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How much consciousness does an octopus have?

What about an iPhone? And how much consciousness can we meaningfully ascribe to someone in a coma?<p>Animals ranging from parrots to elephants continue …

Smart oven uses image recognition to cook the perfect meal every time

Professional chefs can train for years to learn exactly how to perfectly roast a chicken or bake the perfect strawberry pie. But there may be a new …

Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

Machines can do some surprising things. But what you really want to know is this: Will your job be around in the future?<p>We have the "definitive" guide.<p>What job is hardest for a robot to do? Mental health and substance abuse social workers (found under community and social services). This job has a …

Employment

We Owe Martha Stewart an Apology

After five of the world’s biggest banks pleaded guilty to criminal charges—and no one will face jail time for those crimes—it’s time to admit Stewart …

4 unfair reasons why you aren't getting called back for that job interview

Getting called in for an interview is way more complicated than it should be. You can do everything right and still end up with nothing. Or you can …

3 cover letter tips for people who haven't written one in forever

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote an article called "3 Editing Secrets That Will Make Your Cover Letter Even Better." To which a dear (and succinct and …

ISIS Wins No Matter What Happens Next

The latest planned attack on the terror army could be playing right into their hands.<p>The Obama administration is being slammed from all sides for its …

Middle East

Jon Stewart Grills Judith Miller on Iraq, She Blames the Clintons

The Daily Show faced off against the disgraced New York Times journalist who rang the bell for the Iraq War on his program. Things got heated.<p>The …

Al-Qaeda

Virginia Woolf on Why the Best Mind Is the Androgynous Mind

“In each of us two powers preside, one male, one female… The androgynous mind is resonant and porous… naturally creative, incandescent and undivided.”<p>In addition to being one of the greatest writers and most expansive minds humanity ever produced, <b>Virginia Woolf</b> (January 25, 1882–March 28, 1941) was …

Literature

The most racist places in America, according to Google

Where do America's most racist people live? "The rural Northeast and South," suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.<p>The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes …

Social Sciences

How Long Should I Keep Waiting After A Job Interview?

Dear Liz,<p>I’m pretty happy with my job search so far except that I don’t have a job yet. But I’ve been looking for three months and I’ve had six interviews, which is better than a lot of people I know. I got laid off in January.<p>I jumped right into my job search and I made a Target Employer List.<p>I’ve …

Employment

Tesla's home batteries could be leased similarly to SolarCity scheme

Tesla is widely expected to introduce a pair of new battery technologies later this week: a battery for the home and a "very large scale utility battery." A new report from <i>The Guardian</i> suggests that the home battery could be leased to customers on similar terms to an existing, experimental scheme …

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Biology

The Five Essential Bags Every Serious Traveler Needs

If you're gonna jetset around the world multiple times a year every year, you're going to need some serious gear. This hobby practically requires a bag fetish.<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i> Map Happy.<p>There's no right or wrong bag, but certain types of bags definitely prove useful, over and over. …

Woman strip-searched after Frontier Airlines flight settles lawsuit

A woman of Arab and Jewish descent who was strip-searched at a Detroit-area airport has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed on her behalf, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.<p>The federal government will give Shoshana Hebshi $40,000 as compensation for being humiliated on the 10th …

When Cops Check Facebook

America’s police are using social media to fight crime, a practice that raises troubling questions.<p>In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook. The day of the arrest was like gathering the lowest-hanging …

Social Media

Wealthier children have bigger brains, study finds

Brain scans offer new dimension to the so-called “achievement gap”<p>Richer pupils achieve higher academic grades because their brains are different, according to research.<p>Past research has shown pupils from low-income backgrounds fared worse than those from wealthier families.<p>Brain scans have now …

The Brain

Like Google Glass for cars: I tried Mini’s Augmented Vision concept

While Google Glass may have fallen flat, companies big and small are still chasing the dream of seamless augmented reality — information delivered to your field of vision without distraction (and without making you look ridiculous). What I <i>didn't</i> expect was for automaker Mini, best known for its …

Why This Button Is the Most Fascinating Thing on the Web Right Now

One of the things that made <i>LOST</i> so enthralling was that you, the viewer, could ask yourself what you might do if you found yourself in the show’s …

Why I Don’t Watch ‘Orange is the New Black’ or Any Shows With Black People in Prison

A television show featuring black people in prison? No thanks. Allison Samuels on why she won’t watch ‘Orange Is the New Black.’<p>I’ve never watched</i> …

How Chicago Is Finally Coming To Grips With Its Dark History Of Police Torture

More than 30 years after he was brutally tortured by Chicago detectives, Darrell Cannon may finally see what he calls a “measure of justice.”<p>In …

Criminal Justice

New Research Shows Poorly Understood “Leaky Gut Syndrome” Is Real, May Be the Cause of Several Diseases

For decades, “leaky gut syndrome” was passed off as quackery. But new research shows it is indeed real, and may be the cause of asthma, irritable …

The salt-resistant UAE plants that could benefit your health

When the mercury climbs, many residents like to put on a sun hat, hide in the shade of a palm tree or enjoy the cool of an air-conditioned …

United Arab Emirates

California delta's water mysteriously missing amid severe drought

As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.<p>A state investigation was launched following complaints from …

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