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Conair Recalls Cuisinart Food Processors From 2015 to 1996 Due to Laceration Hazard

Imagine you've just whipped up a homemade snack, and, after taking a bite to eat, you discover an ingredient you never threw into your food processor: shards of the actual blade. That nightmare scenario played out in real life for at least 69 people, according to reports to the U.S. Consumer …

‘Hooked’ author Nir Eyal on why personal assistant apps are the next big trend

Whenever I feel uncomfortable writing about a topic, that’s when I know I should write about it. So here goes. This article is about how a new way of designing apps changed my life. But to explain the power of this trend, I need to tell you about poop. That’s the uncomfortable part.<p>For the past …

Apps

Storage device writes information atom-by-atom

<b>The quest for storage devices that pack more information into a smaller space has reached a new limit, with memory that writes information atom-by-atom.</b><p>Dutch scientists developed rewritable memory that stores information in the positions of individual chlorine atoms on a copper surface.<p>The …

Atoms

Study of Candy Crush players finds virtual currency buyers don’t go for upsells

The upsell we all fall for at fast food joints and places like Costco doesn’t seem to work on purchasers of in-game currencies, according to a study conducted on millions of Candy Crush players. Turns out the decision to buy fictional bars of gold isn’t <i>quite</i> rational, economically speaking. Who …

Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights

The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it.<p>The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA's annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping the country. An AMA …

CNN

Building a brand-new Internet

We do not possess the ability to read the future, and yet we can predict with a high level of certainty that we will see more major cybersecurity incidents in 2016 and 2017.<p>The world’s cybersecurity capability is not able to advance in line with the growing vulnerabilities. We are faced by more and …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Blockchain

Does Earth create dark matter hairs?

Theoretical calculations by a JPL astronomer suggest that streams of dark matter – passing through Earth – would emerge as ultra-dense filaments or …

Etiquette Rules for the Smartphone Era: Handwritten vs. Digital

When to send a good old-fashioned note instead of relying on your phone.<p>In the age of smartphones, social media and all-things digital, it's easy to forget the power of good, old-fashioned pen and paper. With the incredibly fast speed and instant gratification of sending out a "thank you" email or …

America's 13 Best Amusement Parks That Aren't Six Flags

<i>By Adam Lapetina</i><p><i>Credit: Flickr/Doug Jones</i><p>When it comes to amusement parks, one big name comes to mind: Chris Sawyer, the designer of <i>Roller Coaster Tycoon</i>. What, that wasn't who you had in mind? Well, you'd be forgiven for thinking of close second Six Flags, as they have pretty much dominated the …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Exclusive: Inside the Texas ‘Draw Muhammad’ Event as Shots Rang Out

As two gunmen opened fire on security outside a Dallas-area center hosting a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest, The Daily Beast was barricaded inside …

Geert Wilders

Film review: Is Avengers Age of Ultron Marvel-ous?

The sequel to the 2012 hit is one of the summer’s most anticipated blockbusters. But does the comic book epic live up to the hype? Critic Nicholas Barber has an answer.<p>There is an abundance of good jokes in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but the best of them is in the dynamic opening action sequence. …

Marvel Universe

New Movies: 'Age of Adaline,' 'The Water Diviner,' and More

• "Little Boy" follows an eight-year-old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home.<br>• In "Misery Loves Comedy," over fifty famous filmmakers, writers, actors, and comedians share life and professional insights to answer the question: Do you have to be …

Movies