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Earth - Why pairing up for life is hardly ever a good idea

For many of us, marriage is special. The idea of a lifelong bond between two people is accorded legal, spiritual and cultural significance throughout much of the world. Whether we are religious or secular, a permanent monogamous relationship can feel sacred.<p>So when we hear about animals that form …

Chimpanzees

The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay

Can the site’s dwindling ranks of volunteer editors protect its articles from the influence of money?<p>On January 11, 2013, James Heilman, an emergency-room physician and one of Wikipedia’s most prolific medical editors, was standing watch over the online encyclopedia’s entry for a back procedure …

Google eyes new way to pick up your patents, combat trolls

Google has announced a new way for patent owners looking to make some cash off their creations to do just that.<p>Starting May 8 and running through May 22, Google will offer an "experimental" program that will allow patent owners to sell individual patents to the search company. For its Patent …

More people are going to buy air conditioners — and they may need a ton of energy

Mo' air conditioners, mo' problems<p>Air conditioners can feel like nothing short of a godsend at the height of summer, but as climate change drives temperatures higher and income growth increases AC adoption, air conditioning could become as much of a problem as it is a solution. In a new study on AC …

'Thirst for knowledge' may be opium craving

The brain's reward for getting a concept is a shot of natural opiates<p>Neuroscientists have proposed a simple explanation for the pleasure of grasping …

Google patents cushioned car bumpers to protect pedestrians

While most car makers work to protect passengers in a collision, Google has another segment of commuters in mind: pedestrians.<p>The Mountain View company was awarded a patent on March 24 for exterior bumpers that absorb some of the impact when a car hits a person. The technology could appear on any …

THE SHOT: Window Washing in Dubai

I have a history of climbing things with a camera. Urban things. Structures. Buildings. Bridges. But, to be clear, I’m not a climber per se. I’m not an outdoorsy person, or, at this point in my life, even particularly athletic. I don’t take my weekends and go off and climb a big rock.<p>But, I’ve …

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

Humans may be approaching a dodo moment of truth, a nexus where we either adapt to rapid changes in our environment, or go extinct.(The dodo being …

Evolution

Travel special: Head to these holiday destinations to acquire a hobby

From cooking sol kadi in Malvan and learning photography in Ladakh to surfing the waves along Karnataka’s untapped shoreline, the guide curates a few …