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So Maybe Money Really Does Buy Happiness?

A worldwide study finds that rising national income is highly correlated with rises in personal satisfaction and overall happiness.<p>Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money--and the stuff it buys--brings happiness.<p>Levels of self-reported well-being in …

‘I was blind… now I have bionic eyes’

What is it like to see again after years of blindness? Rose Eveleth asks a woman whose sight was restored with a remarkable new eye implant.<p>Fran Fulton is 66, and she’s been fully blind for about 10 years. A few weeks ago, all that changed.<p>Fulton suffers from retinitis pigmentosa – a degenerative …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from an underwater spy to cheerleader robots.<p><b>More galleries</b> <br>Fire-bombing airliners and awesome black holes<p>An eerie aurora and a night-time launch<p>Smoking aerobatics and lurid lightning<p>Wading rhinos and wasp …

The expert guide to space colonies

BBC Future’s World-Changing Ideas Summit, on 21 October, will examine some of the most exciting and provocative developments we face in science, technology and health. In the run-up to the summit, we will offer a unique guide to some of the issues that will be discussed… starting with the notion …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, from inverted fighter jets to a strange cloaking device.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Underwater spies and cheerleader robots<p>Fire-bombing airliners and awesome black holes<p>Smoking aerobatics and lurid lightning<p>Wading rhinos and wasp …

The best science and technology pictures of the week

The most impressive pictures from the worlds of science and technology this week, including a prize-winning fireball and helicopter and an epic view of a space walk.<p><b>More galleries</b><p>Fuelling fighter jets and European lights<p>Underwater spies and cheerleader robots<p>Fire-bombing airliners and awesome black …

Could insects be the wonder food of the future?

Billions more hungry mouths are going to put more strain on the planet’s resources. Can eating creepy crawlies offer a solution? Emily Anthes reports.<p>At first my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodl­es slicked with oil and studded with …

Brain: Why exercise boosts IQ

If you want your mind to be sharper, the evidence suggests you should visit the gym. But how can exercising your muscles boost your brain power?<p>We tend to assume that brains don’t go with brawn – but that assumption is turning out to be seriously flawed. As the latest video from the Head Squeeze …

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

The truth about driverless vehicles

Is Google’s vision for driverless cars really the future? Plenty of autonomous vehicles are already on the road, says David Robson, but they’re not what you imagine…<p><b>We’ve heard a lot about Google’s cars. What’s the reality?</b> <br>Given the media coverage, it would be easy to assume that Google is the …

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This Is How Technology Is Affecting Your Relationship

It is now an uncontested fact that technology is pervasive throughout our lives. But how often do we assess its presence in our relationships, recognizing how, exactly, it has impacted the way we interact with those closest to us?<p>Historically, we are going where no human has gone before, hooked up …

7 Airplane Etiquette Rules That Everyone Should Follow

A seasoned business travel veteran decides to get his passenger-shaming taken care of at once.<p>I consider myself a savvy traveler. After all, I run a big travel company. While I know there are bigger issues affecting global air travel today, with communicable diseases and terrorism in the back of …

8 Things You Should Consider Hiding on Your Computer

Your computer knows an awful lot about you, and in a few clicks someone else can, too.<p>It's more important than ever to keep your digital life as …

5 Reasons Why Climate Change Is a Social Issue, Not Just an Environmental One

As illustrated by the 400,000 attendees at the People's Climate March in New York City and the solidarity events that took place around the word, the realities of climate change are no longer only being stressed by environmentalists. The effects of climate change will be economic, social, and …

Should You Get an iPhone 6? Read This First

I took the newest iPhone for a spin to see if it's the ultimate work device.<p>Which smartphone would you bring to a deserted island? That's a good question to ask when it comes to the new crop of high-end devices, especially if the island is not that deserted and has a coffee shop, an airport, and …

The 11 Best Frequent Flyer Programs

However, frequent flyer memberships are not only making air travel more affordable — they're expediting the booking process and offering many amenities that extend to the airline's partners as well.<p>The experts at FindTheBest used a Smart Rating scale to find the best frequent flyer deals across all …

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How to Use Social Media at Work Without Losing Focus

Social media has become a cornerstone of consumer life. The Pew Center points out that as of January 2014, 74 percent of American adults use social networking sites.<p>The trend makes sense, as platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest make it extremely easy for online audiences to …

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Making An Impact At An Early-Stage Startup If You're Inexperienced And Don't Code

As a startup founder with many friends between 20-30 years old, I’m often asked for advice on how to break into the early-stage startup scene. If you’re an engineer or have a proven track record, you just put your resume out there and many startups will come to you. However, if you don’t code nor …

Is time travel possible?

Wouldn’t it be great if we could really travel through time?<p>A documentary still in the making is exploring that possibility. Dubbed “A Brief History of Time Travel,” the film will explore the history of time travel, its presence in pop culture, and our obsession with it. The film asks, What makes …

Facebook's Secret Success? Our Psychological Addiction

<i>Dr. Liraz Margalit is the Customer Experience Psychologist at ClickTale.</i><p>The past decade has been a time of incredible growth for social media, and Facebook in particular. The fact that the site has even topped Google as the most visited site in the US suggests that Facebook has become an integral …

How To Kill It at IKEA, As Told by a Professional Assembler and Personal Shopper

As a personal shopper and IKEA furniture assembler on Taskrabbit, I am no stranger to purchasing and assembling the popular quasi-disposable-but-oddly-cheery furniture. Here are my conclusions, that I wish I'd known a long time ago.<p><b>When to go:</b><p>IKEA is overwhelming, the outlets are often …

What: Ikea Files Taxes As A Non-Profit Company

Harboring overseas operations to evade high corporate tax rates is a surprisingly widespread practice, but <b>Ikea</b> plays on a whole different level of tax evasion. According to Fast Company, the world's largest furniture retailer files taxes as <b>a non-profit organization.</b><p>Ikea pulls in about $28 billion …

Brand of the Day: How Ikea Brings Design Ideas to Life in Social

The world's largest furniture retailer by sales doesn't even put most of its products together. Yes, Ikea has built an enormous business—and a …

This Vertical IKEA Apartment Doubles as a Climbing Wall

If you’re used to “opening day” meaning a boring old ribbon-cutting with a not-so-boring pair of giant scissors, we’ve got news for you. An IKEA store in France has upped their game with local communications agency ubi bene to throw one of <i>the</i> coolest opening events ever. Maybe that’s not surprising …

10 IKEA Items That Will Change Your Life

Okay, so assembling IKEA furniture isn’t so easy. But the thing that makes it worth it is that the payoff is so great. The Swedish home decor company has a knack for creating products that serve more than one purpose — like a seating cushion that also hides all your crap. The mega brand is also …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People

Solving the world's looming food crisis will require big investments in agricultural research, yet public support for that is lagging.<p>When famine loomed in Mexico and southern Asia in the mid-20th century, agricultural crop researchers saved the day. Scientists at Mexico's International Maize and …

Hands On With the Windows 10 Preview Build

At the beginning of today’s Microsoft event Joe Belfiore, Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft made certain the audience understood that we were seeing an early build of its next operating system. Early build or not, for power users that demand multi-tasking, the oddly named …