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11 things to do in your 20s to become a millionaire by 30

"In a free-market economy, anyone can make as much money as they want," emphasizes self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has also studied over 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people. That applies to 20-somethings.<p>To help you reach the seven-figure mark by 30, we rounded up 11 pieces of advice …

Self-improvement

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Don't Follow Through On What We Set Out to Do And What To Do About It

By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, <i>The Hunchback of Notre Dame</i>.<p>Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other …

Procrastination

Elon Musk Thinks There's A 'One In Billions' Chance We Don't Live In A Computer Simulation

It sounds like Elon Musk might have swallowed "the red pill."<p>Part Bond villain, part Tony Stark, Elon Musk seems to be hellbent on pushing our world …

According To DARPA, This Is What The World Will Look Like In 2045

The U.S. military’s scientific and technological wing, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is essentially tasked with constructing …

Singularity

21 places to learn critical skills that will change your life

But lifelong learning has incredible benefits, both personal and professional, say researchers. It makes communities more productive and innovative, and gives employees the ability to cope with constantly changing workplaces.<p>Lifelong learning helps us stay sharp as we age, and is also important for …

Learning

How I Designed a Practical Electric Plane for NASA

To win a competition, a Georgia Tech student devised a fuel-cell plane to rival today’s best-selling small aircraft

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

Build This Beautiful Modern Bench Using Nothing But 2 x 4s

This lovely bench seat only looks expensive.<p>"Less is more" definitely applies to modern furniture. But despite its simple lines, modern style furniture can be expensive. This well-designed bench, on the other hand, looks great and only takes a few hours to build while costing less than $50 in …

This Silicon Valley Billionaire Wants to Give Us All Robot Bodies

My surreal meeting with robotics pioneer Scott Hassan.<p>"Here" is a funny word. So says Scott Hassan, the media-shy Silicon Valley billionaire who once set out to build the first fully autonomous humanoid robot, and ended up hawking what looks like a flatscreen atop two long legs with wheels. If …

These Super-Efficient Solar Panels Are Light Enough To Install Almost Anywhere

Affix Sunflare’s technology to wherever you want with barely any effort.<p>Sunflare is a Los Angeles startup that’s making solar panels smaller and lighter. That sounds pretty good, but the real innovation comes when you see what you can do with them.<p>Unlike heavier panels, which require proper …

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Political Science

Your Next Project Should Be This DIY 3D Router

CNC routers are great but can be time consuming and overkill when you simply need to make a few simple cuts. This 3D router keeps your project moving forward and there's no software to fiddle with.<p>CNC routers are amazing machines that can make intricate and precise cuts at the touch of a button. …

NASA has detected a burst of light that might be linked to one of the most monumental space discoveries ever made

Using equipment called the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), the researchers detected ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, something Einstein's general theory of relativity predicted a century ago.<p>These gravitational waves should allow scientists …

Physics

Comment on Ray Kurzweil Predicts Three Technologies Will Define Our Future by Personal Bankruptcy Information | Mega Tech Software

[…] redeem their outstanding debts, since they do not possess any ways or means, or the resources. The futurist can aid you in your search for …

Ray Kurzweil

These 5 battery companies want to take you off the grid

At-home batteries combined with advancements in solar technology have the potential to provide people with a whole new way to store and control the energy used in their home.<p>It's for that reason that an increasing number of companies are working on at-home batteries to change the modern home into a …

Clean Energy

The Best Back Workout in Under 10 Minutes

Sure, ideally you’d have 45 minutes to an hour to spend building the muscles in your back including your deltoids, traps, lats, and rhomboids. But …

New York City

Set The Table + 7 Other Habits That Will Transform Your Life

One of Harvard’s most popular courses is, perhaps unexpectedly, about Chinese philosophy. I think perhaps it has something to do with the promise …

Self-Acceptance

19 Free Website Design Tools

There are plenty of free tools and resources to help with your website design, whether you’re just looking for a little flare or you want ...

Design

Thanks to this brain-sensing meditation device, I'm calmer and sleeping great

I've tried lots of things: Giving up caffeine (that was hard!), giving up alcohol (even harder), and getting up at 5:30 a.m. to work out (brutally, insanely hard).<p>My latest trick has been easy, fun, and unbelievably effective: I've been using a brain-sensing device called Muse to meditate for 12 …

Meditation

64 places you can learn to code online for free

This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don't) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.<p>However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It's easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)<p>To make things easier, …

Tutorials

Google invented the best virtual reality app I've ever tried — you’ve gotta see it for yourself

Steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon

It sounds like an idea dreamt up while flicking through the pages of an HG Wells novel, but steam-powered spacecraft could help humans colonise the Moon and beyond, scientists believe.<p>‘Mining’ water ice from asteroids and the lunar poles could provide cheap fuel for probes , allowing them to hop …

Solar Thermal

Want to know everything about your town or job? This site will show you

Welcome to Data USA! MIT Media Lab has released Data USA, an open source data visualization engine loaded with all publicly available U.S. data. The …

Data Visualization

How To Increase Your Retirement Savings Without Saving More

We’ll drive an extra mile to save five cents a gallon on gas. We clip coupons to save a few bucks at the grocery store. We riot when Netflix even thinks about raising its monthly fee by a dollar. And then we invest our future in a mutual fund without a clue how much it costs.<p>Why? Because we don’t …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 10 – The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

An intoxicating renewal of evolutionary theory that coined the idea of the meme and paved the way for Professor Dawkins’s later, more polemical works<p>What is man, and what are we for? Remarkably, it was not until Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859 that anyone, in our history, …

The system is just this rigged: Dark money, Citizens United and the secret story of how big money stole our democracy

<b>Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump (AP/Steve Helber/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Congressmen beg for bucks. Super PACs run the show. Dark money flows into state legislatures. This is why we’re mad<p>Wendell Potter • Nick Penniman<p>March 20, 2016 10:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Nation on the Take: …

Campaign Finance

NASA Has Designed a Warp Ship Inspired by ‘Star Trek’s Enterprise

When does science-fiction become science fact? Throughout various mediums over the last few centuries, we’ve seen early versions of concepts that …

Science Fiction

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

How to Be Creative, According to Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Stephen King

Creativity isn’t some esoteric quality that only the Bob Marleys and Salvador Dalís of the world possess — it’s a learnable, trainable skill that can …