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FORTUNE — As if Landon Donovan’s controversial omission from the U.S.’s World Cup team wasn’t bad enough, fans of U.S. Soccer now have another setback to deal with: Goldman Sachs (GS) is picking against you.<p>After crunching the data, including all competitive matches (meaning no friendlies) going …

Watch 'Game of Thrones' mysteries explained (or disproved) with science

Sure, works of fiction are hardly subject to the rules of science, but the folks behind <i>It's OK To Be Smart</i> set out to explain many of the enigmas surrounding <i>Game of Thrones.</i> In the PBS digital short that awaits after the break, topics like the plausibility of Daenerys' dragons, winters that last a …

No One Wants To Buy Steve Cohen's Unbelievable $98 Million Upper East Side Penthouse

According to Page Six, billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen — whose hedge fund S.A.C. Capital pleaded guilty to insider trading last year — can't unload his Upper East Side duplex penthouse, and it's upsetting him a great deal.<p>From Page Six:<p>One source tells us, "Cohen hasn't had a buyer, and …

PetChatz Allows You to 'Skype' With Your Pet, Give a Treat

"Great and treat" your pet anytime, anywhere.<p>That's the pitch for a new product called PetChatz, which lets you chat with your pet and give it a …

Rupert Murdoch Tweet Questions Google's Ethics, Twitter Dies From Irony

Remember phone hacking?<p>Rupert Murdoch, the most outspoken of media moguls, is not one to couch words or shy away from expressing an unpopular opinion. The chairman of both News Corp. and 21st Century Fox is sort of a natural at Twitter, using its 140-character limit as digital media op-eds that …

News Corp

How To Make Powdered Booze At Home

Fluffy like confetti and just as liquorous as the bottled stuff<p>Some truths we rarely question. The sky is blue. The sun rises in the east. Cocktails are wet. But a new product, called Palcohol, aims to crumble our everyday expectations. It's an alcoholic beverage -- in powder form. Carry a …

Alcohol

Czech deer still wary of iron curtain boundary

Almost 25 years after the iron curtain came down, central European deer still balk at crossing areas where there used to be electrified fences, scientists have found.<p>A seven-year study in Sumava national park, in the Czech Republic, discovered that red deer were still wary of spots where the then …

Microsoft CEO signals new course with Office for iPad | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp’s new Chief Executive Officer, Satya Nadella, finally unveiled Office for Apple Inc’s iPad in a polished debut that set him apart from his energetic predecessor while signaling his plans to make mobile apps the top priority at the world’s largest software …

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

This Giant Floating Farm Uses Melting Icebergs To Bring Local Food To Greenland

The Arctic Harvester gathers up freshwater to feed hydroponic greenhouses–and an 800-person on-board community.<p>As glaciers melt at record speeds due to climate change, some (often questionable) startups are beginning to harvest the melting freshwater, bottle it up, and ship it off to distant …

Global Warming

Republicans take on Wall Street

Republicans are proposing what was once unimaginable: raising taxes on big Wall Street banks.<p>Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp’s Republican tax reform draft — slated to be released Wednesday afternoon — looks like it will reverse more than a decade of GOP orthodoxy on taxes by socking big banks …

How This Fashion Startup Beat Their Kickstarter Goal in 4 Hours

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Just as the rules of startups connecting with customers are changing at an astonishing rate, so have the fundamentals of running a successful crowdfunding campaign. No longer can a concept launch with some decent copywriting and …

Report on federal minimum wage of $10.10 heats up debate in Congress

WASHINGTON — Increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would cause the loss of about 500,000 jobs but would boost earnings for about 16.5 million low-wage workers, according to a report by the Congressional Budget Office.<p>The report, released Tuesday, stoked the long-simmering debate in …

Income Inequality

Argentina’s rare outburst of sincerity

Eat humble pie? Not a crumb. After lying about inflation for seven years, Buenos Aires last night revealed a new and more credible statistical …

Peso collapse raises fears Argentina lurching towards decennial crisis

Fernández de Kirchner's government seems at a loss how to proceed, with observers blaming populist policies for woes<p>Following the sudden collapse in the peso this week, some Argentinians fear their country may be lurching into a new episode of the crises that seem to hit the country's economy …

Chris Christie's rising 2016 star in peril as bridge controversy grows

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has rocketed to the top of the 2016 GOP presidential field, fueled by his straight-talking persona, his tell-it-like-it-is approach to policy and his willingness to reach across the aisle. But that carefully-crafted position could be in trouble, thanks to burgeoning …

Rodman taking team to North Korea

BEIJING — Dennis Rodman said Monday he wants to show that North Korea isn’t so bad, as he took a team of former NBA players on a trip for an exhibition game on Kim Jong Un’s birthday.<p>The flamboyant Hall of Famer headed to the North Korean capital from Beijing with a squad of a dozen former …

The Dangerous Rise of “Entrepreneurship Porn”

Sir Richard Branson has proclaimed 2014 “The Year of the Entrepreneur.” Breathless coverage abounds: sexy stories of the young and old who threw off the yoke and started their own businesses. It’s all goodbye cubicle — hello freedom, vitality, creativity.<p>Fed by media and online coverage of an …

Management experts knock Obama

After the HealthCare.gov debacle first exploded three months ago, President Barack Obama pleaded for people to cut him a little slack: “I wanted to go in and fix it myself, but I don’t write code.”<p>At his year-end news conference recently, he struck a different tone: “Since I’m in charge, obviously, …

$0 Profits Couldn't Hold Back This Year's Tech Darlings

<b>Listen · 4:46</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Zero. That's the total amount of revenue created by Snapchat in 2013. It's the total profit collected by Twitter. And it's roughly how much Apple's stock price has increased between early last December and now.<p>Which makes you wonder: With all these …

'Success story' Spain exits eurozone support

Head of eurozone bailout fund applauds exit from €41bn bank aid programme after one year as Spain says it will not seek further assistance<p>The eurozone aid programme for struggling Spanish banks closed on Tuesday after providing some €41bn (£34bn) to get them through the debt crisis.<p>The support "has …

Europe

5 Smart Home Companies to Watch in 2014

If 2013 was the year smart home became sexy again, 2014 is the year it will go mass market.<p>And while service providers with managed home services are a big part of why smart home is reaching a wider audience, here are some other interesting companies helping to lead the charge in 2014.<p><b>Revolv</b><p>A few …