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Crowdsourced School Homework: Brainly Plans to Teach the US

“We divide the development of a market into two stages,” Borkowski explained. “The first is market validation, and the second is initial traction. The goal of the first stage is to ensure liquidity of the market. Then we buy some ads, put some paid sources of traffic; we want people to register and …

Lego robot crushes Rubik's Cube world record with superhuman speed

And you thought that Lego castle you built as a kid was impressive. Two engineers in England have set the world record for completing a Rubik's Cube with a robot made from the ubiquitous plastic blocks. The (somewhat) cleverly named Cubestormer 3 robot accomplished the impressive feat in just 3.253 …

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MIT's bionic plants could be used as energy factories and sensors

In many ways, plants are ideal technology hosts -- they're outdoor-friendly, self-healing and pollution-free. It only makes sense, then, that MIT scientists want to harness that potential by augmenting our leafy friends with nanotechnology. The researchers have found that injecting nanoparticles …

Airpnp Is The App That Answers The Call Of Nature

We can't pee-lieve this exists.<p>What Airbnb did for home rentals, a new app called Airpnp aims to do for toilets.<p>The app's co-creators came up with the idea when they couldn't find a place to urinate during Mardi Gras, Buzzfeed reports<p>Some hotels got in on the action to make money off their cans. …

8 Facts That Just Make Way Too Much Sense

The universe sometimes works in mysterious ways. But other times it's just way too obvious.<p>The facts below may seem too good to be true, and somehow chalking them up to mere coincidence doesn't do them justice. All we can say is that you just might not be able to handle these truths. They just make …

Orgasm Machine For Women Could Deliver Climaxes At The Push Of A Button

Scientists have designed a machine that they say can help women achieve orgasm at the push of a button.<p>The device, which is a little smaller than a pack of cigarettes, uses electrodes attached to the patient's spine to trigger an orgasm via remote control. Doctors think it could help women who are …

'Lick This' App Teaches Oral Sex Via Phone-Licking

When it comes to oral sex, maybe it's time to start phoning it in.<p>Lick This, a new App by San Francisco-based team "Club Sexy Time," promises to let users hone their cunnilingus skills by licking their smartphones, according to Fast Company.<p>The app requires no download; you just go to …

One Girl Sings 14 Different Genres (VIDEO)

19-year-old Sara (aka Smoukahontas) wowed Internet viewers last week when she spoke perfectly accented gibberish to demonstrate how languages sound to non-speakers.<p>Fans could not get enough of Sara's talents, and asked her to sing -- and boy, did she deliver.<p>Watch this Finnish woman belt out …

Raising The Dead: Evangelical Christians Want To Practice Resurrections

How do you bring someone back from the dead? Practice, practice, practice.<p>Some evangelical Christians believe prayer can do what medicine can't -- they just need the bodies to get up to speed.<p>"We don't often get access to dead bodies," Donna Leppitt, a member of a fellowship called Global …

9 Facts You'll Think Are Too Ridiculous To Be True (But Are)

Sometimes the world makes no sense whatsoever.<p><b>1. Cotton candy was invented by a dentist.</b><p>Dentist William J. Morrison invented the modern cotton candy machine in 1897 along with a candy maker in Nashville named John C. Wharton. Originally the sugary candy was called "Fairy Floss." The name "cotton …

Underwear Company Offers Penis Insurance

A Montreal-based underwear company has a cockeyed way of getting publicity: By offering a $50,000 penis insurance policy to its male customers.<p>Sorry ladies, no genitalia coverage for you.<p>Starting March 15, men who purchase three or more pairs of UNDZ underwear via the company website will get a …

You'll Need Therapy After Watching These Pole-Dancing Robots

Some robots can do surgery, some can help fix a car and some can even pole dance. Yeah, pole-dancing robots. That's a thing now.<p>German company Tobit.Software has created a pair of robotic strippers, named Tess and Lexy, and is currently showing them off at the CEBIT expo in Hanover, Germany. As the …

'Female Baby Having Two Heads' Born In India

Conjoined twins were born at a hospital in northern India on Wednesday morning.<p>"Yes this report is perfectly true that we have delivered a female baby having two heads,” Dr. Ashish Sehgal, the CEO of Cygnus JK Hindu Hospital, told ABCNews.com in an email. “She is presently alive and healthy.”<p><b>Story</b> …

Disgusting Ad Jokes About Incest, Child Abuse

Social media users are scolding a creepy ad that jokes about incest and pedophilia to sell socks.<p>AdWeek called attention to the spot from Burlington France. The short video, which was released in October, has sparked outrage among viewers on YouTube.<p>The ad's title, "Can You Sock Me?" telegraphs the …

Wesley Warren Jr., Man With 132-lb. Scrotum, Dead At 49

Wesley Warren Jr., who received worldwide notoriety because of his problems with a scrotum that grew to 132 pounds, died Friday at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 49.<p>No cause of death was officially announced, but Warren's roommate, Joey Hurtado, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Warren had …

Man Slapped With 2 DUIs In 1 Night At Same McDonald's

If at first you don't succeed, try try again. It's apparently the unfortunate motto of a New York man who got two DUIs in one night at the same McDonald's parking lot.<p>Early Sunday morning, Zachary Boynton, 31, allegedly drove his car into the back of a vehicle ahead of him in the McDonald's …

Pistorius ‘overcome with fear’ moments before shooting girlfriend

<i>Follow The Globe and Mail's Africa correspondent, Geoffrey York, @geoffreyyork, as he live tweets from Oscar Pistorius's murder trial.</i><p>Oscar Pistorius says he was "overcome with fear" and ran screaming toward his bathroom with his 9mm pistol in his hand after he heard a bathroom window opening and …

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U.S. ship ends search for Malaysian plane

As the number of countries aiding the massive international hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 swelled to 26 on Monday, a U.S. warship reportedly ended its search of the Indian Ocean.<p>Meanwhile, <i>The New York Times</i> reported, citing unnamed American officials, that the plane's turn to the west, …

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Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

<b>Listen · 6:42</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When does our brain become our mind? Our heart? How does it become us, whatever we are? And how do we live with memories when they begin to burst inside?<p>E.L. Doctorow's new novel is called <i>Andrew's Brain</i>, and it plunges inside the brain of a man who …

FYI: Does Thinking Too Hard Wear You Out?

If it does, it's all in your head.<p>The brain makes up about 1⁄50 of our body weight but consumes about one fifth of the oxygen we breathe. It's natural to assume that overtaxing the cerebrum would leave one feeling lethargic, but that's not quite true. The brain uses most of its energy just to …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

How to Heat Store-Bought Corn Tortillas

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: You've got your carnitas, your guac, your genius refried beans. Take your next</i> …

4 Wildcard-Winning Recipes

<i>Every Monday and Wednesday, we announce a new Wildcard winner: a recipe that may not have been entered in (or won) a contest, but a recipe that we've tested and loved. Every other Saturday, we'll roundup the most recent winners.</i><p>Thanks to our community, we've got four more recipes to add to our …

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The ultimate guide to debunking right-wingers’ insane persecution fantasies

Conservatives love to pretend they’re being denied their religious liberty. Here’s how to prove them wrong<p>Certain words should not be tossed around lightly. <i>Persecution</i> is one of those words.<p>Religious right leaders and their followers often claim that they are being persecuted in the United States. …

Are the Democrats doomed?

This year was always going to be a difficult one for<p>Democrats, as they battle to keep their five-seat majority in theSenate. But in recent months, the political landscape has grown bleaker.<p>Let's start with the basics: Democrats have more seats at risk this year than<p>Republicansdo. Of the 36 Senate …