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25 Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

The arduous experience of entrepreneurship often makes founders a fount of business advice. From billionaire Richard Branson to Garrett Camp, co-founder of transport startup Uber, both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs have tips to share through their Twitter feeds.<p>Branson regularly …

First lab-grown hamburger gets full marks for 'mouth feel'

All it took was a little butter and sunflower oil and, in less than 10 minutes, the world's most expensive burger, grown from muscle stem cells in a lab, was ready to eat.<p>"I was expecting the texture to be more soft," said Hanni Rützler of the Future Food Studio, who researches food trends and was …

Scientists Are Scary Close To Controlling Our Memories And Brains With Computers

There are already thought-controlled gadgets and smart phone apps. But recently, a group of scientists at MIT took brain-computer interactions to a whole new level.<p>While they weren't able to create memories from scratch, they were able to associate different feelings to neutral memories in mice. In …

DEA reportedly covering up its use of NSA surveillance data to prosecute Americans

Lies and blurred lines may be compromising justice at home<p>Despite assurances from top intelligence officials that the National Security Agency only conducts certain surveillance operations to pursue suspected terrorists, a report from <i>Reuters</i> alleges that a secretive Drug Enforcement Administration …

The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers

It’s an interesting relationship that book lovers have with the Internet: most would rather read a physical book than something on an iPad or Kindle, …

ScienceCasts: The Sun's Magnetic Field is About to Flip

Talent Or Skill?: Homing In On The Elusive 'Sports Gene'

We've all had the experience of watching a great athletic performance — from gymnast Mary Lou Retton defying gravity to Michael Jordan sinking a mind-blowing turnaround jumper — and wondered: Were they born with that talent or can you get there with hard work and practice?<p><i>Sports Illustrated</i> senior …

How to plan a round-the-world trip

Itʼs the ultimate trip: circumnavigating the planet, and stopping off wherever takes your fancy. Great for travellers who want to see it all, or who are just plain indecisive. But booking a round-the-world (RTW) trip can be a complex business. Hereʼs our guide to getting started.<p>How to do it<p>The …

Travel

Jay-Z in 2028: What Can We Expect From a Rapper Pushing 60?

<i>It’s been just a week since Jay-Z’s 12th solo album,</i> Magna Carta … Holy Grail<i>, was released. But there have already been myriad reactions. From</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Beautiful, Disappointing Pacific Rim - The Atlantic

WB<p>Heading into the summer, there was perhaps no Hollywood blockbuster that appeared to have as low a floor and as high a ceiling as <i>Pacific Rim</i>. On the one hand, the cast is notably second-tier and the plot--giant, human-operated robots fighting giant, alien sea monsters off the coast of Hong …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …

The Four Most Surprising Revelations About Osama Bin Laden's Final Years

New report reconstructs the al Qaeda leader's day-to-day life in hiding<p>Picture Osama bin Laden wearing a cowboy hat, strolling the perimeter of his …

Osama Bin Laden

Sex is the secret to looking younger, claims researcher

Regular sex could now be the key to looking up to seven years younger, a researcher claims.<p>Dr David Weeks, former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, said people need to be aware of the benefits of having a healthy sex life, particularly in their later years.<p>He said sex has …

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant …

How Wearable Computing Will Change Everything, Including Apple

Listen, you tech-savvy, trend-resisting cynic you. I want you to stop dismissing wearable computing as a pointless, narcissistic fad.<p>Wearable computing is not for people too lazy to look at their phones. It’s not a trendy toy for wealthy yuppies. And it’s not about joining Robert Scoble in the …

Scientists Discover American Exceptionalism Gene

In a shocking discovery, an international team of biologists, led by the famous Dr. Gibbons, a renowned Dutch geneticist, have discovered a unique 'American' gene. Coined 'the exceptional gene' by the press, it seems to occur naturally in all natural born American citizens. The effects of this …

The 13 Most Important Versions Of R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)"

Go ahead, world, just TRY and ruin this song. I dare you. It can't be done.

Mashups

The Last Bookshop: Short Film About The Power Of Reading (VIDEO)

"The Last Bookshop" is a delightful 20-minute video set in the future, about the power of reading.<p>"As a lad," says the elderly bookseller, "We all queued up at midnight for a book about a wizard. It was the vogue."<p>Made by BakeryTV, it's an affectionate look at how we might forget the art of …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Astronomy

Still Waiting for Obama's Marijuana Policy

The 2012 election happened over five months ago, at the beginning of November. One notable result of this election was that two states -- Washington and Colorado -- voted to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use. This was a direct challenge to federal drug policy. We are all still waiting …

Why Dudes Who Can't Smell Never Get Laid

One of the unexpected parts of not having a sense of smell.<p>About 2 million people in the United States can't smell anything. That's got to be great if, say, you're walking past a dumpster, but not-so-great if you're looking for love. Research suggests that men who can't smell have fewer sex …

Fact Checking 6 Persistent Science Conspiracy Theories

Conspiracy theories that are easily debunked by science still persist.<p><b>Conspiracy theories are as American as apple pie. A national poll released this week by Public Policy Polling (PPP) found that some popular conspiracy theories in the United States have persisted for years, like the belief that a</b> …

Internet takes education to new level: Will universities make the grade?

More and more universities have made a place for the Internet in today's educational offerings, but will universities still have a place in tomorrow's educational environment?<p>"We're about to undergo a tectonic transformation in education," Caltech astrophysicist George Djorgovski, a pioneer in …

Strong hints of dark matter detected by space station, physicists say

Physicists announced on Wednesday that they have discovered the most convincing evidence yet of the existence of dark matter – the particles that are …

Obama Launches BRAIN Initiative to Map the Human Brain

Go, Big Science! Eliza Shapiro reports on the BRAIN initiative, aimed at unlocking the brain’s mysteries.<p>We may not be colonizing Mars or putting …

A little black book can boost your work life

Everywhere Jim Domanski goes, he takes his black book. It's not a treasury of potential hot dates, but a repository of the Ottawa sales consultant's current work life, packed into a 200-page, 7-by-10-inch notebook.<p>It's an idea he picked up in the 1980s, working for Bell, well before the era of …

Listen to Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def) and Mannie Fresh’s new track, “Black Jesus”

Yasiin Bey, FKA Mos Def, has a new project in the works with Mannie Fresh titled <i>OMFGOD</i>. <i>(Ed note: say it out loud and you’ll get it.)</i> On this Easter …

Somewhere Over The Brainbow: The Journey To Map the Human Brain

During the State of the Union, President Obama said the nation is about to embark on an ambitious project: to examine the human brain and create a road map to the trillions of connections that make it work.<p>"Every dollar we invested to map the human genome returned $140 to our economy — every …