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Palcohol -- powdered alcohol -- is now legal in the U.S.

Palcohol, a new powdered alcohol product that allows consumers to mix alcohol powder with liquid to create a cocktail, has been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Lipsmark, the company that makes Palcohol, recently announced the news on its website.<p>"Imagine a regular …

The language apocalypse is coming, and many tongues are already all but dead

Language is something many of us take for granted. We use it every day, and we can almost always find people who share the same languages as us. But that's not true of everyone.<p>In some parts of the world, there are only a few dozen people who still speak a language — or even only one …

You Are Built to Be Kind

Let’s take a few minutes this dreary winter Wednesday to remind ourselves that people aren’t always the worst. In a neat little animated video …

In Ferguson, there are no malls left to boycott

On Nov. 28, protesters across America boycotted Black Friday retailers to draw attention to police brutality in wake of the death of Michael Brown and the failure to indict the policeman who shot him. Noting that black Americans contribute over a trillion dollars to the US economy yet routinely …

Is tech transforming language?

Many think texts and tweets are crimes against proper grammar, but linguist Ben Zimmer argues that this misses the point.<p>Texting and social media are often bemoaned as the downfall of the written word – the low standards of grammar and spelling, say many critics, are evidence that English is going …

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How Apple Pay stacks up against the retailers’ competing payment system

<i>It’s</i><i>still too early to tell if Apple Pay will square the circle and emerge as a payment system that’s more secure, more convenient, and is widely accepted. MCX, a competing solution that faces more challenges than Apple Pay, helps shed light on the problem.</i><p>Apple Pay was announced on September 9 …

Snapcash gives us a glimpse at the future of mobile payments

Today Snapchat unveiled a partnership with payment processor Square to launch payments <i>inside</i> the Snapchat app.<p>The feature, dubbed Snapcash, allows users to send money to friends on the network by simply typing the amount and hitting send. With Snapcash, we’re finally starting to get a glimpse of a …

This indoor farm in Japan used to be a floppy disk factory

TOKYO—Toshiba, the Japanese technology conglomerate with a lineage dating back to the 19th century, is looking for growth in a whole new way. In a sterilized clean room about 35 miles outside of Tokyo, where Toshiba used to make floppy disks in the 1980s and 90s, the company is now starting to grow …

Babies learn to anticipate touch in the womb, new study reveals

You're no doubt familiar with the image of a baby sucking his thumb, but unborn babies in the later stages of development do it too. In fact, new research reveals that fetuses actually open their mouths in anticipation of a good thumb suck, which may point to better ways of tracking fetal …

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats - in pictures

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gallery/2013/may/06/hungry-planet-what-world-eats<p>720<p>Californian photographer Peter Menzel visited 24 …

Animals Morphed Together to Create Hilarious New Species

What if different species could mate? Redditor gyyp imagines just what that would look like and shares his Photoshopped creations for the world to look on in disbelief and wonder. The photo manipulator's <i>Weird Animals</i> collection pairs ducks with elephants, pugs with gorillas, guinea pigs with …

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal

2013-04-15<p>Posted April 15, 2013 at 12:00 am<p>2013-04-14<p>Posted April 14, 2013 at 12:00 am<p>2013-04-13<p>Posted April 13, 2013 at 12:00 am<p>Have I mentioned …

Hermit caught after 27 years in Maine woods

A man who lived as a hermit for decades in a makeshift camp in the woods and may be responsible for more than 1,000 burglaries for food and other …

SkyArt, Fun Doodles Drawn Into Photographs of the Sky

French artist Thomas Lamadieu takes photographs and then fills in the open space of the sky with amusing drawings in a series called “SkyArt.” More …

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Nanocellulose produced from humble algae holds promise for manufacturing, medicine, and the environment<p>It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.<p>Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially …

How The iPad Mini Became A Stealth Success

When the iPad Mini was released in November of last year, there were few opening-bell lines at Apple stores, few foaming-at-the-mouth fanboys crossing out the days on their calendars, and few folks who viewed the device as much more than Apple getting in the seven-inch tablet game because, well, …

'OK'

By <b>John Gruber</b><p>UpHabit. A personal CRM made just for you. Sign up for the iOS beta starting August 21.<p>‘OK’<p>David Gelphman, on an email he got from Steve …

Just posted: Sony Alpha NEX-6 Review

We've just posted our review of Sony's NEX-6 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The NEX-6 brings a much-requested mode dial and ISO standard hot …

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How to Infuse Vodka with Marshmallow Peeps

Nicole of <i>Baking Bites</i> has put together a sweet tutorial on how to make marshmallow Peeps-infused vodka. It involves using a big jar to drown about 30 …

RasPiComm extension board adds new features to the cheap Raspberry Pi

If you’re the sort of geek who likes to tinker with all sorts of electronics products and projects, you may be familiar with the Raspberry Pi …

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