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Our Brains are Built to Like Curved Screens

There's a good reason we are experiencing the rise of the so-called "visual web." Our minds were destined to be attracted to visuals over text—since …

The GOkey keyring does more than just hold your keys

Many attempts to make the humble keyring even more useful simply add one extra feature, two at most. The GOkey's ability to charge your phone, …

Gear & Gadgets

ProtonMail Is A Swiss Secure Mail Provider That Won’t Give You Up To The NSA

In the wake of the Lavabit’s demise and increased interest in secure mail services, Switzerland-based ProtonMail is looking to zap a little life into the old PGP mail server market. Currently crowdfunded far past its goal of $100,000, the service wants to make it cheap and easy to get a secure …

Six Flags Unveils Tallest, Fastest and Steepest Wooden Roller Coaster

After much anticipation from thrill seekers and coaster enthusiasts, Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois has finally unveiled its newest …

Why Apple switched from Yahoo to Weather Channel for Weather data in iOS 8

When Apple unveiled iOS 8 earlier this month, it didn’t take long for beta testers to notice it had replaced Yahoo with The Weather Channel as the source of data in the stock iOS Weather app. While recent reports suggested Yahoo was trying to get Apple to put even more of its services on the iPhone …

A Brief History of the Chocolate Chip

Celebrating National Chocolate Chip Day—not a federal holiday, at least not <i>yet</i>—should be easy enough for all the classic dessert lovers and cookie …

100-Year-Old Negatives Discovered in Block of Ice in Antarctica

For the past 100 years, a box of never-before-seen negatives has been preserved in a block of ice in Antarctica. Recently, Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust came across the 22 exposed, but unprocessed, cellulose nitrate negatives during an attempt to restore an old …

Is music really all about sex?

Charles Darwin argued that music evolved as a way to attract lovers, and a study claims to support his idea. But how strong is the evidence, asks Phil Ball.<p>Humans have been making music for at least 40,000 years. The earliest known instruments are flutes made from hollow animal bones. What is less …

Nintendo's Original Game Boy Turns 25

On April 21, 1989, Nintendo released the original Game Boy in Japan. It was built like a brick and rendered a mixture of black and gray pixels on a muddy green background. The console wasn’t light, slender or powerful, but it was the trigger for a new culture around video games and changed people’s …

Tabasco And Beer-Flavored: Not Your Easter Bunny's Jelly Beans

This Easter, you can drown your sorrows in a glass of Jellybean milk — or with a pile of beer-flavored jelly beans.<p>The new twists are a sign that jelly beans are continuing their march to candyland domination. Americans buy 16 billion beans in the Easter season alone (mid-February until the actual …

8 Of Google’s Craziest Offices

Google is known for its zany office designs, from stroopwafel ceilings to slides to scooters. And you thought your office’s foosball table was cool.<p>While most of us 9-to-5ers hunch over in boxy, fluorescent-lit cubicles, feeling lucky if our office has a snack machine, the Google employees of the …

Dad Films His Daughter Growing Up Over 14 Years in 4 Minutes

In a gorgeous display of fatherly love, Frans Hofmeester started filming his baby girl Lotte in the autumn 1999 and continued for a full 14 …

‘What’s In Your Bag?’ Take a Look at the Daily Essentials of 100 Global Creatives’

Yah Leng – Founder, Foreign Policy Design<p>Every photographer carries a bag of tricks around, this bag is essentially magical when combined with one’s …

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<b>U.S. Soil Grows Wind Power Garden</b><p>by Michael Keller<p>Wind farms have proliferated across the American landscape over the last four decades. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, one wind farm existed California in 1975. It produced enough electricity to power around 4,100 homes. By 2012, 815 wind farms were pumping out enough power for 15 million homes.<p>See the Department of Energy’s interactive version.

7 Reasons Maple Syrup Is Good for Something Other Than Pancakes

The nectar of the dessert Gods packs a solid amount of nutrients that can benefit you in the long run.<p>Despite what Canada's told you, maple syrup can do more than just soak your pancakes in sticky, magic sauce. The nectar of the dessert gods packs a solid amount of nutrients that can benefit you in …

Pancakes

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Apple to Reportedly Release 4.7-Inch iPhone 6 This Fall, 5.5-Inch Version Delayed

Apple is set to begin mass production of the 4.7-inch display to be used in the iPhone 6 this May in preparation for the device's general release this fall, according to a new report from <i>Reuters</i>.<p>Citing supply chain sources, the report also states that the much rumored 5.5-inch version of the iPhone …

Envy. Discord. Secrecy. Turns Out Silos Hold More Than Corn

As your company grows, people will inevitably specialize. That doesn't mean they have to compete with or ignore each other.<p>In startup mode, entrepreneurs (and employees) often wear many hats. But as you move into the second stage and add staff, people begin to specialize. While specialization is …

Focus in CTA crash falls on operator fatigue, braking system

Federal investigators will focus on whether a CTA train operator fell asleep at the controls and if an automatic braking system was working properly as they seek to pinpoint the cause of a spectacular crash Monday that left a Blue Line car perched atop an escalator.<p>The operator may have fallen …

Crime

An iPhone Case That Takes Your Vitals

The future of basic medicine is starting to sound like science fiction: the tricorder from <i>Star Trek</i> has been brought to life by Scanadu, a startup at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Meanwhile, biotech companies are developing pills embedded with sensors to track how patients respond to medication–once …

Keeping Letterpress Lively: Studio visit with KeeganMeegan & Co.

It's not hard to love letters, they give us ideas and inspiration and connect us to the world through writing. For traditional printers that …

Disconnect unveils private search Android app and web interface

Disconnect Search, a tool that lets people use popular search engines without having their queries logged or tracked, just got easier to use. On …

Netflix Sinks After Apple-Comcast Streaming TV Talks Revealed

Netflix stock has been on a tear for most of the last year, as investors become increasingly optimistic about the future of online video streaming as a viable and growing business model. But Netflix’s success may have put a target on its back.<p>On Monday, Netflix shares sank nearly 8% after a Wall …

5 Habits That Lead to Failure (and What to Do Instead)

These common ways of thinking will frustrate and thwart any attempt to grow yourself or your business.<p>Pursuing success isn't just about doing what works; it's about avoiding what doesn't. If you indulge yourself with the following five mental habits, it can ruin your career and your company:<p>1. …

Marketing Automation: The Right Way to Get People to Your Site

Here's how to drive target audience members to your website using marketing automation.<p>Building on the concepts delivered in last week's post <i>Marketing Automation Isn't as Easy as It Sounds</i>, I will continue the discussion of the pre-requisites to success in marketing automation. Last week, we …

Marketing

Mobile Ad Spending Expected to Increase by 75 Percent in 2014

A new report shows the still-growing importance of advertising on Google and Facebook, predicting that mobile ad revenue will rise to $31.5 billion this year.<p>If you're not considering dedicating a larger portion of your advertising budget to mobile, you're behind the times.<p>A new report by research …

6 Surprising Ways to Get More Creative

Want to prime your creative juices? Start by making a mess--it's good for your brain.<p>Here are six surprising facts you might not already know about how the creative mind works, which can hopefully to get your own creative juices flowing:<p>1. Workplace clutter makes you more creative.<p>Here's a …

Checklist: How to Launch a Software App

Use this handy checklist to help organize your next app launch.<p>If you're in technology, launching a new application or a set of features is both exciting and excruciating. Software development is a tricky thing, with so many variables that you're almost guaranteed to never get it right out of the …