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UK and Germany break solar power records

Britain and Germany have broken records for generating solar electricity in the last few weeks, according to new industry figures.<p>Germany generated over half its electricity demand from solar for the first time ever on 9 June, and the UK, basking in the sunniest weather of summer during the longest …

Your Shop Needs This Immaculate Tool Infographic

The latest print from Pop Chart Lab maps out every hand tool a DIYer could dream of.<p>Your dad owns every tool under the sun. But does he own a beautifully illustrated family tree of every tool under the sun?<p>PopChartLab, makers of completist prints and apparel that map out the connectedness of coffee …

Reader Tip: How to Sharpen a Knife with a Coffee Cup

In the second of our sporadic series of reader tips, here is one sent in by Hugh Bryan, who writes:<p>"I have bought almost every knife sharpening tool …

Fantastical Clouds Magically Suspended in Empty Rooms

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde is best known for his fantastical <i>Nimbus</i> series, in which individual clouds appear to magically float in empty rooms. The haunting images portray the airy nimbuses drifting through gorgeous Rococo rooms, Gothic cathedrals, and abandoned factories, evoking a …

Apple acquires Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion! Update: Still not official

Yesterday it was a rumor, today it’s official. Apple has closed its biggest acquisition in years, having scooped up Beats Electronics in a deal worth …

Grocery Store Shooting Kills Three

The Enormous California Wildfire Looks Like Hell On Earth

A massive wildfire in California is taking down large swaths of Southern California, thanks to one of the driest Januarys on record.<p>The primary wildfire is burning in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, near Angeles National Forest, and it looks like hell on earth.<p>Already 125 acres large …

Resisting the dark side: A primer on dark pattern UX

User Experience has come a long way in the last decade, especially in the world of web design. Now more than ever, people are more focused on making …

Digital Cameras Are Messing With Your Memory

New research finds a “photo-taking-impairment effect”: when people take a picture, they forget the moment.<p>Socrates once feared that technology would corrupt human memory. Quaint as it sounds today, he was worried about a form of communication called writing. The more easily people could access …

Grading Anthony Bourdain's Culinary Travels to Parts Unknown

Colorist Steve Beganyi on Matching Looks as Uniquely Positioned as the Show's Compass<p>CNN's <i>Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown</i> takes the chef and …

The "Monty Python" Gang Are Getting Back Together!

They are no longer an ex-comedy collective.<p>We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!

Terry Gilliam

'Selfie' is the word of the year, thanks to you

"Selfie" may be Oxford English Dictionary's 2013 Word of the Year, but that doesn't mean the act of framing your own face is a new idea.<p>Dictionary editor Katherine Martin told the Guardian that the origin of the word can be traced to Australia. It's the "earliest evidence that we know of," she …

San Francisco Turns Into Gotham To Make A 5-Year-Old's Dream Come True And It's The Most Heartwarming Thing You'll See All Year

Last week, we wrote about the Make-A-Wish foundation giving 5-year-old Miles, who is battling Leukemia, the chance to fight crime as his favorite superhero. Friday, Nov. 15, San Francisco was transformed into Batman's hometown of Gotham where Miles has been taking down some of the Bat's biggest …

How you strike a selfie pose says a lot about you

Before Facebook, before Instagram, before cell phones with cameras, there was pretty much one way to be in a photo: drag a smile across your face, throw a "V-sign" if you were 14, and if you were feeling particularly jaunty, drop your jaw several inches and say a facetious "ta-da!"<p>No one knew to …

Why War Thunder works for PS4 — and not Xbox One

Xbox One is not the right platform for War Thunder.<p>That’s what Anton Yudintsev, the CEO and president of Gaijin Entertainment, told GamesBeat in a discussion about his free-to-play combat flight simulator, which is scheduled to release on the PlayStation 4 before the end of the year.<p>War Thunder is …

The world's oddest jobs – in pictures

Nancy Rica Schiff is a professional photographer hunting down people working in the world's most unusual occupations, be it dog food tasters, armpit sniffers or dinosaur dusters

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese | Mind Read | Learn Science at Scitable

You're running down a hallway; running away from someone? Running towards something? Your feet start to lift off the ground and the ceiling opens up. …

35 Of The Best And Worst Things About Living Alone

By Edana Isobel,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/HK1Y20<p>Ever since I can remember, as a kid I was obsessed with the idea of living alone. I guess it …

50 People On The Stupidest, Most WTF Statements They’ve Ever Heard Coming Out Of Someone’s Mouth

By Michael Koh,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1b8QgFW<p>Enjoy the idiocy that you are surrounded with! Found on r/AskReddit.<p>1. SinSlayer<p>I’m a server …

The Path to Better Photography

Ed Verosky is a professional photographer and author based in New York. In this article, Ed presents his recommended path to learning photography. If …

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Work Until You Die? More Middle Class Americans Say They Can Never Retire

Forget pushing retirement off a few years. A growing number of Americans believe they’ll be working until death.<p>An alarming 37% of middle class Americans believe they’ll work until they’re too sick or until they die.<p>Another 34% believes retirement will come at the ripe age of 80. Just two years ago …

Would Try: 71 Fictional Beers From TV Shows And Movies

Note: Much larger version HERE in case you want to lick your screen to see if you can taste them. SPOILER: I couldn't, but don't let that stop you …

Bankrupt Detroit goes on trial

Thousands of Detroit streetlights are dark. Many more residents have fled. Donors are replacing ambulances that limped around for 200,000 miles. Millions in debt payments have been skipped.<p>Is there really any doubt the city is broke?<p>A judge starts exploring that question Wednesday in an unusual …

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Google Plans to Use Your Name and Photo in Ads

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Google just got a tad creepier.<p>Thanks to tweaks made to its terms of service today, Google will be …