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A non-gamer's guide to next-gen consoles

With Sony and Microsoft releasing their respective next-generation consoles this month, video game enthusiasts may already have a clear idea of which console they favor, if they want to upgrade at all. But if you aren't inclined to turn to the hardware for gaming purposes and haven't been playing …

Eight Surprising Election Day Ballots Today

It is an Election Day with no presidential race, no interactive maps to refresh to see if one state or another went red or blue, no balance of the …

Google ready to charge into smartwatch fray, Journal says

Google has a smartwatch and it could go into mass production within months, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>The Internet search giant is in talks with Asian manufacturers on the production of a potential smartwatch that would run Android and Google Now, the company's voice-assistant feature …

Google Glass

Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies.<p>This …

Ara is a Motorola Project to Make Phones as Customizable as Android

If you thought Motorola and its Moto X Maker helped you customize a unique smartphone, then prepare for even more. The Google-owned company has just announced Ara, a hardware platform that is entirely open to customization — essentially letting tinkerers develop their own smartphones.<p>“We want to do …

Google Glass to get upgrade, will fit prescription glasses

<b>Existing Google Glass Explorers will be able to trade in their Google Glass for an updated model that can fit prescription glasses and shades.</b><p>Google …

Samsung Gears Up For The Galaxy S5, But Does It Get Lifestyle Computing?

The rumors are flying thick and fast around the Samsung Galaxy S5, with a possible launch date in January now mooted, which would mean accelerating Samsung’s already warp-speed innovation and underline its paranoia about being left behind by Apple.<p>Will the S5 have fingerprint security? Probably …

HIV cure dealt a setback

The search-and-destroy mission against the HIV virus just got much more complicated.<p>New research suggests that HIV's genetic program is far more abundant in certain dormant T-cells of infected patients and is potentially more capable of unleashing its deadly instructions than previously thought.<p>The …

Genetic Engineering

Scientists Can Tell Your Ethnicity From The Germs In Your Mouth

The type of oral bacteria a person carries is determined more by genetics than lifestyle, one study suggests.<p>Every human mouth is unique. In each, a diverse microbial community thrives, in the spit, the plaque, and under the gums. The bacterial cocktail is a little different for everyone. It seems …

The End Of Antibiotics

Perhaps we should start paying attention again to the scientists and their science-y science stuff.<p>"We're in the post-antibiotic era," he continued. "There are patients for whom we have no therapy, and we are literally in a position of having a patient in a bed who has an infection, something that …

Health Care

Faces are sculpted by 'junk DNA'

Researchers have started to figure out how DNA fine-tunes faces. In experiments on mice, they have identified thousands of regions in the genome that act like dimmer switches for the many genes that code for facial features, such as the shape of the skull or size of the nose.<p>Specific mutations in …

Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev named as triple homicide suspect

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, shot dead in police gun battle following Boston Marathon bombing, named by prosecutors as participant in 2011 triple murder<p>The dead Boston Marathon bombing suspect was named as a participant in an earlier triple homicide by a man who was subsequently shot dead while being …

Justice

Hearst Magazines

Connecticut Wants FDA to Regulate E-Cigarettes

Sales of addictive e-cigarettes come in fruit and candy flavors like bubble gum and gummy bear.<p><i>By Patch Editor</i> <i>Michael Dinan</i><p>Connecticut Attorney …

How E-Cigarettes Lead To Heroin

WNBC, the network-owned TV station in New York City, discovers that nicotine is not the only drug delivered by e-cigarettes:<p>More and more, people are smoking marijuana out of e-cigarettes and vapor pens—right out in the open with little or no fear of getting caught, users and experts say….Experts …

'Vapers' Plea: Don't Outlaw E-Cigarettes in Evanston

Many people spoke up against a proposed city ban on smoking e-cigarettes in places where you can't smoke tobacco.<p>If his father had switched from …

Scientists Have Found A Way To Make Marijuana Un-Fun

An anti-dopamine drug could block the addictive rush associated with THC.<p>Researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found a way to block the dopamine rush associated with THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in order to …

Get Rid Of Pills: Happiness Could Trigger A Dose Of Meds

An implant releases medication in response to dopamine.<p>Taking a medication every day, or multiple times a day, is way too much work. You're bound to forget every once in a while. So what if you could program a cell to release the medication for you? In a study published this week, a group of …

BMJ to ban research funded by the tobacco industry

Last week, the BMJ announced that it was finally implementing a practice that it had been discussing since the mid 1990s. Research partly or fully funded by the tobacco industry will no longer be published in BMJ, BMJ Open, Thorax and Heart.<p>This brings the journal in line with its own Tobacco …

An Interactive Map Of The Brain

Time to play "name that cortex."<p>Can you point out the small squiggle of gray matter that makes up the brain's motor cortex? Or how about the eye fields, which control visual attention and eye movements? No? Take a look at this handy interactive infographic created by Open Colleges, an Australian …

Netflix may be about to fall victim to the binge-watching revolution it started

Netflix has been coy about how “binge-watching” is affecting its business, but it may drop a big hint in its earnings report later today. And if it does, investors could get hit pretty hard.<p>The issue is how Netflix accounts for the cost of its original programming—shows available only on Netflix …

Online Dating Is On The Rise (But There Are Still Haters)

Ask Michael Hofmann how he met his girlfriend, Addi, and he'll tell you, with a laugh, "www.Match.com."<p>He signed up for the online dating site shortly after moving to D.C., last year. He was finding it hard to make connections at bars, he says, and didn't have time to search for more meaningful …

HTC reportedly building an Android smartwatch that will be more than 'just a gimmick'

<i>Bloomberg's</i> gotten word from the perennial "people familiar with the matter" that HTC is building an Android-based smartwatch that's set for release in the latter half of 2014. While other features and a price have yet to be set in stone, the outlet's source says the timepiece will sport a camera. …

Officials vow more arrests in Florida inmate escape case

Two convicted killers who escaped from a Florida prison with the help of falsified documents appeared in court Sunday as officials vowed to arrest whoever helped them flee.<p>Joseph Jenkins and Charles Walker, both 34, were to be interrogated as investigators sought to figure out who helped them walk …

In New York, late nights are fueled by party drug Molly

NEW YORK — After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.<p>There was no music or dancing at this after-party, though. Instead, a host distributed …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Bitcoin price surges to post-crash high

Bitcoin, the cryptographic peer-to-peer digital currency, has reached a new price high since the market crash in April this year.<p>Over the two weeks to 21 October, the value of one bitcoin rose by almost $60, and on Tuesday hit a high of $197.40 at the largest exchange, Mt Gox. An estimate of the …

Is The South Bringing The United States Down?

<i>Answer by Ian McCullough, Armchair Political Analyst, on Quora,</i><p>There are huge changes going on in the South – and that’s part of the reason that Conservatives from that region have become so incredibly strident in their efforts to conserve the way things were.<p>U.S. Census Briefs – Population …

Top US credit bureau reportedly sold social security numbers to Vietnamese scammer

One of the top US credit bureaus was scammed into selling social security numbers to a Vietnamese hacker for months, according to a report from <i>Krebs on Security</i>. Experian — one of the three national US credit bureaus — reportedly sold SSNs through its subsidiary, Court Ventures, to Hieu Minh Ngo, …