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Are paper books really disappearing?

If the printed word becomes a thing of the past, it may affect how we think.<p>When Peter James published his novel Host on two floppy disks in 1993, he was ill-prepared for the “venomous backlash” that would follow. Journalists and fellow writers berated and condemned him; one reporter even dragged a …

eBooks

Time to freak out: 4 reasons the global economy is screwed

A FRESH BLAST OF COLD AIR swept across global financial and commodity markets on Wednesday, raising fears that the world economy could be heading …

Stock Markets
Lake Erie

The Simple Daily Habit That Will Boost Your Self-Control | Inc.com

Our urges and impulses are always in a stop-go relationship with our self-control. And some of us are not as good at at inhibiting our urges as others. For instance, most people stop at one slice of cake, but others simply can't, and just keep going.<p>In this vein, the researchers behind a new study …

Self Control

New atheists must become new vegans: Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins and the extra burden on moral leaders

Given advances in neuroscience, biology and evolution, those who want more humane world must also consider animals<p>Philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris, who has written extensively on morality and its inextricable link to the well-being of conscious creatures, recently addressed the fact that …

Human Rights

Could better data reduce inequality?

<i>This article is published in collaboration with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.</i><p>Improved data makes inequalities visible. Take for example the …

World Health Organization

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Colin Anderson—Blend Images/Corbis<p>Getty Images<p>Matt Hogan/www.mphoganphoto.com<p>Jim Wilson—The New York Times/Redux<p>Getty Images<p>Celin Serbo—Aurora …

Silicon Valley

The 11 Daily Habits of Supremely Happy People

We all have different goals, values, beliefs, and experiences, but there is one universal thing that binds us all: We just want to be happy. But for the most part, happiness seems more like an existential dream than an attainable reality.<p>Yet, everything we think, say, and do are linked to our …

Happiness

Getting Started with Markov Chains

(This article was first published on <b> Revolutions</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) by Joseph RickertThere are number of R packages devoted to …

Data Science

Can't Afford New Outdoor Gear? Why Not Rent Instead?

Let’s face it, buying outdoor gear is not cheap, particularly if you want something that is going to last for awhile. Getting fully equipped for all …

How collective intelligence helps organizations move past hierarchical leadership structures

Conventional wisdom tells us that organizations run best when critical decisions are made by a strong and capable CEO.<p>This is true even if it means calling upon a temporary leader until a permanent replacement can be found (as we saw with Twitter’s recent scramble to bring on Jack Dorsey).<p>Of …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Genius

10 Things to Learn From This Year's Best Graduation Speech | Inc.com

There have been some interesting graduation speaker choices this year: President Obama at the University of California, Irvine; actor Ed Helms at Cornell University, former <i>New York Times</i> editor Jill Abramson at Wake Forest University.<p>However, I've had several people from very different backgrounds …

Osama Bin Laden

Children’s Endearing Letters to Judy Blume About Masturbation, and the Beloved Author’s Response

In 1879, Mark Twain delivered a brilliant satirical lecture about masturbation, mocking the cultural hypocrisies around a practice so prevalent, so natural, yet so condemned. Nearly 130 years later, science writer extraordinaire Mary Roach traced the perilous religious roots of these hypocrisies. …

Why This Nascar Team Is Putting RFID Sensors On Every Person In The Pit

By Matt Hartigan5 minute Read<p>To date, Nascar pit crews have relied on videotape and stopwatches to measure pit stops. But no more. Michael Waltrip …

Internet of Things

Architect Builds Tiny 196 Square-Foot Dream House From Scratch

Cash-strapped Idaho architect Macy Miller wanted a place of her own without the burdensome mortgage, so she decided to build a tiny house from the …

Tiny House Movement

The Crazy Genius Behind Solar Roadways

Here’s an idea crazy enough that it just might work: Pave the streets with solar-powered panels that have their own built-in heat and LED lights. That’s what Scott and Julie Brusaw hope to accomplish with their ongoing Solar Roadways project, which they just funded through a hugely popular …

Q&A: Career Advice From A Steam-Engine Mechanic

Or, how to keep a fleet of steam trains moving along<p><b>Popular Science:</b> You were trained in industrial archaeology. How did that lead to this job?<p><b>Stathi Pappas</b>: Just like archaeologists who study the Mayan world or the classical world, an industrial archaeologist studies the industrial world. I was …

Locomotives

Don’t Believe Anyone Who Tells You Learning To Code Is Easy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Kate Ray</i> <i>is the technical cofounder of scroll kit, a visual webpage creation tool that was recently acquired by WordPress.com.</i><p>One of the most dangerous things I’ve seen happen to people who are just starting to code is being told that it’s easy.<p>Here’s what your brain does:<p>Most …

8 of the best indoor hotel pools around the world | CNN Travel

48 epic dream hotels to visit before you die

A GOOD HOTEL CAN MAKE or break a trip. The worst hotel in the best place is still going to make retiring after a long day an unfortunate experience. …

Hacking Radio Controlled Outlets

It’s no surprise that there’s a lot of devices out of there that use simple RF communication with minimal security. To explore this, [Gordon] took a …

Android SDK For Wearables Coming In 2 Weeks, Says Google

Google is readying a version of its Android OS tailored for wearable devices. Google’s Sundar Pichai told the SXSW conference Sunday that it would be releasing an SDK for makers of wearable devices such as smartwatches in two weeks’ time.<p>The SDK will be aimed at other makers of smartwatches and …

30 Python Language Features and Tricks You May Not Know About

1 Introduction<p>Since I started learning Python, I decided to maintain an often visited list of "tricks". Any time I saw a piece of code (in an …

World Economic Forum

Would self-driving cars improve road safety? Udacity co-founder Sebastian Thrun on his vision for cars that behave like trains: …

World Economic Forum

Is the "word gap" giving poor children a bad start? Children born into poor families hear 30 million fewer words in their early life than rich …

The $6.8 Billion Man: WhatsApp CEO's Path from Poverty to Riches

Tech luminaries are often drawn from the ranks of the already affluent. Mark Zuckerberg was the son of an upper-middle-class dentist. Bill Gates was …

Using Data to Pick the Optimal Name for Your Startup | Inc.com

Naming your startup can be one of the hardest things to do when starting a company. Each founder must agree. The domain must be available to buy. Last and perhaps most importantly, investors need to like it. And the first letter of startup's name has meaningful impact on how easily the company will …

Startups