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A Plan to Create Just Two Time Zones in the Continental United States

Daylight Saving Time is a reminder that losing another hour of evening light isn't just annoying—it's an economically harmful policy with minimal energy savings.<p>Updated: Nov. 5, 2017<p>Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Nov. 1, 2013. The original headline was, “Daylight Saving Time Is …

The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate

It's time to accelerate the shift toward a low-carbon future<p>In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is …

Women in Print: Five Must-Reads for Your Summer List

I can't believe there are only five weeks until the unofficial end of summer. If you're lucky enough to be planning a few beach days or weekend getaway and need a break from emails and news headlines, consider these reads that blend the personal with the political. From an inspiring teenager's …

Katie Couric Says Goodbye To Daytime Talk Show

After just two seasons, Katie Couric bid farewell to viewers on Wednesday as her daytime talk show "Katie" came to an end.<p>Couric announced in November that she would be leaving ABC News to join Yahoo as the website's "global anchor." At the time, the fate of "Katie" was still uncertain, but ABC …

The Unexpected Face of Alzheimer's

With the successful conclusion of the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen on July 23, there is increased scrutiny on this killer disease now affecting more than five million Americans and more than a quarter million people in the Big Apple, where I lead the Alzheimer's …

Around The World, Schizophrenia Isn't Always Seen As Debilitating

In the course of her most recent research project, Stanford professor Tanya Luhrmann came across a Hindu woman who claimed to hear messages from God. She told Luhrmann that she wasn't only hearing words, but also feeling vibrations.<p>Had the woman been born in the West, Luhrmann said, she likely …

16 Books to Read Before the Movie Versions Come Out

Good news: You'll have no shortage of things to read (and watch) in the next year.<p>Books are the prequel to countless up and coming major films these …

The 5 Massive New Telescopes That Will Change Astronomy Forever

The biggest building boom in the history of astronomy is upon us. In Chile and Hawaii and in space, astronomers are getting powerful telescopes that …

The Sixth Extinction Is Here -- And It's Our Fault

And it's only likely to get worse.<p>The Earth appears to be in the early stages of the Sixth Extinction, the latest in a series of mass biodiversity losses that have punctuated the history of life on the planet, according to a paper published in Science this week.<p>The defining characteristic of the …

Study: California Could Run Entirely on Renewables by 2050

Bonus: It could also add 220,000 jobs.<p>Stanford researchers have found that it’s “technically and economically” feasible to move California to an entirely clean energy system by 2050, using existing renewable sources like wind, water and sunlight.<p>Published in Energy this week, the study concluded …

Here's Why 'The Internet Of Things' Will Be Huge, And Drive Tremendous Value For People And Businesses

Estimates for Internet of Things or IoT market value are massive, since by definition the IoT will be a diffuse layer of devices, sensors, and computing power that overlays entire consumer, business-to-business, and government industries. The IoT will account for an increasingly huge number of …

Internet of Things

Cell phone unlocking bill could be a historic step in Internet politics

Yesterday, the most unproductive Congress is history managed to pass a consumer cell phone unlocking bill, and President Obama has agreed to sign it into law. On the surface, a wonky intellectual property bill that allows consumers to switch carriers is, relatively speaking, a minor political …

Chuck Todd's impeachment tirade

Chuck Todd on Wednesday railed against both the White House and congressional Republicans for engaging in “disgusting” and “embarrassing” rhetoric on impeachment and suing the president.<p>“This is sort of an embarrassing moment for Washington,” the NBC News chief White House correspondent said. “The …

Putin's Next Move Could Involve Gas

This could cause energy prices to spike in Putin's effort to retaliate against the world for imposing economic sanctions on Russia.<p>The U.S. and the European Union announced a fresh round of economic sanctions on Russia in their efforts to punish to the country for its ongoing involvement in …

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PW Picks: Books of the Week, July 21, 2014

<i>First published in Publishers Weekly:</i><p>This week, a spine-tingling horror novel, what life was really like in Dickens's London, and the new James Lee Burke novel.<p>Copyright (c) 2014 PWxyz, LLC, Publishers Weekly. Used by permission.

Writers unite in campaign against 'thuggish' Amazon

Nearly 900 authors across world back criticism of online retailer's business tactics in ebooks dispute with US publisher Hachette<p>They include some of the biggest literary names on the planet, among them Stephen King, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, James Patterson and John Grisham; a Pulitzer prize …

Amazon Quietly Launches Its Consumer-Facing Mobile Wallet App, Amazon Wallet

Amazon’s first attempt at its own mobile wallet application, designed for use at the point-of-sale, has made a quiet debut on the Amazon Appstore and on Google Play. However, the current implementation of the new “Amazon Wallet” application is fairly barebones – it doesn’t yet support mobile …

Here's Why the Mac Is Beating the PC Right Now

This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published at …

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Net neutrality is dead – welcome to the age of digital discrimination

A US appeal court ruling that undermines the principle of net neutrality could spell the end for the ideal of an open internet<p>Want to know if someone is internet-savvy? Just ask them why anyone should care about net neutrality. If they understand the technology, stand by for a lecture on why it is …

11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want to Miss This Week (7/25)

It was earnings week at TechCrunch, so most of the coverage was dominated by reports about Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix, and Pandora. Fortunately there were a ton of other great stories from our writers. Here are the top stories from 7/19 to 7/25 on TechCrunch.<p>No one thought …

Apple Stores unify employee shirts as major customer service enhancements planned

Apple is taking a small-step to unifying the attire of its U.S.-based Apple Store employees this upcoming week: the black shirts worn by Apple Store Business Team members for several years will be going into retirement, and all Apple Store employees will begin wearing the same, classic blue …

Leaked ‘Windows 9’ screenshots offer a closer look at the new Start Menu

An early look at Microsoft's next version of Windows<p>Microsoft provided an early look at its new Start Menu for a future version of Windows earlier this year, but freshly leaked screenshots are offering an even closer look at the company’s progress towards its major desktop revamp. Two screenshots …

How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care

Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. There was only one problem: “At my heaviest I clocked in around 330 pounds,” says Dittenber, a technical writer from Michigan. “That’s above the weight restriction for a tandem jump.” During a doctor’s visit last spring, he got some more bad news. …

Microsoft will merge separate versions of Windows into one unified operating system

"This means one OS that covers all screen sizes."<p>Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has confirmed that his company will amalgamate all major versions of Windows into one operating system. Speaking on the company's quarterly earnings call today, Nadella told analysts Microsoft will "streamline the next …

The 10 best books of the year (so far)

Our readers have voted for their favourite books published in the first half of this year. Here is a selection of the most popular books. Who would top your list?<p>We recently invited you to tell us what your favourite book of the year (so far) was. The nominations were interesting – and not what we …

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