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Pope urges Catholic church to disavow conservatism and fundamentalism

Pope Francis spoke to Italian bishops about need for institution to be protected from ‘every pretence of power, image and money’ amid financial allegations<p>Pope Francis called on the Catholic church on Tuesday to stop clinging to conservatism and fundamentalism as a defensive response to the …

Christianity

Programming Hate Into AI Will Be Controversial, But Possibly Necessary

In the last few years, the topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been thrust into the mainstream. No longer just the domain of sci-fi fans, nerds or Google engineers, I hear people discussing AI at parties, coffee shops and even at the dinner table: My five-year-old daughter brought it up the …

Consciousness

These Photos Of Abandoned Places Around The World Are REAL Creepy

There are many dangers that await those who seek out abandoned buildings around the world: rotting rafters, rusty tools and weak floors (not to mention the good chance that you could get in trouble for trespassing) -- we don't even want to think about the ghosts.<p>We worked with the photography …

Abandoned Buildings

First Church of Cannabis sues over marijuana laws

A pot-smoking church sued the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana on Wednesday, claiming laws against possession and use of marijuana infringe on its religious beliefs.<p>The First Church of Cannabis, formed as a test of Indiana's new religious objections law, filed its lawsuit in Marion Circuit …

Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on Steve Jobs and Dealing With Our Loss of Privacy

"I don't try to concern myself about things that we humans don't have a way to stop."<p>While Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have occupied the headlines over the years, the device you're reading this on likely would not have existed were it not for the contributions of Jobs' partner, Steve Wozniak. In</i> …

Silicon Valley

LinkedIn Acquires Lynda for $1.5 Billion, Now Owns 500+ Photo Courses and 24,000+ Videos

LinkedIn announced today that it has shelled out $1.5 billion to acquire Lynda, the popular online education site that is teeming with material for …

Online Education

Amazon moves towards 'internet of things' shopping with Dash

New re-ordering device reduces need to ever leave the house again with a one-touch button for when products run out<p>Have you ever been stuck on the toilet with no toilet roll? An end to that nightmare might soon be in sight. Amazon’s next big thing in the “internet of things” lets you order a new …

Smart Homes

Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

These Are The Countries That Could Lose Internet Easily

North Korea was taken offline for 9 1/2 hours earlier this week, possibly as the result of a distributed denial of service attack. It wouldn't take much to DDOS the entirety of North Korea: the country has only one pathway to the internet, through a connection with a "backbone" network hosted by a …

North Korea

The Secret of Successful Travel in France

In a response to anarticle by Pamela Druckerman in the <i>New York Times</i> about "being French," someone described his experiences bumming cigarettes when he was broke during his last six weeks in Paris:<p>The phrase "<i>Puis-je prendre une cigarette</i>," made certain people look like my question made them …

France

Men's Biggest Grooming Problems... Solved

Men, admit it -- you don't know how to groom <i>everything</i> on your body. And everyone can get embarrassed asking for advice about said issues.<p>But, leave it to Reddit to be the epicenter of advice when it comes to men seeking clever hacks to all things back hair, cowlicks and unibrows. No joke, people …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Workouts

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

A peek into the underground world of fan-translated games

Fan translations of Japanese video games are on the rise.<p>April 2006. <i>Mother 3</i> — the sequel to <i>Mother 2</i>, or <i>EarthBound</i> to its cult following in North America — launches in Japan for the Game Boy Advance. Canadian programmer Jeff Erbrecht, still in high school, is excited — but moreso bummed.<p><i>Mother 3,</i> …

Salvador Dalí’s Rare 1975 Illustrations for “Romeo and Juliet”

The greatest literary classics tend to attract a plethora of visual art and graphic tributes. But the highest convergence of text and image happens when an influential artist reimagines an influential piece of literature — take, for instance, Picasso’s 1934 drawings for a naughty ancient Greek …

Upworthy’s Headlines Are Insufferable. Here’s Why You Click Anyway

“Curiosity-gap headlines” hook us in. Here’s what psychologists say about our need to fill in the blanks.<p>The news site Upworthy has earned a reputation for engineering “curiosity gap” headlines–story titles that coerce a click through just the right balance of information and intrigue.<p>In posing a …

Psychology

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

36 maps that will make you see the world in completely new ways

The internet has led to a renaissance in mapmaking, with thousands of interactive, illustrated, informational, or just plain silly maps being …

How Mad Men Gets the Writing Right: Q&A

There is no show on television that is more combed through, picked over and squawked about than <i>Mad Men</i>. Whether Joan mentions lustrous restaurant Le …

Language

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder | Inc.com

Regular readers know I definitely believe in the power of hard work. As Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Team Oracle USA, says, "Rarely have I seen a situation where doing less than the other guy is a good strategy."<p>But we can all work smarter, too. And clearly we all want to, as evidenced by the …

Time Management

How I quit my job to travel: The corporate lawyer

Travel and food blogger Jodi Ettenberg explains why she left a successful career behind – and no, it wasn’t to “find herself” or “pursue her passion”.<p>When people hear how I quit my job as a lawyer after six years of corporate work, they assume I burned out and fled the nine-to-five (or, more …

Ho Chi Minh City

The Micro is a 3D printer 'designed for everyone'

M3D is making a bid to bring 3D printing to everyday consumers. Today the company is introducing the Micro, a product it claims to be the world’s "first truly consumer 3D printer." The Micro — now live (and already funded) on Kickstarter — was designed around three key principles: reliability, …

Urban Sprawl: Get Fat, Stay Poor, And Die In Car Crashes

A new report on metro density says it straight: Quality of life improves in compact cities.<p>That urban design improves the quality of people’s lives is an old idea. A new study, Measuring Sprawl 2014, now finds that people who live in densely populated regions benefit in many ways. In brief, they …

Urban Design

This Xbox Controller Can Sense Your Boredom, Make A Game More Violent

Through nothing more than your hands, a modified Xbox controller can tailor games to your physiological state.<p>Heart rate, temperature, respiration, and perspiration: These are our autonomous functions–our core physiological processes–that signal stress or arousal and can betray our otherwise cool …

Kinect

Casting Negativity Aside And Growing As An Artist

<b>"Oh, so you're a photographer now...?"</b><p>It's a question I'm sure each of us has heard. Coming to us from a friend and/or family member that we haven't …

CES 2013: top 10 moments

Another CES has come and gone, leaving sparkles of Ultra HD in our eyes and visions of Steamboxes in our minds. Now that we've left the neon lights …

Movie streaming app Popcorn Time is coming back from the dead — thanks to a torrent site

For a brief moment, watching movies via BitTorrent was just as easy as watching something on your Netflix queue.<p>The app Popcorn Time came out of nowhere a week ago with a slick interface that boiled down the messy torrenting experience into something simple. All you had to do was download the free …

19-Year-Old Mixes Photos and Paints Into Beautiful Narratives

19-year-old artist Aliza Razell creates beautiful narratives in her mixed-media photographs by combining self-portraits with splashes of color to produce strange and mystifying images that cannot fully be explained. The beautifully thoughtful moments seem perfectly planned out so that the …

Art

Hayao Miyazaki's SPIRITED AWAY Sets Built in Minecraft

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …