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Can you handle the new 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer?

The new trailer for 'Fifty Shades of Grey' dropped Thursday night, and it's dripping with two-and-a-half minutes of -- what else? -- sexual tension.

A milestone moment for Microsoft: .NET is now an open-source project

In what probably never would have happened under the first two CEOs to lead the historic software company, Microsoft plans to announce on Wednesday that it is open sourcing the entire .NET framework, a symbolic move by the Redmond, Washington-based legacy technology company officially recognizing that the open-source model of software development is here to stay.

Theo Jansen’s wind-powered sculptures - Notes From All Over - The New Yorker

Theo Jansen’s Strandbeests, wind-powered sculptures that walk on the beach. Watch The New Yorker on The Scene: Subscribe to the all-new T...

What do men think of catcalling? A men's rights activist and a feminist debate

Two men (a men's rights activist and a feminist) debate over catcalling, and whether women should tolerate it.

'Star Wars' Jedi Babies battle over last cupcake - CNET

Tiny versions of Darth Vader and Princess Leia duel with lightsabers over a coveted cupcake. Who will get their just desserts in this epic "Star Wars" video? Watch to find out!

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4 Simple Remedies For Burnout Backed By Science

You could bake exercise into your day by making a point to swim or run before work, by going for a strenuous walk at lunch, or by bring your gym gear with you so you can exercise before going home. The trick is to create a routine of regular exercise whereby it takes less mental effort to exercise than it does to not exercise. This is what good habit formation is all about.

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Scientists Have Climbed To The Bottom Of The Mysterious Siberian Crater

Remember that dramatic 260-foot crater that was discovered in Siberia this past summer? In an effort to learn more about this mysterious hole, a team of Russian geologists has successfully climbed down to the bottom where they managed to perform tests and take some stunning photos.

With theBomb, The Makers Of theChive Aim To Create A Viral Video Hub

Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Leo Resig is the second of four children. He has an older brother, John, who is the co-founder and business partner in Resignation Media. He also has two younger sisters, Emily and Megan who run theCHIVE’s sister destination, Leo’s parents instilled a work ethic at a young age and they found child labor loopholes for him to caddy at the tender age …

Apple Pay sees strong consumer interest at several retailers; but still years aways from being mainstream

Now, according to The New York Times,  major retailers in the United States “are seeing a wave of consumers eager to check out at the register with their iPhones.” McDonald’s, for example, said that nearly 50% of the mobile payments in the last three weeks at its 14,000 stores across the U.S. were done through Apple Pay. Similarly, Whole Foods — a high-end grocery chain — processed more than 150,000 Apple Pay transactions since the release of iOS 8.1.

Surgeon with Ebola arrives in U.S. from Sierra Leone for treatment

Salia will be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, said Kargbo. The hospital said in a statement Saturday that the plane carrying Salia, whom it didn't identify by name, was expected to land in Omaha at around 2 p.m., local time. He will be the third Ebola patient at the Omaha hospital and the 10th person with Ebola to be treated in the U.S. The last, Dr. Craig Spencer, was released from a New York hospital on Tuesday.

Bitcoin Startup Coinbase Is Raising Another $50 Million

Bitcoin startup Coinbase is seeking to raise another round of funding, which could add $50 million in new capital before it’s finished. According to sources, however, the company has faced headwinds in the fundraising process that may limit the total amount raised.

You'll soon be able to stream Spotify music during Uber rides, report says

Uber and Spotify will go public with their partnership some time next week, possibly as soon as Monday, according to the report. Spotify has already sent out invitations for media to attend a conference call that day with Uber and a "special" guest to announce a new partnership. The invitation reportedly features a music clef.

Nintendo's new 2DS designs are straight out of the '90s

Back in the nineties, Nintendo showed the world the future, and that future was translucent plastic and circuit boards. Both the Game Boy Pocket and Game Boy Color offered see-through casing, not to mention the Game Boy Advance a few years later, and kids everywhere loved them. Now, Nintendo's treating us to a pair of new 2DS handhelds crafted in the same mold.

Why Germans Work Fewer Hours But Produce More: A Study In Culture

I think what you and others like fail to realize is the “money for nothing” attitude in the USA. We have about 12% of the population (probably more and going up) who really doesn’t want to work and wants to either a) get their whole living from the government, or b) make it in a medical malpractice/personal injury/employment discrimination lawsuit or the like. The Germany economy functions because, speaking for at least the homogenous population in Germany, they have a work ethic like no other. They are proud to work! They do not want a handout! Not saying that there is a not a lot of that going on Germany, in Berlin and with all of the Russian and Turkish and other immigrants and now the Syrian refugees that they take in from every-f-ing-where to soak up the Hartz welfare reforms (Social Security) because they are afraid of being called intolerant Nazis for saying NO, but not in the majority of their lands where traditional Germans and German values are imbued. Now, superimpose the German Democratic Socialist system onto our U.S. landscape and you will have a slowdown in productivity.

BMW turns streetlights into electric-car charging stations - CNET

More car manufacturers than ever are building electric vehicles, with BMW, Nissan and General Motors joining in the trend. Such cars have yet to reach the mainstream, though, for a variety of reasons including short traveling distances, long charging times and few charging stations. BMW's effort looks to follow in the footsteps of electric-car maker Tesla, which is already building its own charging-station infrastructure. While Tesla's stations are made specifically for Tesla cars, it appears BMW is working on technology that is open to a variety of vehicles.

Chinese Programmer Sticks Windows 95 On An iPhone 6 Plus

3.Q: Why is the process I installed the explorer process wrong? A: Because idos simulator only simulates the 16′s dos environment, although win98 16/32 hybrid system but Explorer and exe process large part needed is a 32-bit environment, so when they need 32 program calls some system environment variables and support libraries when an error occurs, LZ modify some of the resource is designed to allow him to run in idos environmental good, However, this modification will change the part of the machine, which has led some device errors when using LZ modify the good image. After LZ according to everyone’s feedback slowly improve!

How I hacked online dating

Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating. The dates she liked didn't write her back, and her own profile attracted crickets (and worse). So, as any fan of data would do: she started making a spreadsheet. Hear the story of how she went on to hack her online dating life — with frustrating, funny and life-changing results.

Asus ROG G751 review - CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET The collection of internal components here is close to top-end. An Origin PC Eon 17-S laptop we're currently testing beats it out by a little bit. That system offers a higher-end Intel Core i7-4940MX, an expensive part that didn't add much to its performance in our application and gaming tests, as well as a version of the same Nvidia GeForce 980M graphics card with 8GB of onboard RAM. The Asus G751 we tested has a Core i7-4710HQ CPU and 980M GPU with only 4GB of RAM. In real-world terms, the difference in performance was minor, but the $1,000 price difference between those two systems was not.

Walmart Now Price-Matches Online Retailers In Its Stores, Including Amazon And

Just ahead of another busy shopping season, Walmart confirmed that it has updated its price-matching policy company-wide to allow its retail stores to match the prices from nearly any online retailer, including top competitor Amazon. The new policy is meant to extend the informal price-matching store managers have already implemented at local stores, in addition to the Ad Matching policy that has Walmart matching the prices from local brick-and-mortar retailers’ advertised sales.

Incredible New Photos Taken From the Surface of a Comet | WIRED

For millennia, people have seen comets come and go from afar, watching the mysterious, bright objects suddenly appear in the sky with long, spectacular tails. Now the Rosetta mission has provided an unprecedented close-up perspective. The spacecraft’s images of comet 67P/Guryumov-Gerasimenko’s surface reveal a rugged environment, covered with jagged rock and sharp cliffs. Now its lander, Philae, has snapped the first-ever photos from the surface of a comet.

Philae’s first touchdown seen by Rosetta

A geostationary orbit has about a 3280m or so radius and that is very close to the surface. A new concept of a lander would be that one part of the lander would stay a bit outside this radius and the other part anchored to the ground, both connected with a cable. The advantage would be that the orbiting unit will be pulled forward securing its stable position a few kilometer above the ground and most of the time in the sunlight. Also the communication link window would be a lot longer. The disadvantage is that you have to relay on harpoons again and as two out of two failed, this concept is prone to some development. Possibly a jumping rabbit concept would be safer and this actually could have been accomplished with this lander as well if from the start if the comands would have been a bit more flexible and not just relayed on the function of the anchoring system. To start the experiments at the tuchdown signal was too optimistic. The safe way would have been to just keep the cameras running and have a command series that did not start any power consuming experiments untill an optical confirmation was received and possibly also made som decision to continue to make use of the active jump capacity of the lander.

Landmark 20-Year Study Finds Pesticides Linked to Depression In Farmers - Modern Farmer

I asked whether farmers were likely to simply have higher levels of depression than the norm, given the difficulties of the job — long hours, low wages, a lack of power due to government interference, that kind of thing — and, according to Kamel, that wasn’t a problem at all. “We didn’t have to deal with overreporting [of depression] because we weren’t seeing that,” she says. In fact, only 8% of farmers surveyed sought treatment for depression, lower than the norm, which is somewhere around 10% in this country. That doesn’t mean farmers are less likely to suffer from depression, only that they’re less likely to seek treatment for it, and that makes the findings, if anything, even stronger.

Google Nexus 6 review - CNET

In general, it's all a matter of personal preference. The Galaxy Note 4 lets you adjust display tones, but even so, its screen has the most punch to it. At times though, colors can look unrealistic (especially skin tones). On the other side of the spectrum, the iPhone comes off a tad muted, but colors are more true-to-life. The Nexus 6 is the perfect compromise between the two. It has better color representation than the Note 4, but isn't as vibrant. At the same time, it's more vivid than the iPhone, but its colors aren't as accurate. Whichever device you go with, however, you're still guaranteed to get an engaging and expansive viewing experience.

Forget multitasking, try monotasking

People aren’t just cooking anymore — they’re cooking, texting, talking on the phone, watching YouTube and uploading photos of the awesome meal they just made. Designer Paolo Cardini questions the efficiency of our multitasking world and makes the case for — gasp — "monotasking." His charming 3D-printed smartphone covers just might help.

Do the Most Hipster Thing Possible—Move to Des Moines

This could only happen because of the infrastructure investment in Des Moines, Rossi says. Earlier this fall, work began on a $49 million real estate development project in the East Village, a trendy neighborhood downtown that was once just home to an old Chevrolet shop, a few eateries, and some taverns that couldn't even generously be called dive bars. Combined with a $40 million sculpture garden, a 16,000-seat arena for concerts and sports, 700 miles of connected trails and bikeways, an amphitheater along the riverfront, and countless new music venues, restaurants, and bars that neighbor thriving insurance and financial companies headquartered here, the downtown area is pleasingly aesthetic, livable, and big enough to host large events like the Farmers Market, the Arts Festival, and 80/35.

Google Takes Over Operations Of Moffett Airfield From NASA, Will Invest $200M Into The Site

After years of using Moffett Field as the home and launch pad for the private jets of Google’s founders, the company has agreed to a deal in which it will lease the airfield from NASA for the next 60 years. As part of the lease, Google will take over operations of the airfield while the U.S. government retains ownership of the land.

Why Whole Foods is moving into one of the poorest neighborhoods in Chicago

Near the Whole Foods site, the other odd food incentives in Englewood are on display. Walgreens is two blocks away and has several grocery aisles. It sells cut fruit in plastic containers alongside salad greens and a few baskets of apples and oranges. A display shelf for “smart buys,” though, features an 81/2-ounce bag of Uncle Ray’s sour cream-and-onion chips for a dollar. Walgreens sells just-add-water and microwaveable pasta sides, but no boxes of plain pasta. The food section has a sign to Walgreens’ valued customers that “this location accepts SNAP benefits.” It’s mounted in the chip aisle.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop review

Google has also made back-end improvements, most of which will be invisible to the end user. They promise better performance and battery life, but it's much too early to say for sure. We haven't been able to do side-by-side comparisons on identical hardware, and the versions we've been using so far aren't final. I will say that on both the Nexus 6 and the Nexus 9, the performance story is mixed. Moments of pure speed and smoothness are interrupted by inexplicable pauses. Battery life is very difficult to pin down, too. Android 5.0 is very much a "Dot Oh" update — and that means bugs.

Amazon Is Hiring a Pilot to Test its Delivery Drones

The e-tailer has posted a job listing for a flight operations engineer on its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery team. The new job, based at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters, will involve working with regulatory authorities, planning out test flights and executing the flights themselves. Several years of flight test experience are required for the job.

Exclusive: This Is How Much Taylor Swift Really Makes From Spotify

“The more we grow, the more we pay artists, and we’re growing like crazy,” said Jonathan Prince, Spotify’s global head of communications and public policy. “Our users, both free and paid, have grown by more than 50 percent in the last year, which means that the run rate for artists of every level of popularity keeps climbing. And Taylor just put out a great record, so her popularity has grown too. We paid Taylor’s label and publisher roughly half a million dollars in the month before she took her catalog down—without even having 1989 on our service—and that was only going to go up.”

Why elephants never forget - Alex Gendler

It’s a common saying that elephants never forget. But the more we learn about elephants, the more it appears that their impressive memory is only one aspect of an incredible intelligence that makes them some of the most social, creative, and benevolent creatures on Earth. Alex Gendler takes us into the incredible, unforgettable mind of an elephant.

The problems with 'Interstellar'

Christopher Nolan's  Interstellar is absolutely gorgeous. Interstellar has strong performances and real tearjerking moments. Interstellar also has some pretty large issues and (potential) plot holes that unravel over the course of its nearly-three-hour runtime.

The Most Popular Drug in America Is an Antipsychotic and No One Really Knows How It Works

One drug that is a close cousin of Thorazine, Abilify, is currently the  top-selling  of all prescription drugs in the U.S. marketed as a supplement to antidepressant drugs, reports the Daily Beast . Not only is it amazing that an antipsychotic is outselling all other drugs, no one even knows how it works to relieve depression, writes Jay Michaelson. The standardized United States Product Insert says Abilify's method of action is "unknown" but it likely "balances" brain's neurotransmitters. But critics say antipsychotics don’t treat anything at all, but zone people out and produce oblivion. They also say there is a concerning rise in the prescription of antipsychotics for routine complaints like insomnia.

5 Tips to Stay Healthy If You Sit at a Computer All Day

Poor posture is something that every office-based employee should consider throughout their day. Most people sitting at a computer get drawn into the screen, which means they crane their necks forward. This imbalance puts strain on the neck and spine. It’s like holding a bowling ball with one hand, says Dr. James Bowman, of Portland, Ore.-based Solutions Chiropractic. If your arm is vertical underneath, it puts less strain on the muscles, but lean that ball forward and your muscles have to compensate to keep it aloft. Sitting at a desk, that bowling ball is actually our head, so Bowman recommends chin retractions, or making a double chin, to keep the neck and spine lined up underneath.

This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live

This map shows which disease is most likely to kill you depending on where you live

Here’s What Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Thinks Apple And Google Do Best

When I think about what Apple does, what Google does and what Microsoft does, therein lies perhaps the simplest answer to why these three identities are actually pretty distinct. To me Apple’s very, very clear, and, in fact, I think Tim Cook did a great job of even describing that very recently where he said they sell devices and that’s what Apple is all about. And Google is about being, it’s about data or it’s about advertising, it is about serving you ads in a tasteful way, and they’ve done a great job of that business.

Americans’ Cellphones Targeted in Secret U.S. Spy Program

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department is scooping up data from thousands of mobile phones through devices deployed on airplanes that mimic cellphone towers, a high-tech hunt for criminal suspects that is snagging a large number of innocent Americans, according to people familiar with the operations.

9 Super Simple Ways to Make Facebook Less Annoying

Lists are another good way to control Facebook chatter. Place friends in the “Acquaintances” list and their posts will rarely show up in your News Feed. You can also make use of the “Restricted” list, which is kind of the inverse of the “Unfollow” option. Restricted users will only be able to see your public posts or posts in which you specifically tag them. This could be a useful way to deal with a friend request from your boss or a stealthy method to keep annoying users from commenting on your posts. Both lists can be accessed by visiting friends’ profile pages.

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It's National Adoption Month: 20 surreal photos of foster kids at play

Woodcox says one of the most important things a foster family can remember is that it won't be easy in the beginning. "Many people think taking on a foster child or adoption will be as simple as just 'being nice' and 'saying nice things,' or offering privilege," he says. However, these kids go through a very trying phase before they trust new families. It's important to see it through, so they're not cycled through the system again and again.

Out Of This World: The Mysterious Mental Side Effects Of Traveling Into Space


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There's a virus that makes you stupid, scientists say - CNET

A surprise discovery was that the ATCV-1 virus -- which comes from algae -- seemed to affect human cognition. Previously, it had been thought that humans weren't prone to being infected by this virus. However, in taking throat swabs from 92 people, the researchers found 40 of them had the virus.

A Beautiful Glowing Bike Lane Modeled After Van Gogh's Starry Night | WIRED

Even static, the glowing lane is magical, “like biking through a fairy tale,” as Roosegaarde likes to say. But the designer suspects the path’s real draw will change from person to person. “Some people will come because they’re interested in safety and energy-friendly landscapes, others will come because they want to experience art and science,” he says. “In my opinion, I think it’ll be a hot spot for a first date.”

A Chinese developer used 99 iPhone 6s to propose to his girlfriend

A Chinese developer spent more than RMB 500000 (~$81,000) to buy 99 iPhones to create a heart shaped ring inside which he proposed the girl of his dreams. Sadly, the girl rejected his proposal for reasons best known to her. The whole event took place in front of their colleagues, and the pictures of the event have since then made their way to Weibo, a popular social networking site in China.

'Interstellar' makes the case for humanity's return to space

Interstellar achieves a rare feat for a blockbuster. Like the best science fiction, it manages to tell a distinctly human story while also holding up a mirror to our societal ills. But it's also a film that isn't afraid to explore real science -- the plot largely hinges on its space-time dynamic, and it does so while plumbing the depths of human sentiment. At its core, Interstellar drives home the idea that we humans are curious creatures, and inherently explorers.

DJI Introduces The $2,800 Inspire 1 Transforming Drone

DJI is the leader in drones and the company just introduced a radical new model. The Inspire 1 builds upon the success of the Phantom and integrates some of the magic found in the firm’s professional-level drones, including the ability to stream 1080p video up to a mile away. At $2,800, the Inspire 1 isn’t cheap, but it packs an unparalleled suite of technology in its arsenal.

How To Use Facebook To Make Yourself Happy

However, there's a limit to how much Facebook feedback can improve your well-being. “It becomes problematic when you completely rely on that [feedback system],” Flores said. How to test if you have an addiction to this kind of self-gratification? Flores advises that if users can go 48 hours without any access to Facebook, they should not consider themselves addicted.

7 IT Startups That Will Change How Businesses Innovate In 2015

ElasticBox offers IT-as-a-service. Its platform enables IT and developer teams to collaborate so they can quickly build, manage and deploy applications to any cloud. ElasticBox eases the friction between the two teams. Generally, IT teams want to slow things down and ensure stability, while developers want to speed things up and innovate. ElasticBox is changing the DevOps dynamic into one that’s more collaborative and efficient. It also offers a wide variety of features for businesses. This gives companies more flexibility with how they move to the cloud by not locking them into a single cloud provider or a specific way of deploying applications.

Watch Harvard Students Fail the Literacy Test Louisiana Used to Suppress the Black Vote in 1964

How hard was the test? You can take it yourself below ( see an answer key here )  and find out. Just recently, the same literacy test was also administered to Harvard students — students who can, if anything, ace a standardized test — and not one passed. The questions are tricky. But even worse, if push comes to shove, the questions and answers can be interpreted in different ways by officials grading the exam.  Carl Miller , a resident tutor at Harvard and a fellow at the law school, told The Daily Mail: “Louisiana’s literacy test was designed to be failed. Just like all the other literacy tests issued in the South at the time, this test was not about testing literacy at all. It was a … devious measure that the State of Louisiana used to disenfranchise people that had the wrong skin tone or belonged to the wrong social class.” (Sometimes the test was also given to poor whites.) Above, you can watch scenes from the Harvard experiment and students’ reactions.

Here's Why MIT Is The Most Intense College In America

We've got the partiers (typically frat/sorority kids, the "cool kids" from high school who manage to go out every weekend night and still pass their classes), the chill kids (kind of like stoners, except not as hard-core; MIT's hard enough without being high ALL the time), the quiet kids (self-explanatory), the nerds (your typical high school nerd/dork, except here it's COOL to be a nerd), the hackers (these guys love to build cool stuff and explore areas of campus that maybe shouldn't be explored), and pretty much anything else you can think of. All of these groups interact and overlap constantly, so there's no reason you can't party one day and hack the next.

150,000 Cable Subscribers Cut The Cord Last Quarter

A report released Friday by the Leichtman Research Group says the 13 largest pay-TV providers -- a group that includes companies like Time Warner, Comcast and DirecTV -- shed about 150,000 video subscribers in the most recent quarter, compared to just 25,000 in the same period last year.

One less hurdle: Women's shelter allows victims to escape with their pets

It's a valid question that's caused unnecessary suffering for many domestic violence victims. It's unfortunately also why 48% of women in the U.S. choose to stay in abusive relationships. The resources for victims with pets in need of shelter are incredibly limited.

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60 A Quick Look At Google Inbox
61 Drones over US soil: the calm before the swarm
62 1910, Paris: Some of the world's first street style photography
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64 President Obama urges the FCC to treat the internet as a utility
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66 Conservatives don’t hate climate science. They hate the left’s climate solutions
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68 How the CEOs of Airbnb & Pinterest taught Stanford students to build billion-dollar teams (in 7 quotes)
69 Exploring the mind of a killer
70 Bring back the dumb TV
71 Facebook turns its data policy into something a human can actually read
72 Visualizing the wonder of a living cell
73 Modeling Philae's Double Bounce Comet Landing | WIRED
74 The Truth About Your Ego: Why We're Resistant to Change
75 Where does creativity hide?
76 Drawing with Words
77 Why thinking you're ugly is bad for you
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83 Insecam Displays Unsecured Webcams From Around The World
84 Privacy in the Internet of Things Era
85 Brazil begins laying its own Internet cables to avoid U.S. surveillance
86 REVEALED: The Top Demographic Trends For Every Major Social Network
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