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Two Young Officers on How the Country Let the Military Down, and Vice Versa

A pair of captains call for closer civilian scrutiny to fix the institutions they love.<p>These letters are long, but I hope you'll find time to read and think about them. I'll save set-up comments for after the jump.<p>First, from a young Marine whom I don't know, but whose identity and record I have …

Military

Flying car approaches liftoff as most advanced prototype yet is unveiled

Creators say AeroMobil’s Flying Roadster 3.0 could become regular mode of transport for commuters<p>With its sportscar cockpit and dragonfly wings that fold in neatly behind the cabin, it looks like something straight out of the Batcave or Q’s secret laboratory. But the creators of AeroMobil’s Flying …

Why Americans Are So Polarized: Education and Evolution

Improvements in learning—which correlates with stronger partisanship—and the tendency to choose likeminded mates may be helping to create divided politics.<p>In his State of the Union address, President Obama lamented how Washington “has been consumed by ... rancorous argument,” which over the past …

The No. 1 Way to Kill Productivity

You don't mean to do it, but in most offices it's hard to avoid. Bosses, don't give in to this time-suck.<p>Here's my nightmare scenario: I pull out my phone to call up my calendar for the next day, only to find that the entire day--we're talking 8 a.m. to 6p.m. (or later)--is booked solid with …

Time Management

“The Daily Show” destroys Fox News libertarian Andrew Napolitano for blaming the Civil War on Abraham Lincoln

“The Daily Show’s” “senior black correspondent” eviscerates a clueless defense of the Confederacy<p>"The Daily Show" had one of its best segments in a while on Monday night, ruthlessly and righteously taking Fox News legal analyst and libertarian Andrew Napolitano to task for using the airwaves to …

At 4.4 billion years old, these tiny blue crystals are the oldest on Earth

The oldest thing on Earth is smaller than a piece of human hair. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have determined that blue zircon crystals found in a remote part of Australia are 4.4 billion years old, just 160 million younger than the formation of our solar system. The …

How to understand “The battle for power on the internet”

I still remember the moment I first discovered the World Wide Web. It was in 1994 or 1995, at a row of desks that held the handful of computer terminals then available in the university library of the London School of Economics. On the Windows 3.1 desktop (so old there wasn’t even a Start button) I …

Bruce Schneier

10 Innovators Who Changed the World in 2013

These brilliant engineers, designers, and dreamers captured our imagination by creating swarms of smart rescue robots, cars that drive themselves, and a rugged rover that could change the way we think about exploring the Red Planet.

Peter Diamandis

9 Ways To Improve iOS 7's Battery Life

iOS 7 has been out for a few weeks now, and people are torn.<p>While some of the new features are fabulous, and others are making us crazy, there's one thing we can all agree on: iOS 7 is not helping our battery life. As Ars Technica discovered, iOS 7 kills battery life faster than iOS 6.1 on every …

10 Hard Truths About Getting Hired That You Don't Want to Believe

No, it's not fair or fun. But these factors can affect whether or not you get hired.<p>1. Your Name Does Matter<p>This is a tough one for many people to …

Employment

'Sotheby’s is like an old master painting in desperate need of restoration'

Sotheby’s chief executive is overpaid, enjoys too many perks and must step down so the auction house can compete globally, its largest shareholder has claimed. Here is Dan Loeb's letter in full.<p>Dear Mr Ruprecht,<p>Funds managed by Third Point LLC (“Third Point”) recently received Hart-Scott-Rodino …

Fine Art

Obama sounds like Darth Vader!

His latest U.N. speech implies the U.S. is the one dominant power that can “bring order” to the world<p>Is America an empire or not? It is a loaded question because in the modern age, that word -- "empire" -- is not a moniker citizens proudly embrace in the way we might imagine the Ottomans or the …

10 Cool Features Hiding in iOS 7

Apple’s new iOS 7 is either the company’s most beautiful operating system yet or a hideous abomination (your choice!). Either way, there’s a lot more …

3 Ways To Make Everyone Around You Smarter

Leaders act on the paradox of power: You become more powerful when you give your own power away.<p>Leaders accept and act on the paradox of power: you become more powerful when you give your own power away. Long before empowerment was written into the popular vocabulary, exemplary leaders understood …

10 of the world's best learn-to-dive destinations

Dreaming of getting your dive ticket? With a combination of idyllic conditions and reputable dive outfits, we’ve narrowed down the top spots to get certified – from the Caribbean to the Maldives, and everywhere in between.<p>Clown fish, Halik Reef, Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. Image by Randi Ang / …

Legendary General James Mattis Just Gave One Of The Best Talks On Middle East Policy We've Ever Seen

The four-star general, who recently retired after leading U.S. Central Command, which is responsible for Iraq and Afghanistan (among others), spoke at length with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Syria, Iran, Israel, and Egypt.<p>He offered commentary on U.S. foreign and military policy, what is happening in the …

Middle East

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

What The Future Looked Like In 1900 -- 13 Fascinating Images

1 of 14<p>Crossing the sea and getting from one country to another has never been easier thanks to this railway and boat combination. Ferry your way …

Sustainability

We have always been modern, and it has often scared us

The idea that our world and even our minds are being made radically different by new technologies, above all the internet and social media, is …

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things

Greatness doesn't just happen. The best leaders take steps to ensure that when they do something, they do it better than anyone else.<p>You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, …

Self-improvement

3 Types of Employees Who Always Resist Change

Got innovation-phobic team members? Use this handy guide to classify and overcome their objections.<p>In business, just about everybody claims to be for creativity and finding new and better ways to do business. Not only does innovation sound exciting, it also sounds profitable. But studies have …

Business Strategy

Awesome cockpit video shows U.S. F-16 fighter jets dropping bombs, escorting B-2 (among the other things)

The following cool video brings you onboard an F-16C Block 40 of the 36th Fighter Squadron “Flying Fiends”.<p>Although the unit, belonging to the 51st …

Good Leaders Don’t Use Bad Words

During a painfully dull futures workshop Down Under, a simple word change helped transform a stagnant discussion.<p>The facilitator, with a world-class flair for bafflegab and platitude, had asked the group to envision products customers might desire a decade hence. The conversation regurgitated …

How Memory Works: 21 Psychological Insights - PsyBlog

Find out how memory twists, pops, distorts, persists and decays, along with the odd tip on how to improve it.<p>“You think you have a memory; but it has …

Astronomers Have Discovered A New Type Of Star

For years scientists have known that the apparent brightness of many stars changes over time, however, the kind of variable star seen in this new European Southern Observatory photo of the open star cluster NGC 3766 has not been studied in detail before.<p>By using the La Silla Observatory in Chile, a …

Universe

New, simple theory may explain mysterious dark matter

This proposal, which endows dark matter particles with a rare form of electromagnetism, has been strengthened by a detailed analysis performed by a …

Dark Matter

How to get more free time in your day

What did you do with your lunch hour? Were you hunched over your work, spilling sandwich crumbs on the keyboard? Or frantically ticking off chores on …

Productivity

Amazing Resonance Experiment!

Amazing

Duke Grad Student Secretly Lived In A Van To Escape Loan Debt

He had majored in the least marketable fields of study possible -- English and History -- and had zero job prospects after getting turned down for no fewer than 25 paid internships.<p>"That was a wake-up call," he told Business Insider. "I had this huge $32,000 student debt and at the time I was …

Henry David Thoreau