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This guy has gamed the airline industry so he never has to pay for a flight again

"It's just a day in the office in here essentially," the 28-year-old Keyes told Business Insider. "I've got a nice work space, food, drinks, some Wi-Fi. This is like this whole other world."<p>Keyes, a reporter for Think Progress, gained access to the lounge as a perk from one of his 25 credit cards. …

Credit Cards

Ex Machina's Director on Why A.I. Is Humanity's Last Hope

Alex Garland has one thought when it comes to the AI revolution: Bring it on. After a career of writing novels (<i>The Beach</i>) and screenplays (<i>28 Days</i> …

Singularity

The hypnotic, kinetic wind sculptures of Anthony Howe

Kinetic sculptor Anthony Howe creates abstract, organic sculptures from various metals and polymers. He is based in Eastsound, Washington state.<p>For …

$230,000 Space Pirate timepiece makes Apple Watch look like a bargain

Horological Machine No. 6 looks like something you’d see strapped to the wrist of an interstellar raider. Maybe that’s why Swiss watchmaker MB&F dubbed its lunatic $230,000 watch the “Space Pirate.”<p>The watch, which its maker says “has been designed to operate in the hostile environment of … the …

Watch Live Now! SpaceX Dragon Arrives at Space Station

A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship arrives at the International Space Station today (July 2) to deliver nearly 3 tons of fresh food, science gear and other …

Space radio waves align in mysterious mathematical pattern, could be produced by alien technology

Mysterious bursts of energy coming from space align in a mathematical pattern, and so could be emanating from alien technology, according to …

An unknown force is pulling the Milky Way and all else towards it at 14 million mph

The Night Sky in April 2015: the Great Attractor is neither a black hole or a super-cluster of galaxies, but we are travelling towards it inexorably<p><i>The chart shows the whole sky as it would appear from the UK at 23:00 on April 1st, 22:00 on April 15th and 21:00 on April 30th. All times are …

Trevor Noah new Daily Show host: South African comedian replaces Jon Stewart.

Jon Stewart’s replacement on <i>The Daily Show</i> will be Trevor Noah, the <i>New York Times</i> reported this morning. For many, the choice will come as a …

TIE Fighter short film made by fan shows Empire’s perspective in battle.

This fan-made <i>Star Wars</i> animated short film, “TIE Fighter,” allows fans to experience a battle with the Rebel Alliance from the Empire’s point of view.<p>…

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Evolution

Microsoft Is Getting Close to Perfecting a Universal Communicator

Roger Ressmeyer—Corbis<p>Alex Brandon—AP<p>Mike Fisher—AP<p>George Nikitin—AP<p>Ben Van Hook—The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images<p>STR/Reuters<p>Yoshikazu …

Work From Anywhere But Home: Startups Emerge To Turn You Into A Globetrotting Digital Nomad

As digital workers freelance from around the world, startups are popping up to offer them housing, advice, and a place to log on.<p>While he was a university student in the Netherlands in 2009, Pieter Levels started an electronic music channel on YouTube that he says became popular enough to pay the …

Higher Interest Rates Are Coming. Here’s Who Wins and Who Loses

Hint: It depends on who you are.<p>Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen has signaled, by omitting the word “patient” from her latest statement, that the …

Evidence of largest asteroid impact zone on Earth found in Australian outback

Scientists have discovered a giant asteroid impact zone spanning 400km in the central Australian outback, the largest ever recorded.<p>The impact was caused by an enormous meteorite that split into two 10km-wide chunks before it slammed into Earth around what is now the Warburton basin, lead …

Earth Science

Painting by Hitler goes to auction

A still-life watercolor painting of flowers by a young Adolf Hitler will be sold at auction in Los Angeles this week, organisers have announced.<p>The 1912 canvas, painted by the future Nazi leader when he was a struggling artist in his mid-20s, is going under the hammer at the Nate D Sanders auction …

Art

There's hope, America! Smart, successful people are finally talking about what's wrong with our country

The richest 10% of Americans — and especially the richest 1% and 0.1% of Americans — are now capturing <i>all</i> of the income growth in the country, while the rest of America, some 300 million people, are treading water or losing ground.<p>That's obviously not good for the 300 million Americans who are …

Success

Meerkat, the live-streaming app that has Twitter going crazy, just raised $12 million

Earlier this week, Business Insider confirmed that Meerkat, a favorite at SXSW, was in fundraising talks with Greylock Partners at a $40 million pre-money valuation.<p>The new round of funding, Techcrunch reports, was led by Greylock's Josh Elman, and between $9 million and $10 million of the new …

Livestreaming

To Pimp a Butterfly: Kendrick Lamar's new album is perfect

When I talk about Kendrick Lamar with people who follow hip-hop, there’s always a hushed exchange that takes place. "He could be it," one of us will say. "He could," the other will reply. Like a pitcher throwing a perfect game, it’s never spoken aloud. He’s only one album in. It would be foolish to …

Investors eye data as stocks approach records

Concern about the Federal Reserve's path of rate increases and the soaring U.S. dollar have resulted in big swings in the S&P 500 on a daily basis, even though overall expectations for volatility remain low.<p>Bolstered by reduced expectations of approaching rate hikes, the S&P 500 <.SPX> and Nasdaq …

S&P 500

Drafthouse Films Releases Its Newest Feature On BitTorrent

Horror-romance Spring is the cinema innovator’s first feature to launch in theaters and on the peer-to-peer network simultaneously.<p><i>Spring</i>, a new horror/romance by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, is definitely the first film in history to be billed as “Richard Linklater meets H.P. …

Netanyahu backtracks on rejecting two states, but damage is already done

Binyamin Netanyahu’s contradictory statements a few days apart on whether or not he supports a two-state solution are so at odds that they are at first hard to reconcile.<p>On Monday, the eve of Israeli elections, he unequivocally disavowed his support – first given in a speech in 2009 – for a …

Tesla basically just ignited the driverless car era

The computer-controlled driverless car is barreling down the road of the future towards us. We've known this for a long time, but the speed and the …

Autonomous Cars

Simulating SpaceX’s Mars Rocket Engine on a virtual grid

In addition to running real tests with actual rocket fuel in the field on a daily basis, SpaceX is running simulations of launches on high-powered …

Life Exists On 'Billions' Of Alien Planets Says Study

Billions of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, have between one and three planets which could potentially support life, according to …

Five things I discovered by avoiding music

<b>In preparation for a BBC Radio 4 documentary, Giving up music for Lent, to be broadcast on Monday, I have been trying to avoid all music.</b><p>This fast is not being done for religious reasons, instead it is about getting an insight into how the ever-present music in modern society affects us all. These …

Headphones

Bodies electric: Ex Machina twists the history of sexy robots

The complicated gender commentary of Alex Garland's sci fi chamber thriller<p>Before the premiere screening of <i>Ex Machina</i> at South by Southwest this weekend, senior programmer Jarod Neece told the audience at the Paramount Theatre in no uncertain terms, "this is one of the best films we've ever shown." …

16 of the Coolest Light Phenomena Around the World

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We now have the technology to really test Einstein's theory of relativity

A century ago this year, a young Swiss physicist, who had already revolutionized physics with discoveries about the relationship between space and …

The '1,000mph' Bloodhound car is so fast it needs to be bulletproof

Designing a car that can break the world land speed record is a tricky balancing act. It has to be incredibly fast and lightweight, while also offering unparalleled protection on the track. Not only in case there's a conventional crash, either; even a tiny pebble could have devastating consequences …