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Eerie plane wrecks contain forgotten stories of survival

At first glance, "Happy End" may not seem like the most natural title for pictures of wrecked planes in forbidding landscapes, but German photographer Dietmar Eckell has a very positive outlook on what these photos represent. As described by Eckell, these pictures document 'miracles' in aviation …

'This Did Something Powerful to Me': Authors' Favorite First Lines of Books

Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood, David Gilbert, Roxane Gay, and other writers share their thoughts on what makes an inviting and memorable opening sentence.<p>AP and Library of Congress.<p>When I interviewed Stephen King for the By Heart series, he told me about some of his favorite opening lines in …

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Google’s Cloud Is Eating Apple’s Lunch

A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned.<p>I’m not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world …

Can expensive audio cables improve the sound of a hi-fi?

Some audiophiles swear that cables can make or break the sound of their hi-fis, while others poo-poo the idea and use the cheapest hardware store wires. The debates have raged for years, but the only way to really know for sure is to try a set of high-end cables in your system. When I sold hi-fis …

Color-changing gloves detect airborne toxins with shades of blue

Researchers say new materials could enhance both lab and food safety<p>Researchers in Germany have developed new color-changing gloves designed to alert lab workers to the presence of invisible toxic chemicals. Created by scientists at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Modular Solid State …

Where Have All The Facebookers Gone? Employee Retention v. Promoting Entrepreneurship

In a 2011 presentation at Startup School, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his position on employee retention abundantly clear: if people want to work at startup for a year or two and then pursue a business idea of their own, more power to ‘em. In fact, Zuckerberg said, he’d be …

Airbnb Now Wants to Check Your Government ID

Airbnb is about to take a very big bet against anonymity.<p>Going further than any significant consumer tech company has before, the peer-to-peer travel …

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Vine video makers can use their front-facing cameras with latest update

The six-second time limit and looping nature of Twitter's Vine videos have turned them into a fresh challenge for cinematographers — most recently, the Tribeca Film Festival hosted its own Vine movie competition. A new update, just released on the iTunes App Store, will add precisely one very …

David Bowie Delivers 42-Word Statement About ‘The Next Day’

It’s been almost four months since David Bowie announced he was returning from semi-retirement and six weeks since <i>The Next Day</i> arrived on shelves, …

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VIDEO ESSAY: Wong Kar-Wai’s Lust for Life

VIDEO ESSAY: Wong Kar-Wai: Superimposed Symphony<p>Wong Kar-Wai, whose long-awaited <i>The Grandmaster</i> opens in August, is not about plot. Wong Kar-wai is …

The Frozen in Time Effect!