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Tales of the bedbug, one of the world’s most reviled insects

<i>Brooke Borel</i><p><i>Univ. of Chicago Press, $26</i><p>Bedbugs sure get around. From housing projects, hostels and cheap hotels (and some that aren’t so cheap), the …

New Rules Are Coming to Keep People from Disturbing Dolphins in Hawaii

Allison Alterman likes to swim in the ocean for exercise near her home on Hawaii’s Big Island. Sometimes her swimming group will see spinner dolphins …

One Of The Rarest Animals In The World Was Just Spotted For The First Time In Five Years

This weekend saw the return of “Gallon of Milk,” the albino gray whale.<p>Mexico's National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP) spotted the …

Wildlife

Hotel's Android-based lightswitches are predictably, horribly insecure

Matthew Garrett checked into a London hotel and discovered that the proprietors had decided that "light switches are unfashionable and replaced them …

Dust components may promote obesity

Dust bunnies that breed under furniture may be bad news for waistlines, a new study suggests. But it’s far too early to add dusting to a weight loss …

40 Essential Sketch App Tutorials for Beginners

Whether you are an experienced designer or a beginner, <b>Sketch</b> is a fantastic tool that will help you design anything with ease. More and more …

Web Design

“Nature can surprise us”: There’s a new species of bacteria that eats plastic

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic (pdf) produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.<p>Polyethylene terephthalate (known as PET), which is used for …

Pollution

Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

Toolkit for wrangling networks released<b>OCP Summit</b> Put down your coffee gently. Microsoft has today released the source code to an open-source …

Linux

This Copycat DoubleTree Hotel Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Is Spot-On

Bake a batch and pretend you're on vacation (minus the sunburn and noisy neighbors).<p>When you check in to a DoubleTree Hotel, you're immediately handed a paper envelope with a gooey, chewy, chocolate-and-walnut-studded cookie. We're not talking the regular Otis Spunkmeyers every apartment leasing …

Uber Has Its Own 911 Line--but It's a Secret

Facing ongoing passenger-safety concerns, the company has been testing its own version of 911 since October--without telling riders or drivers.<p>Among the many criticisms Uber faces is a persistent allegation that the company does far too little to protect the safety of passengers or respond to their …

Baltimore video sheds new light on police violence in schools

Few school police officers are arrested. But a video of an incident involving two Baltimore school police officers is raising questions.<p>Just as …

Justice

Man hacks Tesla firmware, finds new model, has car remotely downgraded | Ars Technica

But Elon Musk says not on his orders; "Good hacking is a gift."<p>It seems Tesla is set to bump the battery capacity of its Model S sedan up to a hefty …

Snowden: FBI Saying It Can't Unlock iPhone is 'Bullsh**'

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden says the FBI is full of, well, something, in its iPhone case.<p>Speaking on a video link from Moscow on Tuesday, …

Here’s a Trick for Removing Noise in Photoshop While Keeping Details

Want to remove noise in a high ISO photo while preserving the details and textures in your shot? Here’s a simple photography and Photoshop technique …

Mysterious spike in WordPress hacks silently delivers ransomware to visitors | Ars Technica

Researchers still aren't sure how the sites are getting compromised.<p>It's still not clear how, but a disproportionately large number of websites that …

Greed, lies, and Shkreli’s smug “performance”: Lawmakers go ballistic | Ars Technica

Hearing exposes Turing’s lavish spending, while exec says they’re losing money.<p>WASHINGTON—After Turing Pharmaceutical raised the price of the …

Testing Out an Insane Photoshop Hack to Get Rid of Tourists

On January 16, Reddit user OmerRAnderson posted a tip from Imgur about how to delete the pesky tourists from travel photos. According to the …

California

How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights

Anodot uses real-time analytics and anomaly detection to provide business insight

<i>This column is available in a weekly newsletter called IT Best Practices. Click here to subscribe.</i><p>In August 2015, American Airlines mistakenly sold …

thick, chewy granola bars

I know, I know, I just talked up granola bars last September. Waxing on about granola bars twice in six months is just weird, right? I can’t help it, …

japanese vegetable pancakes

Last week was not my week in the kitchen, friends. I had great, ambitious designs on a rhubarb meringue tart that would be pink and pretty with a …

Recipes
CNN

2016 February 5 - Massive Stars in NGC 6357

<b>Massive Stars in NGC 6357</b> <b><br>Image Credit & Copyright:</b> CHART32 Team, <i>Processing -</i> Johannes Schedler<p><b>Explanation:</b> Massive stars lie within NGC 6357, an …

Scientists Discover a Key Mechanism That Could Prevent Alzheimer's-Related Memory Loss

It's about blocking the right proteins at the right time.<p>We're seeing some exciting progress being made in the fight against neurodegenerative …

This App Lets You Fly Unlimited Flights for a Flat Monthly Fee

The Netflix of jet-setting.<p>Love flying? Hate fluctuating air fares? Travel for business constantly or have tons of free time on your hands? There’s lots of reasons to download and sign up to OneGo — a new subscription-based air flight program. The app will allow users to fly an unlimited amount of …

Apps

How to Make Use of Different Lighting Options in Macro Photography

The appeal of macro photography should be obvious to most, whether you’ve ever made a macro photograph or not — it’s all about the wonder and …

How to Negotiate More Vacation Time (Plus the One Thing You Should NEVER Say!)

The Workplace

What Are The Real Differences Between Soft Boxes And Umbrellas?

This question is quite commonly asked among photographers who are just starting to work with flash photography. Umbrellas and soft boxes are both …

When worlds collide: Earth is really two planets, study finds

Scientists suggest the 4.5-billion-year-old collision between Earth and planet Theia was bigger than we thought.<p>The Earth is actually composed of two …