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Building the New Harvard Art Museums Was a Story of Many, Many Constraints

The long list of difficulties Renzo Piano faced with this renovation and expansion point to why many architects prefer greenfield builds to infill.<p>Good urban design these days is all about infill redevelopment and adaptive re-use—reinventing existing buildings where they stand, and taking advantage …

How an oil engineer created Auto-Tune & changed the music industry

Before inventing Auto-Tune, the software that would change the music industry forever, Andy Hildebrand was a research scientist in the oil industry.<p>Working for Exxon Production Research and then Landmark Graphics, a company he co-founded, Hildebrand developed software for processing data from …

Interns At Twitter Make The Equivalent Of $81,000 A Year — And They're Not Even The Best-Paid Interns In Tech

And Twitter isn't even the most generous tech company with a paid intern program. That honor belongs to Palantir, the somewhat secretive artificial intelligence and data analytics company. It pays interns the equivalent of an $84,000 salary. (Internships don't last a year; here's one that lasted 10 …

Tea Party’s embarrassing irony: How its ideal nation rejects basic American beliefs

Tea Party heroes like Rand Paul want a “democracy” in which politics’ biggest questions may never be debated<p>Of U.S. political culture’s many hypocrisies, few are more jarring than Americans’ ambivalence about democracy itself. Truth be told, despite its reputation as “the leader of the free world” …

Thanks To The Supreme Court, Our Food Is Getting More Transparent

In an 8-0 ruling against Coca-Cola, the Supreme Court made it harder for companies to design misleading food packaging.<p>In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court ruled today that Coca-Cola can be sued for false advertising for its pomegranate-blueberry juice–which contains less than a percent each of …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

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Scientists discover secret of pyramids' construction

When you picture Egypt's pyramids rising over the country's sands, your vision likely doesn't include water. It should, according to a new study published online Tuesday.<p>University of Amsterdam researchers found that ancient Egyptians employed what Phys.org calls a "clever trick" to facilitate the …

Ft. Worth veterinarian accused of secretly keeping 'euthanized' pets alive

A complaint against a long-time Fort Worth veterinarian alleges some animals that the owners believed were euthanized were kept alive. The accusers told investigators the vet wanted the animals for their blood.<p>Fort Worth police and medical board investigators raided the Camp Bowie Animal Clinic on …

Sales of Fireball Whisky soar as it becomes go-to shot of Millennials

It’s the cinnamon flavored, syrupy-sweet liquor that lives up to its moniker “Tastes like Heaven. Burns like Hell.”<p>Fireball Whisky is one of the fastest growing alcohol brands in decades and, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, there are several savvy marketing techniques behind the brand’s …

How Amazon applied the Wall Street mindset to hi-tech

<b>Amazon is so much part of its customers' lives that it may be about to receive the ultimate accolade - becoming a verb. "If I want to know something, I'll google it. If I want to buy something, I'll amazon it," one of the company's fans told the BBC.</b><p>On average, every person in Britain spends just …

U.S. Navy aims to smooth impact of fiscal 2015 cut to ship orders | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy hopes to smooth out the impact on Lockheed Martin Corp and Australia’s Austal of a budget-driven decision to order three Littoral Combat Ships instead of four in fiscal year 2015, the Navy’s top weapons buyer said on Thursday.<p>The United States littoral combat …

DIY Monogrammed Cutting Board · Ruffled

Custom cutting boards are the perfect host and hostess or newlywed gift. Today Annie of Anniemade is going to show us how to make a monogrammed …

Why is New York City bullying Christians?

A federal appeals panel has ruled that New York City has a right to ban churches from holding worship services in school buildings. In essence, it means Christians have officially become second-class citizens in the nation’s largest city.<p>The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second …

How Our Sense of Taste Changes as We Age

Our taste buds age as we do, so what does that mean for the food we choose to eat?<p></head>As a kid, Cat Baldwin loved sugar. She saved up her allowance for Pop-Tarts and soda. When she ate candy bars, she had to have three in one go. She was the evil mastermind behind the periodic, mysterious …

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Jamie Anderson, Olympic Snowboarder: “Tinder in the Olympic Village Is Next Level”

It hasn't been all work and no play for <b>Jamie Anderson</b> at the 2014 Olympics. The 23-year-old American snowboarder shared with Us Weekly senior …

9 Chili Recipes That Are Like a Warm Hug

Is there anything better than a bowl of chili?<p>Really, though -- it's spiced, warm, and hearty; it's flexible enough to endure endless variations; and, above all, it's the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether you're vegan, gluten-free, or the dreaded picky eater, no one can turn up their nose at a bowl …

A Homemade Wooden Luge Track Launches Teen To Sochi

It's single-digit cold as Brett West steps into the snow in his backyard in Ridgefield, Conn., and points to a wooden monstrosity. It stands 32 feet high and looks kind of like a wooden roller coaster.<p>"The whole thing's made of wood — two-by-fours, four-by-fours and 3-quarter-inch plywood, all …

Family Burns Down House Cleaning Up Toilet Paper With Fire

WSFA.com: News Weather and Sports for Montgomery, AL.<p>Asses to ashes.<p>A family's attempt to clean up their TP'd house (or "rolled house" as some say) in Dora, Ala., went horribly awry when they lit the toilet paper on fire in order to get rid of it.<p>Cheryl Crausewell told WBRC that neighborhood kids …

A 1:60-Scale Boeing 777 Built Entirely from Paper Manilla Folders by Luca Iaconi-Stewart | Colossal

<p>Inspired by high school architecture class where he was assigned to create simple paper models using cut paper manilla folders, San Francisco-based …

Top Ten Things to Do in Ireland and Northern Ireland

Epic coastal drives. Historic links courses. Literary pub tours. Castles that echo of ancestry. The allure of Ireland and Northern Ireland is as strong as ever—soak it all in with these ten don't-miss experiences.

Hulu is getting sued over illegally sharing user data with Facebook thanks to judge’s ruling

A federal judge in California ruled yesterday that Hulu will stand trial in a lawsuit that claims the streaming video site illegally shared viewing data about its users with third-party sites.<p>Hulu is facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), a 1988 federal …

Apple CEO Tim Cook Gives Remarkable Speech on Gay Rights, Racism

Tim Cook, Apple’s media-shy chief executive, made a rare public speech at the U.N. this week. Auburn University, Cook’s alma mater, posted his …

Is Texting Actually Advancing Language?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About John McWhorter's TEDTalk</b><p>Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? Linguist John McWhorter says that there's much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it's all good news.<p><b>About John McWhorter</b><p>Linguist …

The Sochi Olympics Are a Five-Ring Mess

In 2010, the people of Russia were asked to design an Olympic mascot, and the people responded—creating 24,000 cartoon bears, tigers, saints, snowflakes, witches, and wolves in just three months, a forest of candidates, a seeming triumph of democracy. The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, in the …

Digital era confounds the courts

The Founding Fathers weren’t big on texting.<p>Courts have long struggled to deal with key questions at the intersection of individual privacy and ever-advancing technology with little guidance from the Constitution or from prior cases – now judges and experts are hoping that’s about to change.<p>The …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …