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The Week in Review: Snowden Leaks Into Europe

Inside Flipboard / November 1, 2013<p>Edward J. Snowden remains in the news this week with the latest batch of files released proving the United States …

The Paradoxical Traits Of Resilient People

Resilient people develop a mental capacity that allows them to adapt with ease during adversity. Like bamboo, they bend but rarely break. How resilient are you?<p>Journalist Hara Estroff Marano once wrote in a <i>Psychology Today</i> article “The Art of Resilience”:<p>“Resilience may be an art, the ultimate art …

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

Life and times of Nelson Mandela | Reuters

July 18, 1918 - Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela near Qunu, in Transkei (now Eastern Cape), the youngest son of a counsellor to the chief of his Thembu clan.<p>1944 - Founds African National Congress (ANC) Youth League with Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu.<p>- Marries his first wife Evelyn. They had a …

Could you do your child's homework?

I am staring at a finely printed sheet of paper and trying not to let the bad feelings seep in. This sheet is all my childhood Sunday-night feelings of dread come at once. It is humiliation and "could do better" and "pay attention now" in flattened, bleached wood pulp. Mostly it is my 14-year-old …

NSA can decode many GSM cellphone calls

The NSA may say that its phone surveillance efforts focus on metadata rather than the associated calls, but we now know that the agency can listen to many of those conversations whenever it wants. Documents leaked to the <i>Washington Post</i> by Edward Snowden confirm that the NSA can decode GSM-based …

Why today's parents are pushy

My daughter Robin is 28 months old and her favourite question is: "Mummy, what are you doing?" She repeats it with a frequency that gets to me if I'm tired.<p>Like most parents of young children I'm doing a lot. I'm holding down a full-time job and feeling insecure about my performance because I'm …

Consumer tech prepares to invade the operating room

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Luis Louro<p>Much like enterprises are using more consumer technology (or consumer-like) technology, …

5 predictions on the future of databases (from a guy who knows databases)

Advertisement<p>14 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / semisatch<p>Michael Stonebraker is a lightning rod in the database world. He knows his stuff, having …

The 10 Greatest Books Ever, According to 125 Top Authors (Download Them for Free)

Earlier this month, we highlighted The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 846 Film Critics. Featuring films by Hitchcock, Kubrick, Welles and …

Animated history of the English language

If you've got 10 minutes, you can learn the history of English — including some interesting background on where specific words and phrases came from. …

Physicists probe urination 'splashback' problem

<b>US physicists have studied the fluid dynamics of urine "splashback" - and found tips to help men and women with their accuracy and hygiene.</b><p>Using high-speed cameras, the team filmed jets of liquid striking toilet walls and studied the resulting spray.<p>Splashback was low when the jets were used close …

Time Travel Is Possible But Only To The Future, English Physicist Says

We may be able to book our ticket to the future someday -- it'll just be a one-way trip.<p>In a presentation at the British Science Festival, particle physicist Brian Cox said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.<p>"The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is …

The Chemistry of Kibble

The billion-dollar, cutting-edge science of convincing dogs and cats to eat what’s in front of them.<p>Despite the cryptic name and anonymous office-park architecture, the nature of the enterprise located at AFB International is clear the moment you sit down for a meeting. The conference room smells …