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Google's iron grip on Android: controlling open source by any means necessary

<img src="http://cdni.wired.co.uk/138x138/a_c/ars.png" alt="Ars Technica" style="float: right;"/><p>Six years ago, in November 2007, the Android Open …

Will Amazon's first handheld be a Taco Bell quesadilla?

Who is really making Amazon's first smartphone, and what will it look like? If recent rumors are to be believed, the company's first devices could come from HTC. Other rumors suggest that Amazon is working on not one, but two devices: a phone with head tracking and 3D effects, and a less high-tech …

The LSD Avengers, Silk Road’s self-appointed drug inspectors, announce retirement

The group tested batches of acid and posted ratings online<p>Acid is a freaky drug; it can make you feel like you’re a kid again, or trap you in a real-life horror movie. So when you buy it off the internet, there’s understandably some trepidation: is this going to make me completely lose my mind …

Dogs

The Camera's Cusp: Alfonso Cuarón Takes Filmmaking to a New Extreme With Gravity

<b>Against a black screen,</b> these words appear first. <i><br>“At 600 km above planet Earth, the temperature fluctuates between +258 and -148 degrees Fahrenheit.</i> …

Dogs imitate crawling baby

A 15-Year-Old Girl Is Very Close To Breaking An Appalachian Trail Record

On Wednesday, Warren was 15 miles from the trail's northern end on Mount Katahdin in Maine, the AP reported. However, the teen still has to complete a 100-mile section of the trail that she skipped over earlier in order to reach the mountain before it closes to hikers for winter.<p>The Appalachian …

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Putting Russia's Unparalleled Wealth Disparity In Perspective

Russia's dramatic path from communism to capitalism has resulted in an unprecedented rise in inequality, according to the latest Credit Suisse Wealth Report.<p>The country is unique in that 110 billionaires hold 35% of the country's wealth, the report says, meaning that the country has the highest …

Credit Suisse

Take A Look Inside NASA In The '50s

Here's what the beginning of the Space Age looked like.

Apple’s plastic iPhone experiment looks like it’s failing

Well that didn’t take long. Just 30 days after rolling out a cheaper, plastic-cased version of its flagship smartphone, Apple is reportedly backtracking.<p>Apple is cutting production of its new iPhone 5C in half, according to a report released by Chinese tech site C Technology (link in Chinese). The …

iPhone

The Beautiful Mystery of the Codex Seraphinianus, the World’s Weirdest Book

If you manage to lay your hands on a copy of <i>Codex Seraphinianus</i> and flip through its almost 400 pages of lavish illustration and handwritten …

Students Win Seed Money To Make Flour From Insects

Mohammed Ashour has a big order to fill: By March 2014, he has to deliver 10 tons of grasshoppers to customers in Mexico.<p>He and four other MBA students at McGill University in Montreal have a plan to farm insects in poor countries and turn them into flour that can be used in everything from bread …

The $6 Fix That's Helping Low-Income Kids Go to College

A decade and a half ago, the ACT started giving test-takers four free score reports instead of three--a small change that's increased the number of poor students at selective schools.<p>Fewer than 30 percent of students from low-income families enroll in college. There are plenty of theories about …

Arunachalam Muruganantham: The first man to wear a sanitary napkin

LG developing flexible smartphone batteries

LG's chemical technology division has developed new batteries that ope the door for a new wave of flexible and bendable smartphones and tablets.<p><b>LG's</b> …

Gear & Gadgets

Nest Gives the Lowly Smoke Detector a Brain — And a Voice

One day in June, about 20 engineers and managers at the startup company Nest went on a field trip. They didn’t need to pack a lunch. Their …

Has Boeing lost the battle for Japan?

After 40 years of trying, Airbus had virtually no impact on the Japanese aviation market, with Japanese carriers flying only 44 of its aircraft. …

'Gravity' Is the Season's First Must-See Movie

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In perhaps the most breathtaking sequence in director Alfonso Cuarón's 2006 masterpiece <i>Children of</i> …

Sandra Bullock

Something Like 1000 Percent of Americans Are Very Skilled at Being Dumb

Fantastic news: American adults excel at testing worse than their peers in other developed nations, a new study from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development reveals. Young people in the United States are more worse at reading, more worse at technology, <i>and</i> more worse at math than …