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Preparing for our prefab future

A burgeoning U.S. prefab market has much to learn from Japan<p>In the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a massive post-military industrial compound of warehouses converted into creative offices and bespoke manufacturing operations, there is a factory that builds houses. It’s a long, cavernous 100,000-square-foot …

Frank Lloyd Wright

A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete

What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?<p>It was late summer, and the gray towers of the Salk Institute, in San Diego, shaded seamlessly into ocean fog. The austere, marble-paved central courtyard was silent and deserted. The south lawn, a peaceful retreat often used for Tai Chi …

Gung Ho

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

Economic Justice

What Your Future Burial Outfit Says About You

It’s the final outfit a person ever wears. So how do we choose?<p>Have you ever searched the phrase “bury me in this” on Twitter? It’s <i>fascinating.</i> Most of the entries are selfies taken by teenagers and 20-somethings, none of them anywhere near a natural death, many of them in the kind of sheer, short, …

Baylor University

Is Mindfulness Meditation BS? | WIRED

Going Up<p>Is mindfulness meditation a capitalist tool or a path to enlightenment? Yes<p>by Robert Wright | illustrations by Valero Doval<p>08.12.17<p>It’s hard …

Why police shooting trials rarely end in convictions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police-involved shootings and controversy over use of deadly force against people of color has returned to the spotlight through a new round of trials.<p>The police officers on trial for the deaths of Philando Castile and Sylville Smith were found not guilty. For the second time, jurors failed …

Justice

Legal marijuana's next hurdle: where to put all that cash

DENVER — Marijuana’s overwhelming success at the ballot box Tuesday dumps a California-sized pile of pressure onto the federal government to answer a fairly basic question: Where are they going to put all that cash?<p>Because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, banks refuse to give …

Cannabis

The 10 holiday movies you need to see before the Oscars

All those great movies you've been hearing about since the fall film festivals? They're finally arriving. Here's a top 10 list of films you'll need to need to see if you want to be up on the Oscars this year.<p><b>"Arrival"</b> Denis Villeneuve's spooky sci-fi spectacle already has its share of fans in the …

The ‘truth’ about Westworld: seven fan theories to blow your mind

The android cowboy saga Westworld is inspiring some truly wild theories, making it even more of a must-watch…<p>You can do anything (or anyone) you like in Westworld, the robot cowboy-populated theme park at the centre of HBO’s sci-fi series. And thanks to some mystery-filled storytelling, the …

TV Series

How Two Secret Service Dogs Stopped a White House Fence Jumper

Secret Service
U.S. Dept. of State

The 12 Most Important Health Innovations Of The Year

These are the Best Of What's New<p><i>Read about the other Best of What’s New winners from the November/December 2016 issue</i> of Popular Science.

Why Body Camera Programs Fail

Amid a massive tech upgrade meant to improve accountability, body cameras are being limited by police policies and privacy concerns.<p>In the minutes before a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, killed 37-year-old Alton Sterling as he lay restrained in a convenience store parking lot, both the …

Law Enforcement

Google's ad-tracking just got more intrusive. Here's how to opt out

Google now has the option to combine everything it knows about you from its Gmail, YouTube and other applications - including personally identifiable …

Privacy

What the science says about every popular diet

Luckily, scientists have found that most reasonable diets can help you lose weight, compared to not following a diet at all. Overall, studies have shown that diets rich in plants and low in processed foods are the best for weight loss.<p>But many popular diets aren't based on sound scientific …

Holistic Medicine

Inspired by nature: the thrilling new science that could transform medicine

Jeffrey Karp is at the forefront of a new generation of scientists using nature’s blueprints to create breakthrough medical technologies. Can bioinspiration help to solve some of humanity’s most urgent problems?<p>In the summer of 2005, Jeffrey Karp, a bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) …

Medical Technology
Government

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Singularity

35 Movies You Will Be Talking About This Awards Season

Here are the most anticipated movies of the fall, and the most likely contenders for awards in 2016.<p>We have finally stumbled out of the desert that was this summer's movie season — a wasteland of ill-conceived sequels — and emerged into an oasis of thoughtful, moving, challenging, joyous, original …

Who's Who in the Fight Against ISIS?

The global fight against ISIS has been halting and complex since it began in late 2014.<p>The United States has led an international coalition of more …

Why Deep Learning Is Suddenly Changing Your Life

<b>By Roger Parloff</b><p>Illustration by Justin Metz<p>September 28, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT<p>Decades-old discoveries are now electrifying the computing industry and …

Artificial Intelligence

The Consumer Reports 10-Minute Digital Privacy Tuneup

There's a lot you can do to protect your personal information when you go online, whether you're using a smartphone or a laptop, and whether you're …

Information Systems

10 Cannabis Startups You Need to Watch

Market momentum is driving these entrepreneurs to dream of huge returns from the blazing business of marijuana.<p>Printabowl. These innovative Washington entrepreneurs made two wise decisions. First, the founders decided that there is a market of sophisticated users who want a designer-sculpted …

Cannabis

What the FBI Files Reveal About Hillary Clinton’s Email Server

New documents tell the full, strange story of a technophobic VIP, a sloppy State Department, and the jerry-rigged computer that held it all together.<p>The scandal of Hillary Clinton’s “home brew” email server, as it is played out over more than a year and a half, has served as a Rorschach test for …

Security

Adam Savage Builds His Childhood Home in Foamcore

In this Tested.com “One Day Build,” Adam does something really cool, he uses a set of plans he had made of his childhood home to create a scale model (1/24th scale) of it in foamcore. He says he’s only going to use one tool for the build, a humble #11 X-acto knife. He, of course, ends up using …

Woodworking

One Minute of Intense Exercise Is Basically All You Need, Says Science

It's not that we don't know we need to work out; it's just that the alternatives (eating, sleeping, bingeing <i>Gilmore Girls</i> episodes from the couch) are so much easier. Between holding down full-time jobs, taking care of kids, doing all of the boring, behind-the-scenes grown-up stuff (we see you, …

To See Deep into Space, Start Deep Underground (Op-Ed)

<i>Constance Walter is the communications director for the Sanford Underground Research Facility. She explores the stars vicariously through the physics</i> …

Physics

Everything You Need to Know About Social Security

If you pay taxes and you plan on retiring in your golden years, you should probably know a thing or two about Social Security. No doubt you’ve heard …

Retirement

10 Actions You Can Take To Get Rich At A High Speed

Do you want to be rich? Many people believe that being financially successful is pure luck, but there are many things that anybody can do to become …