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Don’t forget how the Soviet Union saved the world from Hitler

Tensions with Putin ahead of Russia's annual Victory Day parade obscure the scale of the Soviet sacrifice in World War II.

New Millennium Falcon drone is a bigger, better hunk of junk - CNET

Not fully satisfied with his first Millennium Falcon drone casing, French maker Olivier C is back with a new version of Han and Chewie's ship. It could easily do the Kessel Run in under 12 Parsecs.

Raspberry Pi 2: How to build a 3D-printed bow tie spy camera [REVIEW]

We took the tiny $35 Raspberry Pi 2 DIY computer and created a 3D-printed bow tie spy camera. Here's how we did it.

La Novena Sinfonía de Beethoven

Un 7 de mayo de hace casi dos siglos se estrenó una de las más increíbles obras musicales de todos los tiempos: la *Novena sinfonía* de Beethoven.

Racing to June 1: The fight to control the Patriot Act

If Defcon is the cultural Comic-Con of security conferences, then RSA is more like the business-focused Game Developers Conference (GDC), though largely

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So, the NSA Has an Actual Skynet Program | WIRED

We should note that the NSA has a second program that more closely resembles the Terminator ‘s Skynet. This one is called MonsterMind, as revealed by Edward Snowden last year in an interview with WIRED and James Bamford . MonsterMind, like the film version of Skynet, is a defense surveillance system that would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US, and could be used to launch retaliatory strikes as well. Under this program algorithms would scour massive repositories of metadata and analyze it to differentiate normal network traffic from anomalous or malicious traffic. Armed with this knowledge, the NSA could instantly and autonomously identify, and block, a foreign threat.

USA: Where the Poor Live Dearly

It was strange feeling watching the images from Baltimore on television. After moving to America nine months ago to report on this country, I had to stop apartment hunting in New York to visit Ferguson, Missouri. The unarmed young black man Michael Brown had just been shot dead by a white police officer, sparking widespread unrest. Now I was seeing the same kinds of images while sitting in my apartment. This time it was a young black man in Baltimore named Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. And again, it set off rioting.

Typhoon Noul gains intensity as it approves Philippines

Behind Noul is Tropical Storm Seven, which is expected to intensify into a typhoon during the next several days, at which point it would be named Typhoon Dolphin. Some computer models intensify it significantly as it traverses mild ocean waters. Its ultimate path and intensity are uncertain, but it appears likely to bring strong winds, high surf and heavy rains to Guam on May 14.

Now you can order food from Google search results

The search giant has only teamed up with six delivery companies so far — Seamless, Grubhub, Eat24,, BeyondMenu, and — so if your local favorite doesn't offer its food through one of those services, you'll be forced to either order the old-fashioned way or writhe around on the floor until someone takes pity on you and puts food in your mouth. Not to worry, though, hungry people — Google says it's looking to add more delivery providers in the future.

Microsoft can’t trademark ‘Skype’ in Europe because it’s too similar to ‘Sky’

Sky PLC, then known as British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB), opposed the filing stating it believed it would cause confusion, given that it had filed a similar Community trademark in 2003. This latest case, brought in front of the General Court in Luxembourg, was Skype’s attempt to have an earlier ruling against it overturned. And it seems it has failed in its efforts. Skype has two months to appeal the decision in the same court.

The Story Behind McDonald's Hot, Hipster Hamburglar

The Hamburglar came out of a brainstorm at agency Golin back in January around marketing McDonald’s new Sirloin Third-Pound burger. "As we thought about the product and who the target is (a broad target, but mainly adults 25+) and the affinity that fans have towards memories of our history, and as we also look forward, we wanted to make sure we created a campaign that connected (everything) together," says Yashinsky. The agency proposed resurrecting the character, and he says, "It was something that resonated with us as a potential mark that could hit, and it certainly has."

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The paradox of choice

Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.

What’s next in 3D printing

Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.

11 TED Talks to watch when you're stuck in a rut

We all feel stuck sometimes — whether it’s on a creative project, in a job where we feel like we’ve plateaued, or in a mental state we just can’t seem to shake out of. These talks may help give you that jolt.

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them.

15 words you should eliminate from your vocabulary to sound smarter

People don't have the time or the attention span to read any more words than necessary. You want your readers to hear you out, understand your message, and perhaps be entertained, right? Here's a list of words to eliminate to help you write more succinctly.

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.

Apple and Microsoft’s visions for the future are delightfully different

The term "platform" has been applied to so many different things lately that it’s starting to feel meaningless, but it has a relatively straightforward definition. In the tech world, a platform is any space that you can own and make attractive enough for others to pay rent to occupy. The App Store and iPhone are the digital and physical manifestations of Apple’s platform. They are the big lightning rods for attention that everyone is drawn to. What Microsoft is endeavoring to do is to build its own profitable operation on top of that, and the primary form of rent it’s paying is the provision of its most valuable software for free. Having gravitated closer to the Apple business model under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft now has more in common with Google, which set the blueprint for successfully growing a suite of free services on external platforms.

Fast Company | Business + Innovation

It's not good enough to find balance if your employees can't. It's time for the C-Suite to make work-life balance a part of company policy.

More than 2 million people still pay for AOL dial-up - CNET

Not all AOL dial-up subscribers actually pay for it. Some have been induced to stay by freebies when they threatened to leave. There are, though, some who are on a free trial. Now. Yes, they're actually joining as if, for them, Kurt Cobain is still alive.

One more reason to get a good night’s sleep

The brain uses a quarter of the body's entire energy supply, yet only accounts for about two percent of the body's mass. So how does this unique organ receive and, perhaps more importantly, rid itself of vital nutrients? New research suggests it has to do with sleep.

ABC Renews Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Agent Carter - IGN

While Agents of SHIELD's pick up was more or less expected, the Agent Carter news comes as an awesome semi-surprise since its fate was more up in the air. Especially considering that there's been a new SHIELD spinoff series in development centered on Mockingbird and Hunter - which we're still waiting to hear official news about. [ UPDATE: The SHIELD spinoff has now been shelved at ABC .]

How do you dismantle a nuclear submarine?

Although the reactor machinery – steam generators, pumps, valves and piping – now contains no enriched uranium, the metals in it are rendered radioactive by decades of neutron bombardment shredding their atoms. So after fuel removal, the sub is towed into dry dock where cutting tools and blowtorches are used to sever the reactor compartment, plus an emptied compartment either side of it, from the submarine's hull. Then thick steel seals are welded to either end. So the canisters are not merely receptacles: they are giant high-pressure steel segments of the nuclear submarine itself – all that remains of it, in fact, as all nonradioactive submarine sections are then recycled.

Hot water freezes faster than cold - and now we know why.

Theories for the Mpemba effect have included faster evaporation of hot water, therefore reducing the volume left to freeze; formation of a frost layer on cold water, insulating it; and different concentrations of solutes such as carbon dioxide, which is driven off when the water is heated. Unfortunately the effect doesn’t always appear - cold water often does actually freeze faster than hot, as you would expect. But this Mpemba effect occurs regularly, and no one has ever been able to definitively answer why.

We need to start a new conversation about infidelity

Bearing this in mind, I changed my question to, “How many of you have been affected by infidelity in your lives?” Suddenly, the hands went up en masse. A woman sees a friend’s husband having an intimate conversation with a beautiful woman on the train and wonders whether or not she should tell. A young man describes the infidelity that preceded his parents’ divorce. Another young man was himself the “love child” of his own parents’ affair, and tells of growing up with a set of half-siblings who related to him on a spectrum from envy to resentment. An older gay man is in heavy discussions with his lesbian best friend who suspects her partner may be having an affair with an ex-girlfriend. A pair of long-married parents are refusing to let their daughter’s unfaithful husband attend their 60th anniversary party. And a young fiancé wonders if he’s done the right thing by disinviting one of his groomsmen—a known player—at his bride’s request.

Let's revive the Golden Rule

Weeks from the Charter for Compassion launch, Karen Armstrong looks at religion's role in the 21st century: Will its dogmas divide us? Or will it unite us for common good? She reviews the catalysts that can drive the world's faiths to rediscover the Golden Rule.

Maggie Review - IGN

Maggie is a low budget, small-scale movie – much of the film is set in and around Wade’s farm – so the biggest issue going in, given the ARNOLD VS. ZOMBIES way it could be accidentally perceived, is one of perception. However, for those who approach the film with an open mind and an interest in seeing someone as specifically iconic as Arnold Schwarzenegger try something different (it should be noted Schwarzenegger is a producer on the film as well), there’s a lot to admire here. The film commits fully to its tone and is grounded by great work by both Breslin and, yes, Schwarzenegger. While it’s not subtle in it’s approach, its tweak of zombie-ism as a form of cancer or any other fatal illness works very well and feels in the grand tradition of using both horror films in general and zombie tales specifically as a notable way to tell metaphorical stories.

Kidnapped woman calls for help via online pizza order, say police - CNET

Technically Incorrect: Tapping an app and begging for Pizza Hut to call 911 may have saved a Florida woman and her three children from her knife-wielding boyfriend.

So, the NSA Has an Actual Skynet Program | WIRED

We should note that the NSA has a second program that more closely resembles the Terminator ‘s Skynet. This one is called MonsterMind, as revealed by Edward Snowden last year in an interview with WIRED and James Bamford . MonsterMind, like the film version of Skynet, is a defense surveillance system that would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US, and could be used to launch retaliatory strikes as well. Under this program algorithms would scour massive repositories of metadata and analyze it to differentiate normal network traffic from anomalous or malicious traffic. Armed with this knowledge, the NSA could instantly and autonomously identify, and block, a foreign threat.

The 14 Best Data Visualization Tools

Datawrapper  is an online tool for making interactive charts. Once you upload the data from CSV file or paste it directly into the field, Datawrapper will generate a bar, line or any other related visualization. Many reporters and news organizations use Datawrapper to embed live charts into their articles. It is very easy to use and produces effective graphics. If you are looking to get started, here is a nice tutorial to make your task easier.

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Ferrari's design chief imagines the weird, beautiful spaceship of the future

In fact, it's not a car at all: Manzoni took a break from styling some of the most beautiful vehicles on the planet to sketch his vision for a spacecraft of the future, lithe and fully chromed-out, just as you'd expect any good sci-fi spacecraft to be. It turns out that he's had an obsession with UFOs since childhood, and there's no shortage of UFO inspiration here — if there's an aircraft, shuttle, or rocket that exists today that looks anything like it, I don't know what it is.

Why Do Cats Purr? It's Not Just Because They're Happy | WIRED

Did you just arrive home to be greeted by your cat purring and rubbing against your leg? He might be happy to see you. Is your cat pestering you around dinnertime, purring insistently? It may be hungry. (Cats seem to purr with greater urgency when hungry.) Is he purring at you through YouTube? Maybe he’s encouraging you to finish the story you’re writing. (This was my soundtrack for writing this piece . You are welcome.)

Harvard class cooks up the ultimate BBQ smoker - The Boston Globe

CAMBRIDGE — The smoky, slightly sweet smell of mesquite filled the air outside Harvard’s science and engineering buildings off Oxford Street early Monday morning. But this was no springtime diversion — instead, it was a 15-hour final exam for a class with a single, mouth-watering problem to solve: how to make the perfect brisket.

A bath without water

If you had to walk a mile for a jug of water every day, as millions of people do, it's unlikely you'd use that precious water to bathe. Young entrepreneur Ludwick Marishane tells the amazing, funny story of how he invented a cheap, clean and convenient solution: DryBath, the world’s first bath-substituting lotion.

The 100 Best Android Apps of 2015

Ah, it's that time again. The snow has melted, the birds are beginning to wing and sing across the sky, and the whole world seems to burst with the knowledge that winter is over. At least, that's what I'm told. Here in PCMag's New York office, we haven't seen much of the sun, and it's barely above freezing. But even if it's still pretty miserable outside, that doesn't mean you can't spruce up your Android with some great new apps! And have we got new apps. This list covers everything you need, from comic books, to finance, to secure messaging services.

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Colt's original gun factory and its quirky utopian village are rotting:

I was held hostage for 317 days. Here's what I thought about…

Vincent Cochetel was held hostage for 317 days in 1998, while working for the UN High Commissioner on Refugees in Chechnya. For the first time, he recounts the experience — from what it was like to live in a dark, underground chamber, chained to his bed, to the unexpected conversations he had with his captors. With lyricism and power, he explains why he continues his work today. Since 2000, attacks on humanitarian aid workers have tripled — and he wonders what that rise may signal to the world.

'Crab' car drives sideways and parks in tiny spaces -

"It is able to reduce it's own size by about 80cm, which makes it almost as small as a bike in length. And with this kind of feature you can go into very tiny parking spaces," he says. "You are still able to turn on the spot, you are still able to drive sideways and you are still able to connect to charging stations, for example."

There’s an Uber for Everything Now

I am not a fan of most of the concierge-type apps because they are actually causing more separation between people than they are connecting people. those apps connect individuals to services, they don't create respectful relationships between neighborhood residents and their local businesses. That's not a good thing. All you have to do is walk a few blocks in SoMa to see how selfish, rude and inept an entire generation has become because of all this technology.


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5 dangerous things you should let your kids do

At TED U, Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School, spells out 5 dangerous things you should let your kids do — and why a little danger is good for both kids and grownups.

How cults rewire the brain

Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.

5M Google Users Infected With Adware

In the joint study, researchers plotted what they called a "click-chain," which was produced from an ad injected on Google. A query for Android, for example, triggered Superfish to fetch a list of embeddable advertisements, like a Best Buy offer. The research team clicked the ad, which started a redirect chain through multiple intermediaries, before arriving at the advertised Best Buy page.

Woman shows off incredible weight loss in fun photo series

It's normal for people trying to lose weight to take before and after pictures to help them visualize their progress. One woman took that idea to the next level.

The 12 Most WIRED Places to Take Your Mom on Mother's Day | WIRED

Your mom is a badass. Not only did she give birth to you, she also changed your diapers, kept you fed, kept you out of jail, and made sure you didn’t get pneumonia. And here’s the thing: She deserves more than just another bouquet of flowers. So instead of giving her the same ol’ same ol’ this Mother’s Day (it’s on Sunday, May 10), give her a gift that gets the brain and the adrenaline going. Here are a dozen WIRED-approved spots that celebrate science, design, technology, and nature. Best of all, every one of them will help you celebrate your mom.

'Supergirl' flies back to TV, with 'Glee' star in the lead role - CNET

Move over, Superman! Crime-fighting cousin Kara Zor-El, aka Supergirl, is coming to CBS in a new drama from the producers of "Arrow" and "Flash."

Carly Fiorina failed to register this domain.

So I'm using it to tell you how many people she laid off at Hewlett-Packard.

What Reddit's 'ridiculous' button tells us about mortality - BBC News

The game shows us that people are willing to participate in seemingly mundane activities if they're designed in a particular way, he tells BBC Trending. "What governments should do is leverage those forces to benefit everyone." He cites keeping track of endangered species online as one potential application, and is also encouraged by the array of tools that the community has built to support the phenomenon. "When you make data free, when you make it open, amazing things happen, but not always in the way you'd expect." Its lessons aren't just practical, but philosophical too, he says. "It dials into people's own views about their mortality. It points out something pretty base to human psychology about how we perceive the frailty of human nature. We need to keep this thing alive and to protect it - not let it approach this finite limit."

The 10 Most-Pirated Movies

When you're done, let us know what you think about the movies on our most-bootlegged film list. If you've seen these pictures and think they're worth watching by any means possible, share your opinions in the comment section below. We'd love to hear them! If you have strong thoughts about piracy, on either side of the equation, let us know about that, too.

In the Tenderloin

Last spring, Hugo came to the San Francisco Bay Area on a fellowship from the Headlands Center for the Arts. He and his wife, Tamsyn, enrolled their daughter in a day-care program near City Hall. After drop-off on the first day, Tamsyn found herself walking through the nearby Tenderloin. Despite butting up against some of the city’s most affluent neighborhoods, the Tenderloin, like Skid Row in Los Angeles, has long been known mostly as a hub of poverty and crime. Prostitution, drugs, and homelessness are ubiquitous. When Tamsyn saw a man shooting up in his neck, she called Hugo, who’s known for his portraits of people in marginalized communities. “You’ve got to come down here,” she told him.

Sex: Let's talk

The talk. The excruciatingly awkward conversation when parents explain to their kids, um, how sex works. But … why is there just one talk? Sex ed teacher Al Vernacchio (TED Talk: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here’s one … ) and entrepreneur Cindy Gallop (TED Talk: Make love, not porn ) believe that good sex should be an open, honest and ongoing conversation. In this exclusive TED video, they meet at Cindy’s house to talk about how to talk about sex — and the dangers of letting porn and movie sex do the talking for us. Because as Vernacchio says: “Talking about sex is no different than talking about anything else — no matter how much you want it to be.”

51 Full-body mega-muscle suit turns you into an instant superhero - CNET
52 This Experiment Shows What Happens To Your Body When Everything You Eat Is Organic
53 WIRED on Twitter
54 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week
55 Brienne of Tarth plays the metal Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
56 7 Things From Destiny's Prison of Elders Reveal - IGN
57 How To Go From Idea To Prototype In One Day
58 LG G4 review - CNET
59 This new artificial muscle is made from gold-plated onion skin
60 Election 2015: What difference would proportional representation have made? - BBC News
61 It's not women who are the problem in tech land - CNET
62 All kinds of minds
63 Facebook's New HQ is Every Office Worker's Worst Nightmare
64 Dumb ‘Smart’ Gadgets: The Bubble Is Set to Burst
65 Puppies! Now that I’ve got your attention, complexity theory
66 Fitbit has a smart way of getting everyone to exercise more — and people love it
67 Getty will pay Instagram shooters $30,000 to document 'underrepresented communities'
68 12 Things You Can Replace With a $38 Tablet
69 This is Harley Quinn and the rest of the Suicide Squad
70 How you can get NASA to pay you $29,000
71 The 26 happiest companies in America
72 One Photographer's Journey: From Shoveling Poop To Running A Multimedia Empire
73 iOS 9 leaked details allegedly point to redesign for Siri - CNET
74 It's Your Right to Film the Police. These Apps Can Help | WIRED
75 A close look at the new, yet familiar guitar in 'Guitar Hero Live'
76 How One Woman Survived A Bad Career Break, Then Launched A Life-Changing Business
77 Apple stops signing iOS 8.2, so you can no longer downgrade iOS 8.3
78 Uber said to be one of the companies bidding on Nokia's Here maps business
79 It’s All About Relationships When Selling Your Startup
80 A new Grooveshark is online and streaming music
81 Microsoft turning phones into PCs feels like the future
82 This New App Lets You Report Cars Parked In Bike Lanes So They Can Be Towed Like They Deserve
83 iPhone 7 concept features a home button built into the screen
84 WPS Office review - CNET
85 The 10 biggest health food misconceptions, according to nutritionists
86 Don’t Go Naked: These Cases Make Your iPhone 6 Better
87 Apple iPhone 6S Release Date, News, Price and Specs - CNET
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89 Why Silence is a Startup Killer
90 The science of setting goals
91 Cancer Vaccine Exists, Goes Unused
92 Lenovo knowingly ships LaVie Z laptop with flaws, offering 5 percent discount - CNET
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