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Forget resolutions—use these nerdy lifehacks to make life a little better in a lot of ways

It’s New Year’s. You want to set goals, and achieve them. But, realistically, you’re probably not going to. Researchers find that anywhere from 40% to 8% of Americans who set New Year’s resolutions successfully stick to them.<p>The problem is that people often aim to completely overhaul their lives, …

Nutrition

Meet the adventurer who's gone to nearly 100 countries and can take you on the adventure of a lifetime

During Matt's Adventure Academy course, participants are taken to this stunning hidden village. Matt Prior Matt Prior takes adventure to a new level.<p>A member of the prestigious Explorers Club, his past endeavors have included circumnavigating Lake Baikal on a WWII-era Russian motorbike, traveling …

3 science ideas you’ll be hearing more about in 2016

Who said scientists can’t be world-famous celebrities? On Sunday, nearly $22 million in Breakthrough Prizes were handed out to the world’s top researchers in physics, the life sciences, and mathematics. The $3 million Breakthrough Prizes, at twice the dollar amount of the Nobel Prize, are the …

Breakthroughs

Robot revolution: rise of 'thinking' machines could exacerbate inequality

Global economy will be transformed over next 20 years at risk of growing inequality, say analysts<p>A “robot revolution” will transform the global economy over the next 20 years, cutting the costs of doing business but exacerbating social inequality, as machines take over everything from caring for …

Artificial Intelligence

There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Genetics

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

British Columbia

7 Ways to Go From a Boss to a Leader

Many people view the terms “boss” and “leader” as interchangeable — but they are vastly different. To determine which one you are, I encourage you to …

Self-improvement

Your kid’s fever medicine may not work or, worse, may make them sick

Fever is the most common reason for parents to bring their children to my office.<p>Most of my patients are younger than 3 and are in the thick of the Petri-dish years, as they start daycare and school, and put everything in their mouths. I predictably spend half my day weeding through colds, flus and …

Medicine

Slow

Little Man and the Pursuit of Happiness

Dying couldn’t stop Ethan Arbelo from living<p>When you’re a child, you tend to idolize adulthood. Childhood games revolve around what you want to be …

Nonprofits

10 Clever Lifehacks You'll Wish You Thought Of

Never do battle with a jar again<p>No matter what you're doing, there is usually a better way to do it. And to that end, here are 10 lifehacking GIFs that will show you clever, better ways of accomplishing tricky things around your house. That plus a few that are just silly fun.<p>You can find all these …

Garry's Mod Creator Responds to Steam's Paid Mods Program

Garry's Mod creator Garry Newman has published a blog post in response to Valve's decision to allow developers and modders to sell their mods directly through Steam Workshop.<p>As a developer who got his start with a free mod which later released as a paid version, he has an interesting …

The Elder Scrolls

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

Cooking

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

Leah McLaren: Pregnant at 65? Unusual, but it’s her right

The news this week that Annegret Raunigk, a teacher from Germany and mother of 13, is pregnant with quadruplets at the age of 65, set off hot debate in the German parliament and a great deal of gawking from the international press. Raunigk is an enigma wrapped in a maternity smock because, despite …

Pregnancy

You're Probably Making Bloodborne Harder Than It Needs to Be

Bloodborne is not the sort of game that explains everything to you, and that's part of its charm. But it's only just now, weeks after its release, that players are beginning to realize that they've probably been making the game harder on themselves.<p>Early in the game, you're given the opportunity to …

Does happiness have a smell and is it contagious?

"Humans can smell when other people are happy, researchers discover," The Independent reports; somewhat over-enthusiastically.<p>In a new study, Dutch …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

Murder convictions in mass Bandidos biker killings upheld by Ontario court

The first-degree murder convictions handed down to five members of a notorious biker gang in what was one of Ontario's worst mass killings must stand, the province's top court ruled Thursday.<p>In its ruling, the Court of Appeal said it was satisfied the trial judge had properly instructed the jury …

Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

Now that the holidays are creeping around the corner, you may have to break up with your regularly scheduled sweat sessions, at least temporarily. …

Exercise

Savory Oatmeal Is The New Breakfast Of Champions. Here Are 13 Ways To Make It.

Oatmeal is a smart way to start the day. It’s full of fiber, has a decent amount of protein and is dirt cheap. Plus, it’s really easy to make.<p>People general top oatmeal with sweet things ― like raisins, sugar and cinnamon ― but we think oatmeal makes a more complete and heartier breakfast when …

Levitation Photography 7 Tips for Getting a Great Image

Levitation images are magical! They draw the viewer in and make them think about what’s not quite right. If you search the internet for levitation …

Razer debuts the most advanced gaming laptops ever

With my nose inches from the screen, I could barely see the pixels.<p>As Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan looked on, I gazed at the crisp screen on the newest Razer Blade model, a supercharged gaming laptop Razer announced Wednesday. The 3,200-by-1,800 pixel touchscreen display held up even from absurdly close …

The Valentine's Day Showstopper

<i>Every so often, we get the chance to reshoot one of our favorite recipes from the Food52 archives.</i><p><i>Today: A cake to launch a thousand ships.</i><p><i>This post is brought to you by our friends at Noritake. Noritake’s Cher Blanc is featured below.</i><p>There's a reason there's no such thing as a wedding pie. Don't …

Square Enix accidentally sold exclusive DLC for own game

If you ever needed a reason to loathe "retailer exclusive" DLC, here's one. Recently, <i>Lightning Returns</i> went on sale in Japan, and was launched with …

Gaming

Third-party hardware maker reveals US$499 Steam Machine

US-based iBuyPower has unveiled two Steam Machine prototypes with console looks and a price to match.<p><b>Valve's Steam Machine initiative aims to get PC</b> …

Some Xbox Ones sound like they're eating discs

Some new Xbox One owners unpacked their Day One Edition consoles today and were greeted by non-functioning disc drives, according to reports in Amazon reviews and YouTube videos.<p>"Disc error, it sounds like a robot is vomiting when I try to put a [disc] in," wrote Amazon user JM, giving the console …

Bourbon Bacon Whipped Sweet Potatoes with Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Whipped Bourbon Bacon Sweet Potatoes.<p><i>by</i> Jessica <i>on</i> November 13, 2013 141<p>I present to you… the trashiest of the sweet potatoes.<p>It’s like every single …