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How to find your eyeglass prescription without getting an exam

Want to freshen your face with a new pair of eyeglass frames? As you probably know, you can save a small fortune by ordering glasses online.<p>Just one wrinkle: You need to know your prescription. Sure, you can call your optometrist to get the numbers -- unless the office is closed. Or you just feel …

Eyeglasses

In Just 2 Words, Jeff Bezos Sums Up What Separates Winners From Dreamers

There may be no single formula for success, but Jeff Bezos's annual letter to stockholders comes darn close.<p>Few figures have captured our attention the way Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has. In just under 23 years, Amazon's revenue has soared from $500,000 to $178,000,000,000, from nine …

Jeff Bezos

How Finance Took Over the Economy

Competition doesn't seem to erode the industry's huge profits.<p>A little while ago, Kevin Drum of Mother Jones -- a very smart and perceptive writer on economic and policy issues -- posed a big question: Why is finance so dominant in the U.S. economy?<p>How did this happen? Finance isn't a monopoly. In …

A Revolutionary New Type of Lens Focuses All The Colours of The Rainbow Into a Single Point

Wow wow wow.<p>A brand new type of lens called a metalens has just passed a major hurdle. A metalens is a flat surface that use nanostructures to focus …

The Best Healthy 30-Minute Meals

Healthy meals on the table in 30 minutes or less? Yes, please.

Cooking

The 20 best Amazon Alexa skills and tips

Many of us have welcomed our first smart assistant into the home, with Amazon's Echo smart home hub bringing the Alexa voice assistant into households across the country.<p>Alexa is the Amazon voice assistant. Launched in 2014, it provides a way to ask questions, play music, get news bulletins or …

Vuzix built the smartglasses Google wishes it did

Attention, crestfallen Google Glass enthusiasts: Your redemption has arrived.<p>While most of the tech world dismissed the “smartglasses” concept when …

Wearable Tech

Glasses could prevent motion sickness in self-driving cars

Never mind festooning a self-driving car in lights and other devices to fend off motion sickness -- you might just have to slip on some eyewear. University of Michigan researchers have patented a system that could use glasses or a headset to prevent a disconnect between your sense of motion and …

These sunglasses record video like Spectacles but can post straight to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram

They look cooler too<p>Remember Spectacles, Snapchat’s video-recording sunglasses that debuted to great fanfare only for the company to lose $40 million after sales cratered? Well, another company is taking a chance on the concept with a pair of smart sunglasses called ACE Eyewear. While Spectacles …

Eyewear

Why Do We Need to Sleep?

At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.<p>TSUKUBA, Japan<i>—</i>Outside the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, the heavy fragrance of sweet Osmanthus trees fills the air, and big golden spiders string their webs among …

This Is The Fascinating Way Blue Eyes Get Their Colour

The human body is incredible.<p>Your eyes aren't blue (or green) because they contain pigmented cells.<p>As Paul Van Slembrouck writes for Medium, their …

Makeup

Top Stock Picks for 2018, According to People Who Have Beaten the Market

Expert advice for your stock portfolio.<p>How can you tell which stocks are likely to outperform? One simple way is to ask professional stock pickers …

Investing

The Ultimate UX Guide to Color Design – Muzli -Design Inspiration

A bookmark-able guide detailing the fundamentals of color theory and practice for designers<p>“In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color …

How Free Eyeglasses Are Boosting Test Scores in Baltimore

Educators know that poor kids do worse in school. The solution might be as simple as helping them see the board.<p>Three years ago, Johns Hopkins University researchers in Baltimore asked a seemingly simple straightforward question: Could the persistent gap in reading performance between poor students …

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Sleep

Inverted Pyramid House

Balancing on a rural hillside in the Spanish region of Matarraña, the Inverted Pyramid House seems to defy the laws of gravity. Like the exterior, …

With Amazon reviews, quantity draws more buyers than quality

A study using phone cases on Amazon.com found that we're more likely to favor a product based on the quantity of reviews, rather than what they say, …

The Best Sunglasses For Every Face Shape

An unexpected colour or material may be what initially catches your eye when shopping for sunglasses, but that shouldn’t be your starting point. …

She’s 98. He’s 94. They Met at the Gym.

Gertrude Mokotoff and Alvin Mann were introduced eight years ago at a gym in Middletown, N.Y., where they still work out twice a week.<p>“A mutual friend said to me, ‘I’d like you to meet a very nice young lady,’” Mr. Mann recalled after chopping wood one recent morning at his mountaintop home in …

City Halls

The F Pattern: Understanding How Users Scan Content

July 24, 2017Reading online is a little different than the way you read textbooks high school and college. Today, when people find content on the web …

The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing

The biggest political story in China this year isn’t in Beijing. It isn’t even in China. It’s centered at a $68 million apartment overlooking Central Park in Manhattan.<p>That’s where Guo Wengui, a billionaire in self-imposed exile, has hurled political grenades at the Chinese Communist Party for …

20 Behavioral Interview Questions to Test If Job Candidates Have High Motivation

Selecting the right interview questions plays a key factor in hiring the right people, as well as weeding out the bad apples.<p>Hiring managers spend countless, wasted hours, asking the wrong interview questions to determine the right job or culture fit in a candidate; many of them end up as mis-hires …

Employment

Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

30 Things About Life Everyone Should Learn Before Turning 30

This is the first big milestone.<p>Life is full of lessons. Some lessons are learned in an instant--like when you touch a hot stove. Others take time to fully understand--for example, what it truly means to be in love. But regardless of the size of the lesson, there are 30 important ones everyone …

Self-improvement

The President’s Secret Air Force

Air Force One is just the public face of a fleet that keeps the president safe and secure.<p><i>The following is expanded and adapted from</i> Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself—While the Rest of Us Die <i>(Simon & Schuster, 2017).</i><p>The photo this winter of a smiling …

Beautiful Brain Art Uncovers the Complexity of the Human Mind

Greg Dunn’s light-reflecting paintings make science visually stunning.<p>Transforming the constant moving compartments of the braininto a gilded display of reflective strands, scientist and artist, Greg Dunn examines the "look of consciousness" in his project <i>Self Reflective</i>. Each rendering of the …

The Brain

Rise of the sex robots – video

Advances in computer science and engineering have lifted animatronic lovers from the realms of science fiction to reality; the first models are due to go on sale by the end of the year. <b>Jenny Kleeman</b> meets the men who are making the sex robots, the customers who want to buy them – and the critics …

Customers

The race to build the world’s first sex robot

The $30bn sex tech industry is about to unveil its biggest blockbuster: a $15,000 robot companion that talks, learns, and never says no<p>In the brightly lit robotics workshop at Abyss Creations’ factory inSan Marcos, California, a life-size humanoid was dangling from a stand, hooked between her …

Robotics

Cryogenically frozen brains will be 'woken up' and transplanted in donor bodies within three years, claims surgeon

People who have had their brains cryogenically frozen could be 'woken up' within three years, a pioneering Italian surgeon has claimed.<p>Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is aiming to carry out the first human head transplant within 10 months and then …