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First Draft for Mac wants to help your writing flow

I recently wrote about Ilys, a Web app focused on helping writers <i>write</i> rather than edit. It was all about creative flow over granular perfectionism. First Draft is a Mac app with a similar goal but a slightly less extreme approach to achieving it.<p>Unlike Ilys, First Draft allows you to see what …

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Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain - ExtremeTech

By on July 7, 2014 at 7:56 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Researchers at George Washington …

Short story vending machine promises old-school distractions

In the French city of Grenoble, there are unusual vending machines that don't dispense soda or snacks -- they print out short stories that look like paper receipts instead. These machines were built by a publishing company called Short Édition, which placed eight of them in public locations (such …

China Is Genetically Engineering Mini Pigs To Sell As Pets

The $1,600 mini pigs are created using gene-editing techniques and cloning.<p>We'd all like our baby pets to stay perpetually tiny, but scientists in China are taking that desire to a whole new level.<p>BGI, a genomics institute located in Shenzhen, announced in late September that it is genetically …

The astonishing village where little girls turn into boys aged 12

In every way, Johnny is physically and biologically male. But, astonishingly he did not grow a penis until he hit puberty.<p>He is one of many children who live in Salinas, an isolated village in the southwestern Dominican Republic, who are seemingly born female, only to become men in their teenage …

Big-Budget Detox: 3 Indie (And Free!) Games For The Long Weekend

Another week has gone by, and here we have a crop of three fresh indie games to make your weekend a little weirder. This past Ludum Dare continues to bear fruit and mobile game artisans Simogo get literary. The best part? All of this is free!<p><b>Year Walk Bedtime Stories for Awful Children, Simogo.</b> …

Big-Budget Detox: 3 Depressing Indie Games To Try This Weekend

Whether you’re waiting on Hideo Kojima’s latest opus or receive each new <i>Destiny</i> tidbit with the reverence and awe of Moses on Mount Sinai, there’s always time for an indie game or two. I’m gonna aim for weekly roundups like this, so keep an eye out every Saturday! The theme this week is “incredibly …

This Chart Can Help Diagnose and Prevent Snoring

Snoring is a hard annoyance to prevent. The only time you do it is when you’re too unconscious to realize it. This chart can help diagnose snoring …

Learn Eight Helpful Microsoft Excel Tricks with This Handy Cheat Sheet

If you’re new to using Microsoft Excel, or an experienced user looking for a good visual reference, this handy cheat sheet covers eight helpful …

Learn to draw world maps from one of D&D's best cartographers

Jared Blando is an accomplished concept artist and cartographer. Over the past few years, he's worked quite a bit with the team behind the fifth edition of Dungeons & Dragons, creating the maps for both <i>The Hoard of the Dragon Queen</i> and <i>The Rise of Tiamat</i> campaign books. Now, he's written a …

'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

The United States' longest, unwinnable war is the "war on drugs." Despite decades of arrests and locking up millions of Americans, politicians and PSA's urging us to "Just Say No," illegal drugs are still as available as ever.<p>But why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest …

Neurons’ broken machinery piles up in ALS

News Release<p>Wednesday, August 12, 2015<p>NIH scientists identify a transport defect in a model of familial ALS.<p>A healthy motor neuron needs to transport …

Interview with transhumanist Maria Konovalenko on the movement and human modification

The transhumanism movement has been garnering attention lately for a variety of views including embracing aspects of heritable human genetic …

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The best and brightest mockery of Time's abominable VR cover, in one video

This past week Time, a magazine written for do-it-yourselfers and Old West enthusiasts waiting to see a urologist, smoothed the final spadeful of dirt on its relevance to the national conversation with a completely bewildered, out-of-it cover and feature story about virtual reality and Oculus VR …

Windows 10 tips for gamers: How to save your bandwidth, do a clean install, and more

Just because you have a new operating system doesn’t mean everything is working like it should.<p>Windows 10<p>New Windows 10 game<br>• How to get Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition<p>Here’s a secret: If you installed Windows 10 today, you agreed to have your computer act as a peer-to-peer host for sharing Windows …

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Rick Santorum Tries To Explain Why He Can Weigh In On Climate Change But Pope Shouldn't

WASHINGTON -- Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) attempted to argue Sunday that it's more appropriate for him to be weighing in on climate change than it is for Pope Francis, who is not only a religious leader but also a chemist.<p>In the coming weeks, the pope is expected to release a groundbreaking …

The Minimum Wage Required to Rent a Two Bedroom Apartment In Each State

If you’re not ready to buy a home, renting an apartment is usually your best bet. According to a new report, these are the minimum hourly wages you …

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US President Donald Trump is meeting Russian leader Vladimir Putin for a highly-anticipated summit in Helsinki, Finland. Follow here for the …

Marinate Eggs in Soy Sauce to Upgrade Your Ramen or Salads

Meet your new weekly fridge addition: soy sauce eggs. This ramen shop staple requires just four ingredients and can turn boring salads or plain ramen …

A pixel artist renounces pixel art

I've wanted to write this article for some time now, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to do so.<p>For those of you who are aware of Dinofarm Games and our recent release, <i>Auro</i>, for iOS and Android, you know that we spent literally years producing carefully handmade, meticulous pixel art. …

Texas Republican: Rape victims shouldn’t receive abortion coverage because their claims aren’t “measurable”

<b>State Sen. Donna Campbell (AP/Eric Gay)</b><p>Sen. Donna Campbell moved to require women to report incest and rape to police to receive insurance coverage<p>Jenny Kutner<p>May 7, 2015 6:19pm (UTC)<p>Texas Republican State Sen. Donna Campbell fought an amendment on Wednesday that would allow exceptions for rape and …

Feminism

Cultural Contradiction: America the Brilliant -- and Banal

Since Steve Jobs and Apple first released the iPhone in 2007, many companies have since joined the field and been in competition with each other in a seemingly never ending cycle trying to produce "the next big thing." The results of this competition and cycle of constant innovation has been the …

Survey: Americans have big gaps in financial knowledge

A new survey reveals Americans have limited financial knowledge and stability. An overwhelming majority don't know the maximum younger people can contribute to a 401(k), and many survive paycheck to paycheck.<p>The poll, commissioned by Fifth Third Bank and conducted by Research Now, found that 90% of …

Peugeot’s new food truck looks like a luxury Transformer

The food truck revolution has seen the humble taco truck transform into a transcendent culinary experience on wheels. What started as a very American phenomenon has reached global proportions with food truck festivals in Melbourne, Cape Town and even Dubai; so it should come as no surprise that the …

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Rand Paul’s terrifying vision for America: The truth about his plan for “Economic Freedom Zones”

<b>(AP/Jim Cole)</b><p>The senator’s detailed economic policy agenda is like something out of an Ayn Rand fever dream<p>Matthew Pulver<p>April 7, 2015 9:39pm (UTC)<p>Presidential campaigns are usually long on sloganeering and short on substance. The first Republican candidate out of the gate for 2016, Texas Sen. Ted …

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Edward Snowden's quandary, as described by John Oliver

Snowden, who did not know what truck nuts are, said: "You really thought ahead."<p>"Well, at least one of us did," Oliver replied. "You know because of the um, quandary, the Kafkaesque nightmare that you're in."<p>Snowden, who has been living in an undisclosed location in Russia after flying from Hong …

Activism

9 of the Lamest Arguments in Support of Discrimination

With the recent passing of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that basically gives a pass to discrimination as long as it's in the name of God, I've come across a lot of hilarious supporters of the bill who seemed to misunderstand the definition of discrimination. And the concept of …

Study finds no evidence violent video games make children aggressive

Playing violent video games is no more likely to be damaging to young children’s behaviour than those considered harmless, an Oxford University study suggests.<p>Research involving British primary schoolchildren found that the length of time young people spend playing games, rather than their content, …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

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From a medieval text, a weapon against a modern superbug emerges

At the University of Nottingham in Britain, researchers have rediscovered an ancient medicinal elixir that appears to fight a very modern scourge: a deadly drug-resistant bacterial infection rampant in hospitals.<p>The discovery melds medieval potion-making with modern pharmacology. In its crosshairs: …

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