The changing face of Reno: Why the ‘world’s biggest little city’ is attracting Apple & Tesla


Walk down First Street in downtown Reno, Nevada and you see an evolving city that’s like an awkward teenager transitioning between an old life and the glimpse of a new one. The street, which hugs the Truckee River, has been informally nicknamed “Startup Row,” because of the 20 or so startups that have come to call the area home; there are young developers building internet of things hardware devices, kid-focused iPad apps, and connected bike training kits.

Smack dab in the middle of the “Row,” and across the street from a lush park in the center of the river, over 100 people — freelancers, contractors, developers — work out of a space called the Reno Collective. It’s a fishbowl-style co-working loft that would easily be at home in the South of Market area of San Francisco. On the Thursday that I visited, Reno Collective founder…

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Sweetheart grips

Meccanica Mekaniikka Mecanică

Lt. John Ernser, 26 - Sweetheart gripped 1911A1 - Loiano, Italy 1945.

Lt. John Ernser, 26 – Sweetheart gripped 1911A1 – Loiano, Italy 1945.

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Don’t thaw frozen steaks before cooking

Later On

OTOH, I can recall buying any frozen steaks. But watch:

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The 10 secrets to successful people’s calm

Turret Fighters

Defence of the Realm


The turret fighter was a concept in air warfare that was quite popular with the British Air Ministry in the 1930s. The theory was that a fighter aircraft could be fitted with a rotating gun turret behind the pilot which would not only provide a defence against an attacking enemy aircraft but could also relieve the pilot from having to get on an opponents tail since attacks could be made by the gun turret from nearly any angle (akin to the modern air warfare concept of off-boresight missile firings).


The origins of the concept can be traced back to World War I where the majority of aircraft such as the Bristol F.2B fighter had two man crews with the crewman in the rear position manning a machine gun on a pivot to supplement the fixed forward firing armament available to the pilot. The trend in fighter design in the interwar…

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5 Things I Learned When I Quit Facebook


I have a Facebook problem.

The problem is, I love Facebook. I love posting about my day, connecting with friends near and far, and seeing the funny/crazy/sweet things people share. But I also hate Facebook, for being such a time suck, for making me feel bad about myself when other people’s lives seem so much more exciting than mine, and for leading me to spend more time interacting with a screen than with the real world. And when I log off Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are there clamoring for my attention, a never-ending scroll of links and tweets and photos and conversations that feels impossible to keep up with.

A few weeks ago, I’d had it. It seemed like social media was bringing me more guilt and frustration than happiness. So I decided to go on a fast, starting immediately. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Cold turkey was the way to…

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This Is How TIME Explained the Atomic Bomb in 1945


This week marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombings that ended World War II: the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing of Hiroshima and the one of Nagasaki three days later. The two attacks may have claimed over 250,000 lives — around 100,000 victims were immediately incinerated, and many others died later from radiation poisoning and other injuries. Entire neighborhoods vanished into thin air.

World War II had already ended in Europe by August 1945, after Nazi Germany signed its instrument of surrender on May 7. But the war unfolding in East Asia and the Pacific raged on. When Japan showed no signs of surrendering, U.S. President Harry Truman decided to drop the bomb—an act whose necessity and ethical ramifications are being debated to this day.

“I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb,” President Truman said in a radio address on Aug. 9 that year. “Its production and its…

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What Will the Future of Music Sound Like?

The U.S. Will Spend $110 Million a Year on African Peacekeeping Efforts


During the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington on Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to invest $110 million annually over the next three to five years to help six African countries create rapid-response forces, Reuters reports.

At a summit news conference, Obama explained that the funds would help sustain peacekeepers involved in African Union and U.N. operations that addressed crises in Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana. During the conference, Obama said that the funds aimed to remedy the current “gap in systematically supporting these peacekeepers to help them deploy more quickly.”

The U.S. has become more involved in supporting African military efforts to combat Islamic extremists recently, training over a quarter-million African police and military.

Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., added that the U.S. hoped to create “troop-contributing countries” that would fight off extremist groups like al-Shabab, al-Qaeda affiliates and Boko Haram, which has killed over…

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Singapore is giving its senior citizens the power to hold up traffic