Defeating death is going to take some big bucks 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.
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
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
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
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
Still Writing is a book to read carefully and to savor over and over. I've read it twice myself already, and I know it will join books like Annie Dillard's The Writing Life in the pantheon of those volumes
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 lightbulb
We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries
Here are some things I wish I saw more frequently: humor, genre-bending, humor, risk-taking, a more direct addressing of real world matters, humor. As the series editor of the annually published "The American
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.
The following is an excerpt from Daniel Goleman's new book, "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence." The “10,000-hour rule” -- that this level of practice holds the secret to great success in any field
Write what scares you, my friends. 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 what
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
As an unwanted fourteenth child on a remote North Dakota farm, Lawrence L. Thomas found an escape in books. After earning a Ph.D. at Berkeley, he became a professor of Slavic languages. Following his death,
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. It's easy to fill your time
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