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Officials say Cape Town running out of water will be the worst disaster since 9/11

Cape Town, a coastal South African city of about 4 million people, is about to run out of fresh water.<p>After three years of persistent drought, the …

Timekettle’s WT2 real-time translation earpieces enable ordinary conversation across language barriers

At TechCrunch’s event in Shenzhen last month, we had a chance to test out the WT2, a clever and ambitious device from startup TimeKettle. It’s a pair of wireless earpieces; each person in a multilingual conversation wears one, and they translate what’s said into the language spoken by each …

‘Rust’ could be the real Alzheimer’s trigger

Cleaning out “rust” from the brain could be a way to slow and even prevent Alzheimer’s, say researchers. The finding pinpoints iron as a potential …

111 N.F.L. Brains. All But One Had C.T.E.

A neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

“For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length--and there I travel looking, looking breathlessly.” Carlos Castenda

Karma: what goes around comes around by PMC

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

‘Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ quipped Mark Twain. It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the …

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality | Anil Seth

Is This the Most Romantic Restaurant in the World?

There are few experiences more memorable (or romantic) than eating a delicious meal while surrounded by a breathtaking view.<p>Which is why when we saw …

Something just happened in the Treasury market that has never happened before

It wasn't that visible in ten-year Treasuries, though intense buying drove them higher, with the yield dropping to 1.989% Monday morning, the lowest since April, before ending the day at 2.06%. It was in short maturities, the safest and most liquid financial assets in the world: The US Treasury was …

Cheap Oil Hasn't Slowed Growth In The Solar Industry

<b>Oil Hasn't Impacted The Growth Of The Solar Industry (Advisor Perspectives)</b><p>"The oil price is not a driver of the solar sector, and solar's basic economics do not support the fall in solar companies' share prices, which is why we think now is an attractive time to own solar company shares," writes …

This GIF Of Magnetic Putty 'Eating' A Piece Of Metal Is Mesmerizing

File this one under "Coolest thing we've seen all day": a cube of magnetic putty swallowing a smaller cube of metal whole.<p>We first saw this on r/woahdude, a section of Reddit dedicated to "Trippy & mesmerizing games, video, audio & images that make you go 'woah dude!'" Yes, we know they misspelled …

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Why Growing a Business Is a Lot Like Growing a Garden

Whether you're dealing with plants or people, don't be afraid to get your hands a little dirty.<p>I've been gardening since I was a teenager. But even with those years of experience under my belt, my garden still surprises me. Things don't grow the way I planned or hoped they would, rogue volunteer …

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or …

The Biggest Career Crashes Of 2014

Here are 28 high-profile people (and teams) whose careers or reputations took a big hit in 2014. Many are likely to bounce back — while others may never recover.

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These 5 Things Will Make You Smarter

<b>1) Get rid of the distractions</b><p>You can’t multitask.<p>Via Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School:<p>To put it …

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Week's Best Space Pictures: Saturn's Rings Go Dark, X-Rays Burst, and a Skyline Burns

Cassini views Saturn's rings in a different light, x-rays flare from the sun, and a city's skyline stands out against a fiery sunset.

The year in ideas: TED Talks of 2014

China Gives Up On Housing Bubble

If Beijing is to be trusted on its view of the housing market there, then the bubble has deflated without a pop. As a result, the Chinese government will scrap restrictions on second-home purchases. For wealthy Chinese, it´s time to invest again.<p>Home prices are set to decline further next year and …

7 Film Biographies to Inspire Every Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Movies are a great source of inspiration, and while there is no dearth of good fictional movies, what really inspires me are biographies. Fiction requires a powerful imagination and have strengths of their own, but true stories are the …

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30 Years Ago in Rolling Stone: Rise of the Police, End of the Clash

The March 1st, 1984 edition of <i>Rolling Stone</i> (issue No. 416) included articles ranging from a William Greider defense of Walter Mondale (the …

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead – a …

Snowstorm Spawns Most Hilariously Comprehensive Forecast Ever

If you live on the U.S. East Coast, March is the greatest time of year for massively confusing weather. Here in California, it's all pretty much the …

Computers in Your Underwear: Where Wearable Tech Must Go to Succeed

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While it’s common to see Google Glass at events such as SXSW, wearable technology is still on the fringe for many. A SXSW panel Monday titled "Tech Off Your Clothes: Naked Truths of Wearables," explored this issue with a trio of experts …

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How I taught my son to love vinyl

Watching Almost Famous was the starting point of a renewed passion for Tony Myers, and a road to discovery for his son<p>Recently I watched the film Almost Famous with my two teenage children, Ariella, 15, and Noah, 13. Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film includes one of the best scenes …

David Crosby says he has health but no wealth

Fifty years of Bob Dylan's stark challenge to liberal complacency

Fifty years ago this month the 22-year-old Bob Dylan released his third album, The Times They Are a-Changin' – the acme and as it turned out the end of his "protest" period. Dylan renounced this genre so quickly, and took his fans on such a giddy journey afterwards, that there's a tendency to …

Dan Berkenstock: The world is one big dataset. Now, how to photograph it ...