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This Instagram-famous pilot's photos of thunderstorms, blinding sunrises, and the Northern Lights show what it’s like to work from the cockpit at 37,000 feet

Van Heijst is also a travel blogger and photographer. He takes photos of the incredible views he enjoys from the cockpit via his Instagram account, then writes about them on his blog.<p>From blinding sunrises to the Northern Lights — or navigating his way through a violent front of thunderstorms — …

Northern Lights

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, …

Depression

Woman gets equipped with bionic hand that can actually feel

Prosthetics have improved my leaps and bounds over the past century and we’ve reached a point where someone with an artificial limb is often just as …

Singularity

Diablo 3's 'Darkening of Tristram' anniversary event is coming back for 2018

Throughout January, players will be able to return to the original Diablo dungeon.<p>December 31, 2016, was the 20th anniversary of Blizzard's great …

Lauren Scott on life after death, nudes & losing her arm

“Yeah, I was going way faster than anyone should ever go on a moped. I was being quite a dumbass. About 60mph, I’m pretty sure? 10 miles over the speed limit”.<p>At or around 3:45am on Wednesday, June 29 2016, 19-year-old DC native Lauren ‘Duck’ Scott smashed into the median strip dividing San Diego's …

You're Working Your Butt Off but You Can't See Your Abs — "Y Tho"

Abs. We love them. You love them. We all want them (we think . . .), but sometimes they can be hard to achieve or reveal. Are you struggling? You're not alone. There's no magic pill for abs, but that would be pretty sweet. Until said magic pill is invented (fingers crossed), you need to focus on …

Fitness

What Is Neurocapitalism and Why Are We Living In It?

We speak with radical Italian author Giorgio Griziotti about the future of work, the economy, and ourselves.<p>It's a fact: we are bang in the middle of the Anthropocene. We have changed the destiny of our planet and its ecosystems, to the point that human actions have become as powerful as that of …

Singularity

Welcome to the Dark Net, a Wilderness Where Invisible World Wars Are Fought and Hackers Roam Free

Through the eyes of a master hacker turned security expert, William Langewiesche chronicles the rise of the Dark Net—where weapons, drugs, and information are bought, sold, and hacked—and learns how high the stakes have really become.<p>I. The Back Door<p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that …

Security

The Surprising Psychology Behind Makeup

Slathering on mascara, cover-up, or blush doesn't just increase how pleased a woman can feel about her appearance. Wearing makeup can significantly …

Psychology
Malware

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

<b>DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London's Great Plague.</b><p>The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population.<p>It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected …

Archaeology

Sophisticated Mac OS X backdoor uncovered

Researchers say the malware is able to steal data including audio, video and keystrokes.<p>Security researchers have discovered a sophisticated strain …

Mac Apps

Blackballed by machine learning: how algorithms can destroy your chances of getting a job

The Guardian's published a long excerpt from Cathy O'Neil's essential new book, Weapons of Math Destruction, in which O'Neil describes the way that …

Machine Learning

The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

The narrow roads are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on …

Amazingly Useful HTML, CSS and JavaScript Tools and Libraries

by Bradley Nice, Content Manager at ClickHelp.co<p>Front-end development is tricky: it’s not difficult to learn, but it’s quite difficult to master. …

Web Development

IBM's Watson AI saved a woman from leukemia

IBM's Watson has done everything from winning at <i>Jeopardy</i> to cooking exotic meals, but it appears to have accomplished its greatest feat yet: saving a life. University of Tokyo doctors report that the artificial intelligence diagnosed a 60-year-old woman's rare form of leukemia that had been …

It Didn’t Start With You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are

A well-documented feature of trauma, one familiar to many, is our inability to articulate what happens to us. We not only lose our words, but …

The secret behind great machine sex

When you look at the Shadow Hand, a skeletal array of metal limb and muscle, it may not immediately bring to mind the subject of sex. But the robotic …

Virtual Reality

A man who worked for the CIA for 15 years tells us what it was really like to have a top-secret job

"I started keeping a journal and a folder of news articles on US and Soviet forces," he told Business Insider. "I would copy terms and acronyms from the backs of military-spy novels and try to understand the World Book Encyclopedia's explanation of how nuclear weapons worked.<p>"I remember at one …

High School

A free/open computer on a card that you swap in and out of a 3D printed laptop

Lou Cabron writes, "Finally, after five years of work, Rhombus Tech has gone from a free/libre/open source "spec" to their first actual modular …

The Very Strange—And Fascinating— Ideas Behind Quantum Computing

IBM has been working on a new quantum computer that can dominate the industry for decades to come. If that sounds incredible, wait till you hear the …

Quantum Computing

What To Do When Treatment Doesn't Work

At the very dawn of modern medicine, 2500 years ago, Hippocrates made its most important and robust finding: 1/3 of patients get better without treatment; 1/3 don't get better even with treatment; and only 1/3 actually benefit from treatment.<p>The ratios do vary depending on the type of disease, it's …

Depression
Stereotypes

6 surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent

But that's hardly the case, as evidenced by the 100-plus answers on a Quora thread titled, "When does intelligence become a curse?"<p>Users wrote about everything from the absurdly high expectations that people place on them to the trouble of constantly being perceived as a braggart.<p>Below, we've …

Psychology

What the Success of CSS Says About Technology Standards

Earlier this month developer Zack Bloom wrote a thought-provoking essay that presented a look back in time to the 1990s when new Web content-styling …

Surviving and thriving as a game developer with chronic illness

After a lengthy development cycle, indie team Heart Machine finally shipped the Kickstarted action-RPG <i>Hyper Light Drifter</i> (pictured) earlier this …

Here's why there are no 'good' or 'bad' drugs – not even heroin

As Allison’s story shows, with any psychoactive substance, the balance between help and harm depends on the person and the circumstances<p>Before she found heroin, Allison could not get out of bed most mornings. She contemplated suicide. She saw herself as “a shitty lazy person who felt like crap all …

Drug Addiction

When my dog died, I didn’t understand why it felt like a human had died. Then I read the research.

I picked the dog I wanted in the same way I picked a favorite Pokémon. I looked in the classified section next to the automotive ads and found a breed named "Peekapoo," which was close enough to "Pikachu."<p>No one ever tells you that begging for a dog as an 11-year-old could affect you deeply as an …

Emory University

This is What Happens Inside a Woman's Brain When She Orgasms

Fireworks.<p>We all know how we feel in ourselves when we orgasm , but have you ever thought about the absolute fireworks that go off inside our brains when we reach climax?<p>If you have, you're in luck, because a group of scientists from Rutgers University asked a bunch of lucky ladies to stimulate …

Imaging