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100 Of The Greatest Opening Sentences In The History Of Literature

Whilst the cover or even title of a book might initially gain your attention, in truth it’s the opening sentence that has the power to inspire, …

This Pillow Glows When Your Long-Distance Partner Goes To Bed

Romance is complicated just by itself, and when you add distance to the equation things rarely get easier.<p>This is where Pillow Talk comes in.<p>Pillow Talk is an Internet-enabled pair of pillows that talk to each other anywhere in the world. When your long-distance paramour is sleeping, your pillow …

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Researchers Develop Telescopic Contact Lens, Give Your Eyes 2.8x Optical Zoom

Are you ready for this? An international team of researchers have developed the world’s first telescopic contact lens — a 1.17mm thick pair of …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

CANNABIS INDUSTRY The buyer, the target and the other guy: Behind Canada’s biggest marijuana deal Subscriber content<p>TRADE U.S. NAFTA negotiators considering Canada's proposed compromises Subscriber content<p>TRADE At Montreal talks, Canada proposes new approach to breaking NAFTA auto gridlock …

NYC to replace electronic voting machines with old-school levers for mayoral election

Elections Board says it's a temporary move, but critics worry about voter confusion<p>Officials in New York City are looking to reintroduce lever voting machines for the upcoming mayoral election, citing procedural issues with the electronic scanners currently in use. As the <i>New York Times</i> reports, the …

30 Hour Drawing Time-lapse by Paul White | Colossal

<p>I love to watch artists work and this time-lapse video by Australian artist Paul White white is no exception. Filmed by Johnny Blank over 30 hours …

‘Oscillate’ is a Mesmerizing Digital Animation of Sine Waves by Daniel Sierra | Colossal

<p>Oscillate is a thesis animation made by Daniel Sierra for his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York. While essentially an experiment in …

Obama’s full speech at the 2013 White House correspondents’ dinner - The Washington Post

2:01<p>A running list of John Oliver’s 'Catheter Cowboy' ads<p>2:19<p>Police use stun gun on American Airlines passenger<p>1:27<p>Remembering Avicii, the Swedish DJ who became the face of EDM<p>1:23<p>Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to leave after 22 years in charge<p>1:43<p>Chris Christie's official portrait will cost …

6 Amazing Facts From an Amazing Obituary of a 'Human Computer'

When confronted with the story of Shakuntala Devi there's one question everyone asks: "How does she do it?"<p>Reuters<p><i>The New York Times</i> has up a gem of an obituary, 500 words chock-full of wonderful bits about its subject, a mathematician by the name of Shakuntala Devi, who passed away in Bangalore on …

Not fade away: on living, dying, and the digital afterlife

<i>In the world of social media, it can feel bizarre that potent evidence of grieving from one friend is followed so quickly by pictures of oven-fresh cookies from another.</i><p>– Paul Ford, <i>Facebook and the Epiphanator</i><p>My father died almost twenty years ago, after an illness spanning decades. My parents had …

The dream and the myth of the paperless city

When Rahm Emanuel took office as Mayor of Chicago in 2011, he asked his constituents for advice. What should he change about Chicago’s notoriously opaque government? How should he balance the budget? Which technologies should he embrace? He would take suggestions on a free, public website so that …

OK, Cupid: giving your love life to Google Glass and the hive mind

On January 20, 2013, sometime before 7:45PM, Lauren McCarthy sat down at a table. She was early. She always arrived early. Once she had a spot, she checked her setup. She kept the iPhone in her purse, its camera poking out and angled to capture the whole scene. The iPod touch was kept close at …

Will Poor People Get Google Fiber?

We live in an era when the public sector is under assault from budget cuts and its ideological opponents and having trouble dealing with the demands of the 21st century. So can the private sector step in and fill that void? That’s what seems to be happening. Google, for instance, has been laying …

Why The Sudden Rush To Bring Google Glass To Market?

Only a couple of months back, Google co-founder and augmented reality promoter, Sergey Brin, voiced skepticism about Google Glass, claiming at an impromptu TED talk in February that it was far from the finished article, implying there were doubts it would make the trip to market.<p>Last week, however, …

This AI “solves” Super Mario Bros. and other classic NES games | Ars Technica

Program even takes advantage of bugs and glitches.<p>In the 28 years since <i>Super Mario Bros.</i> was released, and it's obviously been comprehensively …

Why Google Will Win the Messaging Wars

Messaging standards are great! Maybe that’s why we have so many of them.<p>Don’t look now, but people communicate via the Internet. Whichever company can get the majority of users on their system wins. To quote Newman, the Seinfeld mailman: “When you control the mail, you control… information!”<p>The …

Adobe Introduces Lightroom 5 Public Beta, With New Features For Enthusiasts And Pros Alike

Adobe’s Lightroom is probably the best software available when it comes to a photographer’s digital darkroom needs. The company has been putting lots of time and effort into building it into something that appeals to both pros and enthusiasts, and now it’s releasing Lightroom 5 beta, representing …

YouTube adds 'tape mode' to celebrate 57 years of noisy recordings

You could be forgiven for not having the 57th anniversary of commercial videotape recording marked in your diary, but YouTube is here with a reminder. Certain videos on the site now give you the option to watch them in "tape mode," bringing all the fun of static and fuzz to your modern viewing …

When Thatcher Cut Off Israel's Weapons

Ali Gharib on the time Margaret Thatcher's got mad at Israel for invading Lebanon.<p>When I listed some of the late British Prime Minister Margaret …

Realistic Urban Landscape Paintings of Chicago and New York by Nathan Walsh | Colossal

<p>Many painters working from photographic source material employ a wide variety of techniques to arrive at a final image. This will involve anything …

How Airplane Toilets Flush

While I've always suspected that this is what happens when you flush the toilet on a plane...<p>...but apparently it's a little more complicated than …

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International Bicycle Design Competition 2013 Winners, Part 1

Now in its 17th year, 2013 marks the first time that the International Bicycle Design Competition has partnered with iF Design Talents. Although the …

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Vitro Tactile Battery Case Reacts to A Notifications to Get User’s Attention

<b>VITRO</b> is a new kind of iPhone battery case with a dynamic tactile surface on its back. The surface, which consists of 23 movable tiles, gives a new …