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Oxford dictionary adds “twerk,” “derp,” “selfie,” “phablet,” and more voguish vocabulary

Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is adding a slew of words that only recently came into general usage, many driven by fast-moving trends in technology and culture. Yes, “twerk” is now in the dictionary.<p>The most relevant addition to the dictionary for Quartz readers is probably “phablet,” a …

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What does Daft Punk listen to? Here's your answer.

What exactly do Robots rock out to? Today, we got our answer in the form of a Spotify playlist curated by none other than Daft Punk’s Thomas …

Noodle-Armed Deep-sea Squid Mystery Solved

New video shows deep-sea squid wiggle tentacle tips to attract their meals.<p><b>Many deep-sea squid actively grab their prey, sporting two muscular tentacles used to drag unsuspecting prey into their mouths.</b><p><b>But one squid species that lives down deep—the "wimp" of the proverbial playground—has limp</b> …

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.<p>In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from Lund …

Research links children's psychological problems to prolonged screen time

Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children's physical and mental health, according to a government-commissioned report published on Wednesday.<p>Public Health England says there is evidence that children who spend more time watching screens …

Here There Be Dragons: New Pictures From ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’

Earlier today we brushed up on a quick, slang-filled summary of <i>The Hobbit</i>. But for those of you who still plan to see <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i> anyway, we have new photos released by Warner this week. The first picture below suggests one memorable scene from the book may play differently …

Less time at the office doesn’t make people happier, study shows

Problem<p>Work is making you miserable. Your boss is a mean little man with a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan and he’s got you running round the office like a dog around a track. Your coworkers unironically say things like “hump day” and “working hard, or hardly working?” If you could just spend a few …

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