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Five gadgets that will transform your dumb car into a smart car

In fact, most new vehicles look more like smartphones on the inside than cars.<p>But the smarter automobiles get, the more expensive they become. And not everybody can afford to shell out thousands of dollars just to get a tech update in the car.<p>Fortunately, there's another way to bring your car into …

Mobile Devices

Why New York City is the best choice for European Startups

The tech industry is fast, international, and brutal. It simply does not make sense to think local, especially when it comes to European startups.<p>As a continent, Europe consists of many small countries, which all follow different jurisdictions, speak dozens of different languages and have their own …

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Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

In 1958, five years after his transcendent experience induced by taking four-tenths of a gram of mescalin, <b>Aldous Huxley</b> (July, 26 1894–November 22, 1963) — legendary author of <i>Brave New World</i>, lesser-known but no less compelling writer of children’s books, modern prophet — penned an essay titled</b> …

Empathy for the User: Experience Design Secrets from an Expert

<i>Jo Plumridge is a UK-based photographer, writer and lecturer. This post was originally published on the Shutterstock blog and has been adapted with permission.</i><p>User experience (UX) designers are among the unsung heroes of the digital world. They make the tools, sites and apps we use simple, …

How to Bounce Back From Burning Out

<i>Andrea Deets is the Lead Writer at Crew, an invite-only network connecting short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Andrea writes about psychology, creativity, and business over on the Crew blog.</i><p>Summer 2013, Gaslight Coffee Roasters, Chicago, Illinois:<p>I’m sitting …

Brian Eno’s Reading List of Twenty Books Essential for Sustaining Human Civilization

<i>UPDATE: The folks from the Long Now have kindly asked me to contribute to the Manual for Civilization library — here is my own reading list.</i><p>There is something inescapably alluring about the reading lists of cultural icons, perhaps because in recognizing that creativity is combinatorial and fueled …

Does the Science of Human Behavior Only Show Us What We Want to See?

Academic hoaxes have a way of crystallizing, and then shattering, the intellectual pretensions of an era. It was almost 20 years ago, for instance, …

40 maps that explain the Middle East

40 maps that explain<br>the Middle East<p>40 maps that explain the Middle East<p>by Max Fisher on March 26, 2015<p>Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for …

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SATOSHI'S REVOLUTION: How The Creator Of Bitcoin May Have Stumbled Onto Something Much, Much Bigger

We gave our Person of the Year award for 2013 to Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin. We know some of you laughed.<p>If you did, you may want to read on. It's becoming increasingly clear that Satoshi's creation has the potential to change how much of commerce itself works, and for …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin 2.0: Unleash The Sidechains

“Cryptocurrencies will create a fifth protocol layer powering the next generation of the Internet,” says Naval Ravikant. “Our 2014 fund will be built during the blockchain cycle,” concurs Fred Wilson. And Andreessen Horowitz have very visibly doubled down on Bitcoin.<p>Even if you don’t believe in …

Slicing and dicing the Weibo IPO | Financial Times

The initial public offering of Weibo, China’s answer to Twitter, has provoked a combination of downbeat hand wringing and gleeful hand rubbing about …

Political technology and the erosion of the rule of law : normalizing the state of exception in SearchWorks catalog

Bibliography<p>Includes bibliographical references (pages 252-293) and index.<p>Contents<p>A critique of political technology<br>• Visions of political …

What Is Forgetting?

<i>The Virtue Wagon</i>, Paul Klee, 1922<p>by Lauren Berlant<p>Not unintentional forgetting, but of a thing that insists on being in the flow of things.<p>It could …

MergePay Pulse Lets Businesses Manage Their Finances

MergePay, the beautifully simple business-focused financial tracking service that we wrote about back in 2012, has finally exited beta and made a number of significant changes, including a rebrand to MergePay Pulse and shift to a freemium model.<p>Previously, users opting to use the service for free …

Clue to earthquake lightning mystery

<b>Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, US scientists say.</b><p>Unidentified glowing objects were spotted moments before major quakes in China and Italy recently.<p>These flickers could be triggered by shifting soil layers which …

Haffenden House / PARA

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The Haffenden House is a writing studio with a garage/breezway at ground-level, library and writing …

Architecture

Avilés-Ramos Residence / Ceres A+D

The result is born from the clear ideas that the owners had formed for their home. This is a young no-kid couple who demanded open spaces, to develop …

Ceres

An app that turns smartphones into accurate 3D scanners is in development

Two-dimensional images are so last century. Researchers from Switzerland’s Federal Institute of Technology are working to add the third dimension to images taken with regular smartphone cameras.<p>The research team developed a technology that makes highly accurate 3D scanning as simple as recording a …

Mobile Devices

Study: Birds wear 'badges' to shows who rules the roost

HAMILTON, Ontario, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A New Zealand bird displaying its status in its group with a head "badge" gives insight into social conventions of …

Gift Guide: The complete guide to home music production on your iPad or Mac

With an iPad and few accessories, these days anyone can have a functional recording studio in their home for less than the cost of a Mac. Whether you’re just getting started and want a modest iPad recording setup in your living room, or you’re looking to setup a full-blown home studio with your …

The Oil and Watercolor Works by Silvia Pelissero

Or should we say, the works of Agnes Cecile, because Silvia goes by that name as well. We are into the works of the Italian artist this morning, who …

Art

10 Unusual Ways Startups Can Monetize Their Digital Properties

Looking to bring in some extra cash and extend your startup brand? From brand licensing opportunities to renting digital space, there are some creative revenue opportunities out there if you just know where to look.<p>To learn more, I asked a panel of 10 successful young entrepreneurs the following …

The Science of Internal Time, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired

“Six hours’ sleep for a man, seven for a woman, and eight for a fool,” Napoleon famously prescribed. (He would have scoffed at Einstein, then, who was known to require ten hours of sleep for optimal performance.) This perceived superiority of those who can get by on less sleep isn’t just something …

James Earl Jones Reads from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”

<b>Walt Whitman</b> (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) is widely celebrated as the father of free verse, his 1855 poetry collection <b>Leaves of Grass</b> (<i>public library</i> | <i>public domain</i>) enduring as one of the most influential works in the American literary canon. He wrote in the preface to the 1855 edition, which he …

Dorion Sagan on the First Ejaculation in Earth’s History

Whenever we talk about the origins of sex and its cultural baggage, we’re inevitably talking about human sex. And yet our planet has a salacious record dating much further back than the solipsism of our species might suggest.<p>In <b>Death & Sex</b> (<i>UK</i>; <i>public library</i>) — a curious two-in-one volume with one …

A world of dreams

ON THE threshold of Punchdrunk’s “The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable”, a disembodied voice instructs audience members before the madness begins. Do …