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8 Pieces of Extreme Survival Gear

From heated wetsuits and waterproof down jackets to handheld gadgets, these items are designed to help you survive when all else fails<p>Let's face it, the comforts of modern life can easily make us forget just how wild our planet truly is. And whether we like to think about it or not, emergency …

7 Things You'll Notice When You Reread To Kill a Mockingbird

Like many readers, I first encountered <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> in school and adored it. Still, I never returned to its pages later in life. But with …

Gabriel García Márquez’s Formative Reading List: 24 Books That Shaped One of Humanity’s Greatest Writers

“Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it.”<p>The most reliable portal into another’s psyche is the mental library of that person’s favorite books — those foundational idea-bricks of which we build the home for our interior lives, the integral …

For Bloomingdale's, Container Store Or Gap - Service Still Makes The Difference

Why do some brands disappear while others maintain their customer acceptance? Once high flyers, Benetton, Levi, Aeropostale, and Abercrombie & Fitch have all given way to newcomers such as H&M, Zara, and Urban Outfitters.<p>One reason this happens is because iconic brands remain true to their original …

The Aesthetics of Silence: Susan Sontag on Art as a Form of Spirituality and the Paradoxical Role of Silence in Creative Culture

“The art of our time is noisy with appeals for silence. A coquettish, even cheerful nihilism. One recognizes the imperative of silence, but goes on speaking anyway.”<p><i>“The impulse to create begins — often terribly and fearfully — in a tunnel of silence,”</i> Adrienne Rich asserted in her spectacular 1997 …

Google Manipulates Search Results, According to Study From Yelp and Legal Star Tim Wu

Legal scholar Wu says, "This is the closest I’ve seen Google come to be the Microsoft case.”<p>Google knowingly manipulates search results according to a research paper published Monday from several academics. The study presents evidence that the search giant sets out to hamper competitors and limit …

Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Fraud and abuse continue to dog Medicare's popular prescription drug program, despite a bevy of initiatives launched to prevent them, according to two new reports by the inspector general of Health and Human Services.<p>Their release follows the arrests of 44 pharmacy owners, doctors and others, who …

Samsung computers are quietly installing an app that disables Windows Update

Anyone who’s purchased a new Samsung laptop has probably run into the company’s “software updater” tool, which promises to keep apps and drivers up to date on your computer.<p>That software does something slightly sinister in the background, however: it disables Windows Update. A post by Microsoft …

13 Apps That'll Teach You Something New Every Day

Superfood for your noggin.<p>The buzz around "brain-training" apps like Elevate, Lumosity, Peak, and others recently came into question after a 2014 study by the Stanford Center on Longevity doubted the effectiveness of brain games to improve your cognitive abilities.<p>The study concluded that …

The SCAN Principle of Mobile Security

The SCAN Principle: A new way of thinking about mobile security<p>Consumers and enterprises looking to secure their mobile data face a challenge. Mobile …

Major security flaw may affect 600M Samsung smartphones

Millions of Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners may be at risk of eavesdropping of calls, theft of data and installation of malware -- and there isn't much they can do about it.<p>The flaw is found in Swiftkey keyboard software preinstalled on 600 million of the South Korean electronics giant's …

Mobile

Adobe wants to take over the stock image world

Adobe Stock launches alongside CC 2015<p>Adobe is releasing a wide range of updates to its Creative Cloud apps this morning, but the biggest release isn't an update — it isn't even an app — it's an entirely new service. Today marks the launch of Adobe Stock, a stock image service that Adobe hopes will …

The Greatest Good

Inspired to make a meaningful donation, I wondered: What is the best charitable cause in the world, and was it crazy to think I could find it?<p>Last winter, William MacAskill and his wife Amanda moved into a Union Square apartment that I was sharing with several friends in New York. At first, I knew …

Emoji passcodes are the PIN replacements we both want and need

If you think the headline to this story overstates the case, then just remember that the most common passwords on the web are "123456," "password," and — just to show a little bit of imagination — "12345678." No matter how much some of us worry over how to create memorable but secure passphrases, …

Reading, Writing, Required Silence: How Meditation Is Changing Schools And Students

<i>Quiet Time at Brooklyn Urban Garden School.</i><p>On a Wednesday afternoon in early May, after a full day of studying the Byzantine Empire and sitting through lessons on annotation and critical reading, the sixth-graders in Zsazita Walker’s social studies and language arts class were, expectedly, acting …

10 Faux Finishes That Totally Fooled Us

Food & Dining

Your Creative Calendar: 91 Things To Do, See, And Hear This June

Wherever there’s a flock of velociraptors, you’ll be there. Whenever women bond in jail, you’ll bond too. Our entertainment picks for June.<p>It used to be that summer TV was a fallow garden of reruns and unwatchable eye-garbage, leaving movies to reign supreme over the season. Not anymore! Now, even …

14 Scrumptious Summer Crock Pot Recipes

There’s seriously nothing better coming home to the sweet smell of dinner waiting for you. No, you don’t have to hire a butler to make this a reality. We’re talking crock pots, the ultimate kitchen appliance when it comes to stress-free meals. If you can chop an onion and open a few cans, you can …

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The 'Great Energy Transition' is already underway, according to a new book

In a new book, noted environmentalist Lester Brown says the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is not only unstoppable, but will happen much faster than anyone expected.<p>“I think we're going to see a half-century of change compressed into the next decade,” Brown says. “And this is …

Planetary Society Regains Communication With LightSail Spacecraft

The Planetary Society says it has regained contact with its LightSail satellite. Last week fears arose that the organization had permanently lost touch with the tiny spacecraft, which launched earlier this month to lay the groundwork for testing a solar sail in Earth orbit.<p>The private organization, …

Space Travel

Sip It Slowly, And Other Lessons From The Oldest Tea Book In The World

At least 2,500 years ago, tea, as we know it, was born.<p>Back then, it was a medicinal concoction blended with herbs, seeds and forest leaves in the mountains of southwest China. Gradually, as manners of processing and drinking tea were refined, it became imbued with artistic, religious, and cultural …

110 Drawings and Paintings by J.R.R. Tolkien: Of Middle-Earth and Beyond

A few years ago, we featured J.R.R. Tolkien's personal cover designs for the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> trilogy, a series of novels that justifiably made his …

Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends (Slides)

In the 20 years since the Netscape IPO, 39 percent of the world's population came online, up from .06 percent.<p>Two decades after 1995, the year of the Netscape IPO, the Internet population has exploded in size, it’s much more mobile, and it’s increasingly driven by user-created content and flexible …

Curiosity Is a Superpower — If You Have the Courage to Use It

<b>Brian Grazer:</b> It began when I was a kid and my grandmother, grandma Sonya, probably about this high, said to me that curiosity would you be my …

No Smooth Solar Sailing: Glitch Knocks Out LightSail Spacecraft in Orbit

A tiny solar-sailing spacecraft has gone silent in Earth orbit, apparently victimized by a software glitch.<p>LightSail, a CubeSat designed and built by the nonprofit Planetary Society, stopped beaming data home on Friday (May 22), just two days after it blasted off along with the United States Air …

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