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How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Corporations and governments have co-opted the idea of the ‘social’ for their own ends. Is there anything we can do about it?<p>Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come …

Psychology

The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

Behind the Scenes of Elgin Park, a Retro City of Optical Illusions Photographed by Michael Paul Smith | Colossal

<p>Here at Colossal we’ve long been fans of photographer Michael Paul Smith whose broad life experiences lead him to the creation of Elgin Park, a …

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Soy's Negative Effects — Men's Health

“Men aren’t supposed to have breasts,” he says today in a quiet Texas drawl. “It was like my body was feminizing.”<p>A lean and wiry man, the breast development stood in stark contrast to the rest of his body. But it was not Price's only symptom.<p>His beard growth had slowed, he’d lost hair from his …

4D printed dress could be the shape of things to come

Designers Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg see $3,000 garment as a shift away from mass production<p>According to Jessica Rosenkrantz, “this is just the beginning”. As one half of perhaps the most innovative design duo in the world, Rosenkrantz is still basking in the acclaim for the 4D …

2014 in review: Our favorite costume and character designs of the year

Call us superficial, but a handsomely designed character can go a long way to making us appreciate a game a little bit more. If we're going to look at a video game character for dozens of hours, we want them to look good, whether they're the defined vision of a team of artists or the custom …

Talented artists take on their gaming memories in eight amazing works

The folks over at Medium's Matter have this wonderful piece up called "A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Gamer" which has eight talented artists illustrating the video games that they obsessed over in their childhood.<p>It's an amazing collection of unforgettable art.<p>Above you see my favorite of the …

America wiped out years of progress. Let's have 'the race conversation' for real this time

We’ve seen versions of the Ferguson commission before. But we can’t do much about segregation and inequality until we stop talking around our divisions<p>#FergusonNext: No justice, no peace, what now? Share your solutions Plus: Complete coverage of the aftermath in Ferguson and beyond<p>Half a century …

26 Pictures That Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man... THE UNIVERSE.

6 reasons religion may do more harm than good

It’s hard to argue with some of these…<p>Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even among those who describe themselves as “very religious” 20 percent say that religion is harmful to society. For that we …

Lobster Newberg Recipe (aka Lobster Newburg) - How to Make Lobster Newburg

Sharing history with your son ... when your history is Halo

"This doesn't <i>look</i> like a new game," my son said. This is his first time seeing the remastered version of the first Halo game.<p>He's right, of course. <i>Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary</i> in 2014 looks like a game that was released in 2001 and updated for the last-generation consoles. It doesn't look bad, …

The Fastest Protein-Packed Meal You Must Try | Men's Health

“Post-workout hunger is the best sauce in the world.” —Paul Kita<p>Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer, or a lifter, you know the feeling I’m talking about. It’s that eat-everything-in-the-fridge-while-standing-in-front-of-the-fridge urgency. It’s that ravenousness that clutches your stomach. It’s …

Nacho mania: From healthy to loaded, 7 delicious ways to top your chips

Ah, nachos. The party, bar and late-night snack staple started simply — a few tortilla chips topped with melted cheese and maybe some pickled jalapenos — but has evolved into one of America's favorite indulgence foods, topped with everything from BBQ pork to kale to chocolate chips.<p>Need a reason to …

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Pirate Bay co-founder who fled to avoid prison is arrested in Thailand

One of the co-founders of the torrenting site The Pirate Bay, and the last to avoid arrest, was taken into custody in Thailand on Monday, the Associated Press reports.<p>Fredrik Neij, 36, was detained at a checkpoint along the Thailand-Laos border. Thai authorities said Neij had been living in Laos …

Phase transitions: steam engines, Dark Matter and the Higgs

How the physics of the industrial revolution now connects cosmology and particle physics<p>We had a particle physics seminar at UCL on Friday; we usually do. This one was from Malcolm Fairbairn and was mainly about Dark Matter.<p>“Dark Matter” is the mysterious stuff which we postulate to explain several …

The 13 best (and worst) gaming tattoos we’ve ever seen

There’s no denying the significance and popularity of video games in today’s society. Whether we play them to unwind from a stressful day of work or …

Retrogaming

Papers, Please dev launches demo for nautical mystery game

<i>Papers, Please</i> developer Lucas Pope released a playable demo for his upcoming project <i>Return of the Obra Dinn</i> today, available for Windows PC systems.<p>Set in the year 1808, the first-person title tells the story of a merchant ship known as the Obra Dinn, thought to be lost at sea six years earlier. …

Woman's interminable selfie shoot divides YouTube

More than one million people have poured onto YouTube to see a bikini-clad woman trying to perfect shots of her face and rear. You must either be for or against.<p>Projecting the right image is now the world's most difficult task.<p>Our visual, virtual selves express more of who we are than words or …

Filmmaking

7 Last-Minute Entertaining Pro-Tips

Tasting Table | Anna Watson Carl<p>Food stylist and cookbook author Susan Spungen knows a thing or two about entertaining. Whether styling food on a film set (she's worked on movies like Julie & Julia and Eat Pray Love) or throwing a party for 50 guests, Spungen's philosophy boils down to three …

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Clouds

Clouds are a complex product of our atmosphere.<p>Clouds form when humid air cools enough for water vapor to condense into droplets or ice crystals. The altitude at which this happens depends on the humidity and the rate at which temperature drops with elevation.<p>Normally, water vapor can only condense …

15 Hors d'Oeuvres for the Fall

<i>This post is brought to you by our friends at Weight Watchers, who celebrate gathering together around the table to enjoy wholesome, beautiful food.</i><p>Though you clung to it desperately, summer has finally slipped through your fingers. Fall has arrived and at this point, you've decided to accept it. …

Feminism’s ugly internal clash: Why its future is not up to white women

From Beyoncé to the Internet to different policy priorities, white and black feminisms are not the same. Here’s why<p>Earlier this week, I received an email from a reader who wondered what my work might look like if I “included the feminist perspective.” Since black feminism infuses and shapes all of …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers

Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.<p>Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a …

Quantum Mechanics

How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children

The religious right touts homeschooling as a viable educational alternative. Parents, grads tell a different story<p>My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian …

'Destiny' Day One Gameplay

The floodgates have been opened and Destiny is now playable for…media members across the land. While the general public still has to wait 24 hours until launch, the press finally has the chance to boot up their review copies and start playing the game finally not in an “alpha” or “beta” …

A Mysterious Virus Is Infecting Children All Over The US

The virus is sweeping the Midwest and has also hit Colorado and some states in the South.<p>CNN reports that one Kansas City hospital has seen up to 30 children a day come in for treatment for the virus, which is similar to a cold, but with worse symptoms. About 15% of those children are placed in …

Public Health

7 Hard Truths About Life That People Don't Like to Admit

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>While people generally like to think they're in touch with reality, the truth is that many of us shield ourselves from certain unpleasant facts to make us happier and more productive.<p>Users on Quora recently discussed the question: "What is an …

Self-improvement