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Sneak Peek Inside First Units Completed in New Woolworth Tower Residences

On Tuesday, the Historic Districts Council hosted a special event offering a sneak peek inside the first completed units in the Woolworth Tower …

History's Greatest Polymaths, and the Advice They Left Behind

<b>Master of all trades, Jack of none.</b><p>The main problem of choosing what to do in life boils down to simple math: every hour you spend on one pursuit is …

Untapped Staff Reads: NYPL’s Rose Reading Room’s Ceiling Broke Again, Robert Moses’s Jones Beach

Here’s what the Untapped staff is reading in the HQ today:<p><b>“The Cactus Store” Pops Up at 5 Essex St., Alongside Former Schames Paint Building | The</b> …

New York City

Making Soufflé Is Simple, If You Know Its Secrets

A soufflé sums up French cuisine, a bravura display of timing and skill. When you follow the rules, with just a few minutes' work the soufflé puffs in the oven to impressive heights, perhaps doubling its original volume. It's all a matter of folding whisked egg whites into a basic flavoring …

Recipes

A Climb to the Crown of the Statue of Liberty Reveals NYC Views and Interior Structure of Famous Sculpture

There are some touristic things that get even New Yorkers excited. Climbing to the crown of the Statue of Liberty is one of them, as we discovered …

10 Must-Visit African Restaurants in NYC

Although New York City has its fair share of Ethiopian restaurants, new places featuring a broader range of African cuisines continue to open across …

North Africa

NYC Fun Facts: The Story Behind the Famous NYC Greek Coffee Cups

If you’re a New Yorker who enjoys your daily cup o’ joe, at some point you’ve probably sipped from the blue, white and gold Greek coffee cup that …

Can You Solve These Animated Brain Teasers from TED-Ed?

Zombies, alien overlords, sharks, a mad dictator…math is a dangerous proposition in the hands of TED Ed script writer Alex Gendler.<p>The recreational …

15 Jaw-Dropping US Libraries All Bookworms Should Visit This Summer

Whether it’s the intoxicating smell of old books or the millions of stories just waiting to be discovered, take a bookworm to a library and you’ll likely be stuck there for a <i>long</i> time. With thousands and thousands of books to discover — from Pulitzer Prize winners to cheeky little books that …

Los Angeles

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Baking Soda Plus 3D Printed Sponges Could Equal the Solution to Global Warming

Joshua Stolaroff, an environmental researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, thinks that baking soda might save the world. …

Cleaning

A complete guide for launching successful Slack bots

While working on the beta version of Sprinterbot, we faced many challenges in attracting early adopters. We reached out to bot experts and ran our own research to answer this question. Today, I’d like to share some of the data we gathered, along with insights from other Slack bot</b> …

Walter Benjamin’s Radio Plays for Kids (1929-1932)

Many novelists and poets—from Oscar Wilde to Neil Gaiman—have excelled at reaching adults as well as kids, but it’s incredibly rare to find an …

Noam Chomsky Talks About How Kids Acquire Language & Ideas in an Animated Video by Michel Gondry

These days Noam Chomsky is probably most famous for his consistent, outspoken criticism of U.S. foreign policy. Yet before the War on Terror and the …

Noam Chomsky

George Saunders Demystifies the Art of Storytelling in a Short Animated Documentary

An interesting thing happens when you read certain of George Saunders' stories. At first, you see the satirist at work, skewering American meanness …

David Foster Wallace Breaks Down Five Common Word Usage Mistakes in English

What advantage, I recently asked a trilingual writer, could you possibly find in using such an improvised, confusing, irregular patchwork of a …

Brain waves predict speed of second language learning

For the first time, researchers show how a short test of brain wave patterns can predict how fast an adult can acquire a second language.<p>The study of …

Language Learning

Powerful role of experience in linking language and cognition in infants

Even before infants understand their first words, they have already begun to link language and thought. Listening to language boosts infant …

Google and Ray Kurzweil making chatbots that will allow for “interesting conversations”

Shutterstock<p>Can we really have a conversation with a bot? Voice assistants like Siri, Cortana and Google Now make a good attempt at it, but these are still clearly machines. Their level of artificial intelligence is far behind human intellect. But you can bet Google is working on improving …

The Right and Wrong Way to Eat Sushi: A Primer

Vice.com's food channel, Munchies, spent time with Naomichi Yasuda and learned the dos and don'ts of eating sushi. And they kindly summarized some …

Lookmark fixes the biggest problem with iTunes on the desktop

If you’re looking for music, movies and apps to load up on your iOS device on the Web, it’s a pain to purchase them without switching between your browser and iTunes’ crappy desktop app.<p>That’s where Lookmark comes in. The first version of the browser extension, launched last October, allowed you to …

Apps

Noam Chomsky Defines What It Means to Be a Truly Educated Person

There may be no more contentious an issue at the level of local U.S. government than education. All of the socioeconomic and cultural fault lines …

HugeDomains.com - OurGardenClub.com is for sale (Our Garden Club)

Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of its …

Saltwater Battery Can Power Your Off Grid Home For 10 Years

This new battery runs on saltwater and can power your home for nearly 10 years (3000 days/nights). The best thing is it’s safer for the environment. …

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The Essential Elements of Film Noir Explained in One Grand Infographic

What makes film noir film noir? Like Supreme Court justice Potter Stewart making his famous pronouncement on obscenity, we can honestly claim to know …

Zolt helps you stay on the pulse with customized news summaries

We get it, you’re a busy person, and life moves at 132 MPH. But you still want to keep your finger on the pulse, if for no other reason to not be completely out of the loop at the office water cooler, right? Zolt is fresh out of its app wrapper to help you stay tuned, with 60-word news updates on …

Simone de Beauvoir Tells Studs Terkel How She Became an Intellectual and a Feminist (1960)

Before Ira Glass, before Terry Gross, before any number of NPR personalities and internet podcasters who these days bring us interview after …