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Noise exposure is becoming ‘the new secondhand smoke’

By Mindy Fetterman<p>NEW YORK — One of the quietest places in this noisy city is in the middle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which draws 7 million visitors a year.<p>Most don’t know of the tiny Astor Chinese Garden Court tucked deep within the giant museum. And so, it is quiet here.<p>In a city whose …

National Parks

Blockchain is crappy technology and a bad vision for the future

This December I wrote a widely-circulated article on the inapplicability of blockchain to any actual problem. People objected mostly not to the technology argument, but rather hoped that decentralization could produce integrity.<p>Let’s start with this: Venmo is a free service to transfer dollars, and …

Blockchain

I guess the lesson here is: don't get divorced.

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

Divorce

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler | Harry Quilter-Pinner

The number of rough sleepers in Britain is soaring, with deaths now a weekly occurrence. It’s time we got over our prejudices<p>“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers …

Homelessness

More States Move To End 'Tampon Tax' That's Seen As Discriminating Against Women

ChapStick, Viagra and dandruff shampoo. These are just three of the thousands of health and personal care items that are exempt from sales tax in many U.S. states.Notably missing from that list: menstrual products.<p>So far, nine states have exempted menstrual products from their sales tax, and seven …

Tampons

Scientists Show How LSD Dissolves the Barrier Between You and Everyone Else

There's a reason acid trips create feeling of "oneness."<p>A distorted “sense of self” underlies certain psychiatric disorders, like schizophrenia and …

Add Cow Manure to Your List of Renewable Energy Sources

The average Holstein cow produces over 100 pounds of manure a day. It’s a lot of poop. It’s also a lot of potential power.<p>On some farms, that energy …

A 31-year-old who left her 9-5 with $1 million says most people have the same misconception about retirement

Kristy Shen may be the youngest retiree in Canada.<p>In 2014, at age 31, Shen retired from her job as a computer engineer with $1 million in the bank. …

Paul Manafort faces 305 years

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Paul Manafort could face the rest of his life -- and almost 300 years or more -- in prison, a federal judge said Tuesday.<p>"Given the nature of the charges against the defendant and the apparent weight of the evidence against him, defendant faces the very real possibility of …

Paul Manafort

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

I’m not afraid of death, but I’m in no hurry to die. I have so much I want to do first Stephen Hawking<p>There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark Stephen Hawking<p>My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why …

Stephen Hawking

The electricity used to mine bitcoin this year is bigger than the annual usage of 159 countries

LONDON — The amount of energy used by computers "mining" bitcoin so far this year is greater than the annual usage of almost 160 countries, according to new research.<p>Research by energy tariff comparison service PowerCompare.co.uk shows that the amount of energy expended mining bitcoin globally has …

Bitcoin

Volunteering Abroad? Read This Before You Post That Selfie

Think before you snap that selfie.<p>That's the serious message of a joint campaign created by two groups that have spent the past few years poking fun at problematic photos taken by Western volunteers. They often have the tendency to paint themselves as saviors to needy people in low-income countries.<p>…

Social Media

France Opens The World’s First Solar Road

Judging by the potholed state of may existing plain asphalt roads, it’s hard to imagine that its practical to build a road surface that is both …

Clean Energy

Snow, the Asian Snapchat clone Facebook tried to buy, claims 40-50M monthly users

Asian Snapchat clone Snow caught the attention of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who tried unsuccessfully to buy it last year, and it is continuing to grow steadily. The app’s Korean parent Naver today confirmed it crossed 100 million downloads in December, with 40-50 percent of its user base active …

Mark Zuckerberg

Doctors Perform Groundbreaking Surgery for Stroke

Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic recently performed the first deep brain stimulation for stroke surgery in a patient. The experimental procedure could …

Julius Randle has triple-double, Lakers hit 17 threes to beat Grizzlies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a dizzying flurry of long-range shots, the Los Angeles Lakers made Memphis look lost on defense.<p>Nick Young scored 20 points, D'Angelo Russell added 18 and both keyed an early barrage of 3-pointers that sent the Lakers past the Grizzlies 116-102 on Tuesday night.<p>The Lakers …

Faraday Future unveil fastest ever fully electric car

Electric car startup Faraday Future has revealed the first glimpse of the FF91 – a self-driving car that the company says can go from zero to 60 mph …

Tour The Modern Architecture Of Marfa, West Texas’s Artist Oasis

Donald Judd may have brought modern art to Marfa, but modernist architecture has longer roots there.<p>If Austin is a “cool liberal oasis” nestled in the arid Texas landscape–as it was once described to me–then Marfa, Texas, is its artier asylum to the west. The town, population 1,900, was solidified …

Scientists Have Discovered an 'Off' Switch For The Revolutionary CRISPR Gene Editing Tool

Important.<p>A lot has been written about CRISPR over the past year. The powerful gene editing tool can quickly and easily 'cut and paste' genes, which …

CES 2017: Cars, robots are expected to star

LOS ANGELES — One of the biggest tech hits of 2016 was a talking kitchen speaker from Amazon that could play music, tell you the time and weather, and buy things online for you.<p>So it's no surprise that the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will showcase the many sons and …

Virtual Reality

Panasonic to invest over $256 million in Tesla's U.S. plant for solar cells

TOKYO (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp (6752.T) will invest more than 30 billion yen ($256 million) in a New York production facility of Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors (TSLA.O) to make photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, deepening a partnership of the two companies.<p>Tesla’s shares were up 3.5 percent at …

Tesla

Want to Be a Better Dad in 2017? Science Says Do This

Truly great dads have these traits.<p>Many dads will set out to be better fathers in 2017 than they were in 2016. However, sometimes the parenting resources for dads are lacking, and they're left guessing as to how to improve.<p>All the studies show that the influence fathers have in the lives of their …

Ridiculously thin diamond wires could help make tech tiny

Diamonds are a techie's best friend?<p>They might be when they're one ingredient in supersmall circuit boards that can cram more power into your future electronics and use up a lot less space.<p>Those circuit boards haven't been created yet, but the nanowires that could make them up have, by coating …

Chinese giant Oppo plans massive investment in India

India is an increasingly contested battleground for the world’s top smartphone makers. Among them, Chinese companies like Lenovo, Xiaomi and OnePlus have strong presences in the country, which recently beat the US to become the second largest telecom market in the world.<p>Now Oppo, the Chinese …

Delhi