Whether you’re a morning person or a night owl, an article on the New York Timespoints out that you might be negativelyaffecting your health when you try to live and work outside of that preference. When you’re forced to wake up at a time you’re not used to, it messes with all kinds of things. More »
Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson saw Gravity over the weekend and, unlike you, he thought it was totally dumb.
Which is part of the problem with being too smart: You lose the capacity for the willing suspension of disbelief. Dennis Overbye wrote for the New York Times about seeing “Gravity” this weekend with astronaut Michael J. Massimino, who actually serviced the Hubble Telescope in the earlier part of this decade:
After they stop tumbling and find the shuttle destroyed and their colleagues all dead, Mr. Clooney tells Ms. Bullock that their only hope for rescue is to use his jetpack to travel to the space station, seen as a glowing light over the horizon. “It’s a long hike, but we can make it,” he says.
At this point, space fans will groan.
As we recall from bitter memory, the Hubble and the space station are in vastly different orbits. Getting from one to the other requires so much energy that not even space shuttles had enough fuel to do it. The telescope is 353 miles high, in an orbit that keeps it near the Equator; the space station is about 100 miles lower, in an orbit that takes it far north, over Russia. Read more...
The New York Times Magazine has a quick Q&A with EdwardSnowden, conducted through intermediary Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker who’s been filming Snowden since earlier this year. It’s mostly straightforward, except for one potentially significantreveal. More »
We tend to think of demolition as destructive: dynamite, dust and plenty of fireworks. But as a New York Times article recently described, demolition in dense cities is more and more often a “stealth” operation, where a building is dismantled over a number of weeks. More »
It’s always been a suggestion that if you want to help with digestion (or just get over that bloat of eating way too much) that you take a quick walk around the block. As an article in the New York Timespoints out, there’s actually science to back up the benefits. More »
It’s common wisdom that missing a workout session makes it harder to get back to it the next day, but the New York Times points out that it’s not as cut-and-dry as simple motivation. A number of other factors show how important consistency is when sticking to a workout. More »
It seems like common sense that if you want to lose weight and be healthy, running is a quicker way to get there than walking. However, as the New York Timespoints out, in some cases, walkingprovides a lot of the same benefits without the difficulty. More »
David Pogue is a technology writer at the New York Times. He has also written several of the 'Dummies guide to' books about technology. So, it can be reasonably said that he knows a thing or two about technology. In this TED presentation, he starts out by making a very good point. The only way More Info »
Google’s ambitious Glass display is still a ways off from its public release, but it looks like those newly-minted Glass Explorers now have something else to do besides taking first-person photos. The New York Times just pulled back the curtain on its own Glass-friendly app today, which makes it the first installable third-party app available for the ambitious headset (Path was technically the first third-party app, but it’s preloaded on early versions of the device).
It’s no surprise to see the GreyLady embrace Glass so enthusiastically — Google developer advocate Timothy Jordan first showed off an earlyversion of the New York Times Glass app at SXSW 2013 in Austin (you can see his full talk here), which pipes new news and headlines to the head-mounted display at regular intervals. Navigating through that stream of news seemed easy enough: a quick tilt of the head would allow the user to sift through photos and full articles as well. Setting up the app seems easy enough (clicking on the link above asks for access to your Google account), and after firing up the app Glass will occasionally chime in to read headlines into your ear.
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When journalist Clive Thompson tweeted that he was “kind of slow” in terms of productivity, I had serious doubts. For a writer with so much on his plate (including gigs at Wired and The New York Times Magazine, as well as a book coming out this fall), he must have a few tricks up his sleeve, right? More »