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New genetic map of the UK shows which invasions created Britain's DNA

Britain has a long history of invasions: over the past two millennia, various armies from the Romans to the Anglo-Saxons conquered the bulk of the British Isles. A new genetic analysis of the country has revealed which invading force had the greatest impact on its DNA.<p>The UK can be split into 17 …

Most Britons do not know how to make a cup of tea, say scientists

Scientists at University College London say Brits do not let tea infuse for long enough to bring out the complex flavours<p>It is enough to send teaspoons clattering into saucers across the country, but according to scientists, four out of five Britons do not brew their tea correctly<p>Despite drinking …

Buzz Aldrin took a cooler photo than you did at Stonehenge

I hate to break it to you, but you'll probably never walk on the Moon. Neither will I. I hope I'm wrong, but it's a bet I'll take. Maybe — just <i>maybe</i> — that would change if NASA had to spend less time fighting for funding and defending its core mission to the people in charge of its budget. Until …

Why "It Follows" is the best horror movie in over a decade

I stopped being scared or creeped out by horror movies about 20 years ago, but when Carla and I watched <i>It Follows</i> on Saturday night we were both …

'Blurred Lines' verdict would rock Amadeus and other great composers

"A good composer does not imitate, he steals," Stravinsky reputedly said. He may not have said it, but it fits.<p>Stravinsky stole like mad, and it wasn't theft. Stravinsky worked the way composers have always worked, basing their scores directly or indirectly on someone else's music.<p>Pop music artists …

How to stop cell phone companies from secretly selling your info to advertisers

There’s a reason advertisers love Google so much. The company is better than any other when it comes to collecting information about you, its users, …

Windows Phone

Surprising Food Pairings That DOUBLE Your Fat Loss

Although that may sound counterintuitive, there’s sound science behind our recommendation. But before you get too excited and double-up on ice cream …

PC gamers won't pay to play Xbox Live games online, and console owners are FURIOUS

My Twitter mentions are an apocalyptic wasteland this morning thanks to one Major Nelson and the wrath of hundreds of angry console users. Here's what happened.<p>On Wednesday, Xbox head Phil Spencer gave a talk about how Microsoft wants to bring the PC and Xbox platforms closer together. This …

Windows 10

15 Very Specific Mario Facts From a 1993 Nintendo Internal Guide

Press the Buttons (via Blake J. Harris, author of <i>Console Wars</i>) got their hands on an official Nintendo Character Manual from 1993. In it, the company …

Nobody cares about your book: Why that “Things I Can Say About MFAs” essay struck such a nerve with writers

<b>(Mark Rubens via Shutterstock)</b><p>A former writing instructor causes outrage by trashing his old job and students — but he makes some good points<p>Laura Miller<p>March 5, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>It was the rant that launched a thousand tweets, open letters and indignant blog posts: Ryan Boudinot's "Things I Can …

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One

I recently left a teaching position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program. I had a handful of students whose work changed my life. The …

Writing

Warp in Space-Time Swallows Pulsar

Astronomers have watched a pulsar some 25,000 light-years from Earth slip from view, swallowed by a warp in the fabric of spacetime. This wacky …

Should The Destruction Of Ancient Monuments Be Considered A War Crime?

The Islamic State’s continuing destruction of ancient monuments has sparked a call for changing the legal definition of war crimes.<p>In the past several months, in addition to continuing an ethnic cleansing of the Assyrian populations of Iraq and Syria, ISIS has burned down Iraq’s Mosul library, …

Drone Films Snowy Russian Airplane Museum

Cold Warbirds in the cold<p>In another timeline, these silver jets glistening in the snow would be radioactive wrecks, doomed participants in an apocalyptic war. Instead, these retired Soviet jets wait as museum pieces on the grounds outside Russia's Central Air Force Museum in Moscow. There’s an …

Why iOS 8 may seem slow even on modern devices

Accusations that iOS 8 is slower than Apple’s previous mobile operating systems have circulated since the software debuted in 2014. Although it works great most of the time on my iPhone 6 Plus, you don’t have to look far to find people complaining that the latest version of iOS slows down to a …

iOS

NASA Blurred Out Image Of UFO Sighted Near Sun — UFO May Have Destroyed Satellite To Send Warning, Blogger Claims

Prolific UFO hunter Streetcap1 claims he has detected in a recent LASCO C3 photo, a massive UFO with an intricate articulated design near our sun.<p>The …

Takin' a trip to Japan's kitty cat island: Aoshima, where cats outnumber humans six to one

Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime prefecture of southern Japan on February 25, 2015. Thomas Peter/Reuters<p>Reuters today published a …

Why you really do get that from your father

We may look like our mothers but our genes have more in common with the paternal line, study finds<p>It is good news for put-upon husbands who fear their wife will turn out like their mother-in-law: scientists say that, genetically, we are more like our fathers.<p>A study has found that although we might …

New nanodevice defeats drug resistance

<b>Tiny particles embedded in gel can turn off drug-resistance genes, then release cancer drugs.</b><p>Chemotherapy often shrinks tumors at first, but as …

Meet the Hardest Working Man in Porn

At 35, Shimiken is the king of Japanese porn, a $20 billion industry that produces more than double the number of adult films that America does. The …

Supreme Court gives tacit approval for government to take anybody’s DNA

To keep DNA profile private, we must live in a "hermetically sealed hazmat suit."<p>The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the conviction of a rapist …

Microsoft's Folding Keyboard for iOS and Android Is a Razor-Thin Beauty

Imagine a keyboard that you can carry around like a wallet—almost as thin as paper, just a few millimeters—and that works with any smartphone or …

Surface Pro

The terrifying “smart” city of the future

<b>(Shutterstock/Peshkova)</b><p>Cities across the country are implementing smart technologies — with grave implications for our personal freedoms<p>Allegra Kirkland<p>February 28, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Imagine a world without waste. A place where the train always comes on …

Smart Cities

House of Cards turns a video game reviewer into a major plot point

Netflix's <i>House of Cards</i> has already had its share of memorable video game cameos — remember Frank Underwood saying, "Is that a PS Vita?" oh so product placement-y? — but one video game plays an important role in the show's newly released third season ... in which a fiction writer and video game …