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If You Drink Milk and Don't Get Sick, You're a Mutant

Milk is full of a sugar called lactose, which needs a special enzyme called lactase to break it down. But children used to stop producing the enzyme …

8 Scientifically Proven Ways to Maximize Your Mid-Day Break

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>I’ve noticed that the way I spend my lunch break affects how productive I am for the rest of the day: how quickly I get started once I get back to my desk, how effective I am in the first hour after lunch, and …

Google Maps Gets Massive Update: Five Features to Know About

Like it or not, Google Maps is about to look radically different. Over the next couple weeks, Google is rolling out a new version of its Web-based Maps that’s been redesigned and rethought in just about every way possible. Google announced these changes at a conference last May, and rolled out the …

Coast Guard visits mysterious 'Google barge'

Agency mum on trip and San Francisco vessel's purpose, citing "commercial confidentiality."<p>SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard on Wednesday visited the mysterious "Google barge" floating in San Francisco Bay, but the agency would not reveal anything about the tech giant's hush-hush vessel.<p>Google has …

OS X Mavericks is out, walkthrough: iBooks, Maps, and more

Today Apple released version 10.9 of Mac OS X, codenamed “Mavericks.” The new OS includes several new features and enhancements over the previous version, “Mountain Lion.” The update is available for free for all compatible Macs from the App Store<p>Below you’ll find a closer look at some of the new …

The best hidden features in iOS 7

One hundred days and several hundred bug fixes after its announcement, iOS 7 is now available to download for iPhone 4 and later, iPad 2 and later, and the fifth-generation iPod touch. Apple claims there are "over 200" new features in its new OS, and by now you've probably heard all about the big …

Google starts new health company to tackle aging

Calico, a new company backed by Google, may use powerful data crunching to tackle age-related illness and disease.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Google is not happy just organizing the world's information. The Internet search giant wants to help you live longer now too.<p>Google unveiled Calico Wednesday, a new …

Google's AdID, an anonymous identifier for advertising, could replace the aging cookie

You know the drill: accept the cookie, delete the cookie, empty the cookie bin, and so on. Mostly, it's an exercise used when attempting to get your mum's PC to run a wee bit faster, but if you think about it, the cookie is one of the most archaic pieces of the world wide web that's still in use …

Google is on the way to quietly becoming an electric utility

You probably won’t be receiving a utility bill from Google anytime soon, but the search giant is slowly but surely morphing into a literal power broker. Yesterday (Sept. 17), for instance, Google announced that it would buy all the electricity generated by the 240-megawatt Happy Hereford wind farm …

Renewable Energy

Phenomenal Footage Of A Dancer Battling With Light

There's few dance videos quite as breathtaking as 'Nuance'.<p>Created by Marc-Antoine Locatelli it's the near perfect blend of choreography, motion …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

Google Wants To Power The Online Learning Revolution With MOOC.org

The new partnership with MIT and Harvard-founded edX will make massively open online courses even more massive and open.<p>EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative founded by Harvard and MIT, today announced a partnership with Google to jointly develop their open-source learning platform, …

Online Education

7 Reasons Why Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee isn't just warm and energizing, it may also be extremely good for you.<p>In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.<p>Here are 7 reasons why coffee may actually be one of the …

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Will the Skylon be the new Concorde? The obstacles for supersonic planes are still high.

Last month, the United Kingdom announced that it was investing $90 million in what was being billed as the most groundbreaking aeronautical …

Cyclist Michal Marosi Pulls Off Stunning Wall Ride to Win Race

When all else fails, it's best to just defy gravity.<p>CBS Sports' Evan Hilbert spotted quite the pair of videos from a mountain bike race in the Czech Republic floating around Reddit and decided to share the wealth with the rest of us.<p>The first video shows the entirety of the JBC 4X Revelations race …

Your next phone could have a solar panel for a screen

The news a few weeks back that TCL communication, the world’s seventh largest phone manufacturer, paid €2.1 million ($2.78 million) to test a new technology (link in French) in their devices from an unknown startup, SunPartner, didn’t turn many heads. But if integrating SunPartner’s technology …

Clean Energy

How to speed up Mail in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion

The problem seems to lie with the database of Mail, which is what houses all your messages and other information about them. With a simple terminal …

build & SHARE your flipboard

Add a button to your website to help your visitors find and follow you on Flipboard.<p>Make it easy for other Flipboard users to share your content with the Flipboard audience.<p>Embed a thumbnail of your magazine on your website or blog to help others discover your Flipboard magazine.

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

Can a human being live longer than 120 years?

A human cell can divide roughly 50 times before it dies out. It's called the Hayflick limit, and it's become a real headache for the anti-aging science. As long as the limit holds, it suggests a maximum human lifespan of 120 years — but a new crop of research suggests the limit may not be as hard …

Google Maps Highlights Street View of Harry Potter's Diagon Alley

Google has taken its Maps street view team to London to capture a 360-degree view of the magical world of Harry Potter. Google Map users can now visit the set on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in the UK to view Diagon Alley, the marketplace made famous by J.K. Rowling’s novel about the boy …

Why It Feels Like Your Phone Is Vibrating In Your Pocket When It Isn't

*bzzzzzzzzzzzzz*<p>How many times have you pulled your phone out of your pocket, thinking you felt a vibration that could mean any number of treats (Twitter replies, emails, phone calls, text messages, a turn in whatever game you're playing)? A a study found that 80 percent of respondents felt that …

Sex is the secret to looking younger, claims researcher

Regular sex could now be the key to looking up to seven years younger, a researcher claims.<p>Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said people need to be aware of the benefits of having a healthy sex life, particularly in their later years.<p>He said sex has …

20 Most Important Restaurants in America

<b>By Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit</b><p>No, we're not talking the fanciest, trendiest, or even the ones with the most stars. These are the places that define how we eat out. They're the fearless spots the drive chefs to innovate, restauranteurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up. In short, these are …

Food

Galaxy S4 Active vs regular S4 – what’s the difference?

Quick, how many variations of the record-breaking Samsung Galaxy S4 can you name off the top of your head? At least one, I hope. Today, Samsung announced the latest variant of this particular handset meant for use in the great outdoors. Called the Galaxy S4 Active, it’s a rugged phone in every …

10 Ways to Boost Productivity

Everyone procrastinates. Since the dawn of time, people have been putting things off.<p>Sometimes, procrastinating is harmless. Take for instance the …

Procrastination

It's Not About New Icons: What Jony Ive Needs to Do for Apple's iOS

iOS 7 will be flat, as in flat design. After months of speculation on where Jony Ive would drive the look of the system software after the company …