The secret history of Ctrl+Alt+Del

Ctrl+Alt+Del will go down in history as that one confoundingly difficult way to restart your PC when everything else has failed. But as its creator, David Bradley, tells Great Big Story, it was a pain by design. [FastCompany] The tool was first developed because Bradley and the 11 other engineers building the first IBM PC needed a quicker way to restart …

New ‘Tinder Robot’ May Help You Find True Love

[Good.is]NYU student Nicole He has invented a completely new spin on dating apps: the Tinder Robot. Using biometric sensors to read a person’s “galvanic” skin response, the robot will decide whether you should swipe right or left on the person, and potentially discover the love of your life. What do you think?

The Soaring Cost of Textbooks

[Good.is] According to College Board estimates, in the current school year the average higher education student will shell out about $1,300 for books and supplies, regardless of school type. That cost is shocking. But even more alarming is the rapid rise in textbook prices over recent years. As illustrated in the above video, between 1998 and 2014 the cost of new …

If The World Were 100 People

[Good.is]The world population has now reached 7.5 billion people. This milestone inspired us to conduct research to update our statistics in 2016, and the changes over the past 10 years are remarkable. In 2006, only 1 person out of 100 would have had a college education– today that number has jumped to 7. [100people.org]

Comparing climate impacts at 1.5°C, 2°C, 3°C and 4°C

On Oct. 8, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the much anticipated Special Report on 1.5°C in Incheon, South Korea. The report shows that climate change has already caused global temperatures to rise about 1°C above pre-industrial levels. Unless emissions are rapidly reduced, temperatures could rise 1.5°C by 2040, 2°C by 2065 and 4°C by 2100. It’s hard to be certain what this level of temperature …