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Learn to Code: Harvard's Free Online Computer Science Course

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C, SQL, PHP, and More<p>Harvard’s “Introduction to Computer Science” course is widely regarded as the best computer science …

Online Education

Humans and robots are on the cusp of a sexual intimacy we may never reverse

If you could construct a sexual partner that was faithful, beautiful, and responsive to your every wish, would you? It’s a question Aimee van …

Russia’s ‘Killer Satellites’ Re-Awaken

The trio of mysterious spacecraft were idle for at least a year. Now they’re zooming toward foreign satellites again—and no one really knows why.<p>A …

Trading places: the rise of the DIY hedge fund

Naoki Nagai, a 36-year-old Harvard graduate who grew up in Japan, is a one-man hedge fund. For the past 16 months he has written hundreds of …

Jungle House by Studio MK27

Climbing trees as a kid was as much about goofing around and showing off as it was to try to gain a different perspective on the world around you. …

Architecture

San Francisco's spectacular, hidden 'POPOS': Where to find the newest and best

Have you gone loco for POPOS?<p>There may not be any giant boulders coming at you, but finding some of the 68 privately owned public open spaces (otherwise known as POPOS) in San Francisco can take an Indiana Jones-esque sense of ingenuity.<p>This was especially true before a Chronicle story in 2012 …

Uber's upstart rival in Pakistan uses rickshaws, low-tech phones | Reuters

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - As taxi hailing giant Uber enters Pakistan, a little-known local competitor is counting on a mix of new ideas and old technology to tap what could be a big chunk of the market: low-income residents who travel in rickshaws, not cabs.<p>Rixi rickshaw driver Saeed Akhtar sits …

Three Scientifically Proven Steps For Talking With Strangers

Behavioral scientists have found that strangers are more open to small talk than you might think.<p>Want to be better at small talk? Of course you do–or you will the next time you find yourself at a dinner party, business meeting, or networking event. You can practice the “art” of small talk, or you …

Playing This Simple Game Boosts The Mathematical Ability of Five-Year-Olds

We're next!<p>If you're the kind of person who fears having to solve mathematical problems, the results of a new study might improve your confidence and …

Here's the Reason You Can't Photocopy Money

If you have ever attempted a life as a counterfeiter, or done a stupid school project where you tried to print your own money, you already know this: …

Photoshop

The Glass House Built Around A Tree

A significant number of my childhood fantasies revolved around <b>tree houses</b> - but this design by Kazakh architect <b>Aibek Almassov</b> just flips the whole …

A company making Bluetooth-enabled suitcases wants to solve your biggest travel problems

Having luggage that is both durable and functional can take your trip from stressful to seamless.<p>While travel bags can often be hefty and easily lost, a new company called Raden is aiming to change this by introducing a line of design-focused and app-connected suitcase.<p>"I used to work at Aldo and …

Meet the 'Father of Cannabis,' the Man Who Discovered Why Weed Makes You High

Raphael Mechoulam has been deciphering the secrets of marijuana for over 50 years.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the Colombian edition of VICE Magazine.</i><p>In 1980, a team of investigators from the Sao Paulo Medicine Faculty of Santa Casa published a study that should have changed the lives of 50 …

Headphones That Get You High on Dopamine Are Tipped to Go on Sale Next Month

When the music is not enough.<p>Headphones that stimulate the release of dopamine in your brain and reportedly make you feel high as hell have been …

The Brain

San Francisco tech bro: 'I don't want to see homeless riff raff'

It's a familiar story. A male entrepreneur (some might even call him a "tech bro") - flush with the sense of self-worth and self-satisfaction that comes from living and working in a city and industry that treats him and his friends as the most important and intelligent human beings ever to grace a …

GRANTHAM: The stock market sell-off makes me nervous, but I fear the big crash is coming later

In his latest quarterly outlook, Grantham, cofounder and chief investment officer at GMO, outlines his views on the markets and the economy.<p>And in somewhat of a contrast to his recent commentary, sees the oil crash as a big tailwind for the economy and doesn't think the stock market, though it is …

How Bad Is Your Breakfast Food? We Ranked 10 Popular Items

<i>By Laura Newcomer, Life by Daily Burn</i><p>By now most of us know that we’re supposed to eat breakfast. Noshing first thing in the morning has been shown …

Breakfast

How to Fall Asleep in Under a Minute

<i>Tech savvy</i>. <i>Culturally aware</i>. <i>Underemployed</i>. <i>Spiritual</i> but not <i>religious</i>.<p>These are all words and phrases that have come to be associated with the …

University professor sacked after dismissing mass shootings as "fakes"

Professor James Tracey dismissed the Sandy Hook massacre as a government "drill" and said the Paris attacks were a "fake" to implicate Isil<p>A university has sacked an academic who alleged that a string of mass shootings - including the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre that killed 20 school children - were …

Johnny Depp named 'most overpaid actor' of 2015

<b>Johnny Depp has been named the most overpaid Hollywood actor of 2015 by Forbes magazine.</b><p>The list, based on the last three films in which those included starred before June, revealed Depp returned only $1.20 (81p) for every $1 (67p) he was paid.<p>Depp's comedy Mortdecai flopped in cinemas, only making …

Emoji Users Have Sex On The Brain

Plus: which emojis help singles flirt, and which ones get in the way<p>According to 5,000 singles surveyed by Match․com, those who think about sex frequently also use emojis the most often:<p>Which emoji do those singles use? Women and men are united in their most and least popular choices:

A series of recent studies suggest that eye movements may both reflect and influence the workings of the brain<p>According to the old saying, the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, …

The Brain

Sitting down for too long is a 'silent killer', medics warn

A report published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine recommends that workers find ways to stand for an extra four hours every day<p>Office workers should be on their feet for at least two hours daily during working hours, according to a report published by the British Journal of Sports …

LG’s 55-inch 'wallpaper' OLED display hangs on the wall with magnets

It's one of LG's most impressive displays of screen technology yet: a 55-inch OLED panel that's just 0.97mm thick and weighs just 1.9kg (4.1 pounds). The panel is so thin that it can be stuck to the wall using a magnetic mat before being peeled off like wallpaper, reports Korean news agency <i>Yonhap</i>. …

This Table Sucks Up Heat to Lower Your AC Bills

Air conditioning is a modern wonder. It’s also an expensive luxury and a total drain on the environment. Most buildings address thermal control on a …

Selling

Super small Light Phone promises to be your “phone away from phone”

In a world where our phones are getting smarter and smarter, a new Kickstarter project hopes to entice us with the promise of simplicity. Bearing the motto “your phone away from phone”, the Light Phone has all the functionality of a mid-1990s era analog phone — meaning it can call people, and …

Augmented Reality Is Coming To Your Windshield

A holographic heads-up display ships later this year<p>There are heads-up displays out there already that project things like speed or turn-by-turn directions on the windshield. Some of them come directly from the manufacturer, some of them are aftermarket add-ons, but none of them incorporate …

The Worst Place to Sit on a Plane

Your seat location on the aircraft can affect your health<p>Forget the window seat next time you’re booking a flight longer than six hours. According to new research, enjoying window views from 30,000 feet ups your odds of suffering from deep venous thromboses (DVTs)—or blood clots—than being in an …

Muscle

Micro condos taken to another level: Travis | The Star

Today, we are experiencing an almost overwhelming surge of new condominium builds to keep up with the demand for living space in highly sought-after …

Small Spaces

This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud

Damn, this is more fun than I would’ve expected.<p>Do you ever type things into Google just to see what whacky stuff pops up in the autocomplete box?<p>GoogleFeud takes that concept and turns it into a Family Feud-style game. How well do you know the hivemind?<p>GoogleFeud provides the first half of a …