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Islamic State and the ‘blood antique’ trade

Terrorist groups generate millions from looted artefacts, most of which disappear into private collections, writes Andrea Watson.<p>A "terrorist startup with a clearly defined business model" is how religious historian Karen Armstrong describes Islamic State. The radical Islamist group is the world’s …

Microsoft explains quantum computing so even you can understand

Microsoft is offering a quick quantum computing primer that makes the esoteric subject almost understandable.<p>Quantum computing promises to solve unimaginably large and complex computer problems that classical computing could never crack. That is, if it can ever be made to work in anything like a …

The 6 Worst Ways To End A Speech

If so, you not only experienced a brilliant display of light, color, and sound against the night sky, but you also witnessed one of the most important principles of effective presentations: ending with a bang, says Darlene Price, president of Well Said, Inc., and author of "Well Said! Presentations …

It's Called Rockzilla, And It's For Sale

If there's one thing we don't like about the Ford Excursion, it's the excessive use of body paneling. We don't mean trim, we mean actual bits of body …

What's So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

A Russian social network tale: Censorship and a CEO on the run

Most chief executives in Russia would squirm upon receiving a letter from the country's federal police demanding access to client information. Not Pavel Durov.<p>The 29-year-old founder of Russia's hugely popular social media network, VKontakte, which means "in touch," has a history of thumbing his …

Transformer jet is like the Optimus Prime of planes

If Autobots were stealth jets, this is probably what they'd look like.<p>The aircraft concept straight out of our science fiction dreams comes from BAE Systems, a UK-based aerospace and defense contractor that builds defense aircraft for partners around the world. Earlier this month, the company …

Magic Mushrooms Expand Your Mind And Amplify Your Brain’s Dreaming Areas. Here’s How

Far out, man<p>Psychedelic drugs alter consciousness in a profound and novel way that increases the breadth and fluency of cognition. However, until recently, we were unable to offer an explanation for how the brain was altered to account for these effects.<p>In a new study, published in Human Brain …

Most Popular Budget Computer Mouse: Logitech M510

A good computer mouse doesn’t have to cost a ton of money, especially if you need it to travel, or you’re on a budget. This week we’re looking at …

Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Closes With $5.4 Million In Donations, Setting A Record For Backers

With a little help from friends and fans, LeVar Burton has managed to bring <i>Reading Rainbow</i> back with a record setting Kickstarter campaign. The fundraiser has reached the end of its term, garnering $5.4 million in donations and 105,857 backers, the most for any Kickstarter campaign. From The …

Black Triangles: Cornerstone of USA Space Fleet?

Black Triangles: Cornerstone of USA Space Fleet?<p>This report voices what I have been suspecting for a long time; that the USA has a secret aircraft …

Honest Porn Reviews: ‘Snow White XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’

Why do you like what you like? It’s easy to explain the movies, music, food, or whatever category of things we use to define our tastes. This isn’t the case for porn. When I was asked to review porn, my first instinct was to find a clever angle, because it felt weird and vulnerable to sincerely …

The Dachshund Fire Truck

Crusoe is "the Celebrity Dachshund." So he's famous for being famous. But he's also cute enough to justify the attention he hopes to get.<p>In <b>this quick</b> …

6 Things You Need to Know Before Trying Anal Sex

Interested in going 'round the backdoor? These are the ins and outs (and ins, and outs) of preparing for anal sex.<p>According to a national sexual health survey from Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute, roughly half of all men and women have attempted anal sex. But “attempting” and “enjoying” anal …

Super cheap Smart Home kit brings automation to the masses

If you're wondering when home automation might tip into the Walmart-level mainstream, here's a sign: Archos' Smart Home starter kit is now on sale. Along with two cameras, two movement tags and two weather tags, they're throwing in a controlling tablet, all for $250 -- or $25 each for the cameras …

The Tiny Three-Wheel Car That Could Be The Next Big Thing

It’s not quite a full-blown automobile – at least not as we know it – and not quite a motorcycle, but it’s cheap and gets unbeatable fuel economy.<p>A sleekly designed three-wheeled two-passenger vehicle from startup manufacturer Elio Motors in Troy, Mich. is planned for introduction sometime during …

Here’s All Of Wilfred’s Terrible Advice In One Handy Supercut

Wilfred is marking his final territory this season on FXX. To celebrate, we put together a supercut demonstrating that while he may ultimately be Ryan’s best and most loyal friend, which admittedly is not saying much, he’s a terrible adviser. Here’s a collection of some of his worst advice, and …

40 Clever Life Hacks to Simplify your World

Back in January the Sifter posted <i>50 Life Hacks to Simplify your World</i>. The post went on the be one of the most shared articles in the history of the …

Shadow network hits speeds up to 100 times faster than Google Fiber

Moto G on T-Mobile 3G in Portland, OR<p>What do you consider to be fast internet? 10 megabits per second? What about 100mbps? We’ve heard that LTE-A service in South Korea is pushing upwards of 400mbps, and that Google Fiber clocks in up to 1Gbps, but is that good enough? We are learning that certain …

Here's How Older Generations Are Ruining the Workplace

I achieved what many would consider impossible. If not impossible, most would say it was unlikely.<p>I was a college dropout, yet I was able to earn high profile positions with some of the biggest businesses in their industry, earning more than twice that of my peers in my age group. All seemed good …

Russia Just Finished A Submarine It Has Spent 20 Years Building

The 1990s are back, and they're nuclear.<p>There are college sophomores who were born after Russia began building its newest submarine. The K-329 Severodvinsk (re-designated the K-560 Severodvinsk in late 2013) is a submarine powered by a nuclear reactor and is made to hunt other submarines, ships, …

10 UFC Fighters Who Should Change Their Nickname

Nicknames are truly hit or miss.<p>From "The Axe Murderer" to "The Cheesecake Assassin," they encompass a hodgepodge of unique personas.<p>Some offer a brutal view into the mind of a fighter. Others make you question the evolution of the human brain.<p>This list is comprised of those particular enigmas.<p>Here …

Here’s Dave Chappelle’s Full Letterman Interview, Complete With Funny & Insightful Thoughts On Money

Last night Andrew shared the Chappelle-Letterman preview clip where Dave and Dave briefly touch on the whole quitting Comedy Central/extended hiatus thing (Note: The first minute above is from the preview and the rest gets going from there). Now the full clip is available and the full interview is …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

The Best-Designed iPhone Apps In the World, According to Apple

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>At its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced latest the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards. The award recognizes innovative Mac and iOS apps that raise the bar in "creative, powerful, and compelling ways."<p>Past winners have included …

The Most ’90s Thing That Could Ever Exist

The zeitgeist summed perfectly in one technological artifact, which is a VHS tape promoting Windows 95, starring Jennifer Aniston and Matthew Perry.<p>Wow.<p>Just. Wow.<p>This image is bouncing around on Twitter thanks to Jehan Ranasinghe, who dug this thing up, presumably with a time machine, and then …