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18 award-winning youth projects using e-content to change the world

Dubai airport is like a shopping mall in the underbelly of the Star Trek Voyager with patches of greenery that resemble what they think Earth looks …

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Greenspan fears US government set for more debt stalemate

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1021000/1021012_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524674366_29ce114b8a37734ba3838971c1ad1cec<p><b>Former US Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan has said that a repeat of the crisis that brought the country close to default is "perfectly</b> …

Economics

10 most appalling comments from the right — just this week

A Republican congressman actually argued that Obamacare is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act<p><b>1. On Fox TV, it is assumed that the Nicaraguan meteorologist knows all about tacos.</b><br>It’s fairly obvious by now that Fox News is a place where being offensive and ignorant is not just permitted, but …

The World's Most Bizarre Tourist Attractions

From the strange to the creepy to the gross, cities around the world have some bizarre tourist attractions.<p>Whether you have a love of all things odd or are looking for a break from everyday museums and monuments, these weird attractions are a must-see.<p>Check out some of the world's most bizarre …

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy A Wii U

<i>The Wii U has become a much better proposition for gamers.</i><p>Nintendo’s Wii U has been in a sort of generational purgatory since its launch last November.<p>The hardware is more powerful than current generation consoles like the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but not by leaps and bounds. And the system’s …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

10 documentaries every traveler should watch

I tell Werner Herzog jokes at parties. David Attenborough makes me swoon. I’m such a documentary nerd, I’ve gone places because of them. These 10 …

24 Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Cook

From chicken pot pie and classic Caesar salad to brownies and cookies.<p>We've rounded up 24 basic recipes that everyone should know how to cook, from a pot of rice to pot roast. Master these, and you'll never find yourself stumped in the grocery store.

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Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

Why skeptics should embrace Valve's new Steam controller

This post has not been edited by the GamesBeat staff. Opinions by GamesBeat community writers do not necessarily reflect those of the staff.<p>A week has passed since Valve announced its Steam controller, which resembles a speaker more than a gamepad and has left many skeptical of its quality.<p>Just …

The right’s new lie about its shutdown intentions

Ted Cruz and co. now claim this dispute is about veterans and reservists. Here’s why no one should believe them<p>If Ted Cruz is making John Boehner dance like a marionette, then Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., is the guy helping Cruz keep the strings untangled.<p>He's the author of the House's version of the …

The Best Steak of Your Life: Flip the Script

The most common method of cooking a steak involves first searing each side in a hot pan and then finishing it to the desired temperature in an oven. It's a solid technique, but it can be hard to know exactly <b>what's going on inside your steak.</b><p><b>Searing is the easy part, getting that perfect medium-rare</b> …

'Grand Theft Auto V' players join forces to manipulate the stock market

There are plenty of diversions in <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i>'s Los Santos, from playing golf to surfing the internet. But, as <i>New York</i> magazine reports, one that has really grabbed players' attentions is the in-game stock market. The feature lets players buy and sell stock on two different exchanges — …

This week’s other huge (but little-noticed) fight: Wall Street’s newest scheme

While we’re all distracted, a quiet battle this week could seriously affect your finances. Here’s what’s at stake<p>Yeah, I know: The government has shut down. D-Day for ObamaCare is here. The leaders of Iran and the United States are seriously talking. And I want you to read about some law which will …

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

Next-gen routers are here with Netgear's Nighthawk

My router was beaten soundly up close — from a distance, the Nighthawk savaged it<p>Netgear's Nighthawk router is aimed specifically at me (and maybe you).<p>My home/home office situation is a wireless nightmare scenario. I live in an apartment building in the Bay Area bombarded from every angle by …

Downtown LA’s Best Bars

Downtown LA’s bar scene has gone from over-priced hotel bar and Staples Center drinks to cool and dimly lit mixology dens serving intricate …

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With 45M monthly viewers, livestreaming startup Twitch raises $20M — and gets investment from Grand Theft Auto V parent

Livestreaming has become a cultural force in the video game business, and that explains why streaming leader Twitch is announcing today that it has raised $20 million in a third round of funding. The investors include Take-Two Interactive, the publisher of big hit Grand Theft Auto V.<p>Microsoft and …

Porn on the Brain – TV review

Within 20 seconds of tonight's Channel 4 documentary, we're told that online porn is 'turning our kids into psychopaths'. At that point I almost gave up, but I'm glad I didn't<p>Britain has come a long way since 1986 when TV's red triangle would warn of (what sounds to my Australian ear as) "sex wheel …

Star Wars lightsabers finally invented

Scientists in America have 'accidentally' found a way forward to the creation of real-life weapons as used by Jedi Knights<p>• Star Wars pet clothing range has puppies feeling the force • How to make your own Jedi lightsaber<p>Wannabe Jedi Knights rejoice, for scientists have discovered that the famous …

Jay Leno: My Father, a Car Salesman's Worst Nightmare

Did your dad live for the back-and-forth struggle at a car dealership, haggling over a car's asking price and going to great lengths for a bargain? So did Jay Leno's.<p><b>Some of my fondest memories are of</b> buying cars with my father. My dad was the kind of guy who would buy whatever was on the showroom …

Killzone: Shadow Fall file size is 50GB

Upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive first-person shooter Killzone: Shadow Fall's file size is around 50GB, Sony has revealed to Eurogamer in a new interview. The PS4 features a 500GB hard drive, though it is upgradeable.<p>The revelation came from United Kingdom managing director Fergal Gara as part of a …

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