Francisco J. Soto

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The 17 Best Online Brands to Shop Now

These are the companies that are actually worth spending money on.<p>Online shopping is a way of life. And now, there's a veritable smorgasbord of direct-to-consumer brands founded on the idea of existing only in the digital realm. They each offer a pretty compelling incentive for buying their …

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is working to build machines that can carry on a conversation. That's something so many people are working on. In Silicon Valley, …

The Brutality of Living in the Stone Age Has Never Been More Adorable Than in Aardman's Early Man

Well, adorable by prehistoric standards, that is.<p><i>Early Man</i>, the next movie from Nick Park and Aardman Animation—the guys behind <i>Wallace & Gromit</i>,</i> …

Stone Age

The Tokyo Game Show Is Full of Gorgeous Virtual Unreality

The Tokyo Game Show overflows with virtual reality games, and many of the best of them don't simulate reality at all.<p>Developers and publishers …

Park Slope Parents’ Fight Club: A Friendly Reminder of the Rules

<i>TO: Park Slope Parents Listserv<br>FROM: JennFletcher14@rocketmail.com<br>SUBJECT: Re: Rules of Park Slope Parents' Fight Club</i><p>Just sending a friendly reminder to all parents after SOMEONE left a roll of medical gauze in the rec center last Thursday!<p>**FIRST RULE OF FIGHT CLUB: You MUST be a resident of Park …

This Animated Data Visualization Of World War II Fatalities Is Shocking

It’s difficult to conceptualize excessively large numbers, particularly when they pertain to human tragedies. But this highly-engaging animated data …

World War II

Spirited Away - fan art by Liang xing“The furthest path I have been leading you by your side

<i>“The furthest path I have been leading you by your side.<br>Alone, for the remainder, you will have to walk through. Don’t look back.”</i>

Volvo’s Concept 26 showcases the future of autonomous driving, and it looks amazing

Most concept cars, in an effort to give us a glimpse of our driving future, focus almost exclusively on wildly imaginative and outlandish exterior …

New Wonder Woman Movie Photo & Cast Members Unveiled

Just last week, a photo from the set of <b>Wonder Woman</b> made its way online thanks to previously unannounced cast member, French actor <b>Saïd Taghmaoui</b>, …

Gal Gadot

Cowboys Are Most Televised NFL Team

Just how popular are the Dallas Cowboys?<p>One way to answer that question is to look at the nation's TV viewing habits. In a blog post published for …

You Need to Watch These Deleted Scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

The grail has never been holier.<p>When you're ace enough to become as internationally and culturally renowned as Monty Python, there's bound to be a bit of friction in the creative process. While there are many reports of creative competition (and subsequent lawsuits) around the Pythons, one act of …

See Long-Lost Animation From 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail'

Previously unseen clips are being released in celebration of the film's 40th anniversary.<p>And there was much rejoicing.<p>A video posted on Monty Python's official YouTube channel this week shows 14 minutes of animation created by Terry Gilliam for the 1975 classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" …

The new Glowforge laser cutter is amazing

Laser cutters are machines that cut and engrave flat material – such as plywood, acrylic, chocolate, leather, cardboard, seashells, glass, even …

Turtles

We Can Now 3D-Print Glass And It Is Entrancing

That glass is so hot right now<p>The process of making glass was already amazing. Take tiny grains of sand, melt them at staggering temperatures with other chemicals, then carefully cool it into a brand new solid, ready to be a vase, window, bottle, or bead. It's possible to make glass on your grill …

Project Exodus

What’s behind the dream of colonizing Mars?<p>On March 27th, an American astronaut named Scott Kelly blasted off from Earth and, six hours later, clambered onto the International Space Station. He’s been there ever since. Each day, the I.S.S. orbits the planet fifteen and a half times, which means …

Superman's Dark Past

Some fans are complaining that Zack Snyder’s envisioning of the Man of Steel is too grim—but it’s less a departure than a return to the superhero’s roots.<p>Since the official teaser trailer for <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i> debuted online in April, fans and critics alike have been discussing the …

If The Media Reported On The Events Of "Game Of Thrones"

News reports are coming.

Li Na’s Story to Be Made Into Movie

China’s Li retired from tennis last year after winning the Australian Open<p>By<p>Will Davies and<p>Will Davies<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@WillMHDavies<p>Dean Napolitano<p>Dean Napolitano<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@NapolitanoWSJ<p>Dean.Napolitano@wsj.com<p>HONG KONG—Forget aces, it is time to serve popcorn: …

Tennis

Dutch SolaRoad outperforming expectations

Delamination Among 230-Foot-Long Bike Path's Minor Issue<p>There's a ribbon of bike path in Holland that's been topped with tempered glass and solar panels to generate electricity. The SolaRoad, as it's called, is throwing off more power than originally predicted. It's only been six months since the …

Solar Panels

Google purpose-built robot cars tested on public roads

<b>Google's purpose-built robots cars are getting the green light to drive on public roads.</b><p>This summer some of the self-driving cars will be tested on the roads around Mountain View, California, where the search giant is based.<p>Before now, the small vehicles have only driven on test tracks and have not …

The Balloon Dance

Tiffany 1837™ interlocking circles pendant on a 18" chain. | Tiffany & Co.

Proudly inscribed with the year Tiffany was founded, the Tiffany 1837® collection is defined by sleek curves and contours. A trio of interlocking …

Tiffany & Co

Cars, Pedestrians, and the Struggle for the Future of Downtowns

Plus: how much is any discussion of “downtown” a coded talk about race?<p>Today Deb Fallows has a new item on the improbable tale of Eliza Tibbets, a 19th-century suffragist/spiritualist who is as responsible as anyone else in America for the creation of the West Coast citrus industry. You’ll see what …

Vanity Fair's Star Wars issue: What we learned about The Force Awakens

Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex<p>All the young dudes … George Lucas.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/5/8/1431105041882/0ee6eef2-dd27-4188-9892-d17d09ecd100-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Everett Collection/Rex<p>All the young dudes … George …

Star Wars

Are We Ever Going To Develop Faster-Than-Light Travel?

There’s a cosmic speed limit that unfortunately means you aren’t going to be firing up a warp drive anytime soon.<p>Top image: Mark Rademaker<p>Long before …

Doctorow, Rowling, Murakami, and More: Books to Read in 2014

New titles from Michael Cunningham, Maggie Shipstead, Hillary Clinton, and others<p>The coming year is full of long-awaited sequels, promising debuts, not-so-secret pseudonyms, and several books involving bloody murder. Read more on what notable authors in both fiction and non-fiction are up to in …

A Cave with a View

Matera, once seen as uncivilized, is now prized for its ancient ways.<p>Take any road in Italy, look up, and you’ll see a lovely hilltop town: a campanile, a castello, a few newer buildings spilling down the slope, as if expelled for the crime of ugliness. But even amid this bounty there is something …