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How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

Government

See the Eruption of Chile's Calbuco Volcano Paint the Sky

Federico Grosso—AP<p>Federico Grosso—AP<p>Federico Grosso—AP<p>NASA/Reuters<p>Patricio Rodriguea—Reuters<p>David Frampton—AP<p>Alvaro Vidal—AP<p>Claudio Santana—AFP/Getty …

Geology

Earth Day 45

First organized in 1970, Earth Day is a day set aside to remember and appreciate the Earth's environment, and our responsibilities and roles within it. On April 22 we observe the 45th annual Earth Day, and though many things have changed for the better, environmental challenges remain. In the past …

Palm Springs

O'Malley, Possible Clinton Rival, Says A President Can't Let Polls Lead

Hillary Clinton is inauthentic, not transparent and will have trouble connecting with younger voters. And Republican economic theory is "bull- - - -."<p>That was essentially the argument Martin O'Malley made in an interview with NPR for why voters should choose him to be president over Clinton — the …

Government

Ken Niimura’s manga Henshin, reviewed.

Years later, I still think about the limited-run comics adventure <i>I Kill Giants</i>, which debuted in 2008 from Image. The odd and fantastical story of …

Biographies

Shell seeking to buy BG in first oil super-merger in over a decade

BG, which is worth $46 billion, said in a statement on Tuesday it was in advanced discussions regarding a possible offer by Shell, whose market capitalization is $202 billion. Exxon is worth $360 billion.<p>"There can be no certainty that any offer will ultimately be made for BG," BG said in a …

Oil & Gas Industry

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Media Industry

Read these hilariously negative reactions to the original iPhone announcement

While we’re all likely familiar with wave of negative reactions that sprouted up following Apple’s iPod introduction, you might be surprised that not …

How to Grow and Care for Rosemary in Containers

<b>Intro:</b> The rosemary plant, with its tiny blue/purple flowers, can grow up to 4 feet tall in kitchen gardens, but it can be kept small (and even …

Russia

China to test Tibetan monks and nuns for patriotism

Communist party’s top official in region says all monasteries must be equipped with national flags, telephone connections, newspapers and reading rooms<p>China’s top official in Tibet vowed on Wednesday to evaluate Buddhist monks and nuns for their “patriotism” and install national flags in …

China

Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?

New research pushes aluminium batteries as the next generation technology to revolutionise mobile devices, but what else could finally make smartphones last more than a day<p>New research by Stanford University into aluminium batteries promises to produce cells that are big enough for a smartphone and …

Clean Energy

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece

Almost 6,000 years ago, the man was placed behind the woman with his arms around her body, and their legs were intertwined. They were buried. Why …

Archaeology

U.S. leads global oil and gas production for third year

For the third year running, the U.S. produced more crude oil and natural gas than any other country in the world in 2014. More oil than Saudi Arabia. …

Is this our first glimpse of the iPad mini 4?

The iPad mini 3 was a bit of a disappointment because Apple really didn’t make any improvements other than adding Touch ID. Big changes could be in order for 2015, though, according to a video of an alleged 4th generation iPad mini rear shell that shows Apple’s smallest tablet is about to get an …

White House plunged into darkness as power outages hit Washington

The outages are reportedly due to an explosion at an electrical facility and are being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security<p>The <b>White House</b> was plunged into darkness on Tuesday as major power outages struck the Washington DC area.<p>The outages also affected the State Department, the …

Church Street Tavern, restaurant review: Handsome townhouse combines warmth and hospitality with serious cooking

When is a pub not a pub? Last week, I had two very different lunch experiences, at opposite ends of the spectrum of modern pubbery. The first was in …

Dining Rooms

Pictures of the Week 4.3.15

18 Ways to Use Matzo for More Than Soup

Whether you’re using matzo out of necessity or not, it’s a delicious ingredient to use in all types of meals from breakfast to lunch to dessert. And with this many tasty recipes to choose from — 18 to be exact — you won’t want to reserve the bread’s consumption to just Passover alone. Matzo …

Dessert

See the Year the Eisenhowers Returned the Easter Egg Roll to the White House

Caption from LIFE. In spring clothes, Eisenhower's grandchildren display their finery. Baby Susan, held by her mother Ba<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Mark …

The White House

A 30-year-old is resurrecting one of Chicago’s most endangered landmarks

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>After years in the dark, the New Regal Theater in Chicago, Illinois, is close to reopening its doors. The architectural landmark, originally known as the Avalon Theater and designed in the Moorish Revival style by the prolific emigre John Eberson, has been a venue for …

Top 10

How Real Maple Syrup Gets Made (and Why It's Worth the Price Tag)

Here's how maple syrup is made, from bark to bottle.<p><i>Around these parts, we get pretty excited when the weather starts to slowly warm up, and not just because that means more stuff is in season. It's also sugaring season! Associate web editor Rochelle Bilow, who also happens to be an ex-farmer and</i> …

Hudson Valley

A History of Model & Rockstar Couples

Even newcomers like Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid are following in the footsteps of supermodels before them.<p>From Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger to Gigi Hadid and Cody Simpson, we take a look at all the famously glamorous hook-ups.

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds

Word to the wise: Don't play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man's best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he's only looking at half of a person's face.<p>The authors say the findings, published in the …

Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will debut in the US on April 10th

Yes, you can lay claim to an HTC One M9 of your very own at the stroke of midnight on March 27th, but what if your craving for a flagship leads you in another direction? No problem: Samsung has just announced that you'll be able to pre-order the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge also starting on the 27th, with …

Slack, the app that lets you chat with co-workers, is raising a new round that would value it at $2.76 billion

This round will reportedly include new investors such as Institutional Venture Partners, Horizons Ventures, Index Ventures, and DST Global. It's expected to close in the next few weeks.<p>The Wall Street Journal's report comes just two days after Bloomberg reported that Slack was in talks to raise …

Venture Capital

World Calendar: Must-Attend April Events

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in April:</b><p>In the mood to party? Head to <b>Seville, Spain</b>, for the <b>Feria de Abril</b> (April 21-26), which celebrates the arrival of spring with characteristic Andalusian élan. Join Sevillanos as …

Judge sends message with sentence in teacher sex case

DETROIT — Saying there is no room for double standards, an Oakland County judge sentenced a 30-year-old female teacher to spend the next six to 15 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a student.<p>Kathryn Ronk, who taught Spanish at a Catholic high school, could have been sentenced to …

Crime