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The Mathematics of Design

It is common for people to group themselves into two categories; those who are good at art or design, and those who are good at math or science. The …

Mathematics

Design for Default: How to Optimize Your Daily Decisions

You might assume that humans buy products because of what they are, but the truth is that we often buy things because of <i>where they are</i>. For example, items on store shelves that are at eye level tend to be purchased more than items on less visible shelves.<p>In the best-selling book Nudge (Kindle | …

Living Rooms

Web Design Process — Ultimate Guide to Designing Websites Pt1

Imagine having a golden touch. Imagine that every website you will create will be excellent. Professional web design process is the key for obtaining …

Goldman Sachs launches GS Bank, an Internet bank with a $1 minimum deposit

Goldman Sachs has traditionally functioned like a run-of-the-mill investment bank. Minimums to open an account were in the range of $10 million, and returns were not guaranteed.<p>While that will still remain true for the firm’s wealth management arm, Goldman is opening its doors to the masses with …

Investing

Nike unveils 'Back to the Future'-style self-lacing sneakers

Fans of the "Back to the Future" film franchise have likely been counting the days until time machines, hoverboards and flying cars are a reality, but at least one of Marty McFly's futuristic gadgets — self-lacing sneakers — could soon inject a little innovation into your wardrobe.<p>Nike has …

Shoes

Unearthing Roman 'nerve centre' in Spain

<b>Archaeologists have begun uncovering the remains of what they think could be one of the most important Roman settlements in Spain, under the present-day town of Jimena de la Frontera.</b><p>Three Spanish archaeologists stand at the top of what is known locally as the Moorish castle looking at detailed …

Archaeology

If Star Wars Characters Had Cats

Disney animators Griz and Norm Lemay have a fascinating gallery of their work on Instagram. It’s pretty heavy on Disney characters, which is …

Pets

Someone Made a Google Chrome Filter to Block Donald Trump From Your Internet

Few people have dominated the media — particularly online — in 2015 like Donald Trump has. Mentions of the business mogul and Republican presidential …

Donald Trump

The Seven Most

Changing Planet<p>In case you missed them, South Africa’s famous “flying” sharks, Texas floods that washed “river monsters” onto the land, a video that caught a chameleon changing color, and a “sharkano” revealed by deep-sea cameras were among the most popular posts on National Geographic Voices in …

Extremely Detailed Woodcut Print Completed After 3 Years of Meticulous Hand-Carving

Husband and wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth are the artistic minds behind Tugboat Printshop. Established in 2006, the two employ the traditional process of printmaking to create high quality and affordable contemporary pieces. Through their work, the talented pair strive to keep the art of …

Flickr

Family Rescues Squirrel and Lets It Live in Their Christmas Tree

After finding an injured squirrel twitching on the side of the road, Redditor Chris (aka carefree_dude) and his wife unhesitatingly welcomed the injured creature into their home. They soon realized that the young animal wouldn't be able to survive without their help. "He couldn't really walk, drink …

Christmas Trees

You can build real-life 'Minecraft' creations that work with the game

<i>Minecraft</i> is all about the act of creation, but littleBits wants to help players forge into a new frontier: the real world.<p>The DIY electronics …

Microsoft failed to tell thousands of Hotmail users that they had been hacked by the Chinese

On Wednesday, after a series of requests for comment from Reuters, Microsoft said it will change its policy and in the future tell its email customers when it suspects there has been a government hacking attempt.<p>The company also confirmed for the first time that it had not called, emailed or …

Human Rights

These are the real-life origins of the most fearsome legendary sea creature

Of course, to be worth its salt, a monster needs to have a taste for human flesh. Legends say that the Kraken could devour a ship's entire crew at once. But despite its fearsome reputation, the monster could also bring benefits: it swam accompanied by huge schools of fish that cascaded down its …

Zoology

How 3 investors, all under 25, made money this year

Talk about a tough year to invest.<p>Markets were volatile left and right, driven by three main reasons -- Oil prices tanked, China's economic slowdown got worse and the U.S. Federal Reserve kept everyone on their toes over whether it was going to increase interest rates for the first time in a decade.<p>…

Stock Markets

6 precautions to take with that shiny new hoverboard

So you just got a brand-new hoverboard — a self-balancing two-wheeled board, to be precise — for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festivus and you're …

Steam's Best-Selling 2015 Games Revealed in Preliminary Report

Steam Spy creator Sergey Galyonkin has published a preliminary report that reveals Rockstar Games' Grand Theft Auto V, with around 3.6 million copies activated, was the best-selling game released in 2015 on Steam. Rounding out the top five are Fallout 4 (~2.5 million), Ark: Survival Evolved (~2.2 …

Google Begins Testing Password-Free Logins

Google confirmed this morning it’s now testing a new way to sign into your Google account without having to type in a password. Instead, those who have been invited to try this new method of logging in authenticate by responding to a notification sent to their smartphone. The idea is similar to …

Android News

Real life Dr. Dolittle Allan Dixon is animal selfie king, in pictures - Telegraph

Report: Google to team up with Ford to build self-driving cars

Google may not manufacture its own cars after all, but rather team up with Ford to build its self-driving vehicles.<p>The two companies will announce …

Incredible image shows SpaceX's historic rocket launch and landing in one shot

They tweeted out this time-lapse exposure image of the feat.<p>The rocket took off from Launch complex 40, delivered its payload into orbit, then landed safely back at Landing Zone 1.<p>The image above seems to be taken from the northwest, based on its composition.<p>The graphic below shows how it works:

Google Maps

Marvel At ​Some Of National Geographic’s Best Photos From 2015

Committed to showcasing amazing photography, National Geographic Magazine publishes stunning images shot around the world each day on its website. Taken in locations as varied as the ice of Antarctica or the shores of the island of Larak in the Persian Gulf, the images serve as a daily reminder of …

Lake Superior

17 questions you should never ask at the end of a job interview

When you have the floor, you'll want to take full advantage of the opportunity to show that you've done your homework and to determine if the job is a good fit.<p>But it's imperative that you put just as much thought into what you ask as you do your responses to their questions, because your queries …

Employment

Legally Speaking: What to do if you're hit by a car

Picture this: You are riding along on your regular training route and nearly home. The light is green ahead, so you stand up on the pedals. If you …

The 15 worst corporate logo fails

And when it's bad, it can scare people away for good.<p>We've gathered some of the worst logo fails of all time. These unintentionally (or sometimes intentionally) reminded consumers of sex acts, lewd behavior, and other things that make 13-year-olds hysterical.<p>Many were pulled, and all will go down …

Graphic Design

Photographer Overlays Photos, Creates a Window to the Past

Hungarian artist and photographer Kernyi Zoltn compares images from the past to the present in his series titled <i>Ablak a Mltra</i>, translated as <i>Window to the Past</i>. The photographer takes images from Fortepan, a site with an online collection of amateur photos from 1900 through the 1990's, and overlays …

Photography

10 amazing ancient forests around the world

Getting back to nature can be like going back in time, especially if you wander through one of these woodlands—all amongst the oldest on Earth.<p>Some are old growth, meaning they haven't been molested much by people, while others are forests that have been regenerating on the same land for time …

Forests

Artist Uses Calligraphy Brushes to Create Breathtaking Watercolor Paintings of Birds

San Francisco-born artist Karl Martens creates beautiful paintings of birds using materials not often paired together – Japanese and Chinese calligraphy brushes with watercolor. What's most fascinating is that he paints all of his works by memory, without reference to any guide. What you'll notice …

Birds

A Revealing Look at Bullets Precisely Split in Half

<i>Ammo</i> is a series of portraits featuring bullets cut in half, revealing what this powerful object looks like on the inside. With over 900 specimen in her collection, Pearlman displays the projectiles in a simple format, against a blank background, to draw the focus on the objects themselves. Each …

Ammunition

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' grosses whopping $120.5 million for opening day

Standing next to his wife, who was decked out in a R2-D2 hoodie, Chris Barreno, 36, was getting ready Saturday for his second viewing of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the ArcLight Cinemas in El Segundo.<p>The Long Beach accountant, his wife, Monique Matta, and her extended family were among the …