’s latest research, 52% of British women between the ages of 25 and 34 would rather look slim and toned in their holiday photos than be fit enough to run a …

Faultlines, black holes and glaciers: mapping uncharted territories

In the era of satellites and Google Maps there are still areas that remain a mystery<p>On a quiet summer evening, the Aurora, a 60ft cutter-rigged sloop, approaches the craggy shore of eastern Greenland, along what is known as the Forbidden Coast. Its captain, Sigurdur Jonsson, a sturdy man in his …

What if the internet stopped working for a day?

For many people, going without the internet even for a few hours is unthinkable. But if it did stop working, the impact might not be what you'd expect.<p>Jeff Hancock likes to give his Stanford University students weekend assignments that let them experience concepts discussed in class for themselves. …

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A Striking New View of the Pacific “Blob”

To better understand the strange mass of warm water that appeared from 2013 to 2016, scientists are mapping it from space.<p>In late 2013, scientists began to notice something strange happening in the Gulf of Alaska: The temperature of the sea surface was much warmer than usual.<p>Then in early 2014, …

These Beautiful Landscapes Show The Infrastructure Protecting Us From Climate Disaster

From avalanche-preventing walls to levees holding back rising seas, Claudius Schulze’s photographs make art out of our engineering battle with nature.<p>In an otherwise idyllic photograph of sunbathers at a U.K. beach, a seawall looms in the background. It’s the kind of detail that other photographers …

The FODMAP diet: a recipe for a healthy gut and a happier life?

It started with granola. Emma Hatcher recalls eating almost an entire box as a child and doubling up in pain. She had always been aware of having a sensitive gut, but this was unlike anything she’d felt before.<p>Her stomach problems escalated until she was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome …

20 of the best places to stargaze in the UK

The National Parks Dark Skies Festival (18-26 February) is an ideal opportunity to try stargazing in some of the UK’s wildest areas. But here, we’ve also selected stellar sites that are good throughout the year<p>The South Downs became an international dark sky reserve in May 2016, with 66% of the …

The Research Lab That Wants To Disrupt Long Distance Love

Move over, video chat: Vibrating gloves and 360-degree VR communications are on the way.<p>In the olden days, people wrote letters to communicate. Then came the telephone, and then the internet. But within the last decade, new modes of long distance communication have exploded, from Skype and Google …

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How Amazon's Alexa was 'born' and where voice-controlled tech will take us next

Amazon Echo, the acclaimed voice-controlled AI device, is built on the technology of a little-known British company, Evi, which Amazon acquired in …

Earth has a brand-new continent called Zealandia, and it's been hiding in plain sight for ages

Kids are frequently taught that seven continents exist: Africa, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America.<p>Geologists, who look at the rocks (and tend to ignore the humans), group Europe and Asia into a supercontinent — Eurasia— making for a total of six geologic …

‘Lost Continent’ Hidden Underneath New Zealand?

A group of researchers argues that the submerged landmass underneath New Zealand qualifies as a continent. But not everyone’s convinced.<p>If a group of Australian and New Zealander researchers have their way, the seven longtime continents will soon be joined by an eighth: a vast, submerged land three …

The Burning Problem Of China's Garbage

Sitting inside a glass-encased cockpit, two men fiddle with joysticks controlling giant claws outside. They look like they're playing at a vending machine at a mall, where you try to grasp a stuffed animal. But these are engineers. The claws they're manipulating are as big as houses, and they're …

If I Only Had a Brain: How AI ‘Thinks’

AI can beat humans in chess, Go, poker and Jeopardy. But what about emotional intelligence or street smarts?<p>Artificial intelligence has gotten pretty …

To sit, or not to sit? THAT is the question.

Will the <i>real</i> conclusive study on the health effects of sedentary behavior PLEASE stand up??? Or sit down ... who even knows anymore.<p>See, it's like …

The roots of technological singularity can be traced backed to the Stone Age

Subscribe to WIRED<p>Four thousand years BCE in the ancient Near East, a region we have come to describe as the cradle of civilisation, Sumerian scribes …

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9 Habits All Healthy Eaters Have, According to Nutritionists

Eating a healthy, balanced and nutritious diet is the daily goal for most of us, naturally. But from getting breakfast right to making sure snacks …

The Promise of 3-D Printing Body Parts

Cheap, easy-made prosthetics could address a major need in developing nations.<p>He was barely a teenager when he was grabbed by a Sudanese guerrilla army and forced to become a child soldier. He was made to endure weeks of walking with so little food and water that some of his fellow captives died. …

Nokia 3310 reboot: UK release date, price, specs and features of HMD Global's new retro phone

One of the most hotly anticipated new handsets of the year finally has a UK release date - and it's arriving just in time for the festival …

When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes

Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments.<p>First, listen to the story with the happy ending: At 61, the executive was in excellent health. His blood …

Expert Witness: The people behind the Doomsday Clock explain why we’re so close to midnight

<i>In Expert Witness,</i> The A.V. Club <i>talks to industry insiders to shed some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.</i><p>In 1947, the Doomsday Clock …

Smart toys are a minefield, for both toymakers and parents

It's a source of anxiety for any parent: getting rid of your child's beloved toy.<p>That's exactly what regulators in Germany told citizens to do with My Friend Cayla. And it wasn't enough to just throw Cayla away; parents actually had to destroy the blonde, peppy-looking doll.<p>The smart toy, which …

How technology gets us hooked

From a young age, humans love to press buttons that light up and make a noise. The thrill of positive feedback lies at the heart of addiction to gambling, games, and social media<p>Not long ago, I stepped into a lift on the 18th floor of a tall building in New York City. A young woman inside the lift …

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Humans 2.0: these geneticists want to create an artificial genome by synthesising our DNA

In July 2015, 100 geneticists met at the New York Genome Center to discuss yeast. At 12 million base pairs long, it's the largest genome scientists …

Here's What Happens When You Eat Nothing But Fruit for a Week

I always thought the word “fruitarian” was like the word “chocoholic”—a cutesy term used to describe someone’s food preferences but not actually a …

9 things from Mobile World Congress you should be excited about

Yes, there was no Samsung Galaxy S8 and yes, its absence was felt. But even without it, Mobile World Congress — the largest mobile show of the year — …

6 Ways to Practice Hygge, the Danish Secret to Happiness

Here’s how to embrace the simple philosophy that keeps Danes cozy and content all winter long.<p>There isn't an exact translation for the Danish word …

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Top 21 Beaches in the World

Travel<p>Find perfection in these places where land meets water.<p>Ask true beach lovers to name a favorite swath of surf and sand, and the answer changes with the tides. Luckily our planet is covered in oceans, seas, and lakes, which means there’s a beach to indulge any whim. From pearly crescents …

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Vanishing point: the rise of the invisible computer

For decades, computers have got smaller and more powerful, enabling huge scientific progress. But this can’t go on for ever. What happens when they stop shrinking?<p>In 1971, Intel, then an obscure firm in what would only later come to be known as Silicon Valley, released a chip called the 4004. It …

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