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Are You The 'Family Bank'?

ALMOST EVERY FAMILY HAS ONE: the person family members call on when money is tight and they need a helping hand. The more financially responsible you are, the more likely you are to be considered "the family bank," according to a recent study conducted by Merrill Lynch in partnership with Age Wave. …

7 Explorers Name The Most Beautiful Place They've Ever Seen

Looking for travel inspiration? We've been asking fascinating people -- Pulitzer Prize-winners, world champion athletes, entrepreneurs, artists, and more -- to share the greatest travel journeys of their lives.<p><b>New Guinea</b><p>Scientist and author Jared Diamond, who won the Pulitzer Prize for "Guns, …

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

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The Ultimate List of Online Resources for Being a Better Photographer

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of resources that photographers generally use and how they use them. This is a bit of a “living …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

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The World's Smallest Drone Is Like A Tiny Unswattable Bug

The pesky insect of the future<p>Harvard researchers have developed Robo-fly, the smallest flying robot out there: it's tinier than a quarter and weighs about one-tenth of a paperclip. Using electric muscles, the little guy can beat its wings 120 times per second. When a voltage is applied, Robo-fly's …

Los Alamos Lab Has Had A Secret Quantum Internet For Two Years

Quantum networking could enable the most secure communication possible.<p>The central principle of quantum mechanics--that the act of measuring a quantum object actually changes it--has some pretty amazing potential in the world of cryptography. And Los Alamos National Laboratory just revealed that it …

Science Confirms The Obvious: Fast Food Is Pretty Bad For You

Over the past 14 years, fast food has gone from "awful, health-wise" to "awful, health-wise."<p>A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine takes a look at a host of popular American fast-food establishments to see if they've improved, nutritionally, in the past decade and a half. They …

New Software Teaches Photocopiers How To Grade Papers

The software should be ready for schools by the 2013-2014 school year.<p>Talk about an upgrade. Xerox plans to introduce software this year that would transform certain combination printer-copier-scanners into automated grading machines, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.<p>Teachers would be able to …

The LHC Might Have Created The Smallest Drop Of Liquid Ever

A tiny drop could have big implications for our understanding of particle collisions.<p>Over the past few months, the Large Hadron Collider has been ramming protons and lead ions together in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS), one of its particle detectors. After each collision, some of the newly …

Which Animal Has The Most Extreme Sense of Hearing?

You might be surprised at the answer! Or you might not. I don't know your depth of knowledge of animal sensory organs.<p>Our old friend, the bat, is the king of extreme hearing in the mammalian world. It uses echolocation, emitting ultrasonic sounds and measuring the length of time before the sounds …

10 Companies That Seem Willing To Violate The Law To Sell Your Data

In a sting operation, the companies appeared willing to sell data in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.<p>A "sting operation" (I'm not sure it took that much stealth, but hey) has uncovered 10 U.S. companies that may be willing to sell people's data in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting …

How Bats Recognize Friends In The Dark

The ability to recognize individuals by sound helps bats stay connected in the dark. Scroll down for an audio sample.<p>Bats are social animals, developing friendships and raising their young village-style. They also need to communicate like fighter pilots--quickly, specifically and in brief form--so …

FBI To Internet Providers: Spy For Us Or Face A $25,000 Fine

Existing wiretap law is almost 20 years old and doesn't capture the nuances of modern internet use. Here's how the FBI plans to get around it.<p>A new FBI proposal would compel internet communications companies to hand over information--or pay a fine.<p>Existing wiretap law is almost 20 years old and …

2013 Invention Awards: Family Flier

A homebuilt airplane designed with maximum efficiency in mind.<p>John McGinnis thinks ordinary families would rather skip the airport and fly themselves. So he is trying to reinvent the personal airplane with the help of his father, son, and a rotating crew of about two dozen volunteers. Unlike small …

Time-Lapse GIFs Show Earth Transforming Over 25 Years

Satellite images from every year since 1984 show the march of human progress—and the retreat of nature.<p>Starting in the 1980s, Alaska's Columbia Glacier began retreating, shrinking from 41 miles long (its originally documented length in 1794) to 36 miles long in 1995. This is what that change …

FYI: Why Are There No Native Monkeys In North America?

If only they had developed monkey boats. Tiny little monkey boats! Oh man I wish they had monkey boats.<p>The infamous "Mystery Monkey of Tampa," an escaped rhesus macaque, was captured back in October. The rhesus macaque is not a rare monkey; it's adapted to human society better than most, can …

This Sound Camera Could Help You Fix Your Car

Meaning it can see where exactly where that weird noise in your car engine is coming from.<p>You're driving around, when you hear a weird rattling noise coming out of your car. Even if you know your way around an engine, you don't know exactly where the problem is coming from, which makes it tough to …

2013 Invention Awards: Smart Ball

A wireless data-gathering grenade to toss into danger.<p>After an earthquake devastated Haiti in 2010, search-and-rescue teams descended upon Port-au-Prince to look for survivors. Francisco Aguilar, a graduate student in public policy at the time, was shocked to read stories about crews relying on …

What Cannibals Could Teach Us About Evolution

Three recent studies provide a glimpse into nature's most gruesome diet--and what it reveals about evolution.<p>In the past few decades, scientists studying the eating habits of Earth's creatures have noticed something strange: the babies of several species, from tiger sand sharks to fruit flies, are …

FYI: Why Do Old People Get So Hairy?

Scientists explain what causes hair to grow everywhere but the head as we age.<p>You've seen it at the local pool, at the beach, or even on your own grandpa. Old grizzled men with enough back hair to knit an afghan. Rampant tufts of hair springing out of dark nasal and ear cavities and eyebrows that …

Rescuing South Africa’s Endangered Cape Parrot…

Changing Planet<p>As with most wild parrots, the story of the Cape parrot of South Africa, is a tale of people and parrot over many generations… We have been fascinated by parrots, their colors, characters and voices. for thousands of years. A longtime ago in prehistory the ancestors of today’s Cape …