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Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Retail Cara Operations set to swallow upscale competitor the Keg<p>Telecom Police probing Bell Canada data breach; up to 100,000 customers affected<p>Surge in trading amid bitcoin, pot stock crazes tests limits of online brokers Subscriber content<p>Federal government to rule on spat between steel …

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Google Glass app Blue puts real-time baseball info in your eye (video)

The boys of summer are about to come home, but that doesn't make developer Aaron Draczynski's Google Glass baseball app any less rad. Blue uses geolocation to determine what park you're at and feeds all manner of ball diamond-data directly into your eye. Whether it's displaying play-by-play …

Pedro Martinez will join TBS as an MLB post-season studio analyst, according to report

He will reportedly be in the studio with Keith Olbermann and Dennis Eckersley<p>You can't say TBS isn't willing to try to think outside the box when assembling its new studio team for the 2013 MLB Playoffs.<p>According to multiple writers out of Boston, the "Very Funny" network has added Pedro Martinez …

SARAH Lets You Request Information From 21 Government Agencies At The Same Time

The federal government collects gobs and gobs of data on people, and thanks to a little something called the Freedom of Information Act, people can make requests to liberate some of it. It sounds simple enough, but navigating the labyrinthine process and drafting the request is no easy thing.<p>That’s …

Should Math Really Be A Required Subject?

The novelist Nicholson Baker makes a case against algebra<p>Nicholson Baker hates math.* The novelist and nonfiction writer spends almost eight pages of this month's <i>Harper's Magazine</i> making the case that compulsory algebra courses in American education are at best, wrongheaded, and at worst, downright …

FYI: When Will We Evolve Out Of Our Useless Appendages?

Never. We're probably stuck with our appendix, pinky toes, tailbone and just about all of our other evolutionary holdovers. Wisdom teeth may eventually go, but major changes like losing an appendage (teeth included) take millions and millions of years — who knows if humans will even be around that …

How It Works: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue

The first commercial 3-D bioprinter, Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter, is manufacturing functional liver tissues that will soon help biochemists test new drugs. Here’s a look at the printing process.<p><b>Step 1</b>: Engineers load one syringe with a bio-ink (A) made up of spheroids that each contain tens …

A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time

Twelve-year-old electronics prodigy Quin Etnyre wanted to make education more fun. So he became a teacher.<p>Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the class. …

Google’s Internet-beaming balloons get first volunteer testers

Central Valley residents will have a chance to get one of these balloon-shaped antennas attached to their home.<p>Google's ambitious Project Loon, by which broadband could be delivered to remote areas by means of balloon-mounted transceivers, is entering a testing phase — and the company is getting …

Internet

Kickstarter bans genetically engineered rewards

After a project to fund a glowing plant skyrocketed to success, the crowdfunding site quietly added a new rule to its creator guidelines to ban genetically modified organisms.<p>If you plan to fund the creation of a genetic hybrid on Kickstarter, you can no longer offer it to backers as a reward. The …

Organisms

OpenGlass gives Google Glass real-time augmented reality (video)

To some, Google Glass is nothing more than a notification machine, but there are others who see Glass as an AR headset waiting to happen. OpenGlass is among those looking to give Glass augmented reality powers, and it's figured out how to implement simple AR in real-time. The trick was accomplished …

Hewlett-Packard’s biggest “innovation” is its plan for managed retreat

Hewlett-Packard, the once-great technology giant that practically invented Silicon Valley startup culture, is just about done making disastrous decisions that threaten its entire business. (Decisions like its ill-starred acquisition of software company Autonomy, whose value HP then had to write …

IT

Crafty engineer 3D-prints a portable NES

It's not quite as small as a Game Boy, but this homemade portable Nintendo Entertainment System is something we'd never want to leave home without.<p>We …

Omate Truesmart watch secures Kickstarter funds

<b>Omate Truesmart - a smartwatch with a built-in five megapixel camera - is set to go into production after hitting its crowdfunding target.</b><p>The device raised more than $100,000 (£63,760) of pledges on fundraising site Kickstarter, guaranteeing it will get the cash.<p>Another watch, Pebble, secured a …

Google Glass

Sensor pad uses light-emitting nanowires to read writing, fingerprints

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Georgia Tech Photo: Gary Meek<p>How many times have you signed your name on a pad in the grocery store checkout line only …

Life as a US drone operator: 'It's like playing a video game for four years'

"It is a lot like playing a video game," a former Predator drone operator matter-of-factly admits to the artist Omer Fast. "But playing the same …

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Your Body Is The Computer

The last few years have presented an unprecedented shift in the computing world as PCs are being replaced with mobile devices. But now that a large portion of the market has already shifted, what comes after it? Last week, we looked at how the giants of tech are going after TV screens. This week, …

A Mathematical Model Of Gun Control Means We Can Finally Argue Over Data

UC Irvine researchers have published a model to predict how gun control affects homicide rates.<p>As highly debated as the topic of gun control is in America, there's almost no research into the causes of gun violence or how to prevent it. Until recently, there was a virtual gag on gun violence …

Airplane Wi-Fi: Fly The Unconnected Skies

I find flying relaxing.<p>Yes, you read that right. Despite the frequent delays, the dirty airports, the intrusive TSA frisking, the cramped seats and the crying babies, I find flying relaxing.<p>That is, if the airplane isn't equipped with Wi-Fi.<p>Airplanes without an Internet connection are a refuge -- …

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America in the 1970s: The Pacific Northwest

Day 5 of Documerica Week on In Focus, featuring regions of the U.S. covered by the photographers of the Documerica Project in the early 1970s. In our final photo essay, we visit the northwestern states of Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, during a heightened energy crisis that left gas pumps empty …

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Admits He Made A Huge Mistake

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is finally admitting what everyone has been thinking: Microsoft made a huge mistake with the Surface RT tablet.<p>Last week, the company disclosed that it lost over $900 million on the low-selling tablet computer, and during an internal Microsoft event this week, Ballmer …

Every designer in existence has redesigned iOS 7. Why don't you give it a go?

Apple’s iOS 7 is a mockery of design. Or, a masterpiece. Or, a solid attempt built for Apple’s next billion customers. There really isn’t a consensus.<p>In any event, now that iOS 7 has been redesigned by seemingly thousands of designers — some before it was even released — why don’t you give it a …

Family Books $500,000 Private Jet Flight Through An iPhone App

What was unusual, however, was the way the family booked: through an Iphone app.<p>"We were surprised," said Carol Cork, director of marketing at <b>PrivateFly</b>, the London-based jet charter company that took the Middle East booking. "But for us this was a massive verification of our mobile …

Apps

For A Long And Healthy Life, It Matters Where You Live

It's not just how long you live that matters. It's healthy life expectancy – the additional years of good health you can expect once you hit 65.<p>And by that measure, a new analysis shows it makes a lot of difference where Americans live.<p>Hawaiians are lucky in more than their idyllic weather and …

The Top 50 ‘Pictures of the Day’ for 2013

At the end of every quarter the Sifter will highlight the top 25 ‘Pictures of the Day‘, culminating in an epic <i>Top 100</i> at the end of the year (check …

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.

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