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Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into its new life extension company, Calico

Defeating death is going to take some big bucks<p>In September of this year, Google announced its newest project, Calico, which promised to take on the illness known as aging which effects us as human beings.<p>It was one of the company's classic moonshots, but unlike driverless cars or wearable …

Taskmasters: how Israeli intelligence officers helped inspire the look of iOS 7

In October 2009, at an Israeli sports training facility called the Wingate Institute, Eden Shochat walked the floor of GeekCon admiring the projects. Each year at Shochat's long-running, invite-only creative gathering, attendees are tasked with making things that are both amazing and useless. One …

Look out Google: Disconnect says its no-track search tool is taking off

Advertisement<p>8 Comments<p>Disconnect, a startup co-founded by a former Google(s goog) engineer, is fast becoming a darling of privacy advocates — and a …

Apple’s iPad Event Could Spoil Microsoft’s Surface 2 Party, Nokia’s Abu Dhabi Shindig

Apple’s new product unveilings have an uncanny way of coinciding with other big tech events and disrupting them, and the as-of-yet-unannounced …

Google Maps preview now handles multi-point routes, upcoming events

When the Google Maps web preview launched, it omitted the previous version's multi-point directions -- a big setback for tourists and other frequent travelers. Much to our relief, the company just brought this navigation back for Americans. Preview users only need to hit a button to add extra …

11 Literary Quote Posters

After 10 happy years working for a national record store chain in the UK, like so many institutions of the high street in the late 2000s, it closed its doors and with it went my cherished career in entertainment retail. I was lucky to find employment quickly, but it never felt like I'd found what I …

Is Reading Really That Important?

We've heard it said that reading is a lost art. And to say that it isn't is a hard case to make. Sure, America still reads. In fact, it is easier, now more than ever, to grab a quick dose of easily digestible writing for your personal edification. Blogs, magazines, tweets and Facebook status …

Still Writing

I've been waiting for <i>Still Writing</i> for a long time, ever since Dani first mentioned her new project to our class, sitting in her living room, surrounded by books. Oh, those books! Those books, alphabetized by author's name and categorized by type, over which my eyes glided so many times during the …

Peek Inside Thomas Edison's Creative Journals (NEW BOOK)

<i>The following is an excerpt from "Edison and the Rise of Innovation" [Sterling Signature, $29.95], a chronicling of Edison's inventions, drawings, and contributions to modern society. The inventor of the lightbulb was a passionate journal-keeper, and his sketches provide insight into his creative</i> …

Renewing America's Friendship With Books

When Lewis Caroll wrote his magnum opus <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, he probably least expected it to be the navigating compass for the days ahead. The times we are living in, are knowledge-hungry and data-famished. Information is our oxygen and an average American thrives on it, more than food and …

What Makes A Good Short Story

As the series editor of the annually published "The Best American Short Stories," I read a lot of short stories. I'm also reading for a retrospective titled "One Hundred Years of The Best American Short Stories," to be published in 2015. I just finished reading 98 volumes of the book, so I've been …

11 Things You Didn't Know About Edgar Allan Poe

On October 7, lovers of the mysterious and the melancholy mourn the death of Edgar Allan Poe. As is appropriate for the man who invented the detective story, he died 164 years ago under baffling circumstances.<p>Scholarly debate still rages as to why he was found, four days before his death, delirious …

Why The 10,000 Hour Rule Is A Myth

<i>The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence."</i><p>The “10,000-hour rule” -- that this level of practice holds the secret to great success in any field -- has become sacrosanct gospel, echoed on websites and recited as litany in high-performance …

Write What Scares You!

There is a fine line between writing for yourself and writing for your audience. Writing something consumable is necessary to sell books, but at what point do we choose our audience over being honest with ourselves as we fill page after page with words? I was being interviewed recently by a …

Dear Author: I Love It, Now Change It

I know that unpublished writers can hardly wait for the privilege of finding an editor who will love and caress their baby. But, believe me, it's not one big joy ride. A good editor -- I mean, a really good editor -- will make you suffer. It doesn't matter how many people were in your critique …

The Man With 59,000 Books -- In His House

In the 1920s, as an unwanted fourteenth child on a remote North Dakota farm, Lawrence L. Thomas found an escape in books. Because reading anything but the Bible angered his father, Thomas took his books to solitary fields or the outhouse. And it paid off.<p>He was the first member of his family to …

How To Become A Better Reader

It's easy to fill your time with Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook, checking email and glancing at news headlines. But sooner or later you yearn for the pleasure of a good book. The Internet wants us to click every other minute from site to site. This habit can stand in the way of an older kind of …

Where Did Mark Twain's Pseudonym Come From?

If you're familiar with Mark Twain's memorable novels, you're probably aware that his pen name is not his given name. The author and satirist best known for "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens.<p>He grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a …