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30 Links to Inspiring Photography Articles and Amazing Photos

It's been another terrific week in the world of photography with many talented artists sharing photographs and articles exhibiting the finest in the …

Bleak Books to Read in January

January is bleak. Cold. Dark. Depressing. Gone are the merry, or mandatory, festivities around fireplaces; the warm glow of either love or alcohol has crystallized into the hard-eyed stare of a sober new year. Embrace it. Here is the time to look inward. Reflect. Drink cocoa and organize the apps …

This concept turns old phone parts into a supercomputer

Giving modular smartphones a new lease on life<p>One of the selling points for modular smartphones like Project Ara or the Puzzlephone is that they reduce waste. But little has been said about how discarded modules could be put to use. Finland's Circular Devices, the company developing the …

Study Says Creativity Can Flow From Political Correctness

There is a common belief that requiring the use of "politically correct" language in the workplace stifles creativity.<p>Michelle Duguid,a professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells NPR's Arun Rath that, intuitively, that assumption makes sense.<p>"People should be able to freely think, throw …

Microsoft HoloLens goggles captivate with holograms

The glasses, which the US technology titan sprang on an unsuspecting press this week, elicited descriptions such as "magical" and "unbelievable," the first time in a while such praise was heaped on a Microsoft creation.<p>The augmented reality goggles are a step in a different direction from virtual …

Augmented Reality

Apple, Tim Cook and the wealth distribution curve

A friend sent me the attached video (below) a few weeks ago. I’d seen it before. Maybe you have too. It’s been viewed 16 million times since it was …

9 Toxic Employees You Should Fire Right Now

Not everyone you hire is going to turn out to be a star. Don't let the deadbeats drag you and your organization down.<p>An employee's most important job is to bring value to an organization--when that value isn't there anymore, it's in the organization's best interest to rid itself of the wasted seat …

There's A Really Big Asteroid Approaching Earth — Here's How To Watch

The giant space rock, dubbed 2004 BL86, measures five football fields across, and it will be making its closest approach to Earth on Monday, Jan. 26, at 11:20 a.m. ET when it will be 745,000 miles away.<p>Even though asteroids are notorious home wreckers, NASA says don't panic.<p>"While it poses no …

Astronomy

Meteorite is 'hard drive' from space

<b>Researchers have decoded ancient recordings from fragments of an asteroid dating back billions of years to the start of the Solar System.</b><p>They found tiny "space magnets" in meteorites which retain a memory of the birth and death of the asteroid's core.<p>Like the data recorded on the surface of a …

Earth Science

Alleged Silk Road operator kept digital journal detailing website's development

Jury hears that Ross Ulbricht’s laptop contained journal entries in which he predicted website would become a ‘phenomenon’ and fretted about its secrecy<p>The accused operator of the online black marketplace Silk Road had a digital journal on his laptop detailing the development of the website and …

Traders Are Hoarding Oil In These Colossal Ships While They Wait For Prices To Bounce Back

Traders are in a mad dash to rent some of the world's biggest oil tankers so they can store crude while prices remains in record-low territory.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that TI Oceania, which has been booked by oil traders Vitol, is stationed off Singapore and is likely to remain there for …

Oil & Gas Industry

New device allows deaf people to 'hear with their tongue'

Cochlear implants are expensive, invasive and are occasionally unsuitable for elderly patients - so scientists are working on a device which sends small electric shocks to the wearer's tongue and allows them to 'hear' sounds<p>Cochlear implants have had great success in restoring hearing to deaf …

Neurophilosophy

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

How To Think Like The World's Smartest People

I hate to break it to you, but unless you're trying to get into Mensa, IQ tests don't matter as much as we think they do. After a certain point, that's not the type of knowledge or brainpower that makes you better at life, happier, or more successful. It's a measure sure, but a relatively useless …

Self-improvement

3 Breakfast Rules to Follow to Lose Weight

Now that the New Year is solidly here, many of us are resolving to eat better, move more, and lose weight. One of the best ways to do this—and make …

By Making A Game Out Of Rejection, A Man Conquers Fear

<i>Fear is one of the strongest and most basic of human emotions, and it's the focus of Fearless, the second episode of</i> Invisibilia<i>, NPR's new show on the invisible forces that shape human behavior.</i><p><i>This segment of the show explores how a man decided to conquer his fear of rejection by getting rejected</i> …

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Starstruck<p>Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the …

These GIFs from GE's new body scanner are gruesome and marvelous

Hell yeah, science<p>If you haven't personally had to lay down and slide into a CT scanner, you've probably seen one on television. They're super X-ray machines that put image "slices" together from head to toe to create a 3D representation that lets doctors see detail inside your body. And General …

New Year sales and holiday deals for 2015

<b>Flights</b><p><b>British Airways</b> is offering discounts on destinations in the US, Canada, Mexico, South America, Africa and beyond. Return flights to Rio de Janeiro start from £656; Buenos Aires from £653; Cape Town from £707; and Kuala Lumpur from £568, all from Heathrow. <br>• <i>Book by 27 January, valid for</i> …

Top 10

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …