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The Average Net Worth By Age For The Upper Middle Class

The upper middle class, aka the mass affluent, are loosely defined as individuals with a net worth or investable assets between $500,000 to $2 …

How Much Money Does the Middle Class Really Need to Get By?

Americans need much more than we think to simply get by. | Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images<p>According to a recent Gallup survey, most American families …

Science Jokes From Our Twitter Followers

Check out some of our favorite science jokes.<p>On Monday, we asked our Twitter followers, "What's your favorite science joke?" The nerds delivered. Here are our favorite science jokes, organized by subject.<p>Chemistry<p>@PopSci I was going to tell a joke about sodium, but Na.— Ian Haygreen (@IanHaygreen) …

Jokes

Crossing the Chasm to Coding: Three Career Backgrounds That Might Help You Convert

Marc Andreessen declared famously in 2011 that "Software is eating the World." With smart phone proliferation, the explosion of cloud services and disruptive innovation running rampant everywhere, his words ring truer today than ever. Companies like Uber and AirBnB are able launch full frontal …

Language Learning

This Guy Planned The Best European Road Trip So You Don't Have To

If you thought planning a road trip in the U.S. was hard, try planning one for Europe.<p>Randy Olson, the brilliant Ph.D. candidate who recently planned the best way to road trip across America, just calculated the most epic European road trip ever. Add it to the bucket list <i>pronto</i>.<p>To calculate the …

5 Real Ways to Actually Make Money Online

How many articles are there about making money online? Thousands? Millions? Enough? Probably. But there’s a problem. Too many of them are just sales …

The Cost of Free

Charles Schwab, the $40B retail investment behemoth, recently launched a free automated online tool designed to simplify investing. I’ll show why the …

8 super-successful people share their best advice on how to quit a job

But there <i>are</i> smart — and reckless — ways to go about it.<p>LinkedIn recently asked the top minds in business to share their best advice for quitting a job.<p>Here's what Richard Branson, Suze Orman, and six other super-successful people had to say.

Self-improvement

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

'My Husband And I Have An Open Marriage'

<i>By Jenny Block</i><p>I was 17 when my sexual education began.<p>"You are responsible for your own orgasm," my boyfriend told me. He was the guy I lost my virginity to, the guy I had my first orgasm with, and the guy whose words would one day become my mantra: I am responsible for my own orgasm. I believe …

1,400 Free Ebooks And Movies For Your Kindle Or iPad

If you got a new ereader or tablet for Christmas — or if you have an old one that needs an infusion — Amazon and Apple would be happy to sell you …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Singularity

8 Steps to Launching Your Product

<i>Jason SurfrApp is the founder of IWearYourShirt and author of Creativity For Sale.</i><p>After Skyping with some college students, I wanted to share my process for launching a product or creative campaign. Whether it was launching IWearYourShirt, starting a non-profit, selling my last name, or various …

This is how you visualize the value of a college science degree

Higher education is a big sacrifice. At the cost of four to 10 years of slurping ramen noodles in a tin can of an apartment, colleges promise a big future paycheck that will make degreeless peers wild with envy. Simply telling graduates that college eventually pays off doesn’t do justice to the …

Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings

Piscine Molitor "Pi" Patel did it to survive on the Pacific Ocean. Robert Redford used the trick in All Is Lost.<p>When you're trapped on a boat, you can easily make fresh water, right? Simply let the sun heat up and evaporate salt water. Then trap the steam, condense it on a plastic surface and …

Here's How Much Banks Have Paid Out Since the Financial Crisis

The Bank of America deal announced Thursday, the government’s largest-ever settlement with a single company, means the nation’s second-biggest bank …

All-Natural Homemade Scouring Powder

There is something nostalgic about using a product that your parents and grandparents used, and I believe that we can often find a lot of modern …

Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)

Among the many challenges of writing is dealing with rules of correct usage: whether to worry about split infinitives, fused participles, and the meanings of words such as "fortuitous", "decimate" and "comprise". Supposedly a writer has to choose between two radically different approaches to these …

With This $25 Device, Doctors Can Diagnose From Across the Globe

The universal mobile electrochemical detector can turn any phone—even older 2G models—into a device that can check a person's health or monitor local water quality and then send that information to the cloud.<p><b>Scientists have developed a $25 device that</b> could test a person's blood for the presence of …

Banking For The Poor: Will This Be Bill Gates' Greatest Philanthropic Achievement?

Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates has given away more than $28 billion, comfortably making him the world’s greatest living philanthropist.<p>Yet, providing access to financial services to the one-third of the world’s people who are currently unbanked might just be on there, too.<p>Banks are hardly the most …

The Best and Worst Months to Stay at Hotels Around the World

Staying at a hotel can be one of the most expensive aspects of traveling, especially if you go at the wrong time. Hotel search site trivago …

The Most Ambitious Artificial Intelligence Project In The World Has Been Operating In Near Secrecy For 30 Years

IBM's Watson and Apple's Siri stirred up a hunger and awareness throughout the U.S. for something like a Star Trek computer that really worked — an artificially intelligent system that could receive instructions in plain, spoken language, make the appropriate inferences, and carry out its …

Artificial Intelligence

Humans prefer an electric shock to being left alone with their thoughts

One man shocked himself 190 times<p>The experiment was simple. All the participants had to do was enter an empty room, sit down, and think for six to 15 minutes. But without a cellphone, a book, or a television screen to stare at, the assignment quickly became too much to handle. In fact, even when …

APOD: How to Identify that Light in the Sky (2014 Jun 09) Image Credit & Copyright: HK (The League of Lost Causes) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140609.html Explanation: What is that light in the sky? Perhaps one of humanity's more common questions, an answer may result from a few quick observations. For example -- is it moving or blinking? If so, and if you live near a city, the answer is typically an airplane, since planes are so numerous and so few stars and satellites are bright enough to be seen over the din of artificial city lights. If not, and if you live far from a city, that bright light is likely a planet such as Venus or Mars -- the former of which is constrained to appear near the horizon just before dawn or after dusk. Sometimes the low apparent motion of a distant airplane near the horizon makes it hard to tell from a bright planet, but even this can usually be discerned by the plane's motion over a few minutes. Still unsure? The above chart gives a sometimes-humorous but mostly-accurate assessment. Dedicated sky enthusiasts will likely note -- and are encouraged to provide -- polite corrections. http://www.leagueoflostcauses.com/ https://www.facebook.com/LeagueOfLostCauses Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140609 #APOD

Not so Swift: Apple’s new programing language was 4 years in the making

Apple’s new programming language Swift might be a hit with coders, but bringing it to developers wasn’t quite as speedy a process as its name implies.<p>Chris Lattner, director of Apple’s Developer Tools department, has updated his personal website with information relating to Swift — including some …

Programming

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

When it comes to body fat, beige is the new brown

Readers perennially on the lookout for the next big thing in weight loss have heard of brown fat: those mitochondria-rich fat cells found plentifully between the shoulder blades of mice, babies and young, thin people. The bodies of people and animals with large stores of brown fat rev higher, burn …

Immune System