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Humans' Amazing Evolution From Hunter-Gatherer to Safeway Shopper

Through genetics, nutrients, irrigation, and pesticides, we figured out how to lift the constraints that nature placed upon us, author says.<p>Ruth DeFries, chair of the department of ecology, evolution, and environmental biology at Columbia University, in New York, and author of <i>The Big Ratchet: How</i> …

Nate Silver on Finding a Mentor, Teaching Yourself Statistics, and Not Settling in Your Career

Perhaps no one has done more for the cause of data-driven decision-making in the minds of the public than Nate Silver. His book, The Signal and the Noise, explains the power of statistical modeling to improve our predictions about everything from the weather to sports to the stock market. Data …

If Republicans Want To Shut Down Washington, They'll Have To Ask China's Permission First

In their never-say-die efforts to defeat Obamacare, Tea Party Republicans brought the federal government a giant step closer to shutdown last night. What they seem not to have considered is how America’s foreign creditors will react.<p>Although China, Japan, and other major creditor nations have no …

Meet the family who lost $100,000 when the Beanie Baby bubble burst

When Chris Robinson’s father started collecting Beanie Babies, he thought he could use the eventual profits to pay for five college tuitions. Instead, he ended up spending upwards of $100,000 (Robinson’s estimate, based on average cost for each) for a collection of 20,000 stuffed animals that still …

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U.S. Forest Service Solves Mystery Of Exploding Baseball Bats

Major League Baseball has teamed up with the U.S. Forest Service to make baseball players' favorite bats safer to use.<p>Maple is the unofficial wood of baseball. Thanks to good old Barry Bonds, who used maple bats in his 2001 marathon home-run season, players increasingly favor the lighter wood, …

Surf Air, The Air Travel Startup That’s Bridging The Tech Hubs Of L.A. And S.F.

There are a lot of factors that come into play when working to build a successful tech startup, and historically, a big one has been location — hence the continued focus on Silicon Valley as a major industry hub.<p>Now, location will probably always be important when it comes to building a tech …

Vintage 80s Apple Ads Resurfacing on YouTube

Old Apple commercials from the 1980s have been resurfacing on YouTube channel EveryAppleAds over the past few days, offering an extensive look at vintage Apple advertising that is normally overshadowed by Apple's famous Super Bowl commercial "1984".<p>The commercials, which feature both the Macintosh …

Nate Silver and ESPN to reboot FiveThirtyEight.com as a data-driven news site

Statistician Nate Silver rose to prominence by accurately forecasting the results of the 2008 presidential election as an independent blogger and the 2012 presidency as a writer at <i>The New York Times</i>. But on Friday, Silver moved over to ESPN, and sports is only part of the story. In the next couple …

When Zuckerberg Thought His Sales Guy Was 50 Cent

In April 2005, current General Catalyst Venture Partner Kevin Colleran replaced Eduardo Saverin as Facebook’s business development head and first sales guy. Colleran was Facebook employee number seven, according to The New York Times.<p>And eight years ago around this time, Facebook CEO Mark …

Instagram Is Being Used To Sell Stuff In Kuwait

Instead of being just a photo sharing service, it's also being used a storefront with people posting pictures of things they're selling.<p>Jason Kottke highlighted this excerpt from an interview with artist Fatima Al Qadiri, who grew up in Kuwait:<p>BR: Kuwait is a crazy mix: a super-affluent country, …

The next iPhone’s cool-factor: a slow-motion camera?

As the launch of the next iPhone approaches, rumor and speculation about what Apple’s latest and greatest smartphone could bring to the highly-competitive mobile marketplace is increasing. Based on the latest chatter, a reasonable snapshot of the new iPhone seems to be an “iPhone 5S” with the same …

France Battles Scourge Of Ready-To-Eat Meals In Restaurants

France's vaunted culinary culture has been taking it on the chin lately.<p>First came the news, which we told you about in April, that the majority of France's restaurants are now fast-food joints.<p>And now, another blow. In a recent survey of French restaurants, more than a third fessed up that they …

Global threat to food supply as water wells dry up, warns top environment expert

Wells are drying up and underwater tables falling so fast in the Middle East and parts of India, China and the US that food supplies are seriously …

5 Ideas to Photograph When You’re Out on the Street

1. Seek Out EmotionThis is an easy point to make—photographs are better when they show people’s emotions. However, it’s much easier said than done. …

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Brazil referee decapitated after stabbing player

<b>Football spectators in northern Brazil decapitated a referee after he fatally stabbed a player for refusing to leave the pitch, officials say.</b><p>An angry mob stormed the field during the amateur game in the state of Maranhao and stoned Otavio da Silva to death before severing his head.<p>Police said the …

35 Beaches You Should Visit In Your Lifetime

We've scoured world to find the best beaches you should put on your bucket list.<p>There's something for everyone: we found beaches where you can swim with penguins, relax under ancient Mayan ruins, bask on volcanic black sand, and more.

Pope's Reform Path: Francis Shakes Up Church Establishment

It appears Pope Francis truly wants to change the Catholic Church. He's reforming the Vatican Bank first, but he's also circumventing the old guard …

Gold Miners Are Getting Destroyed

Prices plunged right after today's bullish jobs report.<p>And gold-mining stocks are taking a huge beating.<p>Here's a quick look at what gold-mining stocks are doing.<p>Goldcorp is down 5.3%<br>• Barrick Gold is down 8.1%<br>• Newmont Mining is down 5.7%<br>• Kinross Gold is down 8.3%<br>• Randgold Resources is down 5.8%<br>• AngloGold …

The 22 Maps That Define America

Everything from the teams Americans root for, to the companies they work for, to the dangers they contend with, make America unique.<p>Here, we look at 22 maps that show us the similarities and differences between Americans.<p>It's a big country and every state is unique.<p>Let's break down some of the most …

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The Indian express: how an Amway CEO landed behind bars halfway around the world

Was he running a pyramid scheme?<p>Amway India CEO William Pinckney<p>When police in the Indian state of Kerala arrested US citizen William S. Pinckney last month, a local official attempted to explain how the CEO of Amway India ended up in handcuffs.<p>"With the call of easy money, [Amway has] been luring …

How Risky Is Discounting for New E-Commerce Brands?

Discounts have been around as long as retail has. And on the Web, the flash sales wave pushed them front and center.<p>But I was still surprised when I …

This man lost his house because his Kickstarter was too successful

Ed Carter only asked for $21,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to produce a deluxe version of “Glory to Rome,” one of several board games made by his company, Cambridge Games Factory. But there were far more board game enthusiasts willing to put money into his project than Carter expected. At …

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Google unveils its Project Loon Wi-Fi balloons - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/gallery/2013/jun/16/google-project-loon-wi-fi-balloons-pictures<p>720<p>Google is releasing 30 hi-tech balloons in a …

How Much Is A Tweet Really Worth?

So, you’ve decided to set up a Twitter account for your brand. How much return can you expect on that first tweet of the day? The answer: about $25.62.<p>That’s the conclusion that SumAll, a data visualization and analytics company, reached after a review of over 900 of its customer’s social media …

Number of planes to double in next two decades, Boeing forecasts

The number of commercial aircraft in the world will double in the next two decades, with the Asia-Pacific region becoming the focal point of global …

Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.<p>Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds …

Rolls Royce working with Japanese airline to fix latest Dreamliner problem

Rolls-Royce said it was working with Japan's All Nippon Airways after the airline was forced to cancel a Dreamliner flight following an engine problem.<p>ANA decided to stop a flight from Ube in west Japan to Tokyo after the right engine of the Boeing 787 failed to start. ANA's Dreamliners are powered …