For just about two-and-a-half years now, Scott Snyder has been the writer of Batman. In the age of the multi-title crossover event, and at a time when DC is publishing more bat-books than anything else (seriously, it’s like 25% of everything they put out), being the person who gets to create the stories of the flagship series is a big and high-profile job. Snyder has already been the architect behind two enormous storylines that spilled out ofBatman and into several other DC books, and he’s currently in the midst of his third, titled “Zero Year.” The scope of his Batman tales is clearly vast, so they need a lot of time and space to be told in full, and this string-of-epics approach has made Snyder immensely popular as the Dark Knight’s head writer. Obviously, he must be doing something right. Yet for my money, Snyder’s strongest Batman work isn’t in the pages of Batman at all but, instead, can be found in his preceding run on Detective. Continue reading Scott Snyder’s Original Batman
Modern technology certainly has its advantages. We can stalk friends on Facebook and get real-time Twitter updates on Beyonce’s pregnancy. But having access to all these digital gadgets can also be a huge source of stress.
Among people in their early 20s, those who use their cell phones and computers a lot (defined by criteria such as receiving and answering at least 11 phone calls or text messages per day) are more likely to struggle with depression and problems sleeping, especially if they see that technology as stressful in the first place. And sometimes we can grow so comfortable with swiping and tapping that not having access to digital technology can be a whole other source of anxiety. One survey of United Kingdom residents found that nearly half of respondents said they would bemore stressed if they couldn’t surf the Web than if they were cut off from television or from basic utilities. Continue reading 24 Smart Ways to stress less about technology
So why is Google suddenly so interested in robots? That’s the question everyone’s asking after it emerged this month that the internet giant has quietly amassed a portfolio of eight advanced-robotics firms. Google is describing the venture as partly a long term “moonshot” project – the name given to its more outlandish or ambitious ideas, such as its self-driving car or broadband via high-altitude balloons. But it also says it aims to launch a raft of robotics products in the short term. Continue reading The Mystery of Google’s Sudden Robotics Splurge
Readers spoke, we listened. After we published a report about supermarket foods that bear no resemblance to the photo on their packaging, some of you said that we had missed a similar annoyance: fast foods that are less attractive in person than in their ads or on menus, billboards, or websites. Continue reading Why Your Fast Food Order doesn’t arrive as pictured
Written by Jasper Evans
You’re sitting in class, your dinosaur-aged professor is rambling about the periodic table of elements or the class syllabus, and you’re about to fade into dreamland. Instead of just letting yourself slowly slip away, you can (almost subconsciously) trick yourself into staying alert and not missing out on important lecture material. Continue reading How to Trick Your Mind into Paying Attention in Class
Written by Orion Lombardi
It’s 2014 and that means everyone in the nation is required to have health insurance. The mandate is officially in effect and I’d wager that I’m not the only one that doesn’t have coverage right now. But it’s the law right? Why isn’t everyone covered? Continue reading Thanks Obama: Why I and so many others aren’t Obamacare fans
Study discredits the effectiveness of Brain Age
Researchers at the University of Rennes, Brittany, have concluded that Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training or Brain Age is no more effective at improving your cognitive abilities than playing Scrabble or completing Sudoku puzzles.
Brain Age is a puzzle video game published and developed by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS portable video game console. It has been marketed as a tool for improving your mental sharpness and is an example of a game that appealed to a very wide audience that reached beyond traditional gamers. Continue reading Brain Age: Not as Good for Your Brain as Claimed