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BioLite’s new CampStove 2 improves on the original in just about every way

When BioLite first introduced the CampStove in 2012, it was seen as an innovative product designed mainly for use by casual campers. The stove …

Batteries

These declassified maps show how the CIA saw the world at the height of the Cold War

Perhaps more so than any other tool used by the clandestine services, an accurate map can mean the difference between success and failure, or life and death.<p>The CIA, renowned for its secrecy, has long kept its maps and cartographic methods under wraps.<p>But, in honor of the agency's Cartography …

National Security

How to Radically Improve Your Writing in Under 2 Minutes | Inc.com

We're already more than a week into January, but I'm still slowly working my way through all the "best of" year-end lists out there (there are so many of them!). Combing through these recommendations may be time-consuming, but it's worth the commitment, I've found, as sometimes you turn up an …

Writing

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative …

The Future

Red Hot Chili Peppers share their “Dark Necessities” in new single

Shots were fired and songs were written yesterday when <i>The A.V. Club</i> responded to the news of a new Red Hot Chili Peppers album by thoughtfully …

Teach yourself programming in 10 years

<b>Why is everyone in such a rush?</b><p>Walk into any bookstore, and you’ll see how to <i>Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours</i> alongside endless variations offering to …

Hillary Clinton gets schooled by the internet on how Venn diagrams work

In hindsight, the Venn diagram was a poor choice.<p>Hillary Clinton sent out the following tweet yesterday (May 20), and the internet has been relentlessly mocking her since.<p>As FiveThirtyEight’s Ben Casselman noted shortly after:<p>What’s going on here? The Clinton campaign was clearly trying to show …

Government

Zimbabwe’s trillion-dollar note: from worthless paper to hot investment

The central bank of Zimbabwe issued $100,000,000,000,000 notes during the last days of hyperinflation in 2009, and they barely paid for a loaf of bread. But their value has shot up<p>What’s been one of the best-performing investments of the past seven years? Shares in Facebook? London property? …

Finance

The 50 podcasts you need to hear

From true crime to comedy, here’s your guide to the very best ear candy, plus some top podcasters’ favourites<p><b>Alice Isn’t Dead</b><p><b>The creepy podcast from the Welcome To Night Vale gang</b><p>The makers of the gloriously weird Welcome To Night Vale are behind this eerie podcast. Those concerned that they might …

Comedy

High Definition Starbucks Clover Brewer

How the unique coffee machine works<p>Coffee beans have more than 800 flavor characteristics. That’s twice the number found in red wine. For those who …

Coffee

Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday that it had to pay people to use electricity

On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation. Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.<p>Power prices actually went negative for several hours, …

Renewable Energy

4. Sans Soleil (1983)

As far as documentaries are concerned, Sans Soleil is a true original.<p>It's hard to pin down what, exactly, Chris Marker's insanely creative motion …

This Is The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ And Pink Floyd Mashup You Were Looking For

Everybody knows that Pink Floyd’s album <i>Dark Side of the Moon</i> and the film <i>The Wizard of Oz</i> supposedly “sync up,” so that, if you watch the movie and listen to the album at the same time, the music and lyrics seem to work together, as if it were intentional. Well, at least everybody who has had the …

There's a magically easy way to get more space on your iPhone

Running out of storage is one of the worst things that can happen to your iPhone. And if you have a 16GB model, you probably run into the problem all too often.<p>We've already highlighted several clever ways to recover storage space on your iPhone. But nothing is quite as easy as a trick that's been …

Apps

What Early-20th Century American Presidents Sounded Like

Everyone knows JFK's Boston accent and, thanks to the 24-hour news cycle, is more than familiar with the voices of recent presidents like Bill …

Hundreds Trapped on Colorado Highway in Record-Breaking Storm

Driving conditions across Colorado’s highways remained treacherous early Thursday after several hundred motorists were left stranded in a dangerous spring snowstorm overnight.<p>Cars were left abandoned on highway shoulders and in ditches amid snowy conditions and winds of up to 50 mph that walloped …

Weather

The 1946 Story That Predicted How Crazy the Internet Could Get

You often hear people say things like, “no science fiction writer could have predicted the Internet,” when they’re talking about science fiction’s …

Movies

Astronomers say they’ve found the biggest structure in the universe and they named it the BOSS

The BOSS is big. Really big. <i>Yuuuuuge</i>.<p>So big that when a star is born on one side of the BOSS, it takes a billion years for the light to reach the other side.<p>So big that comparing the BOSS to the next biggest thing like it is like comparing Andre the Giant to your 3-year-old nephew.<p>What is the BOSS? …

Universe

Team Negative One: the Star Wars George Lucas doesn’t want you to see

Defying the wishes of its creator, fans are going to great lengths to recreate the iconic space opera in all its former glory<p>Earlier this year, one of the most ambitious film restoration projects ever attempted was finally unveiled to the public. After acquiring a well-preserved 35mm print of Star …

Star Wars

Defender Admits Manchester United's Memphis Depay Beat His Ass So Bad He Almost Cried

While virtually unknown striker Marcus Rashford’s unbelievable and hilarious two-goal senior team debut was the biggest story coming out of …

Soccer

The internet is losing its mind over this photo of Mark Zuckerberg walking through a sea of people in VR headsets

Welcome to the future.<p>On Sunday, Facebook CEO and virtual reality enthusiast Mark Zuckerberg shared the image above on his Facebook profile.<p>The photo was taken this past weekend at the Mobile World Congress, a big tech conference in Spain.<p>The internet is freaking out.

Virtual Reality

Why Procrastinators Procrastinate? - Based on Wait But Why

Obama and Scalia's Supreme Court replacement: How historical precedent conveniently appeared

Like most patriotic Americans, I spent the weekend celebrating the fact that Barack Obama is no longer president of the United States.<p>Having served out all seven years of his two terms (2 x 4 = 7), he has left the White House, making it available as an Airbnb rental property until a new president …

Google's commercial quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a PC

The quantum computer resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.<p>In what could change the era of computers, researchers from …

Distractify

Even Adobe wants everyone to quit using Flash

As of today, Flash Professional CC, which enjoyed almost two decades as the de facto king of making animations for the web, will be known as Animate Professional CC, according to an Adobe blog entry.<p>Adobe is keeping support for making Flash content in Animate Professional, so as not to leave its …

HTML5

Star Wars fans need to type THIS into Google search right NOW

20TH CENTURY FOX • LUCASFILMGoogle has added a new Star Wars Easter Egg to its growing roster of geeky pop-culture references<p>Google is famous for …

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy