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Festivals

Nestlé Wants to Sell You Both Sugary Snacks and Diabetes Pills

Nestlé is by far the largest food company in the world. Its 335,000 employees produce more than 2,000 brands, manufactured in 436 factories across 85 …

Nestlé

Teatox Party

How laxative teas took over Instagram, one $250,000 celebrity endorsement at a time<p>A few months later, requests for sponsored posts from brands of all kinds began to trickle in. Among those getting in touch with Trigg were companies that sold tea promising to detoxify your body; they were called …

FDA

Johnny Depp Is Clearly Not Over What Australia Did To His Dogs

Weeks after his international embarrassment, Depp discusses his dogs once more.<p>"I really would like to ... I will do this everywhere I go. I would really like to apologise for not smuggling my dogs into England, because it would have been a bad thing to do," the <i>Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger</i> …

Amber Heard

Robot Waiters In China Are Getting Fired

Robot waiters are not working out so well in the Chinese city and culinary center Guangzhou. Three different robot-staffed restaurants in the city …

Steven Spielberg

Halsey: a brand new type of pop star

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane – or moniker Halsey, an anagram of her name and also a street in Brooklyn where she spent a lot of time as a teenager – blew up overnight. Growing up in New Jersey with an Italian-American mum and an African-American dad, she fell in love with a melting pot of musical …

Sleep in a Sewer Pipe on Your Next Vacation

Tired of the standard hotel experience? Austrian architect Andreas Strauss wants you to try sleeping in a renovated sewer pipe.<p>Das Park Hotel, …

Christianity
Amber Heard

6EQUJ5: The Wow! Signal

It looks like a license plate or a random jumble of letters and numbers put together by a preschooler. But “6EQUJ5” is the most tantalizing lead we …

Physics

5 Monday Actions That Will Immediately Improve Your Finances | Inc.com

Every year at this time most people and companies do a reassessment of their finances. A quick look at their assets and liabilities might result in either a big smile or perhaps a grimace. One thing few are happy about is the amount they will pay to the government. This is the time of year where …

Apple could take location tracking to the next level

You’re driving home late one night with your friend following. You lose him at a red light and, realizing he doesn’t have your address, need to tell him where to go.<p>You ask Siri to share your route with your friend, and voila, he’s able to follow your location as you drive with the Maps app.<p>Such is …

Meet the ‘living dead’: Forensic scientists’ new weapon

The bacteria in and on our bodies can betray some of our deepest secrets – even after we die. Linda Geddes investigates.<p>In the seconds after you breathe your last breath, the living dead take over. Now that your blood no longer flows, oxygen levels within your body plummet and degrading chemical …

Biology

New Players: Rising Indie Game Designers To Watch

From giant arcade consoles to video games that look like comic books, IGF’s Design Award nominees are innovating tomorrow’s next big games.<p>Every year, the Independent Games Festival, which just took place in San Francisco, celebrates the strangest, most exciting and most innovative games made by …

Inventions

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Open House: A Dublin Architect Builds a Home for His Family

To make the backyard feel like an extra room (and make it tempting for his children to play outdoors in all kinds of weather), Irish architect John …

Pictures of the Week 3.19.15

How Google Trekker is helping map climate change

As we arrive at Kammerer Ranch — a property owned by the Nature Conservancy, near Alum Rock Park in San José — a very large brown bird swoops up from the hillside. Too big to be a falcon or hawk; not flying like a turkey vulture. A golden eagle, I suggest to Ethan Inlander, a stewardship manager …

The Nature Conservancy

Home | Dark Patterns

What are dark patterns?<p>Dark Patterns are tricks used in websites and apps that make you buy or sign up for things that you didn't mean to. The …

Knitting

This is Google's new Chromebook Pixel

After inadvertently teasing the existence of a new Chromebook Pixel last month, Google is today coming clean and announcing the new laptop. The new Chromebook Pixel has a similar boxy design as its predecessor (including the fancy light-up strip on the lid), but it has upgraded internals, better …

Consumer Tech

NASA Satellite Quartet Aims to Crack Magnetic Mystery Near Earth

A cosmic phenomenon in Earth's magnetic field that is both dazzling and potentially dangerous for people on the surface is the focus of a new …

The Secret To A Good Podcast Is To Use An Excellent Microphone

Podcasting is really cool at the moment following on from the success of Serial, a podcast that started in October 2014, made by producers of ‘This American Life’. The podcast regularly hit Number One in the podcast charts and had a loyal following of millions. Podcasts are an easy way to put …

Music Production

Nvidia Responds to Claims Over GTX 970

"We’ll do a better job next time."<p>Nvidia has responded to claims that it falsely advertised its GTX 970 graphics card.<p>Users had previously reported …

Nvidia
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