Jack Beckman

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This Is Why We Don’t Have Google X Hoverboards Yet

Yes, Google X tried to design a hoverboard.<p>If <i>Back to the Future</i> has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014’s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real.<p>Which isn’t to say that some very smart people haven’t tried to build them. In this month’s inside look …

Danish Scientists Visualize Dubstep Through Fire

Talk about getting Pyro technical...<p>Danish science demonstrators Fysikshow know that explosions and fire are a, well, sure-fire way to get kids learning about science. To that end, they created the Pyro Board, an audio-visualizer made up of 2,500 bunsen burners. The board is an expansion of the …

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Poltrona Frau Recreates the Iconic "Albero" Bookcase For a New Generation to Enjoy

In the late 1950's, a swiveling star was born—or rather, designed. Furniture designer and architect Gianfranco Frattini created a revolving bookcase …

Furniture

My Year At A Standing Desk And Why I’ll Never Go Back

Fast Company Web Producer Cia Bernales made the switch to a standing desk a year ago. She shares why she’s never going back to a regular office chair and how her posture got a new angle.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2014. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>It all …

Russia's Alleged Propaganda Talking Points Leaked

The list of prepared topics instructs television journalists to focus on praising the annexation and development of Crimea, while simultaneously portraying the Ukrainian revolution as being run by fascists and extremely damaging to Ukraine as a whole.<p>Kevin Rothrock of Global Voices includes this …

Associated Press News

Rumor, gossip, nonsense: How the news became a nightmare

The road to Fox News and the commercialization of information begins with the amazing history of mass media<p>In 1704 the English writer Daniel Defoe embarked on the publication of a political journal: the <i>Weekly Review of the Affairs of France</i>. This was not yet the Defoe made famous by his great novel</i> …

Market Leninism vs. the West

The biggest threat to Western governance promises prosperity at the expense of individual freedom – while dismissing democracy as ineffective.<p>So much …

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Seasonal Cocktails at Henry, A Liquor Bar

In June 2013, world-renowned bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana (twice named "UK Bartender of the Year") was brought in as the Creative Director for NYC's Henry, A Liquor Bar, which is just above the escalators at the Hudson Hotel. Beginning with their fall cocktail offerings, Chetiyawardana began to …

Hear Alan Grayson Actually Defend Russia’s Invasion of Crimea as a Good Thing

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) this week defended Russia’s annexation of Crimea, saying the United States “should be pleased” that the takeover was a “virtually bloodless transfer of power.”<p>In this Sept. 5, 2013 file photo, Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., arrives to join lawmakers and national security …

Ukraine crisis: Will the drumbeat lead to war? | Latin America

The scene in the Kremlin's opulent St George's Hall on March 18 could have come straight from a Soviet TV newsreel of the Party Secretary General raging about machinations of the "evil West".<p>As Russian President Vladimir Putin went through his list of slights and grievances, which Russia has …

Ron Paul: Crimea secedes. So what?

Residents of Crimea voted over the weekend on whether they would remain an autonomous region of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. In so doing, they joined a number of countries and regions — including recently Scotland, Catalonia and Venice — that are seeking to secede from what they view as …

What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?

Russia's stealth takeover of the Crimea has reopened centuries-old divisions. What is the Crimea, and why does it matter?<p>Crimea, a rugged strategic peninsula jutting into the Black Sea that was gifted to <b>Ukraine</b> by a Soviet leader 60 years ago is now the epicentre of a dangerous crisis pitting …

Russia

Ukraine puts forces on full combat alert

Ukraine has put its armed forces on full combat alert and warned Moscow that military intervention will lead to war after the upper house of Russia's parliament gave President Vladimir Putin the authority to invade.<p>After a more than three-hour meeting with security and defence chiefs, Oleksander …