Michael Smith

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Choosing a School for Your Child? Focus on This 1 Factor, Says a Stanford Study of 45 Million Students

Funding and socioeconomic status of the student body have nothing to do with it.<p>Say you've got a preschooler at home and you're deciding whether to move to one of two places where you're child would attend different schools. As a loving parent you're, of course, keen to get your kid the best …

Over 400 of the World's Most Popular Websites Record Your Every Keystroke, Princeton Researchers Find

“Session replay scripts” can be used to log (and then playback) everything you typed or clicked on a website.<p>Most people who’ve spent time on the internet have some understanding that many websites log their visits and keep record of what pages they’ve looked at. When you search for a pair of shoes …

Information Security

Making Marriage Work--Even When You are Totally Exhausted

When my husband and I were newlyweds we lived in a neighborhood filled with other young couples and starter families. One weekend afternoon I went to …

Relationships

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

Cannabis

The Ghosts of Laprak

How life in a small mountainous village was turned upside down by Nepal’s deadly earthquake — loved ones lost, homes destroyed. BuzzFeed News’ Anup Kaphle brings the first in-depth report from Laprak, near the quake’s epicenter.<p>LAPRAK, Nepal — It was a quiet Saturday in Laprak. With the village’s …

15 Tips to De-Stress Your Day

It’s a little wacky that we live in a world that glamorizes stress. When did it suddenly become okay for us to consistently be running around with frazzled nerves and a to-do list the size of a small book? We have our jobs, our side jobs, our blogs and websites, and it’s easy to understand why …

Productivity

Spine-Chilling Clown Portraits By Eolo Perfido Will Give You Nightmares

<i>Clownville</i>, a photo series featuring grotesque portraits of terrifying clowns, is the photographic nightmare of French-born photographer Eolo …

Texas set to allow college students to carry concealed weapons on campus

State senate expected to approve bill on Thursday that would allow anyone with a license to carry a gun on public college and university campuses<p>The Texas senate is poised to approve a bill that would allow the state’s college students to carry concealed handguns on campus.<p>The measure, known as …

Vince Gilligan Really Wants 'Breaking Bad' Fans To Stop Throwing Pizzas On Walt's Roof

Vince Gilligan is not happy with "Breaking Bad" fans.<p>During Tuesday's "Better Call Saul" Insider Podcast, co-creator Gilligan took a few minutes away from discussing the latest episode of the spinoff to send a message to "Breaking Bad" fans. Apparently some people have been taking their love for …

The World's Top Beaches for Perfect Sand

<i>by Krisanne Fordham and David Jefferys</i><p><b>10. Playa Negrita, Vieques, Puerto Rico</b><p>Hawaii's not the only island with beautiful black sand beaches: a small stretch of Puerto Rico's Vieques coast is similarly blessed with inky, jet-black sand. The color of the sand at Playa Negrita can be attributed to …

US to send Ukraine small drones and armoured Humvees

White House concerned that Russian-backed separatists are violating cease-fire agreements in eastern Ukraine and keeping out international monitors<p>US vice-president Joe Biden told Ukraine’s president on Wednesday the US will send more aid to the country, which US officials said will include small …

Russia

iPhone 6 versus Galaxy S6: first-glance similarities aren't a bad thing

Let's get this out of the way: there are some similarities between the recently announced Galaxy S6 and iPhone 6. A lot of ink has been spilled over …

A glass of wine a day may be good for mental health, Spanish study finds

Researchers find people who drink two to seven glasses of wine a week are less prone to depression<p>A glass of wine a day may keep the blues at bay, according to a Spanish study of the benefits of the Mediterranean diet.<p>The research, part of the broader Predimed report on the Mediterranean diet, …

Astronomy

Surreal Space Photos are Edible Works of Art

Don't let your eyes deceive you. Photographer Navid Baraty takes a break from shooting New York from high above to create <i>WANDER</i>, fictional space scenes created by placing everyday household items, like cinnamon and curry powder, on an open photo scanner. WANDER is an imaginary space probe that …

Hubble Space Telescope

Why I'm Not Raising a 'Good Girl'

My daughter cut her finger on a "shatterproof" water bottle at school. I got the call late mid-afternoon. There's something about the school's phone number popping up onto my screen that makes me move and talk and be just a little bit faster, a little more hurried, a little less me. She had eaten …

A wild and chilling theory about what happened to MH370

The pick of the week’s best long reads, including a theory on where Flight MH370 ended up, a socialist robot utopia and why people doubt science.<p><b>Science</b> | The thrill of defeat<p>How science works, at its best. Sydney Brenner and Francis Crick, “two of the 20th Century’s most brilliant geneticists”, …

Neurophilosophy

Breathing life into B.C.’s ghost towns

Hal Wright, the owner and caretaker of Sandon, B.C., makes his way into the mill manager's cabin Feb. 11, 2015. The cabin, like the rest of the town, was built around 1892 by mining prospectors. (John Lehmann / The Globe and Mail)<p>Not all ghost towns are dead. A few are kept alive by a handful of …

The Blackphone 2 Is An Ultra-Secure Smartphone Made For Secret Agents

A phone so secure, its makers will pay you if you can hack it<p>There's nothing worse than getting hacked. Ask anyone at Sony, which lost an estimated $100 million in the malicious hacks committed against the company last year. Silent Circle, a company founded by Internet security legend Phil …

That Sugar Film: how 60 days of eating ‘health food’ led to fatty liver disease

Australian documentary maker Damon Gameau cracks open the refined sugars hidden in so-called ‘healthy’ packaged food in a gonzo activist mission to map his own mental and physical disintegration<p>Actor Damon Gameau strapped drugs to Matthew Newton’s stomach in Underbelly and received an AFI …

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

Genetics

8 Ways to Create Space

College students are the best. They are full of life, whimsy, and energy. But one conversation I have had with college students frustrates me immensely. It goes like this:<p>College student: "I'd love to (get together, help out, make that meeting, do that thing), but I'm so busy."<p>Me: "Really?"<p>Forgive …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

Workplace Wellness

‘Senseless mass murder’ leaves nine people dead in Canada

Bodies of nine people discovered at three different crime scenes in Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan after series of killings<p>Nine people, including seven adults and two young children, were found dead at three separate crime scenes in what Edmonton’s police chief on Tuesday called a “senseless mass …

15 Phrases That Will Change Your Life In 2015

As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies -- but what about our minds?<p>Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn't just lie in changing our thoughts -- it's also dependent on …

These are the security measures NSA spies hate the most

It's tempting to imagine that few online safeguards will stop NSA surveillance in its tracks, but that's not true. A new leak from Edward Snowden's files reveals that there's a surprising number of ways to thwart these snoops, at least as of 2012. While you may already know that the NSA sees Tor's …

Reading On A Screen Before Bed Might Be Killing You

You've heard that using screens before bedtime can mess with your sleep, but new research suggests the problem is even more serious.<p>Reading from an iPad before bed not only makes it harder to fall asleep, but also impacts how sleepy and alert you are the next day, according to new research from …

Chilling Drone Footage From Ukraine's Radioactive Ghost Town

The 1,000-square-mile exclusion zone in Chernobyl, Ukraine (established in the wake of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster) has been virtually …

15 Damaging Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing

<b>1. There is a single definition of success.</b><p>And it involves an established career, large house, acceptable body shape, marriage and annual holidays.<p>Everyone has their own path to walk in this life, and what brings true meaning and deep fulfillment differs for all of us.<p>Let go of your need to fit to …