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How to score big at government auctions, on everything from real estate to bugles

Rolex watches seized from drug lords. Homes confiscated from tax cheats. Blackhawk helicopters the military no longer needs. The federal government is auctioning off all this — and more. The "more" often means mundane things like office chairs and shredders and mysterious things like "swamp cooler …

Real Estate

We should never have told people to take vitamins — and a new study shows why

It seems like simple, obvious advice: Eat your vegetables, get some exercise, and, of course, take your vitamins.<p>Or not.<p>Decades of research, including a new study published in December in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has failed to find substantial evidence that vitamins and …

An MIT professor says this 1996 logic puzzle may be the hardest brain teaser on the internet

Are you itching to test your smarts? You've come to the right place. The Harvard Business Review may have published this logic puzzle back in 1996, but people are still scratching their heads over it today. (If you prefer numbers over words, find the missing one in this puzzle.)<p>Mathematician …

We looked at the major scientific discoveries from five years ago to see where they are now

When scientists announce they’ve made a breakthrough, they usually promise we’ll see the full effects of those discoveries—anything from a better understanding of how the universe works to a drug ready for use in patients—in about five years. As 2017 comes to a close, we decided to follow up on …

Prenatal Development

Chicago Cubs win World Series championship with 8-7 victory over Cleveland Indians

Finally.<p>The most epic drought in sports history is over, and the Cubs are world champions.<p>After 108 years of waiting, the Cubs won the 2016 World Series with a wild 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 victory over the Indians on Wednesday night at Progressive Field. The triumph completed their climb back from a …

Earth - The real reasons why we walk on two legs, and not four

Scattered across a taupe-coloured slab of rock that emerges from the bed of a dried-up river in northern Tanzania are perhaps some of the most evocative relics of our evolutionary past.<p>Pressed into the hardened volcanic ash are three sets of footprints. The larger ones apparently lead the smaller …

RANKED: The 20 most beautiful PlayStation games ever made

But realism isn't everything — some of the most beautiful games ever released came out 10+ years ago, standing out instead for excellence in their overall art direction.<p>Since the world of gaming is wide and varied, we're just going to focus on PlayStation exclusive games for now, which was plenty …

Everything Is Made Of Waves; Also, Particles

Everything in the universe has both particle and wave nature, at the same time.They’re really just different language describing the same mathematical object.

Particles

‘The Flame in the Flood’ Is a Cute but Crushing Game About the End of America

The game is an arduous journey featuring starvation and exposure, but that doesn't stop it from looking really pretty.<p>Appearances can be deceptive. <i>The Flame in the Flood</i> looks cute, but spend an hour with it, and your nerves will be shredded. You're Scout, a lone wanderer with a scrawny old dog, …

People are shelling out thousands of dollars to score this winter coat on Kickstarter

Meet the Smart Parka, a winter coat designed by the Canadian company North Aware that claims to have reinvented the winter jacket.<p>And naturally people are going crazy for it.<p>Created by former software developer Jamil Khan, the coat has a number of features, including a built-in scarf, gloves, a …

10 Most Anticipated Games of 2016

The video game industry is poised to rake in over $99.2 billion in revenues worldwide in 2016, with the number of global gamers expected to top 2.15 …

The best gaming headset (for most people)

<i>By Dennis Burger</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>The Wirecutter</i><i>, a buyer's guide to the best technology. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>After more than 100 hours spent researching and testing 37 gaming headsets in all, plus more hours of long-term comfort testing than could reasonably be counted, …

Pyro mini is a new $150 gadget that lets you shoot fireballs from your hands like a superhero

I test hundreds of products each year that span all kinds of categories. From smartphones, tablets and wearables to clothing, headphones, accessories …

These Are the Gadgets Everybody Wants This Holiday

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How To Accurately Judge Someone’s Intelligence

A psychologist explains why “real life is the ultimate IQ test.”<p>What is the essence of intelligence? Answers vary, but it comes down to how well you adapt to your environment—to the degree of skill and ingenuity you bring to that challenge. And in a world dominated by abstract concepts, complex …

Emotional Intelligence

Anki's new robot car racing game totally blew me away by bridging the digital and real world

Try as I might, it’s hard to keep up with <i>every single</i> gadget/device/connected toy released, and Anki’s Drive racing game totally passed me by first time around.<p>However, the company has just released its second robot racing game in the form of Anki Overdrive, which is partially compatible with the …

Christopher Nolan Didn’t Research Dreams Prior To Writing It, And Other ‘Inception’ Facts

When <i>Inception</i> was released in 2010, everyone had an opinion about the mind-bending thriller — especially about <i>that</i> ending. Was it all a dream? Was Saito the original architect? Was Ariadne? Either way, no one could stop talking about Christopher Nolan’s film. With a then up-and-coming cast, …

10 tallest buildings under construction or in development around the world

In the race to build vertically, Asia has a commanding lead<p>Frank Lloyd Wright once proposed The Illinois, a mile-high skyscraper set on the shore of Lake Michigan in Chicago, a towering giant of a building powered by atomic elevators. It's clear symbol of the current race to raise skylines around …

Skyscrapers

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

The Brain

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

A New ‘Suicide Squad’ Rumor Says You’re All Wrong About The Main Villain’s Identity

We’re still eleven months away from the <i>Suicide Squad</i> release, and it will be interesting to see whether Warner Bros. can maintain promotional momentum for that duration. As the wait continues, even inner-cast tattoos and loving notes from the characters’ creators gain traction amongst the DC crowd. …

Trailers

The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical …

A Star Wars fan favorite may be officially coming back from the dead

Chuck Wendig's <i>Star Wars: Aftermath</i> tells the story of what life is like in the Star Wars galaxy after the events of Return of the Jedi, and the book contains multiple Interludes that set up other stories and might be setting up future books or films.<p>One such interlude takes place when an individual …

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

26 things every man should take out of his closet and burn

And if you open your closet and any of the 26 articles of clothing on this list are inside of it, the reality is that you need to start throwing things in the garbage.<p>Perhaps also consider building a dumpster fire.<p>Each item on this list has no place in an adult male's wardrobe. Some of these pieces …

This is what happens when you fall into a black hole (pictures)

19 of the world's coolest playgrounds designed by top architects

In countries around the world, architects are becoming increasingly innovative to create environments where children can explore their imaginations.<p>Today, playgrounds can float entirely on the ocean, or take the shape of an enormous, colorful crocodile.<p>Keep scrolling to see some of the best …

Dark Energy 'Chameleon Fields' Could Explain What Universe Is Made Of

Dark energy -- the mysterious force that is accelerating the expansion of our universe and pulling galaxies apart -- has long baffled scientists. …

The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

Most people looking for a cognitive boost in the morning reach for a cup of coffee or tea. But all caffeine really does is lift up your mood and improve focus, and that is why it isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer.”<p>There is, however, a real contender for that title: modafinil (also sold as …

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