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ATLAS Robot Receives Terrifying Upgrades

DARPA's Robotics Challenge Finals indicate the beginning of the end of our species<p>In an effort to shorten human domination of this planet, the DARPA …


When Do You Quit Drinking Alone?

Honestly, I'm more likely to over-drink when I'm by myself than when I'm out with other people.<p>There's something about drinking alone, in small doses, that feels very grown-up—uncorking a bottle of sauv blanc with dinner, or just having a glass or two <i>a la carte</i> while you're unwinding with Hulu Plus …

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How Obamacare demoralized doctors and degraded care

About a decade ago, a doctor friend was lamenting the increasingly frustrating conditions of clinical practice. "How did you know to get out of medicine in 1978?" he asked with a smile.<p>"I didn't," I replied. "I had no idea what was coming. I just felt I'd chosen the wrong vocation."<p>I was reminded …

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6 Insanely Cheap Summer Trips for 2015

<i>McWay Falls, Big Sur, California (Photo: Mark Newman/Getty Images)</i><p>This summer, why not go where the prices are unusually cheap and the dollar is unexpectedly strong? By weighing hotel rates and airfare prices alongside industry trends and local currencies, we've come up with six suggestions for …

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Consumer Sentiment Beats Expectations in May

Consumers remain cautious about the current economy this month, according to data released Friday. The report raises worries about consumer spending in the second quarter following weak demand in the first quarter.<p>The University of Michigan final May sentiment index came in at 90.7, up from the …