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The Ancient Greeks had two different concepts of time — and the second could change how you organize your day

If you’ve encountered languages other than the one you grew up with, you’ve likely discovered a word that captures an idea that doesn’t quite translate directly into your own language.<p>I like it when that happens. It introduces me to a new way of thinking, to a concept I hadn’t considered in the …

Productivity

Watch a 10-hour Amish barn raising in less than 4 minutes

This time-lapse video is a spellbinding testament to teamwork and low-tech construction.<p>Over the years, I've featured more than a few mesmerizing …

Amish Mennonites

What's the difference between peaches, nectarines and apricots?

These stone fruits look and taste similar, but they're not always interchangeable in recipes.<p>Suppose you have a craving for homemade peach salsa. You …

Foodies

'Tail-Standing' Sperm Whales Snooze in Stunning Photo

Sleeping dogs lie, but sleeping whales … "stand" on their tails? That was the scene recently glimpsed by a diver in the Caribbean, at least, when the …

Oceans

A DNA App Store Is Here, but Proceed with Caution - MIT Technology Review

A Silicon Valley startup called Helix is betting on the notion that not only do people want to learn more about their DNA, but they'll also pay to …

DNA

What you need to know about the Great American Eclipse of 2017

This total eclipse will be visible from coast to coast in the U.S.<p>This summer, Americans all across the country will pick up special glasses and head …

Astronomy

Nanomaterial charges everyday batteries in seconds

If you want a battery that charges in seconds rather than hours, you go for a supercapacitor. There are some catches to that, though: either you give up the long-lasting energy of a chemical battery (like the lithium pack in your phone) or have to resort to exotic storage tech to get a long …

Batteries

Scientists find key 'friendliness' genes that distinguish dogs from wolves

Your dog is basically a super social wolf, and scientists may have found the gene that makes him want to cuddle with you.<p>A new study shows that friendliness in dogs is associated with the same genes that make some people hyper-social.<p>The study found that structural variations in three genes on …

Dogs

Newswire: Ivan Drago will totally be in Creed II

Lately, Sylvester Stallone’s been following in the footsteps of the action stars who followed in his, filling his social media with hints at his new projects, a la Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel. In early July, the <i>Rocky</i> franchise director shared some images of his big match with Dolph Lundgren as …

Movies

AP Explains: India and China face off in border standoff

NEW DELHI (AP) — It was the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan that sounded the alarm: Chinese soldiers had arrived with bulldozers and excavators, and were building a high-mountain road near India's border — in an area the two nuclear-armed Asian giants have disputed for decades.<p>India responded to …

China

Apple Watch 3: Everything we know about the launch date, specs and price

We're fast approaching the Apple Watch 2's first anniversary, and the current rumors are driving wild theories about what Apple has planned for the next generation -- and when we might see it.<p>Apple previewed the next generation of its wearable operating system, WatchOS 4, at its Worldwide …

Smartwatches

Andy Rubin’s Essential says its phone will be available ‘in a few weeks’

The hype for the first smartphone from Andy Rubin’s Essential startup was high following its reveal, but many have been disappointed that the phone has missed shipping goals. Originally, the phone was supposed to be available within 30 days, but that deadline has long since passed. Today, Rubin is …

Andy Rubin

Why Switzerland never takes sides

What most people don’t know is that the Swiss had to choose a policy of neutrality, because for centuries, they'd been a country of mercenaries.<p>I was sitting in a grotto in southern Switzerland, savouring a regional version of risotto made with local merlot, surrounded by vibrant green mountains …

Europe

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

Linguistics

Flipboard’s Fourth Act Puts Your Passions Front and Center

We sat down with designer Matt Safian to find out how Framer is helping Flipboard reinvent the way we consume our news.<p>Matt Safian is a product …

Mike McCue

You Want to Touch Leica's New Touchscreen Camera

How do you turn a smartphone-photo devotee into a bona fide camera nerd? You give them smartphone-style touchscreen controls on an excellent camera …

Cameras

World's plastic waste could bury Manhattan 2 miles deep

WASHINGTON (AP) — A cradle-to-grave study of global plastics finds industry has made more than 9 billion tons of plastic since 1950.<p>The research shows there's enough left over to bury Manhattan under more than two miles of trash.<p>Plastics don't break down like other man-made materials, so …

Recycling

COVE by Zaha Hadid Design for Boffi: A completely customizable sink and stovetop kitchen island

Even a quick glimpse at the late Dame Zaha Hadid's COVE kitchen for Boffi reveals the signature stylings of the acclaimed architect. The freestanding unit's smooth geometry makes reference to the curvilinear design of the MAXXI Museum of Art in Rome and even the curves of the cultural center of …

Architecture

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft beams back images of water jets on the south pole of Enceladus

The <b>Cassini spacecraft</b> has beamed back images of Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn. The narrow angle camera on board the spacecraft captured the image …

Space Exploration

Tesla driver recants, says Autopilot not to blame for crash

DETROIT (AP) — A Tesla driver says his car's partially self-driving Autopilot system wasn't responsible for a crash in Minnesota, despite what he initially told investigators.<p>In its police report obtained by The Associated Press on Monday, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office said David Clark, 58, …

Tesla Model S

This super-stretchy wearable feels like a second skin and can record data

This could someday replace big health monitors<p>We’re a little closer to getting rid of bulky health sensors now that scientists have created a super-thin wearable that can record data through skin. That would make this wearable, which looks like a stylish gold tattoo, ideal for long-term medical …

Engineering

13 of Europe's Most Beautiful Hikes

The landscape across Europe is vast, varied and utterly compelling. Getting your boots and backpack on and heading into the outdoors is the best way …

Culture

What we're playing: 'Wipeout', 'Dead Cells' and 'Danger Zone'

Welcome back to Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where several editors talk about what they've been playing in their downtime. This month, we've obsessed over roguelikes, remasters and resource gathering; we've sent adventurers into dungeons, only to see them go insane; and one of us searched for the</i> …

Gaming

Atari’s new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic

Atari started teasing its Ataribox at E3 this year, promising a “brand new Atari product.” While we saw a 20-second YouTube teaser that hinted the Ataribox would be housed in wood like the 2600, the video game maker has not provided many details about the console until today. Atari is now teasing …

Atari

A security robot just drowned itself, so score one for mankind

Humanity breathed a collective sigh of relief today as the robot army amassing to subjugate us under its shiny metal grip revealed an all-too-familiar Achilles heel: Crippling existential dread.<p>Or at least that's what it looks like.<p>What else could explain the July 17 actions of a Knightscope …

Robots

A Google Company Is Unleashing 20 Million Mosquitoes in California to Fight Zika

Fight fire with fire.<p>Verily is releasing millions of male mosquitos treated with a naturally occurring bacteria that renders them sterile in Fresno. …

Viruses

MUJI Hut

<i>Who hasn’t dreamt of living somewhere they really want to be? The tools to make that dream a reality are now available. It’s not as dramatic as</i> …

Architecture

The Light Phone

The Light Phone is not only an exciting design product, it is more a physical manifestation of philosophical questions. Those question may be:<p>What …

Phones

12 Millionaire Habits to Start Making Serious Money Soon and Build Wealth in a Hurry

Get-rich-quick schemes rarely work but doing the right things every day rarely fails.<p>There's a mindset that's prevalent these days. It's one of instant gratification in an on-demand society that looks for quick results with very little effort. Entrepreneurs know that life doesn't work that way. You …

Wealth

Apple Engineers Not in a Panic to Finish iPhone 8 Hardware: Gruber

by Christopher Baugh on Friday, July 14th, 2017 - 8:28am PDT<p>While Apple’s next big handset release might be delayed due to some problems in the …