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I tried the popular Silicon Valley diet credited with boosting energy and prolonging life — and I can see why people are obsessed

I've been ignoring my mother for a week and a half.

For the past 10 days, I've stifled the small voice she instilled in the back of my mind to remind me that forgoing breakfast is nutritional doom — all for the sake of a diet known as intermittent fasting.

The diet essentially involves abstaining from food for a set period of time ranging from 16 hours to several days — and surprisingly, it has a lot of scientific backing.

Large studies have found intermittent fasting to be just as

Facebook stock is down 4% thanks to an enormous data breach (FB)

Facebook's stock is tanking in pre-market trading. News broke over the weekend that Cambridge Analytica, a controversial political research company with links to Donald Trump, had accessed 50 million Facebook user profiles illegitimately. Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica from its platform, but is under huge political pressure to explain how it can stop third parties from abusing its massive data trove.

Facebook's share price has dropped 4.05% in pre-market trading, likely thanks to the news that political research firm Cambridge Analytica used its site to harvest 50 million user profiles illegitimately.

According to Markets Insider, Facebook's share price stands at $177.60 in pre-market trading, down from a $185.09 at close on Friday. The drop wipes around $21 million off Facebook's market cap.

Lawmakers in the US and the UK are examining Facebook and its role...

A robot can build this $10,000 house within 12 hours — take a look inside

Building a house by hand can be both time-consuming and costly — so some homebuilders are now automating part of the construction process.

The homebuilding startup ICON uses a 3D-printing robot that can make parts for houses. The machine can print the walls, roof, and floor of a 650-square-foot model in as little as 12 hours. A worker then adds the windows, doors, plumbing, and electrical systems.

As The Verge notes, ICON debuted a prototype of the house at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Partnering with the international nonprofit New Story, the company plans to build dozens more for low-income communities in El Salvador by the end of 2019.

Check out the home below.

The single-story house features a wraparound patio. Inside, it has a living room ...

'Holy shite, what am I seeing out here?': 7 astronauts reveal what it really feels like to live in space


Seeing our planet from space is a rare treat: Fewer than 540 people have ever left the Earth. 

Seven astronauts who've blasted off from our planet with NASA came together this week for the premiere of the National Geographic series One Strange Rock. The show, produced by Darren Aronofsky, takes an up-close look at how life on Earth works from a range of perspectives: it juxtaposes macro views of the planet from space with micro-shots of some of the tiniest oxygen-producing organisms, which are four times thinner than a human hair.

Aronofsky said the program aims to show off "the beautiful clockwork" of the Earth. "It's much more complicated than anything a human could conceive of," he said. 

The astronauts featured in the series said that

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes explains what he learned from sinking $25 million into a business venture that ultimately failed

Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes ultimately made $500 million for helping his Harvard roommate Mark Zuckerberg build the company in its first three years. Hughes bought The New Republic magazine, a long-running liberal journal, in 2012, with hopes of making it a financially stable mainstream success. After investing $25 million into it and losing three quarters of his staff over editorial changes, the magazine barely added any readers, and he sold it in 2016. Hughes told us it taught him that ambitious goals should not require radical means to achieve them.

There's one big 'hidden variable' that everyone's missing with Amazon's HQ2 (AMZN)

Many are making their Amazon HQ2 predictions. Still, no one can know for sure which one of the 20 cities still in competition will be chosen.  It could come down to what some experts are calling the "hidden variable" — whatever business Amazon is getting into next.

Amazon's new headquarters search has everyone paying attention.

Everyone from

The incredible history of the Boeing 737 — the best selling airliner of all time (BA)

The Boeing 737 is the best selling jetliner of all time. Through February 2018, Boeing has taken 14,545 orders for the plane. Since its debut in 1967, the 737 has become a mainstay for airlines around the world in a multitude of roles ranging from short-haul flights to work as a freighter.

The Boeing 737 is ubiquitous. If you've taken a commercial flight in the last 50 years, there's good chance it was on a Boeing 737.

CAMERA SHOOTOUT: Samsung's new Galaxy S9 versus the best smartphone camera in the world, the Pixel 2

Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL had the best smartphone cameras when they were released in October 2017. 

But Samsung's new Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus phones are contending for that title in a serious way. 

What I've found after taking both the Pixel 2 XL and Galaxy S9 Plus for a photo shoot is that they each have their strengths, but they don't do everything superbly well. 

I should note that I took out the larger models of each smartphone lines. There's no difference between the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL's cameras, and the only difference between the S9 and S9 Plus' camera is the 2x dedicated zoom lens. 

Take a look at the photo comparisons below to see what I mean, and which smartphone would best fit your needs:

For an indoor shot with mixed indoor/outdoor lighting, the Pixel 2 XL takes the better shot.

We drove a $59,000 Buick Enclave Avenir to see how it stacks up against luxury SUVs — here's the verdict (GM)

The Buick Enclave was the right car at the right time for the brand a decade ago. I tested the highest trim level of the all-new crossover. I haven't always been the biggest Enclave fan, but I enjoyed the updated version.

The Enclave is possibly the most important Buick of all time.

Before you chuckle at that statement, consider that in 2007, when the Enclave first hit the streets, parent company General Motors was headed for a federal bailout and bankruptcy as the financial crisis hit and decimated the US auto market. 

Buick as a brand was also in pickle back then: the original GM marque was thought by many to be headed for that great dealership in the sky, the next in line after Oldsmobile. As it turned out, GM kept Buick alive, putting Pontiac out of its misery instead. 

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Hawking is named as co-author on a paper submitted on March 4 — ten days before he died. It sets out a way of testing whether other universes are real. Its mathematical theories could be tested with a deep-space probe.

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just two weeks before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.

Hawking, who passed away on Wednesday aged 76, was co-author to a mathematical paper which seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits the existence of many universes other than our own.

The paper, called "A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation", had its latest revisions approved on March 4, ten days before Hawking's death.