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Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it.<p>The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA …

Los Angeles

15 Facts About The Imploding U.S. Economy That The Mainstream Media Doesn’t Want You To See

You are about to see undeniable evidence that the U.S. economy has been slowing down for quite some time. And it is vital that we focus on the facts, …

Xavier Niel explains 42: the coding university without teachers, books, or tuition

<i>42</i> is the answer to the ultimate questions about life, the universe, and everything. At least that’s what it is in Douglas Adams’ science fiction classic <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy</i>. And for French entrepreneur Xavier Niel, 42 was the perfect name for the innovative coding school he founded …

Videogames So Tough They Teach You to Win in Real Life

Punishingly difficult ‘masocore’ games, such as ‘Dark Souls III,’ can instill such practical virtues as patience, persistence and the value of work<p>Videogames, as everyone knows, are for losers—literally. In defiance of our participation-trophy culture, videogames demand that their players fail, …

Dark Souls

Estonia Offers Virtual Government E-Residency To Anyone

Estonia as we know it today came into independent being in August 1991. Today this Baltic republic state has shrugged off its former Soviet rule and is aiming to be seen as a leader in software-centric software-defined online digital adaptiveness.<p>If the United Arab Emirates has a minister for …

Nintendo's Charming 'Miitomo' Could Be the Most Brilliant Data Mining App Ever

It sounds innocent enough. But users are growing suspicious of the app’s whimsical, canned questions, many of which read like a marketing survey.<p>Nintendo's first-ever smartphone app, Miitomo, hit number one on the iOS app store less than 24 hours after its release last March. Now, over ten million …

In parts of Europe, speaking six languages is no big thing

In this World in Words podcast we hear just how effortless it can be to be multilingual in a certain corner of Europe. And we try to answer the question, Who owns Klingon?<p>Gaston Dorren grew up speaking two languages: Limburgish at home, Dutch at school. He later fell in love in German, and traveled …

Language Learning

Bernie Sanders pulls off shock victory over Hillary Clinton in Indiana

Despite trailing behind Hillary Clinton in polls, Sanders once again proved his appeal to disaffected midwest voters by pulling off his 18th victory of 2016<p>Bernie Sanders threw a last-minute hurdle in front of Hillary Clinton’s march toward the Democratic party nomination on Tuesday by clinching a …

Government

Medical Errors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death: Study

Heart disease, then cancer are the leading causes of death for Americans. Chronic lower respiratory diseases like bronchitis and emphysema take third …

Medicine

These 3D-Printing Spider Robots Could Be The Future Of Construction

Technology Photo credit: SiemensSpiders are some of nature’s best designers and most skilled architects. So it’s no surprise that the latest …

Here’s what critics think of Battleborn…so far

Battleborn is out, released to little fanfare. Here's what those who've been playing it think of it thus far.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Devs Talk 60 FPS, New Tech, Seamless Gameplay and Much More

During a livestreamed Q&A, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Narrative Director Taylor Kurosaki and Design Director Jacob Minkoff gave more details …

Call of Duty

Amazon brings one-hour Prime Now deliveries to Leeds

Amazon has further extended its Prime Now delivery service to parts of Yorkshire, offering one-hour shipping in Leeds and two-hour in windows Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield. It comes just a week after the online retailer launched in Surrey and ensures it now covers many of the UK's biggest …

The Division: How To Thrive In The Dark Zone

The Dark Zone of Ubisoft’s new apocalypse, The Division, is a mish-mash of fresh ideas and unassailable tradition. On the one hand, you have to be …

Dive Deep Into the Making of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy With This Documentary

Is there really any doubt that Christopher Nolan’s <i>The Dark Knight</i> is the best Batman movie? Sure, arguments can be made for others but, with his …

PETA Just Made A Very Bizarre Claim About What Eating Chicken Will Do To You

Health and Medicine Photo credit: Jacek Chabraszewski/ShutterstockPeople become vegetarians for many reasons: concerns about animal welfare, concerns …

'We're ready,' Microsoft says about Xbox One-PS4 cross-play

An Xbox boss has come out to say again that Microsoft has the technological pieces in place to support Xbox One-PlayStation 4 cross-play and now all that's left to do is sort out the politics of the mater.<p>ID@Xbox Europe boss Agostino Simonetta told Eurogamer that, as we've heard before, Psyonix's …

Crossplay

Elon Musk says the landed SpaceX rocket could relaunch next month

The Falcon 9 rocket that SpaceX landed today may be the first of the company's vehicle to relaunch into space, CEO Elon Musk said today at a NASA press conference. That would make it the first orbital rocket of its kind to travel to space a second time.<p>Musk said the company will first stabilize the …

What This Former Facebook Exec Wants You to Know About Hiring Great People

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

From Zero to 45 Days in a Row: How I Built a Habit of Daily Exercise

This year I’m focusing on habits to help me build new skills and look after my health. One of these habits is to do push-ups every morning. I went …

Wastewater

Why Aren't More Video Games Westerns?

'Red Dead Redemption' needn't be the game that eclipses future Western adventures, and developers need to realize that.<p>Exploring a present-day setting like New York, as we see in <i>The Division</i>, can be captivating, but video games aren't short of mammoth cities for players to get lost in. What is …

Quentin Tarantino Finally Confirms How His Movies Are Connected

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I break your concentration?<p>Put down your $5 milkshake and listen up, because Quentin Tarantino is getting unchained.<p>After years of fan speculation, the director finally revealed how his movies are connected. In an interview with "The Project" on Australia’s Ten network, Tarantino …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

University of Washington

Teaching kids philosophy makes them smarter in math and English

Schools face relentless pressure to up their offerings in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math. Few are making the case for philosophy.<p>Maybe they should.<p>Nine- and 10-year-old children in England who participated in a philosophy class once a week over the course of a year …

Education

There's a Drug That Prevents HIV—So Why Don't More Women Know About It?

Truvada isn't just for gay men—even if it's marketed and prescribed that way.<p>After Zoey D.* gave birth to two perfect baby girls in June of 2015, her congratulatory friends and family couldn’t stop gushing about what a “miracle” they were—but most of them had no idea how truly miraculous the twins’ …

Public Health

'Quantum Break' looks relentlessly surreal

I've never taken as many screenshots of an Xbox One game as I have <i>Quantum Break</i>. When I wasn't preoccupied with slowing down the flow of time to outrun enemies who wanted to murder me or to stop a 60-foot tall section of scaffolding from squashing me like a grape, I was tweaking the in-game camera …

Avant-garde

Quantum Break Review: Those Crazy Fools Actually Did It

Nothing about <i>Quantum Break</i> is supposed to work. Microsoft and Remedy’s newest flagship exclusive for the Xbox One is a rare thing indeed. You take a solid — not great, just solid — third person shooter, you marry it to a decent enough sci-fi plot, you throw in some actors from <i>The Wire,</i> and you — …

Time Travel

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can’t Afford to Miss in April

Spring is here, and so are some great beach reads! What does April have in store? <i>Two</i> Terry Pratchett tributes. New books from C.J. Cherryh, Harry …

Books

‘Final Fantasy XV’ Isn’t Just a Video Game—It’s a Whole New Universe

Released on September 30, Square Enix's new RPG is supported by a movie, an animated series, and more.<p>Somehow, nobody says it. Aaron Paul, Lena Headey, hosts Greg Miller and Tim Gettys from internet show <i>Kinda Funny</i>, and a whole bunch of Square Enix representatives and talent: all silent on the …