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Boom: Alibaba surges 38% in huge IPO debut

Alibaba, the biggest IPO to ever hit Wall Street, made a huge splash when it started trading Friday.<p>Shares of the Chinese e-commerce giant closed at $93.89, marking a 38% pop from the $68 price of its record-shattering initial public offering.<p>The bounce signals optimism among investors about …

This Bizarre Organism Builds Itself a New Genome Every Time It Has Sex

<i>Oxytricha trifallax</i> lives in ponds all over the world. Under an electron microscope it looks like a football adorned with tassels. The tiny fringes …

Yitang Zhang, twin primes conjecture: A huge discovery about prime numbers—and what it means for the future of math.

Last week, Yitang “Tom” Zhang, a popular math professor at the University of New Hampshire, stunned the world of pure mathematics when he announced …

Study: Artificial Sweeteners May Trigger Blood Sugar Risks

Bacteria in your gut might determine whether saccharin triggers glucose intolerance.<p>There's no such thing as a free lunch, or at least a free artificially sweetened one, a new study suggests. Saccharin and other artificial sweeteners may raise blood sugar levels—a condition the sugar substitutes …

Diet Soda May Alter Our Gut Microbes And Raise The Risk Of Diabetes

The debate over whether diet sodas are good, bad or just OK for us never seems to end.<p>Some research suggests zero-calorie drinks can help people cut calories and fend off weight gain.<p>But in recent years, the idea that artificial sweeteners may trick the brain and lead to "metabolic derangements," …

Fake sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies metabolize sugar

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.<p>High doses of artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can change the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some humans. And those …

BitTorrent opens up Bleep alpha, releases Android and Mac apps for private text and voice chat

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Kostenko Maxim / Shutterstock.com<p>BitTorrent took the next step towards turning its secure messaging client Bleep into …

Netflix Is Under Pressure To Ban VPN Use

According to Torrentfreak and CNET, the Australian rights holders of US-produced shows and movies are trying to put a stop to the use of Netflix via VPNs. Virtual Private Networks allow users to access services by using a server based in the US to make it appear that they are physically located …

iOS 8: Apple opens up — and catches up to Android (review)

While last year’s iOS update splashed a fresh coat of paint on Apple’s mobile operating system, this year’s revision is a massive interior renovation.<p>You’d be hard-pressed to see a big difference between iOS 7 and iOS 8, which is being released later today, at first glance. (If you’re not a fan of …

Does Alcohol Kill Brain Cells?