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FYI: What's The Point Of Sex?

Lots of animals reproduce asexually. Why not humans?<p>This may seem obvious. But in evolutionary terms, the benefits of sexual reproduction are not immediately clear. Male rhinoceros beetles grow huge, unwieldy horns half the length of their body that they use to fight for females. Ribbon-tailed …

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Google patents drag-and-drop content sharing with nearby groups

Proximity-based content sharing systems for mobile tend to focus on one-at-a-time transfers -- see Android Beam and Apple's upcoming AirDrop as examples. Google, however, has just patented an interface that would simplify sharing content with nearby groups. Users would only have to drag private …

Teachers on Pinterest initiative could make lesson planning halfway enjoyable

Oh, education. So necessary, but so <i>grueling</i>. Particularly for oodles of grade-school instructors who are forced to swallow their fresh-out-of-college ambitions and fall into the system if they ever hope to level up in academia. We've seen glimmers of hope here and there, with certain schools …

How to improve your smartphone’s battery life

Advertisement<p>10 Comments<p>There are few things more frustrating than watching your smartphone’s battery life drain away by the middle of the day when …

Google Play 'Package File Invalid' error acknowledged in support page (update: fixed!)

An updated version of the Google Play app began rolling out to handsets a few days ago without much fanfare, but now it's getting more attention for unpleasant reasons: a glaring bug. Some users wielding the latest version of the marketplace have reported seeing a "Package File Invalid" error when …

The Hyperloop: flawed fantasy or achievable challenge

The Hyperloop, an ambitious new form of transport proposed by SpaceX and PayPal founder Elon Musk, could be possible but faces some flaws, according to those who have analysed his plans.<p>The unveiling of the designs of Musk's "fifth mode of transport", which would fire passengers in pods at speeds …

High-speed Rail

Five Things Entrepreneurs Should Never Do

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>James Altucher is an investor, programmer, author, and several-times entrepreneur. His latest book, “Choose Yourself!”</i> <i>(foreword by Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter) came out on June 3. Follow him on Twitter @jaltucher.</i><p>I’m breaking all the rules.<p>I’m at a silent retreat for the week. No …

Fancy Cupcakes

From classic and elegant to whimsical and fun, these 30 stunning beauties convey the message that this is indeed a special occasion.

Cupcakes

13 Houses With Secret Passageways

It doesn’t matter how old you get; you never outgrow wanting to have a secret passageway or hidden room in your house. Though most of us never get to …

5 Forgotten Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm

For every <i>Little Red Riding Hood</i>, <i>Snow White</i>, or <i>Rapunzel</i>, there are literally dozens of much more obscure—and certainly more bizarre—Grimm's Fairy …

High School

16 Amazing Places to Visit Via Google Street View

When Google Maps first rolled out the Street View feature in 2007, its collection of images was restricted to destinations within the United States, …

8 Wonderfully Creative Crochet Projects

If you can dream it, someone can crochet it. It's a bit like 3D printing in that way, but the skill, creativity, and care that went into these …

Cake Decorating

10 Secret Menu Items From Fast Food Restaurants

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to seek out covert items at fast food chains around the country. Be warned, this mission includes very …

David Letterman

The World's Most Amazing Staircases

They say life isn't about the destination, but the journey—and that also seems to be true about these amazing staircases. Sure, your knees will …

Santa Fe

Where Do You Go to the Bathroom During a Riot?

<i>An anonymous reader wrote in to say, “During mass demonstrations (such as have been happening in Egypt) in large public areas, where do people go to</i> …

Prince Philip

7 Surprising Ways Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You

It's no secret that a lot of things in nature want to kill you. You're surely familiar with some of Mother Nature's more aggressive weapons: the …

New Orleans

Articles about 3 options outdoor lighting on Dwell.com - Dwell

Be they medieval torches blazing on battlements or bug zappers crackling to life with each new victim, the need for outdoor...<p>With the official start of summer just around the corner, we decided to put together an easy-to-follow guide to creating the...<p>Once a locker for a midnight loo, the bedside …

Fabrication

Designers Challenge Bucky Fuller’s Geo Worldview

A Buckminster Fuller Institute competition redraws the lines of the master’s geopolitical Dymaxion Map for today.<p>Buckminster Fuller, the visionary engineer, architect, and theorist, was committed to designing and bringing about a new world. With the Dymaxion Map, he literally reshaped it.<p>Now, 70 …

Ordinary Objects Redesigned as Useless Items

Italian artist Giuseppe Colarusso, aka Mister Solo, redesigns ordinary objects as playful, nonsensical items in his series titled <i>Improbabilit</i>, translated as <i>Unlikely</i>. Clearly inspired by Fluxus, Dada, and the works of Marcel Duchamp, the artist presents a whimsical array of everyday objects whose …

Art

6 Healthy (Mess-Free) Homemade Snacks to Pack When Traveling

Bring some of these delicious, good-for-you treats with you and you'll have no trouble bypassing the junk food at rest stops and airports.<p>The Salted …

Snacks

Drink Review: Summer cups

The sun’s out at last, so try out these fabulous summer cups.<p>Sangria needn’t be an old-fashioned, over-sweet 1970s throwback – not if you make it properly, that is. The classic red-wine punch is still immensely popular in southern Spain, and versions are also made in Portugal (sometimes with …

God save strawberry jam: food watchdog gives bake sales the hygiene all-clear

The quintessentially British tradition of selling homemade cakes and jams at village fetes struck very few people as a major public health threat.<p>But it had, of late, come under suspicion from certain self-appointed members of the health and safety police, who have tied red tape around community …

20 great summer dessert recipes: 1-5

Thomasina Miers's easiest lemon pudding<p>This pudding is smooth, creamy and fresh all at once. It is perfect for those times when you have asked lots of people over the next day and just can't face the thought of even going into the kitchen, let alone cooking. A classic lemon syllabub with a handful …

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Bon Appétit Magazine: Recipes, Cooking, Entertaining, Restaurants

Albertopolis afternoon tea at the Ampersand hotel

Claire Cohen takes a virtual culinary stroll through the south London district known as Albertopolis, to review an unusual afternoon tea<p>For a taste of Britain’s rich cultural heritage, there are few better locations than South Kensington. From the V&A to the Royal Albert Hall, the streets are …

To Make An Unbreakable Code, Use Quantum Physics

As soon as you try to crack it, the encryption changes.<p>During World War II, the Nazis used a famously complex code machine to communicate military orders, assuming that no one would go through the effort needed to break its formidable encryption. The typewriter-like Enigma was a marvel of …

English education policy is based on a nasty little theory

At the very core of the latest version of the national curriculum for maintained schools in England is a nasty little assumption. It is an assumption that has been harboured by a few for many decades, and one that often rises to the fore during hard times. It is what underlies the current …