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Silicon Valley is obsessed with fasting. Experts call it 'highly irresponsible.'

Silicon Valley has long been obsessed with optimizing people's lives.<p>From voice-activated assistants to devices that micromanage physical activity …

Silicon Valley

A Pill to Make Exercise Obsolete

What if a drug could give you all the benefits of a workout?<p>It was late summer, and the gray towers of the Salk Institute, in San Diego, shaded seamlessly into ocean fog. The austere, marble-paved central courtyard was silent and deserted. The south lawn, a peaceful retreat often used for Tai Chi …

Gung Ho

Who's who in Trump-Russia saga

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Justice Department and both chambers of Congress are all now investigating alleged Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 elections and whether President Donald Trump's associates colluded with Moscow -- an ever-evolving saga that is showing no signs of slowing down despite …

Donald Trump

The Girls Next Door

Life in the centerfold.<p>Hugh Hefner, the founder and editor-in-chief of <i>Playboy</i>, always said that his ideal for the magazine’s famous Playmate of the Month, the woman in the centerfold photo, was “the girl next door with her clothes off.” In other words, he was trying to take his readers back to a …

Swimming Pools

Using Artificial Intelligence for Mental Health

“How are you doing today?” “What’s going on in your world right now?” “How do you feel?” These might seem like simple questions a caring friend would …

Mental Health

What Happens When The World's Most Famous Teen Activist Grows Up?

<i>#GettingTo5050, a global movement rooted in actionable tools and resources, aims to catalyze the conversations that will inspire a more</i> …

The 11 Powerful Habits of Truly Happy People

Happiness isn’t an accident—it’s a habit.<p>When we think of happiness, we typically think of things that bring us immediate pleasure—a decadent meal, a …

Watch These Brave Women Share Their Stories Of Surviving Sexual Assault

How Young Muslims Define 'Halal Dating' For Themselves

When 18-year-old Nermeen Ileiwat first began college, she could not wait to get into a relationship — maybe even get engaged before graduation. But after one year, the rising sophomore realized she had no idea what she wanted out of life and was in no position to get into a relationship.<p>That …

Religion

On the frontline with Karachi’s ambulance drivers

The impact of the explosion sent Muhammad Safdar flying backwards. He looked up from where he had landed and saw that the windows of his parked ambulance had shattered. As he tried to pick himself back up, fellow volunteer drivers working for the Edhi ambulance service gathered around him; it …

Pakistan

How a Phony Online Boyfriend Scammed a 75-Year-Old Widow Out of $1 Million

It all started on Match.com.<p>The call came the day before Thanksgiving 2015.<p>In between prepping the turkey and picking up last-minute necessities for …

Charles Schwab

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Augmented Reality

Artificial intelligence is quickly becoming as biased as we are

When you perform a Google search for every day queries, you don’t typically expect systemic racism to rear its ugly head. Yet, if you’re a woman searching for a hairstyle, that’s exactly what you might find.<p>A simple Google image search for ‘women’s professional hairstyles’ returns the …

Is Your Stuff Safe in the Cloud?

Have you seen the headlines lately? Hacking and surveillance are bigger news than the next iPhone. Yet companies like Google, Apple and Dropbox have been urging us to load all our photos, and sometimes even more precious documents, in an online vault called the cloud. It’s actually huge racks of …

Personal Data

Space Sex Is Serious Business

We’ve done almost no research into this area, but it’s key to living on Mars.<p>In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these …

Space Exploration

How worried should we be about artificial intelligence? I asked 17 experts.

“We should take seriously the possibility that things could go radically wrong.”<p>Imagine that, in 20 or 30 years, a company creates the first artificially intelligent humanoid robot. Let’s call her “Ava.” She looks like a person, talks like a person, interacts like a person. If you were to meet Ava, …

27 Oscar-Winning Movies You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Netflix is full of classics, if you only know where to look...

Virtual Reality

Beyoncé's Grammy Snub Isn't Just an Oversight—It's a Real Problem

Adele’s post-Grammy press session was notable for one reason: The British soul singer, who racked up five awards including Album, Record, and Song of …

David Bowie

Let’s Get It On: The Best Love Songs Ever

Love makes the world go round, but it also goes round itself, in the grooves of the majority of the greatest pop songs ever made. For as long as …

10 Principles For Design In The Age Of AI

Yves Béhar shares a new kind of design manifesto.<p>We’re on the cusp of a new era of design. Beyond the two-dimensional focus on graphics and the three-dimensional focus on products, we’re now in an era where designers are increasingly focusing on time and space, guided by technological advances in …

Product Design
Golden Globes

What happened to virtual reality?

"... at this point we feel we're in a position where we can start focusing on what platforms will come next to enable even more useful, entertaining and personal experiences," he said in a statement announcing the acquisition. He later added that "we believe this kind of immersive, augmented …

Virtual Reality

Inside IMAX's Big Bet to Rule the Future of VR

The best place on the planet to watch a movie is almost certainly from the center seat in the second-to-last row of the David Keighley Theater at …

United Kingdom

Sugar, explained

Sugar is the dietary villain of our day. But the science is complicated.<p>First it was too many calories. Then it was too much fat. Now there’s a full-on war on sugar, our latest dietary enemy No. 1.<p>In health policy and nutrition science circles, this single nutrient is taking up a lot of oxygen …

Obama Team Gives Trump Advice: White House Survival Guide

It’s one thing to be elected President of the U.S. Learning how to do the job usually takes longer<p><b>A Presidential handoff comes with established rites</b> …

Donald Trump

Why time management is ruining our lives

All of our efforts to be more productive backfire – and only make us feel even busier and more stressed<p>The eternal human struggle to live meaningfully in the face of inevitable death entered its newest phase one Monday in the summer of 2007, when employees of Google gathered to hear a talk by a …

Time Management

The best podcasts of 2016 you can binge in the new year

2016 was a rough year in many ways, but good art often comes from bad times. Podcasts are no exception, as the past 12 months gave rise to a number …

Podcasting
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