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This is why some cocaine users get hooked (but most don’t)

The way users consume hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin has a big impact on whether they get hooked, according to University of Montreal …

What does a pentaquark mean for you?

Almost - but not quite - buried on the icy plains of Pluto this week, the Large Hadron Collider revealed a completely new type of particle. What does that tell us?<p>Perhaps the first thing it tells us is that scientists at CERN are more focused on their results than on the attendant publicity, …

Google might soon help you find anyone from a plumber to a painter

Search company picks up key staff from failed cleaning startup Homejoy<p>It appears Google is about to enter the growing home services market. The search giant has snatched up roughly 20 employees from Homejoy, a startup that focused on pairing house cleaners with apartment-dwellers and homeowners. …

Yahoo M&A chief Jackie Reses issued an incredible mandate on how to treat companies that ask to be acquired

In just under three years, she and CEO Marissa Mayer have spent more than $2.1 billion to acquire more than 52 startups, The Wall Street Journal reported in April.<p>Although acquisition activity has slowed from a downpour to a drip so far this year — Yahoo bought only one mystery company for $23 …

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Facebook testing ‘Moneypenny’ human-powered digital assistant, reports say

New service built into social network’s Messenger chat app aids with product research and purchases, connecting users with knowledgeable people<p>Facebook is testing a service called “Moneypenny” that connects users of its Messenger chat app to real people for product-buying advice, according to …

Pluto mission: NASA's New Horizons 'phones home' after blackout

<b>Laurel, Maryland (CNN) —</b> NASA has re-established contact with its New Horizons spacecraft after a planned communications blackout as the probe completes humankind's first flyby of Pluto.<p>Mission managers who were packed into the New Horizons "mission control" room anxiously waiting to hear from the …

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2014 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced on July 12, 2015 at Readercon 22 in Burlington MA. The awards are presented for outstanding …

Walmart To Amazon: “Everyone Has Access To The Same Low Prices We Offer”

Walmart is taking direct aim at Amazon over Prime Day, the e-commerce site’s discount bonanza in honor of its 20th birthday.<p>In a blog post, Walmart CEO Fernando Madeira aims thinly veiled barbs at Amazon’s shopping event–specifically, the notion that its sales will only be accessible to Prime …

How Ellen Pao lost her job but survived Reddit's swamp of trolls

Silicon Valley’s most controversial executive has personified the discrimination and harassment directed at women in technology and on the internet. A look back at her landmark gender lawsuit and her ouster at Reddit reveals how much – and how little – has changed<p>When Ellen Pao took the witness …

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he won't risk traveling during probe

FIFAPresidentSepp Blatter, who is at the center of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation, said the risk of being arrested has prevented him from traveling outside Switzerland.<p>"Not because the Americans have anything concrete against me, but because it would cause a public stir," Blatter told …

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Military AI interface helps you make sense of thousands of photos

It's easy to find computer vision technology that detect objects in photos, but it's still tough to sift through photos... and that's a big challenge for the military, where finding the right picture could mean taking out a target or spotting a terrorist threat. Thankfully, the US' armed forces may …

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