Hunter Casten

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6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

<i>Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily,</i> <i>MashReads</i> <i>went to the best</i> …

This is the best scientific argument that your brain isn't a computer

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. The central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Consciousness

Nixon Mission is the chunkiest, most rugged smartwatch yet

By Duncan Bell<p><b>Watch Glastonbury Baselworld 2016 kicks off today, and new smartwatches are thin on the ground. But keeping the torch burning for</b> …

Wear OS

Jmgo Smart Home Theater Projector

A quad-core processor. Android. 1200x800 resolution. Wi-fi and Bluetooth. It sounds like the stat sheet for a mid-level tablet — but mid-level …

Infographic: The ultimate beginner’s guide to whiskey

How good is your whiskey knowledge? Check out Drink Heavy‘s guide to find out and then have a whiskey tasting session of your own and see if you can …

9 Facts About Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park was officially dedicated on September 4, 1915, making it America's tenth and highest elevation national park. With a …

Why Sweden Is Going Cash-Free

Sweden could very well be the first country to one day go totally cash-free.<p>In fact, the Scandanavian country is well on its way, according to a new …

[Best of 2014] The Year in Film

2014 was an immersive year for film.<p>In 2014, film escaped its 2D confines on the silver screen, becoming more malleable a medium so that audiences could interact within their worlds. Not only did technology become a recurring character in many of this year’s blockbusters, innovative techniques and …

Virtual Reality

When It Comes to Great Whisky, The Size of Your Still Matters

Why the size and shape of a copper still is at the core of whisky distillation.<p><i>In our editorial series The Macallan Rare Cask Society—sponsored by</i> …

How movies embraced Hinduism (without you even noticing)

<b>From Interstellar to Batman and Star Wars the venerable religion has been the driving philosophy behind many hit movies. Why?</b><p><b>Interstellar’s box</b> …

Why So Many Art Forgers Want to Get Caught

History shows there's glory and money to be had from ripping off the works of great artists.<p>If you were a criminal, enjoying the lucrative fruits of your illicit labors and wishing to continue them, in secret, for as long as possible, I would recommend against buying an enormous submarine, …

Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy | Naomi Wolf

New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent<p>It was more sophisticated than we had imagined: new documents show that the violent crackdown on Occupy last fall – so mystifying at the time – was not just coordinated at the …

Critical flaw leads Apple to push OS X update for first time

Apple has pushed an automatic update to Macs for the first time, in order to fix a critical vulnerability in the network time protocol (NTP), which …

The transparent Fx0 will finally make you want a Firefox OS phone

The Fx0 marks a break from Mozilla's established strategy of making the cheapest possible phones and dares to stray into the middle of the smartphone price and spec range. At a cost of 50,000 yen (roughly $420), this smartphone is significantly more expensive than the average Firefox OS handset, …