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Three new software freebies worth checking out

When it comes to free software, you probably know the old favorites: OpenOffice, GIMP, CCleaner, Avast Free Antivirus, and so on.<p>But let's not overlook the new. Kingsoft Office 2013 remains my favorite free Microsoft Office alternative, and within the past week I've heard from no fewer than three …

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Sugar: the evolution of a forbidden fruit

Sweetness was meant to be irresistible.<p>We are born with a sweet tooth. Babies drink in sugar with their mother’s milk. Sweetness represents an instant energy boost, a fuel that kept our ancestors going in a harsher world where taste buds evolved to distinguish health-giving ripeness and freshness …

How Different Cultures Understand Time

In the Western Hemisphere, the United States and Mexico employ time in such diametrically opposing manners that it causes intense friction between the two peoples.<p>In Western Europe, the Swiss attitude to time bears little relation to that of neighboring Italy.<p>Thais do not evaluate the passing of …

Lunar Eclipse Myths From Around the World

Many cultures view the disappearance of the moon as a time of danger and chaos.<p>Marauding demons, murderous pets, and ravenous jaguars are just some of the culprits that cultures around the world have blamed for the moon's disappearance during lunar eclipses.<p>During the night of April 14 through …