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How to master the startup skills you don't learn in school

Got a million dollar idea but no way to make it a reality? It’s time to go back to school and get your startup education. Now you may be thinking, …

The Best Movies on Netflix Right Now

What Amazon is to shopping and social media is to information, Netflix is to entertainment: disruptive and dominant. After their red envelopes …

Elaborate Pixar theory: Every film exists in the same universe as the 'Die Hard' movies

Many film buffs have heard of "The Pixar Theory" — a lengthy, intricate hypothesis by Jon Negroni aiming to prove that all Pixar films exist within …

Die Hard

Detroit Pastor Fatally Shoots Attacker During Church Service, Police Say

"He had been threatening him to do bodily harm," an official said.<p>A pastor shot and killed a man who allegedly tried to attack him with a brick during a church service in Detroit on Sunday.<p>Detroit police said a man entered the ministry shortly after the start of the 1:30 p.m. service at the City of …

10 podcasts to sharpen your sales skills

In the competitive 21st century marketplace, it’s more important than ever to keep your sales skills sharp. Regardless of how busy you are, podcasts provide an opportunity to continue learning without disrupting your daily routine. Whether you’re traveling, exercising or sitting in a waiting room, …

This Illustrator Has Created A Picture A Day For The Last Eight Years

Mike Winkelmann has been creating a daily illustration since 2007. Now over 3,000 images in, his work has started to veer into science fiction territory.<p>Artist Mike Winkelmann has been making an illustration every day for eight years. As his website will tell you, he hasn’t broken routine for 3,039 …

The 20 Most Popular Male + Female Dog Names

It’s been all about baby names lately, but now we’re talking dog names — after all, you have even MORE room for creativity with your pup’s moniker! In the popular television series <i>Columbo</i>, the detective played by Peter Falk was sometimes accompanied by his droopy-faced basset hound. His dog’s name: …

Pets

13 amazing comics that have nothing to do with superheroes

In recent years, comics culture has moved thoroughly into the forefront of mainstream culture. As superheroes ascend into the pantheon of truly …

Who Got Cut From Avengers: Age of Ultron?

This one might leave you a little disappointed.<p><b>Warning:</b> This piece contains <b>spoilers</b> for Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron. If you haven't seen the …

We'll never be royals in this new peasant simulator from the creator of Threes

Oh Lorde, we feel you on this one — being royalty is hard work. The latest creation from <i>Threes</i> developer Asher Vollmer, called <i>Royals</i><i>,</i> is an "optimistic peasant simulator" that challenges you to work your way into royal standing.<p><i>Royals</i> has a fairly simple aesthetic to match its seemingly simple …

Breathtaking Photos of the Night Sky Capture the Beauty of the Cosmos

Finnish photographer Mikko Lagerstedt captures breathtakingly beautiful photos of the night sky shining over magnificent landscapes. Dazzling stars, glimpses of the Milky Way, and otherworldly auroras can be seen with startling clarity in his gorgeous images. Each shot is an extraordinary …

The Inverted Architecture and Gravity-Defying Worlds of Cinta Vidal | Colossal

<p>In her latest series of paintings, Barcelona-based artist and illustrator Cinta Vidal Agulló defies gravity and architectural conventions to create …

Pencil artist works in miniature — and that’s the point

Salavat Fidai is working proof that artists need not create large pieces to make a name for themselves.<p>Much of what he creates is no bigger than the tip of a pencil — literally.<p>Under the glow of a single work light while his family sleeps, Fidai uses a craft knife and 4x magnifying glass to create …

'Sound of Music' in 8-bit should be one of your new favorite things

The hills are alive with the sound of 8-bit music.<p>Fifty years ago, Sister Maria broke free from the abbey to make clothing out of curtains and bring …

Sound of Music

What Happens When You Strap a Camera to a Sea Turtle's Shell

Using a camera strapped to the creature, scientists reveal for the first time the intricacies of how the sea giant hunts.<p>Submerged in murky seawater, a grey leatherback turtle homes in on its spineless prey, a pink jellyfish drifting through the dark green abyss. The giant turtle glides toward the …

New Photographs of Crashing Ocean Waves Frozen in Time by Pierre Carreau | Colossal

<p>Fascinated by the mysteries of the ocean his entire life, photographer Pierre Carreau (previously) documents the power and serenity of ocean waves …

How to Publish Short Fiction

<b>A.) Write a story.</b><p><b>B.) Revise the hell out of it.</b> Like twenty times. Revise like a poet. Test every word to make sure it is needed. Read it aloud. Revise again.<p><b>C.) Read short stories.</b> You want to read the journals and magazines that publish short fiction to see where your work would fit. You want to …

What Every Photographer Needs to Know About Creating an Online Portfolio

We should clear up one myth before we continue, a photographic portfolio is not the preserve of the professional photographer. Yes, in the days …

Using Madden NFL to "Correct" the Super Bowl's Final Minutes

To our non-American fans who don't follow (our version of) football, I need to briefly explain what happened last Sunday during our little Super Bowl …

The computing system that won 'Jeopardy!' is helping doctors fight cancer

Microscopic view of pancreatic cancer cells. Getty<p>IBM Watson famously hit the big time when it beat two "Jeopardy!" grand champions for a million-dollar grand prize in 2011.<p>That victory brought the cognitive system a lot of publicity, but it doesn't tell the whole story. "'Jeopardy!' was only the …

What the hell is a midcore? The 11 terms every mobile gamer & developer need to know

You don’t grow into a $25 billion industry without making up a few words along the way, and mobile gaming is no different.<p>This industry is overflowing with jargon and nonsense acronyms. Well, the days of you looking confused when the chief executive of a mobile-gaming startup corners you and starts …

The Elder Scrolls Online loses subscription in March on PC, June 9 on PS4 and Xbox One (correction)

<i>The Elder Scrolls Online</i> publisher Bethesda Softworks is transitioning the subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game to a subscription-free model, the company announced today.<p>Bethesda will relaunch the existing Mac and Windows PC game as <i>The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel</i> …

Professional Cuddlers Embrace More Clients

The Snuggling Industry Takes Off, but Clothes Stay On; Spooning or Tickling Sessions for a Fee<p>Kimberly Kilbride is a professional cuddler.<p>For $80 an hour, or up to $400 for an overnight gig, the 33-year-old mother of three dons flannel pajama bottoms, puts away her family pictures and two pit bull …

Clothing

Ferguson shooting eyewitness accounts: 5 questions they answered

After poring over evidence, hearing eyewitness testimonies for months, 12 jurors deliberated for two days before voting to not indict Ferguson …

How to Beat the Twisted Psychology of Busyness

You actually have more free time than you think.<p>A recently released book by <i>Washington Post</i> reporter Brigid Schulte is getting a lot of media attention. When you read the title--<i>Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time</i>--you'll see why.<p>From parents to students to teachers to CEOs, …