Cecily Mak

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When you get a stitch in your side, what's really going on?

Doctors still don’t know what causes it, or how to stop it<p>Before the mile run each year in middle school, on the dreaded walk down from the classroom to the course, my classmates would argue over the best way to prevent a side stitch. More so than turning an ankle or coming in last, that repetitive …

Pain

Thin underwater cables hold the internet. See a map of them all.

Internet

Here Come the Drones

Our love/hate relationship with tiny mechanical flying things<p>Last weekend, while hiking with my wife on an otherwise beautiful Sunday, a drone buzzed by.<p>I don’t know about you, but these days we’re frequently seeing amateurs flying the things in parks, at the beaches, and in school yards. A few …

Two stars crash into each other, wobbling the universe and flinging out huge amounts of gold

Scientists have observed two stars slamming into each other deep in space, sending out huge amounts of gold in an alchemical explosion.<p>The …

Astrophysics

Researchers watched as gold was made millions of light-years from Earth

In a landmark moment for astronomy and physics that helps explain the origin of the ring on your finger and key components in your cell phone, …

Astrophysics

You know you want to watch a 1,300-pound pumpkin absolutely crush a car

Nearly 2,000 spectators gathered in the Canadian city of Saskatoon last weekend to watch one of life's simplest pleasures: giant fruit crushing stuff.<p>…

Thanksgiving

Tim Cook says it’s better to learn to code than learn English as a second language

Coding, says Apple CEO Tim Cook, is the best foreign language that a student in any country can learn.<p>The tech leader—who is touring France this week, including meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron—gave some brief thoughts on education in a video interview with French outlet Konbini. Said …

Tim Cook

The Brilliant Redesign of the Soda Can Tab

As a child of the 1970s, I have a distinct and curious memory about the landscapes I inhabited: They glittered with glinting metal, not the gold of …

New York Times

If a 10-year-old started saving for retirement, here's how much $40 a month could eventually earn them

When we talk about saving for retirement or other big goals, we often refer to the power of compound interest.<p>Due to compound interest, the most important factor in building wealth isn’t necessarily how much you save. It’s actually how long you save for.<p>This is why it’s so important to start saving …

Retirement

Next Week's Meal Plan: 5 Vegetarian Fall Recipes for the Week Ahead

There's been a lot of roasted meat in my professional life lately — more turkey, ground beef, and chicken than I care to admit — and while I'm still …

Cooking

Is This the Smoking Gun That Could Sink Uber?

As Uber and Waymo prepare for a trial that could determine who wins the self-driving car arms race, an unsealed court document reveals details about what Uber may have known, and when.<p>Amid the corporate intrigue, international regulatory nightmares, and investor lawsuits, it can be easy to forget …

Uber

15 Powerful Women Share the Best Career Advice They've Ever Received

<i>Fortune</i>‘s Most Powerful Women know a thing or two about career success. The 50 businesswomen on the 2017 list have climbed up the ranks of corporates …

Afraid

Bhutan hidden heritage forests open for the first time

The isolated Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan has no shortage of hidden corners. Because of Bhutan’s unique tourism policy, where visitors pay a fixed fee of US$200-250 for each day spent in the country, most tourists follow a tight itinerary, concentrating on the Buddhist monasteries dotted around the …

Asia

This incredible corn maze in Wisconsin mixes art and science

It’s officially fall and if you’re looking to take your autumnal activities to the next level, a visit to an elaborate Wisconsin corn maze is sure to get you in the spirit of the season.<p>Treinen Farms in Lodi, Wisconsin, has created a massive corn maze featuring a trilobite in an art-nouveau style. …

Lonely Planet

Career lessons from Fortune’s 5 most powerful women in business

<i>Fortune</i> released its list of the Most Powerful Women in 2017, the 20th anniversary of ranking the most powerful female leaders across industries.<p>The …

Success

New Space Telescope, 40 Times The Power Of Hubble, To Unlock Astronomy's Future

Since humanity first turned our gaze skyward, we’ve realized that the cosmic story of our existence — our origins, all that exists today, and what our ultimate fate is — is literally written across the Universe. Our understanding of what our Universe truly is, what it’s made up of, and how it came …

Universe

Our only mission to Saturn is over. Here's what we've learned.

The Cassini spacecraft has been in orbit around Saturn for 13 years, beaming data and photographs back to Earth. When it deliberately dove into …

Planets

A Treehouse Paradise on Dominica

Renowned Venezuelan architect Fruto Vivas presented his daughter, Sandra, with the ultimate wedding gift: a treehouse-style villa on the small, lush island of Dominica, perched atop a dramatic 120-foot cliff overlooking Prince Rupert Bay.<p>Sandra and her husband went on to incorporate their …

Travel

The Serious Physics Behind a Double Pendulum Fidget Spinner

I am going to make a prediction. As people start to get bored with their fidget spinners, they are going to start playing with these double pendulum …

Physics

Former McDonald's Employees Say This Is The Sneaky Trick They Used To Give You Fewer Fries

Caveat emptier?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek</i><p>Retail managers have their ways.<p>They don't necessarily want you to know them. They just want to use them to make you buy.<p>They want to make money, you see. Often, they want to make as …

20 Vegetarian Dinners You'll Love This Fall

It's hard to be sad about summer's departure when fall favorites like pumpkin, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, apples, and more are rolling into …

Dinner

MLB Teams Invite Girl With 3D-Printed Hand To Throw Out 1st Pitch In Incredible Twitter Thread

Hailey Dawson is trying to make history.<p>A 7-year-old girl from Nevada is trying to make Major League Baseball history.<p>Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome, a rare disorder that can cause underdevelopment and deformation in hands. For Hailey, it means her right hand has only a fully formed …

Baseball

San Francisco’s best beaches and spectacular coastal hikes

SAN FRANCISCO’S WESTERN EDGE is essentially one massive beach with sand dunes and scary waves; hidden beach coves dot the coast in and near the city, …

Elon Musk shares first full-body photo of SpaceX’s spacesuit

Elon Musk has shared a photo of the SpaceX spacesuit the company has designed in-house. This is the second photo shared by Musk of the new spacesuit design created by the company, and the first to feature the suit’s full-body look.<p>The first photo focused on the head and shoulders of the outfit, …

SpaceX

Oops: Equifax Executives Dumped Stock Before Massive Hack Was Made Public

According to the company, the timing was a total coincidence.<p>On Thursday, Equifax, one of the biggest consumer credit-reporting agencies in the country, disclosed some extremely bad news, if you put “high risk of having my identity stolen” in the bad-news category: hackers had accessed company data …

Identity Theft

How to tell if your money is real or counterfeit

Is your money real or counterfeit? Here are some quick ways to test them. Take out your wallet now and check your money just in case.<p><b>Follow Tech Insider:</b> On Facebook

Wallet

Guinness World Records 2018: Long Fingernails, Long Eyelashes And Big, Big Hair

Ayanna Williams scratched her way to fame with fingernails measuring 18 feet, 10.9 inches.<p>When it comes to long fingernails, Ayanna Williams has nailed the world record.<p>Williams, of Houston, Texas, has fingernails with a combined total length of 18 feet, 10.9 inches, making her the current Guinness …

World Records

Massive black hole discovered near heart of the Milky Way

Astronomers find evidence of enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun in a gas cloud near the galaxy’s centre<p>An enormous black hole one hundred thousand times more massive than the sun has been found hiding in a toxic gas cloud wafting around near the heart of the …

Universe