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Mailbox’s Death Shows Good Design Alone Can’t Unbreak Email

R.I.P. Mailbox. Born: February, 2013, Died: December, 2015.<p>Dropbox announced on Monday that it’s killing off Mailbox, the email app it bought in 2013 for $100 million. Many are reeling at the announcement. How could Dropbox go from spending $100 million on an app to unceremoniously killing it off …

Apps

In memoriam: 7 once-hot startups that shut their doors in 2015

While the seven on this list collectively raised nearly $400 million in venture capital, these startups are only a few of the high-profile ones that ended up shuttering their doors in 2015. CB Insights has a full list of 146 startup failure post-mortems from the past few years.<p>Here's how they tried …

Startups

Science can help us make better small talk at holiday parties

The holiday season is also a season of small talk. At Christmas parties and visits to our hometowns, we run into friends of friends, former classmates, and long-lost cousins.<p>I envy those who are able to navigate these interactions gracefully. I used to be one of them. But now, when I encounter my …

New York City

Who Built Stonehenge? Big-Time Meat-Eaters

Stonehenge’s construction crew came together from across Britain for some epic barbecues, a feat of social organization millennia before mobile phones made it easy for people to connect.<p>Now, new analysis of the fat-coated pottery left behind at the Durrington Walls settlement near Stonehenge is …

Mystery Of The Bright Spots On Ceres May Have Just Been Solved

The mysterious bright spots on Ceres may no longer be so mysterious.<p>The bright spots captured the public imagination when they were first spotted by NASA's unmanned Dawn spacecraft as it approached the dwarf planet in March. There are more than 130 bright spots, usually at the scene of impact …

Astronomy

7 Things Your Husband Isn't Telling You He Needs

What makes makes men truly content in their marriages? Below, marriage therapists share seven things husbands say they need from their wives.<p><b>1. Men w</b><b>ant their wives to say "I love you."</b><p>After years of being married, don't assume that your husband knows how much you love him. Express your love for …

Relationships

The World's Best Destinations for the Solo Traveler

These are the top 12 countries that are well-known to cater to the solo traveler -- due to their safety, popularity among other solo travelers, and overall guaranteed to give you the time of your life.<p>I'm not going to try to convince you that you should travel alone at least once in your life. …

Travelers

Six Scientifically Supported Ways to Crush Procrastination

Procrastination is something that <i>everyone</i> deals with. It’s hard to place too much blame on ourselves though, as the internet offers an unlimited …

Science Fiction

This computer algorithm promises to help you find your perfect place to live

According to Elon Musk, in three to five years, we’ll most likely overcome most of the technical challenges for fully autonomous cars. Although it will take many more years to overcome the regulatory friction of getting those cars on the street, it is quite feasible that in terms of computational …

Artificial Intelligence

10 Ways to Build a Strong Marriage -- Even When Life Gets Crazy

For most couples with children, just getting through each week requires almost all of their time and energy. And it never seems to let up - just when they think things might be getting a bit easier, the next phase of parenthood rolls in and presents its requirements and demands. Add in job, home …

Parenting

What Students And Teachers Really Think About Computer Science In Schools

Teachers who work at the poorest schools are more likely to think that computer science is vital to their students’ futures, but are less likely to think their school boards agree, a new survey released Tuesday reveals.<p>The survey was conducted by Gallup on behalf of Google, and looks at perceptions …

Computer Science

Meet the millionaire 'brand messiah' who went from working in a factory to having 50 Cent and Rihanna on speed dial

He's made millions from his success in turning food and beverage products into brands that everyone from across the globe will recognise — Vitamin Water, Pop Chips, and Vita Coco. Prior to this, he turned around the fortunes of Powerade and Sprite by boosting revenue through some innovative brand …

Social Media

Seduce Any Woman In the World

These sex tips from around the world will leave her begging for more<p>Sorry, dude, but guys in other countries are having more sex than you. Way more.<p>We know, it doesn’t make sense. Pop culture and the Internet would have us believe that American men are the most oversexed stallions on the planet, …

Matthew McConaughey

Canada’s First (and Female) Science Minister is a Badass

If you stay a reporter long enough, stories that you covered once tend to come back to you again. In bad ways, and good: A cleaned-up chemical plant leaks a different toxin. A scientist goes back to old results, and finds something new. A city block that was infamous for murders erupts in fresh …

The Dyson Sphere -- Not Just Science Fiction

A few years ago I wrote on The Huffington Post about author Raoul Peter Mongilardi's <i>Next To The Gods</i>, a complex, world-building four book series of science fiction. In it, the Aurocerians, an alien race of beings have created a Dyson Sphere, an impenetrable constructed barrier encompassing an …

Universe

India's Writers Are Returning Literary Awards to Protest Diminishing Freedoms

Several writers in India have relinquished awards from one of the country’s top literary institutions over the past week, in a symbolic show of …

India

The 13 richest countries where people have the least trust in their politicians

One of these is how much the public trusts its politicians.<p>The WEF used its executive opinion survey to ask "in your country, how do you rate the ethical standards of politicians?"<p>A score of 1 equates to "extremely low" while a rating of 7 is "extremely high."<p>The measure is therefore based on the …

Europe

CITE: The $1 billion city with no residents - CNN Style

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Cookies

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

Habitats

10 facts reveal the absurdity of Pablo Escobar's wealth

Despite his humble origins, Pablo Escobar became the leader of the Medellín cartel, which was responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market.<p>"El Patron" brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, making him one of the wealthiest drug lords ever.<p>While verifying Escobar's wealth is …

South America

7 Ancient Mysteries Archaeologists Will Solve This Century

National Geographic archaeologist Fredrik Hiebert predicts the amazing finds we may make in the 21st century.<p>When the National Geographic Society awarded its first archaeology grant to Hiram Bingham in 1912, the archaeologist headed off to Machu Picchu with one of the most advanced pieces of …

Social is dead: What 146 startup pitches showed me about the next wave of tech companies

Over the past two weeks, I have listened to 146 startups pitch in rapid-fire succession at demo days for Y Combinator and 500 Startups.<p>Of those startups, probably five or six will emerge as the next Airbnb, Dropbox, or Reddit. The founders of the next billion-dollar startup have probably run …

Startups

What You Didn't Know About the Act of Reading Books

Finding time to read has never been an issue for me. I read different books at different levels — you don’t put the same effort into Harry Potter as …

Books

Here are the top 10 programming languages used on GitHub

GitHub today shared a closer look at how the popularity of programming languages used on its code collaboration website has changed over the years. In short, the graph above shows the change in rank for programming languages since GitHub launched in 2008 all the way to what the site’s 10 million …

Should You Run More or Run Faster?

A new study uses heart-rate variability to predict which training is best for different people.<p>One of the key points that I and many others took away from David Epstein’s book <i>The Sports Gene</i> a few years ago was that different people respond to different types of training. This isn’t a radical new …

Creative Commons Attribution

Boston Consulting Group executive says the best managers practice these 5 habits

Recognizing that things like meeting structure, team communication, and payroll determination need to be changed is one thing, but knowing <i>how</i> to lead through these changes is another.<p>Perry Keenan is a senior partner and managing director at Boston Consulting Group, and from nearly three decades …

Management

4 Secrets for a Happy Marriage

Being married in the modern world can be difficult and confusing. What are the rules for a happy marriage? It doesn’t seem like there are any easy …