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Republicans Finally Unveil Their Obamacare Replacement Plan

The new bill would keep some popular provisions of Obamacare, while getting rid of the law's individual mandate and offering tax credits to people who buy health insurance.<p>WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in Congress have finally released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.<p>The …

Police request Echo recordings for homicide investigation

Officers in Arkansas are hoping the smart speaker's recordings can provide some clues on a murder.<p>You have the right to remain silent -- but your smart devices might not.<p>Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot are in millions of homes now, with holiday sales more than quadrupling from 2015. Always listening for …

Smart Homes

Pew: Americans giving up on God, miracles

Half of Americans who have left their church no longer believe in God, leading a surge of nearly one quarter of the nation who have no affiliation …

9 Disgusting Things That the FDA Allows in Your Food

Photo Credit: gpointstudio/Shutterstock.com<p>Slide 1 of 19<p>That's Gross!<p>It's probably a bad idea to scroll through the Food and Drug Administration's …

FDA

Macaulay Culkin Explains Where His Life Has Gone in First Interview in 10 Years

"No, I was not pounding six grand of heroin a month."<p>Back in December, filmmaker Jack Dishel posted his first video on YouTube. It was a short independent film in which Macaulay Culkin reprised his <i>Home Alone</i> character, Kevin McCallister. But that character, after being abandoned by his family and …

Pop Culture

The HR Software Market Reinvents Itself

The $14-plus billion marketplace for HR software and platforms is reinventing itself. Fueled by mobile apps, analytics, video, and a focus on team-centric management, we are seeing a disruptive change in the HR software industry. This is a shift investors, buyers, and HR professionals should watch …

Human Resources

GitHub is undergoing a full-blown overhaul as execs and employees depart — and we have the full inside story

The more we write about the inner turmoil, the more people step forward to share details and opinions.<p>We're hearing these themes repeatedly:<p>Cofounder CEO Chris Wanstrath, with support from the board, is radically changing the company's culture: Out with flat org structure based purely on …

Business Development

Start-up app Purple fills up gas tanks for time-crunched customers

Even in an era when no errand is too small to outsource to a smartphone application, start-up Purple, which dispatches a stranger to fill up your gas tank, might smack as on-demand capitalism gone too far.<p>That's right. You can now push a button to get gas — no trip to the station required.<p>With Los …

15 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About Home Alone

This is it! Don't get scared now.<p>And by "it," we obviously mean the 25th anniversary of <i>Home Alone</i>, which premiered in the theaters two-and-a-half decades ago today. It has since gone on to become one of the most (if not <i>the</i> most) successful and iconic holiday movies ever, and it still holds the …

Pop Culture

Women are either bisexual or gay but 'never straight'

A study has found that most women who say they are straight are in fact aroused by videos of both naked men and naked women<p>Most women are either bisexual or gay but "never straight", a study suggests.<p>"This shows us that how women appear in public does not mean that we know anything about their …

13 Reasons Marriage Is Actually Pretty Awesome

According to Us the Duo.<p>From the very beginning, music has been an important part of Michael and Carissa Alvarado's love story. The couple — better known as Us the Duo — met on the set of a music video, where they immediately hit it off and decided to become collaborators. Their courtship played …

Kobe Bryant sets NBA record for seasons played with one franchise

LOS ANGELES -- Among Kobe Bryant's many records and milestones, the one he reached Wednesday night was personally significant.<p>Bryant tipped off his …

What Jesus Said No Longer Applies

A while back I was called "a special kind of stupid" for sharing the screenshot above in response to a conservative evangelical Christian's post about the Caitlyn Jenner hype.<p>In the same thread, another person said I was preaching "the Gospel according to Suzanne" because I suggested that when the …

Christianity

Kangaroo is an amazing $99 Windows 10 portable PC

InFocus today debuted the Kangaroo, a $99 Windows 10 portable PC that “goes anywhere and works with any screen.” The term “mobile desktop” may seem like an oxymoron, but that really is the best description: Picture your typical desktop PC tower shrunk down to the size of a phablet sans screen; just …

Birth Order Doesn't Affect Personality, but It Does Affect Intelligence

In case you hadn't noticed, haha.<br>Read More

Psychology

GitHub’s Large File Storage is no panacea for Open Source — quite the opposite

I was pretty excited a few months ago when GitHub and other code hosting sites announced efforts to improve on a critically lacking aspect of the …

An Uber glitch exposed tons of its drivers' personal information

The Uber Partner website is the ride-hailing startup's tool for drivers to manage their accounts and track their rides.<p>It's also how new Uber drivers get brought onto the system, including entering their personal information and uploading stuff like their tax forms so they can get paid.<p>But after …

Personal Information

Pepsi is launching an Android phone in China

A brand-new brand phone<p>If I told you that there was a new Android phone with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7GHz processor, a 3,000 mAh battery, and a 13-megapixel camera, would any of that information turn your head? Possibly. But what if it only cost $200, and it was being sold by Pepsi?<p>…

Mobile Technology

Your coffee order may reveal something shocking about your brain

If you order your coffee with milk and sugar. . . congratulations, you’re a normal person! But if you prefer your cup o’ joe black? Sorry, but you’re …

Abandoned, But No Wasteland: Chernobyl Offers Animals Room To Thrive

When you think of a nuclear meltdown, a lifeless wasteland likely comes to mind — a barren environment of strewn ashes and desolation. Yet nearly 30 years after the disaster at the nuclear reactor in Chernobyl, in the former Soviet Union, a very different reality has long since taken root.<p>In and …

Chernobyl

Multiverse Studio Inc. Unleashes Plush Hadoken from "Street Fighter"

Multiverse Studio Inc., a design firm specializing in manufacturing toys and collectibles, is gearing up to release a plush version of Ryu's hadoken …

Every time we feel like we’ve finally wrapped our heads around the awesomeness of cephalopods, they go and do something that makes them seem even more amazing still. Today we learned that the southern sand octopus (Octopus kaurna) can hide itself from nosy visitors or potential predators by creating its own quicksand and disappearing into the ocean floor. Unlike many octopus species, the southern sand octopus cannot camouflage itself, so it’s developed a method for swiftly hiding instead. This behavior was first spotted by scientists from the University of Melbourne during a night dive in 2008: After the researchers shined a light on the octopus, it began to shoot jets of water into the sand below, creating a pit of quicksand. Research on this response—the first time a cephalopod has been seen forming a complete burrow—has just been published in the journal Behaviour. Jasper Montana, of the University of Melbourne, told New Scientist, “It actually was a pocket—like a space that the octopus could sit within. So it was a true burrow.” The process of creating this burrow required the octopus to use its arms to create a “chimney” to breathe through. It then solidified the walls of the chamber with a layer of mucus. Watch this video to see the southern sand octopus showing off its clever disappearing trick: [via mental_floss]

Every time we feel like we’ve finally wrapped our heads around the awesomeness of cephalopods, they go and do something that makes them seem even …

Zoology

5 Ways You're Making Yourself Dumber | Inc.com

Intelligence, a giant pile of science shows, isn't fixed. There are a whole host of things both large and small you can do to make yourself smarter.<p>That's the good news. What's the bad?<p>If your IQ score isn't the be-all-and-end-all of brainpower and your activities and attitude can influence how …

The Brain

Orphaned Raccoon Lives With Dogs, Thinks She's One Of Them

Late last year, a very unusual bundle fell out of a tree in Rosie Kemp's backyard: a month-old raccoon.<p>She was very weak, and had broken her back …

LinkedIn might have to pay you money for spamming your email contacts

Here's the deal:<p>In 2013, a class-action lawsuit accused LinkedIn of accessing users' email accounts without their permission and unwittingly using their names to send email invitations to people in their address books.<p>At the time, LinkedIn called many of the accusations false.<p>The court agreed that …

Class Action

Secret Coders: kids' comic awesomely teaches the fundamentals of computer science

Hopper hates her new private school. The other kids are jerks, especially the basketball boys, which sucks, because she <i>loves</i> basketball and figures …

Computer Science

YouTube ad-free subscription service said to launch on October 22nd

YouTube is expected to release a subscription service that will get rid of ads; there is no secret there. The rumors have been going strong about it. The issue is so far all we have gotten is a general sense of the idea. Needless to say we have been itching for more details, and today we might be …

YouTube Red

The world's most brain twisting puzzles – in pictures

Your brain may appear like a 1.4kg lump of soft tofu but test yourself on what it can (and can’t) do with Clive Gifford’s mind baffling puzzles, spatial intelligence games and illusions from his new book Brain Twisters

Puzzles