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1.<p>DURING MY JUNIOR YEAR of high school, I took piano lessons from a woman named Frances Thompson, who lived in a well-kept but fading ranch house on …

21 awesome books that Satya Nadella, Kevin Johnson and other top tech leaders recommend this autumn

Getting a read on attendees and speakers at the GeekWire Summit doesn’t seem like such a difficult task. They’re likely into technology or science or …

6 Foods to Eat When You’re Trying to Score a Six Pack

And 3 that you’ll want to avoid<p>Even if you hit the gym daily, you have to pay attention to what you eat to get the definition you want.<p>The right foods power tough workouts, build muscle, and can help you torch any belly fat that might be stopping your six-pack from emerging, says board-certified …

How Consciousness Solves The Puzzle Of Life

With so much knowledge floating around, you can easily lose the forest for the trees. Without a fundamental understanding of the big picture, the pieces can make very little sense and even seem absurd. This is true particularly in the case of spirituality. For example, the idea that God is …

Nasa releases retro posters for its voyage to Mars – how to download the free artwork

Nasa has released a series of mock recruitment posters for its future voyages to Mars. The agency has published retro artwork seeking to inspire …

Jonathan Franzen 'considered adopting Iraqi orphan to figure out young people'

Novelist said the idea came to him as he felt he could not identify with ‘cynical and angry’ younger generation, but he was persuaded against it by his editor<p>In a setup that would not look out of place in fiction, Jonathan Franzen, the bestselling American novelist, has said he once considered …

Instead Of A Wedding, Couples Can Now Opt For Quantum Entanglement

The latest wacky Vegas wedding has couples tying the quantum physics knot–and rethinking what it means to truly be coupled.<p>A Las Vegas hotel is experimenting with a different kind of marriage ceremony: Instead of hiring a justice of the peace, you can now be married by the power of quantum …

29 Recipes Every Millennial Should Know

You’re in the real world now. That means it’s time to cook like the young professional you are. If you’re clueless and without any cookbooks, have no fear. Cooking is easier than you think, and you can whip up some gourmet meals in no time. Spoon University is here to help with easy recipes that’ll …

5 American habits I had to give up when I traveled for 22 months straight

Freshly 24, I had just spent a year teaching English in the Korean capital.<p>Next stop: Beijing, on the way to Lanzhou, an industrial town in the center of China, where I'd celebrate the Spring Festival with my friend and his family.<p>It was the start of the Big Trip.<p>Though I didn't set out with a firm …

More than a million people signed into Periscope in its first 10 days

Twitter said today that more than a million people signed into Periscope during the first 10 days after it the livestreaming mobile app.<p>CEO Dick Costolo revealed the numbers during the company’s first-quarter earnings call.<p>Shares of Twitter dropped nearly 19 percent this afternoon after an apparent …

26 Books From Around The World You Need To Read Before You Die

Next stop: your local bookstore.

Baltimore's dual identity explains unrest

<b>Why Baltimore?</b><p>That's the question being asked after the city erupted into riots and looting on Monday. Since Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer last year in Ferguson, Missouri, dozens of incidents questioning the use of force by police have emerged in cities and towns across the US.<p>But …

Justice

Macphun Launches Noiseless Preview for Mac to Crush Grainy Photos

Once the app is finalized, Noiseless will come in a standard version, sold exclusively on the Mac App Store, and a Pro version, sold on Macphun’s Website. The Pro version will also feature proprietary Raw noise reduction technology, support for additional color spaces and added controls. The pro …

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

LHC reboot: the world's largest particle accelerator is now active

'What we’ve put together is almost a new machine.'<p>The Large Hadron Collider is reborn — on Easter weekend, of course. After shutting it down for two years in February 2013, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator is up and running again. That doesn't mean that it's going at full …

If the passenger in the seat next to you buy a snack or a movie, you probably will too

If the passenger sitting next to you on a flight buys a snack or a movie, does that make it more likely that you, too, will buy something?<p>Yes, says Stanford Graduate School of Business professor Pedro M. Gardete. He examined what’s known as social effect—when our behavior is influenced by the …

In-flight Entertainment

What Your Favorite Shoes Say About You

Your go-to pair of shoes is someone's first indication about who you are. Make sure you're giving them the right impression

007 back to the future as new James Bond movie, Spectre, channels 60s

Photograph: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA<p>Dave Bautista, who will play Mr Hinx. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/4/1417716985519/a51d798d-bbe8-4191-b74d-77fde1017814-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA<p>Dave Bautista, …

What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit?

Photograph: BFI<p>A scene from the British version of Emil and the Detectives where a whole gang of children set about catching a thief after Emil has been robbed on a …

9 Ridiculously Great Uses of Brisket

By: Dan Gentile<p><i>Credit: JW Walthall</i><p>In some parts of Texas, putting anything other than salt and pepper on a brisket is considered blasphemy. But to the dismay of more traditional pitmasters (and Spinderella) there's a whole host of folks around the country (and Canada!) who're using brisket to …

Radical 4-in-1 piston engine promises hybrid-like efficiency

One of the many challenges facing engine designers is the need to increase power output while simultaneously retaining or improving efficiency. …

Engineering

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Augmented Reality

Why women leave tech: It's the culture, not because 'math is hard'

I knew something was up when Sandhya, a talented project manager I only knew slightly, asked me if we could have lunch.<p>She had recently come back …

Nobel Prize in medicine honors discovery of the brain's 'inner GPS'

Groundbreaking research could shed new light on Alzheimer's disease<p>Dr. John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser, and Edvard I. Moser have been awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discovery of cells that form an "inner GPS" in human brains. O'Keefe will share the 8 million Swedish krona ($1.1 …

Tom Hanks’ Typewriter App Shoots To The Top Of The App Store

Tom Hanks’ name can do more than sell a movie, it seems. His recently launched, hipster-ish typewriter app for iPad, Hanx Writer, has now shot to the top of the iTunes App Store, ranking No. 1 in both the Productivity section, as well as Overall.<p>Launched last week, Hanx Writer turns your iPad into …

This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.<p>In the not-too-distant future, here's how you tell a friend that you made them a surprise.<p>You don't write an email, simple as that would be. Instead, you send your friends a notification that directs them to go …

Push For Pizza Is Yo For Food Delivery

While apps like Seamless and Postmates have made it easier than ever to order food with almost no hassle, sometimes having to look through options is just too much of a pain. With Push For Pizza, five teens from Brooklyn have created an app that makes it simpler still to get sustenance delivered to …

Former Apple Employee Sam Sung Auctioning Business Card and Uniform for Charity

Former Apple retail employee Sam Sung is using his rather ironic name and job history to raise money for a Canadian charity (via <i>Pocket-lint</i>). Sung worked for Apple in Vancouver's Pacific Centre store as a specialist and recently found one of his old business cards in pristine condition when it fell …