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How to Live a Meaningful Life Without Knowing Your Life’s Purpose

Do you remember when you first noticed that emptiness at the core of your being? It felt as though something had been carved out of you, didn’t it? …

ABC

Everything You Need To Know About Hateful Eight’s ”Christmas, Tarantino-Style” Opening

From a 70mm roadshow to a surprising connection to Ben-Hur.<p>When <b>Quentin Tarantino</b>’s revenge western <i>The Hateful Eight</i> hits theaters this holiday season audiences are going to be able to experience a true throwback, and in more ways than one. At the film’s Comic-Con panel on Saturday, it was announced …

Comic-Con

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

These Five States Could Legalize Marijuana in 2016

On Friday, Nevada lawmakers adjourned without voting on a petition submitted by residents to legalize marijuana and regulate it like alcohol. That …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Russia's Vladimir Putin makes first public appearance in 10 days

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared in public Monday for the first time in about 10 days as he met with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev in the Russian city of St. Petersburg.<p>Putin isn't generally one to shy away from the limelight -- posing with a (tranquilized) tiger, …

Russia

How the World’s Oldest People Live So Long

At 118, the world’s oldest woman says her secret is eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Sounds good to us!<p>How do you live to be 109 years old? Exercise, …

Medieval

North Korea demanded $10bn in cash and food to attend talks with South

Hermit state asked for money and half a million tons of food as precondition to holding summit with South in 2009<p>North Korea demanded $10 billion in cash and half a million tons of food in 2009 as a precondition of holding a summit with the South, former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak said, …

North Korea

Carrick best reads: Need a house? Rent a mansion (with friends)

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>Need a house? Rent a mansion</b><br>Read here about how a group of people in Vancouver solved their housing problem by renting a mansion. Split many ways, the average …

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Week's Best Space Pictures: Mars Blasts Puff, Bubble Blows Rough, and Rockets Sound Off

Northern lights gleam, stellar debris blows into a bubble, and gassy explosions leave behind pits in this week's best space pictures.

The Forgiveness Boost

Making amends with those who trespass against us yields a number of physical and mental benefits. Sometimes even victims of the worst crimes can find solace in letting go.<p>On New Year’s Eve in 1995, Frances McNeill, a 78-year-old woman who lived alone in Knoxville, Tennessee, went to bed early. …

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A New Way to Explode a Star?

Among the most contentious unsolved mysteries in astronomy is the question of how, exactly, a white dwarf star explodes. Now, as described at the American Astronomical Society’s winter meeting, a team of scientists has come up with an idea that just might solve part of the problem.<p>Nearly two …

Universe

The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms

Humans have a well-defined internal clock that shapes our energy levels throughout the day: our circadian process, which is often referred to as a circadian rhythm because it tends to be very regular. If you’ve ever had jetlag, then you know how persistent circadian rhythms can be. This natural — …

'No Man's Sky' Packed With Activities -- Space Combat, Trading, Mining, Even Terraforming

As a recent Elite: Dangerous fan and general space game enthusiast, I’ve been cautiously optimistic about No Man’s Sky since its admittedly stunning debut. No, it wasn’t the breathtaking procedurally generated planets that left me leery, and it certainly wasn’t the hypnotic soundtrack from …

Trading

Analysts: Call of Duty sales down year-over-year — but it still did better than expected

<i>This article originally said that Destiny was the No. 4 best-selling game at U.S. retailers in 2014. That is not correct. It was No. 3. We’ve fixed this, and I apologize for the error.</i><p>We are on the other side of the Call of Duty sales peak, but the military first-person shooter’s sales performance …

Call of Duty

The 10 games we can't wait to play in 2015

This year was a pretty great one for new game releases. But being a site about the future, we can't help but look ahead — and it seems like 2015 might be even better. Next year will see new entries in some of the biggest franchises around, from <i>The Legend of Zelda</i> to <i>Halo</i>, while brand new names like</i> …

Batman v Superman to be split into two parts, with Enter the Knight leading into Dawn of Justice?

If you were wondering how Warner Bros. and DC plan to cram so many characters into the upcoming DC ensemble <b>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</b>, well …

Elite: Dangerous — space travel is boring … but it’s addictive as hell (review)

<i>Check out our Reviews Vault for past game reviews.</i><p>I’ve been dreaming of galaxy maps lately. Interplanetary routes spanning hundreds of light years have spread their way across my sleeping mind, with multicolored trading routes shooting off into infinity.<p>Elite: Dangerous is to blame. You see, it’s …

Profit

Brain scans could better predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget horoscopes or fortune tellers. There's a new way to tell your future, and it involves a much more reliable medium: human neuroscience.<p>A new study looks at over 70 scientific publications about brain scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, …

The Brain

The hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is not the eco-friendly car we’ve been looking for

Toyota recently unveiled its strategy to make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles an accessible alternative to cars powered by fossil fuels — putting optimism for more hydrogen-powered vehicles at the forefront as the Japanese automaker (and world’s largest producer of cars) is finally exploring how to …

Energy

Why Google won't fix a security bug in almost a billion Android phones

A day after Google publicized a flaw in Windows 8.1 before Microsoft could do anything about it, news broke about a security vulnerability in Android that the Mountain View company, well, won't fix at all. Rafay Baloch, an independent researcher, and Joe Vennix, an engineer at Rapid7 (a security …