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While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Squarespace raises $40M, which is as much as it plans to spend on ads this year

New York-based web design and hosting service Squarespace today announced that it has raised a $40 million Series B funding round from General …

Grubwithus becomes Superb, a platform for discovering new places and which friends to share them with

Have you ever heard about a hot new restaurant far off the beaten path and wondered which of your friends would be willing to venture out and try it …

The 'Next Silicon Valley' Myth

The app economy is concentrating ever-more deeply in the Valley<p>Last week I offered some reasons to be skeptical of the cities claiming to be the "Next Silicon Valleys." The point wasn't that Silicon Valley was inherently superior to these cities: New Orleans is cheaper, Austin has better barbecue, …

Protect Your Kids From Failure

The case for self-esteem, success, and even an occasional participation trophy<p>It isn't usually spelled out quite so bluntly, but an awful lot of parenting practices are based on the belief that the best way to get kids ready for the painful things that may happen to them later is to make sure they …

These U.S. Colleges and Majors Are the Biggest Waste of Money

You can major in art at a lower-tier public university if you want to. Just don't expect it to make you rich.<p>This morning we published a review of recent research by PayScale on the most valuable colleges and majors in America, based on self-reported earnings by individuals who graduated from …

Want Some Space For A Creative Project? Stay On A Private Island–For Free

If you have a good idea to work on, Swedish creativity expert Fredrik Härén will let you stay on one of his island getaways.<p>Buying a private island is a little out of reach for most people. But if you happen to be an artist–or anyone working on a creative project–and you’re looking for a quiet …

Millennials Don’t Care About Owning Cars, And Car Makers Can’t Figure Out Why

Driving numbers are down for younger people and the auto industry hasn’t found a way to respond. It’s because they don’t understand why millennials could possibly not want to drive.<p>Auto manufacturers today are scratching their heads, trying to figure out why the millennial generation has …

Turn Your TV Into An Interactive Scrapbook With Chrome Photowall

Google pushes developers to do cool stuff with its streaming-video TV gadget by doing cool stuff itself.<p>Google has released a new experimental project called Photowall that turns your TV into a sort of collaborative, interactive digital photo frame.<p>Photowall is a free app for iOS (meaning, iPhones, …

The Fascinating Neuroscience Of Color

This seemingly simple area of study offers insights into all sorts of behavior–from attention to decision-making.<p>Neuroscientist Bevil Conway thinks about color for a living. An artist since youth, Conway now spends much of his time studying vision and perception at Wellesley College and Harvard …

15 Ways Skrillex Changed the World

15. He’s the missing link between generations<p>Skrillex became EDM's everykid Generational Connector, providing a bridge back to the great (primarily …

Skrillex

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing …

Sometimes a photography project tends to drag on longer than you expected, but what if that project lasted 37 years? Now through June 15 at the New York Historical Society, Bill Cunningham is...

Sometimes a photography project tends to drag on longer than you expected, but what if that project lasted 37 years?<p>Now through June 15 at the New …

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Google and Viacom settle seven-year YouTube row

<b>Google and Viacom have resolved a long-running legal battle regarding copyrighted material on YouTube.</b><p>The out-of-court settlement brings to an end a dispute that began in 2007.<p>Viacom had sought $1bn (£600m) in damages from the search giant.<p>The companies said in a joint statement: "This settlement …

Yes, This Sparkly E-Cigarette Necklace Actually Exists

A video ad for the brand, called Vapor Couture, encourages women to "break free from the pack" with the "slim, sleek, sparkling" e-cigarettes in colors that come "straight off the runway."<p>The brand has a complementary line of accessories including charging cases available in brushed platinum and …

When You're Producing Great Branded Content, Take Credit for It

As interest in content marketing swelled over the past few years, old-schoolers have struggled with the urge to turn out thinly disguised …

Publishers map out a new viral tactic

On Twitter, maps are everywhere –and you certainly don’t need a map to find one. And the primary proliferator of digital maps are publishers. In …

Advertising Industry

Holi 2014: The Festival of Colors

This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, …

Pixar’s Ed Catmull On How to Cherish Your Defining Moment–And Then Find A New One

Walt [Disney] didn’t pay attention to succession. But the deep identification a founder can have with his company is like the identification that a director has with the film he’s trying to make. It’s extraordinarily difficult to pull yourself out of that equation. Now, Steve [Jobs] was smart …

Eric Harris On The Secrets Behind BuzzFeed’s Winning Content Formula

When BuzzFeed’s Eric Harris took the stage at DX3, an annual digital marketing and business conference, he focused on how his company’s popular website creates winning content that travels well online. As Sebastian Agosta explains in his blog post summarizing Harris’s talk, “Content is king, but …

4 Things We Learned From This Rare Interview With Apple Design God Jonathan Ive

Great design is a demonstration against thoughtlessness and carelessness, says the legendary iPhone designer in an interview with the Sunday Times.<p>Apple’s rock star designer Jony Ive has given the <i>Sunday Times (subscription required)</i> a rare interview, talking about his partnership with Steve Jobs, …

How David Rockwell Reinvented The Theater For The TED Era

Rockwell’s bespoke pop-up theater, a timber structure with customized seating that fosters an intimate connection between audience and speaker, debuts at TED2014 in Vancouver.<p>Arguably, attending TED’s annual conference is great for the mind, but hard on the butt. The annual conference devoted to …

A New App That Lets You Take Apart Websites and Rebuild Them At Will

With Kimono, you can recombine existing web apps to create your own in about five minutes–no coding skills required.<p>You used to have to be a programmer just to use computers at all. Graphical user interfaces changed all that. But what if you want to build software? Increasingly, you don’t have to …

Web Applications

Draw Something Designer Debuts Sneeky, An Anonymous Social App Which Focuses On Photos

Anonymous social networking is the new social media. (Or the new “SoLoMo.” We’ll see.) Developers are attacking the space right and left these days, it seems, despite the controversies surrounding the ethics and morality of these services, which include apps like Secret, Whisper, Wut and YikYak, to …

Social news app Nuzzel organizes the news according to who is sharing it

Reading the news isn’t a difficult task for most people, but finding the most interesting news of the day probably is.<p>The folks at Nuzzel, a news aggregation service that launches today, can certainly sympathize.<p>You log into the startup’s website using either Twitter or Facebook to see an overview …

Trulia's $45 million ad buy involves more dollars than sense

In the online real estate listings game, where Zillow goes so inevitably must Trulia.<p>Trulia, founded in 2004, is a year older than Zillow but since …

Interview With a Person Who Changed Careers Without Quitting Her Job

<i>I met Emily Reese when we worked together at Kickstarter. At the time, Emily, 24 and newly out of grad school, was working on the support team and</i> …

Pixar’s Ed Catmull On Why Creatives Need To Be Protected

I think most people are creative.<p>The reason I don’t write about how to make people creative in my book is that there are lots of books and lots of people saying things like “free people up” or “get rid of mental blocks.” But I don’t think that’s the central problem.<p>I think the central problem is …

Google Glass Diaries Record Life From The Point Of View Of People Whose Stories Don’t Get Told

From a Burmese pay phone operator to a Thai kickboxer, filmmaker Josh Kim is using Google Glass to let people show their own surprising perspectives.<p>Google Glass is a rare but unsurprising sight at bars in San Francisco and in the the halls of events like SXSW. Filmmaker Josh Kim, however, has …