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Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study

Landmark research says tackling mental health issues more effective than reducing poverty for increasing happiness rates<p>Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of …

10 Cool Tools To Build Apps Without Code

Building an app doesn't always require skill in software development. All it takes is one of these tools and you too can create effective …

Business Technology

Exclusive: Snowden tried to tell NSA about surveillance concerns, documents reveal

‘The lawyer who responded to Snowden’s inquiry considered calling him, because the inquiry was out of the ordinary.’<p>‘I can’t give you 100% assurance there isn’t any correspondence that may have been overlooked.’<p>How the NSA applied its narrow definition of ‘raising concerns’ to the emails it …

Surveillance

Chapter 2 : Functional Programming — cs5book 1 documentation

Chapter 2 : Functional Programming¶<p>2.1 Humans, Chimpanzees, and Spell Checkers¶<p>For many years, scientists were uncertain whether humans were more …

The 2015 Way to Travel on the Cheap

You'll be a jetsetter in no time.<p>The digital age is bittersweet for those of us with wanderlust. On one hand, your Instagram feed is filled with idyllic snaps from exotic locales that are merely pipe dreams due to your lack of funds. On the other, you have a million sites and apps at your finger …

Travel

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

Teaching

The Internet killed privacy: Our liberation, and our capture, are within the same tool

Our historic respect for privacy has become victim to the national security state — and the Web makes it easy<p>It’s true that snooping has been with us from the earliest gossip grapevines linking our grass huts. And we’ve endured modern forms of surveillance such as wiretaps and bugs. But those …

Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

Launching a new enterprise—whether it’s a tech start-up, a small business, or an initiative within a large corporation—has always been a hit-or-miss proposition. According to the decades-old formula, you write a business plan, pitch it to investors, assemble a team, introduce a product, and start …

A Perfect Storm Is Heading Toward Higher Education

Colleges are facing a perfect storm that could shutter hundreds of them and leave many more wondering how to survive. Yet much of higher education’s …

The Watergate-Snowden Connection

Since the times of Noah, we’ve valued privacy. So why are Americans so conflicted about it now?<p>Last Friday’s White House traveling summit on …

Surveillance

The 10 Best Gadgets And Gizmos We Saw At Toy Fair 2015

Kids these days have it really good<p>Every year, the North American International Toy Fair hosts more than a thousand toy makers, distributors, and major retailers in New York City. And that makes for a super fun weekend.<p>The staff of <i>Popular Science</i> have scoured the 2015 Toy Fair showroom over the …

‘When you collect everything, you understand nothing’ – Snowden

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions from Canadian students on Monday, telling them that mass surveillance can …

Rocketing into the Northern Lights : Image of the Day

The interaction of the solar wind—variable streams of charged plasma from the Sun—and Earth’s atmosphere produces auroras. These northern and …

Magisto Brings Its Mobile Video Editing Skills to Windows PCs

Magisto, a mobile app for Android and iOS devices that automatically pulls together images and videos stored on your device to create a movie, has launched for Windows PCs.<p>Released today, the new app brings the same sort of functionality found in its mobile offerings – albeit aimed at desktop …

Software

Science to look forward to in 2015 | Ars Technica

The next 12 months may offer lots of discoveries alongside a few looming threats.<p>It’s a new year, but it’s not just any new year. 2015 is shaping up …

The Forgiveness Boost

Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.<p>On New Year’s Eve in 1995, Frances McNeill, a 78-year-old woman who lived alone in Knoxville, Tennessee, went to bed early. …

Psychology

Burn It All Down: A Guide to Neo-Luddism

Despite what you see in numerous daily tweets and hear in everyday conversation, luddism is not wasn't a passive refusal to adapt to technology and …

How To Read More Books As A Busy Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are busy people. Whether they work alone or employ 50 or more people, they have to cover a lot of ground each day.<p>That said, most entrepreneurs (at least, the successful ones) know that they need to be sure they’re doing the right work – the kind that actually moves the needle and …

Entrepreneurship

Built In Brooklyn: Farmigo Brings Local Produce To Schools, Offices, And Homes

Food startup Farmigo is a San Francisco transplant — like me.<p>The company was initially based on the West Coast, and it still has team members there (as well as in Tel Aviv, Israel). But two years ago, Farmigo’s headquarters, as well as its founder and CEO Benzi Ronen, moved across the country to …

Jawbone: The trials of a 16-year-old can’t-miss startup

The first thing you notice about Hosain Rahman, CEO of the much-buzzed-about gadget maker Jawbone, are his wrists. A big, hirsute, 38-year-old bear …