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Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A huge primitive ocean covered one-fifth of the red planet’s surface, making it warm, wet and ideal for alien life to gain a foothold, scientists say<p>A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have …

Global Warming

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists studying the difference between human and chimpanzee DNA have found one stretch of human DNA that can make the brains of mice grow significantly bigger.<p>"It's likely to be one of many DNA regions that's critical for controlling how the human brain develops," says Debra Silver, a …

Five bugs and jokes in The Sims that went on to become features — and two that did not

All games have bugs. In The Sims, some were left in to become features.<p>We asked senior producer Lyndsay Pearson to run down some of Electronic Arts’ developers’ favorite programming errors in the long-running life simulation game.<p>“There are definitely cases where we see things after the fact, …

The Sims

Here's How to Remove Lenovo's Invasive Software From Affected Laptops

Recently, computer maker Lenovo issued a statement regarding Superfish, a piece of software that came pre-installed on Lenovo laptops between …

3 Signs That Young Americans Are Getting a Raw Deal

We talk a good game about opportunity in this country, but here are three signs that we're failing to provide young people with a fair shot at prosperity.<p><b>Sign #1: People typically achieve most of their earnings gain in the first 10 years of employment.</b><p>A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of …

Demographics

Obama, Merkel rally behind diplomacy in Ukraine conflict

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel rallied behind efforts to reach a long-shot diplomatic resolution to the …

Russia

Britain Votes to Allow World's First 'Three-Parent' IVF Babies

LONDON — Britain voted on Tuesday to become the first country to allow a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say can prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step toward creating designer babies. Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the technique, called …

Source: FCC will reclassify Internet as public utility; AT&T and Verizon will immediately sue

With Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler about to release a new regulatory approach to the Internet — one that would reclassify it as a public service — people in Washington are bracing for a legal and political fight that may leave all sides unhappy.<p><b>UPDATE Feb. 4:</b> Wheeler has …

Discovering your inner GPS

The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their Arctic breeding grounds to overwinter on the Antarctic coast: an annual roundtrip of over …

Hemingway Editor Desktop App Helps You Write Economically

The economical, understated writing style of Ernest Hemingway is renowned within the literature world. Now, there’s a Windows and Mac app to help you nail the American author’s approach.<p>Simply called the Hemingway Editor, this $4.99 app will grade your work for ‘readability’ and is able to identify …

5 TV Shows We're Excited For at Comic-Con

Except there's so much good stuff, we totally cheat and sneak in more than five.<p>With dozens and dozens of panels devoted to TV shows at San Diego …

Indie musicians help movie soundtracks hit right emotional note

"You've gotta hear this one song," she says. "It'll change your life. I swear."<p>She places her bulky headphones over his ears, waiting expectantly for his reaction as he listens to the first chords of the Shins' "New Slang." He smiles at her, and she smiles back. They might be in love.<p>So goes the …

Dem base: Fine with Hillary Clinton, pining for Elizabeth Warren

DETROIT — Their heads might be with Hillary Clinton, but their hearts are decidedly with Elizabeth Warren.<p>As the high-profile annual confab of progressives called Netroots Nation kicked off here Thursday, it took no time for a consensus on 2016 to emerge. Interviews with more than a dozen attendees …

With her call to action, Warren cuts sharp contrast to Clinton

As the 2016 presidential race approaches, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be entering a different phase of her career — one in which she's beating back lots of unwanted attention.<p>On Friday morning in Detroit, a crowd of liberal activists roared, "Run, Liz, run! Run, Liz, run!" as she took …

Job growth picks up in states that raised minimum wage

Maybe a higher minimum wage isn't so bad for job growth after all.<p>The 13 U.S. states that raised their minimum wages at the beginning of this year are adding jobs at a faster pace than those that did not, providing some counter-intuitive fuel to the debate over what impact a higher minimum has on …

Hostels Embrace Airbnb in Effort to Escape Rising Booking Fees

At the Pacific Tradewinds Hostel in San Francisco, owner Darren Overby has found an unlikely ally in his efforts to keep his hostel’s operating costs …