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A US senator walked out of 'Zero Dark Thirty' after 15 minutes because it was so 'false'

It also placed viewers in the middle of an event that is still an intense topic of fascination for the American public, with director Kathryn Bigelow calling the death of bin Laden "one of the great stories of our time."<p>That's exactly what her film was — a story, not a precise document of the …

National Security

The fascinating cultural reason why Westerners and East Asians have polar opposite understandings of truth

As a 6'3'' blonde guy, it was pretty obvious that I looked different than just about everybody else.<p>What was less obvious is that as a Westerner, I <i>thought</i> differently than my new East Asian friends. Contracts, agreements, appointments — the cultural differences were huge.<p>According to cultural …

Asia

You can now watch the 'Netflix for pirated movies' right from your web browser

Popcorn Time has come to be known as a sort of "Netflix for pirated movies," but until now prospective streamers always had to download the somewhat dubious Popcorn Time application to start viewing films.<p>That's not the case anymore. On Tuesday, the anonymous team behind the Popcorn Time brand …

Popcorn Time

Dreamy Photos of Sun Rays Shining Down on the Polish Landscape

Marcin Sobas is a landscape photographer from Poland. His creative process often involves imagining a scene first, or just capturing a visual image …

Can you solve the maths question for Singapore schoolkids that went viral?

Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s threesome sets the web aflutter<p>How to solve Albert, Bernard and Cheryl’s birthday maths problem<p>Why this problem turned into the maths version of #thatdress<p>Cheryl’s birthday puzzle part two, Denise’s revenge - can you solve it?<p>Singapore usually comes top, or nearly top, …

Mathematics

What Goes Into Your Toilet Might Be A Literal Goldmine

Waste not, want not<p>The waste in your body might not be as much of a waste as you think. At a meeting of the American Chemical Society, researchers have announced that they are working on a way to extract tons of valuable metals from sewage.<p>A study published in <i>Environmental Science and Technology</i> …

U.S. Geological Survey

'Guitar Hero'-Style Videogame Helps Stroke Victims Recover

Rehabilitating with games is more fun, and it works better<p>Of the 700,000 people who suffer from strokes every year in the United States, only 10 percent fully recover. The rehabilitation process can be long and challenging, especially for older victims in more fragile states of health. Researchers …

Clinical Trials

Watching live streams of people coding is now officially a thing

If you’re still reeling from shock that people would spend hours watching live streams of other people playing video games on Twitch, well, then you better have a seat.<p>Across the Internet, sites are popping up that let people watch other people code for hours and hours. Indeed, live streams of …

How Amazon Tricks You Into Thinking It Always Has the Lowest Prices

It's all about price perception.<p>Amazon is known for having low prices. But a study conducted by a startup called Boomerang Commerce reveals that Amazon’s pricing strategy is much more nuanced than simply undercutting the competition.<p>Boomerang, founded by Amazon veteran Guru Hariharan, makes …

Shopping

The 17 best drone videos that gave a whole new perspective to 2014

Drone photography came into its own this year.<p>Quadcopters with cameras got better and cheaper, turning more people into drone hobbyists and professional aerial videographers. Drones were used for cityscapes, nature walks, concerts, real estate listings, disaster surveys, Olympic sports—even …

Hong Kong

How do you sell God in the 21st century? More heaven, less hell

Growing up as an evangelical, I was terrified of hell. But in recent years, Christian pastors have abandoned damnation in favour of a more upbeat vision<p>A couple of years ago, a Chicago-based corporate-identity consultant Chris Herron gave himself the ultimate challenge: rebrand hell. It was half …

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

National Security

Want to save your favorite film? Here’s how to fix a scratched DVD or CD

So you let your buddy borrow your DVD of <i>Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2</i> and now it’s scratched — guess they didn’t show Chris Pratt’s epic film the …

Chris Pratt