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Economist Jim Rickards on gold versus bitcoin — intrinsic value is meaningless for both but the bitcoin prices aren't real

Jim Rickards is the editor of Strategic Intelligence and the author of <i>Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis.</i> He believes gold can go to $10,000 an ounce but he is much more skeptical about bitcoin. Rickards doesn't trust the bitcoin price action and doesn't believe the cryptocurrency …

Cryptocurrency

Fairy Tales Are Much Older Than You Think

At least one has been traced back to the Bronze Age.<p>TALES AS OLD AS TIME<p>MODERN TAKES<p>THE SMITH AND THE DEVIL<p>FRIENDS IN LIFE AND DEATH<p>Friends in Life and Death<p>Originated 6,000 years ago<p>2,000 years ago<p>A dead man accepts Don<p>Juan’s invitation to a banquet<p>in exchange for Don Juan’s<p>attendance at …

Literature

Snowflake cloud data warehouse targets gaps big clouds overlook

Cloud data warehouse offerings from smaller vendors seek to address functionality gaps that bigger players may miss. Newcomer Snowflake Computing …

Cloud Computing

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cases

Samsung took the wraps off of the latest addition to their popular Galaxy Note series a few weeks ago, with the top of the line specifications that we’ve come to expect from Samsung flagships. The Galaxy Note 7 packs quite a few extras as well, including the return of expandable storage, and the …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

Snack, Attacked: Is a Smoothie Really Good for You?

A nutritionist tells us if a smoothie can be good for you.<p>Even food professionals get the munchies. Sure, we're surrounded by food all day, but even we get a 4 o'clock (3 o'clock? 11 o'clock?) snack attack. You know the feeling: distracted at your desk, tired of your gum, not even always "'hungry" …

Nutrition

Clockmaker John Harrison vindicated 250 years after ‘absurd’ claims

The pendulum clock of Longitude hero John Harrison is tested and declared a masterpiece<p>Is it really possible to live until you’re 146? The science of ageing<p>One of Guinness World Records’ more unusual awards was presented at the National Maritime Museum yesterday. After a 100-day trial, the …

Watches

Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones

Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap, approachable device that opens the door to more people having their first virtual reality experience.<p>Providing affordable hardware for optics and input and a software layer that ties into the tools app and …

How to get your best ever body

Five diet and fitness experts on body-weight training, eating organically and 23 other tips to help you reach and maintain a healthy body<p><i>One thing that gets me going on days when I don’t feel like working out or eating clean is following people who inspire me on social media</i>"<p><b>Hollie Grant is a</b> …

Fitness

This Entrepreneur Raised $70 Million by Ignoring Some Popular Startup Advice | Inc.com

In 2007, Allen Lau stepped into a coffee shop in his hometown of Toronto to meet with his business partner, Ivan Yuen. The topic of discussion that day: Decide what to do with Wattpad, their struggling business. When Lau sat down, he pushed his coffee to the center of the table and said to Yuen, "I …

Venture Capital

Armchair killers: life as a drone pilot

In the film Good Kill, Ethan Hawke plays a drone pilot troubled by his work. What's it really like to take a life from thousands of miles away with the push of a button?<p><b>Its nickname is Predator Porn</b>, and John Reed used to watch it 12 hours a day. Sometimes it was horrific, sometimes it was life …

Toolbox: Remodelling Muscle to Burn Fat

Fasted and ‘controlled carbohydrate’ training is getting increasing amounts of attention. There are suggestions that these protocols could even …

Watch How to Squeeze 350,000 Photos on a 512GB Memory Card

It’s been over a year since the first 512GB memory cards were announced, but it was usually their price that drew most of the attention, and it’s …

10 Exercises That Burn More Calories Than Running

We're huge fans of running. It allows you to get a stress-reducing, endurance-boosting workout with just a pair of shoes and an open road.<p>It also burns calories, of course. At a 10-minute per mile pace, you'll fry about 10 calories a minute.<p>That's a solid number, and if you run faster, you can burn …

Devil’s Promenade - Photographs and text by Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley | LensCulture

<i>“Myths are our self-interpretation of our inner selves in relation to the outside world. They are narrations by which our society is unified. Myths are essential to the process of keeping our souls alive and bringing us new meaning in a difficult and often meaningless world. ”</i> - Rollo May<p>The Ozark …

Theology

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

Singularity

17 ways to lose weight when you have no time

If packing your lunch, cooking dinner every night, and getting to the gym regularly sound like things you’ll be able to do half past never, you may think that real weight loss just isn’t in the cards for you right now. It’s true: healthy weight loss can be a time commitment, especially if you’re …

Android customization - improve battery life, use ADB logcat to find battery hogs

Last week on our Android customization series, we took a few moments to look at the built-in Android tools in an attempt to hunt down rogue apps eating up your battery. We continue that pursuit for battery life perfection this week, taking a little bit more advanced look at identifying battery …

Android News

The product that will let you 'taste' food pictures on your phone

Elaborate April Fool's prank or gamechanging science? Meet the Screen Savour<p>Spending a meal starting at our phones is a major cause of irritation for those we dine with, but thanks to a Malaysian company, we may now have a valid excuse.<p>Maxis, a communication firm , has launched the Screen Savour - …

How to Learn to Draw: Stage Two, Precision

What You'll Be CreatingYou can draw, you know it. You can hold a pencil, you can lead lines, but somehow they don't want to listen to you. As long as …

Graphics

On Secretly Terrible (Old) Engineers

Last week, I wrote a column on the deep fear held by many in the startup ecosystem of hiring a “Secretly Terrible Engineer.” I argued that for a variety of cultural reasons, software engineering has developed an elaborate interview system to ensure that these STEs – who seem practically mythical in …

Employment

App life: my day living by smartphone alone

“There’s an app for that.” The punchline of our age. We have outsourced our most basic needs to the gleaming oblongs in our pockets. Whatever you need to do, eat, get, fix or have sex with, let your smartphone take the slack. Every desire is on demand.<p>But is it true? To put our brave new world …

Sexual Harassment

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

5 Easy Ways To Exercise (And Burn Calories) While Travelling On Holiday

Hands up, those of you who try to watch what you eat every day but pig out once your two feet touches foreign soil. And who could blame you? Trying …

Skier hit by plane in French Alps

A Polish skier was seriously injured on Thursday when she was hit by a light aircraft careering down the slopes of a resort in the French Alps.<p>The ski-equipped single-propeller Jodel plane had failed to take off from the snowy high-altitude runway near the ski area at Avoriaz.<p>The pilot was unable …

Ski Area

Minecraft Toolbox Allows You To Learn About Electronics Whilst Playing Minecraft (video)

Minecraft players that would also like to learn about electronics by building real working prototypes using electronic components. Maybe interested …