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Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …

What to Cook in Your Pressure Cooker

<i>There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.</i><p><i>Today: This year we're resolving to put all of our cookware to good use. We're starting</i> …

How Netflix Braces For the House of Cards Binge

Marketplace's Queena Kim was in Netflix's war room at the moment season 2 of House of Cards went live, getting a peek at how Netflix pulls off …

After Her: Why our love of technology will remain unrequited

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Many of us have become incredibly attached to our gadgets, rarely straying far from our phones. Human-gadget interaction is …

Be one with Flappy Bird: The science of 'flow' in game design

A core reason why recent hits like Flappy Bird and Threes found success -- and are massively addictive -- lies in the way they put us in a unique zen-like state known as flow.<p>There's nothing the same between Minecraft and Flappy Bird, The Sims and WoW [World of Warcraft]. These are fundamentally …

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Mars 'Jelly Doughnut' Mystery Solved: It's Just A Rock, NASA Says

It appeared out of the red, like something dropped by a Martian Homer Simpson. But now NASA has an explanation for the "jelly doughnut" object photographed by the Opportunity rover in December.<p>First, here's what it isn't: It is not a fungus-like Martian organism, nor is it ejecta shot into the air …

Pa. woman admits killing man she met on Craigslist, claims she killed others

A Pennsylvania woman has admitted to killing a man she met through a Craigslist advertisement and claimed to have killed more than 20 other people across the country.<p>Miranda Barbour, 19, claims in an interview with the Daily Item of Sunbury, Pa., to have killed at least 22 other people in Alaska, …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

West Coast apocalypse: How “earthquake storms” could devastate California

A major earthquake wouldn’t just be disastrous in its own right — it could trigger an even deadlier chain reaction<p><i>"When you get a lot of earthquakes, you get a lot of earthquakes." — Charles Richter</i><p>It is often hard to see the obvious, unless you are someone who brings a new perspective to a …