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How Bill Gates makes and spends his billions

With a net worth of approximately $8 9 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men in the world. If he spent $1 million a day, it'd take him 245 years to spend his fortune. Here's how he made all that cash. In 1975, Gates co-founded Microsoft. Show More Summary

These 15-year-old twins are the reigning queens of, the Generation Z app that was just bought for ~$1 billion

Lisa and Lena Mantler, 15-year-old twins from Germany, have one of the fastest-growing fan bases on the internet. You've probably never heard of them, but the teen in your life has. The girls are the reigning queens of, the social-media app of choice for Generation Z. Show More Summary

The Rock released a tough-love motivational app — and using it to wake up earlier for a week made me acknowledge a difficult truth about goals

The Rock created a motivational alarm clock called 'The Rock Clock' as part of a larger initiative called 'Project Rock.' I used it for five days to help me wake up an hour earlier. In the app, you can set a project, a deadline, andShow More Summary

Supersonic flights could return soon

Supersonic commercial flights may return soon. Boom Supersonic says that it has received 76 pre-orders for its Boom XB-1. Questions remain about the prohibitive pricing and regulations that have made supersonic flight difficult. Since...Show More Summary

What happens when a bird flies into a plane engine

What happens if a bird flies into a plane engine? The event is called a bird strike. Each year, bird strikes cost US airlines an estimated $1.2 billion. Only part of those costs are from actual damage. The rest comes from flight delays and cancellations. A bird strike can disable a plane's engine. Show More Summary

This is the phone Android users should get if they like the iPhone X's design

No matter how good the iPhone X looks, it still won't pull away the staunchest of Android users. For some Android fans, making the jump to the iPhone's iOS operating system just isn't an option, no matter how much thicker the bezelsShow More Summary

In Britain, billionaires can buy the silence of the judiciary

Last week, British news media were temporarily banned from reporting an unproven allegation of rape involving a well-known tech billionaire. British courts frequently grant injunctions that censor stories and the individuals involved. These...Show More Summary

This procedure could help treat severe asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty could one day be used to treat severe asthma. The process involves putting a flexible tube in a patient's nose or mouth, and using a heatable electrode array to help decrease the amount of excess muscle tissue restricting air flow. Here's how it would all work. Join the conversation about this story »

Americans work less than ever before but still feel like there's no free time — and there's a simple explanation

The number of hours Americans work has gone down over the last several decades, according to data from the OECD, while leisure time has gone up. But that's hardly the perception for many working people. How come? The psychologist Adam...Show More Summary

This $40 million robotic 'plantscraper' will feed over 5,000 people per year

By 2050, the world's population is expected to swell to 9.6 billion, with around 66% living in urban areas. This projection is leaving many cities wondering how they will feed all those people. A Swedish food-tech company called Plantagon...Show More Summary

7 medical benefits of marijuana

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. Researchers have shown many of its benefits, yet federal law still prohibits it as a medical treatment. Original reporting by Kevin Loria. Jennifer Welsh contributed to an earlier version of this video. Join the conversation about this story »

The main differences between Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin summed up

Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin. These over-the-counter drugs are essential to our daily body pains. But are we really using the right one for a headache? Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Another one of Snapchat's first 20 employees has left the company (SNAP)

One of Snap's first 20 employees, Chloe Drimal, has left the company. She was behind the initial launch of Snapchat's "Our Stories" feature. Tim Sehn, Snap senior VP of engineering and another one of the company's first 20 employees,...Show More Summary

The darkest material on Earth will be used in the 2018 Winter Olympics — here's what makes it so unique

Scientists created a material so dark they couldn’t even measure it. British company Surrey Nanosystems developed the original Vantablack in 2014, which was then the blackest material in the world. But they’ve outdone themselves with the new Vantablack, which absorbs over 99.8% of visible light. Show More Summary

Tesla's new electric semi truck could work wonders for cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions

Tesla unveiled its electric semi truck on Thursday night to much fanfare. The company claims the truck can go 500 miles on a single electric charge, and utilize a "Megacharger" to charge up to 400 miles in only 30 minutes. These areShow More Summary

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' will be the longest 'Star Wars' movie of all time

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" will be the longest film in "Star Wars" history, director Rian Johnson announced. "The Last Jedi" will clock in at 150 minutes, including credits.  It opens December 15.   The upcoming movie "Star Wars: The...Show More Summary

We put Google's new language-translation headphones to the test with 10 different languages — here’s how they did

Google's new Pixel Buds can work with Google Assistant on a phone to translate 40 different languages, and Google plans to add more to that list. We put the earbuds to the test with 10 languages: Spanish, French, Malay, Greek, German, Portuguese, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin, and Polish. Show More Summary

8 photos of the Tu-160M2, the new long-range super bomber that Russia just unveiled

Russia unveiled its new Tu-160M2 Blackjack long-range super bomber on Thursday — an upgrade to the Tu-160M and original Tu-160, according to The Drive. "While ostensibly an improved variant of the Soviet-era Tu-160, the Tu-160M2 is a...Show More Summary

Chinese tech giant Baidu launched a smart speaker and robots that will give people a 'sci-fi' experience

Beijing company Baidu announced the Raven H smart speaker and two robots called Raven R and Raven Q. The smart speaker goes on sale in December but there's no launch date or pricing for the robots. Baidu said the products will provide...Show More Summary

We just sent a signal to make contact with aliens on a distant 'Super Earth' — here's what we said

Humanity's first contact with aliens could be a breezy 24 years away. We sent a signal to an Earth-like planet that may host live – and we sent them a mixtape. Humans just tried to contact intelligent aliens.On Oct. 16, 17, and 18 a team of scientists sent a message to aliens. Show More Summary

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