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Google's New Chromebit Computer Is Ridiculously Small

An inch or two longer than the typical USB drive.<p>Google's newest computer is about the size of an inhaler and could easily be mistaken for one were it not for its Chrome branding. It's called the Chromebit and it will be one of the smallest computers on the market when it ships this …

14 Pieces Of Advice Mindy Kaling Has For Women

You asked, she answered.<p>I went on a vacation with my mom and dad to Buenos Aires for 10 days and I always had a good relationship with my parents, but I wasn't one of those girls — you know those girls or guys, I'm always very jealous of them, who talk to their mom or dad once a day? Although I got …

Brian Wilson, Bonnie McKee and others react to 'Blurred Lines' verdict

Singer-songwriter John Hiatt was onstage several years ago at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica when he paused to introduce a new song to the audience.<p>"The trick with a new song," said Hiatt, a songwriting veteran whose work has been recorded by<p>Bob Dylan,B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop and …

Jack White to reissue Elvis' first recording for Record Store Day

You’ve got to imagine that Jack White feels a bit like Santa on Record Store Day at this point. Last year the rocker declared “Lazaretto” would be …

The White House Establishes a New Cyber Security Agency

It’s becoming clearer with every new hack or DDoS that governments need to pay more attention to cyber security, so the White House has now signed for the creation of a new agency to help do just that: the Cyber Thread Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC).<p>The FBI, CIA and NSA all deal with cyber …

Buddhist statue has a mummy inside

The mummy inside this statue – which was found in China – appears to be a man 30 to 50 years old. He was apparently buried alive inside a chamber …

The Pirate Bay disappears again and attempts to redirect to Mobile Bay are failing

<i>Updated at 1:39 PM: The Pirate Bay site returned this morning and remains in operation.</i><p>The Pirate Bay torrent site was down again this morning, and users who were redirected to its mobile site also discovered that it wasn’t working either.<p>The outage was spotted by TorrentFreak, which noted that The …

Stockholm

Parks Service Surveys The Environment's Accoustical Health

The National Park Service has been measuring sounds in nature for a decade. But not all sounds are natural. NPR's Rachel Martin checks in with Kurt Fristrup, who's behind the bio-acoustical project.<p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>Over the past decade, The National Park Service has placed hundreds of …

Do What You Want To: This Doctor’s Advice for Living

Dr. John Kitchin traded a lucrative career as a neurologist for the chance to pursue a lifelong passion: rollerblading. Every day Kitchin skates along San Diego’s Pacific Beach boardwalk practicing his unorthodox form of meditation. His unique style of skating has earned him the nickname "Slomo." …

Man’s best friend may truly love us after all

Scientific evidence proves that dogs know when we're happy or sad. And they prefer us to be happy<p>I keep laughing out loud on the London Underground. The cause is a series of posters featuring an egotistical dachshund. Sausages are some of the most expressive dogs around, having an imperial …

Verizon is now outright lying about net neutrality

Source url<p>As I have discussed on many occasions, Verizon can’t seem to make up their mind about whether to publicly bash or praise Title II classification. In the last few weeks, Verizon’s CFO has publicly stated how little Title II classification would hurt any future investment. After his …

Telecoms

At 92, the man who brought you the lithium-ion battery is still having creative breakthroughs

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

France can order internet providers to block terrorist websites

The French government now has much more power to silence websites it sees as dangerous. The country has published a decree (in development since July, well before the <i>Charlie Hebdo</i> attack) requiring that internet providers block terrorist- and child pornography-related content within 24 hours of an …

$755 for a box of condoms? No protection from shortages in Venezuela

<b>Caracas, Venezuela (CNN) —</b> Shortages of basic products such as corn, milk and chicken have plagued Venezuela for years, creating long lines at supermarkets and pushing inflation well past the 60% mark just in the last year alone.<p>More recently, shortages are affecting people in the South American …

Venezuela

Are you promiscuous or faithful? Measure your index finger to find out

A new study of sexual attitudes reveals men and women are both just as likely to want a fling as they are a long-term partner<p>They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.<p>But when it comes to our attitude towards promiscuity, it turns out there is no such gender divide.<p>Both men and women …

Reddit user decrypts The Pirate Bay secret code, unveils Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘I’ll be back’ video

The Pirate Bay, once the most popular file-sharing website on the planet, went down on December 9 after police raided its data center in Sweden. Since then, however, it has been dropping hints left right and center, most recently to reveal that February 1 will be a big day.<p>One such hint, a mystery …

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Anonymous target terrorist Twitter accounts after Charlie Hebdo attack

The hacker collective is targeting terrorist Twitter accounts, but #OpCharlieHebdo has been hijacked by infamous marketing hoaxer Rantic<p>Anonymous, the leaderless collection of hackers, has begun an effort to eliminate terrorist Twitter accounts, in retaliation to the attacks which took place in …

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Meditation and Our Relationship With Time

Most of us have heard of meditation, but why do it? Some people do it for the health benefits, some do it for the purpose of enlightenment, some do it to attract abundance. But what is common for everyone is that it simply makes us feel better. Slowing down and taking time for ourselves helps us …

Meditation

How Breath and Meditation Transformed My Life

I adjusted the snorkeling gear to fit my mouth so that I could breathe with ease. In the clear blue waters of the Pacific near the Molokini Crater in Maui, I saw a paradise of fish and coral. In complete awe of this grandeur, my mind became still and I floated effortlessly. I knew I was in a …

Meditation

This Home-Grown Fungi Will Eat Your Plastic Trash (And Then You Can Eat The Fungi)

“We wanted to work with material that has not been considered as food so far,” says designer Katharina Unger, who worked with Julia Kaisinger and …

Sustainability

The UK pornography law: a scientific perspective | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Dimitar Todorov/Alamy<p>Some find skinny guys dressed in black very sexy, but surely there are limits.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/4/1417726463019/132cc934-d23e-4b9d-b450-3634efdb2a57-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Dimitar Todorov/Alamy<p>Some find skinny …

The Edge Offers Bono Progress Report: ‘He Basically Can’t Move’

In November, U2 frontman Bono suffered extensive injuries that required a five-hour surgery following a serious cycling spill. “He’s doing OK,” …

Dave Grohl Details Barack Obama Interview, Getting Snubbed by Prince

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters discussed everything from interviewing President Obama for their HBO series <i>Sonic Highways</i> to an awkward interaction the …

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

100 funny jokes by 100 comedians

Perfect Pussy Share Full Set Video From Pitchfork Music Festival Paris

<i>Photo by Tom Spray</i><p>Perfect Pussy were one of the many acts at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Below, watch video of their 23-minute set, featuring music from their debut album <i>Say Yes to Love.</i><p>All video was filmed by La Blogothèque for Pitchfork.tv. Check out photos from the fest here and …