Year In Review We look back at the best, worst, and most significant moments of the year, and look forward to next year. The elephant in the room has been, for a very long time, Moore’s Law—or really, its eventual end game. Intel co-founder Gordon Moore predicted in a 1965 paper that the number of transistors on a chip would double each year. More transistors mean more speed, and that steady increase has fueled decades of computer progress. It is the traditional way CPU makers make their CPUs faster. But those advances in transistors are showing signs of slowing down. “That’s running out of steam,” said Natalie Jerger, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto. Jerger’s not the only one saying it. In 2016, MIT’s Technology Review declared, “Moore’s Law is dead,” and in January of this year, the Register issued a “death notice” for Moore’s Law. And if you’ve … [Read more...] about How Chip Makers Are Circumventing Moore’s Law to Build Super-Fast CPUs of Tomorrow
Start the Countdown Experimenting with your look isn't about breaking the bank, it's about fun! iStockphoto/Thinkstock Ever looked at yourself in the mirror and been underwhelmed by the image looking back at you? Nothing's changed, necessarily. It's just that your appearance is beginning to look bland or even a little dull and dowdy around the edges. Sometimes, looking good is about making periodic adjustments before you end up on one of those total makeover shows. You don't want people to think you're trying too hard -- oh, no. That would be worse than doing nothing at all. But you do want to fine tune your appearance. You want a look that's somehow fresher and brighter -- like you just got back from vacation, or lost 5 pounds or won the lottery. You want this transformation to be easy, though, and relatively painless -- and cheap. Impossible? Nope. Let's take a look at five fast and easy ways you can change your look for the better. This isn't marketing hype, either. … [Read more...] about 5 Easy Ways to Change Your Look
U.S. Army sniper Spc. James Wanser keeps watch in the early morning hours in the mountains of Afghanistan near the Pakistan border while his battle buddy catches a few precious minutes of sleep. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar Getting good sleep is important for everyone. It's essential for optimal cognitive performance, physiological processes, emotional regulation and quality of life, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). But in its 2018 annual sleep index study, the NSF found that just 10 percent of American adults prioritize sleep over other things in their daily lives such as fitness/nutrition, work, social life and hobbies/personal interests. Most adults should get between seven and nine hours of sleep per night, and the effects of sleep deprivation when you don't get enough sleep can be serious. In fact, in the NFS study, just 35 percent described their sleep quality as "good," while 22 percent said it was "fair" and 12 percent rated their sleep quality as … [Read more...] about Can Military Meditation Techniques Help You Fall Asleep Fast?
Start the Countdown Retirement Pictures More than half of all Americans haven't figured out how much they need to save for retirement. See more pictures of retirement. ©iStockphoto.com/Jason York Located just outside Mobile, Ala., the small town of Prichard has seen its share of hard times. But nothing could compare to what happened when retired town employees, including the fire captain and police officers, stopped receiving their pension checks. Pension experts told the town that its retirement fund would run out of money by 2009. It did. Then town leaders did something no one had ever seen before -- they stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired employees, breaking the law in the process [source: Cooper and Walsh]. The move forced many retired workers to reluctantly join the job market again. The retired fire captain went to work as a security guard. The retired fire marshal died; when his body was found, there was no electricity or running water … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Build a Nest Egg
Start the Countdown What are some quick and easy ways to snag some dollars? iStockphoto/Thinkstock Look, we're not here to judge. People need quick cash for all sorts of legitimate reasons. Maybe your little sister's birthday is tomorrow and she's been begging for a $110 American Girl doll. Maybe you owe $1,000 to a guy named Viper. Or, you really need to make this month's rent. Like we said, there all kinds of legitimate motivations for making money fast. Sure, you could get a second job washing cars or cutting lawns, or take out a payday loan from one of those storefront lenders with interest rates higher than your credit score. But if you're looking for creative ways to gather some quick dough, we think you'll love the 10 ideas we've come up with. … [Read more...] about 10 Quick Ways to Make Money