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Saudi cleric issues fatwa on snowmen

A prominent Saudi Arabian cleric has whipped up controversy by issuing a religious edict forbidding the building of snowmen, describing them as anti-Islamic.<p>Asked on a religious website if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children after a snowstorm in the country’s north, …

Saudi Arabia

Santa Maria! Five more shipwrecks that came back from the deep

<b>Queen Anne's Revenge</b><p>Perhaps the most famous of all pirate ships began life in 1710 as a Royal Navy frigate called the Concord. Almost immediately after launch, she was captured by the French and converted into a slave ship, before being captured again by the pirate Ben Hornigold near Martinique. …

Columbia University students create software allowing native iOS apps to run on Android devices

For some time now, iOS users have cited the quality and quantity of third-party software available for the platform as an important factor in their choice of mobile devices. Over the years Android has amassed its own collection of apps and users have continued butting heads over which system had …

Biotech's Brave New World: Push One To Create Life; Push Two To Create Alien Life

It’s been a good month for miracles. And by miracles I mean our oldest miracle, that first miracle, the creation of life itself.<p>During these first weeks in May, two separate teams working at two separate institutions announced that when it comes to creating life from scratch, well, there are a …

11 Financial Books Every Young Person Should Read

Those of you who are seeking investing enlightenment are not going to find much of it on the web.<p>I suggest you log off, power down your computer, and read some books. Take your time. The months you spend perusing this list will be well spent.<p>I'd recommend reading at least the first four books …

Mutual Funds

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking