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Two Books You Must Read If You Care About the Future of Humanity in Space

Two of the most celebrated authors in science fiction, Kim Stanley Robinson and Neal Stephenson, released epic novels this summer about our future …

Verizon abandons contracts: Everything you need to know (FAQ)

Verizon has made some big changes to how it sells wireless service. But that has also left a lot of questions.<p>On Friday, Verizon said it would eliminate its long-standing practice of signing customers up for long-term service contracts and offering subsidies to blunt the high cost of smartphones. …

How the CIA ran a ‘billion dollar spy’ in Moscow

By David E. Hoffman<p>, Contributing editor<p>The spy had vanished.<p>He was the most successful and valued agent the United States had run inside the Soviet Union in two decades. His documents and drawings had unlocked the secrets of Soviet radars and weapons research years into the future. He had smuggled …

Cold War

Photographing the Yakuza

Anton Kusters is a Belgium-based photographer specializing in long-term projects. In 2011, he published his first photobook on the Yakuza, the …

Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage designed a computer in the 1840s. A cartoonist finishes the project

‘Surely there must be a couple of new Ada Lovelaces lurking in this land?” exclaimed digital doyenne Martha Lane Fox last month, as she issued a call for women to turn their hands to tech – part of her new plan, dubbed Dot Everyone, for an internet-savvy nation.<p>It’s little wonder that the enigmatic …

These Structurally Absurd Homes Look Straight Out of Harry Potter

If you're a Potter fan who would've liked to see more impossible, Burrow-like homes in the movies, then you'll love the fantasy world of German …

The Ultimate List of Hacks to Prepare for Your Upcoming Disneyland Trip

<i>What are some favorite Disneyland hacks?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Lucas J Meeker</i><p>If you don't want to pay for …

Walt Disney Company

How to fix your cracked iPhone or Samsung phone without leaving the house

You can always take it into the store, but if you don't have a warranty or you're feeling lazy, a nifty startup called iCracked will come to you and repair your broken phone on the spot.<p>You can use iCracked if you have an iPhone, iPad, or Samsung smartphone. You can also choose to sell your phone …

Mobile Technology

This Video Lets You Travel at the Speed of Light (Sort Of)

<i>Riding Light</i> is a 45-minute short film/animation that attempts to recreate what it would be like to hitch a ride on the back of a photon and travel …

How A Tiny Brewery Run By Monks Came To Make The Best Beer In The World

But fame found them anyway in the mid-2000s, when the beer-information website RateBeer.com named their dark, quadrupel-style 12 the best beer in the world.<p>RateBeer executive director Joe Tucker, who put together the beer ranking based on reviews from the site's users, said he had no idea how much …

Playing with Infinity by Pointing a DSLR at a Live View Monitor

Jong Chool Do created this video showing some mesmerizing effects you can get with a DSLR and a monitor. Simply connect the two devices to bring up …

These are the most amazing aerial photos of New York ever, period

It's always exciting to receive a message from a master like Vincent Laforet telling you about his new photos. This time he has outdone himself (once …

The 10 most controversial Android apps of 2014

The end of 2014 is nigh and it’s been an amazing year for Android apps and games. Unfortunately, not every Android app made a splash or, perhaps worse, many apps made a negative splash. It doesn’t take a lot to do something wrong but it does take effort to do something so wrong that people want to …

Apps

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explains His Controversial Christmas Day Tweet

The message racked up thousands of retweets and made it his most popular, and seemingly most controversial, tweet yet.<p>Some thought his sentiment was anti-Christian. Many agreed he was trolling (with a twinkle in his eye).<p>The day after Christmas, Tyson turned to Facebook to flesh out an explanation …

Great Britain

The 10 games we can't wait to play in 2015

<i>Star Wars</i> mania is in full swing thanks to the new slate of movies. And while games based on the <i>Star Wars</i> universe have been hit or miss, it's hard not to get excited about the potential for the upcoming reboot of <i>Battlefront</i>. We don't know much about the game, but it will have Hoth, speederbikes, …

All Aboard: Great Railway Hotels

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>Experience the luxury of a bygone era with a wholly modern spin at one of these world-class railway hotels.<p><b>> The Caledonian (Edinburgh, Scotland):</b><p>Though Edinburgh’s Princes Street train station shut down nearly 50 years ago, the century-old sandstone hotel built beside it …

How to Cook Thanksgiving Dinner in Your Microwave

Thanksgiving is meant to be a time of reflection and solemn appreciation of the joyful bounties that our lives have bestowed upon us—or, more likely, …

This Indianapolis Hotel Takes Sleeping On A Train To The Next Level

Indianapolis is known for its incredible sports teams, playing host to the Indy 500 and being one of the happiest cities in the U.S. for college grads. So if you're looking to visit anytime soon, do we have a hotel for you.<p>The Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station is located in the heart of …

Editing Google's search results would damage free speech, judge rules

Google search results have been declared part of free speech by a San Francisco court, dismissing a lawsuit by a disgruntled news site<p>A San Francisco court declared that Google can arrange its search results however it likes, in stark contrast to the decision of European regulators.<p>Judge Ernest …

The 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts In The World

There's nothing we love more than an all-inclusive resort. The boundless beverages, the boundless beaches, the boundless beauty... and the boundless food (because let's be honest, that's the whole reason we're on vacation in the first place).<p>And thanks to TripAdvisor's 2014 Travelers' Choice …

Mozilla Is Launching a New Browser Specifically for Developers on November 10

Mozilla has announced it’s launching a new browser on November 10, “built by developers for developers.”<p>Based on Firefox, the new browser will feature debugging capabilities and special tools like the Firefox Tools Adapter, and WebIDE for coding right in the browser.<p>The new browser will be released …

Explore the Deck of the Largest Floating Object Ever Created

No one knows quite what to call the Prelude, the floating behemoth that Shell engineered to extract natural gas from below the ocean floor and …

Hideaway hotels you can't reach by road

Leave your Samsonite above the wardrobe and your car keys on the dresser, you won't be needing either on this trip around some of the planet's more access-challenged accommodation. Travel light, wear sensible shoes, and take some deep breaths...<p>Hotel Pilatus-Kulm, Lucerne, Switzerland<p><b>Access:</b> …

Find the Perfect Laptop in This Comprehensive, Interactive Map

There are a lot of laptops out there. A lot. Too many to navigate easily. But this chart thrown together by Marek Gibney helps. It's called the …

Tilt Brush is a virtual reality app that lets you paint with light

We've seen some pretty nifty uses for virtual reality since the Oculus Rift hit the scene (bird-simulator, anyone?), but nothing quite like Tilt Brush. At its core, the app is a 3D painting program. Boiling it down to that is a little disingenuous, though. Making art with the Rift looks absurdly …

Eerie Video Shows Masdar City–The Sustainable City Of The Future–Has No One In It

Located in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, about six miles from the historic district of Abu Dhabi and close to the international airport, …

Why is Y Combinator giving away its trade secrets for free in a YouTube class?

News out of Silicon Valley top tier accelerator Y Combinator was a little confusing today. President Sam Altman decided to give away the …

This Short Sci-Fi Thriller Shows a Quantum Experiment Gone Awry

Would you follow your lover to a different dimension?<p><i>Entangled</i>, one of the highlights from the Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts …