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For Many Americans, ‘Temp’ Work Becomes Permanent Way of Life

For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.<p>With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments …

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dead at 76

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful imprisonment inspired Bob Dylan’s stirring 1975 song “Hurricane,” died on Sunday morning at the …

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Who says it’s hard to go public? New IPOs are having their best start in years

Whether or not we are in the midst of a tech IPO bubble right now, the first three months of the year have been the busiest for initial public offerings since 2011. During the first quarter, IPOs raising $10.6 billion hit the market, up 39% from the same period last year.<p>April is looking strong …

IPOs

China just revealed a major state secret: nearly 20% of its farmland is polluted

Almost one-fifth of China’s farmland is polluted, according to a government report released this week. Officials have acknowledged the country’s problems with water and air pollution, but the extent of soil contamination has been a closely guarded “state secret,” for fear of incriminating certain …

Pollution

Can We Genetically Improve Intelligence?

3D-printed cast concept uses ultrasound to heal broken bones

Last year, Victoria University of Wellington graduate Jake Evill created the Cortex cast, a concept that sought to potentially replace traditional plaster casts while also offering the added benefit of being lightweight and odor-free. Now, the Osteoid cast, a new concept designed by Deniz …

This Guy Got $58 Million for 15 Months of Work

Getting fired probably doesn’t sting as much when you’re getting paid $58 million to walk out the door. Just ask Henrique de Castro, Yahoo’s former …

The Evolution of Viral Advertising

<i>Dominic Smith is a senior writer and content strategist for Rackspace Digital, the digital marketing infrastructure specialists.</i><p>In the age of experience-based marketing, some brands want us to do more than just buy their products. They want us to interact with them, to love them. Dan Wieden, …

Fake Peoria mayor Twitter account prompts house raid

Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home and seized computers.<p>Three people at the home were taken for questioning, as were two others who were met by police at their workplaces.<p>The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that the …

Jason Dufner on Twitter: "One of these Harrison kids is going to pop a 3 when it matters"

Kentucky wins in an epic thriller. The Wildcats are one win away from an NCAA Championship. http://t.co/uQKaQly2ER

Spectacular photo of Aaron Harrison's clutch shot (via @marchmadness) http://t.co/K9ZmuNqXuT

University of Maryland Researchers Build Amphibious Robotic Horseshoe Crab

Researchers from the University of Maryland have built a robotic horseshoe crab named RoboCrab. The little robot looks a great deal like a horseshoe …

LG and Samsung gear up for the next bout of flexible display technology

Samsung and LG are on the cutting edge of what could become a popular future trend – curved and flexible display smartphones. The two companies have already released their first generation curved displays, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round. We conducted our own comparison between the two …

Samsung Gear

Wisconsin advances to Final Four with 64-63 overtime win over Arizona

Bo Ryan clinched his first trip to the Final Four in a thriller out west.<p>The wait is over for Bo Ryan and the Wisconsin Badgers.<p>Ryan has led his team to the NCAA Tournament every year since taking over as Wisconsin head coach in 2001-02 and on Saturday clinched his first trip to the Final Four as …

Cuba approves foreign investment

Cuba's National Assembly has approved a new law on foreign investment, intended to attract capital to the island.<p>The law offers a series of tax breaks and other incentives to lure foreign investors to most sectors of the economy.<p>Sarah Rainsford reports from Havana.

Taxes

Government ends investigation into Model S fires, absolving Tesla of blame

It looks like Tesla Motors‘ brief firefight is now over.<p>Not only has the company announced the fitment of new parts designed to deflect road debris, the cause of two fire incidents towards the end of 2013, but the NHTSA has now closed its probe into the fires–absolving the Model S of blame.<p>Last …

​Twitter is experimenting again, tries replacing 'retweet' with 'share' button

Twitter can't help itself. If it's not new pictures, tweet views and video previews, then it could be an <i>epoch-defining</i> change to what the social network called one of its core features: retweets. So, it's possibly not a big deal, but in Twitter's latest experiment, it's been changed to 'share' -- …

China's Huawei Condemns NSA Spying, Calls For Unity Against Cyber Mischief

China-based Huawei is calling for its global peers to establish standards and disciplines that would deter cyber mischief after news reports said the NSA has been hacking into the tech giant’s email servers since early 2009.<p>The New York Times and German news magazine Der Spiegel said on Saturday …

No Sugar High For Wall Street: Candy Crush Maker's IPO Disappoints

Candy Crush is played by trying to line up at least three of the same color of candies.<p>In February, an average of 144 million daily active users got sucked in to the challenge.<p>Candy Crush is one of more than 180 games made by King Digital Entertainment, and it alone brought in three-quarters of the …

Twitter fights Turkish censorship, determined to uphold its status as free-speech champion

Ever since the “Arab Spring” uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, Twitter (s twtr) has been seen by many as an engine for free speech — and particularly …

Millennials are watching video on tablets and computers more than TVs

Apparently kids these days prefer to watch shows and movies on things other than a TV. According to a new study by Deloitte, 56 percent of "training millennials" (people ages 14-24) are tuning in to their favorite shows on computers, smartphones, tablets and gaming devices rather than a television. …

Scientists Create Biodegradable Battery That 'Melts' Inside The Body After Use

A biodegradable, implantable battery could help in the development of biomedical devices that monitor tissue or deliver treatments before being reabsorbed by the body after use.<p>“This is a really major advance,” says Jeffrey Borenstein, a biomedical engineer at Draper Laboratory, a non-profit …

Woman Has Her Skull Replaced With A 3-D-Printed Plastic One

The most significant skull prosthetic to date<p>A woman with a rare bone disorder has had much of the top of her skull replaced with a 3-D printed plastic piece, <i>Wired U.K.</i> reports. Three months later, she's symptom-free and back to work.<p>The woman's condition made her skull increase in thickness, …

FDA

126 Photos Make Up Single Image of Giant 3200-Year-Old Tree

For the December 2012 issue of National Geographic, photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols journeyed to the Sequoia National Park in California in order to capture this image of <i>the President</i>, a giant sequoia that is the third largest tree in the world, if measured by volume of the trunk above …

National Parks