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Strange lights on dwarf planet Ceres have scientists perplexed

A dwarf planet is shining two bright lights at a NASA spacecraft right now, and our smartest scientists are unsure what they are.<p>As bizarre as that …

15 best free Android games with no in app purchases

It’s true that the very best Android games cost money. Unfortunately, not everyone has money to spend. There are many reasons why this can be the case, but suffice it to say that there is a market for games that are totally free. The good news is that those of you who can’t afford games are in luck …

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He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him.

Karl Pillemer has spent the last several years systematically interviewing hundreds of older Americans to collect their lessons for living.<p>Pillemer admits he's an advice junkie. He's also a Ph.D. gerontologist at Cornell University.<p>Some years ago, after turning 50, he wondered whether there is …

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 …

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NYC police boss: More dialogue, less rhetoric needed to reduce tension between police, public

New York City's police commissioner says it was "very inappropriate" for officers to turn their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect as he spoke at an officer's funeral.<p>Commissioner William Bratton defended Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation." He says de …

Warren Buffett's 'Two-List' Strategy: How to Maximize Your Focus and Master Your Priorities

With well over 50 billion dollars to his name, Warren Buffett is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. Out of all the investors in the 20th century, Buffett was the most successful.<p>Given his success, it stands to reason that Buffett has an excellent understanding of how to …

With Laplock, You Get A Text Message When Somebody Unplugs Your Laptop

Fresh off the hackathon dungeon, Laplock is a nifty little app developed at our TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon in London. Martin Saint-Macary and Ivan Maeder worked tirelessly for the past 24 hours to build an easy-to-use software lock for your Mac. Here’s how it works.<p>At heart, Laplock is a menubar …

Can virtual reality make you a better person?

Can virtual reality make us more empathetic? Tiffanie Wen visited a special lab in California to find out for herself, and was surprised at what happened.<p>"This is already so real, I don’t know if I even want to do this anymore," I say out loud.<p>I’m standing in the middle of a carpeted, multi-sensory …

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Buddha Had It Right: Relax The Mind And Productivity Will Follow

Eastern thought and meditation are pushing ever-closer to the mainstream. Today, many ancient teachings coincide perfectly with modern research on improved mental agility.<p>“The great enigma for psychologists and philosophers is the mind.”<br>–Bhante Wimala<p>Several decades ago, the term ‘mindfulness’ used …

Hong Kong Protesters Find Creative Ways To Mock Chief Executive

HONG KONG -- What do Pinocchio, a vampire, a pig and Waldo have in common? Hong Kong's Chief Executive CY Leung has been compared to all of them in pictures, posters and graffiti during pro-democracy protests that have rocked the city in recent days.<p>Demonstrators demanding Leung's resignation have …

Your Complete Guide To 2014 Fall TV Premieres

We've already rounded up the Fall TV previews to get you excited for new and returning shows. If you're wondering when to set your DVR for Season 5 of "The Walking Dead" or when Fox's new Batman origin show "Gotham" begins then fear not, we've got you covered with our Fall TV premiere guide …

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Austria's Beautiful Mountainside Thermal Retreat

Located in Oberlngenfeld, Austria, the <i>Aqua Dome</i> is an impressive contemporary spa and retreat found at the foothills of the area's scenic mountains. Using the rocky backdrop for inspiration, many of the structures featured at the lodge reflect the shapes and forms found within the surrounding …

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Double Trouble in Little China

A day around New York City’s Chinatown shooting Ian Connor and Danii Phae.<p>Hip-hop is having a renaissance right now in the city of New York, where it seems like every other day a new MC rises up out of the five boroughs with an even more unique style and approach to the music than what we thought …

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

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100 Ways to Be More Creative at Work

Psychologists agree that human beings are most creative at the age of five. After that, it's a slow and steady decline -- especially in the workplace. But wait! <i>It doesn't have to be that way</i> . What follows are 100 ways you can boost your own creativity on-the-job -- fun, simple, free ways to …

Meditation Health Benefits: What The Practice Does To Your Body

We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, our energy, stress levels and even our success. Prominent artists, businessmen and politicians cop to the practice. Would it work for you?<p>"It did to my mind what going to the gym did to my body -- it made it both stronger and …