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10 Steps to a Happier Life, Backed By Research

I went through a number of great books on happiness and pulled together ten research-based tips that can help build a happier life:<p>1) Cut the small …

Happiness

Solar Paper Ultra Portable Modular Solar Charger

As its name implies, the Solar Paper provides you an eco-friendly and ultra portable way to charge your mobile devices. Line the feature? Let’s go on …

Steam refunds: Does Valve win either way?

On Tuesday Steam added a refund procedure that allows you to get a full refund on any Steam game you’ve purchased in the last 14 days, for any reason, as long as you’ve played the game for less than 2 hours.<p>On the surface this change brings Steam up to code in many European countries that require …

We’re not talking about what VR is doing to our eyes … and our brains

OK, so it’s pretty funny seeing someone fall over after trying a virtual reality headset for the first time. But with companies like Facebook, Valve, and Sony all pushing to bring their own VR solutions to a mainstream market — worth an estimated $30 billion by 2020 — maybe we should have more …

Virtual Reality

Here’s How to Scientifically Train Your Mind to Be Happy

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that …

Step Aside, Rockets – Ion Engines Are the Future of Space Travel

The NASA spacecraft Dawn has spent more than seven years traveling across the solar system to intercept the asteroid Vesta and the dwarf planet …

Space Exploration

Body-Weight Training is the No.1 Fitness Trend

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The Morning Routine Experts Recommend for Peak Productivity

What’s the best way to start your day so that you really get things done?<p>Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? …

The seven ways to have a near-death experience

Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences.<p>In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel …

42-Player Civilization Game Is Destroying The Planet

The 42-player, AI-only Civilization game that's currently going down is already one of the most amazing things the Civilization community — no …

Why the NSA SIM hack might be far more serious than you think

A few days ago, a report revealed that spy agencies including the NSA and GCHQ, managed to bypass the security of SIM card manufacturer Gemalto and …

Nature and Sex Redefined - we have never been binary | Vanessa Heggie

Photograph: Guardian<p>Tests for Barr bodies can easily be performed on cheek cells taken by a simple oral swab - the simplicity of the test is probably part of the reason it lasted for so long in international …

5 Things One Mom Wishes She'd Been Told Before Adopting her Black Son

Alex Landau’s mother Patsy Hathaway believed that love was enough when it came to raising her adopted black son—until he was beaten up by Denver …

9 Ways That Helped Me Make My First Million Dollars in Profit

Making a million dollars in revenue is hard. Making a million dollars in profit is even harder.<p>Every entrepreneur dreams of reaching his or her first …

The 9 weirdest modes of public transport on earth

Introducing nine very strange ways of getting from point A to B. Eventually.<p>1. Chiva Express, Ecuador<p>Is it a bus? Or, is it a train? The Chiva …

'Evangelion' Inspired Animation Short Looks Simply Astounding

As part of Studio Khara’s ongoing Japanese Animator Expo, with unique animation shorts released each week, we have now been graced with an Evangelion inspired entry that looks simply amazing.<p>Handled by Sola Digital Arts, who recently created the CG Captain Harlock film, the short was directed by …

Mars One mission: a one-way trip to the red planet in 2024

The launch date is still a decade away but preparations are underway for the first human expedition to Mars. Here we explain about the mission, Mars spacecrafts and selecting volunteers to establish a colony on the planet<p>From more than 200,000 people who hoped to leave Earth and die on Mars, only …

Mars

How Final Fantasy XV Does Pre-Render and Real-Time

In <i>Final Fantasy XV</i>, pre-rendered and real-time graphics do look different. Not <i>that</i> different, apparently.<p>Recent Japanese magazine scans show a …

8 Hidden Facebook Tricks You Need to Know

More than 1 billion people regularly use Facebook, but that doesn’t mean they know all the hidden tricks for using the social media platform. Both …

Here’s how to tell if the 5:2 diet is right for you

If it's good enough for Jennifer Aniston then it's good enough for us.<p>Popular<br>• Popular life stories<p>With summer officially upon us, here is our …

These Aren't School Test Doodles. They're Art.

Exam papers aren't only for test taking. In South Korea, they're for drawing.<p>Previously, <i>Kotaku</i> has covered interesting schoolbook doodles (here, …

Fasting facts: is the 5:2 diet too good to be true?

More than a year since they first hit the bookshops, 5:2 diet books are still bestsellers on Amazon. As a result, it is not uncommon to witness people, with that odd wind-tunnel facial effect of rapid weight loss, dishing up spaghetti fashioned from courgettes while excitedly apologising for any …

Holistic Medicine

Animation Shows How SpaceX Will Reuse Its Rockets [Video]

Complete with a rockin' soundtrack<p>These days, space enthusiasts are keeping a watchful eye on SpaceX as it strives for a potentially revolutionary goal. The private spaceflight company is trying to figure out a way to reuse its Falcon 9 rockets by landing them safely after they have launched into …

Space Travel

Corrupt Cops: The Video Game

This Is The Police is a game about being a cop. A crooked one, who instead of hitting the streets and fighting crime is hitting the streets and …

With Mimo, MIT Alums Are Disrupting The Baby Nursery, Onesie At A Time

For all the innovation that has come out of startups, few have addressed one of the hardest tasks in the world: caring for a newborn infant. Whether it is providing milk at 3 a.m. or ensuring that the baby is exposed to the right shapes and sounds appropriate for its age, parents are faced with a …

New in My Modern Shop: Joy St. Claire’s Beautifully Enchanting Nature Photography

It brings us great pleasure to announce that we've just added the beautifully enchanting photos of Joy St. Claire to My Modern Shop! The self-taught photographer shoots with a classic Ricoh film camera. Her inspiration comes from wandering in nature off the main trail or road, onto paths less …

Nature Photography

The Secret Douglas Adams RPG People Have Been Playing for 15 Years

Douglas Adams dreamt up the Starship Titanic in 1982 as a half-page gag in <i>Life, the Universe and Everything</i>, the third book of the <i>Hitch Hiker’s Guide</i> …

Titanic

Sony finally offers up settlement for 2011 PSN hack

Sony is contacting US PlayStation Network users with details of how they can claim compensation for the infamous 2011 PSN hack.<p>The offer is open to …

People Destroying Cars Like in Street Fighter. Sort of.

Tough? Wasteful? Dull? A handful of martial arts types try their luck at a real-life version of <i>Street Fighter</i>'s bonus stage.<p>But, I don't remember Ryu …