Christopher Zachary

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Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

Diet Soda Sales Decreasing Amid Research On Potential Health Effects

Sales of diet soda have declined nearly 7 percent in the past year, according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>The Journal, which first reported the drop in sales, also reported that sales of regular soda have dropped 2.2 percent over the same time period. The finding comes from a Wells Fargo analysis of …

Space station’s coolant system crippled, but crew stays safe

A problem with one of the International Space Station's cooling systems may require a repair spacewalk, NASA told NBC News on Wednesday.<p>The situation doesn't represent a life-threatening emergency, but it has required a cutback in normal operations on the orbiting outpost, NASA spokesman Josh …

Bubonic plague killed 20 villagers in Madagascar, health experts confirm

Once feared as the Black Death – the rodent-borne disease that wiped out a third of the world's population in the Middle Ages – bubonic plague has killed 20 villagers in Madagascar in one of the worst outbreaks globally in recent years, health experts have confirmed.<p>The confirmation that bubonic …

A gorgeous, colorful look at the cellphone signals we never see

Invisible signals are all around us, and now we can finally see what we've been missing. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us.<p>At first glance, the visualizations look like tiny mountains illuminated …

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Norway urges couples to go on date nights to avoid divorce

The Norwegian government is stepping in in an attempt to reduce the nation's 40 per cent divorce rate<p>The government in Oslo has issued a plea to Norway's married citizens: go on more date nights.<p>The move comes amid rising divorce rates, which currently sit at 40 per cent, with those aged 40 to 44 …

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Understanding Obamacare

What the Fight's Really About<p>The story of two Georgia Republicans captures the essence of the fight over the law. One wants to wipe Obamacare off the books. The other says he needs it to stay alive.<p>The Big Change: Covering Pre-Existing Conditions<p>The major new benefit for consumers, as the law …

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A Social Entrepreneur's Inspiration For Solar-Powered Lighting

Solar-powered light bulbs for the poor: A growing number of social enterprises are selling such technology to bottom of the pyramid households in Africa, India and other countries. One of the first to do so, Denver-based Nokero (for No Kerosene) just introduced its next generation of products, as …

Magnificent Shots of Lightning Zapping the Grand Canyon

Photographer Rolf Maeder was able to capture some magnificent multiple lightning strikes zapping the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies, …

Revealed: NSA close involvement in drone killings

Leaked documents reveal the spy agency has been working closely with the CIA’s drone program<p>The latest NSA revelation based on leaks from whistle-blower Edward Snowden shows that the spy agency has been closely involved in the CIA's drone killings.<p>"In the search for targets, the NSA has draped a …

Kate Winslet's Vogue cover is ageless. But not in a good way

Kate Winslet is on the cover of this month's Vogue and the photo is unbelievable.<p>I mean, literally unbelievable. The 38-year-old, who does OK without Mario Testino's help, looks in this portrait like a CGI version of herself. Her hair is detachable plastic; her eyes are like marbles. Her …

China’s newest whistleblowing activists are the angry mistresses of corrupt officials

Hell hath no fury: 15% of whistleblowers who reported cases of Chinese government corruption via the internet over the past year were the unhappy mistresses of party officials.<p>That figure, from an analysis (link in Chinese) by the Legal Daily, a publication run by China’s Ministry of Justice, comes …

Spectacular Landscapes Captured by the European Space Agency

Appreciating beauty sometimes is all about a matter of perspective. This fact could not be truer when it comes to appreciating the beauty of Earth’s …

Six Stories of Obamacare Already Making a Difference

Obamacare is a disaster! It's the worst thing to happen to the country since slavery! It will rape the future of our young people! It will cause …

5 million babies born through IVF in past 35 years, researchers say

When the world’s first test-tube baby made her debut 35 years ago, the event seized headlines. Since then, in-vitro fertilization, or IVF, has become so common that researchers now estimate that some 5 million babies have followed Louise Brown’s much-heralded delivery.<p>What’s more, half of those …

Foreign Airline Perks Have Convinced Us Never, Ever To Fly Domestic Again

It shouldn't surprise you that American airlines fail to top "World's Best Airline" lists. All airlines have their issues, but U.S. air carriers seem to be the worst.<p>When the Skytrax World Airline Awards were released earlier this year, foreign airlines received all the accolades -- while American …

The End Of The Library

A simple link. That’s all it took to unleash a hailstorm of angry emails, messages, tweets, and comments. Why? I dared wonder if libraries will continue to exist in the future.<p>I mean, it’s not that crazy a notion, right? (If you’re a librarian, you’re not allowed to answer that.)<p>Last Monday, I …

America’s highest earners work at least 60 hours a week—more than anyone else in the world

<i>This item has been corrected.</i><p>Do Americans—and many Europeans working in American-dominated fields such as investment bank, consulting and ventures—work too hard?<p>Economic data show that in 1950, Americans worked around 1,900 hours per year. That’s now down to 1,700. But the French, who used to work …

India's abandoned widows struggle to survive

<b>The Hindu temple town of Vrindavan, a few hours south-east of Delhi, is known by another name locally: it's called the city of widows.</b><p>While most come here to find religion, many come because they have nowhere else to go. Others are just dumped here by families who no longer want to pay for their …

Like The Evolution Of Apple's iPod And iPhone, Nest Is Building One Product At A Time

Today Nest officially unveiled the follow up to its popular learning thermostat with a smoke and carbon monoxide detector called the “Nest Protect.”<p>Getting a look at it in person, co-founder and VP of engineering Matt Rogers showed me why this smoke alarm is a little more exciting than what …

The planet’s most spellbinding sights

Most everyday experiences are lessons in the inevitable pull of the future: books are replaced with e-books, laptops are replaced with tablet computers, billions of dollars are replaced with trillions of dollars, fresh is replaced with cling-wrapped. When travelling, however, you may find fragile …