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The Japanese concept that will help you wake up in the morning

Getting up in the morning is a massive struggle for so many people.<p>With eight out of ten people hitting the snooze button every day, according to …

Time Management

'They beat our a--es': Russian mercenaries talk about humiliating defeat by US in reportedly leaked audio

Leaked audio recordings said to be of Russian mercenaries in Syria capture expressions of lament and humiliation over a battle in early February involving US forces and Russian nationals.<p>Published by Polygraph.info — a fact-checking website produced by Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio …

Insane video shows what it's like to get shot at by the A-10 Warthog's 30mm Gatling gun

The US' Special Operations Command recently posted a video on Twitter showing what it's like to be on the "business end" of the A-10 Warthog's Gatling gun.<p>We first saw the video at SOFREP. The 137th Special Operations Wing, which shot the footage, captured a rather unique perspective.<p>The special …

How Donald Trump Is Reviving American Democracy

The president has energized his own supporters, and his attacks on established institutions have triggered a systemic immune response in the body politic.<p>There are two ways to look at the effect of Donald Trump’s presidency on American democracy. One is that he is a menace to the republic: that his …

Donald Trump

Anonymous Leaks to the WashPost About the CIA’s Russia Beliefs Are No Substitute for Evidence

(2) The reasons no rational person should blindly believe anonymous claims of this sort — even if it is pleasing to believe such claims — should be …

Google just notched a big victory in the fight against climate change

Google will soon purchase enough renewable energy for all of its global operations<p>Outside Tulsa, Oklahoma, among a series of nondescript warehouses off Route 69, lies a Google campus. Beyond its peculiar location — about 2,000 miles from the company's Mountain View, California headquarters — the …

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, explained:<p><b>1. God as an old white man in the sky is unconvincing</b><p>Depictions of God as a humanoid (this is called 'anthropo-morphism' = in human form) …

Facebook reportedly built a 'censorship' tool for China

Amid the ongoing criticism about fake news on Facebook, reports have emerged that suggest the social network has created a tool to monitor and …

FACT CHECK: Are Jellyfish and Lobsters Biologically Immortal?

CLAIM<p>Jellyfish and lobsters are considered biologically immortal, meaning they don’t age and will never die unless they are killed. See Example( s …

The death of net neutrality begins today

Months later, when net neutrality comes and end, today is the day we’ll look back at as the one that started it all.<p>If appointing a climate change contrarian to the EPA didn’t get your blood boiling, maybe President-elect Trump messing with where you get your porn will. Hell hath no fury like the …

Can You Pick Out All the References in This Action-Packed Scifi Poster Mashup?

Your eyeballs may not be prepared for what we’re about to show you.<p>Below is a piece of art by Josan Gonzalez and Laurie Greasley which combines …

Science Fiction

INFOGRAPHIC: NASA's top houseplants for improving your wellbeing and removing air pollution

Next time you’re cruising Amazon for an air purifier, consider heading to your local nursery instead. Thirty years ago, NASA studied houseplants as a …

China Has Launched the First-Ever CRISPR Gene-Editing Trial in Humans

In a landmark for genomic research, a team of Chinese scientists has injected cells modified with the groundbreaking CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing …

Trump's Truthful Heresy On Globalization And Free Trade

<b>Dear President Trump,</b><p>Nothing shuts a loud party down faster than the neighbours bashing the door in. You have just done that to the Washington Party, which—regardless of whether the President has been a Republican or a Democrat—has been the party of Globalisation and Free Trade ever since the 1970s.<p>…

Globalization

8 Productivity Hacks for the World's Worst Procrastinators

Finding it hard to stay focused? These strategies will help you get more out of your day.<p>Procrastination can strike virtually anyone in any context. And it can take several forms: You might avoid work entirely, deliberate so much over work decisions that you don't actually get anything done, feel …

Ukraine Is Using Microsoft's Hololens to 'See' Through Its Tanks

The headsets will allow drivers to see as if their tanks were made of glass.<p>In the latest example of consumer technology adapted for military applications, Microsoft's Hololens is being put to work to allow tank crews to "see" through the walls of their vehicles. The result will be greater …

Military

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Marijuana's effects on the body, brain, heart and sperm: All your weed questions answered

With five more states voting on whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana come November, millions more Americans are closer than ever to …

Sci-Fi Fantasy Film DUST Is One of the Best Shorts I've Ever Seen

This Short Film Made By Pixar Animators in Their Spare Time Is Damn Good

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj made this short film <i>Borrowed Time</i> over the past 5 years, and it’s fantastic. The story is set up as …

Scientists have created a drug that replicates the health benefits of exercise

Researchers have made the breakthrough of couch potatoes’ dreams with a new drug that mimics some of the most important effects of exercise. Scientists from Deakin University in Melbourne published their findings in Cell Reports earlier this week, showing that overweight mice who were given the …

The pressure is on to make metallic hydrogen

In a few highly specialized laboratories, scientists bombard matter with the world’s most powerful electrical pulses or zap it with sophisticated …

Serving in the military doesn't make you special

A strange thing happened when I married a soldier. Whenever I mentioned my husband's occupation, my subsequent words, whether controversial or trite, would be greeted with the wide eyes and reverential nods Americans now reflexively offer members of the military community. Sometimes I'd even get an …

Jeb Bush

16-year-old South African invents wonder material to fight drought

<b>(CNN) —</b> South Africa's worst drought in recorded history has left eight of the country's nine provinces in a state of disaster, with thousands of communities and millions of households facing water shortages.<p>The agricultural union Agri SA has requested over $1 billion in government subsidies to …

South Africa

Bill Gates and 20 Million More Smart Folks Use This Learning Platform--Should You?

Some 20 million people turn to it for 10,000 free, self-paced courses from companies such as Pixar.<p>Ever felt held back because you didn't have the chance to learn at your own pace? Welcome to my high school algebra class. It was years before I had the mental discipline, or maybe the patience, to …

Hidden Messages Found in Computer Code of Apollo Moon Mission

<b>Click on the 'Listen' button above to hear this interview.</b><p>"This is the code that brought us to the moon."<p>The original source code from Apollo 11 has been posted on the popular programmer website, GitHub. Keith Collins, reporter for Quartz, calls it a 1960s time capsule that “still inspires this …

Now the 100 individual privacy settings you need to set on your phone can be done in a single app

When it comes to privacy controls, we may now have too much of a good thing. Smartphone owners must now make more than 100 privacy decisions about how how much data their apps can share on Apple’s iOs and Google’s Android operating systems. That number will only climb as privacy settings affect …

Restricted Areas: Haunting images of abandoned Soviet hardware

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Dallas. The name was already a byword for political violence before Thursday’s massacre – the place where Lee Harvey Oswald shot John F Kennedy in 1963 and shattered America’s post-war innocence.<p>Now, five local policemen lie dead, killed while serving their community. Others fight for their …

Black Lives Matter