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Pixar animators spent 5 years making this devastatingly beautiful short film in their spare time

Pixar animators Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj’s brilliant short film has been racking up accolades on the festival circuit, and now you can watch …

Is our world a simulation? Why some scientists say it's more likely than not

A swath of technologists and physicists believe that ‘simulation theory’ will be proved, just as it was proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe<p>When Elon Musk isn’t outlining plans to use his massive rocket to leave a decaying Planet Earth and colonize Mars, he sometimes talks about …

Blink wireless security cameras run for two years on a pair of AA batteries

Hands-on with the anywhere (but outside) camera<p>Over the last year or so we’ve seen an uptick in availability of small and relatively cheap wireless security cameras. I mean truly wireless, using Wi-Fi to transmit data and batteries to provide power. That magical combination of features allows this …

Smart Homes

As More States Consider Legalizing, Questions About Pot And The Brain

Five states are voting this fall on whether marijuana should be legal, like alcohol, for recreational use. That has sparked questions about what we know — and don't know — about marijuana's effect on the brain.<p>Research is scarce. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency classifies marijuana as a Schedule I …

Cannabis

Watch: Stephen Colbert says everything you wish you could say to Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte, via his lies about being robbed in Rio, has evolved from slightly lovable American oaf to American embarrassment. In the wake of the debacle and his dishonesty, sponsors like Speedo and Ralph Lauren have dropped the swimmer, but there’s still a lingering feeling of discomfort around …

This New Form of Journaling Will Make You Ultra-Organized

Have you seen photos on Pinterest or Instagram of hyper-organized notebooks, with color-coded, bulleted lists? Did it overwhelm you? Take a deep …

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

Last summer, early in the morning, I stood out in the main square of Florence to watch the tourists come in. It was quiet. A Zamboni-like street cleaner drove its rounds, leaving wet circles on the paving stones. A vendor unpacked tarp-wrapped souvenirs from the back of his white van. When the …

9 Ways to Convince (or Trick) Yourself to Start Working Out

If you're having trouble finding the time or energy to exercise, here are some practical strategies to increase exercise behavior and motivation.

Bodyweight Exercise

The Power Of Keeping A Notebook: 5 Reasons To Keep A Journal

What if I told you that by investing as little as a few dollars and committing to a fairly small lifestyle hack, you could increase your productivity …

Want to Be More Focused and Happier? Use Your Brain Like This

How to go from "overwhelmed" to "accomplished."<p>Have you ever been in the middle of working on something <i>really</i> important--like a report your boss wants "yesterday" or a presentation you have to give at the next staff meeting--only to have your mind drift away...right in the middle of it?<p>Perhaps you …

Kevin Smith Hit A Troll With A Baseball Bat Of Wisdom For Attacking His Daughter Harley Quinn

If you want to criticize Kevin Smith‘s movies, he would invite the scorn, if refuse to learn from it (his last film with a “Fresh” Rotten Tomatoes score: 2008’s <i>Zack and Miri Make a Porno</i>). But if you want to say something cruel about his daughter, Harley Quinn, Smith has a message for you: be …

Harley Quinn

Making a case for letter case

A little thing like capitalization can be a big deal<p>Can you spot the differences with the messages above? The left side has a few more capital …

How “Mr. Robot” Is Going To Reveal The Storytelling Possibilities Of Virtual Reality

Series creator Sam Esmail ensured the Mr. Robot VR Experience‘s authenticity. One of the tech gurus behind it talks about the collaboration.<p>“You can look away,” the narrator of the <i>Mr. Robot VR Experience</i> tells you, the viewer, just before things get awkward. And of course, you <i>can</i> look away. You can …

It’s much safer to back into parking spaces. Why don’t we do it?

There is hope for people with bad spatial skills: rear-view cameras.<p>Every year, some 300 people are killed and 18,000 are injured by drivers who are backing up, usually in driveways or parking lots.<p>There’s a simple way to prevent a lot of these accidents: We could back into parking space so that we …

Scientists May Have Finally Solved One of the Last Mysteries of the Female Orgasm

The human body is a mysterious li'l organism. Why do men have nipples? What's the deal with pinky toes? And — given that it doesn't appear to serve …

This square isn’t actually rotating. Here’s why.

Many people think of their eyes as operating like a movie camera – capturing everything that happens in front of them and then projecting those images back into the dark room that is the brain.<p>But scientists say that metaphor isn’t accurate. Our brains don’t just watch a rolling film of everything …

Creative Commons

The Most Unusual Hotel Rooms in the World

We've covered some pretty over-the-top hotels in our time, and we've learned that space pod suites in the middle of a vineyard and floating hotel rooms in Dubai can be just as luxurious and beautiful as a traditional hotel. When you want an experience beyond cable TV and a warm shower, head to one …

Why You Should Never Stop Moving Forward

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving." -- Albert Einstein<p>This quotes resonates, and yet I'd argue that worse than falling over is staying completely still.<p>Stagnant.<p>Resting on past successes and settling in to certainty and comfort.<p>Success and accomplishment feel …

17 Wise Quotes That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Sometimes the wise words of others can brighten your day, and make you really happy.<p>Whoever doesn't think wisdom is the way to inner peace is definitely wrong. Reading calming words can do wonders for our psyche--calming us while simultaneously making us happy deep inside.<p>Read on to discover 17 …

Happiness

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Relieve Your Stress

If you're feeling stressed--and who isn't?--let these quotes motivate you and inspire you.<p>Many of us struggle with stress--at work and in our personal life. Like any problem, stress requires a strategic approach to conquer, or at least manage.<p>Stress is real, but we always have a choice--we can let …

Motivation

These Instagrammers’ Bullet Journals are organizational masterpieces

I’ve struggled with staying organized for as long as I have been accountable to others. In college, I used a very specific Moleskine planner that combined calendar pages with note-taking space. In the working world, I switched to a digital calendar, but no combination of systems, apps, or programs …

Productivity

Inside the Mind of Steven Spielberg, Hollywood’s Big, Friendly Giant

The legendary director on <i>The BFG</i>, eye contact between actors, the trauma of his childhood, and the reason he gave Drew Barrymore a kitten.<p>by Jon …

The Career Limitations Of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is more than a buzzword, it’s a valued trait in the hiring world. But it will only get you so far.<p>Surely by now you’ve heard: Highly emotionally intelligent people are more successful, and companies are bending over backward to recruit them.<p>The term “emotional intelligence” …

These stick-on lenses turn your smartphone into a digital microscope

Thin enough to fit in your wallet, and with up to 100x magnification<p>It's a cliché to say that your smartphone is a pocket-sized computer, but sometimes we forget exactly how powerful these devices are. BLIPS — a set of thin, stick-on lenses that turn your cell phone into a portable, digital …

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

20 Easy Life Hacks That Will Make You Wealthy

Stop blaming failures on bad luck.<p>Many people strike it rich by just making one smart career move, investing in the right stocks or even inheriting a …

Why Viggo Mortensen Is Off the Grid

Multiple blockbusters, an Oscar nomination, piercing blue eyes–who's that guy again?<p><b>This summer, the quintessentially un-Hollywood Viggo Mortensen stars in a film about a father of six who rejects the world to raise his kids completely off the grid. How much does this character resemble the actor</b> …

Daniel Day-Lewis

Great Writers Are Indecent People

Great writers are indecent people. They live unfairly, saving the best part for paper. Good human beings save the world so that bastards like me can …

Writing

8 Bad Habits That Destroy Your Creativity

To live a creative life, you must be able to destroy your habits that are killing your creativity.<p>If you think some people are born creative and you're not one of them, think again.<p>What makes some people more creative than others is that they nurture their creativity. In fact, experts say that …

Creativity

How Google Designed Virtual Reality For The Rest Of Us

Google’s head of VR explains how his team is designing Daydream, a virtual reality rig for everyday people.<p>Virtual reality is broken. Oh, the feeling of VR can be amazing. But no normal human being can be expected to rearrange their furniture, and connect themselves to a surround-sound-system’s …