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This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

Chemistry

30 Days of Holiday Cakes and Pies

Family is great and all, but we all know the holiday season is actually about eating. From big, juicy roasts to as many sides as we can fit on our …

Bitcoin is none of the things it was supposed to be

The cryptocurrency was supposed to replace the finance industry. Instead, it has replicated it.<p>On Thursday, the price of Bitcoin fluctuated by …

Where in the world is my data and how secure is it?

<b>When Max Schrems, an Austrian privacy activist, requested to see his personal data that Facebook stored on its servers, he was mailed a CD-ROM containing a 1,222-page document.</b><p>That file, which would stretch nearly a quarter of a mile if printed and laid end-to-end, offered a glimpse into Facebook's …

Why leaving a $500,000 job at 30 years old was the best career choice I've ever made

Me too.<p>This is what psychologists refer to as "hedonic adaptation," which means that no matter what new circumstances we find ourselves in, we get used to them much faster than we think we will.<p>When it comes to income this leads to an ever-increasing pattern of consumption and "more, more, more" as …

Obama and the State of the Union: Pictures

Fact checking the 2016 State of the Union address

By Glenn Kessler<p>, The Fact Checker<p>Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>, Reporter<p>A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses …

U.S. Politics

Apple boss Tim Cook clashes with US government over encryption

White House tech summit reportedly saw Apple’s CEO call for a ‘no backdoors’ policy when it comes to communications encryption<p>Apple chief executive Tim Cook has challenged the US government to adopt a policy of “no backdoors” in its approach to the encryption technology used by his company and …

Tim Cook

America divided: Obama regrets era of 'rancor' in last State of the Union speech

President says it’s biggest regret of presidency but appeals to America’s better self in calling for rejection of hostile rhetoric: ‘We can’t afford to go down that path’<p>Barack Obama admitted his regret that he will leave the US more, not less, polarised when he departs office a year from now, …

Barack Obama

Microsoft to notify users of government spying after Chinese Hotmail hack goes public

Microsoft will now tell users of its email services when their accounts are being attacked by government hackers. The change in policy comes as Reuters reported that the company chose not to tell thousands of Hotmail users that their email accounts had been hacked by Chinese government …

Hotmail

The New York subway system runs on 100-year-old technology

But every day, hundreds of trains run through the largest subway network in the world on century-old technology. When things go wrong — as they have been doing more and more often— the delays pile up.<p>Let us not forget that we're heading into one of the most challenging times of year for the NYC …

Trains

The 10 best cities in the world to be a student in 2016 – in pictures

What’s the best place in the world to study? Higher education data expert QS has compiled a league table based on factors including affordability, desirability, academic standards and job prospects

This Is the Salary You Need to Buy a House in 12 U.S. Cities

50 places you should travel to in 2016

It may be hard to believe, but 2015 is coming to a close, and it's time to start planning for 2016. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a novice, it's never too early to start thinking ahead to the places you want to check off your travel bucket list in the new year. From Iceland's otherworldly …

European Travel

6 takeaways from the Republican presidential debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump finally took some punches, Carly Fiorina grabbed control, Jeb Bush woke up and Marco Rubio and Chris Christie elbowed their way into the fray on a crowded stage. Everyone else just tried to crash the party.<p>The CNN Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on …

Government

The 100 best novels written in English: the full list

After two years of careful consideration, Robert McCrum has reached a verdict on his selection of the 100 greatest novels written in English. Take a look at his list<p>A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.

Literature

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>, Reporter<p>“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was …

Wearable tech will transform sport – but will it also ruin athletes' personal lives?

Much of wearable technology is used to help coaches, trainers and general managers maximize player performance – but athletes want to make sure the line between the personal and the professional doesn’t blur<p>Wearable technologies and big-data analytics are enabling coaches, trainers and general …

Big Data

Turning cow poo into power is profitable for US farm

The family-run American farm invested in a biogas recovery system which transforms cow poo and other waste into electricity.<p>Enough electricity, in fact, to power 1,000 homes, a service which the local utility company pays for handsomely.<p>But that's just a side benefit.<p>"It works economically, but one …

Farming

The Islamic State One Year Later: Who's Winning the War?

Islamic State's Projection of Territory Under Its Control by 2020<p>June 29 marks the first anniversary of the proclamation of Islamic State (IS). It has been a busy year. After conquering an area covering over 80,000 square miles and including a population of approximately 10 million people, IS has …

Middle East

47 Of The Best Ways To Spend Summer In America

From finding the best private swimming holes to partying at summer festivals like Burning Man, here are the best things to do in the U.S. this summer.<p><i>Did we miss one of your favorite things to do in the U.S. in the summer? Add it in the comments!</i>

National Parks