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Weaponizing code: America's quest to control the exploit market

When the US Bureau of Industry and Security published how it plans to implement the sections on hacking technologies in a global weapons trade pact called the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) last week, it ignited an online firestorm of meltdowns, freakouts, and vicious infighting within the most …

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New miniseries from The Wire creator David Simon coming to HBO in August

Here's what HBO will have for you to watch once this season of <i>Game of Thrones</i> is over: a new miniseries from <i>The Wire</i> creator David Simon that's filled with a cast of incredible actors. The new series, called <i>Show Me a Hero</i>, is about Yonkers, New York in the 1980s as the city's white residents lash …

Food stamps for filet mignon? Hardly, despite what paternalistic politicians say

Americans on programs like Snap and Tanf are becoming the target of punishing policies that robs them of their dignity<p>When you’re trying to feed your family and stretch a dollar, steaks and short ribs don’t make it to your grocery list. As one of nine siblings in a low-income household in …

Income Inequality

Why Moms Are Better at Baby Talk Than Dads

Most mothers do it without thinking: cooing to their young children in a sing-songy, high pitched way that seems to help them connect better with …

The fittest cities in the U.S., and why

<b>(CNN) —</b> Regardless of where you live in the United States, one trend seems to be clear: The more pedestrian-friendly the city, the healthier its residents, according to a recent report released by the American College of Sports Medicine.<p>For the eighth year running, the American Fitness Index report …

Urban Design

The perils of contact lenses

<b>Specialists at Moorfields Eye hospital have noticed a rise in eye infections among contact-lens wearers and are warning users to take extra care.</b><p>Last year, doctors at the hospital treated 60 new cases of a particularly nasty infection called acanthamoeba keratitis - around two to three times more …

Tap Water

Microsoft Wants to Change Everything You Know About Email

Microsoft is reportedly working on a next generation email app that will strip away subject lines, greetings and signatures, and display only the …

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<b>Little squirrel wants to be friend with kitty</b><br>Squirrels are familiar to almost everyone. More than 200 squirrel species live all over the world, with …

Chelsea Flower Show in Pictures

England

Day 6 at the Cannes Film Festival

Animated Movies

19 Books To Read If You Loved The "Harry Potter" Series

Maybe you'll never find a book better than Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy reading other novels about magic, friendship, and adventure.

Books

Mad Men Did Not Pay to Use Iconic Coca-Cola Ad in Series Finale

While it may be one of the most famous ads in television history, <i>Mad Men</i> didn’t shell out a dime to use the iconic Coca-Cola spot in the series …

TV

E!'s Bruce Jenner special gives 'Kardashians' a 40% ratings bump

Sunday's part one of the specials dubbed "Keeping Up With the Kardashians: About Bruce" brought in 2.92 million total viewers, according to TheWrap. That represents a 40% increase over the previous Sunday's episode audience of 2.09 viewers.<p>The series also attracted 1.15 million viewers in the …

Sebastião Salgado: my adventures at the ends of the Earth

He has spent his life taking epic, mind-swarming photographs of gold mines, oil fields and genocide. But now Sebastião Salgado is turning his lens on the planet’s last undamaged places<p>Hundreds of people are swarming up ladders, scaling the cliff-like sides of a gargantuan, man-made pit. Is it a …

Oil

Google, Apple among tech giants urging US to support encryption

The companies, along with security experts, say President Obama should protect user data, putting them in direct competition with the country's top law enforcement officials that may want access to that data.<p>Some of the technology industry's largest companies have applied pressure on President …

Privacy

Microsoft Releases Preview Of Office For Android Phones

Office’s cross-platform march continues. Today, Microsoft announced the preview of Office for Android phones. It comes after the release of Office for Android tablets and iOS devices, not to mention new versions for Windows and OS X.<p>Microsoft has provided a simple Office Android experience inside …

Los Angeles Votes To Raise Minimum Wage To $15

Los Angeles on Tuesday became the biggest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour.<p>Following a hot debate, the city council voted 14 to 1 to approve a plan to gradually increase the required wage to $15 an hour by July 2020. The current $9-an-hour minimum wage was already slated to …

Takata doubles faulty airbag recall to 34 million

<b>Japanese airbag maker Takata has said that mechanisms in the airbags of almost 34 million cars are defective. It will lead to the largest recall in US automotive history, affecting models from 11 carmakers.</b><p>The number is double previous estimates for faulty air bags from the manufacturer.<p>US …

Takata

Cancer screening: An example of when less can be more, experts say

Americans get too many tests to screen for common types of cancer, and the American College of Physicians wants them to stop.<p>New clinical guidelines from the medical group include a litany of statistics that illustrate our obsession with cancer screening. Among them: About 6 in 10 adults submitted …

Cancer

Church Of Marvels celebrates Coney Island curiosities and Manhattan scuzz

While it spans many locations throughout New York at the dawn of the 20th century, Leslie Parry’s debut novel <i>Church Of Marvels</i> takes its name from a …

Why we're fascinated by Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí

An Interview with the Artist Behind the Covers for Goosebumps

Tim Jacobus explains how a fascination with famed prog rock painter Roger Dean led him to creating one of the most iconic series of book covers of the 90s.<p>As you might recall, <i>Goosebumps</i> was a phenomenally successful 1990s book series about preteens finding soft-core terror in the suburbs. The …

15 Books Every Recent College Grad Needs on Their Shelf

Graduating from college is an exciting time full of adventures, new opportunities and… uncertainty. While you’re celebrating your major accomplishment and partying with your friends and loved ones, figuring out the future can be nerve wracking. Whether you’re graduating this year, are a recent grad …

10 authors who excel on the internet

Writers are finding imaginative ways to negotiate the new era of electronic intimacy with readers. Here are some of the best<p>The internet offers authors the next best thing to teleportation: the chance to connect with readers from almost anywhere, in real time. Many writers fall back on self-serving …

Books

Artist Transforms George Costanza Into Different Pop Culture Icons

This artist should win a contest.<p>On May 14, it will have been seventeen years since the series ended, but it feels like "Seinfeld" never left. And now, artist Nicko Phillips is keeping the show and its characters alive with an Instagram series, "30 Days of Costanza."<p>For an entire month, Phillips …