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6 Best Back Stretching Devices That Can Seriously Fix Your Back

Need chronic back pain relief? Low back pain has become an epidemic in our modern society--a product of our sedentary lives and jobs that have us …

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

The 100

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Impossible Rube Goldberg machine cleverly breaks the concept of reality

When you live in the carefully edited Vine world of magic and wizardry and spells and sorcery, you can make anything happen. Zach King is the master …

Eggs

How to stay safe online: CNET's security checklist

It's always better to be safe than sorry. Especially when it comes to your personal information. Keeping your info secure online requires you take more time and care, but what you lose in moments you'll surely make up in peace of mind.<p>Follow the steps below to increase your online …

Information Systems

How to make money from these four super trends

These four big themes will change the world - here we explain what they are and how investors can back them<p>There are many different ways to be a successful investor. Some professionals pay no attention to broad economic themes and concentrate instead on the specifics of companies, their products …

10 Addictive Games For Killing Time on Your Phone

Last week, we put out a call for the best games for killing time with your little pocket computer, and you, the time-wasters of Kinja, delivered. …

MMOGs

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

The Most Ancient and Magnificent Trees From Around the World

The Bowthorpe Oak is a massively thick, millennium-old tree in Lincolnshire, England that once was rumored to hold three dozen people in its …

Horn of Africa

The 14 Principles Of The Future Organization

Over the past few months I’ve been sharing a series of posts on the 7 Principles of the Future Employee and the Evolution of the Employee. This was followed by the 10 Principles of the Future Manager followed by the Evolution of the Manager. Today I want to introduce the 14 Principles of the Future …

The Workplace

Devialet’s Hi-Tech “Phantom” Implosion Stereo Sounds Better Than Speakers 20X Its Size

You need a big sub-woofer for big bass, right? Wrong. After 10 years of research, French acoustic engineers as Devialet just unveiled a giant step forward in audio that’s just one foot long. The Phantom is a petite, spherical, all-in-one amplifier and speaker that delivers what audiophiles think …

See which applications are connecting to the Internet on Windows

A change in your Internet speed can be the result of several different factors. If you've already ruled out issues with your ISP, router or other networking equipment, then it might be time to look at the computer itself.<p>To make sure that nothing suspicious is happening in the background, it's a …

Software

This Is Probably The 2nd-Worst Time In History To Own Stocks

This stock market is now the second most overbought, the second most overvalued and most most over-leveraged market in history.<p><b>Overbought:</b> My friend, Dana Lyons, recently posted the chart below which shows the S&P 500 in relation to its exponential regression trend line. The only other time in …

Warren Buffett's 'Single Best Measure' Of Stock Market Value Hasn't Been This High Since The Dotcom Bubble

Market Cap to GDP is a long-term valuation indicator that has become popular in recent years, thanks to Warren Buffett. Back in 2001 he remarked in a Fortune Magazine interview that "it is probably the best single measure of where valuations stand at any given moment."<p>The four valuation indicators …

Cool Infographic Compares the Chemistry of Planetary Atmospheres

Here on Earth we enjoy the nitrogen-oxygen atmosphere we’ve all come to know and love with each of the approximately 24,000 breaths we take each day …

This All-In-One Printer Churns Out Completely Functional Circuit Boards

Prototyping a new device without a factory at your disposal is as time consuming as it is expensive. Unless the crowd-funded Squink printer manages …

Printing

Print from any Android phone or tablet

With an easy setup, you can send docs, photos, and Web pages from your Android device to any printer.

17 Real Entrepreneurs Tell Us The One Thing They Wish They Had Known Before Starting A Business

Starting a business is no small feat. You get advice left and right, and it's hard to know who to believe. To see what advice actually would have been helpful, we've scoured our contacts for entrepreneurs to give us the scoop. For this piece, presented by American Express OPEN, we spoke to heads of …

How to calibrate your monitor

Does your display look a little off? Not just too bright or too dim but perhaps some colors don't look as accurate as they should or the image tends to look a bit washed out at times. If so, then it's time to calibrate your display.<p>You can either calibrate your display by eye or by using a device …

Color Management

The Mathematics of Murder: Should a Robot Sacrifice Your Life to Save Two?

It happens quickly—more quickly than you, being human, can fully process.<p>A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the opposing lane of traffic, the robotic vehicle steers right. Brakes engage, the system tries to correct itself, but there’s too much …

Beyond basic TV settings

When we talk about TV setup, most of the time we're just discussing the basics. The first page of the TV settings menu. But most TVs have many more pages of settings. Some of these have a pretty obvious effect on the picture, others are more subtle.<p>So what are the correct settings, or at the very …

Tutorials

Tips And Hacks To Get Better Z's

Because everyone can use a little advice<p>Ready to sleep like a baby and start feeling well-rested? We've got you covered.<p>For the most important things anyone can do for improved shuteye, we contacted Bernie Miller, supervisor at the Sleep Disorders Center at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. But because …

I don't know what I think

When I was about half way through Daniel Kahneman’s <i>Thinking Fast and Slow</i>, a meticulous and perturbing dissection of the ease with which our capacity for making judgements can be… well, perturbed, it suddenly occurred to me to wonder whether the expert psychologist had been canny enough to write …

How To Stand In Front Of A Room Full Of People And Tell A Stellar Story

Whether it’s a board room or a banquet hall, speaking to an audience can be intimidating. Beyond imagining everyone in their underwear, how can you get past the stage fright to tell a riveting story?<p>It happened 18 years ago, but Kevin Allison remembers the moment like it was yesterday. He was up on …

Your next refrigerator may run on magnets

Your current refrigerator is running on some pretty old technology. The compressor system inside has been the standard cooling force for around 100 years. It's about time for a change, and that change may be coming in the form of magnets.<p>Researchers at GE labs are showing off a prototype machine …

Engineering

The 30 best property apps

Buying and setting up a home has never been easier, thanks to the power of phones and tablets to save time and stress. Just tap here for everything down to the kitchen sync<p><b>1. Kirstie and Phil’s House Hunter</b><p>iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, £2.99<p>Having Kirstie and Phil on side could never be a bad thing. …

Apps

Kenyan Schools To Test An Eye Exam App

The app takes clinic-quality pictures and emails them to a doctor for diagnosis.<p>A handful of teachers in a poor region of Kenya will soon test a smartphone app to give their students eye exams, the BBC reports. Doctors there hope the app will help them catch vision problems in more kids. Once …

Put On This Virtual Reality Helmet, Then Swap Your Gender

Could virtual reality help us step into the shoes of someone else?<p>The virtual reality headset Oculus Rift is a marvel of interactive immersion for gaming: throw it on, and instead of using the medium of a controller or keyboard, it's actually _you _controlling the action. But, thought experiment: …

Mathematician drafts urban shelter guide for the inevitable nuclear apocalypse

Does not knowing where you'd take shelter in the event of a single, low-yield (0.1-10 kilotons) nuclear detonation in a major urban area keep you …