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The Dirt on Dirt: 5 Things You Should Know About Soil

It's World Soil Day: why our life depends on it.<p>We walk on it every day. Get it under our fingernails. Track it into the house. But do we really appreciate the vital role soil plays—not just in the environment, but in human health?<p>The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization is giving soil …

These programming skills will earn you the most money

<i>This post has been corrected</i><p>If you want to provoke an argument among computer programmers, ask them to pick their favorite coding language or framework. But even more contentious in an environment where engineers literally have agents, is which is the most lucrative.<p>Quora threads on the subject …

Programming

Indonesia's female police officers subjected to 'virginity tests'

Women hoping to join Indonesia's police force are subjected to 'two-finger virginity tests', a human rights group has found<p>Women who want to join Indonesia’s national police force are forced to have "virginity tests", a human rights group has found.<p>The “two-finger test” involves a medical expert …

Editing Google's search results would damage free speech, judge rules

Google search results have been declared part of free speech by a San Francisco court, dismissing a lawsuit by a disgruntled news site<p>A San Francisco court declared that Google can arrange its search results however it likes, in stark contrast to the decision of European regulators.<p>Judge Ernest …

South Miami is so fed up with climate inaction, it just voted to secede from Florida

<b>(meunierd/Shutterstock)</b><p>As the nation’s 51st state, “South Florida” would address climate threats head-on<p>October 22, 2014 9:27pm (UTC)<p>It's come to this: pissed off at the state government's lack of concern about climate change and frightened by the very real threat it's facing from sea level rise, …

Going Too Far: The American Public's Attitudes Toward Protest Movements

The photographs out of Ferguson are new, but the scene is all too familiar: signs, bullhorns, protesters, police. The ongoing demonstrations in Missouri are only the most recent in a long history of American protests. Groups across the political spectrum have used rallies, marches, and picket lines …

Civil Rights

'Mecca-hattan': Modern Face of Islam's Holiest City Revealed

Islam

Hajj: Muslim pilgrims converge on Mecca

Muslims have gathered in Mecca for the annual Hajj pilgrimage.<p>The five-day expedition is designed to promote the bonds of Islamic brotherhood and sisterhood by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah.<p>Some of those in the crowd have been wearing face masks - a possible precaution after …

Islam

How To Easily Save Money On eBay By Exploiting Spelling Errors

You may not believe this, but there are a lot of people on the Internet who are terribul spellers! For the nit-picky among us, it can be horribly annoying. But thanks to a web site that we just discovered, their misspellings can actually help save you some cash.<p>Say hello to FatFingers.com. The idea …

Video: Paralyzed Rats Walk Again, Now Farther Than Ever

Scientists found that fluctuating the electrical signal to the rodents' paralyzed legs can make them step higher and walk for longer.<p>Like a severed telephone line (from back in the days when phones had wires), a spinal cord injury can cut off communication between the brain and the rest of the body …

Algorithms

Samsung Launches $19.99 Power Sharing Cable

Samsung today launched a new accessory for its Galaxy line of products that isn’t just a gimmick but looks extremely useful: meet the Samsung Power Sharing cable for $19.99. In short, the cable lets you use select Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets to charge your other micro USB devices.<p>Samsung …

Microsoft's new adapter beams video from your PC (or Android) to a TV

Want to wirelessly share video from your Surface without worrying about whether or not your TV can handle it? Microsoft now has you covered. Its simply titled (and previously hinted at) Wireless Display Adapter can beam content from Miracast-capable Windows 8.1 PCs and Android devices to any …

Former air marshal's whistle-blower case moves to high court

A federal air marshal who was fired in 2006 after exposing government plans to withdraw security from airliners asserted in<p>U.S. Supreme Courtfilings Monday that the way theTransportation Security Administrationrestricts the release of sensitive information is arbitrary and inconsistent.<p>Robert J. …

15 best platformer games for Android

Platform games are one of the oldest genres in all of video games and it’s also one of the most popular. In fact, the Mario franchise is among the most successful franchises of all time in any genre. Thankfully, the controls translate fairly well to mobile. Thus, there are some decent mobile …

In-App Purchases

Surprising findings from a global breastfeeding survey

Americans say breastfeeding is natural. The French find it embarrassing. The Chinese think it’s unavoidable and a significant number of Turks say nursing is wrong.<p>The results of the 2014 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey show the cultural attitudes toward breastfeeding around the world. Here’s a …

Syria crisis: At least 200 killed in one day, group says

The staggering death toll from the Syrian conflict has grown even further as at least 200 people were killed Tuesday, an opposition group said.<p>About 60 of them were killed in regime air strikes, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.<p>Well over 190,000 people have died in Syria in the …

The 50 Best Colleges In America

For the first time in years, <b>Stanford University took the top spot on our list</b>. In fact, schools with strong tech and engineering programs reigned over our list, with Caltech rounding out the top 3 schools.<p>For our sixth annual ranking of the Best Colleges In America, we surveyed over 1,500 people …

ASUS' stylish ZenWatch is all about security, remote control and wellness

After its routine pre-show teasers, ASUS' first smartwatch has finally been unveiled at IFA in Berlin. It's no secret that this Android Wear-powered ZenWatch isn't joining the party of circular watch faces, but it's certainly done a nice job at packaging the 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED touchscreen …

Here's How You Can Find Out What Your Uber Driver Thinks Of You

Software engineer Aaron Landy worked out a neat hack, so passengers can find out their own ratings. Update: The hack has been taken down.<p>if(window.Uber.pingData === false) { location.reload(); } else { alert("Name : " + window.Uber.pingData.client.firstName + " " + …

Kidney grown from stem cells by Australian scientists

Australian scientists grow world's first kidney from stem cells in a breakthrough that could alleviate the demand for organ transplants<p>Scientists in <b>Australia</b> have grown the world's first kidney from stem cells – a tiny organ which could eventually help to reduce the wait for transplants.<p>The …

Top 5 BMW R-Series customs

The BMW R-series has a rich heritage spanning 90 years—all the way back to the launch of BMW’s first motorcycle, the R32, in 1923. Since then the air-cooled, horizontally opposed flat-twin (or ‘boxer’) engine has continually evolved, and its reliability and availability make it a great platform for …

Motorcycles

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

Discovery of oldest human DNA in Spanish cave sheds light on evolution

Researchers have read strands of ancient DNA teased from the thigh bone of an early human who died 400,000 years ago in what is now northern Spain.<p>The genetic material was pieced together from a clutch of cells found in bone fragments – the oldest human remains ever to yield their genetic code.<p>The …

Obama says he's not allowed iPhone for 'security reasons'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry still has at least one very loyal customer: U.S. President Barack Obama.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama pauses while speaking at the White House Youth Summit on the Affordable Care Act in Washington December 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin …

Samsung Galaxy S5 potentially spotted in benchmark results, reveals monster specs

The Galaxy S5 rumors have started swirling, though so far there has been little mentioned in the way of specs. But new benchmark results posted on …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Is the tide turning? Women filled 60% of tech jobs created this year

Could America finally be making progress toward getting more women into the tech industry?<p>New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests we might be.<p>Of the 39,000 jobs created in tech this year, women filled 60 percent of them. Tech career Hub Dice found that this is the first time …

The Extreme Measures One Man Took To Learn About Online Tracking

Curtis Wallen spent 10 Bitcoin and six months scouring the deep Web for enough details to create an entire new person. His project raises questions about anonymity, identity, and privacy.<p>Aaron Brown has scruffy brown hair, a thin mustache-goatee combo, and one of those mouths that rests in a frown. …

Here Are The 144 Republicans Who Voted To Send The US Into Default

It's not a long-term deal, of course.<p>In fact, it's not even a medium-term deal.<p>It's a two or three-month deal.<p>Which means that the Congress-people elected to lead our country will once again soon be in their favorite position in the world: in front of TV cameras grandstanding about how "the …

Republicans