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Cancer: How a novel gel could halt its return

Groundbreaking research has revealed a promising strategy to stop the recurrence of cancer, and it comes in the form of a biodegradable gel.<p>Created …

What you can learn about marriage and migration from a 13-million member family tree

It's not the biggest family tree in the world, but it's close.<p>Armchair genealogists and a team of computers scientists have assembled a massive family tree that includes 13 million individual members and spans an average of 11 generations.<p>A study describing the tree, published this week in Science, …

23 Clean Jokes That Are So Funny And So Dumb

"What's the best thing about Switzerland? I don't know, but the flag is a huge plus."<p>It gets toad away.<p>Sadly, no pun in ten did.<p>One is really heavy, and the other is a little lighter.<p>Of course! The Empire State Building can't jump.<p>They're usually 90 degrees.<p>"Put it on my bill."<p>I don't know, but the …

Rediscovering History’s Lost First Female Video Game Designer

In 1976, Joyce Weisbecker programmed games for an RCA PC and console based on technology created by her dad–a significant achievement that went undocumented until now.<p>One of the first video game programmers was a young woman who’d recently graduated from high school.<p>Forty years ago, consumer …

Microsoft can’t explain why its 4K is $100 better than Sony’s

And Sony can’t explain why 4K matters to begin with<p>From Microsoft’s perspective, the Xbox One X, the new console built to take advantage of the rapid growth of 4K televisions, is a luxury item. Its diminutive shell contains an abundance of RAM, teraflops, and other expensive bits. For that reason, …

The Leica Mystique – The M9 and M240

In episode #2 of All About the Gear, Frederick Van Johnson and I discuss the Leica Mystique. I spent more than a week shooting with an M9 and an M …

The 8 Best Food Cities in the World

<i>By the editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>Travelers love to eat--that's why every year, as part of our Readers' Choice Awards survey, we ask our readers to rank their favorite food cities around the world. This year's results contain some old favorites (Paris, Rome) as well as a few surprises. Read on …

17 Symptoms Of An ‘Andaz Apna Apna’ Addict

<b>It’s not just a movie. It’s your andaz (style) of living.</b><p>17. When you hear the song , “Papa kehte hain bada naam karega” instead of <b>this</b>:<p>Aamir’s …

Out of a job and back in the game

In June 2009, Atul Shinghal’s job profile on LinkedIn read “Non-worker—thinking about the next thing to do”. Shinghal, then 39, had been working at …

What’s Really Behind the Ever-Rising Cost of Raising a Child in America

It's never been more expensive to have kids. But it's never been cheaper to clothe and feed them, as well. So what's getting more expensive?<p>Much was made last week of a recent study on the cost of child-rearing by economist Mark Lino at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total cost of raising …

The View From Aurland Lookout Is Seriously Vertigo-Inducing

Sometimes nature and architecture can combine to create a unique image and experience.<p>At the Aurland Lookout in the Sogn og Fjordane region of Norway, this is certainly the case.<p>Originally designed by Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen as part of a program on tourist routes commissioned by the …

Every Movie Reference in THE SIMPSONS from First 5 Seasons

Why Is the Golden Age of TV So Dark?

A new book explains the link between the rise of antihero protaganists and the unprecedented abundance of great TV (and what Dick Cheney has to do with it).<p>HBO; AMC<p>Brett Martin has always been a magazine writer, not a TV critic. But after writing a behind-the-scenes companion to <i>The Sopranos</i> for HBO …

This is what the McLaren F1's V-12 engine looks like. Please stop drooling on your keyboard. Video -> http://bit.ly/12z9v6Z

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Spectacular Moleskine Doodles Explode with Energy

Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes proves that doodling can be so much more than scratching unintelligible scribbles on paper. Through his Sketchy Stories blog, Rosanes shares his wonderful world of doodling in a simple Moleskine sketchbook. Equipped with an ordinary Moleskine, a few Uni …

5 Ideas to Kick Start Your Photography Again

Last week I was speaking with an amateur photographer who told me that he’s been struggling for photographic inspiration and ideas lately. He …

A Mathematical Look at Focal Length and Crop Factor

I’m hoping this post can explain a lot of the confusion beginning photographers have about focal length and crop factors. Some understanding of basic …

This 18-Year-Old's Invention Could Make Your Future Phone Instacharge

While you are hanging out on the Internet (in your underwear, maybe?) on a Saturday, kids that are smarter than either of us are out there getting …

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The 11 Best Self-Deprecating Commencement Speeches

<b>Delivering a university</b> (or even high school) commencement address is a high honor often bestowed upon people who don't believe that they deserve it. They tend to come from the arts (rarely has a politician ever question his self-worth) and rather than deny the invitation, they deal with their …

Tim Ferriss Shares How to Master Any Skill by Deconstructing It

Tim Ferriss, the guy behind The 4 Hour Work Week, The 4 Hour Body and The 4 Hour Chef, took the stage at TNW Conference in Amsterdam to discuss how you can master almost any skill through the process of deconstructing it.<p>In case you haven’t heard of Ferriss, he has essentially turned himself into a …

How to install Ubuntu 13.04 in Macbook Air

May 03, 2013, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s]) <br>(Other stories by Anonymous)<p>In this quick howto we will see How to install Ubuntu 13.04 in Macbook Air

“No Pakistanis”: The racial satire the Beatles don’t want you to hear

The song that became “Get Back” began as an anti-immigrant satire so easily misunderstood it remains in the vaults<p>Imagine that a popular American rock band – say, the Black Keys – wrote a song about immigrants. There are too many of them, the lyrics suggest, and they take jobs away from native-born …

Kidney grown in lab successfully transplanted into rat

Scientists have grown a kidney in a laboratory and shown that it works when implanted into a living animal. The work is an important step towards the …

Guinness Upholds Bugatti Veyron SS Speed Record

The Guinness Book of World Records has become established as the authoritative arbiter of records of largest, fastest, smallest, etc. Naturally, companies with especially capable or outstanding products would like to be included in the annals of history of the superlative. One of the most …