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Infographic: How Much Privacy People Will Give Up for Personalized Experiences

Consumers around the world get frustrated when brands fail to deliver relevant, tailored experiences, something they are increasingly demanding. …

The Difference Between Rationality and Intelligence

ARE you intelligent — or rational? The question may sound redundant, but in recent years researchers have demonstrated just how distinct those two cognitive attributes actually are.<p>It all started in the early 1970s, when the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky conducted an influential …

Critical Thinking

This guy built himself a human hamster wheel for the ultimate standing desk

5 Ways Mobile Is Changing News Consumption

BARCELONA, Spain—Media executives from television, online and magazine news organizations are optimistic that a mostly mobile audience will present …

We Need To Stop Glorifying Startups

In <i>David And Goliath</i>, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell explains how small upstarts often have surprising advantages over larger, more powerful opponents. “Giants are not what we think they are,” he writes, “and that often makes us fail to appreciate less conventional strategies that may be …

Innovation

America's obesity rate just surged to a new high

A new Gallup survey published on Friday shows that the obesity rate among adults surged in 2015 to a new high of 28 percent, or a 2.5 percentage point increase since 2008. That means the ranks of dangerously overweight Americans increased by 6.1 million adults over that seven-year period.<p>Obesity is …

Diabetes

France plans to install 621 miles of solar-paneled roads by 2020

The French government has just announced that it will pave 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of road with durable, photovoltaic panels, which will provide solar energy to 5 million people across the republic, according to Global Construction Review.<p>This project, which will take five years to complete, …

Roads

Bill Gates: We can end poverty by 2030

On Wednesday, he published an essay on the worldwide effort to end poverty by 2030, and he says that he's very much a believer that it can be done.<p>"There is good reason for optimism about progress on reducing inequity," he writes. He published the essay from Davos, Switzerland, where the World …

Bill Gates

9 affordable video marketing strategies for startups in 2016

Launching a startup is a great feeling. You get an idea and then you rear it like your own baby and nurture it into reality through hard work and …

Netflix is re-encoding its entire library to save data

Netflix is the single largest source of broadband data usage in the U.S. Evidently, it's not a superlative the company is proud of.<p>Currently, it's …

Delhi is considering shutting down schools as toxic smog continues to suffocate the city

The megacity, already the world's most polluted by some measures, has been suffering record levels of pollution which exceed recommended WHO guidelines by between 15 and 30 times.<p>The smog, a combination of exhaust from cars and lorries, dust, smoke from fires and industrial output which is …

Pollution

Tiny wireless sensor never needs a battery

The internet of things is a nice idea, but there's one big catch: you have to power all those smart devices, which is no mean feat when some of them might not even have room for a battery. Dutch researchers think they have a solution, though. They've built an extra-small (2 square millimeters) …

Internet of Things

This technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

That's the equivalent of downloading 18 movies in the blink of an eye. Li-Fi, or light fidelity, is now moving to trials in the real world, with office tests in Tallin, Estonia achieving speeds of 1 GB per second, 100 times the speed of traditional Wi-Fi.<p>For those who remember 56k modems, Wi-Fi …

Wi-Fi

Tinder’s Super Like Rolls Out Globally

Tinder, the digital equivalent of making flirty eyes at someone across a bar, is today globally launching the Super Like, the digital equivalent of walking up to someone in a bar and saying “Um, I really like you.”<p>The company originally launched Super Like as a beta in Australia back in early …

Tinder

Everest’s Only Climber to Start Summit Push Tomorrow

Adventure<p><i>Update: Nobukazu Kuriki decided to turn around on his attempt to summit Mount Everest. He has now returned to base camp. Learn more here.</i><p>Japanese mountaineer Nobukazu Kuriki could become the only person to summit Mount Everest this year. The 33-year-old prefers to climb alone, without …

The science of forgiveness: “When you don’t forgive you release all the chemicals of the stress response”

<b>(altanaka via Shutterstock)</b><p>Researchers are studying how we can let go of our grievances and live a healthier life. Here’s how it works<p>Megan Feldman Bettencourt<p>August 24, 2015 2:26am (UTC)<p>From “Triumph of the Heart: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World”<p><b>The Burn Surgeon: How Anger Can Impede Healing</b><p>In …

Psychology

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Supermassive breakthrough: Scientists now know how fast a black hole spins

For the first time ever, scientists have been able to measure the precise spin rate of a 'supermassive black hole'. The findings will provide some …

You can now post full-size landscape and portrait photos on Instagram

Hip to be square no longer<p>Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, as I did last year, and you’ll see tourists contorting themselves to try and fit the length of the monument into Instagram’s iconic square frame. Even after Instagram began letting you shoot in landscape mode, you could still only share …

Facebook reached an unbelievable milestone this week

1 billion people used Facebook on Monday. With 7.125 people on earth, that means almost 1 in 7 people logged into the social media site.<p>This is the …

50 Quick and Easy Family Meals to Bust Weeknight Dinner Stress

We know you're busy—so let us cover dinner tonight.<p><b>Between packing school lunches,</b> getting to and from soccer practice, and, oh yeah, that job you have, it can be seriously challenging to get a new satisfying and healthy dinner on the table each night. Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress: …

Cooking

What's behind America's burning desire to stick with tipping at restaurants?

Many Americans don’t want to let go of tipping because they see it as a step toward socialism, or because they don’t want to lose the power to judge service<p>As progressive American municipalities roll out a $15 hourly minimum wage, one result has been a renewed debate over the practice of tipping …

A geneticist says any new parent should 'roll their child on floor of the New York subway' — here's why

They found some icky stuff, including the bacteria that give people food poisoning, and the bugs that can cause meningitis.<p>But before opting for an Uber, keep this in mind: Almost all of the germs they found were completely harmless.<p><b>In fact, those creepy-crawlies might actually be good for …

Immune System

Magnificent Photos Capture Rarely Seen Cultures Around The World

Jimmy Nelson is a photographer who embarked on a journey unlike any other.<p>He set out to document as many isolated civilizations as he could, before …

Papua New Guinea

iOS 9 still has plenty more to come

Shocking X-Rays Reveal The Strange Items People Use During Sex

In the midst of getting hot and heavy with their partners (or maybe just themselves) these unfortunate individuals took it a step too far and ended …

Suspended 'sky pool' coming to London

In what appears to be a word first, developers in London are planning a swimming pool suspended high between two buildings with a clear shell that …

The Ultimate New York City Bagel Glossary

A good bagel with a schmear on a Sunday morning is as quintessentially New York as the <i>Times</i>, a dollar slice, or nostalgia for the seedy days of Times Square. New Yorkers are proud of their bagels, and with good reason: no other city in the country — or the planet — seems to be able to replicate …

15 crazy facts about one of New York's most exclusive buildings

The late-19th-century Dakota building is one of Manhattan's most mysterious and exclusive residences.<p>Stories of ghost sightings have loomed around the building — located at 72nd Street and Central Park West — for years.<p>But even more intimidating than its rumors of hauntings is the Gothic-style …

Why can't this $32 million Hollywood dream home sell?

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills sits a five-bedroom, 8.5 bath, 12,530 square foot mansion that is the stuff of dreams. Down the block from Leonardo …