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Amazon announces new 7-inch Fire tablet that only costs $50

And it comes in a six-pack<p>Amazon tablets are going the way of the e-reader.<p>One of the new tablets from the e-commerce giant is a 7-inch tablet — simply called the Fire tablet — that costs $50. That's right: for a cool Ulysses, a new Amazon Fire tablet can be yours.<p>In fact, Amazon is so convinced of …

Surf's up? Saturn's icy moon Enceladus hides a global ocean

Since NASA's Cassini spacecraft spotted plumes of water spewing out of cracks in Enceladus' surface roughly a decade ago, Saturn's icy moon has captured the imaginations of scientists and layfolk alike who wondered whether liquid water – and how much of it – could lie hidden beneath the frigid …

Death toll in California fires jumps as 2 more bodies found

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Two more bodies were found in the burned ruins of homes in California, bringing the death toll to five from two of the most …

Woman Settles Lawsuit Against Dunkin' Donuts for $522K

A North Plainfield, N.J., woman is now $522,000 richer thanks to a fall she took in a Dunkin' Donuts parking lot a few years ago. According to MyCentralJersey.com, Maria Marsala tripped over an exposed spike from a curb stop and fell on the morning of January 18, 2012. At the time, she was carrying …

Hone Your Knife Know-How–Avoid These Sharpening and Use Common Mistakes

Take care of your kitchen's most important tools, and they'll serve you well. Now's the time to brush up on knife care and safety, by avoiding these common mistakes.<p>You know that choosing a quality knife and taking good care of it are two of the most important (and efficient!) ways to become a …

Knives

Snapchat Releases New Lenses And Extra Replays You Have To Pay For

The much-hyped disappearing messaging app moves toward monetization<p>Popular disappearing messages app Snapchat announced three new features. In the latest 9.15 update for iOS and coming soon to Android, Snapchat now offers users filters for their faces, "Lenses", achievements dubbed "Trophies," and, …

Researchers find double crater in Sweden

They are evidence of two enormous meteorite impacts, a twin strike that happened around 460 million years ago.<p>Researchers at the University of …

Critics question fossil find, but South Africa basks in scientific glory

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A dramatic fossil find has given South Africa reason to celebrate amid economic gloom, but some experts question its scientific significance.<p>By contrast, the political significance is not in doubt.<p>"We are delighted that discoveries that we would never have imagined have …

Could alien life exist in huge ocean beneath Saturn’s moon Enceladus?

A huge ocean has been found under the icy crust of Enceladus and all the signs suggest it could harbour alien life<p>The hunt for extra-terrestrial life in our galaxy moved a step closer after Nasa said a huge ocean lies beneath the frozen crust of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.<p>Scientists said that the …

Johnny Depp Honors Wes Craven, Calls Him 'The Guy Who Gave Me My Start'

Speaking on Monday at a Toronto International Film Festival event, Johnny Depp paid tribute to the late director Wes Craven, whose 1984 film <i>A</i> …

New 'Mockingjay Part 2' trailer takes us back to the bond that started it all

Lionsgate has a somewhat impossible task, the same one most movie studios face in 2015 — continuously repurposing old scenes to create exciting, …

Movies

Amazon’s Prime Now Expands To L.A., Ramps Up For SoCal Grocery Deliveries

Following news from earlier this month which saw Amazon testing the waters with a Grubhub-like restaurant delivery service via Prime Now, the company announced this morning its one-hour delivery service is today going live in its 13th market worldwide, with a launch in Los Angeles and Orange …

Grand jury releases horrifying details of a fraternity event that led to murder charges

Prosecutors in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, where the alleged hazing took place, recently posted the full grand-jury presentment with details of the allegations involving the death of 19-year-old Chun Hsien Deng, who went by Michael.<p>Deng — a pledge member of Baruch's Pi Delta Psi chapter, an …

Texas teen’s arrest for bringing homemade clock to school sparks outrage

A precocious Grade 9 student who built a clock and took it to his Texas school to show his teachers and classmates learned the hard way that others might see his handiwork quite differently – as a possible explosive device.<p>The misunderstanding resulted in Ahmed Mohamed, 14, becoming the focus of a …

GoPro camera launched, lost in 2013 returns to reveal Grand Canyon from space

It took five friends a couple months of planning to record the perfect GoPro shot. It took two years to get the footage back.<p>Members of the group recounted the amazing journey that took a GoPro camera from the terrain of Tuba City, Ariz., to the edge of space and back in posts on YouTube and …

One Pot Wonders: 7 Delicious Dinners Without The Mess

Minimize the mess! From succulent beef stew to easy chicken chili, you only need one pot to create these classic comfort meals.<p><b>1. Beef Stew with Carrots & Potatoes</b><p>In this classic French beef stew, otherwise known as Beef Bourguignon, chunks of beef are slowly braised with garlic and onions in a …

7 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Pineapple

<i>Photo by Alex Shapiro</i><p>Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? No one, because pineapples don't grow underwater. Well, I guess Spongebob does live in a pineapple under the sea, and if you want to consider him a person then you can but - IN REALITY - pineapples are not an aquatic thing nor do they act …

The bright spots on Ceres come into focus

A new image gives us the best look yet<p>Before New Horizons completed its trip to Pluto, space geeks around the world were just as fascinated with another one of our solar system's icy orbs: Ceres. Now that New Horizons is well on its way to the outer edges of the Solar System — and we're stuck …

Sean 'Diddy' Combs 'Unlikely' To Face Charges in Dustup With UCLA Coach

Hip-hop impresario Sean "Diddy" Combs most likely will not face charges in connection with an altercation with a UCLA football coach, an official with the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said Wednesday.<p>The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office said it will hold an informal proceeding Oct. 15 to …

Lyrics That Tupac Wrote in Prison Are Expected to Fetch Over $50,000 at Auction

Lyrics written by the late rapper Tupac Shakur while he was in prison are expected to fetch between $50,000 and $80,000 when they go up for auction …

Mysterious Spider With Blood-Red Fangs Found in Australia

A scientist peeked under a rock and found an unusually colored mutant of a venomous funnel-web spider.<p>Until Mark Wong recently flipped over a rock in Tallaganda State Forest in New South Wales, Australia, it had been just another day of looking at spiders. Then, the ecologist spotted the burrow of</i> …

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

You Won't Believe How Easy It Is to Turn a Watermelon into a Keg

All summer long, I kept spotting Pinterest-worthy pics of watermelons that had been hollowed out and used as vessels for booze. The concept seemed super cool, but way too complicated for a non-DIYer like me to even attempt.<p>Until I started looking up instructions, all of which pretty much seemed …

Google's stylish new Wi-Fi router is amazing — but not worth $199

And the market responded: The Google OnHub sold out of preorders almost as soon as it went up on Google's Play Store and on Amazon.<p>On Monday, the Google OnHub goes on sale to the general public.<p>After a few days testing an OnHub that Google loaned me, I can confirm that it is a technical marvel that …

How to Make Perfect Salsa Every Time

<i>Header image: Ersatz Papalote Salsa from CHOW</i>Spice things up this summer with homemade salsa. It’s the ideal dish for using up whatever produce you …

State of emergency in Florida as Tropical Storm Erika nears

Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Friday with heavy rains and wind after killing at least four people and causing devastating floods and landslides in the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica, where several people remained missing.<p>The rain from Erika could cause …

Weather

The Basics: How to Make Perfect Oven Fries

From the store to the kitchen to the table: We outline the steps that get you from something raw to something cooked using simple ingredients, free …

Chicken Noodle Casserole Is a Back-To-School Win

<i>Chicken noodle casserole - was there ever a more comforting dish? As school approaches, you've got to put this one on the menu!</i><p>Let’s get real for a minute, guys.<p>I am married. To a man. Who does not like soup.<p>Normally, this isn’t much of an issue.<p>I mean, have we met? Do I look like the type of girl …

'Straight Outta Compton' conquers box office with $56.1-million opening

"Straight Outta Compton" lifted the box office out of its August funk, debuting at No. 1 in the U.S. and Canada with an estimated $56.1 million.<p>The robust haul was not shocking given the huge fan following for N.W.A, the rap group on which the movie is based, as well as the intense media coverage …