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Meet the World’s Only Known Venomous Crustacean

There are some 70,000 species of crustacean—the group that includes crabs, lobsters, shrimp and crayfish—in the world, and until very recently, none …

Zoology

19 Obscure Regional Words All Americans Should Adopt Immediately

When traveling across the United States, it sometimes feels like the locals are speaking a whole different language. That's where the <i>Dictionary of</i> …

Water May Be Flowing On Mars Right Now

Curiosity has uncovered ancient, once-wet lakebeds, but there might be some active streams, too.<p>The intrepid Mars rover Curiosity has already confirmed that water once flowed on Mars, but that it's long since dried up. Still, that doesn't mean there's not flowing water now, too.<p>NASA data has long …

Geoscience

Make Your Mornings Explosive With a Defusable Alarm Clock

Inspired by the iconic look of time bombs in old movies, software engineer Michael Krumpus set out to build an alarm clock that would make his mornings more action-packed. When the alarm goes off in defuse mode, the clock starts a 10-second countdown; the correct wire, which is randomly assigned …

The Spies Who Never Came in From the Cold

<b>PART 1</b><p>In 1972, the FBI sent an agent from its Newark office to Morris County to investigate why a person named Paton was communicating with the Socialist Workers Party at its New York headquarters.<p>The information had come from a "mail cover" on the SWP's headquarters. Under the existing U.S. Postal …

5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

Alien Planet Found: Gigantic Exoplanet Much Bigger Than Any Known Planet

The alien planet that was just found by astronomers is gigantic and bigger than any planetary body in the solar system.<p>The exoplanet, dubbed HD …

The War For Your Wrist

The past decade has seen the consumer electronics war grow more furious and more personal: your living room is a battlefield, as are your desks and your pockets. Now, more than a year-and-a-half since the Pebble (née Allerta) team saw its e-Paper smartwatch concept shatter a $100,000 Kickstarter …

Opinion

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The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year

The solstice isn't for more than a week, but the earliest sunset of the year is already upon us. How's that possible?<p>If you live around latitude 42N—a well-populated latitude in North America and Europe, taking in Boston, Rome, and Vladivostok—today is the day you'll experience the earliest sunset …

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – [Google Play Weekly]

As usual, the Google Play Store was a whirlwind of activity with some big apps being updated and some more being released. To start, Koushik Dutta released AllCast to the Play Store as a beta and you can see how you can get it by clicking here. Some savvy tech heads found some Chromecast files in …

Apps

The Best Android Launchers You Can Download Today

We love Android devices as much as the next person, but sometimes the vanilla Android experience leaves us wanting a little more. Thankfully, it’s possible to change the whole look and feel of your Android device with only the minimum of effort – and no need to root.<p>Android launchers, or home …

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All Time Favorites<p>We put Shark Tank's bizarre and amazing products to the test<p>4:02<p>The tech 'Back to the Future' predicted for 2015 -- and what it missed<p>5:50<p>Emoji dos and don'ts<p>2:49<p>Super-creepy 3D-printed cape responds to onlookers (Tomorrow Daily 248)<p>7:53<p>Behind-the-scenes of Disneyland's 60th …

What is the second law of thermodynamics?

Endless movement between hot and cold will eventually mean the end of the universe<p>Thermodynamics is the study of heat and energy. At its heart are laws that describe how energy moves around within a system, whether an atom, a hurricane or a black hole. The first law describes how energy cannot be …

Misfit Wearables releases Shine Android app, outfits Bluetooth 4.0 devices with activity-tracking prowess

Until now, the dapper stylings of Misfit Wearables' Shine activity tracker have eluded the Android faithful for logging steps, calories and sleep. The outfit has announced a version of the Shine app for devices running Google's OS (4.3 and later) that also sport Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to be …

The Iranian Nuclear Deal Is A Good One

This Thanksgiving had an extra reason to be thankful – the new deal between Iran and six superpowers. Last week, the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China (the P5+1 group) reached an interim deal with Iran to stop their nuclear weapons program. Four key provisions were …

Amazon Goes Nuclear On Same Day Delivery With Drone Service

Just when you thought the e-commerce versus brick-and-mortar retailing wars couldn’t get any more competitive, there’s Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on <i>60 Minutes</i> explaining his next big thing: he plans to use autonomous drone aircraft to fulfill small orders of five pounds for not just same day …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …