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Are You Listening? Hear What Uninterrupted Silence Sounds Like

<i>Summertime is for road trips.</i> Atlas Obscura <i>and</i> All Things Considered <i>are traveling up the West Coast, from California to Washington, in search of "hidden wonders" — unique but overlooked people and places.</i><p>It's a little before 5:00 on a summer morning, and Matt Mikkelsen stands not so far down a …

National Parks

Editor’s Choice: Asus ROG Swift PG279Q gaming monitor

The only gaming monitor I can wholeheartedly recommend<p>Is there a more painful sphere of technology to shop in than computer monitors? It’s an endless checklist of specs and standards that no one product ever seems to meet in full, all for a higher price than you feel like you should be paying. And …

Computer Hardware

How to get rich quick in No Man’s Sky Next

When lost in space, it’s better to be rich<p><i>No Man’s Sky’s</i> recent update changed a whole bunch of things about the game, but one thing that didn’t change is that it’s a game full of currencies and resources that you will need to grind.<p>Among the most important are Units, the game’s basic currency, and …

No Man's Sky

Computer monitor buying guide

Whether your old monitor has died or you finally decided you need to upgrade for the latest movies or games, buying a new computer monitor is a big …

4K resolution

13 Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix That'll Actually Blow Your Mind

We live in an age where it's taken for granted you can plop down on the couch and have instant access to hundreds, if not thousands of streaming …

This is how to overcome social anxiety: 5 powerful tips backed by research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

Self-help

Why Trump’s liberal demolition job and authoritarian outreach is about China

It is obvious that US President Donald Trump is comfortable engaging with dictators and even US adversaries.<p>In contrast, he displays indifference – …

How this 25-year-old freelancer made $150,000 in 6 months off Fiverr

In November 2015, Alex Fasulo had been living in New York City for about a month. One morning, she left her apartment in the Bushwick neighborhood of …

Employment

Tell me what you did today, and I’ll tell you who you are

You live your life in 24 hour periods. How you use those 24 hour periods determines who you become and how successful you’ll be.<p>If you learn to …

The Brain

She drank live viruses for two weeks. It worked

For five years, Patti Swearingen battled an infection that refused to go away. Doctors prescribed round after round of antibiotics, but the infection …

24 things you'll never understand about Australia until you've lived there

Life in Australia is sold as the answer to all your worries. An English-speaking country with infinitely better weather and a deeply laid-back lifesytle, where people take off after work to laze on the beach and cook up a storm on the barbie.<p>This is propagated, to an extent, by programmes such as …

Three new games to play on the Nintendo Switch this summer

Mario Tennis Aces, Octopath Traveler, and the Splatoon 2 expansion is a perfect slate of weird, diverse Switch experiences<p>The Nintendo Switch is experiencing a bit of a lull at the moment. Following the console’s inaugural year, which included the huge hits <i>Super Mario Odyssey</i> and <i>The Legend of</i> …

This Pocket-Sized PC Packs Enough Computing Power To Replace Your Computer

It’s impressive to consider how quickly computers have gone from filling rooms, capable of handling only a small number of tasks, to pocket-sized …

Get Two Free PC Games On Steam This Weekend

Here's good news for anyone looking to save money: two PC games have gone free this weekend on Steam. This isn't one of those "free play weekend" deals where you lose access after the weekend is over, either. If you download Guns of Icarus Alliance and Galactic Civilizations II: Ultimate Edition …

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

The Moral Rot That Threatens America

I asked a senior German diplomat the other day what issues the United States and Germany are cooperating on. He looked blank. Not Iran, obviously. Not trade, evidently. Not climate change, blatantly. Not Russia, plainly. Not migration, pointedly. With alliances like these, who needs enemies?<p>From a …

Iran Nuclear Deal

I Tried Ryan Reynolds’ Insane ‘Deadpool 2’ Workout—and Now I Know Why He’s Shredded

We started with sandbag lunges.<p>Just a few days before <i>Deadpool 2</i> premiered around the country, I took a trip to New York City gym Drive 495 to meet up …

Psychologist Ellen Hendriksen: ‘We are each our own worst critic’

The stakes are high, the consequences are higher. We prefer to stay safe and lonely. It’s the devil we know…<p>Perfectionism is a misnomer: it’s not really about trying to achieve perfection, it’s about never being good enough<p><b>Ellen Hendriksen</b> <b>is a clinical psychologist, regular contributor to</b> …

21 lessons for how to get the most out of life, from a guy who retired at 50

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>Six years ago, at 50, I took early retirement, sold almost everything I owned and began …

Happiness

Black skies and raging seas: how the First Fleet got a first taste of Australia's unforgiving climate

The women screamed as the huge waves crashed loudly on the wooden deck. Horrified, they watched the foaming torrent wash away their blankets. Many …

This new privacy tool would speed up your internet, too

These days, you may wish you had a magic switch you could flip to keep your data more secure.<p>The misuse of Facebook user data by Cambridge Analytica is only the latest consumer privacy flap to create outrage. Remember the Equifax hack? That affected more than 230 million people. And in 2017, US …

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

7 Ways to Get People To Like You From an FBI Behavior Expert

Meeting new people can be awkward. What should you say? How can you make a good impression? How do you keep a conversation going?<p>Research shows …

Self-help

Ketone Ester: A "Superfuel" For the Elite and a Weird Trip for Everyone Else

The 'fourth nutrient' was created for soldiers, but I drank it anyway.<p>In November, the biohacking company HVMN revealed HVMN Ketone, a clear liquid …

Trance as a therapy: A hypnosis self-experiment

I used to believe hypnosis was utter nonsense, something that esoteric people with swinging pendulums do. However, a self-experiment taught me how …

Creative's new Super X-Fi audio tech is frigging mind-blowing

When Creative called me up to ask if I was interested in hearing something incredible, I was skeptical but curious.<p>After all, this was Creative we were talking about, the creator of the SoundBlaster, the default standard for audio in PCs in the '90s and early '00s, but the company as a whole hadn't …

‘This is how I spend it – I have cancer but make the most of the time I have’

I live in the East End of London and own my flat. I have a brain tumour. I’m dying – it’s inoperable, and I’m halfway through my third round of chemo.<p>I try to live my life to the full, in four-week sprints, with a round of chemo coming up every month.<p>When I was 25, I had a job paying a very decent …

Credit Cards

These are the best books for learning modern statistics—and they’re all free

Statistics came well before computers. It would be very different if it were the other way around.<p>The stats most people learn in high school or college come from the time when computations were done with pen and paper. “Statistics were constrained by the computational technology available at the …

Machine Learning

Windows 10: This Microsoft mobile app wirelessly transfers pics from Android, iOS

Windows 10 Photos now has a Photos Companion app for quickly moving files directly from mobile to PC.<p><i>Video: Business boost for Microsoft's Windows 10</i> …

Another Free PC Game Is Up For Grabs Right Now

Following an earlier giveaway to coincide with the launch of its Chinese New Year sale, GOG has now kicked off another. For a limited time, you can grab a free PC game--and not a bad one at that.<p>Offering something a bit more recent than last time around, Dungeons 2 is currently free on GOG. You can …

Chinese New Year