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Do humans stand a chance in Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Scientists recently suggested that the Earth’s sixth mass extinction has begun. As terrifying as that sounds, surely humans are too smart and too important to get wiped out? Paleontologists have long tried to shed light on this question by looking for general rules that might predict the survival …

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

Management

An American family saved their son from joining the Islamic State. Now he might go to prison.

By Adam Goldman<p>Adam Goldman<p>Reporter who covered terrorism and national security<p>Bio<p><b>CONFRONTING THE CALIPHATE</b> | This is part of an occasional series.<p>SPRING, Tex. — Asher Abid Khan sat in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and considered his next move — forward to Syria and enlistment in the Islamic State, …

Islam

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Pablo Escobar’s Favorite Hitman Is on Facebook and Spilling Dirt

Tracking down the man who served as the top assassin of Pablo Escobar’s infamous Medellín Cartel sounds like an equal parts terrifying and hopeless …

Social Media

Why is Russia sending bombers close to U.S. airspace?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two Russian bombers intercepted by U.S. fighter jets off the California coast on July Fourth could be seen as having raised a metaphorical middle finger to the United States.<p>"Good morning, American pilots. We are here to greet you on your Fourth of July Independence Day," they said, …

The Camera Behind The New Pluto Photos

How to build a camera that travels billions of miles from Earth<p>For decades after its discovery in 1930, Pluto looked like nothing more than a gray smudge in the abyss of space. We knew it was there—even knew its size and gravity—but, without better images, we could not answer seemingly basic …

Solar System

The woman who barely sleeps

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

Renovations

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Neuroscience

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

The cult of healthy eating has more in common with religion than science

Food seems simple to study.<p>If we can put a man on the moon, transplant a heart, and manipulate DNA, then surely we can unpack the relationship between eating vegetables and living longer. There’s no obvious difficulty in figuring out if wine decreases risk of heart disease, or if eating red meat …

Holistic Medicine

Wearing a Suit Makes People Think Differently

Formalwear elicits feelings of power, which change some mental processes.<p>Some psychology research in recent years is making an old aphorism look like an incomplete thought: Clothes make the man… Yes? Go on?<p>Clothes, it appears, make the man perceive the world differently.<p>A new study looks …

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

Google Glass

25 Latina Celebs Who Have Posed Nude

Whether they're baring all for a cause or a cover, these Latina celebrities prove that being comfortable in your own skin is priceless. Check out these 25 Latina stars who have stripped for the world to see:

MIT uses patent from 1997 to sue Apple over chips

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a patent lawsuit against Apple and its suppliers this week, claiming that semiconductor wafers found …

Google and Mattel reimagine the View-Master for 2015 with virtual reality support

Remember the View-Master? A few weeks ago, rumors started circulating that Google and Mattel might be bringing an updated version of the stereoscopic toy to market, and now it’s finally arrived.<p>The new View-Master supports Google’s Cardboard virtual reality platform virtual reality platform, which …

Samsung to nix bloatware in Galaxy S6 OS, report says

Samsung will remove many of its own programs in the upcoming version of its TouchWiz user interface, a new report claims.<p>The new version of Samsung's TouchWiz will be stripped down to not include any Samsung-built applications, Sammobile is reporting, citing people who claim to have knowledge of …

A year after Mt. Gox’s implosion, nearly $400 million has evaporated from a Hong Kong bitcoin exchange

MyCoin.HK was a Hong Kong hub for traders of the cryptocurrency, a locally-funded and operated exchange with an office in Kowloon and a pool of thousands of investors from the city, served by local lawyers and real estate agents.<p>But dozens of investors, including the elderly, now say their …

Yahoo’s $40 billion spin-off is a raw deal for Alibaba—at least for now

Alibaba’s top executives didn’t know about Yahoo’s plans to spin-off its $40 billion stake until it was made public yesterday, say two people briefed on the situation, leaving the Chinese online giant scrambling to respond—especially since its own quarterly earnings are due out tomorrow.<p>Yahoo plans …

Alibaba Group

One-Man Band Firmin Performs the Pink Floyd Song ‘Hey You’ Using Only His Voice and iPad GarageBand Instruments

After conquering the solo from “Comfortably Numb,” one-man band Firmin has taken on the Pink Floyd track “Hey You” from the 1979 album <i>The Wall</i>, …

A$AP Ant says A$AP Yams did not die from an overdose

<i>A$AP Yams (via A$AP Mob Instagram)</i><p>It was revealed over the weekend that A$AP Mob founder <b>A$AP Yams</b> sadly passed away at age 26. Though the cause of …

Best Wines to Pair with Baked Eggs

Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. Here are four wine pairing approaches to try with your baked eggs.<p>Eggs aren’t just for breakfast. They actually make …

White people are more racist than they realize

<b>(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Whites don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt. Research suggests most harbor “implicit bias” when it comes to race<p>Tim Donovan<p>January 16, 2015 4:31pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a forgiving people. We've …

The Lost Girls

Photographs by Van Ditthavong<p>UPDATE: <i>Thanks to the tireless efforts of anti-trafficking expert Dottie Laster and David Walding, an attorney with the</i> …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

Beats’ Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Sued Over ‘Sham’ Deal

A former partner of Beats Electronics founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine has filed a lawsuit against the duo, accusing them of improper business …

Have You Guys Seen the Korean Migos?

The plug is in Seoul right now, apparently.<p>Korea has a vibrant hip-hop scene. There's nobody more vibrant in the US hip-hop scene than Migos. So it obviously stands to reason that there would be a Korean Migos. Here they are.<p>We recently covered YG Entertainment rapper Bobby's great year in 2014, …

Why Mercedes’s Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google’s

Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.<p>A man pulls his cellphone out of his pocket and hits a button. A glowing vehicle pulls up that looks like it was carved from a single block of silver. The door opens …