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Ask.com can hijack your computer using Java updates

We learned this week that more than 317 million computer viruses or other malicious programs were unleashed by hackers last year, according to the Internet security firm Symantec. That's nearly a million new cyberthreats daily.<p>But not all attempts at messing with your computer are from sneaky, …

Is your voice trustworthy, engaging or soothing to strangers?

Analysis of millions of audio files has led one US company to claim that their software can predict how a person’s voice will make a listener feel<p>Few people consciously think about their voice, but the way we speak is one of the most fundamental parts of our individual identity. The intricate …

Music Production

The loss of a moral compass, the loss of snow leopards

Wildlife<p><b>It’s night-time in the remote and rugged Pamir mountains of Tajikistan. A snow leopard I am going to call “Bars” is walking below a cliff wall she already passed many times this month. There are interesting scents on this trail and scrapes left by other cats. She sees a new man-made rock</b> …

Imagining the Chilling Landscape of Unchecked Global Development

British photographer Marcus Lyon creates apocalyptic images of what cities might look like if left to grow out of control.<p>Not even Governor Rick Perry's boldest dreams of a NAFTA superhighway funneling up through Texas like a wildcatter's front zipper can compete with Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. …

In Finland's 'open prisons,' inmates have the keys

To find the inmates at the prison in Kerava, Finland, just walk down a tree-lined path and open the door to the greenhouse.<p>“It’s quite relaxing to be here,” says Hannu Kallio, a convicted drug smuggler. “We have bunnies.”<p>The 70 inmates in this facility go to work every day in the greenhouse. Today, …

Crime

Behold, The Bright Future Of The Selfie!

The selfie is treated as a despised piece of pop culture, the manifestation of millennial self-importance playing out in our Instagram feeds. But selfies are really just modern-day self-portraits, a tradition championed by some of the greatest artists in the world for centuries. The only difference …

Photography