The curious case of the now virally famous man with no ass crack suggests that the battle between Darwinists and Creationists may come down to … the cloaca.
Attention all you Darwinists still battling the tenacious Creationists (and losing miserably)! With all of your arguments about DNA and phylogenetic drift and fossils and invocations of common sense, you are overlooking the single critical fact, an anatomic body-part that cinches the deal. The cloaca.Surely this week’s gross-out photo of the moment–deemed the man without an ass crack–suggests the richness of the cloacal argument. He’s a guy whose left and right medial gluteus maximus have been drawn together in an attempt to manage his pilonidal cyst, an embryonic vestige that may cause trouble by becoming irritated and/or infected.
The search juggernaut snapped up the maker of smart-thermostats and smart smoke detectors for $3.2 billion. That’s a lot of insight into your house.
Picture this: The man credited with bringing the world the original iPod, who then went on to create a company that rethinks such banal home appliances as the thermostat and the smoke detector, just sold those products to an even bigger company that is creating nightmarish robots, self-driving cars, and the web browser used by a majority of all Internet users. That man: Tony Fadell.That home appliance company: Nest.The company that bought it: Google.
Fitness Gadgetry is having a moment. From step-trackers to sleep-wakers, check out the best of CES.
It’s January, which means thousands of techies and startups recently descended on Sin City to experience CES, the ultimate holiday for industry and the launch pad for some of the innovative gadgets you’ll be lusting after in 2014.This year, fit-tech took the driver’s seat with the release of countless new wearables, trackers, and systems all promising to push your wellness to the next level, and make you the best you possible.From trackers that vow to quantify your life beyond the number of steps you take to bedside lights that wake you up, CES 2014 had it all.
As the U.S. enters flu season, one website hopes to help reduce the yearly influenza-related deaths. And it needs you to help.
Thousands of multi-colored dots light up a map of the United States, each one representing a person who has provided feedback about their health to the website Flu Near You.The site, which launched in 2011 has been tracking self-reported trends in the presence of flu-like systems from its estimated 80,000 participants. 40,000 of them actively respond to weekly email updates according to Director of the Global Health Threats Division of the Skoll Global Threats Fund Mark Smolinski, one of the collaborative administers of the site.
Give up the annual self-flagellation ritual of New Year's resolutions and starting tweaking your behavior to meet—and beat–your goals in 2014.
Many of us have stopped making New Year’s resolutions altogether.It turns out that we are making the right decision when you consider research showing that people who set goals for the New Year are no happier than people who do not set New Years goals. That doesn’t change, even if we meet our goals.In other words, the whole New Year’s resolution thing may be a modern-day excuse for self-flagellation.There is great value in making a decision to improve yourself, but by wrapping it up as a resolution for the New Year, you set yourself up for failure.
Forget fifth graders. In this excerpt from 'Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power,' Dan Hurley compares our intelligence to the mind of the mouse.
Remember the Fox television show Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?In November 2011, results of the ultimate extreme version of that kind of contest were reported in Seattle at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society. Gene Brewer, a psychologist at Arizona State University, was the first author of a paper entitled “Working Memory in Rats and Humans.”i Working memory is the ability to juggle multiple items of information in your head, to not simply remember the numbers 13 and 4 but to multiply them in your mind.
From an ask-and-you-shall-receive app to a new way to get your news, these are our hot apps this week.
Jelly Have a question? Biz Stone, a Twitter co-founder, wants to help you find an answer. His new app Jelly, which launched this week, is a question-and-answer tool that taps the power of your network to answer just about anything. Users post a photo, add a question, and send it off into the ether to be answered. I tested it with my boots (“Are these waterproof?” The answer: Nope.), seltzer water (“How many of these can I drink a day?”) and with a photo taken of President Obama at the White House.
In 2012 it was $5.48. In 2014 it’s reached $1,040. Could Bitcoin fund your retirement years?
Growing a retirement nest egg is no easy feat post-recession.But in 2013, a tantalizing new investment vehicle exploded onto the scene, making as many cyber millionaires as the Twitter or Facebook IPOs, showing astronomical returns, and leaving governments around the world scrambling to piece together monetary policies to govern its use.That option: Bitcoin— a decentralized, mathematically-mined cryptocurrency created in 2009. But will it fund your retirement years? For most money managers, it’s way too early to tell—the currency is so new and so volatile that predicting its future value is a fool’s errand.
Predictions for the exploding wearables market are through the roof. But there’s lots of reasons these new gadgets don’t have the revolutionary power of smartphones.
Wearable technology is having its moment.Everywhere you look, new gadgets that can be attached, strapped on, or donned arrive on the market. On my desk alone, there’s the heart rate monitor/training watch I got last year. The Fitbit I received as a holiday president from IAC (Thanks, Mr. Diller), and the meditation goggles that Psioplanet sent me to try out. I’m eager to try out the Hexoskin shirt, a sort of $399 Under-Armour-meets-emergency-room garment that displays your vital signs.
Got 5 minutes? Try these.
If you find yourself with five minutes and nothing to do, there are a number of activities which will not only make better use of the time but actually make you more productive. Maybe it’s the five minute walk you take from home to the train, or time spent waiting in line at the bank. Maybe you practice the Pomodoro Technique (I’m a fan) that has you work for 25 minute stretches and then take 5 minute breaks. Well here are a bunch of things you can do with that time to enrich your mind, body, and soul.
By Jeremey DuVall for Life by DailyBurn With more fitness watches, technical gear and health apps on the market than ever before, users have every opportunity to gain deeper insights into their daily habits, a revolution known as the “quantified self.” But while these tracking devices might be small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the amount of data they provide can seem limitless. In fact, between steps taken, calories burned, hours slept, and many more metrics, sifting through the numbers can be more overwhelming than navigating the gym in January.
A new study says that one in four tweens is sexting. Why parents shouldn’t freak.
In case modern parents—with all their coddling and paranoia—weren’t terrified enough, researchers have now determined that America’s youth are sex-mad zombies.So indicates a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, which found that roughly a quarter of adolescents between the ages of 12 and 14 are avid sexters—and much more likely to engage in sexual behavior than those who don’t exchange suggestive messages on their mobile phones. Of the 420 students who participated in the study, 22 percent said they had sexted—loosely defined as having “texted someone a sexual message to flirt with them”—in the past six months.
AT&T announced a new “sponsored data” scheme that lets content creators buy their way around the company’s data caps. It’s bad news for everyone—but AT&T.
Yesterday AT&T announced a new “sponsored data” scheme, offering content creators a way to buy their way around the data caps that AT&T imposes on its subscribers. Although AT&T touted it as a “win-win for customers and businesses”, it is actually just a win for AT&T. This plan is a tremendous loss for everyone else.Going to the Heart of Net NeutralityWhile people sometimes get lost in the details, at its core net neutrality is a pretty straightforward concept: it is the principle that the company that connects you to the internet does not get to control what you do on the internet.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere seems like the kind of person we want to party with.
T-Mobile CEO John Legere reportedly crashed AT&T’s CES party at the Rain nightclub in Las Vegas last night, only to promptly get the boot.The CEO, whose appearance was witnessed by CNet’s Roger Cheng, who tweeted a photo, showed up for the hip-hop star Macklemore’s private concert to the geeky crowd. But AT&T representatives didn’t want him there. A security guard tells Geekwire’s Todd Bishop that Legere was allegedly “harassing” party attendees, and AT&T representatives wanted him out.
Sexting can be fun and games, until somebody posts your naked selfie on a website with no permission.
We have a lot to thank our phones for: on-the-go Candy Crush access, spur of the moment selfies and, perhaps most crucially, sexting.Indeed, the advent of mobile crotch-shot sharing has been something of a double-edged sword for lustful netizens of the modern age, as with great nudie pics comes great responsibility. While the majority of naughty snaps simply live in recipients’ phones, a small number of people have taken it upon themselves to ruin the fun for everyone by sharing said intimate images with third parties.
Personal genetic tests are safe, innovative, and the future of medicine. So why is the most transparent administration ever shutting down an inexpensive and popular service? Because it can.