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Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall

A super typhoon expected to slam into the Philippines on Friday appears on track to become the strongest such storm to develop this year, meteorologists warn.

With wind speeds exceeding 190 miles an hour (305 kilometers an hour), super typhoon Haiyan—known as Yolanda in the Philippines—is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same rotating ocean storm phenomenon; scientists just call them different names depending on where they occur. [See "Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What's the Difference?"]

Forecasters predict Haiyan will  make landfall on Friday morning in the archipelago's central islands, many of which are still recovering from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck the region last month.

"If Haiyan holds its strength and makes landfall in the Philippines, it would definitely be the strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, and that's saying a lot," said Chris Velden, a hurricane expert at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Typhoon Season

In the northwestern Pacific, typhoons most commonly develop from late June through December. After a slow start this season, typhoon formation began to pick up in October.

"It's gotten very active again, and now it's back to where it should be, with several typhoons being spawned a month," said Velden, whose team uses satellites to track developing storms around the globe.

Officials in the Philippines have already begun evacuating people from coastal and landslide-prone regions of the country’s central islands and put emergency workers on alert in preparation for Haiyan's landfall, according to Reuters.

'Oversized Tornadoes'

On average 20 typhoons hit the Philippines every year. According to the aid agency Plan International, Haiyan is the 25th typhoon to enter the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year.

The country happens to be located in a region of the Pacific that, like Hurricane Alley in the Atlantic, is particularly prone to typhoon formation, said Hans Graber, a professor of marine physics at Florida’s University of Miami.

"The waters [in that part of the Pacific] are extremely warm, so with the right atmospheric conditions and steering currents, you have the ideal making of a storm that can eventually develop into a super typhoon," Graber said.

Graber, whose group has studied more than a dozen super typhoons, has noted they po


Apple co-founder slams the new iPad

The new iPad Air may be thinner, lighter and faster, but for Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, that doesn’t mean it’s better for him.

"Not every Apple product makes a big enough difference to me to get instantly, although many do," Wozniak explained in an email to The Huffington Post. "For example, I also did not get the iPad Retina when it was introduced."

Wozniak, who left Apple back in 1987, explained that he was hoping for an iPad with 256 GB of memory to store TV shows and movies on the go. The new iPad Air and iPad Mini, both introduced by Apple on Tuesday, come with at most 128 GB of storage.

His comments to HuffPost follow a speaking appearance he gave at the Apps World tech conference, during which he said the new "iPads didn't hit [his] needs," according to TechRadar and Macworld.

"I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of 'Big Bang Theory' on my iPad," he said on stage in London. Wozniak admitted that part of the problem is that he doesn't have broadband at home so prefers to keep his media saved on a hard drive.

Wozniak told HuffPost that while he eventually planned on upgrading his iPad, he is "not getting one right away." He also said that he was indeed buying one new Apple product.

"I immediately ordered the new MacBook Pro, which is more central to my own computer life," Wozniak said.

Wozniak has a history of critiquing the company he helped launch with Steve Jobs 37 years ago. In the past, he has and complained about the battery life of the iPhone 4S.

"Although I receive a small salary from Apple, I do virtually no real work at the company," Wozniak disclosed in a 2010 interview.


Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.

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We've Gotten The Pursuit Of Happiness All Wrong, Until Now

Aside from basic survival, the pursuit of happiness is arguably one of the most fundamental concerns of every human being on the planet (not to mention a driving force behind the $10 billion-a-year self-help industry). But according to Cornell cognitive psychologist Shimon Edelman, we’ve been going about it backwards.

Edelman, author of The Happiness Of Pursuit: What Neuroscience Can Teach Us About The Good Life, tells The Huffington Post that the way we tend to chase happiness is much like the way we drive our cars.

Citing a metaphor from Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of artificial intelligence, Edelman explains that, much as we don't pay attention to the nitty gritty mechanics of how a car engine works -- preferring instead to focus on the more nebulous idea of keeping our cars "running well" -- we also don't think about the specifics of our brain function. We want to be happy, but we don't even really know how happiness functionally works.

Advice on how to be happy is everywhere -- but rarely do these words of wisdom help us to actually become happier. According to Deepak Chopra, the wealth of research and literature on happiness that's come with the explosion of positive psychology hasn't gotten us very far in understanding our own emotional lives.

“We know very little about what it takes to be happy, and a lot of what we know is wrong,” Chopra wrote in a San Francisco Chronicle blog post. “This seems to be the conclusion of some voices in the movement known as positive psychology."

According to Edelman, understanding the workings of our own minds can help us to comprehend not only the nature of happiness but, perhaps eventually, how to optimize the brain for well-being. Recent developments in cognitive science have shed light on how positive emotional states (including pleasure, happiness, and euphoria) occur in the brain -- and why we're hardwired for happiness.

“In the past 10 years, neuroscience has witnessed a revolution. We used to treat the brain as a black box into which very limited glimpses were available, but we are starting to comprehend the basic principles within which the whole thing operates," says Edelman, explaining that these simple principles are accessible to anyone who's interested in getting to know his or her own mind.

Such an understanding could yield great benefits: By Minsky's analogy, we can understand how to better drive our cars by better understanding their engines. And by comparison "getting to know the way the brain works in an intuitive, statistical manner," as Edelman puts, can help us to optimi

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