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Stocks stretch winning streak to 6 days despite turbulence

NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks closed out their strongest week in five years Friday and have now recovered more than half of the losses they suffered in a plunge at the beginning of the month.<p>Investors got back to buying stocks almost as quickly as they started dumping them. The gain Friday was the sixth …

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Gran Turismo 6 will use GPS to recreate your morning commute as a course

Perhaps one of the most highly anticipated features in Polyphony's upcoming installment of the <i>Gran Turismo</i> franchise is its track creator. We played around with a version of this in GT5, and while it was quite cool, it did leave something to be desired. It's safe to say the track creator in <i>Gran</i> …

How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Shocking Photos: PETA's Secret Slaughter of Kittens, Puppies

<b>Warning: Some of the following graphic photos may distress the reader.</b><p>People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals -- indeed their "ethical treatment." Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA's front …

10 Tips to Avoid Speeding Tickets

Richard Diamond's advice will help you to steer clear of encounters with the highway patrol, and to fight that speeding ticket when you get one.<p><b>"The motorist is a source of revenue," says</b> Richard Diamond. And it's become his life's obsession to change that.<p>By day, Diamond is the managing editor at</i> …

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Hospital employee stepped over body of missing patient, reports say

SAN FRANCISCO — The family of a woman who vanished from her San Francisco hospital room and was found dead 17 days later in an emergency stairwell is angered by reports that a hospital employee stepped over her several days before the body attracted the attention of investigators, family …

2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! - Head 2 Head Ep. 44

Turn Your Smartphone Into A Digital Microscope

More like cell-fies! Ha ha, right? Right?<p>Do you have $10 and a few minutes and a burning need for a microscope? You do.<p><i>But why would I need a microscope?</i> you say.<p>You do! Examine plant cells, check out the sharpness of your knives, or just take some awesome photos. It's easy to make and looks rad …

Lake of doom: deadly waterway calcifies any animal that dares to dive in

Sometimes, truth is indeed more terrifying than fiction. In what could easily make for prime horror film fodder, a renowned photographer has captured stunning images of wildlife calcified by the caustic waters of a deadly Tanzanian lake.<p>Nick Brandt, well-known for his photography of East Africa's …

A new beautiful translucent snail from the deepest cave in Croatia

Scientists discovered a new species of a peculiar cave-dwelling snail in one of the 20 deepest cave systems in the world, Lukina Jama–Trojama in …

Nature

Untangled DNA is how guys become guys

An enzyme that “unravels” DNA appears to trigger male development of the embryo, a finding that may give greater insight into intersex …

In South Africa, a Deadly New Drug Is Made With HIV Medications

Nyaope -- "crack with a sickening twist" -- combines heroin, detergents, and ARVs into a lethal cocktail that's ravaging the country's townships.<p>Twenty-eight-year old Luthando Bulelani sits at the back of a church in the township of Springs some 30 miles outside of Johannesburg, head slightly …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

Mindfulness

Introducing Oscar Grant, The Man Behind The Headlines

<b>Fruitvale Station</b><p>Director: Ryan Coogler<br>• Genre: Biography, Drama<br>• Running Time: 85 minutes<p><i>Rated R for some violence, language throughout and some drug use</i><p><i>With: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer</i><p><b>(Recommended)</b><p>The actor Michael B. Jordan gives a major performance in Ryan Coogler's debut …

The World In Two Cities

Exactly one year ago I was traveling in South Africa, exploring the disparate coastal cities of that magnificent country while filming a documentary for the National Geographic Channel: “The World In Two Cities”.<p>As someone who normally stands <i>behind</i> the camera, it was a terrific honor to host such a …