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Is Bitcoin Really The Future Of Money?

Time for a reality check<p>If you’re not a math genius or a cryptographer, it can be hard to wrap your head around what Bitcoin is. So two years ago, I decided to get familiarized by immersing myself in it. I got rid of my cash and credit cards, and spent a week in San Francisco living on Bitcoin. At …

Bitcoin

How To Turn Your Old Smartphone Into A Smart Mirror

A reflective dashboard for your morning routine<p>Ditch your Post-it notes for reminders built right into a mirror. Software engineer Hannah Mittelstaedt programmed an old Android tablet to show time, weather, and other information in bright letters on a dark background. Place the device behind a …

The Honda Project 2&4 Is A Motorcycle Like No Other

It's like a supercharged go-cart<p>What happens when you combine a car and a motorcycle? Honda decided to find out when it pitted more than 80 of its brightest engineers against each other in its annual Global Design Project, an internal competition to foster exchanges among its global network of …

Big Idea: Year Of The Zettabyte

Are we prepared for 2016's data deluge?<p>By the end of 2016, Cisco estimates that Internet traffic will bypass 1 zettabyte. For those who think of storage in the relatable terms of a smartphone, a zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes, which translates into 1 trillion gigabytes—or roughly 300 trillion photos …

Emoji Users Have Sex On The Brain

Plus: which emojis help singles flirt, and which ones get in the way<p>According to 5,000 singles surveyed by Match․com, those who think about sex frequently also use emojis the most often:<p>Which emoji do those singles use? Women and men are united in their most and least popular choices:

Inside a #FOMO-Inducing Napa Valley Wine and Dine Experience

Sponsored: a trip to Blackbird vineyards with Bon Appétit and BMW.<p>What happens when BA takes a few of our friends to Napa and attempts to drink our way through Blackbird’s best vineyards and eat our way through Matt Lightner’s newest menu? We wind up really, really full (and happy).<p>Don’t worry, …

Blackbirds

Newly-Developed Material Sponges Up CO2 Like a Dream

It's not only more efficient than its predecessors, but more robust as well.<p>In the wake of last week's UN global climate agreement, it's never been clearer that we're on the path to a zero carbon-emission future. Today, scientists announced the creation of a radical new carbon dioxide-absorbing …

Fossil Fuels

Here Is the Biggest a Black Hole Could Get

You can get to 50 billion times the mass of the Sun before all that matter wants to do something else.<p>Black holes are what's left after the deaths of stars far, far more massive than the sun, but just how big these matter-sucking monsters could get has been a tricky question to answer. A researcher …

Black Holes

France Built a Power Plant that Runs on Cheese

Oui oui.<p>The French are already known for leading the world in nuclear power, and now they are venturing into a new and particularly French method of energy production: generating power from cheese.<p>The renewable energy company Valbio has built a power plant in the French Alps that uses whey, a …

Renewable Energy

13 GIFs Take You Inside Some of World War One's Most Crucial Weapons

These are some truly fascinating mechanisms.<p>GIFs that illustrate the inner workings of a gun are a tried, true, and terrific art form. It's impressive to see (and hear) a blast, but there's a different sort of engineering beauty to the springs and gears and levers that pull the bullets into place …

GIF Animations

The Newest Strongest, Lightest Material Is Here

The metal composite is light as a feather but stiff as a board.<p>UCLA researchers have published a paper in Nature outlining a new material, one that's got the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material ever created. The compound comes from alloying magnesium with silicon carbide nanofibers, …

Engineering

Has Tesla Sunk Itself With the Model X?

It may be fatally fascinating.<p>From the January 2016 issue<p>It had been a few years since I last visited Tesla Motors, that enormous white sheet cake of a factory down at the muddy bottom end of the San Francisco Bay. The Fremont plant used to spit out half a million vehicles a year when it was a …

These Healthcare Apps Keep Us On Our Best Behavior

David Rose Contributor<p>David Rose is the chief executive officer at Ditto Labs; the author of Enchanted Objects; an MIT Media Lab researcher and a tech-humanist.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Communicating Through Touch<p>For too long, healthcare technology has focused reactively on treating the …

Tupac biopic finds its star — and a very familiar Biggie

<i>All Eyez on Me</i>, an upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic with a tumultuous history, has finally found its star.<p>Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will make his debut …

Rap & Hip-Hop

The 10 best U.S. cities to build wealth

Many Americans, intent on building their fortune, think of heading to New York or San Francisco. But it turns out neither are the best U.S. city to …

The Deceivingly Simple Reasons Behind Donald Trump's Rise

The Trump boom continues to grow, and the political pros who have missed it from day one are scrambling for explanations. Hillary Clinton, Bernie …

Most anticipated tech of 2016: August to December edition

Apple wants Samsung to pay another $180 million for copying its design

For five Samsung phones sold after 2012<p>Apple is demanding Samsung pay an additional $180 million in the companies' long-running patent dispute. The request comes less than two weeks after Samsung finally agreed to pay Apple $548 million in accordance with the original verdict. But now Apple says …

The best gadgets from 2015 to buy with your Christmas money

Every year there’s a plethora of new gadgets for you to spend your well deserved Christmas cash on.<p>The list of devices out there is basically endless, so we’re here to try and clear up the best of the year, so you know what to blow the money on, regardless of how much you’ve got to spend.<p>Under …

The fate of a Picasso is in the Internet's hands

Each holiday, Cards Against Humanity runs a mystery gift club, in which subscribers pay $15 in exchange for... uh... mystery gifts. This year, the presents included socks, socks and socks, as well as a year's membership to NPR and giving a week off to the employees of the factory where the cards …

Cards Against Humanity

The best (and worst) smartwatches, fitness bands, and wearables of 2015

Wearables are going mainstream—what worked, what didn't, and what's in between?<p>It has been a big year for wearables. The Apple Watch was born …

Skewering "Unitaskers:" Alton Brown Reviews Really Dumb Kitchen Gadgets

Did these objects really need to be designed?<p>For every handy smartphone app that we often use, there's another two with functionality so narrow and …

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Researchers believe they've identified the part of the brain which ends light sleep, called the non-rapid eye movement (NREM) cycle, and ultimately wakes you up. Professor Antoine Adamantidis from the University of Bern and his team found a neural circuit sandwiched between two brain regions, …

Neuroscience

5 skills employers want that you won’t see in a job ad

Ask senior executives in New York, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, Seattle, Shanghai, Beijing or London what their biggest concern is and they will all tell …

A private equity gamble in Vegas gone wrong

There have been so many truly extraordinary twists and turns in the saga of Caesars Entertainment (CZR) over the past eight years that it’s hard to …

7 ways to retrain your brain so you are more productive

Evolution is a slow process. In the timeline of our species, we’re not far removed from our days of living in small clan groups, hunting and …

This stat will make you question Beats headphones forever

Beats headphones feel good when you put them on — nice, heavy and durable. But according to a new teardown and analysis posted on Medium, 30% of …

Energy Companies Gird for Weaker Prices in 2016

Collectively, U.S. producers are taking more in write-downs on their assets than during the oil bust of 2008<p>In a sign that U.S. energy producers think oil and gas prices will languish through next year, several are slashing their already slimmed-down budgets even more.<p>Eight companies including …

Oil & Gas Industry

These 3 Questions Will Immediately Increase Your Emotional Intelligence | Inc.com

Emotional intelligence (EI or EQ) is marked by a person's ability to recognize and understand emotions (both his or her own and those of others), and to use that information to guide decision making. It includes demonstrating extremely complex qualities such as empathy, sympathy, and compassion.<p>Of …

How the Ancient Practice of Harvesting Edible Bird's Nests Is Facing Some Very Modern Challenges

Balancing on a bamboo platform suspended dozens of meters up in the Madai cave in Malaysian Borneo, a man vigorously tears cup-shaped protrusions off …