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Are You Having Trouble Focusing? These Simple Strategies Will Help

In today’s always-on, information-overloaded world, it can be hard to stay focused throughout the day. How often do you find yourself distracted by inner chatter during meetings? Or how often do you find that emails are pulling you away from more important work?<p>We’ve surveyed and assessed more than …

Skull Cult at Göbekli Tepe

<b>Göbekli Tepe is</b> one of the world’s most significant, yet mysterious, archaeological sites. Between the tenth and eighth millennia B.C., people there …

This cartographer’s deep dive into Google Maps is fascinating

Google Maps is more powerful than you know<p>Most people who use Google Maps do so without much attention to detail. We just need the directions, the right subway route, or the name of that good sushi place. We don’t spend too much time pondering how Google got so good at mapping the world, and what …

Maps

3 Steps to a Smart Retirement Income Plan

Don't want to run out of money in retirement? Then you need a good plan for retirement income.<p>Do you know where you're going to get the money you …

Four ways natural history museums skew reality

Natural history museums are magical places. They inspire awe and wonder in the natural world and help us understand our place within the animal …

This 1 Rule Will Seriously Up Your Company's Innovation Game | Inc.com

One of the things I always get asked about from the companies I work with is how to manage their innovation resources. Should they bet big on an unproven, but possibly breakthrough idea? Or focus on improving the products that they already know their customers want? Or maybe leveraging existing …

Innovation

Vancouver’s New Year’s Eve fireworks returns for a spectacular countdown to 2018

Revellers looking to ring in 2018 before the clock strikes midnight only have to descend to the Coal Harbour waterfront on December 31.<p>For the third …

Western Canada

The Home Front: Standout designers on Vancouver's Eastside Culture Crawl

It’s great timing that Vancouver’s Eastside Culture Crawl happens just as we head into the holiday season.The annual event, which ran last month, …

Daphne Bramham: Joost Schokkenbroek embarks on challenging Vancouver maritime adventure

Print<p>Joost Schokkenbroek’s resume is impressive: Head curator of science programs at the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Senior editor for The …

Saskatoon

As the weather gets colder, one of the most enjoyable things you can do is relax by a crackling fire while enjoying a meal, a cocktail, and good …

Japanese artist’s drawings are so incredibly realistic that they have people worried about him

Can you be a “mad artist” like you can be a “mad scientist?”Sometimes artists accidentally summon demons when making art, but most of the time it’s</b> …

Drawing

Courtesy of Toronto Public Library -- Yonge-Eglinton Intersection, e. side of Yonge -- 1981

Apple's next MacBook may be in for a powerful Skylake upgrade

If you've held off on buying Apple's new 12-inch MacBook over concerns that Intel's Core M processor may be too anemic for your computing tasks, the …

Computer Hardware

How to find and remove 'Other' files from iPhone and iPad

How to check your iPhone or iPad's storage space using iTunes<p>When connected to iTunes, you can see a graph of your iPhone or iPad's storage …

Panasonic’s New LX100 Packs Powerful Features Into Compact Package

Panasonic today announced their new LX100 compact camera, featuring 4K video recording and an MFT sensor. This has got to be one of the more …

Cameras

Flowers Burst Into Bloom as Visitors Walk Up to Wall

How would you like to walk up to a wall full of flowers and see them beautifully bloom? Well now you can if you're in Japan. In this digital installation, flowers cover four inner walls of a former sewing factory in Usuno, Bungotakada. Chrysanthemums and roses bloom and explode into cascades of …

Natural Beauty

Douglas Coupland ponders how the Web has rewired our brains

Douglas Coupland has been writing about society and technology ever since <i>Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture</i> was published in 1991. His new book, <i>Kitten Clone</i>, is a non-fiction look at the inner workings of Alcatel-Lucent, an unheralded multinational company that holds many of the most …

Books

Ottawa-born artist sues ex-Monty Python member over mural infringement

In Buenos Aires, in the zona de graffiti, there’s a mural that has survived for four years. It hasn’t been hit by tags because it’s really popular. …

Sound off! How would you make a killer smartwatch?

It looks like the smartwatch is here to stay, and now that Apple has shown off their own attempt at creating some svelte looking electronic wrist candy, you can guarantee more people will be wearing them in the near future. But are smartwatches really useful? Besides showing off your latest …

Designer Drills Holes into Quarters, Turns Them into Rings

Designer Nicholas Heckaman of The Ring Tree meticulously handcrafts detailed rings out of US coins. The Gainesville, Florida-based designer first discovered his skill when he was looking for the perfect ring to propose to his girlfriend with. He managed to create a special engagement ring out of a …

Jewelry

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City of London

Things to do in the City of London<p>City of London attractions<p>Restaurants and bars in the City<p>The City of London is home to some of London’s most …

England

Thames21 Photo Competition: London's Waterways

The fourth Thames 21 Photography Competition is looking for original and beautiful photos of London's waterways.<p>A quick search of our Flickrpool …

A Machine To Hand-Crank Your Animated GIFs

The animated GIF is the Hallmark card of the internet–distributed on a whim to verbalize some emotion, only to be tossed aside after a brief laugh. It’s the most disposable and reproducible of medias, so making the GIF a fine, handmade piece of art seems borderline impossible.<p>But the Giphoscope …