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Creepers' peepers: Why animals' pupils have different shapes

There's a reason why the domestic cat's pupil has its distinctive, vertical slitted shape and the grazing goat's its horizontal, flattened look. In both cases, the eye's shape has evolved to help its owner navigate everyday life. The cat needs to be able to hunt at night with precision; the grazing …

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<b>Staunton, February 22</b> – Russian forces fought in the Donbass the way Soviet forces fought “50 years ago,” a reflection of their lack of contemporary …

War

Boeing's Hypersonic Mach 6 WaveRider Jet Lost Over the Pacific During Flight Test

The US is currently conducting test flights of a new X-51A WaveRider jet that is capable of hitting a top speed of Mach 6 (4,300mph / 6,900km/h) – …

McCain: "I'm ashamed of my country" over Ukraine

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said Sunday that the U.S. handling of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine represents a "shameful" chapter of …

Paralyzed By Ukraine, Dumbfounded by Russia

The slug­gish dis­in­teg­ra­tion of a weak peace deal in Ukraine has come as noth­ing less than a bless­ing for Pres­id­ent Obama. It has helped mask …

The Velveteen Rabbit, Reimagined with Uncommon Tenderness by Beloved Japanese Illustrator Komako Sakai

A tender tale of how the soft bonds of love confer realness upon our existence.<p><i>“Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in his exquisite 1950s meditation on becoming who you are. But as is the case with life’s most enduring …

Bodyweight Workout For Your Morning Routine | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Chad Howse.</i><p>Have you ever intended to work out in the afternoon or evening but didn’t get a chance to and …

This pet skunk playing with a plastic bag will make you want to own one yourself

Cute Animals

Coca-Cola's secret formula: Can you make it at home?

Coriander? The herb? Really?<p>Yes. Really.<p>How do we know? It's supposed to be a closely-guarded secret. In fact the secret ingredients have been …

Experts are blaming this guy's company for the Lenovo Superfish debacle

Superfish basically broke the security on a computer in a way that allowed it to read any encrypted messages sent by the PC, like passwords or banking details. It did this by doing what experts call a man-in-the middle attack, where the software can intercept the messages.<p>Websites are supposed to …

Security

A couple of owls dance for a hidden GoPro camera: yep, it doesn't get any cuter than this!

Owls

Telus bails on unlimited internet, bandwidth plays on for a price

It seems the days of cheap, unlimited internet are over. With Telus's announcement Friday that it is implementing usage-based charges in B.C. and …

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Ukraine releases names of Russian soldiers killed in Debaltseve

The Ministry of Defense (MOD) has released the names of several Russian citizens who had been fighting in Ukraine. The names were determined through …

How Healthy Food Could Make You Fat

Have you ever eaten a healthy meal, maybe some brown rice and stir-fried veggies, and found yourself ready for another meal just a short while later? Or, more often couldn’t overcome a hankering for a satisfying dessert to top off (and undermine the healthiness of) that meal?<p>As it turns out, this …

Birds sensed imminent tornadoes, and escaped the day before, study finds

They may be tiny little songbirds, but U.S. researchers have discovered that golden-winged warblers are also keen weather predictors that know when …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Android Phone Could Do

Whether you're rocking the latest Android device from Samsung, HTC, or LG, these tips will help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. RELATED: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do<p><b>1. Send That Unwanted Call Straight to Voicemail</b>We've all got a few people we'd rather not talk to. …

Ingenious 3D-Printed Paws Allow a Disabled Dog to Run Free

The advent of 3D printing has made miracles happen, as Derby the dog can certainly attest to. He was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws which shaped them more like flippers than feet. Sadly, this meant that Derby couldn't run with other dogs or even get …

3D Printing

What Really Happens When You Delete Something from Your PC

If you want to sell or get rid of your computer, it's important to make sure there isn't any leftover data that someone could get to. When it comes …

Linux

10 Québecois idioms the French don’t understand

While a French person might think that this idiom has something to do with style or elegance (“<i>allure</i>“), the French Canadians are only trying to …

French Canada

Skydiver lands on a wingsuit jumper and uses him as a flying carpet

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

Russia's economic fallout may trigger default, aggression in Ukraine

Plunging ruble, falling oil prices and a decision to increase interest rates may force Russia to default on some debts<p>WASHINGTON — Russia’s suddenly …

Canada’s credibility in question as countries seek new climate-change treaty

Negotiators at the United Nations climate summit are searching for broad agreement that will lead to a new treaty requiring deeper cuts to each country's greenhouse-gas emissions after 2020, even as Canada struggles to achieve its existing commitments.<p>In an interview from Warsaw on Sunday, Ottawa's …

​Sorry, Putin. Russia’s economy is doomed

A funny thing happened on the way to Vladimir Putin running strategic laps around the West. Russia's economy imploded.<p>The latest news is that Russia's central bank raised interest rates from 10.5 to 17 percent at an emergency 1 a.m. meeting in an attempt to stop the ruble, which is down 50 percent …

Ruble Hits New Low--Putin Can't Keep His Promise To Russian People

<i>Russia’s central bank waited until the early morning hours to raise its interest rate from 10.5% to a whopping 17.5% to encourage citizens to hold rubles and foreigners to buy rubles. Rather than building confidence, markets interpreted the move as panic. By late afternoon, it took an unprecedented</i> …

This Home-Grown Fungi Will Eat Your Plastic Trash (And Then You Can Eat The Fungi)

Mushroom roots eat through your recycling and turn it into a (possibly?) safe snack.<p>Here’s one way to get rid of plastic waste: Eat it. A new tabletop farm is designed to use mushrooms to break down plastic and turn it into a safe and even tasty snack.<p>“We wanted to work with material that has not …

This could be Putin's surprise move: Former ambassador

There is a sense of panic in Russia after a massive rate hike by the country's central bank failed to stop the ruble from crumbling, a former United …

Russia