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Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

TED Talks

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

How I built a 20,000-piece LEGO rice plantation inspired by The LEGO Ninjago Movie [Guest Feature] | The Brothers Brick

Today we’re pleased to welcome <b>Anu Pehrson</b> as a guest contributor to give a special introduction to her latest creation. We spoke with Anu last year …

Lego

The 15 Best Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: April 13th</b><p>The sci-fi genre currently splits the difference between niche entertainment and the mainstream, providing diehard nerds and folks looking for a simple good time with a common ground on which they can unite and share in their enthusiasm. There was a time when tales of …

Science Fiction

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Apple's Siri Learns New Jokes

Apple appears to have recently updated Siri on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and HomePod with a slew of new jokes to tell. Based on reports on Twitter and from <i>MacRumors</i> readers, the new jokes started rolling out earlier this month.<p>When you ask Siri a question like "tell me a joke" on an iOS device, Mac, or …

Jokes

Seasoning your cast iron pan isn’t enough

You season and reseason for a reason.<p>Cast iron is strange mixture of incredibly durable and unusually delicate—especially for a cooking implement. The metal is physically sturdy, but also highly reactive, which means even a droplet of water sitting in your cast iron pan can leave a rust spot. To …

Particles

Jony Ive Talks About His Design Process, Apple Secrecy, Steve Jobs, and More in New Interview

Apple chief design officer Jony Ive recently sat down with model and actress Naomi Campbell for an interview, discussing topics like his design process, Steve Jobs, Apple secrecy, and more (via <i>Vogue</i>).<p>Campbell asked about Ive's personal involvement in the manufacturing process, bringing up a rumor …

Azzedine Alaïa

Apple and the 10,000 CNC milling machines

Apple lives in one world, says a seed venture capitalist, the rest of us live in another.<p>From Apple is an exception to nearly every rule by Bolt’s …

Smartwatches

How to Group Mac App Icons More Prominently in Your Dock

In macOS, the Dock provides convenient one-click access to your most frequently used Mac applications. The simplest way to organize docked apps is to click and drag them into your preferred place, but here we're going to show you a lesser-known trick for arranging docked items more clearly.<p>To …

Operating Systems

Child abuse imagery found within bitcoin's blockchain

Researchers discover illegal content within the distributed ledger, making possession of it potentially unlawful in many countries<p>German researchers have discovered unknown persons are using bitcoin’s blockchain to store and link to child abuse imagery, potentially putting the cryptocurrency in …

Blockchain

Guy Builds His Own Awesome LEGO Prosthetic Arm - Technabob

David Aguilar was born with an underdeveloped right arm. But he didn’t let that stand in his way, and he built himself an awesome prosthetic …

3D Printing

Apple and Blockchain: Together at Last?

A patent filing suggests that Apple might be testing the waters with blockchain.<p>In one corner, we have <b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ:AAPL), the largest publicly …

13 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Said 1 Thing Made All the Difference in His Life

A short passage from a Steve Jobs commencement address teaches an important lesson.<p>Steve Jobs was famous (or infamous, depending on your point of view) for his "reality distortion field," his ability to make other people believe the seemingly impossible was actually possible.<p>But the first person he …

Motivation

The odd history of horses

New research sheds light on the origins of domestic horses, and asks: just how many toes does a horse have?<p>We’re so used to seeing horses, we often forget just what a bunch of weirdos they are. Let’s start with their feet: can you name another animal with only one hoof? If you said cow, sheep or …

Anthropology

Jupiter Will Never Stop Surprising Scientists

NASA’s Juno mission keeps churning out stunning images of the gas planet’s clouds—and more mysteries about what lurks underneath.<p>For the last year and a half, the NASA spacecraft Juno has been circling Jupiter and collecting reams of data. Juno spends most of its time a good distance away from …

Astronomy

Fully restored Apple I shown loading programs from an iPad in video documenting repair process

Last week, we told you about collector and former Microsoft Program Manger Jimmy Grewal’s mission to restore his recently acquired Apple I board to working condition. After rigorous testing and cleaning, Grewal and his team have fully revived the system and documented the restoration process in a …

7 Toxic Thinking Mistakes That Will Keep You From Being Mentally Strong

Changing the way you think will change your entire life.<p>Just because you think something doesn't make it true. Yet, you likely believe your brain when it casts doubt on your abilities or when it tells you that people don't like you even though there's little evidence supporting such statements.<p>In …

Self-help

10 Breads from Around The World to Try Other Than a French Baguette

Breakfast

Explore Endor, Jakku and Hoth driving one these brilliant motion sculptures

<i>Star Wars</i> saga is all about two things – machines and locations. Of course, some may say it’s also about the Force, family relationship and …

Lego

The 5 Best Things Your Child Can Say to a Bully

Arm your kid with these powerful comebacks.<p>“Well, that isn’t a very nice thing to say.”<p>“Kids typically bully when they think they can have a strong …

Parenting

5 Apps That Should Terrify Every Parent, According To Experts

The internet can be a cesspool of danger for some teenagers, says Sedgrid Lewis, an internet safety expert who blogs under the moniker Spy Parent. Some of the apps that teens favor can expose them to predators and encourage them to engage in unsafe behaviors.<p>According to the child safety website …

14 Pizza Recipes That Will Put Delivery to Shame

1 of 15<p>Anchovy Oil Pesto-and-Greens Pizza<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 15<p>Grilled Peach Chutney Pizza with Prosciutto and Goat Cheese<p>3 of 15<p>White Pizza with …

Elago’s 3-in-1 charging hub charges your Apple Watch, AirPods, and iPhone

This 3-in-1 charging stand from Elago holds and charges all your Apple devices in one compact space. The stand is made of silicone for durability; it …

Things Automation: Building a “Natural Language” Parser in Workflow

One of the Todoist features I miss the most as a Things user is the service's natural language parser. Available in the Quick Add field of Todoist for iOS, web, and macOS, this feature is, effectively, Fantastical for tasks. Instead of having to manually select task fields such as projects, tags, …

One-Skillet Creamy Chicken Tortellini Is Here to Save Dinner — Delicious Links

Stuck in a cooking rut? Forgot to meal plan? Thinking of ordering takeout? Not so fast — this one-skillet chicken with tortellini is here to save …

Cooking

Behind the Scenes of How Chocolate Is Actually Made

In recent years, Brazil has become a leader in the international chocolate market: It is the seventh-largest cacao producer in the world, known for …

Roxley Games Releases First Peek At Upcoming ‘Santorini’ Digital App

<b>In an exciting announcement for fans of digital board games,</b> Roxley Games has just updated their Santorini Kickstarter page with the first sneak peek …

Mobile Devices

Lego Technics Snowblower

This Lego Technics snowblower makes you wonder what can't be built with Legos. Some very ingenious work from The Brick Wall made this along with a …

Lego

Northerners Need This LEGO Snowblower - Technabob

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of shoveling snow every year. Even when you use a snowblower, it requires you to push the thing, while you …