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Why cats never became man’s best friend

Dog lovers will find it baffling that cats are the world’s most popular pet. After all, they’re passive-aggressive, emotionally unavailable, and known for their chilly independence—traits that at most qualify felines for the role of “man’s best frenemy.”<p>It turns out, though, there’s an evolutionary …

Pets

Pentagon withheld information about decades-old chemical weapons during Iraq War, report claims

American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report.<p>The New …

What Is a City?

Physicists Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt of the Santa Fe Institute have looked at data from cities around the world to try to understand what, exactly, they are. They've found that surprising patterns underlie the growth of all urban systems.<p>Read more on their research here.

Founder of Elephant Refuge Accidentally Crushed to Death by Elephants

Jim Laurita was found dead in an elephant corral in Hope, Maine.<p>The founder of an elephant sanctuary in Maine was accidentally crushed to death by the animals, according to the Knox County Sheriff's Office.<p>Jim Laurita, executive director of Hope Elephants, was found unresponsive in a barn in Hope, …

Police can no longer search your phone without a warrant, rules Supreme Court

Extending the Fourth Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled today that police need a warrant to access the content on your cell phone.<p>The court’s decision applies to both simplistic handsets and smartphones.<p>The unanimous ruling follows two controversial phone search cases that landed in the high court …

Tesla Wants To Open Its Supercharger Standard To Other Electric Car Makers

Elon Musk is willing to share the technology behind his Tesla Superchargers, the fast-charging plug-in stations for his company’s electric cars, the CEO revealed at the UK launch of the Model S this past weekend (via Engadget).<p>Musk said he’d be willing to open up the designs in order to build a …

Samsung reportedly planning to release folding tablet in early 2015

For years now we’ve been hearing about flexible, bendable and foldable displays. We have been told that these types of displays have the potential to open up the door to new form factors, and there have been all sorts of demos showing displays that twist, bend and turn to extremely tight radii. And …

Electronics Industry

AT&T reiterates they are for Net Neutrality, except for when they're not

TimeDotCom<p>Last week, AT&T’s head of global public policy, Jim Cicconi, wrote a blog post detailing AT&T’s dislike for so-called internet fast lanes:<p>“There is no paid prioritization like Free Press identified on the Internet today,” Cicconi says. “No one has any plan or intent to introduce such paid …

Net Neutrality

Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out

The Robinson family of Dallas started out pretty excited about their new insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Nick Robinson had turned to Obamacare after he lost his job last summer. He had been working as a youth pastor, and the job included benefits that covered him, his two young …