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The Universal Hunt for Meaning: 11 Memoirs to Read Now

Having read my share of (non-celebrity) memoirs over the years, as well as written one myself, lately, I’ve been wondering what it is, exactly, about …

The transport systems of science fiction will be here sooner than you think

Picture the commute of the future: You live in Palo Alto, Calif., but work 350 miles away in Los Angeles. After your morning latte, you click on a smartphone app to summon your digital chauffeur. An autonomous car shows up at your front door three minutes later to drive you to a Hyperloop station …

Los Angeles

Neurable nets $2 million to build brain-controlled software for AR and VR

As consumers get their first taste of voice-controlled home robots and motion-based virtual realities, a quiet swath of technologists are thinking big picture about what comes after that. The answer has major implications for the way we’ll interact with our devices in the near future.<p>Spoiler alert: …

Arctic ice disappearing at an alarming rate

Direct link established between diminishing Arctic sea ice and extremes of weather.<p>Chaos Theory, the Butterfly Effect, El Nino, Hottest Year on Record. These are all now well-known and oft-used phrases and all allude to the interconnectivity of the Earth's weather system.<p>A change in any one place …

Jet Stream

Momento’s new app turns your own photos into GIFs you can decorate and share

One of the more clever apps to launch on the iMessage App Store is Momento, an app that automatically turns your photos into GIFs for easy sharing. Now this app is available in a standalone format to all iPhone and iPad users, outside of iMessage. It also arrives with an expanded feature set, …

The Best Indoor Plants to Clear the Air, Literally

Aloe vera is a pretty magical little plant, and its medicinal properties are well known for treating minor cuts and burns. But there's another …

Houseplants

UN: Fight against hunger slowing in Asia-Pacific

<b>(CNN) —</b> More than 490 million people in Asia go hungry.<p>And, according to a new report from the UN, if better efforts aren't made soon, the region could be at risk of losing the fight against hunger.<p>The Asia-Pacific region is home to more than 60% of the world's hungry, with the highest …

Sustainable Development Goals

Study: Child Laborers In Bangladesh Are Working 64 Hours A Week

In Bangladesh, a new report finds, impoverished children are working long hours in violation of that country's labor laws. Children under the age of 14 who've given up school for jobs are toiling an average 64 hours a week, according to a British think tank.<p>Researchers from the London-based …

Europe is poised to give Silicon Valley a run for its money, argues a new report

You might think Europe is treading water these days, with one of its biggest financial centers, London, hamstrung by Brexit and the uncertainty it has fostered.<p>You’d be wrong. So suggests a new survey by the venture firm Atomico that persuasively argues that Europe’s tech scene is instead being …

The teenage refugees selling sex on Athens streets

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the heart of Athens, sidewalks teem with passersby, restaurants are packed with people and crowds flow from the metro.<p>But take a few steps into nearby Victoria Square, and you'll find a shocking world of survival sex and exploitation.<p>The sex trade has always existed here, but it's now …

8 Nat Geo Photographers Share Images of Gratitude

Picture Stories<p>We asked our photographers to choose a moment they are thankful for having witnessed.<p>This Thanksgiving, we asked eight National Geographic photographers to share images they are grateful for. We wanted to see photographs that they were thankful for having taken, thankful for the …

Mammals

No Man’s Sky’s upcoming update paves the way for building bases

The sci-fi universe wandering game <i>No Man’s Sky</i> got a vocal and sizeable negative reception after a portion of players felt it overpraised with hype and pre-release advertising but didn’t deliver ultimately with actual gameplay. I genuinely liked the game, but it might be because I didn’t pay very …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Doppler Labs delays its futuristic augmented reality earbuds

Partnerships with the Mets, Cavaliers, and more will be waiting when they ship<p>Audio startup Doppler Labs has delayed the shipment of Here One, the wireless earbuds that can stream music and also augment the sounds of the world around you. The earbuds were announced in June and were supposed to ship …

The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives

Six years ago, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it announced it was developing a self-driving car. At the time, very few people took the technology seriously. However, things have been gearing up, and now self-driving cars are about to be part of our everyday life. Just last August, Uber rolled …

Warren Beatty Wants Six Hours of Your Time. Or More.

LOS ANGELES — Lest there be any question about whether, at 79, Warren Beatty is still a force of nature, the interview for this article lasted more than six hours. Mr. Beatty could have kept going, but I, in exhaustion, begged off. “As you have learned,” Mr. Beatty said, as we emerged on a golden …

Why Deep Work Helps You Get More Done in Less Time

Ever since I spoke with Cal Newport about the rules for focused success in a distracted world, and read his most recent book, I’ve become an …

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

Illustration by Justin Metz<p>Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and will soon transform corporate America.<p>Over the …

Deep Learning

Brace yourselves—source code powering potent IoT DDoSes just went public

Release could allow smaller and more disciplined Mirai botnet to go mainstream.<p>A hacker has released computer source code that allows relatively …

This Redesigned Map Of U.S. Train Routes Might Make You Actually Want To Take Amtrak

“The transit map metaphor, with its straight lines and evenly spaced stations seems to make this easier to imagine,” says designer Cameron Booth, who …

Putting a computer in your brain is no longer science fiction

By Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Elizabeth Dwoskin<p>Silicon Valley Correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>VENICE BEACH, Calif. — Like many in Silicon Valley, technology entrepreneur Bryan Johnson sees a future in which intelligent machines can do things like drive cars on their own and anticipate our needs before we …

Singularity

This BBC documentary is the spookiest thing you'll see today

Since the 1970s, thousands of people across the globe have reported hearing a strange humming sound incessantly pulsating in their ears – and we’re not talking about tinnitus.<p>In fact, some claim the weird sound has persisted for so long that it has started driving them nuts, disturbing their …

The world's fastest consumer drone can record 4K video at 85 miles per hour

A former pro racer has built the drone of his dreams<p>George Matus was 11 years old when he flew his first drone. "I was immediately hooked," the young man tells me with a grin. By age 16 he was competing as a professional drone racer and acting as a test pilot for new aircraft. Now 18, he recently …

How Digital Challengers Are Redefining Luxury

As far back as anyone can remember, luxury has been associated with high prices, custom service and a sense of exclusivity. For over a century haute couture, chauffeurs, ski villas and butlers have been enjoyed only by those privileged enough to own them. But a new class of competitors is changing …

Luxury Lifestyle

UN debate: Candidates for top job debate on live TV

Candidates for UN secretary-general post make calls for UN reform and unity, while also addressing controversies<p>For the first time in UN history, candidates seeking to replace the organisation's secretary-general have held a live debate, presenting the case for their candidacy and taking questions …

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

A Tiny Pill Monitors Vital Signs From Deep Inside The Body

After testing all the pieces of a tiny pill-size device, Albert Swiston sent it on a unique journey: through the guts of six live Yorkshire pigs.<p>Pig bodies are a lot like human bodies, and Swiston wanted to know whether the device would be able to monitor vital signs from inside a body. It did.<p>It's …

Digestion