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This App Can Help You Read Up to 1,000 Words a Minute

Who says the Internet is making us less effective readers? Spritz, a new app that’s being released on Samsung devices, is devoted to turning you into …

The Mind-Blowing Mathematics of Sunflowers

Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144 — numbers found in the famous Fibonacci Sequence?<p><b>Like it?</b> …

Crispy Potato Skins

8 Servings<p>Crispy, cheesy, bacon-y—they're an irresistible Super Bowl snack. So irresistible, in fact, that you may want to make a double batch of this potato skins recipe.<p>Print<p>Ingredients<p>8 russet potatoes (about 5 lb.), scrubbed<p>Olive oil for rubbing and brushing<p>Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon<p>Freshly …

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4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Senior figures from industry, military and politics explore risks of financial chaos, oil depletion and climate catastrophe<p>A conference sponsored by a US military official convened experts in Washington DC and London warning that continued dependence on fossil fuels puts the world at risk of an …

Urb-E is a foldable electric scooter that makes your commute a weird, wild ride

The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of innovative electric personal transportation vehicles. But the ultra-simple Urb-E claims to be the world's most compact folding electric vehicle, and it's undoubtedly one of the world's most bizarre. The prototype device making its public …

This Bug-Inspired Rescue Robot Can Bounce Off Walls And Keep Flying

Instead of being weighted down with expensive sensors, this little drone is based on resiliency: It hits an obstacle and moves on, unscathed.<p>Watch an insect fly around a room looking for a way out, and you’ll notice something interesting: No matter how many times it crashes into a wall or window, …

Leap Motion update adds precision hand tracking, gesture controls

<b>A huge update for the Leap Motion Controller, which recently launched in Australia, will significantly change the way it interacts with users' …

39 Thanksgiving Potato Recipes: Mashed, Baked & More

Mashed, roasted, or baked into a cheesy gratin—one of these 37 recipes for the potato is sure to grace your holiday table.<p><b>One of these easy, homey potato recipes</b> is sure to earn a permanent spot on your holiday table.

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Space probe Gaia searches for galaxy's dark energy

European scientists are preparing to launch a probe that will transform our understanding of our galaxy. The spacecraft, called Gaia, will carry the world's biggest, most accurate camera which it will use to pinpoint more than a billion stars with unprecedented precision and create a 3D map of the …

Imagining the Tenth Dimension

New Perspectives: Imagining a 4D World Via From Quarks to Quasars Regardless of your scientific background (or lack thereof), the 4th dimension is very a difficult concept to grasp. To understand just how difficult it is to envision a world with a 4th spacial dimension, let's use a couple comparisons. First, imagine a color that doesn't currently exist. Next, try to come up with a way to explain how an everyday color looks (like blue, for example) to someone who can't see. Both of those things are pretty difficult, right? Well, we run into exactly the same problems when we try to imagine a 4th dimension to space. Even for those of us with the most powerful visual imaginations, trying to picture how a 4 dimensional object would look in a 3 dimensional world is impossible. Truly and utterly impossible. However, math offers us a little assistance in this area. You see, to a mathematician, the 4th dimension can be represented using coordinate geometry and vectors within an algebraic 4 dimensional space (that sounds like a mouthful, but just look at the image to get an idea of what this means). Of course, this is only an extra DIRECTION written down on a 2D piece of paper...not an actual DIMENSION. In this sense, the coordinates would be treated in exactly the same way as the other 3 directions, so it doesn't actually add anything new to our understanding. Still, coordinate geometry helps us grasp just how difficult comprehending a 4th dimension is for beings who live in a 3D world (like us). So in short, understanding a world with 4 spacial dimensions is still exceedingly difficult...but, what fun would we be if we didn't try? Read More: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/new-perspectives-imagining-a-4d-world/ Image Credit: LearnSomething

Todoist for Gmail Turns Emails into Tasks

Task-management and productivity service Todoist has launched a new browser extension designed to help you better manage your Gmail inbox.<p>Todoist for Gmail integrates task management directly into the Gmail interface to help you bash through your emails, while saving key messages as tasks. You can …

Now Complete: The World’s First 3-D-Printed Room

Architect-programmers Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger have finished up what just might be the most complex architecture in human history.<p>For years, the world wasn’t quite ready for the mind-meltingly complex architecture dreamt up by computational architect-designer Michael Hansmeyer. …

This Machine Lets You 3D Print Your Home

We’re endlessly impressed by the advances in the world of 3D printing. But this latest innovation is legitimately mind-blowing. Now there’s machine that can “print” a 2,500 square foot home in roughly 20 hours. WTF.<p>The fabrication process known as Contour Crafting streamlines the process of …

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7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

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Blackberry Farm Griddle Cakes

6 Servings<p>Fast-track this pancakes or griddle cakes recipe by tripling the dry ingredients and storing them in a jar. At breakfast time, scoop out 2 1/4 cups. All the other measurements stay the same.<p>May 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>1 large egg<p>2 cups buttermilk<p>1/4 cup pure maple syrup<p>1 cup gluten-free oat …

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October's Notable iOS App Releases

We’re back with our monthly retrospective look at some of the more notable iOS apps to hit our radar over the past month.<p>So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best.<p>Moment.us<p>What is the right music to listen to on a rainy Wednesday afternoon in London or Chicago? Open the …

Spike Augmented Reality Measurement Device Hits Kickstarter (video)

A new innovative device has this week launched on the Kickstarter crowd funding website called Spike , which has been designed to provide users with …

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Why You Should Make the Spicy Pickled Raisins from Our Duck Confit Recipe (Even If You're Not Making Duck Confit)

Because these spicy pickled raisins add flair to a myriad of dishes, from salad to ice cream.<p>In a meeting one Monday morning, <i>Bon Appétit</i> deputy editor <b>Scott DeSimon</b> informed us that he'd made our epic do-ahead Duck Confit recipe over the weekend. Did he make the spicy pickled raisins that go with …

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Parsley, Kale, and Berry Smoothie

2 Servings<p>Parsley can reinvigorate your cooking--and your health.<p>April 2012Print<p>Ingredients<p>1/2 cup (packed) flat-leaf parsley (leaves and stems)<p>4 kale leaves (center ribs removed)<p>1 cup frozen organic berries (such as strawberries or raspberries)<p>1 banana (cut into pieces)<p>1 teaspoon ground …

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The [Extremely Thorough and Rather Compelling] Case Against Sugar

I’m surprised that I’ve never written about this video before, but it’s always better late than never.<p>Meet Robert Lustig, MD. He’s kind of a big deal.<p>…

Seven Ways 3D Lidar Is Transforming Our Physical World

Picture a technology that creates perfect 3D replicas used for archeological discovery, crime-scene investigation and virtual-reality entertainment—and I’m not talking about the <i>Enterprise</i> Holodeck. Far from science fiction, it already exists and it’s called lidar.<p>Even if you’ve never heard of …

5 Exercise Machines You Should Never Use At The Gym

According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. owner of StreamFIT.com, "They've been dumbed down to the point that they just don't do your body much good." Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you'll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle …

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Zepp 3D motion sensor captures sports data, helps step up your swing

Activity trackers like FuelBand are great if you just want to exercise, but Zepp Labs' new 3D motion sensor might be more useful if you're seriously training in a sport -- especially if it's tennis, baseball or golf. A 1-inch square of negligible weight, the sensor captures data from each swing you …

Gâteau Breton aux Pommes

8 Servings<p>In this gâteau breton aux pommes, or apple cake, apples are caramelized before being baked in buttery batter. Why stop there? Salted caramel sauce lets guests indulge even further.<p>October 2013Print<p>Ingredients<p>Salted caramel sauce<p>½ cup sugar<p>½ cup heavy cream<p>3 tablespoon Tbsp. unsalted butter<p>…

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WD announces My Cloud, an external drive that connects to your home network for $150 (video)

Sure, there are plenty of physical storage options out there, but WD's new My Cloud does a little more than the traditional external hard drives. For starters, and as the name would suggest, My Cloud can connect to your own home (or office) network and allow you to wirelessly transfer files to and …

How to Make Lasagna Bolognese from Scratch

Layer by layer, our lasagna Bolognese builds flavors you simply can’t achieve by taking shortcuts. Impress your guests with this raveworthy dish<p>Maybe you’re not a <i>nonna</i>. And you didn’t inherit a faded recipe for lasagna Bolognese from one, either. Not to worry. What matters is that this version of …

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