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How to Learn About Buddhism

A Guide for the Completely Befuddled Beginner<p>Although Buddhism has been practiced in the West since the early 19th century, it's still alien to most …

Meditation

Jake Gyllenhaal: Inside Man

On a Thursday in mid-January, an ice storm that will go on to create tornadoes in Texas and a 20-car pile-up in Kansas is stopping off first in …

This Illustrator Has Created A Picture A Day For The Last Eight Years

Mike Winkelmann has been creating a daily illustration since 2007. Now over 3,000 images in, his work has started to veer into science fiction territory.<p>Artist Mike Winkelmann has been making an illustration every day for eight years. As his website will tell you, he hasn’t broken routine for 3,039 …

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26 Underrated TV Shows You Aren't Watching

They're still on air, so there’s still time to catch up.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Mindfulness’ “truthiness” problem: Sam Harris, science and the truth about Buddhist tradition

Sam Harris wants practitioners out of religion business. But the supposed science behind it is its own mythology<p>The spike of popular interest in the mindfulness movement, with its enthusiastic endorsements among celebrities, politicians, CEOs and other movers and shakers, has made its champions …

This Giant Tree Protects Urban Wildlife By Keeping It Floating Away From Dangerous People

City waterways could provide more space for new habitats in which urban nature can flourish.<p>As cities sprawl and get more crowded, most don’t have much space left for urban wildlife–at least not on land. A Dutch architect plans to begin using city waterways to build floating habitats for …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

'Far Cry 4' And The Problem Of Too Much To Do

A week or two ago, Erik Kain wrote a great piece on the “gamification” of many RPGs, namely how inserting a crafting system into any and every game that can hold one is killing a lot of the inherent fun of loot. Requiring players to collect 20 plants or 30 metal scraps in order to build something …

20 TV Shows to Watch While You Wait for 'Sherlock' to Return

"Sherlock" may not return for its fourth season until -- say it ain't so -- 2017, due to the hectic film schedules of in-demand stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. In the meantime, you can rewatch all three seasons and soon you can binge on Cumberbatch in "The Imitation Game" and Freeman …

Why Google Stopped Trying To Make Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal

In 2007, Google, the internet search giant based in Mountain View, CA, made a media splash by investing big-time dollars in an effort to develop a renewable energy technology that could compete economically with coal.<p>The project was called RE<C and it ended only four years after it began.<p>During its …

Installations by  Nicola Yeoman

12 Things You Didn't Know About Living In Space

For all the talk of warp-speed, teleportation transmitters, plasma rifles and alien life forms there's certainly a lot of other details about space …

Pictures of the Week 11.20.14

18 Photos of People Awestruck by the Beauty of Nature

Nature has a way of making our problems feel small and insignificant, an incredible view can change our whole perspective on life. While in Moab, Utah for a March photo shoot adventure, photographer Jerry Patterson captured a shot of the Milky Way through the arches of beautiful sandstone …

Photography

Stephen King: The Rolling Stone Interview

The horror master looks back on his four-decade career<p>Stephen King's office building sits on a particularly dreary dead-end road on the outskirts of …

Stephen King

$195 Million 'Palazzo di Amore' Is America's New Most Expensive Home For Sale

Billionaire real estate investor Jeff Greene’s massive Palazzo di Amore in Beverly Hills hit the market today for $195 million, making it America’s new most expensive home for sale.<p>Set on 25 acres overlooking Los Angeles about five to seven minutes by car to Rodeo Drive, the estate includes a …

Check Out The Most Remote Design Destination On Earth

The Fogo Island Inn is the perfect destination for the design-minded traveler looking to get away. Like, really far away. Opened last spring on a remote northern island off the coast of Newfoundland–adjacent to a community that’s seriously called Joe Batt’s Arm–the inn is nestled onto the shores of …

Design

Mercedes-Benz has a new concept car powered by its paint job

The newest concept car from Mercedes-Benz is the Vision G-Code, a stout silver vehicle that looks like it's from the near future. Unveiled this week, the concept SUV — or SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) as the German carmaker calls it — boasts all sorts of futuristic features. It runs on a hybrid …

Universal's Rebooting Its Monster Movies, Starting With 'The Mummy'

Shared universes are so hot right now, but what's a studio to do without a giant backlog of comics to rely on? Universal might not have access to the sprawling Marvel or DC Comics' archives, but what it <i>does</i> have is a roster of classic monster movies. Its first official entry into the monster …

This Theory That 'Frozen' & 'The Shining' Are the Same Movie Is Scary Accurate

Did you get a sinking feeling while watching Disney's animated hit "Frozen" for the first time that you'd seen this movie before? According to one blogger, if you're also a fan of Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror flick "The Shining," then you're not crazy -- the films actually have a lot more in …

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge review

I would very much like a flexible smartphone that I could scrunch up like paper and stuff into a pocket. I don’t quite know why I would like that, but it feels like something that the future should create.<p>Samsung’s wild Galaxy Note Edge is a tiny step toward that eventuality. The screen’s glass …

Will 'Destiny' Survive 'Call Of Duty,' 'Halo,' And 'Far Cry?'

Two months in, Destiny is still a big deal. Engagement numbers are impressive, plenty of people are playing the Vault of Glass, and by and large, the ultra-successful launch has maintained momentum. But that, largely, has been child’s play. Destiny was released with little competition at a time …

An Oregon Couple Rushed Through Their Wedding Because Of A Wildfire And The Photos Are Breathtaking

So, a wildfire starts burning around you and it's terrifying, sure. But it also makes for a hell of a wedding photo.

FIFA and the World Cup: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

Samsung tablets: more isn’t always better

In the tablet space, Samsung is a quickly growing giant. Almost single-handed, Samsung has cut Apple’s tablet market share in half – from over 60 …

25 Creative Packaging Designs That Practically Sell Themselves

We often consider the products we use and their packaging to be two separate things – the product is the thing we want, and its packaging is a piece …

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Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery

<i>Harold Hamm has transformed the U.S. oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low — and making himself a $17 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning.</i><p>Two Scotches in, with seats on the floor of Oklahoma City’s …

Jason de Caires Taylor's Gorgeous Underwater Art (Photos)

Artist Jason de Caires Taylor has chosen an unconventional location for his giant sculptural creations: the ocean.<p>Jason de Caires Taylor