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By Ramesh Prabhu | Stories, articles and pieces that make you go... "wow", "hmm", "holy sh.."

Are you ‘phubbing’ right now? What it is and why science says it’s bad for your relationships

“Phubbing” is the practice of snubbing others in favor of our mobile phones. We’ve all been there, as either victim or perpetrator. We may no longer even notice when we’ve been phubbed (or are phubbing), it has become such a normal part of life. However, research is revealing the profound impact …

Psychology

Do Bitcoins Belong In Your Child's Education Fund?

Back in December 2012, Mark, a fourteen-year old millennial living in Hong Kong, poured some of the money he saved for college to Bitcoins.<p>Now a student in Australia, Mark is cashing in some of his Bitcoins to pay for his college education and living expenses.<p>Apparently, including Bitcoins in an …

Bitcoin

Read this and you may never eat chicken again

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year<p>Every year I spend some time in a tiny apartment in Paris, seven storeys above the mayor’s offices for the 11th arrondissement. The Place de …

Microbiology

A Condom-Maker’s Discovery: Size Matters

Condoms get a bad rap for being a bad wrap. Men often complain of discomfort, diminished sensation and poor fit. A recent federal study found only a third of American men use them.<p>Now, changes by the Food and Drug Administration and industry-standards groups have opened the door to the condom …

Condoms

14 products to reduce the amount of garbage in your life

Kick your garbage habit.<p>The average American generates about 4.5 pounds of trash every single day. What's more, only 9 percent of plastics ever get recycled. Our world makes it incredibly easy to produce trash, but there are still plenty of ways to radically reduce your inorganic waste.<p>A list of …

Shopping

Introversion Is Not A Weakness, So Why Are You Treating It Like One?

Have you ever considered that seating arrangements are key to helping your introverted employees feel comfortable?<p>I'm an introvert. Despite being a results-oriented, diligent employee when I worked in the corporate world, my personality put me at a severe disadvantage alongside my extroverted …

Leadership

​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writing Skills, Too

Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn’t short on initiatives—such as …

Programming

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

Repeal the Second Amendment

I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.<p>From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the …

Gun Control

A Land Without Guns: How Japan Has Virtually Eliminated Shooting Deaths

In part by forbidding almost all forms of firearm ownership, the country has as few as two gun-related homicides a year.<p>Waikiki’s Japanese-filled ranges are the sort of quirk you might find in any major tourist town, but they're also an intersection of two societies with wildly different approaches …

Guns

A growing threat could kill 10 million people by 2050, but one company thinks it can stop it

Our best line of defense against life-threatening illnesses has turned against us. Antibiotics — which we've relied on for decades to beat deadly, contagious infections — are set to kill 10 million people by 2050.<p>After years of abuse in people and animals — with doctors practically doling them out …

Medicine

A microbiologist explains why he hasn't slept without this on his bed in 25 years

New York University microbiologist Philip Tierno hasn't slept a night in 25 years without something on his mattress that few people even think of buying.<p>It's a super-thin, largely invisible cover that slips over the mattress. And it protects him from what he calls a "zoologic park" of bacteria and …

Sleep

Aaron Hernandez Had Severe C.T.E. When He Died at Age 27

The brain scan came as a surprise even to researchers who for years have been studying the relationship between brain disease and deaths of professional football players.<p>Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end and a convicted murderer, was 27 when he committed suicide in April. …

Aaron Hernandez

Facebook’s war on free will

How technology is making our minds redundant. By Franklin Foer<p>All the values that Silicon Valley professes are the values of the 60s. The big tech companies present themselves as platforms for personal liberation. Everyone has the right to speak their mind on social media, to fulfil their …

Mark Zuckerberg

The Internet of Things is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, …

Internet of Things

14 Remarkable Ways My Life Changed When I Quit Social Media

Social media works like a drug. You can't leave it easily.<p><i>How did your life change after leaving Social Media? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Shovan Chowdhury, on Quora:</b><p>My friend …

The Falling Man

An unforgettable story.<p><b>Do you remember this photograph? In the United States, people have taken pains to banish it from the record of September 11, 2001. The story behind it, though, and the search for the man pictured in it, are our most intimate connection to the horror of that day.</b><p>In the …

World Trade Center

I'll Cut the Cord if It Can Ever Beat a Cable Bundle

I'd like to cut the cord. It sounds fun! I picture myself wielding cartoonishly large gardening shears, poised to sever the nearest coaxial cable. I …

Televisions

The most overlooked market for sex robots is women

Sex robots, long a staple of science fiction, have begun receiving a lot of real-world attention. Unlike sex dolls, their inanimate counterparts, sex robots blend lifelike silicone with animatronics to simulate movement, and embed their mechanical brains with artificial intelligence to feign …

Robots

How I cut my $80-a-week grocery budget in half without eating less

<b>• Kenny Gould followed one of the USDA's food plans for a month. It cut his normal grocery budget almost in half — from $80 to $42.</b><p><b>• He shopped at a different store each week: his local chain, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, and a food co-op.</b> <b></b><p><b>• He was able to buy plenty of healthy food and still save</b> …

Trader Joe's

Turn Off Your Push Notifications. All of Them

Push notifications are ruining my life. Yours too, I bet. Download more than a few apps and the notifications become a non-stop, cacophonous …

iOS

The surefire way to motivate yourself to go to the gym

It is one of the downsides of modern civilization. We no longer hunt or farm to survive, and our work is mostly sedentary, so we must choose to exercise to stay healthy. Going to the gym is an efficient way to work out, but finding the time and inclination to lift weights or run on a treadmill …

Fitness

Thermomix, the magical German do-it-all kitchen appliance, is here to conquer America

In a fanciful advertisement from 1956, a limber American housewife is spirited to Frigidaire’s “Kitchen of the Future,” where she delightedly pushes buttons, gazes at flickering screens, and twirls a rotating cylindrical fridge. She skips away for an interlude of recreation involving tennis, golf, …

Cooking

Autonomous driving will bring forced obsolescence to cars

Carmakers aren’t ready for the upgrade backlash they’re about to face<p>The concept of built-in obsolescence should be familiar to anyone that has ever bought a piece of advanced consumer electronics. Back in the early 2000s, a brand new gaming PC would be out of date faster than its owner could …

Transportation

Nelsan Ellis tragedy: Think alcohol is killing you? Quitting can also be deadly

Addiction

Americans worked more and slept less last year - WSJ.com

DOW JONES, A NEWS CORP COMPANY<p>News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services.<p>DOW JONES<p>NEWS CORP<p>U.S. Edition<p>Sections<p>SHOW ALL SECTIONS HIDE ALL SECTIONS<p>Aim higher, reach further.<p>Get the Wall Street Journal $12 for 12 weeks. …

News Corp

It’s Time To Break Up Amazon

With its mega-acquisition of Whole Foods, the retail behemoth moves to suck the value out of yet another market, writes Douglas Rushkoff.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>“Amazon just bought Whole Foods,” my friend texted me …

Trends

Why Amazon Bought Whole Foods

The retailer’s $14 billion bet isn’t just about the future of food. It’s about the future of commerce—especially for rich urban consumers.<p>Amazon announced on Friday morning that it’s buying Whole Foods for just under $14 billion, the retailer’s largest acquisition ever. The purchase holds …

Whole Foods