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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Sharp slump in oil prices pumping up U.S. economy

Slumping oil prices may be denting Canada's economy, but south of the border, the dramatic fall is being heralded as a positive force that's adding momentum to the business environment.<p>As the fourth-quarter earnings-reporting season gets under way, the bosses at some of the biggest financial and …

Brian Moynihan

PHOTOS: Where to Go in 2015

Here are the 10 best budget destinations for 2015! From high style and world-class shopping to jaw-dropping scenery and unrivaled art, culture, and …

Travel Deals

ITA Matrix Is The Magic Cheap Flights Site You've Never Heard Of

When shopping for plane tickets, we won't settle for anything but the cheapest deal. We've got our usual lineup of fare-finding sites to check, yet a nagging feeling always leaves us wondering if we <i>really</i> found the lowest price possible. Is there any way to know for sure?<p>Yes, there is. <b>ITA Matrix is</b> …

Lindbergh's Plane to Get Tender Loving Care, Lots of Visitors at Smithsonian

Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, one of the most treasured aircraft at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., has been …

Foreign report: New U.S. warnings issued for Americans worldwide

Two days after the attacks in France, the<p>U.S. State Departmentupdated its worldwide caution, replacing the one issued in October.<p>Because of U.S. strikes against Islamic State, the State Department says "there is an increased likelihood of reprisal attacks against U.S., Western and coalition partner …

Al-Qaeda

The Super Wealthy Have a Super Exclusive Way to Get to Swiss Skiing

Nestled between the 13,000-foot peaks of southern Switzerland is a billionaire’s toy-box masquerading as an aircraft hangar.<p>In the winter months the …

World Economic Forum

The Best Wintery Oatmeal Toppings

We’ve got so much love for a steaming bowl of oatmeal. Cook up a batch and in no time you’ve got the ultimate blank canvas for a filling, healthy breakfast (or lunch...or dinner...) for the entire week ahead. The best part is that you can choose your own cast of characters—there are no limits! …

Breakfast

A Guide to Making Your Ultimate Manhattan

With the holidays behind us and the roughest part of winter still ahead, this is the time of year when I keep my head down and just try to survive until baseball season. So when cocktail hour rolls around that means sticking to tried and true staples. Which for me, means manhattans, pound for pound …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two crashed – and then, 300m miles away, Philae landed on a comet. From the distant origins of humans to our future on the planet, 12 leading scientists pick their key moments and stories of the year<p>1 The West Antarctic ice sheet enters irreversible decline<p><b>13 January</b><p>In …

Telescopes

The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014

This year was a particularly fantastic one for television fans. Filmmakers like <b>Cary Fukunaga</b> exploited the potential of small-screen storytelling, while a new crop of auteurs on Netflix and Amazon brought us some of the most daring material we’ve seen in years. Here, in no particular order, are our …

TV

Classic American Buttercream Recipe

This classic American buttercream is deliciously creamy, super sweet, and incredibly fluffy, and one of the easiest buttercreams to master. It's just a matter of beating softened butter until it's fluffy, adding powdered sugar, cream and a little vanilla and whipping it all together. No cooking …

13 Quick and Dirty Tips for Frying Latkes

Hanukkah begins tomorrow, which for me means one thing: fried potatoes for dinner.<p>In my house, latkes don't play second fiddle to brisket. They're the main event. As far as I'm concerned, they're the best part of the holiday, and I have 2,000 words for you on why. That article goes into exacting …

41 Recipes for Your Hanukkah Feast

Gallery41 Recipes for Your Hanukkah Feast<p>Hanukkah is hands-down the best holiday ever. Think about it. It combines the best elements of the other greatest holidays—family and overeating—but without the downsides of, say, a panic-inducing turkey that cooks, like <i>forever</i> (looking at you, …

12 Christmas Cupcakes Ideas You Need To Try This Holiday Season

It's Chriiiistmaaaaas!<p>Well, nearly. While everyone is probably already sick of festive telly adverts and Mariah Carey, there's one way to fall back …

Greenpeace activists damage Peruvian heritage site to send environmental message

The future might be renewable, but the 1,500-year-old hummingbird next to Greenpeace's banner isn't<p>Greenpeace apologized to Peru today for placing a gigantic banner promoting renewable energy on the site of the Nazca Lines, an ancient heritage site, reports the <i>BBC</i>. The damage caused by the …

Workflow for iOS Helps Automate Everything on Your Phone

Workflow for iOS takes all those repetitive, annoying tasks you always do on your iPhone and lets you create custom icons or share actions so it’s as easy as one click.<p>Basically, Workflow allows you to quickly wire up multiple services to work together in sequence. For example, a basic workflow …

Which surveillance agency just released an encryption app for kids? GCHQ

Cryptoy Android app focuses on historic cryptography tools, despite chief’s recent criticism of tech firms for making modern encryption easier<p>British surveillance agency GCHQ has launched an app teaching children to understand “basic encryption techniques”, despite its director having criticised …

You Can Now Shop at Apple's Online Store with Paypal

Looking for a new iPhone, iPad or Mac desktop? Just in time for the holidays, Apple has introduced support for PayPal in its online store for US and UK shoppers, allowing users to pay with their available balances.<p>Apple is also promoting PayPal’s financing scheme that allows customers to pay for …

YouTube is adding an automatic GIF creator to videos

YouTube has quietly added an automatic GIF creator tool to a handful of its videos. The new tool, spotted by Andy Baio, allows the creation of GIFs by selecting a section of YouTube video footage from the video's "Share" menu. GIFs created using the tool can only be a maximum of five seconds in …

Apps

Draghi to urge European leaders to reform to back ECB stimulus

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The head of the European Central Bank is set to tell European leaders in stark terms at a summit next week that they need to reform straggling economies or risk blunting an ambitious monetary offensive to help revive the stagnant euro zone.<p>As the central bank inches closer to …

Markets Slide Further on Oil Shock

Currencies in Russia, Norway Fall to Multiyear Lows<p>Oil’s persistent slide continued to spur global financial market losses on Friday, sending currencies in Russia and Norway to fresh multiyear lows and causing sharp losses to the major European equity indexes.<p>The ruble surpassed 58 against the …

Stock Markets