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by Phillip Coorey, Lisa Murray and James Eyers
The federal government is planning a tax on bank deposits at the May budget in a move that will raise …Budgeting
Sounds crazy, but hear us out in our latest episode of Ask Us Anything
Admit it: You've looked up at the sky and pondered the immense power of stuff in space. Those tiny twinkling stars are actually burning masses of nuclear fusion. Those shooting stars are potentially city-destroying meteorites. …Astronomy
The Arab League will discuss a unified force to intervene against Islamic State. But that alone would not be enough to contain the spread of the …Religion
Watching advancements in 3D printing technology can seem like watching science fiction—impressive, but ultimately out of reach and arguably bearing little relevance in daily life.
But with the announcement of a breakthrough technology that accelerates 3D printing speeds by a factor of up to 100, you …Fab Lab
Thousands of Uber users account credentials could have been compromised, and are up for sale from unscrupulous sellers. At least two separate vendors on dark web marketplace AlphaBay are hawking active Uber accounts, Motherboard reports. Once purchased, these accounts let buyers order up rides using …New York
The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a passenger plane in the French Alps told his girlfriend he was in psychiatric treatment, and that he was planning to do something that everyone would remember.
The German mewspaper Bild published an interview on Saturday with a woman who said she had …Airlines
NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has, to date, enabled astronomers to discover over 1,000 planets outside of our solar system. But there’s a funny thing about the solar systems astronomers discovered – they don’t look much like ours at all. Most of them have larger, “super-Earths” – planets smaller than …Solar System
In the past, the usual “oil crisis” was caused by self-serving news items of an oil shortage, causing soaring prices. Just 2-3 years ago, the fear mongers said that the world had “seen peak oil,” meaning that oil production would be on a long term decline and there would be big shortages. Instead, …Economics
Icelanders tend to brag about their hardiness when it comes to cold weather and beating wind. They usually trace it to Viking ancestors, who fought through heavy storms just to get to this isolated island.
While we are hardy—Icelanders live to an average age of 82, more than 10 years longer than the …Iceland
The new owner of Tim Hortons Inc. (QSR.TO) has an aggressive plan to expand the coffee chain beyond Canada by borrowing from the playbook of sister …Food
As Manuel Rappard told me about his new Kickstarter project The Quarter Century Pant (khaki, forest green, stone grey, navy, oak and charcoal, $85) I …Home Cinema
It seems Google hasn’t given up hope of getting involved in the game-streaming scene, with a report Tuesday suggesting it’s gearing up to relaunch …YouTube
Long before Apple was the most valuable company in history, it was a startup led by a "reckless upstart" named Steve Jobs.
Today, Jobs is a legend.
But as journalists Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli show in their new biography "Becoming Steve Jobs," the founder started out as a hyper-energetic, …Steve Jobs
It looks like that cheap cassette adaptor I bought for my first iPhone and that universal remote for all my TV gadgets at RadioShack in the last ten years may come back to haunt me.
If you’re like me and you’ve shopped at RadioShack within the last several years, your personal information may be …RadioShack
Brazilian private equity firm 3G Capital Partners is reportedly in “advanced talks” to buy Kraft Foods Group in a deal that could be worth $40 billion. A takeover by 3G, which bought ketchup maker HJ Heinz in 2014, would put a dizzying array of America’s classic, and somewhat outdated, food brands …Private Equity
Read enough about space exploration and you detect a common theme: the universe contains all sorts of wonders, but we don't have enough money to …Space
Through a public records request, Ars Technica's Cyrus Farivar has obtained the Oakland police department's entire license plate reader database, just under 4.7 million scans taken over more than three years. The database is available to police without a warrant, and thus was accessible through …Databases
The freshest eggs have the best flavor and will last longer. Here's an insider tip on picking the freshest carton of eggs at the grocery store: look …Carton
In this busy, self-involved world, a simple “thank you” has the ability to stop us dead in our tracks. Whether we’ve helped a co-worker with a project or simply held the door for a stranger, being thanked for a good deed makes us stand up with attention. Why? Because we perceive that simple acts of …Happiness
Last summer, reddit user MisterBrick found a collection of photos from WWII of his hometown of Dijon, France. As a photo project, he decided to …France
Archaeologists say they've discovered what they believe to be a Nazi hideout in the middle of an Argentinian jungle.
Six researchers from the …Argentina
In a week centered around wheat and its wonders, we thought it would be good/helpful/responsible to get a ground-level definition of gluten, the hero …Gluten
You need $20,000, plenty of time – and an iron nerve. But but is ripping up a Tesla car and adapting its battery the future of cheap, sustainable …Batteries
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — If a glue could not stick to the inside of the tube or bottle, you might think, This does not seem like a very good glue.
On the other hand, clinging glue has annoyed generations of parents and children attempting to scoop out the remaining bits with their fingers.
LiquiGlide, a …Varanasi
Twitch, the immensely popular livestreaming service for gamers that was acquired last year by Amazon in a nearly $1 billion deal, confirmed today that it has suffered a security breach that may have resulted in unauthorized access to a number of user accounts. The company is now forcing all of its …Data Breach
ChinaChem has agreed to buy a stake in Italian tire maker Pirelli and launch a joint bid for the remainder in a $7.7 billion deal that will put 140 years of Italian tradition and research and development at the service of the huge Chinese market and could change the global competitive …Asia