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The Biggest Wastes of Time We Regret When We Get Older

We spend a lot of energy looking for shortcuts to save time, and sure, those shortcuts add up. But when I look back, my biggest time regrets aren’t …

Self-help

The 100 best nonfiction books of all time

Robert McCrum launches the Observer’s definitive 100 works of nonfiction – key texts in English that have shaped our literary culture and made us who we are<p>Another book list? Yes and no. When we completed our 100 best novels in the English language last August, you did not have to be one of its …

Literature

35 Signs You're in a Toxic Relationship

Here's how to tell if you're in a toxic relationship. If any of this sounds familiar, it's time to make some big changes.<p>No relationship is perfect, in the personal or the business sphere. But for the most part, a good relationship makes you feel secure, happy, cared for, respected, and free to be …

Self-help

Chinese scientists created genetically modified monkeys, and it could reveal some fascinating insights about autism

Now, for the first time, a team of scientists in China has created monkeys whose DNA has been genetically altered to make them develop an autism-like disorder.<p>These "transgenic" monkeys could be a good model for studying human brain disorders, since their brain circuitry is much closer to that of …

Chemistry just shared the scientific secret to a perfect cup of coffee

Like a daily dose of coffee, here’s your daily dose of coffee science: If your coffee tastes different from day-to-day, it’s not because of how you …

The best way to text with someone you want to date, according to Aziz Ansari

Dating in the 21st century is confusing. We have complicated ways of connecting that didn't exist 20 years ago, and much of our conversation with romantic partners happens over text message.<p>Comedian Aziz Ansari is here to help us out. For his new book, "Modern Romance," Ansari worked with …

The 8 Daily Habits of Wildly-Happy Couples

We've all met the "happy couple" that always seem to be smiling, laughing, and enjoying life to the fullest. They never seem to argue or fuss about inane things, and are in perfect harmony, forever residing on the same wavelength as one another.<p>And we've all asked ourselves the question, "How can …

Is Sleeping With the TV on Actually Bad for You?

Millions of people fall asleep with the TV on every night, but is it bad for your health? Read on.<p>Nearly every day for the past, say, five years, I've fallen asleep in much the same way. I lay down, put my computer next to my head, pull up a random episode of <i>The Simpsons</i> that I've seen maybe …

TV

In Defense Of Working Out While High

<i>(Photo: Mauro Grigollo/Getty Images)</i><p>By Allison P. Davis<p>This October, a study suggested that "runner's high" was real. We're not talking about an endorphin rush or a school-counselor-approved "high on life" situation, but an actual high, akin to smoking weed. Running, scientists have found, …

Animal brought back to life after spending 30 years frozen

The waterbears were retrieved from frozen moss sample collected in Antarctica in 1983<p>Researchers have successfully revived microscopic creatures that had been kept frozen for 30 years.<p>Tardigrades, also known as waterbears or moss piglets, are tiny water-dwelling organisms. They're segmented, with …

GoldenEye 007 Looks Better Than Ever in This Unreal Engine 4 Makeover

GoldenEye 007 is one of the most beloved and influential shooters of all time. Now, the 1997 Nintendo 64 game (at least a part of it) looks better than ever thanks to a fan-produced Unreal Engine 4 makeover.<p>Sheffield Hallam University student and aspiring environment artist Jude Wilson recently …

The Paleo diet is more than a fad: “The lifestyle captures a certain discontent with modernity”

Founder S. Boyd Eaton on his controversial invention, its ethical conundrums and its practical application in 2016<p>Thirty years ago, S. Boyd Eaton laid out the foundation for the Paleo diet in a brief article for <i>The New England Journal of Medicine</i>, which he co-authored with the anthropologist Melvin …

This week in patents: Google cleans seawater with wind, NASA upgrades the Mars Rover and more

NASA has patented a rover that looks and moves like the jelly monster Blobby from Hotel Transylvania.<p>The rover is essentially a bladder filled with a fluid containing shape memory polymers. The bladder is covered with an outer layer that bladder from dirt or debris of the surface or surrounding …

Bad Texting Manners May Be Giving You Anxiety

I once had a friend who didn’t text me back for three months. And this isn’t a “ghost” story, aka one where she disappeared forever, without any explanation. She’s actually still my friend. Over the course of those three months, I invited her to join me for several outings — with no reply. At …

Relationships

Dan Pearce: from dreaming of video game design to doing it for real

‘Castles in the Sky evokes the awe and energy of being a kid. In a way, it helped me let go of childhood’<p>When Dan Pearce was in primary school, he told his friends that he had won a competition to have one of his ideas made into a video game by an international video game publisher. It was a lie, …

Final Fantasy

'The Things I'm Interested in Have to Be Cheap and Strange': Talking to Artist Jim Shaw

Before his retrospective at the New Museum closes, the iconic "lowbrow" artist discussed his disdain for art fairs as well as his appreciation for stuff with a "psychotic undercurrent."<p>Jim Shaw's retrospective <i>The End Is Here</i> at the New Museum was my favorite exhibition of 2015, and I wasn't alone. …

Thrifting

Endless Has Built A $79 PC For The Offline World

There are affordable computers, there are cheap computers and then there’s the Endless Mini, which is available for as little as $79.<p>“Everybody in the world deserves the option to have a computer,” said Endless CEO and Chief of Product Matt Dalio.<p>In other words, Endless is building Linux-based …

endless

Feature: Exciting Wii U and 3DS Games to Play in the First Quarter of 2016

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Prints of darkness: macabre vintage posters – in pictures

Before TV and radio, the main way of reaching the public was with large, eye-catching posters. Theatre, silent film and opera would be advertised with colourful images fixed to walls or fences. Most have been lost or destroyed, but Los Angeles art gallery Century Guild has a collection of peculiar …

Posters

Tesla's new Summon feature lets your car park itself

Elon Musk likes to talk about our self-driving car future, and on Saturday we got glimpse of just how close it is thanks to an update to Tesla's …

Just Touch Your Ear To Hear Voicemail On Samsung’s Crazy Smartwatch

It’s an idea so good that it might just sell us on a smartwatch.<p>It’s not so helpful to see a call on your smartwatch when you have to pull our your phone to take it anyway. And therein lies the problem with products like the Apple Watch: They’re often not a replacement for your phone, but an …

CES

Silently protesting Muslim woman ejected from Trump rally

<b>Rock Hill, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> A Muslim woman wearing a hijab was escorted out of Donald Trump's campaign event on Friday by police after she stood up in silent protest during Trump's speech.<p>Rose Hamid, a 56-year-old flight attendant sitting in the stands directly behind Trump, stood up Friday …

This technology is quietly changing everything from smartphones to cars to virtual reality

Project Tango, like similar efforts from Microsoft, Apple, and Intel, is trying to give smartphones and other devices the ability to perceive depth and space the way humans do.<p>That sounds nerdy, but the potential effects of the shift towards depth perception are profound: Get ready for apps that …

10 Cool Scenes in Movies That Didn't Make The Final Cut

Big bang artistry lets you see the observable universe in just one image

Artist and musician Pablo Carlos Budassi has created a logarithmic conception of the observable universe with our solar system in the centre circled …