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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Neuroscience

40 Cheapest Countries to Travel to on $30 a Day or Less

Travel doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, I’ve found that I often spend less when I travel than when I spend a month at home in the US. When …

The Tesla Model X Unlocked One Hell Of An Awesome Christmas Easter Egg

Ever since Tesla’s range of cars made it possible to do updates over the air, we’ve all been wondering what the company who invented Ludicrous mode …

How Convertibles Are Strengthened, And Why It’s Beginning To Change

Thousands of miles of sky, the wind tickling the thinning, receding hair on the top of my head and the vibrant engine rasp cranking-up the sense of …

When You Fly Over a Foreign Country, Your Airplane Owes Rent

Ever wonder how commercial flights are allowed to pass over and through many different sovereign nations without causing a fuss? You can thank the …

Weird Things Runners Do To Pass Time On The Treadmill

Runners inevitably spend a little bit of time on the treadmill. Some days are just so cold or so hot that a few miles in the gym seems a lot more …

Bill Gates reveals what he would do if he were Apple in FBI case

Microsoft Co-Founder Bill Gates is weighing in again on the Apple FBI row, and while he's still walking the line between security and privacy, he's …

Privacy

A 19-year-old made a free robot lawyer that has appealed $3 million in parking tickets

Hiring a lawyer for a parking-ticket appeal is not only a headache, but it can also cost more than the ticket itself. Depending on the case and the lawyer, an appeal — a legal process where you argue out of paying the fine — can cost between $400 to $900.<p>But with the help of a robot made by British …

The Future

Gravitiational Waves Give Us A New Way To Look At The Universe

Imagine that instead of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars in the sky, all you had ever seen was clouds. Not the puffy white ones silhouetted against a blue sky, but the thick gray, expansive stratus clouds that are the hallmarks of a dreary winter. But unlike the winter clouds that last for weeks or …

Universe

If you hate telemarketers, you’ll love this robot designed to waste their time

Anyone frustrated with telemarketers may have <b></b>a new best friend. A Los Angeles man with an unusual passion for phone systems created a new robotic answering service that wastes telemarketers’ time.<p>Roger Anderson started the Jolly Roger Telephone, which lets users start a three-way call with the …

Robotics

About 94% of cars will still be powered by fossil fuels in 2040, report says

If you were thinking that the rise of long-range electric vehicles, like the forthcoming Chevy Bolt or Tesla Model 3, might lead to the demise of …

NEW UNICORNS: The 42 startups that grew to be worth billions in 2015

2015 was a big year for private market tech companies and their valuations.<p>Uber, already the most valuable private tech company in the world, is rumored to be raising a new round of funding that would value the company around $60 billion.<p>And this year alone, 70 startups became members of the …

Startups

Here's what the major interest rate cycles since the 1970s have looked like

Since banks often pass on their own borrowing costs to customers, the fed funds rate tends to influence interest rates on everything from mortgages to car loans.<p>Here is a look at 14 interest rate actions that marked the beginning of a cycle of raising or cutting the benchmark rate.

Economics

5 Ways to Improve Running Form

Every runner has two things in common: they want to improve running form and are eager to prevent injury.<p>Here are five easy tips that will help you …

The Right Kind of Stress Can Bond Your Team Together

This past fall, I did a documentary with HBO, directed by Peter Berg and produced by Michael Strahan, called <i>State of Play: Happiness</i>. In the film, we explored how to create a positive culture in organizations where the culture or conditions make it difficult to talk about “happiness.” During the …

Employee Engagement

Tripdelta Finds Cheaper Flights Through "Secret" Airport Routes

Flying through the major hubs of the big airlines could make your trips more expensive than they should be. Tripdelta finds the hidden airports that …

How to Get Started With Voluntourism

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — While monetary contributions to charitable organizations are always welcome and effective, oftentimes people want to invest …

Costa Rica

What Richard Branson, Elon Musk and Other Top Execs Ask During Job Interviews

Savvy CEOs and executives know that interview questions like, “What’s your biggest strength?” and, “What’s your biggest weakness?” aren’t as telling …

Employment

A startup that finds discount flight tickets 'hidden' on airline websites just launched in the US

So when Oliver Dlouhý and Lucie Brešová told me their startup, Skypicker, helps people find flights that cost as much as 90% lower than those booked via a regular flight ticket, I was skeptical, but definitely interested.<p>If you're like me, you probably use a flight aggregation service to buy your …

Air Travel

A top VC firm just put together a stunning presentation on the state of startups

A top NYC VC firm, First Round Capital, decided to poll more than 500 founders what it's like and, in an industry first, release data on the state of the startup industry, which they've let us republish in full here.<p>Here's how startups are feeling about everything from raising money (pessimistic) …

Venture Capital

Why Entrepreneurship Always Takes More Time Than You Expect

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When you first decide to be an entrepreneur, you typically have a clear picture of how things are going to go. You may imagine yourself sitting back, making occasional decisions, but also going on vacations while your team makes sure your …

Entrepreneurship

Why Your Well-Funded Startup Still Went Under

Startups today don’t fail only because they lack funding; they fail because they lack customers.<p>If attracting heaps of venture capital is supposed to vouch for a startup’s potential, then how come so many of them wither and die a short time after they’re funded? Recent research by CB Insights shows …

Startups

How to stop snoopers from seeing when and where you open emails

On Gmail<p>1. Click on the gear icon and click Settings.<br>2. Under the General tab, scroll down to Images.<br>3. Select “Ask before displaying external …

Apps

This man has been tasked with turning Facebook into a best friend that can get you whatever you need

As humans, we think machines understand us. We type in a search term into Google or the name of a city into the weather app, and the information is displayed before us.<p>But, we're not really using what is considered "natural language."<p>It's the difference between searching for the weather in a city …

Chatbots

Claimed Breakthrough Slays Classic Computing Problem; Encryption Could Be Next - MIT Technology Review

A professor’s claim to have created an algorithm that dramatically simplifies one of theoretical computer science’s most notorious problems has …

Mathematics

The Airlines With the Most Legroom: A Tall Traveler's Guide

<i>by Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Getty<p><b>Newer and more efficient airplanes means airlines are offering longer and longer flights, but can you handle 13 hours with only 30 inches of space?</b> <i>Condé Nast Traveler</i> <b>reports which airlines, both domestic and international, offer the best (and the worst)</b> …

Flying

Experts Still Think uBeam’s Through-the-Air Charging Tech Is Unlikely

<b>uBeam, a high-profile startup</b> backed by some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent investors, has become a tech-industry sensation because of the …

Engineering