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The four species of bushmaster, found in the rainforests of Central and South America, are the world’s longest vipers. Naturalist Dan Eatherley tells the captivating story of Lecky, “the Mahatma Gandhi of reptiles”<p><b>Name:</b> Lecky <b><br>Species:</b> <i>Lachesis muta</i> <b><br>Dates:</b> ?-1934 <b><br>Claim to fame:</b> Famous specimen of the …

Zoology

Miniature brain in a dish reveals an outsized secret about autism

Scientists hoping to uncover the origins of autism have grown a passel of miniature proto-brains in a lab, using reprogrammed skin cells to rewind the clock to the brain's earliest days of development. From these small creations have come potentially big insights into autism, a diabolically complex …

Watch how a cyborg cockroach is created

Why are researchers making remote-controlled bugs? Click investigates.<p>Cockroaches’ astonishing survival skills make them the bane of many households – but perhaps we’ve under-appreciated these tough little insect warriors. <br>In the above video, our colleagues at Click explore a surprising new …

Cyborgs

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

Tesla Pushes The Limits Of The Model S With 'Ludicrous Mode'

Upgraded performance and range -- and Autopilot status<p>Electric car maker Tesla conducted a mysterious conference call/press announcement today. By “mysterious,” of course, we simply mean they didn’t announce what they were talking about beforehand, and the Internet immediately labeled it …

Tesla

The Verge Review of Animals: the all-female whiptail lizard

Meet the clone army<p><i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>Whiptail lizards are basically the Amazon warriors of the …

Biology

This Is How Jurassic World’s Velociraptors Should Have Looked

Zhenyuanlong suni is the feathered raptor we've all been waiting for<p>Let's all take a moment to think about velociraptors.<p>In the quintessential dinosaur movies of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, velociraptors were killing machines that looked something like this:<p>Unfortunately, not all …

People Were Treating Cavities 14,000 Years Ago--And It Wasn’t Pretty

Be glad your dentist uses tools that aren't rocks<p>Going to the dentist isn't generally fun. You lie there, with your mouth open while someone picks and scrapes at your teeth. There's a reason they bribe kids with toys and those adorable tiny toothpaste tubes. But as you prepare for your next dental …

Earth elements dictate whether plate tectonics can happen

And plate tectonics may be essential for life. A new theory of Earth’s composition suggests another factor to consider in the search for habitable …

Samsung’s fight against a hedge fund turns ugly with antisemitic remarks

When activist investors go after big, global companies, things often get nasty. But a fight centered around one of the world’s largest tech companies seems to have gone too far.<p>At issue is the proposed merger between Samsung C&T and Cheil Industries—a construction company and a textile firm that …

McDonald's Franchise Owners See the Fast-Food Apocalypse | Inc.com

<i>This article originally appear on Slate.</i><p>McDonald's franchisees have the dimmest outlook for their company in 12 years. According to the July edition of a franchisee survey conducted by analyst Mark Kalinowski, franchisees gave McDonald's an average rating of 1.69 out of 5 for its six-month business …

McDonald's

After piling into Chinese stocks last week global investors dumped them madly this week

The volatility in foreign investor appetite for Chinese stocks continues according to the latest report of Asia Pacific fund flows from the ANZ Bank.<p>Citing data from EPFR Global, ANZ strategist, Khoon Goh said that after buying US$17 billion (£10.8 billion) of Chinese stocks in the previous two …

Samsung Stuck With an Elliott in the Room

For Samsung’s Lee family, the merger of two affiliate companies was never expected to be anything but a formality: a straightforward step in a long-planned succession aimed at consolidating control of South Korea’s biggest conglomerate in the hands of heir apparent Lee Jae-yong.

South Korea

Canadian man pleads guilty in a multimillion US stock fraud case

Sandy Winick, 57, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud for running a $5 million scheme in which investors in U.S. penny stocks were duped into paying fees for nonexistent services, prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, said on Friday.<p>Winick had also been charged with masterminding a $140 …

Google gains billions in value as YouTube drives ad growth | Reuters

(Reuters) - Google Inc’s (GOOGL.O) shares closed up 16.3 percent at $699.62 on Friday, adding about $65 billion to its market value, as strong growth in YouTube viewership eased investor concerns about Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) push into video.<p>Google’s class A shares chalked up their largest single-day …

Apple is working on a new e-commerce system based on your credit card balance

In a patent application filed today, Apple proposes a new e-commerce system that uses a mobile phone to deliver targeted ads to users based on what they can actually afford. This new patent comes on the heels of another recent in-development project for creating and tracking ads — and the Apple …

It’s five years since the landmark financial regulation was passed in response to the 2008 crisis and while it’s a step in the right direction, there’s a long way to go<p>By the time most of us are five years old, we’re walking, talking and learning new skills at a rapid clip. In other words, we’re …

Wall Street

Wall Street has stopped believing in the most important idea holding China together

China recently announced its quarterly GDP number — 7%, right on target. Like it always is. This time, though, no one on Wall Street believed the number was real. The country's economy is slowing, and its nearby trading partners are already feeling the strain.<p>This time, the chorus of investors …

Merkel rules out 'haircut' for Greece, open to other relief

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday suggested that Germany would show flexibility in negotiating how Greece deals with its massive debt, …

Bitcoin and space travel are two of the fastest-growing areas of venture-capital funding

Two of the industries most historically owned by the government are now venture capital targets—money and spaceships. According to Mattermark data analyzed by Tomasz Tunguz of the venture capital firm Redpoint, bitcoin and space travel were two of the four fastest-growing areas for startup …

Venture Capital

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Sarawak Report whistleblowing website blocked by Malaysia after PM allegations

Malaysia has blocked access to a whistleblowing website run by a British journalist which has reported allegations that money linked to a state investment fund ended up in Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank accounts.<p>The Sarawak Report, founded by Clare Rewcastle Brown and based in London, has in …

Asia

Toyota On Mirai Vs. Tesla: Battery Electric Vehicles Have 'Fundamental' Physics Problem

A Toyota executive explains why he believes the Mirai and hydrogen fuel cells will power the alternative fuel vehicle future — and not battery electrics like Tesla.<p>Toyota will begin taking “requests” for its hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicle Mirai on Monday. The initial goal is 3,000 units by the …

Energy

Sadly for gold investors, all news is currently good news

This chart has tongues wagging in the markets today:<p>In early Asia trading, the gold price dropped suddenly and sharply, setting a new five-year low. Was it an accidental “fat finger” trade or an algorithm run amok? Analysts don’t think so, because aside from whatever technical reason is behind the …

IBM sees sales fall for 13th straight quarter

Shares in the US firm fall 5pc in after-market trading after the results<p>IBM has seen revenues fall for the 13th consecutive quarter, as the world's largest technology services company continued to shed low-margin businesses and the strong dollar weighed on results.<p>Shares in the US firm fell about …

Selling

PayPal makes big splash on first day of trading after eBay spinoff

In its first official day trading as a public company, PayPal’s market value climbed to near $49 billion, eclipsing the market cap of its former …