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New genetic link reveals some ovarian cancer passed down by fathers

<b>(CNN) —</b> A previously unrecognized link has been found between ovarian cancer and a gene on the X chromosome, according to a new study.<p>The finding, which reveals that a father's genes play an important role in a woman's ovarian cancer risk, could change the way doctors look for and treat one of the …

Cancer

A new mass extinction could be underway, researchers say

<b>(CNN) —</b> Sixty-five million years ago, the dinosaurs disappeared in what's known as the Earth's fifth mass extinction. Today, a sixth mass extinction could be well underway and humans are the likely culprit, according to new research published in Science Advances.<p>The past five mass extinctions on …

Extinction

Scientists Warn 'Sixth Extinction' May Be Underway

A new paper warns that a major extinction event, one that would be the sixth in our planet’s history, may be underway. The authors of the paper, …

Extinction

An '80s-era Amiga controls the heating for an entire school district

Think the Windows XP workstation you use at the office is ancient? It doesn't hold a candle next to what the Grand Rapids Public School district is using to control its climate systems. All 19 schools covered by the authority depend on a nearly 30-year-old Commodore Amiga 2000 to automate their air …

Here's Why Mobile Users Are Leaving Your App and What to Do About It (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having a mobile app is an increasingly vital part of any company’s strategy. In fact, consumers are using their phones for three hours each day, and the large majority of that time is spent using apps rather than making calls or texting, …

Apps

The full-stack employee

Nearly two years after I left Google, I’m starting to understand what’s going on in the professional sphere. The conventional seams between …

Google Hangout

Volvo Life Paint: Invisible safety spray paint for your bike that glows in the dark.

Swedish car company Volvo is helping nighttime cyclists defend themselves against cars with Life Paint, a spray-on reflective paint developed by Grey …

Volvo

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Dropcam adds $29 motion sensors (and teaches its cam to recognize cats)

Dropcam, whose Wi-Fi video security system impressed us when we previously tried it, is now adding separate motion sensors to its product range. Costing just $29 each, Dropcam Tabs are small, weather-resistant devices that can be attached to doors, windows, and valuables. They use Bluetooth LE to …

LG launches fridges, washers and cookers that chat

<b>A new LG text chat service allows fridge owners to see what food is inside as well as controlling other home appliances from the company.</b><p>The app can only be used to do this in South Korea, but LG said it planned to extend it to the US and other markets at a later date.<p>Samsung has already released …

Smart Homes

Apps featured by Apple or Google get 6 times the downloads and 9 times the revenue — or nothing

Everyone who has published an app in the iOS App Store wants Apple to feature them, because that will boost download numbers to insane levels, right?<p>Nope.<p>A new report from app analytics provider Distimo indicates that while getting the Apple spotlight can boost your downloads by up to six times …

Why Testing Everything Doesn't Work - Product Talk

Please stop throwing spaghetti at the wall.<p>It doesn’t work.<p>I know you can launch a landing page in five minutes. I know it’s easy to toss up a quick …

The Odds Of You Being Alive Are Incredibly Small

It turns out the chances of you existing are infinitely tiny. But just how small?<p>Dr. Ali Binazir illustrates the extremely unlikely chain of events that would have to occur in order for you to be born with this example in a blog post:<p><i>Imagine there was one life preserver thrown somewhere in some</i> …

Probability

Here Are 24 Countries Where Windows Phone Outsells The iPhone (And Why It Does)

Statistics may say Windows 8 is a flop but, contrary to popular opinion, Windows Phone is far from down and out in the battle for our mobile affections. In fact in many parts of the world sales are rocketing past the iPhone.<p>This month Microsoft broke these areas down country by country and …

Holiday Survey Indicates Strong Performance In The Tablet Space By Amazon, Microsoft

This morning, online advertising network Chikita released a short report detailing the changes it saw in the tablet space after Christmas compared to the period directly before. The report shows a small decline in Apple’s tablet dominance, strong momentum for Amazon, and perhaps surprisingly, …

10 Surprising Twitter Statistics To Help You Reach More Followers

“Retweet” or “RT”? To #hashtag or not? How do you get the most engagement from your Twitter followers? Let’s dive right in.<p>Since social media is changing so often, it can be really hard to keep up with stats and trends that affect how you use it. I quite often forget the facts that I’ve read, or I …

Social Media

Mobile app startups are failing like it's 1999

<b>Stop the madness</b><br>The long cycle times for developing mobile apps have led to startup failures that look more like 1999 – it’s like we’ve forgotten all …

Errol Morris Benoit Mandelbrot documentary: Watch the new short on the “father of fractals.” (Video)

Errol Morris begins his new short documentary on Benoît Mandelbrot by asking a wonderfully straightforward question: “The fractal stuff, what was the …

15 Famous Business Books Summarized In One Sentence Each

Want to read 15 famous business books in under a minute?<p>To save you some time and money, we've made it possible. We boiled down some of the most popular and influential business books out there to their central lessons.<p>For those looking to bone up on some business theory, here are the highlights.

Self-improvement

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” | Ars Technica

For Ars, three crackers have at 16,000+ hashed passcodes—with 90 percent success.<p>In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars deputy editor …

A history of the Amiga, part 8: The demo scene | Ars Technica

Where else could you have "a hand in creating things that were so damn cool?”<p>Author’s note: The Demo Scene is the final piece in a long-running Ars …

Get Lost in Paris' Metro System With This Gorgeous 3-D Station Map

Regular maps of Paris' large, incredibly intricate subway system can get overwhelming to look at very fast, but a gorgeous, interactive website makes …

BionicOpter dragonfly drone flutters about, blows minds

Festo isn't quite the household name that Boston Dynamics is. (And, really, we're not entirely sure Big Dog is a regular topic of conversation at dinner tables yet.) But, it certainly deserves just as much attention for the work they're doing with robotics. After crafting a machine last year that …