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Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa

Scientists find fossils of our ancient relative, who had surprisingly human-like features, in a remote cave near Johannesburg<p>Early humans buried their dead in caves, scientists have found, after discovering a new species hidden in a burial chamber.<p>At least 15 skeletons of the species - named Homo …

Woz wowed by accuracy of new Steve Jobs movie

The new <i>Steve Jobs</i> movie is getting rave reviews from film critics, but what about from the people who were actually there in the trenches with the real Steve Jobs?<p>According to Jobs’ Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, the film is pretty darned accurate. In fact, Woz says that there were times watching …

Apple patent envisions fuel cell battery that could power a smartphone for weeks

Quick, what's your No. 1 qualm about smartphones? Chances are, you said "battery life." Most smartphones today, even high-end ones, barely last a day …

Alternative Fuel

Barack Obama becomes first US president to cross Arctic Circle

Barack Obama visits Artic community during last day of Alaska trip focused on global warming<p>President Barack Obama crossed the Arctic Circle on Wednesday in a first by a sitting U.S. president, telling residents in a far-flung Alaska village that their plight should be the world's wake-up call on …

A Perfect Explanation Of ‘It Follows’ From A Totally Unrelated Source

I saw an article a few weeks ago called “Stop Saying It Follows Is About STDs,” or something to that effect. And then this past week, Quentin Tarantino brought up <i>It Follows</i> in an interview, about how much he liked it, but also some notes he had (“He broke his mythology left, right, and center.”). <i>It</i> …

The Kids From ‘Kids’ Discuss The Controversial Film That Changed Their Lives Forever

<i>Kids</i> opens with a teenage couple smooching in a manner so sloppy and uncinematic, viewers are perturbed from the start. The kiss alone is uncomfortable to watch but what follows is an increasingly disturbing and voyeuristic journey through the life of teenagers in mid-’90s New York. Groundbreaking …

Skateboarding

Tidal trolled Apple during a live Drake performance

Drake, an Apple Music artist, appeared at a charity event in New Orleans that was live-streamed on Tidal Friday night.<p>Tidal, which has struggled to gain footing in a crowded section of the streaming space, has had a rough go of it since it launched in March.<p>The platform lost Drake to Apple Music …

Video shows Texas student at car dealership before officer fatally shot him

<b>(CNN) —</b> An unarmed college football player who was fatally shot by an officer in Texas did not comply with initial calls to surrender, authorities said.<p>The officer involved was in the last stages of his field training when he shot Christian Taylor, 19, multiple times at a car dealership in …

Hackers can remotely steal fingerprints from Android phones

Researchers outline how hackers can attack your smartphone to steal your fingerprint on a "large scale" -- without anybody noticing.<p>Our fingerprints …

Information Systems

Prometheus 2 rumoured to be shooting in January 2016

Ridley Scott is said to be returning to space next year for the sequel to his Alien prequel, with returning stars Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender<p>While the critical response might have been mixed (The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw called it “muddled”), the box office for Prometheus was a global …

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Paranormal

Reddit board member Sam Altman calls treatment of Ellen Pao "sickening"

Interim CEO Ellen Pao is out at Reddit, and while the departure has reportedly been characterized as amicable, the weeks leading up to this moment have been anything but that. Pao has been the subject of vitriol from an angry coalition of Reddit users who have relentlessly mocked and denigrated …

Nazi Telegram That Drove Hitler to Suicide Discovered in South Carolina Safe

And it just sold at auction.<p>A document that changed the course of World War II collected dust for years inside a safe in South Carolina, allegedly because the owner couldn't read German. <i>The</i> <i>Washington Post</i> reports that a telegram from Nazi second-in-command Hermann Goering to Adolf Hitler just sold …