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The Mystery of the $2.5 Million Rare Book Heist

Three thieves drilled through the skylight of a building near Heathrow Airport and rappelled 40 feet to the floor making off with around $2.5 …

Why You Should Throw Out 90% of Your Possessions

In his new book Goodbye, Things, Fumio Sasaki shares the lessons he learned by going minimalist.<p>When I first meet Fumio Sasaki, who recently wrote a book called <i>Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism</i>, he is taking a picture of a neon sign in the Cosmoplitan.com office that reads, “I WANT IT …

10 Tips for Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

You Can Gain a Competitive Edge by Being Bilingual<p>While the U.S. is home to over 350 different languages, according to a report by the American …

Language Learning

The obscure religion that shaped the West

It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and Freddie Mercury have cited it as an inspiration. So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out.<p>Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the West. At the same time, …

Ancient History

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Photography

Self-Driving and Electric Cars Are Going to Have Tons of Strange Effects on Society - MIT Technology Review

Electric cars will be good for the planet and autonomous vehicles will reduce the number of road accidents. That much we know. But what other impacts …

Our brains are wired to predict the future — but it might be holding us back

According to computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, humans struggle to comprehend a fundamental part of the modern world because of one major hangup.<p>Although our brains are hardwired to predict the future, <b>we're not pre-programmed to think exponentially</b>.<p>Kurzweil brought this up in a talk with …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Apple’s Next Big Thing: Augmented Reality

Tim Cook has talked up a lot of technologies since becoming Apple Inc.'s chief executive in 2011. Driverless cars. Artificial intelligence. Streaming …

DoorDash Will Start Delivering Food Via Robots In California This Thursday

Unleash the bots!<p>This Thursday, the on-demand delivery company DoorDash's human couriers will begin working alongside a new type of coworker: robots.<p>DoorDash is putting a small fleet of six-wheeled delivery robots into action for the first time in Redwood City, California, following weeks of tests. …

Here’s The Schedule Very Successful People Follow Every Day

All too often, productivity tips are a dime a dozen. Some even <i>conflict</i> with each other. What we need is a system.<p><b>What schedule do the pros use? What</b> …

Here's Why People in Norway Are Much Happier Than You Are

A new UN report says Norway is the happiest country in the world. Here's why.<p>A new study suggests the happiest people in the world live in Norway. (Norway?)<p>Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network issues a report listing the happiest countries in the world. Most …

Happiness

JUST SHOOT IT.

Be like Nike — just shoot it.<p>The biggest mistake we make in our photography is that we overcomplicate things. We read too many books and theories on …

Street Photography

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Are you as mad about coffee as we are? Submit your guest posts and be heard by our community of coffee junkies. Email your blog posts to …

Coffee

Drinking Your Coffee This Way Could Change Your Health

What's your first thought when you wake up in the morning? Whether you immediately crave a gallon (or 10) of coffee or you'd prefer to sip on a glass …

How Anti-Science Forces Thrive On Facebook

Welcome to the corner of the internet that’s hell-bent on convincing you that GMOs are poisonous, vaccines cause autism, and climate change is a government-sponsored hoax. The message is traveling far and wide.

Humans Made the Banana Perfect—But Soon, It'll Be Gone

On a plate, a single banana seems whimsical—yellow and sweet, contained in its own easy-to-open peel. It is a charming breakfast luxury as silly as …

Forestry

Fake news: Five French election stories debunked

<b>There is little over a month before the first round of the French election. "Fake news" seeking to distort France's political conversation is increasingly seen as a threat to the democratic process.</b><p>The BBC is working in collaboration with CrossCheck, a journalism project set up by First Draft News …

Is Your Stuff Safe in the Cloud?

Storing documents in a private cloud that you access from home is one way to minimize risk of hacking<p>Have you seen the headlines lately? Hacking and surveillance are bigger news than the next iPhone. Yet companies like Google, Apple and Dropbox have been urging us to load all our photos, and …

Personal Data

Now We Know Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn

<b>Six months after</b> Microsoft announced plans to pay more than $26 billion for LinkedIn, we now know even more about why the career-focused social …

Intel's $15 billion purchase of Mobileye shakes up driverless car sector | Reuters

JERUSALEM/DETROIT (Reuters) - Intel Corp (INTC.O) agreed to buy Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye MBLY.N for $15.3 billion on Monday in a deal that could thrust the U.S. chipmaker into direct competition with rivals Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) and Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) to develop …

Daniel Craig need not apply - MI6 looks to 'tap up' new spies

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s MI6 spy agency will go back to its old, informal “tap on the shoulder” method of hiring new agents in a bid to find more black and Asian recruits.<p>The MI6 Vauxhall Cross building raises the Rainbow Flag to mark its support for the International Day Against Homophobia, …

How to Use an Ancient Photo Trick to Create Surreal Digital Photos

I recently rediscovered an old photography technique that allows you to add surreal color to photos that show movement in the frame. The technique …

Photography

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin

Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?<p>Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed, is everywhere. He has soldiers in Ukraine and Syria, troublemakers in the Baltics and Finland, and a hand in elections from the Czech …

Russia

The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids

Merging animal and human forms brought terror to our ancestors – and this fear persists right the way into our modern age.<p>In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging …

Scientists Have a Crazy Hunch About Why the Sun Is Spinning Too Slowly

Physicists have long known that the Sun spins, like the Earth. But a few decades ago, they realized the surface of the Sun spins more slowly than …

Physics

4 Exercises That Will Train Your Brain to Perform at Your Peak

No matter what your goals are, your mental game is the key to success.<p>While most quarterbacks would have crumbled under pressure, Tom Brady's mental strength became most apparent in the second half of the Super Bowl. As many viewers declared the game over, Brady led the Patriots in one of the best …

Lebron James

Apple just poached an Amazon executive to save its struggling Apple TV business

Twerdahl's will oversee product marketing for Apple TV, the report said. Twerdahl's LinkedIn page says he joined Apple this month.<p>Twerdahl spent nearly four years at Amazon, after joining the company's Fire TV unit in 2013. Prior to that, he's held a number of positions at WIMM Labs, Roku, and …

The Simple Formula to Improving Your Performance (in Anything)

The formula for improved performance in any aspect of your life is actually quite simple.<p>We are all in search of secrets for the fountain of youth. Whether it's through the $3 billion cosmetic surgery industry, or through the $30 billion fitness industry, we are all seeking hacks that will give us …

Self-improvement