Countries Rush for Upper Hand in Antarctica December 15, 2017 at 08:21PM

On a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.


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Scientists in Antarctica Drink a Lot. Maybe Too Much December 15, 2017 at 08:21PM

Working in Antarctica can be one of the most exhilarating jobs on Earth. Or one of the most depressing. Owing to distance and the difficulty of getting onto and off of the continent, most people who go spend months there. The beauty and isolation both inspires and crushes.


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Melt may explain Antarctica's sea ice expansion December 15, 2017 at 08:20PM

Climate change is expanding Antarctica’s sea ice, according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience. The paradoxical phenomenon is thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves.


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What Force Created These Bizarre Cubes in Antarctica's Ice? December 15, 2017 at 08:20PM

Antarctica isn’t just a land of ice — sometimes, in some places, it appears to be a land of giant ice cubes. But why? How do these huge, rectangular formations appear in the inhuman, irregular landscape of the southern continent?


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Meet the Greenland Shark. It Could Be the Longest-Living Vertebrate. December 15, 2017 at 08:06PM

The Greenland shark is a ludicrously late bloomer. This lazy-looking, Arctic predator reaches sexual maturity when it’s about 150 years old. Though more than a century of prepubescence might sound bad, there’s a bright side for the sea creature.


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There Is a Shark That Can Live for 400 Years December 15, 2017 at 08:06PM

Scientists just named the longest-living species of vertebrate animal. It’s a creature that can live up to 400 years old, almost twice the lifespan of the oldest giant tortoises or bowhead whales, nature’s next runners-up. These lords of longevity are the Greenland sharks, Somniosus microcephalus.


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No, Scientists Haven't Found a 512-Year-Old Greenland Shark December 15, 2017 at 08:06PM

Headlines circulating on the internet today (Dec. 14) breathlessly described the discovery of a 512-year-old shark — but they’re a little off the mark.


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What’s next: ICO report and plans of Polybius December 13, 2017 at 05:54PM

On July 5th, the Polybius crowdfunding ICO has finished, and now, after five weeks of worries, joys (and at times difficulties), we can safely say that the ICO has not only achieved its goals, but it managed to exceed most expectations.


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How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7 (The Simple Technique That Gave Me My Life Back) December 13, 2017 at 01:55AM

Sound familiar? Looking back, I realize I used my work to try and fill a void in myself. The problem was that this void was like a black hole. No matter how many hours I worked, it never seemed to fill it up. If anything, it made me feel worse.


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Where Millennials Come From December 13, 2017 at 01:55AM

Imagine, as I often do, that our world were to end tomorrow, and that alien researchers many years in the future were tasked with reconstructing the demise of civilization from the news.


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Animals That Look Like They’re About To Drop The Hottest Albums Ever December 13, 2017 at 01:55AM

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Jony Ive Dishes On Apple Rumors And His Design Team In Rare Interview December 13, 2017 at 01:55AM

Jony Ive helms the most secretive design lab in the world at Apple. But aside from the top secret mystique, the soft spoken Ive is notoriously private, often giving just one interview a year.


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The 10/10/10 Rule For Tough Decisions December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

It’s easy to lose perspective when we’re facing a thorny dilemma. Blinded by the particulars of the situation, we’ll waffle and agonize, changing our mind from day to day. Perhaps our worst enemy in resolving these conflicts is short-term emotion, which can be an unreliable adviser.


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The secret rules of the internet December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

Julie Mora-Blanco remembers the day, in the summer of 2006, when the reality of her new job sunk in.


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Buying organic veggies at the supermarket is a waste of money December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

It has happened to all of us. You’re standing in the produce aisle, just trying to buy some zucchini, when you face the inevitable choice: Organic or regular?


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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

Like most 25-year-olds, Julia Rozovsky wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life. She had worked at a consulting firm, but it wasn’t a good match. Then she became a researcher for two professors at Harvard, which was interesting but lonely. Maybe a big corporation would be a better fit.


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I Used to Be a Human Being December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in the front of the room gamely held a basket in front of her, beaming beneficently, like a priest with a collection plate.


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Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make.


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I bought $250 in bitcoin. Here's what I learned December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

Some people kill time at the airport by browsing duty-free shops. I decided to shop for bitcoin. But first, there are two things you should know about me: I tend to be almost as afraid of losing money investing as I am of flying. On some level, I figured one fear might cancel out the other.


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Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes December 13, 2017 at 01:54AM

The sleek, speedy cheetah is rapidly heading towards extinction according to a new study into declining numbers. The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world’s fastest mammals now left in the wild.


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What If Things Start To Think For Themselves? (Paid Post by HPE From NYTimes.com) December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

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Forget About Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.


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The Myth of Quality Time December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

EVERY summer for many years now, my family has kept to our ritual. All 20 of us — my siblings, my dad, our better halves, my nieces and nephews — find a beach house big enough to fit the whole unruly clan. We journey to it from our different states and time zones.


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Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

IT’S one of the things we are most afraid might happen to us. We go to great lengths to avoid it. And yet we do it all the same: We marry the wrong person. Partly, it’s because we have a bewildering array of problems that emerge when we try to get close to others.


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Tinder vs Bumble: Which One Is Better? December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

Believe it or not, not too long ago, online dating was barely considered culturally acceptable. It was viewed as a wasteland of the truly lonely and desperate, only to be used as a last resort when all other options had failed.


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Expelling Demons in Nevada December 13, 2017 at 01:53AM

About 10 miles from the shrieking lights of the Las Vegas Strip, the sand-colored Christ the Servant Lutheran Church sits in a nondescript parking lot, on an equally nondescript and equally sand-colored street.


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Why China’s AI push is worrying December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

IMAGINE the perfect environment for developing artificial intelligence (AI). The ingredients would include masses of processing power, lots of computer-science boffins, a torrent of capital—and abundant data with which to train machines to recognise and respond to patterns.


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The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time.


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Why do we work so hard? December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

When I was young, there was nothing so bad as being asked to work. Now I find it hard to conjure up that feeling, but I see it in my five-year-old daughter. “Can I please have some water, daddy?” That was me when I was young, rolling on the ground in agony on being asked to clean my room.


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How Technology is Hijacking Your Mind — from a Magician and Google Design Ethicist December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

Estimated reading time: 12 minutes. I’m an expert on how technology hijacks our psychological vulnerabilities. That’s why I spent the last three years as a Design Ethicist at Google caring about how to design things in a way that defends a billion people’s minds from getting hijacked.


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Stop Spending So Much Time In Your Head December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

You know, thinking, worrying, stressing, freaking out — call it whatever you want. I call it a preoccupied mind. And with what? All my life I’ve been obsessed with practical things. Practical philosophy, practical knowledge, practical books, practical work, and practical advice.


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Basic Do-It-Yourself Diesel Engine Maintenance December 13, 2017 at 01:42AM

Regular maintenance is absolutely imperative if you want a diesel engine to last, and every diesel owner will probably encounter some pitfalls and problems.


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What Code Does vs What Code Means December 13, 2017 at 01:27AM

John Wiegley contrasts his work on C compilers with another way of thinking about code, a way he learned through Haskell. He now distinguishes the meaning of a program from the various physical or electronic effects it causes.


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In-depth: Functional programming in C++ December 13, 2017 at 01:27AM


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Opinion: Bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies may be seeing the beginning of the end December 13, 2017 at 01:25AM

So you’ve made a ton of money from bitcoin, Ether and other cryptocurrencies. Sure, they’ve defied the doomsayers time and again. Which likely makes this week’s shocking plunge in bitcoin and Ether just another buying opportunity. That’s where you may be wrong.


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Exercism.io: Crowd-sourced code mentorship. December 13, 2017 at 01:26AM

Download and solve practice problems in over 30 different languages. Submit the solution to the site for feedback (beta).


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Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings December 13, 2017 at 01:25AM

The world’s social media platforms and financial markets are abuzz about cryptocurrencies and “initial coin offerings” (ICOs). There are tales of fortunes made and dreamed to be made. We are hearing the familiar refrain, “this time is different.”


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How to read an XFS drive on Windows December 04, 2017 at 02:13PM

If you have an USB drive or an hard disk with a XFS filesystem, you’ll discover that Windows cannot read it. When you plug the drive, you’ll get a not-so-nice popup asking you to format the disk. That’s because XFS is a file system adopted by Linux, and Windows doesn’t have support for it.


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Facebook’s best feature is broken December 04, 2017 at 02:13PM

I deleted my personal Facebook account about two years ago. But after some time I had to create a new one, because I had to manage some Facebook pages. My “new” account was (and still is) empty: no posts, no personal information, no friends.


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How to transfer Windows Phone SMSes to Android December 04, 2017 at 02:13PM

So you need to transfer your text messages from a Windows Phone device to an Android one, right? And you realized there’s no simple solution for doing that? The steps in this guide will make it a bit simpler for you.


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How to set up a peer-to-peer fully-meshed VPN between servers December 04, 2017 at 02:13PM

If you have deployed multiple servers on DigitalOcean or Vultr, you probably know that every server can be provided with a private IP address that is associated with the private network of the datacenter.


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The highly unusual company behind Sriracha, the world’s coolest hot sauce December 03, 2017 at 10:57AM

If David Tran were a more conventional CEO, he would be a fixture at conferences, a darling of magazine profiles, and a subject of case studies in the Harvard Business Review.


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The Strange Persistence of First Languages December 03, 2017 at 10:57AM

Several years ago, my father died as he had done most things throughout his life: without preparation and without consulting anyone. He simply went to bed one night, yielded his brain to a monstrous blood clot, and was found the next morning lying amidst the sheets like his own stone monument.


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The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I.


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Machine Learning for Humans?? December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

Part 1: Why Machine Learning Matters. The big picture of artificial intelligence and machine learning — past, present, and future. Part 2.1: Supervised Learning. Learning with an answer key. Introducing linear regression, loss functions, overfitting, and gradient descent.


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The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.) Note: The reason this post took three weeks to finish is that as I dug into research on Artificial Intelligence, I could not believe what I was reading.


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Parents Shouldn’t Spy on Their Kids December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

For the past two years, Mandie Snyder, an accountant near Spokane, Washington, has been “monitoring” her daughter. With a handy tech tool known as mSpy, Snyder is able to review her 13-year-old’s text messages, photos, videos, app downloads, and browser history. She makes no apologies for it.


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100 Days of Winter December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

What should you do this winter? We’re glad you asked, because we’ve got answers: 100 of them, to be precise. Below you’ll find the ultimate guide to the season’s best events, festivals, races, concerts, and much more.


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‘Artificial Intelligence’ Has Become Meaningless December 03, 2017 at 10:56AM

It’s often just a fancy name for a computer program. In science fiction, the promise or threat of artificial intelligence is tied to humans’ relationship to conscious machines.


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100 Days of Winter December 03, 2017 at 10:45AM

What should you do this winter? We’re glad you asked, because we’ve got answers: 100 of them, to be precise. Below you’ll find the ultimate guide to the season’s best events, festivals, races, concerts, and much more.


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