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100 Websites You Should Know and Use. Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones.

100 Websites You Should Know and Use

Browse like Bond: Use any computer without leaving a trace with Tails. If James Bond logs on to a computer, he doesn't want to leave a bunch of files, cookies, or his IP address out there for someone to find.

Browse like Bond: Use any computer without leaving a trace with Tails

It might seem extreme, but sometimes it's a good idea to take the same precautions yourself. In this post, we'll walk through how to use a USB stick or DVD to anonymize, encrypt and hide everything you do on a computer no matter where you are. When we say "browse without leaving a trace", we truly mean it. Using the Linux-based, live-boot operating system Tails (The Amnesiac Incognito Live System), you can use any computer anywhere without anyone knowing you were ever on it. Tails is a portable operating system with all the security bells and whistles you'll ever need already installed on it. The Software Packed Directly into TailsOnce you create your Tails boot disc, you'll be ready to reboot your computer into an encrypted and private operating system preloaded with all the software you'll need to browse the Web, email, IM, and edit documents. The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit)

Recently, someone asked Reddit for a list of the best science fiction books of all time.

The Best Science Fiction Books (According to Reddit)

Being a fan of sci-fi, and wanting to expand my own reading list, I thought it would be helpful to tally the results and preserve them here for future reference. I've also included selected quotes from the comments, as well as my own notes on the books I've already read. PS: All book images in this post are copyright Amazon, and were retrieved using my Big Book Search Engine. How Mathematics Can Make Smart People Dumb - Ben O'Neill. Mathematics can sometimes make smart people dumb.

How Mathematics Can Make Smart People Dumb - Ben O'Neill

Let me explain what I mean by this. 5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed.'s new book is now on sale.

5 Psychological Experiments That Prove Humanity is Doomed

What follows is one of 22 classic articles that appear in the book, along with 18 new articles that you can't read anywhere else. Psychologists know you have to be careful when you go poking around the human mind because you're never sure what you'll find there. A number of psychological experiments over the years have yielded terrifying conclusions about the subjects. Oh, we're not talking about the occasional psychopath who turns up. No, we're talking about you. The Asch Conformity Experiment (1953) The Setup: Solomon Asch wanted to run a series of studies that would document the power of conformity, for the purpose of depressing everyone who would ever read the results. Privacy monitor hacked from an old LCD Monitor. 11 cheap gifts guaranteed to impress science geeks. Books that will induce a mindfuck.

Crystals May Be Possible In Time As Well As Space. 40 Belief-Shaking Remarks From a Ruthless Nonconformist. If there’s one thing Friedrich Nietzsche did well, it’s obliterate feel-good beliefs people have about themselves. He has been criticized for being a misanthrope, a subvert, a cynic and a pessimist, but I think these assessments are off the mark. One promising puzzle piece for confirming dark matter now seems unlikely fit. Like jazz musicians who make up a melody as they go along, scientists often improvise even after an experiment is underway.

One promising puzzle piece for confirming dark matter now seems unlikely fit

One recent example of this comes from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Launched by NASA in June 2008, the $690 million telescope has since been working as advertised, providing scientists with the most complete look yet at gamma rays, the highest energy forms of light. Scirus - for scientific information. Optical Computer Made From Frozen Light. Scientists at Harvard University have shown how ultra-cold atoms can be used to freeze and control light to form the "core" – or central processing unit – of an optical computer.

Optical computers would transport information ten times faster than traditional electronic devices, smashing the intrinsic speed limit of silicon technology. This new research could be a major breakthrough in the quest to create super-fast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information. The meaning of itches and their omens. World's Top Scientists Ponder: What If The Whole Universe Is, Like, One Huge Atom? PALO ALTO, CA—Gathering for what members of the international science community are calling "potentially the most totally out-to-lunch freaky head trip since Einstein postulated that space and time were, like, curved and shit," a consortium of the world's top physicists descended upon Stanford University Monday to discuss some of the difficult questions facing the cutting edge of theoretical thinking.

Cal Tech physicist Dr. Jonathan Friedrich postulates a bunch of freaky shit that makes his colleagues' heads spin right the hell off. Among the revolutionary ideas expected to be raised at the historic week-long summit is the possibility that, like, our whole friggin' universe might be just one big atom in, say, some super-duper huge thing out there somewhere, or something. "Whoa, man," Dr. ► Cold Water by Damien Rice. Adding hydrogen triples transistor performance in graphene.