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11 Ways to Be More Like a Zen Monk

<i>Photo credit: thegardenofzen.com</i>Recently, I read a story about the state of decline of Zen Buddhism in Japan and of the rapid closure of Zen …

Power-cutting cord gives your device battery the perfect amount of juice

We know that keeping our smartphones and tablets plugged in over night, well past the point of a full charge, will deplete precious battery life. But who among us purposely gets up in the middle of the night to unplug?<p>The team at UsBidi assumes very few, which is why its developers believe they …

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A Homemade Crossbow Designed To Impale A Car Door [Video]

Watch out, Katniss<p>English philosopher Thomas Hobbes believed that men living in anarchy would lead “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short” lives. So as much as I’d enjoy rebuilding civilization from piles of trash after an apocalypse, I’d first worry about a way to send petrol-marauding punk …

On the hunt for the Nazi gold train: Inside the Polish tunnels that may hold the bullion

Claims that a long-lost train carrying Nazi gold is close to being found have brought excitement to a Polish town<p>There has always been a bit of gold in the steep, tree-decked hills around Walbrzych in southern <b>Poland.</b> Enough to prompt the opening of a few mines long ago, and enough for tourists to …

Expert with new theory on Nefertiti's tomb invited to Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptologist who believes Queen Nefertiti's crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of …

When Darwin Met Another Ape

Science & InnovationThe Loom<p>On March 28, 1838, Charles Darwin paid a visit to the London Zoo. At age 29, he was far from the scientific celebrity he would eventually become. It had only been two years since his return from his round-the-world voyage on the <i>Beagle,</i> and he was still methodically …

Grifta Game Controller Hits Kickstarter

When it comes to gaming on consoles or mobile devices, there are more controllers out there than you can shake a stick at. Most of them are similarly …

First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

Doctor plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body using procedures he believes will soon be ready<p>A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years.<p>Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor …

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The PS4 And Xbox One Have An 'Exclusive' Problem

The disappointing release of The Order: 1886 has kicked off all sorts of debates and discussions about game length, review scores, ‘cinematic’ gameplay and quick-time events over the past few weeks. It’s a touchstone that can lead to a dissection of many things that ail the gaming industry at …

How To Become A 401(k) Millionaire In Four Easy Steps

If it weren’t for the tripwires of human behavior, becoming a millionaire would be a pretty easy path to follow.<p>It’s mostly math and good habits.<p>So when I came across this piece on nowitcounts.com, a Web site for investors over 50, I saw a clear message: If you save consistently, the miracle of …

10 Quotes From Entrepreneurial Icons That Will Inspire You to Crush 2015

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With 2015 right around the corner, that means new goals, new challenges, new opportunities and new milestones await. Here are 10 great quotes from successful entrepreneurs to inspire you to come out swinging in 2015, whether that involves …

Build A Compact 1080p Gaming PC For $400 (Benchmarks Included)

<b>[UPDATE: This has proven to be a popular build, but what if you want to stretch your budget to $800? Check out this newer mini-ITX, 1440p gaming build!]</b><p>There’s a widespread misconception floating around that says building a decent gaming PC is an expensive endeavor. But what if you could assemble …

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Laser inventor Charles Townes dies

Scientist was sitting on a park bench in 1951 when he came up with Nobel prizewinning and world-changing idea for a pure beam of light<p>Charles Townes, who shared the 1964 Nobel prize in physics for inventing the laser – a feat that revolutionised science, medicine, telecommunications and …

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