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Christopher Nolan: the man who rebooted the blockbuster

In early spring of 2013, Christopher Nolan and his crew were scouting for locations in Iceland – looking for glaciers that could stand in for the icy wastes of a distant planet in Nolan’s new film, Interstellar. They were on foot, the terrain proving inaccessible by car through freezing rain. The …

David Bowie’s Top 100 Books

“David Bowie Is,” the extensive retrospective exhibit of the artist and his fabulous costumes, hit Toronto last Friday (see our post from earlier …

Watch Every Cyber Attack in the World in Real Time

Kasperkspy Labs recently launched a beautifully terrifying interactive map that shows online threats arounds the world in real time. In practice, …

Cybersecurity

Hear Siri Quote Darth Vader In All 32 Supported Languages

Ever wanted to hear Siri declaim “Luke, I am your father” in 32 different languages?<p>In a blog post by the developers behind the daily Spanish word app Vocab Ninja, you can click on all of Siri’s different voices — overwhelmingly female-gendered, interestingly enough — in both standard and enhanced …

When Your Mac Slows Down, Give It A Tune Up [MacRx]

<b>This article first appeared in Cult of Mac magazine.</b><p>Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often. The Operating …

Skip The “Are You Sure?” Dialog Box When Shutting Down [OS X Tips]

Here’s a handy little tip if you shut down your Mac with the options in the Apple Menu.<p>Typically, when you choose Restart or Shut Down from these menu options, you’ll get a dialog box that checks to see if you’re absolutely, positively sure you meant to choose the menu option that you …

There's plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here's how

Great! I must be the only person in history to delete Candy Crush Saga from my phone

What's the proudest moment of your life? Getting your dream job? Gazing upon the face of your newborn child with such an unconditional sense of love and wonder that your heart might literally burst inside your chest? Rescuing a cat from a fire? Boring. That's not special. Hundreds of people do that …

The creator of The Wire, David Simon, delivered an impromptu speech about the divide between rich and poor in America at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney, and how capitalism has lost sight of its social compact. This is an edited extract<p>• Lanre Bakare: Go home, David Simon. Without justice …

50 Best Albums of 2013

The past 12 months had more great music going on than any year in recent memory. Some of the most innovative artists of the last decade — Kanye West, …

Music

Chris Hadfield: in space 'you recognise the unanimity of our existence'

It is a disorienting business, being in space, and most astronauts in the first days of orbit scan the Earth for reminders of home. The Russians look for their great lakes; the Americans for mountain ranges. For Chris Hadfield, the former commander of the International Space Station, it was Plank …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

The Lake that Turns Animals to Stone, iPhone 5S Sensor Snafu, and More

You've had a busy week, so why not just sit back, kick up your feet and take in our best posts of the week? Dive in!<p>"I'm the Actor Who Provided the …

iPhone

'Breaking Bad': 'Ozymandias' brings blood and tears

Walter White is beyond redemption as the series draws to a close.<p>Shhh, it's OK. You can crawl out from under the blankets now and pick your jaw up off the floor. Sure, we've known the end is nigh for a while now — and it's not like we actually believed <i>any</i> of these characters would come out …

How to find a Wi-Fi network password on your device

<b>Question: I have a Wi-Fi network's password saved on my computer. How do I look it up so I can connect my phone to the same network?</b><p>Answer: Computers, phones, tablets and other gadgets that can connect to a Wi-Fi network will usually remember its password for you. assuming it's not one you have to …

Nigel Slater's breakfast recipes

The joy of granola, if there can be such a thing, is when it comes warm and honey-sweet from the pan, the oats buttery and the fruit plump and sticky from the heat rather than cold from the box. By making your own, you have the chance to remove much of the sugar that hides, like a wolf in sheep's …

Hammerhead simplifies bike navigation through smartphone-connected LED clip

Biking is one of the most efficient ways to get around town, so long as you know where you're going. For cyclists who don't, Hammerhead Navigation thinks it has one of the simplest ways to get directions without lifting eyes on the road. Its T-shaped device, the Hammerhead, clips onto a bike's …

Tomos XL 45 Classic: moped review

<b>Price £1,395</b><b><br>MPG 110</b><b><br>Top speed 28mph</b><p>Just as you can't explain a joke to someone without a sense of humour, so you can't describe the appeal of a tiny Tomos to anyone who takes life too seriously. It's a beyond-basic moped from Slovenia which hasn't changed much in 60 years. It should probably have …

As the NSA revelations have shown, whistleblowing is now an essential art. It is our means of keeping 'public reason' alive<p>We all remember President Obama's smiling face, full of hope and trust, in his first campaign: "Yes, we can!" – we can get rid of the cynicism of the Bush era and bring justice …

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan: 'How long can anyone stay at the top?'

It was described by one television executive as the worst idea for a show he had ever heard. Now Breaking Bad, the everyday story of a middle-aged chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with cancer and becomes a gun-toting drugs kingpin, will soon end with the most eagerly-awaited finale on the small …

Watergate 40 Years Later: Newsweek Covers From the Summer of ’73

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Make your own iced coconut chai

I first tried chai at a rave in Goa many years ago. My memory of the evening is disjointed, but vivid. I get flashbacks.<p>The first thing to do was to find a party. In the strip leading down to Calangute beach, cab drivers lined up to whisk you off to oblivion. "No party, no pay!"<p>You roared along the …

The three best science-fiction shows on TV

People may not be talking about them them but Falling Skies, Continuum and Defiance are quietly leading a renaissance in small-screen sci-fi<p>Fans of science fiction TV are used to their favourite shows being ignored or ridiculed. If you were to go by broadsheet column inches, you'd think everybody …

Your iPad Needs This iBook If You Love ‘Breaking Bad’

The final season of <i>Breaking Bad</i> begins tonight on AMC, and if you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the show. Fans like myself need to check out <i>Breaking Bad: Alchemy</i>, an awesome book from the show’s creators. It was my pick on Faves n’ Raves during the last CultCast.<p>The <i>Breaking Bad: Alchemy</i> …

Pedal Power Phone Charger

MAKE contributing writer Alastair Bland first introduced us to this simple, effective circuit back in 2009. It takes higher-voltage alternating current (AC) from a retro-style bike headlight generator, converts it to direct current (DC), and steps it down to a safe voltage for charging your cell …

Arduino

Never Be Caught In The Dark, HandleBand Mounts Your Smartphone – Or Most Anything Else

We don’t always carries a bike light. But few of us would be caught dead without our smartphone.<p>Problem in need of a solution? Daniel Haarburger …

A Futuristic House That Seems To Rise From The Earth

The Edgeland House sports a sci-fi design but uses Native American building methods.<p>Designed by architecture firm Bercy Chen for a science fiction writer and his family, the Edgeland House has everything the literary genre is made of: a gloomy industrial past, futuristic allusions riffing off …

Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield Recorded ‘Space Oddity’ Using GarageBand On His iPad! [Updated]

By now, you’ve probably see Commander Chris Hadfield’s tear-jerking farewell to the International Space Station: a cover of David Bowie’s classic space song, <i>Space Oddity</i>, filmed and performed by Hadfield himself in zero-g. In case you haven’t, we’ve embedded it above: it’s hard not to be proud of …