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Our 50 Best Cookie Recipes

As kids, we looked forward to crunchy cookie snacks in our lunch box, and as adults we melt at the aroma of freshly baked cookies. But what makes us …

Stow it no more: FAA easing ban on electronics during takeoff, landing | Ars Technica

Phone calls will still be banned, but powering down will no longer be required.<p>The words "please stow all electronic devices" may soon disappear from …

Happy Birthday, Baby—The 65th anniversary of computer software | Ars Technica

A look back at the first decade of technology that led to the software revolution.<p>On June 21, 1948, at what was then known as the Victoria University …

Garmin Launches Portable Head-Up Display

Head-up display systems have been around for decades but despite their added safety (by allowing you to keep your eyes on the road) you still won't find it a standard feature in many cars. If you've bought a car and discovered that it didn't have a head-up display, there are a growing number of …

Mods and Rockers an urgent priority for MPs: From the archive, 24 June 1964

Mr Brooke is determined to get his Bill imposing stiffer penalties for hooliganism on to the statute book by the August Bank Holiday, which is ton-up …

Question Of The Week: What Music Will You Be Nostalgic For In 20 Years?

<i>Earlier this week week we asked you to look ahead 20 years from now, and guess what music from today you'll be the most nostalgic about. There were some great suggestions, including Wilco, Outkast and Sufjan Stevens.</i><p><i>We've put together some of your picks in a couple of playlists — at the bottom of</i> …

Did Social Media Help Ease Tensions After Zimmerman Verdict?

Calm largely prevailed after a jury acquitted George Zimmerman Saturday night in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Law enforcement and community leaders had prepared for potential unrest, and riots had been feared for months. <i>Slate</i>'s Dave Weigel sums up the fears:<p>" 'The public mind has been so …

Zimmerman Verdict Feels Personal For Some In Service Sorority

Attorney General Eric Holder looked out over a sea of women in red on Monday and invoked his wife, a member of the influential African-American sorority Delta Sigma Theta. Holder was addressing the sorority's national convention in its centennial year.<p>Founded at Howard University, Delta Sigma Theta …

What is graphene? Here’s what you need to know about a material that could be the next silicon

Advertisement<p>21 Comments<p>Graphene, an emerging material that could change the way electronic components are made and help computing performance …

Feds Unlikely To Prosecute Zimmerman, Former Prosecutors Say

Looking ahead after the not guilty verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for the death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin — a case that reignited the national discussion about race relations:<p><b>— No Federal Case?</b> "Former federal prosecutors are telling me that they don't expect a federal criminal …

How Instagram Can Become Bigger Than Facebook

With Instagram rocketing in popularity, will it matter to Facebook if its subsidiary grows larger than itself?<p>Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, hit 100 million users earlier this year, triple its user base since Facebook acquired the startup for $1 billion in 2012. With such unprecedented …

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Motorola Moto X's features revealed in new video

Motorola's Moto X smartphone will feature voice commands and a wrist-activated camera function when it's released this autumn.<p>A private video by Canadian retailer Rogers demonstrates several of the phone's new features, including always-on voice command, creating what the video calls "a truly …

Bucking the trend, Microsoft’s smartwatch may have its own LTE connection

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Microsoft’s(s msft) expected smartwatch may not rely on a phone for its data connection, meaning you may have to pay for a …

Parents of Sandy Hook victim search for the genetics of violence

Genetic data can reveal risks of cancer and other illnesses, so why can't it also tell if someone is prone to violent behavior? <i>The Pittsburgh Post Gazette</i> reports on the efforts of Jeremy Richman and Jennifer Hensel in starting The Avielle Foundation, which hopes to determine just that. The couple …

A near miss for a Tyrannosaurus rex: evidence of failed predation

For too long there has been an apparently unending debate about the basic manner in which <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its near relatives obtained their food. …

Can Dogs Watch TV?

And how do they feel about the season premiere of The Newsroom?<p>A TV channel explicitly aimed at canine viewers launched in Israel earlier this year, following a successful launch here in the States. But can dogs actually see what's happening on a TV?<p>The BBC asked Stanley Coren, professor emeritus …

Astronomer finds new moon orbiting Neptune | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - An astronomer studying archived images of Neptune taken by the Hubble Space Telescope has found a 14th moon orbiting the planet, NASA said on Monday.<p>The location of a newly discovered moon, designated S/2004 N 1, orbiting Neptune, is seen in this composite Hubble …

Mysteries of 'obesity gene' revealed, could yield new ways to fight hunger

An obesity gene that affects one in every six people could be partially treated thanks to a new study that's finally determined how it works. Researchers led by Rachel Batterham at University College London were looking into an obesity gene, known as FTO, and found that it caused people with a …