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This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

Blipcast sends TV audio to your smartphone’s headphones

No need for Bluetooth<p>Phones are the most connected devices in our lives, but we consistently underutilize that connectivity. For example, why not use a phone's Wi-Fi radio to receive audio signals from your TV or PC and output those to a connected pair of headphones, untethering it from the source …

Streaming Media

The Force Awakens had a big emotional moment, and we need catharsis

<i>This post discusses critical features of the story in</i> Star Wars: The Force Awakens<i>. If you have not seen the movie yet, read no further. The rest assumes the reader knows what happens in the film, or is fine with learning it here.</i><p>It's right there in the etymology. Renegade. More or less, the person …

A simple property of water created this gorgeous photo

Ontario-based photographer Michael Davies and his friend Markus stood at the top of a mountain and demonstrated this by throwing leftover tea into the air, dramatically photographing it instantaneously freezing.<p>This mountaintop was just 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, and …

Nunavut

Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailers have a secret weapon, thanks to Steven Spielberg

It's called "The Spielberg Face"<p>Steven Spielberg is one of the most influential storytellers America has ever produced, and one of his enduring legacies is a shot that's often referred to as the "Spielberg Face."<p>Here's a video explaining it.<p>"Eyes open, staring in wordless wonder in a moment where …

Warcraft’s Full Trailer Is Here and It’s an Action Blizzard

Author: Angela Watercutter. Angela Watercutter Culture<p>Date of Publication: 11.06.15.<p>Time of Publication: 2:33 pm. 2:33 pm<p>Director Duncan Jones’s …

Here’s the simple strategy extroverts use to win people over

Yet until recently, no one's been able to pinpoint what exactly extroverts <i>do</i> that helps them build strong social ties.<p>Now, new research from Duke University, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer is surprisingly simple: It's a matter of mimicry, or copying the …

Psychology

Big, beautiful photos of the first Apple Store created by Apple's design boss Jony Ive

Located in the heart of Belgium, this new location was designed by Sir Jony Ive, Apple's design genius who ultimately controls how the company's bestselling hardware and software looks and feels.<p>Though Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is famously known for partially designing many of the Apple Stores, …

Apple Store

Airport Security in the Philippines Have Been Putting Bullets in Luggage to Extort Passengers

Suvarnabhumi Airport Wildlife Checkpoint/AP<p>Handout/Reuters<p>Whitehotpix/ZumaPress<p>Apichart Weerawong—AP<p>Australian Customs Service/AP<p>AFP/Getty …

Airports

Facebook Workers Ditch iPhones in Push for World Conquest

Chris Cox, Facebook's chief product officer, is forcing an untold number of Facebook employees to drop their iPhones for Android phones.<p>"I am …

This Leave-In SD Card Merges With Your MacBook's SSD to Increase Its Capacity

By now there are countless flash cards designed to sit perfectly inside the MacBook Air’s SD card slot and boost the laptop’s storage as an extra …

Remember when Tom Hanks starred in a cautionary tale about 'Dungeons & Dragons'?

Tom Hanks is a storied actor. Who can forget the time he criss-crossed the country in <i>Forrest Gump</i>? Or his man-child fantasy life as a toy maker in …

Tolkien's annotated map of Middle-earth discovered inside copy of Lord of the Rings

Map goes on sale in Oxford for £60,000 after being found inside novel belonging to illustrator Pauline Baynes<p>A recently discovered map of Middle-earth annotated by JRR Tolkien reveals The Lord of the Rings author’s observation that Hobbiton is on the same latitude as Oxford, and implies that the …

Literature

David Mitchell on Earthsea – a rival to Tolkien and George RR Martin

In A Wizard of Earthsea, published in 1968, Ursula K Le Guin created one of literature’s most fully formed fantasy worlds. The author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks recalls how he fell under its spell<p>Four principal wizards inhabited my childhood. These were, in order of discovery, TH White’s …

Literature

A photographer traveled to every brothel in Nevada — here's what they are really like

Now he's been to every single one in the state.<p>Over the course of five years, McAndrews made regular trips to Nevada's legal brothels, staying anywhere from a week to a month each time. He stayed in bedrooms in the houses, shared a bathroom with the working girls, and saw the world that no one — …

Turn-On

Nasa images of cosmic catastrophe give glimpse of Earth's ultimate fate

Earth’s final days are in the distant future, but the the death of a far-off solar system revealed in images from Kepler 2 shows how the world might end<p>The destruction of a solar system has been captured for the first time by astronomers who said the violent events provide a grim glimpse of Earth’s …

Universe

This is the poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Here we go!<p>Here it is in full size.<p>So first off, it's great to know that the trailer is for sure happening tomorrow, and we couldn't be more excited. While this may look like a standard Star Wars poster in design, it's incredibly dense with information.<p>There's no Luke Skywalker, which means either …

The complete guide to never quitting anything again

The truth is, most people can become good at almost anything.<p>However, most of us quit before we reach the finish line. Why?<p>Frustration and lack of persistency is one of the biggest reasons why we never master the skills we want to acquire; from learning a language, playing an instrument, or being a …

Perfecting Pixar's Movies Takes a Crazy Amount of Research

It would be so easy to think of Pixar as all play and no work. After all, the Disney-owned studio churns out happy-ending tales with lovable bugs, …

Japanese children as young as 6 or 7 take the subway and run errands alone — here's why

They wear knee socks, polished patent leather shoes, and plaid jumpers, with wide-brimmed hats fastened under the chin and train passes pinned to their backpacks. The kids are as young as six or seven, on their way to and from school, and there is nary a guardian in sight.<p>Parents in Japan regularly …

Criminology

Someone published thousands of photos of historic US space missions — here are some amazing ones

The 9,200 high-resolution images posted to the Project Apollo Archive were taken during every manned mission to the moon, both on the way there and back.<p>These aren't just photos of the moon's surface either. The entire film reels were uploaded so you can see the blurry outtakes along with some …

The inside story of how $1 billion Evernote went from Silicon Valley darling to deep trouble

That year, Evernote passed 30 million registered users, brought its total funding to $270 million, and seemed like a sure-fire candidate to hit the public market in the coming years.<p>Fast forward three years, and the tables have turned.<p>Despite reaching 150 million registered users this year, …

Startups

George RR Martin: our long obsession with Mars

The author behind Game of Thrones spent his childhood reading stories about Mars and hoping to write one himself. As new discoveries on the red planet capture the world’s attention, he surveys a rich Martian literature<p>Once upon a time there was a planet called Mars, a world of red sands, canals and …

Science Fiction

Pixar animators rave about iPad Pro test drive

Apple’s gigantic new tablet just got a huge endorsement from some of the best animators and graphic artists in the world.<p>Pixar’s animation team got an early hands-on look with the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil yesterday, and according to Pixar’s R&D pre-production architect, Michael Johnson, the palm …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

4chan Just Sold to the Founder of the Original ‘Chan’

Author: Klint Finley. Klint Finley Business<p>Date of Publication: 09.21.15.<p>Time of Publication: 2:58 pm. 2:58 pm<p>One of the web’s weirdest and most …

Why a VR Game About Flirting Is as Scary as a Horror Game

On the surface, the two PlayStation VR games on display at Sony's Tokyo Game Show booth couldn't be any more different. One is a horror scenario that …

A 21-year-old artist is using her body as a canvas, and the internet has fallen in love

Steel has been drawing for as long as she can remember, and started doodling on herself during class in high school.<p>"I didn't want to draw all over my notes," Steel tells INSIDER. "So the next available canvas was me."<p>She started getting serious attention for her body art during her first year at …

Social Media

Pick Digicam

My seven year old is getting more and more interested in photography. This Pick Digicam might be a fun little camera for her to use on the go. Simply …