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12 Things They Don’t Teach You In School About Being A Designer

So you embarked on a freelance design career. Congrats! Here’s what you need to know to stay productive, profitable, and sane.<p>My wife Andy and I started Paper Leaf in 2009. We were not bad at design (I think we’re pretty damn good now), but we were really green at business. In some ways, our …

Mystifying Goddesses in a Macabre Dreamscape

Adrift in a dark fantasy world, these beautifully rendered heroines are the surreal creations of artist Dan Quintana. Using oil on wood panels, Quintana carefully paints the delicate features of these mystifying goddesses. Although they are surrounded by demons and skeletal creatures with claws, …

Art

For engineering students, a lesson in caring? - Futurity

An engineering education at college may foster a “culture of disengagement” regarding issues of public welfare, new research suggests.

Education

Remember 'French Fries Cause Cancer'? Here's The Acrylamide Update

Back in 2002, french fry lovers around the world received a nasty bit of news: Those crunchy, fried strips of potato contained a known carcinogen. Now, all these years later, a new warning from the Food and Drug Administration has consumers once again puzzling over whether to fear the chemical …

Reinventing The Condom With Easy-On Tabs And Beef Tendon

When you hear the term "next-generation condom," beef tendon probably isn't the first thing that pops into your mind.<p>But a condom made from the cow part is one of 11 ideas to win $100,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in its reinvent-the-condom competition.<p>Another winning proposal uses a …

Google Glass Could Save Companies $1 Billion By 2017

Market research firm Gartner has boldly predicted that companies using Glass and similar gadgets could save $1 billion a year within three to five years.<p>Hands-free access to the Internet, cameras, conferencing and phone calls, plus something called "augmented reality" will be a big help to people …

Home equity lines due for reset may be looming financial disaster

WASHINGTON — Could the real estate market be heading for a new financial storm? Maybe.<p>Some mortgage and credit experts worry that billions of dollars of home equity credit lines that were extended a decade ago during the housing boom could be heading for big trouble soon, creating a new wave of …

Google Plus Creates Uproar Over Forced YouTube Integration

Google Plus is back in the headlines again, but not for any spike in users or must-have new features. Rather, Google’s social network has now become further entwined in yet another of Google’s properties, YouTube.<p>YouTubers, both video creators and commenters, are upset about the new requirement of …

This Latest Chinese Censorship News Is Important, and Bad

This is not how a confident government behaves.<p>I've written many times over the years, and still believe, that the news out of China is more good than bad. (For details: here, here, and here by me, plus this nice photo feature yesterday from Matt Schiavenza.) But the bad news is real, and needs to …

Peter Buffett and the Media-‘Karpman Drama Triangle’ Complex

Yesterday, I was disappointed to see the op-ed by Peter Buffett in the NYT decrying philanthropy as a superficial form of absolution for the rich. …

Messing with nature? Geoengineering and green thought

Nature – whether preserving, protecting, or even deifying it – is at the heart of much green thinking and much scientific work. But pinning down …

Smart tooth sensor calls you out for eating or smoking too much

Taiwanese scientists have developed a new sensor that sits in your mouth and could tell doctors if you are overeating or smoking too much. Researchers at the National Taiwan University in Taipei have created a prototype sensor that connects to a mouth brace and includes an accelerometer that …

For Apple, Switching Suppliers Meant Chasing Cheaper Labor

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In an almost too predictable pattern, Apple's brand new supplier, Pegatron, is committing some very …

Amazing and Realistic Examples of 3D Street Painting

<b>Street painting</b>, also known as pavement art, street art and sidewalk art, is thought to have originated in Britain, and in 1890 it was estimated that …

How To Make Master French Chocolatier Jacques Torres' Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies

However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that's why they call him Mr. Chocolate!<p>These are a chocolate chip cookie of another …

Dessert

N.C. lawmakers back voter ID law

RALEIGH, N.C. — A Republican-backed measure that would make sweeping changes to when and how North Carolinians can vote appears headed for a court fight.<p>The measure given final approval late Thursday night in a party-line vote in the GOP-dominated state House requires voters to present …

Bicyclist First in U.S. Guilty of Vehicular Homicide

A bicyclist who struck and killed a 71-year-old pedestrian in San Francisco has been convicted of felony manslaughter, the first conviction of its …

'Crack baby' study ends with unexpected but clear result

Jaimee Drakewood hurried in from the rain, eager to get to her final appointment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.<p>Slideshow<p>'Crack baby' study …

All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood

The big idea behind Joe's Big Idea is to report on interesting inventions and inventors. When I saw the headline "An Environmentally Friendly Battery Made From Wood," on a press release recently, I figured it fit the bill, so went to investigate.<p>The battery is being developed at the Energy Research …

Artist Feeds House Flies Watercolor Pigments and Lets Them Paint by Regurgitation

Who knew common house flies could be such talented artists? Los Angeles artist John Knuth discovered their potential and started feeding them sugar …

Art

How to Make Mead and Drink Like a Viking

Home-brewers have embraced mead, or honey wine, the drink of choice for many ancient cultures. If you want to whip up a batch of your own, follow these steps.<p><b>Mead may be the ancestor of all today's booze</b>. People gathered, ate, and probably fermented honey long before the agricultural developments …

Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard

If you’ve spent much time on a farm with chickens then you know that the spaces where chickens live aren’t always the <i>most</i> beautiful corners of the …

22 Signs You're Stuck Between Gen X And Millennials

You're not Gen X, but you're not Gen Y either. Here's what it's like being caught in between two generations.

Demographics

FIDO Would Enable Dog-To-Human Communication

The device would benefit the military, the disabled, doctors, and maybe even you!<p>Three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, including one of the co-creators of Google Glass, are working to develop a new piece of technology attire--for dogs. The project, FIDO (Facilitating …

Scientists find how 'obesity gene' makes people fat | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have unraveled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening up potential new ways to fight a growing global health problem.<p>A man sits on a bench in central London, September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville<p>A common …