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13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good looking, the fiercely social, and the incredibly talented. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, being likeable is under your …

Emotional Intelligence

Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Forget the so-called "miracle" diet pills that claim to rev up metabolism.<p>Slowly but surely, we're entering a new era of clinically tested drugs to combat obesity; most of the newest ones try to do that by suppressing appetite. And while no one's giving up on old-fashioned diet and exercise to help …

FDA

List of the best unfilmed Hollywood screenplays includes a bio of the Russian Empress and The Munchkin, about a 1930s dwarf detective

The Next 20 Years Are Going To Make The Last 20 Look Like We Accomplished Nothing In Tech

Futurist Ray Kurzweil, for example, believes that by 2040 artificial intelligence will be so good that humans will be fully immersed in virtual reality and that something called the Singularity, when technology becomes so advanced that it changes the human race irreversibly, will occur.<p>Kevin Kelly, …

The Bionic Age Is Here — Helping People Walk, See, Hear, Breathe — And Creating The First "Superhumans"

It's no longer a distant dream or a sci-fi fantasy. The bionic age is here.<p>So many firsts:<p>The first bionic eye, from California's Second Sight.<br>• The first bionic body suits, for consumers and soldiers, from companies like ReWalk and Ekso Bionics.<br>• Even those trapped inside bodies that can't move or …

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

Stressed For Time? These Apps Let You Consume Media Faster

There’s never been more must-see, must-read, must-listen-to-media. That’s all great… until you realize how much time it’ll take to get through it all. Fortunately there are a few apps and tech tricks that anybody can use to get through articles and audio faster, without sacrificing much in the way …

Brain-Inspired IBM Chip Puts Traditional Computers To Shame

Crossing a traditional computer with a biological one, the brain, is no easy task — but researchers at IBM have been hard at work doing just that. On Thursday they announced the results of 10 years of research and $53 million in DARPA funding. The company's new brain-inspired chip achieves …

12 of the Best New Android Apps from July 2014

From privacy-focused messaging apps, to chatting with friends directly from your lock screen, we covered a lot of ground with new Android apps in July. Here, we filter through the cacophonous crackle to present you with our selection of Google Play newcomers from the past month.<p>MyRoll<p>Strictly …

The Cinematic Look – How To Make Your Photographs Look Like Films

I recently noticed that a handful of photographers were producing images that had a look as if they were stills captured from films. A couple of the …

Cinematography

Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

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★☆☆☆☆<p>Following a breakup with his girlfriend, <b>My Stuff (2013)</b> director Petri Luukkainen decides to put all of his worldly possessions into storage and …

Why Your Facebook Page Is Becoming Less Relevant

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Organic may be all the rage in the culinary world, but on Facebook, it's falling out of favor.<p>Facebook defines organic reach as “the number of unique people who saw your post in News Feed or on your page, including people who saw it from …

Social Marketing Company WayIn Looking for Fresh Cash

The Twitter-focused marketing company WayIn, backed by Sun Microsytems founder Scott McNealy, is looking to raise up to $20 million, a source with …

A plain English guide to how natural language processing will transform computing

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / pixeldreams.eu<p>Buzz phrases such as “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” and “natural language …

DIY: Creative Photos Taken with a Drinking Straw ‘Camera’ and X-Ray Film

The image above isn’t a crappy out of focus digital camera image or post-production experiment. In fact, it was taken using a custom-built camera …

How A Gene For Fair Skin Spread Across India

A study of skin color in the Indian subcontinent shows the complex movements of populations there.<p>Cover Girl, Maybelline, are you listening? A new study of skin color in South Asians finds they have enormous diversity, with a color range that's three times larger than that for East Asians or …

Live from Expand: David Gerrold

We've got lots of lingering Tribble-related questions, and thankfully we've got just the man to answer them. David Gerrold created the frisky furry creatures for the original <i>Star Trek</i> series, the Sleestak creatures who menaced the <i>Land of the Lost</i> and has gone on to win numerous awards for his …

Smoke Photography Photoshop Tutorial

Although you may have learned to capture smoke photography, it often doesn’t really come to life until you make a few finishing touches in …

Tutorials

How to Create a Black Background Anywhere with this Photography Trick

Many portrait photographers dream of owning a studio with all the bells and whistles. However, some photographers who work on-location in …

What the Numbers on your Lens Mean

I've run into this a few times with students that feel embarrassed to ask what all the numbers on the lens mean. There's no reason to feel …

Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist<p>Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at <i>The Economist</i>. His …

Mirrored Photographs Combined with Watercolor by Fabienne Rivory | Colossal

<p>French artist Fabienne Rivory creates these unusually beautiful images by working with mirrored photographs and watercolor paints. Rivory has been …

Dan Estabrook: Our Song, in Twenty-Six Parts

<i>The Clown</i><p>How best do we tell our stories? Our recollections may be based on events, milestones, or childhood photographs, but in reality, our …

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

These Self-Assembling Nanoflowers Are As Beautiful As They Are Tiny

Harvard researchers grew these lovely microscopic gardens using delicate chemical reactions.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>A nanorose may not smell as sweet as an organic one, but the red petals on this micron-scale flower are unquestionably just as beautiful. At Harvard University, materials …

Synthetic Biologists Engineer A Custom Flu Vaccine In A Week

A synthetic biology method proves its chops.<p>A copy of the genetic code of an H7N9 avian flu—similar to, but not exactly the same as the flu that has killed 36 people in China—arrived in a lab in Boston Easter Sunday, 2011. By Saturday, scientists had made a vaccine against it, the Boston Globe …