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Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission”

We managed a year of Charlie Hebdo, Franklin Graham, Ted Cruz, Josh Duggar and more creationism. To sanity in 2016<p>The year just past was, for rationalists, an unremitting <i>annus horribilis.</i> It leaves us with little reason to think 2016 will be much better.<p>But first, a digression.<p>If a close friend of …

Religion

Physicists Claim Universe 'Rings' Like Crystal Glass

Not unlike the fading tones of a ringing crystal goblet, the spacetime continuum and the universe itself may be oscillating through billions of years of cosmic time, say two U.S. physicists.<p>In a paper recently published in <i>The Astronomical Journal</i>, physicists Harry Ringermacher and Lawrence Mead at …

Physics

8 Men’s Street Style Trends From Fashion Week

Taking Stock Of Street Style<p>Kick the brogues off, unknot the neck tie, and hang your overcoat up to dry – the European men’s fashion weeks are over. …

Men's Fashion

China growth expected to miss government target

China is poised to report full-year growth that falls short of the government's official target, according to a CNNMoney survey of economists.<p>Gross domestic product is likely to have expanded by 7.3% in 2014, compared to the same period last year, according to a median estimate of eight economists. …

Economics

4D printed dress could be the shape of things to come

Designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg see $3,000 garment as a shift away from mass production<p>According to Jessica Rosenkrantz, “this is just the beginning”. As one half of perhaps the most innovative design duo in the world, Rosenkrantz is still basking in the acclaim for the 4D …

In one tweet, here's why Apple will be happy to watch the iPhone 6 kill the iPad Mini

Apple is reportedly going to release a 5.5-inch iPhone this fall. When it does that, it will probably cause even more pain for the iPad business, which is in a surprising decline right now. After all, why do you need a big iPhone and an iPad, which is basically just a bigger iPhone? So, this is bad …

An Electric Bus That Recharges While You Step Inside

A new system can charge batteries in 15 seconds, or just enough time to fill up between bus stops.<p>Electric buses aren’t new. The “trolley bus” system in San Francisco, for example, has been around for almost 80 years. But even though the older buses keep pollution down, they aren’t quite ideal: In …

Here's Why The Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Market Will Reach $7.8 Billion By 2019

Back in January of this year, Google shocked the smart home world when it announced days after CES that they would acquire Nest, the fast-growing smart thermostat and connected device company started by Tony Fadell.<p>While the $3 billion plus the company paid was an eye-popping sum to many, there’s a …

Google is collecting medical data to paint a picture of perfect human health

Project Baseline to spot 'biomarkers' from molecular and genetic data<p>Google has started to collect medical data from volunteers as part of an ambitious project designed to build a database of records that show what a healthy human being should be. The project, developed by Google's experimental …

Wearable technology that hurts you on purpose

A fitness tracker that sends an electric shock when you slack off? What could possibly go wrong?<p>In 2012, Maneesh Sethi used Craigslist to hire a woman whose job -- for a whopping $8 bucks an hour -- was to slap him every time he started using Facebook. According to Sethi, his productivity <i>quadrupled.</i><p>…

Cat Pics Highlight Internet Privacy Problem

Posting pictures of your cat to the internet may seem like one of the most innocuous (and fun) things to do. But did you know that doing so can give away the location of your feline and, by extension, you too?<p>Even if you are aware of that, you may not realize exactly what can be done with that …

Facebook reports 138% surge in profits

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/business/1095000/1095563_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524712279_696c07b66950e6e3b28bde6810150033<p><b>Facebook has announced a 138% rise in net income for the second quarter to $791m (£464m).</b><p>Revenue from advertising, which makes up most of …

Social Media

China broadens crackdown on Google services

When Yi Ran is working on new designs for his Yinshen Clothing company, he often turns to<p>Googleto search for pictures to use as inspiration. "The results are more complete and objective than Chinese search services," says the 30-year-old from Guangzhou.<p>But for the last two weeks, when Yi has tried …

In A Further Humiliation To Microsoft, Facebook Will Not Honor 'Do Not Track' Signals On Internet Explorer

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Business Insider/Julie Bort Facebook will not honor the "do not track" signal being sent by Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser when it rolls out a new ad system across the web, according to Ad Age:<p>A Facebook spokesman said that's "because currently there is no …

Social Media

People losing patience for apps that don't perform well

A new study by AppDynamics shows that glitchy apps are increasingly frustrating users, many of whom delete them rather than trying again.<p>What do you do if you're trying to access an app and it won't load or function? Keeping trying, give up, or delete the app? If you're like the majority of the …

Apps

Your next smartphone could have a holographic projector inside it

If you keep hold of the phone you already own until late 2015, you may have the chance to buy a new model with a holographic projector inside. That’s …

Gear & Gadgets

Watch strap batteries could double the life of your wearable

Smartwatches are starting to look a whole lot better, but they're still liable to run out of juice in mere days. A flexible-battery manufacturer here at Computex reckons its thin, flexible lithium-ceramic cells, shaped into wristbands, could offer as much as 500mAh of extra power, with existing …

Keyboard Shortcuts Resource List for Your Online Tools

In addition, there are a few regular shortcuts that can make browsing Facebook even faster.<p>j/k = scroll up/down between News Feed stories<p>l = like or unlike a story<p>c = comment on a story<p>s = share a story<p>p = post a new status update<p>/ = search<p>Typing a question mark will open the full list of Facebook …

A Guide to Identifying Your Home Décor Style

Many of us peruse home décor books, magazines, websites, and blogs and like much of what we see there…but when it comes to decorating our own homes, …

Interior Design

A Neuroscientist’s Quest To Debunk Harmful Misconceptions About Addiction

Columbia neuroscientist Carl Hart untangles the reasons researchers have gotten so much wrong about addiction–and how it’s fueled our obsession with the War on Drugs.<p>Bill O’ Reilly was using his compassionate voice, sweeping his hands dramatically toward the guest in front of him. “The prevalence …

Human Rights

Berlin's Google-backed Factory startup hub opens in June

Google is getting into the factory business.<p>Berlin’s massively ambitious tech Factory, in conjunction with Google for Entrepreneurs, will officially open its campus for business June 11.<p>The Factory is a 16,000-square meter technology campus and incubator in the <i>Bernauer Strasse</i> district of Berlin. …

A 3D Printer for the Rest of Us: New Matter Builds $199 Device

MakerBot arguably put 3D printing on the map, but it could be New Matter that ultimately puts it average people’s hands.<p>Backed by Idealab, the …

Microsoft and Skype may have just invented the world’s first real universal translator

Universal translators are a common trope in science fiction. In <i>The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy</i>, they come in the form of the babelfish, a tiny crustacean you jam in your ear. In <i>Farscape</i>, they are bacteria injected into your body. In <i>Star Trek</i>, they take a less squishy form as a wand or tiny …

Translation

First operation streamed live with surgeon wearing Google glass

A British surgeon wearing Google glass has broadcast an operation live across the globe for the first time<p>A surgeon at The Royal London Hospital has become the first to broadcast online a live surgical procedure using a pair of Google Glass eyewear.<p>The glasses, which the surgeons wears as normal, …

Google Said To Be Working On A Tablet With Project Tango 3D Vision Powers

Google is reportedly working on a tablet version of its Project Tango advanced mobile vision device, to be launched starting next month with around 4,000 initial developer beta units, the Wall Street Journal reports. The tablet would sport a 7-inch screen, along with a complement of cameras that …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

Google buys Word Lens makers: Can you say better translations on more devices?

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Quest Visual introduced its augmented reality Word Lens app in 2010, and it’s now owned by Google(s goog). The small company …

A Bold Google Homepage For The Modern Era

In this exciting concept, one designer has reimagined Google Search for the cautiously evolving search giant.<p>A few weeks ago, I asked Jon Wiley, the lead designer for Google Search, if the Google homepage would ever fundamentally change, or if it would always be a white box beneath the Google …

Google Glass

3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG

The days of the iconic car assembly line seems to be numbered. 3D printing technology will one day scale up for mass production of full-size …

3D Printing

Disney ‘s New 3-D Printing Technique Makes Any Object Transmit Sound

Disney Research has revealed an exciting new technology that turns any object into a speaker.<p>What if every object in your life could talk? A door handle warns you when someone has attempted to enter without a key. A desk ticks off your appointments when you sit down. A rubber duckie quacks at a …

3D