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Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Genetic changes that distinguish us from Neanderthals could throw light on how humans came to dominate planet<p>Researchers have drawn up the first definitive list of genetic changes that make modern humans different from our nearest ancient ancestors, who died out tens of thousands of years ago.<p>The …

7 hidden features in Microsoft Windows 8.1

Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 last month, featuring a range of refinements and functional improvements, including a more customisable Start screen, enhanced Bing search, and a range of new apps and services. Here are some of the operating system's best hidden features.<p><b>1. Turn the Start screen into</b> …

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Daring Snake Lover Snaps Underwater Photographs of Massive Anacondas

Daring Swiss diver Franco Banfi recently trekked to the Mato Grosso region of Brazil to shoot these insane close-ups of a massive anaconda snake in …

Can Your Startup Get Just Corporate Enough to Yield Sustainable Growth While Maintaining Your Agile Culture

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)<p>I've noticed in talking to some startup companies that as you grow, the agile culture of, "think fast, act fast," must be integrated with an anchor of sustainability.<p>It can be a bit of a mind-bend and even feel like operating in two worlds, especially in the beginning. The …

Putting Time in Perspective

Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It's not our fault -- the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it's almost impossible to get a handle on it. …

Life Is a Game and You Make the Rules

<b>Events, including people's behavior, usually have consequences.</b> In my case, for example, because my dad did not provide my mom and me with much in the way of financial support, my mom had to work two jobs when I was young and I had to work full time while going to graduate business school.<p>But his …

Louis C.K.'s 10 Funniest Moments

America's darkest comedian dressed as Abe Lincoln and more<p>Louis C.K. struggled as a stand-up comic for 15 years, telling the same inane jokes. Then …

Comedy

Man Wrestles 7-Foot Shark to Nantucket Beach

Surf fisherman promotes catch-and-release but still angers shark advocates.<p><b>When Elliot Sudal goes to the beach, he doesn't just lay out in the sun. He wrestles sharks.</b><p><b>On July 14, Sudal spent 45 minutes writhing in the Nantucket surf with a seven-foot (two-meter) sandbar shark. Eventually, he got</b> …

Cognitive Science

The Inconvenient Image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The magazine cover retains its unique cultural power—to amuse, to inform, to agitate, or, as is the case with the forthcoming August 1st issue of <i>Rolling Stone</i>, to enrage. That cover, unveiled on Tuesday night, features a photographic self-portrait of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar …

What is wrong with India's economy?

<b>On Tuesday, India further eased rules on foreign direct investment in a range of industries in an attempt to boost the economy which grew at its slowest pace in a decade during the 2012-13 financial year. Economic analyst Paranjoy Guha Thakurta explains what ails Asia's third-largest economy.</b><p>For …

The Phony Food Stamp Scare

Just as the political debate over food stamps comes to a boil, the number of recipients has actually fallen.<p>Food stamps have become a harsh political …

30,000 California Prisoners Are Refusing Meals

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Over 30,000 California prisoners started refusing meals on Monday morning in what might become the …

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But "positive thinking" is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like "work ethic" or "persistence."<p>But those …

Bin Laden’s Life on the Run, Witnessed by Al Qaeda Child Bride

What was life like for the 14-year-old newlywed whose husband was bin Laden’s courier? By Michael Daly.<p>Maryam was just 14 when her father arranged …

‘Naked and Afraid’ Is the Craziest Show on TV—You Just Have to Watch

‘Naked and Afraid’ is a ridiculous TV show. It’s also absolutely riveting, says Kevin Fallon.<p>Two Sundays ago, TV fans and culture bloggers …

Just remember what many Tories thought of Nelson Mandela in the apartheid years

As the vigil continues outside the hospital, we don't know how close to the final freedom Nelson Mandela is. But after the strange denials that this …

Why Social Media Isn't Doing For Us What London's Coffee Houses Did For 17th Century

There is a lot we can learn about today’s explosion of social media from the rise of coffeehouse culture in London in the 1600s, according to Tom Standage in an opinion piece in yesterday’s <i>New York Times</i>. Standage, the digital editor at <i>The Economist</i> and author of the soon-to-be-released book …

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Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

Library Studies

24 free things to do in San Francisco

Contrary to what you might expect from such a well known, tourist-heavy city, San Francisco quietly delivers a lot for the money. Many of its hotels offer comfort and location for a third of the cost of a comparable New York or London hotel; public transit is part of the fun (cheaper Market Street …

Travel

Undercover policemen, undercover lovers

A little before lunchtime on 19 September 2011, a debonair academic was preparing to give a talk in London at a thinktank overlooking the Thames. Dr …

You Say You Want a Revolution?

Protests and riots are spreading around the world. Where do they come from, and what do they signify?<p>Not long before he went to the altar of Notre …

The top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant

Top secret documents submitted to the court that oversees surveillance by US intelligence agencies show the judges have signed off on broad orders …

6 Six Bay Area Beaches That Are Better Than Everyone Else's Beach

Taking a trip to San Francisco? You'll want to be sure and hit the beach, but choosing which one may seem like a challenge. While the Bay Area has no shortage of beaches, not all beaches are created equal. For that reason, we've scoped out six sandy spots beloved by the locals. Whether you like to …

Doctors perform thousands of unnecessary surgeries

A USA TODAY study found that tens of thousands of times each year, patients undergo surgery they don't need.<p>Jonathan Stelly was 22, a semi-pro baseball player aiming for the big leagues, when a fainting spell sent him to his cardiologist for tests. The doctor's office called afterward with shocking …

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