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Smart Cities

Your Lousy Handwriting Might Actually Make You Smarter

If you prefer taking handwritten notes over typing on a laptop, take heart: you’re much more likely to learn better than your MacBook-prone …

Princeton University
Internet of Things

Sony's latest experiment is a $250 E Ink universal remote

Sony has started taking regular orders in Japan for the Huis Remote Controller, the latest product to make it to market through the company's First Flight crowdfunding platform. The Huis (pronounced "house") remote is a universal control with an e-paper touchscreen that lets you customize the array …

eReaders

Top 10: the best Lake Como hotels

The hotels that border Lake Como suit its dignified ambience remarkably well: mostly traditional and family run, a reflection of this romantic, poetic and sunny spot where for centuries aristocratic families, literary figures and celebrities (most famously today George Clooney) have settled in …

Raspberry Pi's £4 computer is as powerful as the laptops of a decade ago

The Raspberry Pi Zero is so cheap that it is being given away in magazines despite coming with 512MB of RAM<p>The Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled what is possibly the world's cheapest and smallest fully-functioning computer, the miniature Raspberry Pi Zero.<p>At £4 (or $5 abroad), with half a …

Robust Android ransomware spreading across American devices

Malware developers have been forced to code more advanced software as security measures evolve and people become more educated. They need to be a little more tricky now, and the bad news is these attackers are not really falling behind the big corporations that try to protect us. Ransomware has …

Google Play

SmartPlug turns your home into a modern-day Clapper

Home automation, specifically Apple’s HomeKit framework and its compatible accessories, is the latest Thing We’re Supposed to Get Excited About™. And it has a lot of promise for convenience, time-saving, and just generally feeling like you live in the future.<p>The first HomeKit-compatible smartplug …

8 Cheaper Alternatives to Popular European Destinations

<i>By: Sophie-Claire Hoeller</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/alcuin lai</i><p>Rome, Munich, the French Riviera -- all European bucket list spots renowned for their history, their culture, and their affinity for chain smoking and tiny cars. But you know else they're known for? Overpriced everything. And hoards of visitors …

European Travel

National Geographic Travel

13 New Landscape Design Ideas to Steal in 2015

Good garden design can change your life–and remove boundaries between indoors and out to increase living space. We’ve rounded up 13 new ideas to …

Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Feed A Crowd

Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching. Have you planned your Super Bowl party menu yet? If you haven't figured out what you're going to cook for the big game, don't panic. We've got Super Bowl recipe collections that run the gamut from wings and nachos to sliders. We've also rounded up some stellar …

Cooking

The Non-Judgmental Guide to Getting Seriously Into Tea

My friend Laura is way more into wine than tea, so it took some cajoling to get her to travel an hour and a half away from home to a tiny tea shop in a Queens strip mall, where we settled in for a three-hour tasting of teas from all over China and Taiwan.<p>"I want you to see the amazing teas I keep …

Tea

Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

"Text neck," the posture formed by leaning over a cellphone while reading and texting, is a big problem, according to the author of a newly published study in the National Library of Medicine.<p>Kenneth K. Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, says the …

Weird Animal Question of the Week: A Fungus That Looks Like Strawberries and Cream

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>This week’s theme of odd mushrooms was inspired by Eric Wright of Key West, Florida, who sent us a picture of an odd fungus growing in his yard that resembles a colorful Wiffle ball. (Yes, we know it’s not an animal, but even fungi need some love.)</b><p>We reached out to Debbie …

What Happened When Ideo Tried To Teach Us How To Be Better Listeners

Is it possible to listen like an Ideo researcher? We find out.<p>“I think our world has gotten less and less good at listening.”<p>Much of your life is trying to tune out the world as much as possible. That’s a lost design opportunity.<p>That’s Fred Dust, a partner at Ideo, talking, and he’s walking us …

Design

National Geographic Travel

Brain workouts benefit older adults 10 years later - Futurity

Older adults who receive as few as 10 sessions of mental training show long-lasting improvements in reasoning 10 years after the intervention.

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

University staff battling anxiety, poor work-life balance and isolation aren't finding the support they need<p>• The blog that started the debate: there is a culture of acceptance around mental health issues in academia<p>Mental health problems are on the rise among UK academics amid the pressures of …

7 Habits of Incredibly Happy People

<i>This post is in partnership with Inc., which offers useful advice, resources and insights to entrepreneurs and business owners. The article below was</i> …

Happiness

Weird Crystal Can Absorb All The Oxygen In A Room -- And Then Release It Later

This could potentially make fuel cells, space travel, and scuba diving a lot more efficient.<p>Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark say they’ve invented a crystal that pulls oxygen out of the air and even water. Apparently, just a spoonful of the stuff can suck up all the oxygen in a …

Feds Bust Maker Of Smartphone "Stalker App"

It is the first indictment of its kind. "One down, and 400 to go," says anti-cyberstalking expert<p>On Monday, the Department of Justice announced the indictment of the manufacturer of the smart phone surveillance app StealthGenie on Monday -- the first such indictment -- but many other so-called …

How to Take Free Courses from Top Universities

You can continue your education with some amazing and free online resources available from top universities. These institutions offer many of their …

Online Education

Your nose knows death is imminent

Losing the sense of smell predicts death within five years, according to new research<p>Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed …

Swallowing this needle-studded pill could be good for you

Researchers develop a pill that could be swallowed to deliver drugs directly into our digestive tracts via tiny needles. And that's better how?<p>If needles make you all woozy, you'll be particularly interested in a new invention out of MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. It's a pill-like capsule …

Medicine

What massive icebergs tell us about Earth's chilly past - Futurity

Massive iceberg surges into the North Atlantic during the last ice age may have been caused by changes in atmospheric circulation, new research …

Google Adds Optional Data Compression Feature To Chrome For Mobile, Reducing Your Data Usage By Up To 50%

Google today is officially announcing the release of a data compression feature for its Chrome mobile web browser which allows you to reduce your data usage on smartphones and tablets, potentially saving you money on your monthly cell phone bill or data plan. The feature is one of several new …

Marc Andreessen talks about the pros and cons of net neutrality and the need for innovation

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: All Things D<p>Ever since he returned to Twitter in January, after not posting anything on the network for almost three …

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