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The case for a six-hour workday

Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up those extra hours is bad for their well-being and detrimental to your company.<p><i>When</i> you sleep is more important than the number of hours you sleep, …

Employment

Bjork Explaining Television Is Everything You'd Imagine Bjork Explaining Television to Be

"This is what an Icelandic poet told me. And I became so scared to television that I always got headaches when I watched it. Then, later on, when I got my Danish book on television, I stopped being afraid because I read the truth, the scientifical truth and it was much better."<p>Björk.<p>Ethereal, tiny, …

Is Google building a hulking floating data center in SF Bay?

It looks like Google has been working on an oversize secret project on San Francisco's Treasure Island. A water-based data center? Could well be.<p>SAN FRANCISCO -- Something big and mysterious is rising from a floating barge at the end of Treasure Island, a former Navy base in the middle of San …

San Francisco

These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today's GIFs to Shame

They're cheeky and creepy and totally mesmerizing.<p>GIFs as we know them may date from the 1980s; as analog concepts, though, they're much older than that. The principles of motion-making were recognized by Euclid. Starting in the 1800s, scientists and inventors and hobbyists began experimenting with …

The Camera's Cusp: Alfonso Cuarón Takes Filmmaking to a New Extreme With Gravity

<b>Against a black screen,</b> these words appear first. <i><br>“At 600 km above planet Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit.</i> …

The Odd Habits and Curious Customs of Famous Writers

Famous authors are notorious for their daily routines — sometimes outrageous, usually obsessive, invariably peculiar. In <b>Odd Type Writers: From Joyce and Dickens to Wharton and Welty, the Obsessive Habits and Quirky Techniques of Great Authors</b> (<i>public library</i>) — the more dimensional and thoroughly …

The iPhones of Fall

These days, Apple is more properly thought of as a fashion label, not an electronics company.<p>When Apple launched the iPhone 4 in 2010, the company's website featured large images of the device with the text "This changes everything. Again."<p>Change has been a constant refrain in Apple's marketing …