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"Ten thousand steps, I learned, amounts to a little more than four miles for someone my size—five feet five inches. It sounds like a lot, but you can cover that distance in the course of an average day without even trying, especially if you have stairs in your house, and a steady flow of people who regularly knock, wanting you to accept a package or give them directions or just listen patiently as they talk about birds, which happens from time to time when I’m home, in West Sussex, the area of England that Hugh and I live in."

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"The second planet from the Sun might seem like a nasty place to build a home, with a surface temperature hot enough to melt lead and an atmosphere so dense it would feel like being submerged beneath 3000 feet of water. But the air on Venus thins out as you rise above the surface and cools considerably; about 30 miles up you hit the sweet spot for human habitation: Mediterranean temperatures and sea-level barometric pressure. If ever there were a place to build a floating city, this would be it."

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"As Google has continued to improve its photo platform and services, more and more influence and integration from the [Nik Software] acquisition is making its way to the end user. Case in point is Google Photos’ latest update, which features a number of Snapseed-esque editing tools."

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This Google Script connects to Twitter every few minutes and fetches all new Tweets for a given hashtag, adding them to a Google Spreadsheet.

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"Jonathan Hoefler and Tobias Frere-Jones brought the world Gotham, Mercury, and Archer. They had one of the most successful—and lucrative—partnerships in type design. But one of them thought it wasn’t a partnership at all."

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"I believed in many similar stories when I was a young reporter. You would have, too. We interviewed scientists who sounded alarmed. They had data that proved coffee causes pancreatic cancer and cellphones cause brain cancer. Of course, other scientists were skeptical, but they were harder to interview than the crusading scientists. What was in it for the calm, reasonable ones? What would they gain by taking time from their own research to try to educate stupid reporters? Plus, if they were quoted, they’d make enemies. It’s easier just to avoid the media."

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"The Technorai blog index was enormous and that data was doubt expensive to maintain, particularly as it didn’t make the company any money (even if it did help raise its awareness). In recent years, however, it struggled to stay relevant as focus shifted and social media enabled anyone to have a voice on the internet without starting a blog."

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"Even worse, some meteorologists have admitted that they purposely fudge their rain forecasts to improve ratings. What’s a better way to keep you tuning in every day than to make you think it’s raining all the time, and they’re the only ones saving you from soaking your favorite outfit?"

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“If you want to make enemies, try to change something” — Woodrow Wilson Uber has plenty of enemies. The Web-based taxi service opened for business just five years ago, but…

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"But if you are ignorant of the suffering that awaits you when you are first diagnosed, you are equally ignorant of the changes that cancer will work in your thinking and emotional life, some of which may even be improvements in old habits of thought and feeling."

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A depressing look at the rapid deterioration of Detroit neighborhoods using Google Street View images.

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"Waxed fabric is still used today in a variety of clothing and equipment, from jackets, to hats, to bags, to tents, and more. Beyond the practical benefits, waxing can also give your gear a weathered and vintage look. High-end clothing companies like Filson and Barbour sell some very nice-looking waxed items, but they’re also very expensive. Lucky for you, you can do your own waxing at home for about $15, and come away with windproof and waterproof clothing and gear. Here’s how to do it."

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Search for online courses offered across a large variety of sites.

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The home-brewed pack has several cellular modems and proprietary software that streams images to the newsroom in realtime.