Katie Harper

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I've adopted a '2-hour rule' based on the habit that led Einstein, Darwin, and Nietzsche to brilliance — and it's had the highest ROI of anything I've done

Albert Einstein was 16 years old when he first flirted with the idea of special relativity.<p>He was a daydreamer. The pioneering theory that lead him to establish the foundation of modern physics was actually envisioned in one of his many famous thought experiments.<p>He wondered, specifically, what …

Creativity

Kenyan Startup Uses the Sun to Turn Human Waste into Cooking Fuel

In August 2015—after a couple of years of testing—a company in Kenya began commercially treating human poop with the sun’s heat to create an …

So Does Using Marijuana In Pregnancy Hurt A Baby Or Not?

As more states legalize medical marijuana and recreational marijuana, questions about the drug’s effects on a fetus will become a more central public health concern. One significant flaw with most studies looking at marijuana use in pregnancy is that researchers do not take into account that a …

Pregnancy

Why did this backpack raise over $5.5 million on Kickstarter? (hands-on)

More than 26,000 people have backed Peak Design's latest crowdfunding effort -- camera bags that are more than camera bags.<p>True story: CNET photographer Sarah Tew and I were on the street in New York taking photos of Peak Design's Everyday Backpack for this story, and a guy walked up and asked "Is …

Crowd Funding

Science Says This Dog Breed May Soon Be Extinct

Behind those adorable wrinkly faces, pushed in nose and squat bodies, the English bulldog is suffering in silence, and it may well be too late to …

Pets

A NSFW Tale of ‘White Girl’ Privilege: Cocaine, Party-Monstering, and Creeps Galore

Elizabeth Wood’s debut feature chronicles one rich college girl’s nightmarish journey navigating her white privilege.<p>The New York City of <i>White Girl</i>, …

A Post-Human World Is Coming. Design Has Never Mattered More

Designers will play a crucial role in shaping our post-human future. Our lives may depend on it.<p><i>Digital Design Theory</i> (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016) is available on Amazon.<p>Futurist experts have estimated that by the year 2030 computers in the price range of inexpensive laptops will have a …

The Killers Are Why Festivals Exist

There is no other reason why festivals exist.<p>Screengrab via<p>Let’s begin where we must. Tonight at Governors Ball, with the ground turned to mush by rain and the frat party atmosphere all but extinguished, The Killers open their Governors Ball headline set with “Mr Brightside”. They are supposed to …

Nature Keeps Cities from Making Us Dead Inside

Psychologists make an argument for green urbanism.<p>I bailed on my most recent city, Baltimore, in 2012. First it was to somewhere deep as hell in the mountains of southwestern Colorado, and then it was to this place here in Washington state, which is still in the mountains but at least has …

Ecology

The Loves and Lives of Modern Art's 'Mistress' and 'Midwife'

A new documentary shows that the underappreciated art collector Peggy Guggenheim was not just an eccentric, promiscuous socialite—she was one of the most important people in twentieth-century art.<p>It is difficult to write about the art collector Peggy Guggenheim without devolving into a list of …

Why Trump Is Bad for America - One Reason I Bet You Never Thought Of

While many may not have noticed, our collective spiritual understandings have been undergoing change over the decades. Leading edge philosophers and open-minded theologians have noted an evolutionary shift toward a broader, more comprehensive existential understanding than that put forth by our …

Putin just gave his biggest signal yet that he intends 'to stay the course' in Syria

And, contrary to US President Barack Obama's view that it's only a matter of time before Russia gets bogged down in Syria, experts and military analysts tend to agree with Putin on this one.<p>"The Kremlin is well aware of the publicly perceived danger of getting bogged down in Syria," Andrei …

22 ways to earn passive income

Making money while you sleep.<p>Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?<p>After reading books like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and "4 Hour Work Week," I became interested obsessed with making passive income.<p>Whenever someone needs additional income, the stereotypical suggestion offered is to "get a part-time job."<p>But …

The U.S. Found The People Who Can Beat ISIS. The Only Problem Is Everyone Hates Them.

The Kurds who pushed ISIS out of Kobani seem like the perfect allies. If only it were that simple.<p>ISTANBUL, Turkey -- One day in the fall of 2012, Salih Muslim Muhammed walked into the boxy gray American embassy in Stockholm and applied for a U.S. visa.<p>At 61, with a thick mustache and bushy black …

Middle East

Delaware just decriminalized marijuana. Here's where other states stand.

On Friday, Delaware became the 20th state to decriminalize or legalize marijuana. The legal change means that in most cases, people with small amounts of pot won't be punished with jail or prison time.<p>Here's where all states stand, legally, when it comes to marijuana:<p>There's a difference between …

This Is Why No One Should Ever Breed White Tigers

"These are not a species, they are not endangered ... they shouldn't exist."<p>One look at Kenny and it's clear why white tigers shouldn't be bred.<p>Kenny …

Wildlife

DEA maps of El Chapo Guzmán control of US drug market

Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán's Sinaloa cartel is arguably the most powerful drug-trafficking organization in the Western Hemisphere — and in the world.<p>As of 2013, the DEA believed that the cartel supplied "80% of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine — with a street value of $3 billion — …

Make the most of Apple Music with these 10 tips and tricks

Apple Music isn’t for everyone — in fact, it might only be for people over the age of 35. Nonetheless, it’s quickly become a prominent player within …

It’s Paul Krugman vs. Noam Chomsky: This is the history we need to understand Paris, ISIS

<b>(Reuters/Brendan McDermid/AP/Nader Daoud)</b><p>Krugman mocks idea that US imperialism’s at root of all evil. But scars of our meddling are key to the Middle East<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>November 18, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Two remarks a few days apart lead straight to the question posed in this space after last …

Middle East

This is why they hate us: The real American history neither Ted Cruz nor the New York Times will tell you

We talk democracy, then overthrow elected governments and prop up awful regimes. Let’s discuss the actual history<p>The soi-disant Land of the Free and Home of the Brave has a long and iniquitous history of overthrowing democratically elected leftist governments and propping up right-wing dictators in …

57 Health Benefits of Going Vegan

Vegans are frequently misunderstood as fringe eaters with an unnatural passion for animal rights. While many vegans do feel passionately about …

A Microbiologist Recreated 'Starry Night' With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

And it's not too shabby.<p>If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil on canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri. Because even with these most minute of materials, the night sky still swirls …

Biology

Where’s the beef (from)? Fast food ad war irks ranchers

Beef "raised without the use of hormones or steroids," one fast-food chain touts in its commercials.<p>"Not Without Canadian Farmers," another burger giant boasts of its menu.<p>McDonald's has launched the latest salvo in a battle for the stomachs of food conscious Canadians with new ads that picture …

Elizabeth Warren just delivered the realest talk on race by any American politician

The progressive favorite talks about the “dark underbelly” of “how America built a great middle class”<p>Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren just further burnished her progressive credentials with a thorough and explicit telling of racial injustice in America, focusing on what she called three …

Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history

Animals are the main victims of history, and the treatment of domesticated animals in industrial farms is perhaps the worst crime in history. The march of human progress is strewn with dead animals. Even tens of thousands of years ago, our stone age ancestors were already responsible for a series …

Stone Age

How Vertical Farming Is Disrupting Urban Food Production

Too often, we see the present and the future in terms of "either/or," when, in actuality, the relation is more like "both/and." People might think, when it comes to technological innovation, "either we keep the old, or we adopt the new." In fact, it's entirely possible to have both the old and the …