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Apple is reportedly close to buying Beats for $3.2 billion

The days of Apple limiting itself to (relatively) small acquisitions may soon be over. The <i>Financial Times</i> hears from sources that the folks at 1 Infinite Loop are close to buying Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion. It's not clear exactly why the company would splurge on such a deal, although there …

An Incredibly Ambitious Time Capsule Was Sealed 75 Years Ago Today — Here’s What’s Inside

Called "Dawn of a New Day," the 1939 Fair adopted a future-focused theme, which would become standard in subsequent World's Fairs.<p>Electric giant Westinghouse took the theme to heart. The company created one of the most ambitious time capsules ever: a 7 1/2-foot tube, filled with items from the …

If We’re Sharing Everything Else, Why Not Our Coffee Cups?

A simple fix for cutting down on New York’s enormous waste stream of to-go coffee cups involves returning your cup when you’re done.<p>Every day, New Yorkers stop by their local coffee shops and ask for a cup to go. The next day, same thing. And the next and the next.<p>There’s only one problem with this …

Hunger and desperation as Afghan mudslide survivors wait for food

Lailema's soft wailing filters through the canvas of her tent, a 12-year-old's hopeless lament for her mother and a life that is gone forever. Her three younger siblings play on the dusty floor as her grandmother cries silently nearby and her uncle wonders how to feed his new dependents.<p>None of …

Exclusive: Specter of SARS weighs on CDC as MERS virus lands in U.S | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - When the SARS outbreak arrived in Toronto on February 23, 2003, carried by a woman traveling from Hong Kong, the disease quickly spread to hospital workers and patients in area hospitals, ultimately infecting 257 individuals and killing 33 people.<p>It’s a memory that hangs fresh …