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Small but beautiful: the Quad VA-One integrated valve amplifier

Of all the unintended consequences wrought by the craze for quality headphones, a boost for traditional hi-fi was not anticipated. Everything about the new wave of headphones mitigated against any benefits for the audiophile market, even if high-end headphones were selling in the thousands. The …

The Onion Omega2 is a tiny little computer that only costs $5

The product follows the Raspberry Pi’s naming scheme of Produce + Greek<p>The Onion Omega2 is the latest tiny computer continuing in the tradition of the Raspberry Pi. The Omega2 is the successor to last year’s Omega, a hackable, expandable, and affordable computer that was one-fourth the size of the …

Start-up duo making the shoe fit for Kenya's Olympic heroes

<b>(CNN) —</b> It may not have been in the record time he recorded at London 2012, but David Rudisha became the first man since New Zealand's Peter Snell in 1964 to retain the men's Olympic 800 meter title in Rio Monday.<p>The imperious Rudisha is just one of scores of Kenyans to excel in middle to long …

Billionaire investors turn bearish as U.S. stocks hit record highs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several big-name hedge fund investors soured on U.S. stocks in the second quarter and moved to gold and other bearish bets, failing to anticipate the stock market rally in the current quarter.<p>Noting the recent run-up in the benchmark Standard & Poor's 500 index to fresh record …

Graphic Novelist Gene Luen Yang: Read Beyond Your Comfort Zone, Part II

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, the national ambassador for young people's literature, recommends his favorite YA books for summer reading.

Bill Bryson hails 'thrilling' Royal Society science book prize shortlist

Author of A Short History of Nearly Everything, chairing this year’s judges, says finalists are ‘as interesting, useful and accessible as any writing you will find in any genre’<p>Bill Bryson has warned that readers are “short-changing themselves” if they aren’t reading science books, as he revealed …

How to Sell All the Stuff You Don't Need Online

Thanks to the wonders of the web there’s no excuse for keeping three old iPhones in a drawer or letting an old tablet gather dust. There are now a …

Selling

9 Secrets Of Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane was perhaps Britain's most famous neoclassical architect: he was the man who built the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture …

55 Inspiring Quotes That Show the Power of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a major factor in our success.<p>Emotional intelligence can be the most potent weapon in our armory. It helps boost our self-awareness, self-control, motivation, empathy, and social skills, all of which help us become much better leaders.<p>Here are 55 quotes to remind us of the …

A Quick HIIT Workout That'll Improve Your Endurance

If you want to boost your stamina, you don't necessarily have to run a marathon or spend all day in the gym. Short bouts of really intense exercise …

Exercise

The quantum computing era is coming… fast

Processors that use the strangeness of quantum mechanics are reportedly achieving much greater problem-solving speed than standard computers – but what will the effect on security be?<p>‘The world is not only queerer than we suppose,” said JBS Haldane. “It is queerer than we <i>can</i> suppose.” Haldane was a …

Quantum Computing

Complicated

We’ve covered Arthur Sacek’s brilliant Lego creations before, but none have been as wonderfully complicated as this machine that turns a single piece …

The Truth About Foam Rolling

It works—but not for the reason you think.<p>Many coaches recommend using a foam roller before and after runs for good reason: A study in <i>The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research</i> found that rolling out for just a minute can improve your range of motion, while a study in <i>Medicine & Science in</i> …

Immunotherapy Offers Hope to a Cancer Patient, but No Certainty

DENVER — A cancer patient nicknamed the Steel Bull got his death sentence on a gloomy March Wednesday in 2015.<p>He was 47, his given name Jason Greenstein, but he had earned the moniker from his oncologist for his stubborn will during more than four years of brutal chemotherapy and radiation …

AEP: US shale producers weather oil price storm

Opec's worst fears are coming true. Twenty months after Saudi Arabia took the fateful decision to flood world markets with oil, it has still failed to break the back of the US shale industry.<p>The Saudi-led Gulf states have certainly succeeded in killing off a string of global mega-projects in deep …

The stereo gear that amplifies my friendships

I never met Peter, but I think of him every time I listen to Ligeti's "Atmosphères."<p>Last year, Peter's daughter, a longtime friend, gave me his Dynakit ST-70 after she found the amplifier in her garage. Music was Peter's passion and his collection of audio equipment, carefully assembled over the …

Can we feed the world without cutting forests? It can be done, says U.N.

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Agriculture is the biggest driver of deforestation globally fuelled by a growing demand for food, yet it is possible to feed the world without cutting forests, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Monday.<p>An aerial view shows the Amazon …

Agriculture

This Chinese Bookshop With Amazing Design Is a Fairytale for Bookworms

The new bookstore, Zhongshuge Yangzhou, appeals to design and book lovers alike.<p>Once upon a time, we might have considered a bookstore incredible if it included, say, tasty café food and giant beanbags for kids. Now, an incredible bookstore is defined by reflective "tunnels" of books and truly …

8 Kids’ Books That Celebrate Diverse and Courageous Historical Figures

Finding engaging history books for kids can be tough, and finding children’s history books that feature diverse figures is even tougher. While there …

Books

Blackout risk rises as UK energy crisis deepens

National Grid expected to confirm increased blackout risk, as experts warn crisis will worsen unless subsidies are paid to new gas power plants<p>Britain faces the highest risk of blackouts in almost a decade this winter, National Grid is expected to say next week, amid warnings that households will …

Brexit could cut London house prices by more than 30%, says bank

Société Générale warns high-end properties could even halve in value as companies move top staff abroad<p>London property prices could fall by more than 30% in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the EU and may halve in the most expensive parts of the city, according to analysts at the French bank …

100 Exercises You Can Do With a 10-Pound Dumbbell

Light weights aren’t just for lightweights<p>Don’t underestimate a 10-pound dumbbell. They can challenge your body in an entirely new way, especially if you’re used to lifting heavy.<p>Lighter weights target the small muscles that stabilize your joints—muscles that get overpowered by larger ones when you …

Kick Monday’s Butt With This 1000 Calorie HIIT Total Body Workout

Photo: Shutterstock.<p><b>Monday’s are rough.</b> No matter how great the weekend, Monday always comes with a hearty dose of frustration and despair. This …

Eat Like an Elite: Matt Llano

The distance runner is a key taste-tester for Shalane Flanagan’s new cookbook.<p>Matt Llano, a founding member of Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite in Flagstaff, bonded with Olympian Shalane Flanagan over their obsession with food while he prepped for the Berlin Marathon with her last fall. He has a …

6 Things You Can Learn From an 84-Year-Old Marathoner

Jules Winkler plans to sprint across the finish line when he runs his 41st marathon in Boston on Monday.<p>The oldest participant in Monday’s Boston Marathon said that with a little luck and some common sense, you too can enjoy a long, healthy running life.<p>“It’s not that difficult,” said 84-year-old …

Naked Models Teach You Language Lessons For Naked News Channel

A class all about tacos and a language course taught by naked models? 2016 is putting the "lit" in literary. Viewers haven't been able to take their …

Can music help you learn? The brain can do some incredible things while listening to music

Music has long been known to have profound effects on the brain. Listening to the right tunes can provide mood-altering effects, and can even create a better quality of life for those who use music to destress.<p>Believe it or not, listening to certain types of music can help you learn. Here's how.<p>Not …

Johns Hopkins University

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

Study participants then wrote short testimonials to other, future students describing how high school would help them become the kind of person they …

Why Finland has the best schools

The Harvard education professor Howard Gardner once advised Americans, "Learn from Finland, which has the most effective schools and which does just about the opposite of what we are doing in the United States."<p>Following his recommendation, I enrolled my 7-year-old son in a primary school in …

Education