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Digit Smash Is My Latest Frustrating Addiction

As children, most of us played matching games like Memory. It seems like the developers at Banana Fizz did too — and they’ve decided to poison any …

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While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

The 100 greatest novels of all time

<b>Our critics choose the best novels ever written, from Tolkien to Proust</b><p>100 <b>The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien (1954-55)</b><p>Hairy-toed hobbit Frodo leaves home to defend the world from dark forces by destroying a cursed ring, in Tolkien's epic trilogy. WH Auden thought this tale of fantastic creatures …

Literature

Coachella: 15 Years in Pictures

Peaches

Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immunotherapy

New Research Shows Free Online Courses Didn't Grow As Expected

Remember the MOOC?<p>Just a few years ago, the Massive Open Online Course was expected to reinvent higher education. Millions of people were signing up to watch Web-based, video lectures from the world's great universities. Some were completing real assignments, earning certificates and forming …

Higher Education

Research by academics in Texas 'strongly' suggests disputed play was written by William Shakespeare

The original authorship of the 18th-century play Double Falsehood has long been debated. Does new research have the answer?<p>Research by a team of academics from the University of Texas 'strongly' suggests that William Shakespeare did indeed write Double Falsehood. We assess the evidence.<p>What is …

How the Civil War Changed America Forever

When the North emerged victorious on April 9, 1865, the U.S. entered a new era. However, the war’s legacy of destruction would leave deep scars.<p>On …

War

Blizzard blocks 'World of Warcraft' and 'Diablo 3' in Crimea

Players in Crimea can no longer access Battle.net, the service that houses Blizzard games <i>World of Warcraft</i>, <i>Diablo 3</i>, <i>Hearthstone</i> and others, <i>The Moscow Times</i> reports. Blizzard blocked its games in response to US sanctions against Crimea -- Google, Apple, PayPal and Valve have also suspended service …

Cops are routinely using this secret cell phone tracking tool

Big federal agencies with ominous-sounding three-letter acronyms aren't the only ones that spy on your activities -- your local police might be doing it, too. Take for instance, the police department of Erie County, New York, which was recently caught using stingray devices in at least 47 instances …

Ski areas turn themselves into summer resorts, too

DENVER — In the old days, after the snow melted at ski resorts, all that remained was grass, a gondola and the occasional alpine slide.<p>But check out …

School's Experimental 'Blended Learning' Program Reaps Results

High school offers a flexible schedule for its blended learning program, and it pays off for students, teachers and the school.<p>Shutterstock<p>Huntley …

Eureka! Complex organic molecules found in a young star system

Our solar system may not be as special as we thought. A new study of a young star's protoplanetary disk finds the same kinds of complex organic molecules that are found on the comets in our own solar system.<p>The findings, published in the journal Nature, show that the same chemical building blocks …

Universe

Apple iOS 11 tips and tricks for iPhone: Master your new software - Pocket-lint

Apple packaged a tonne of improvements in iOS 11 including updates to Maps, keyboard, App Store, Siri and Control Centre.<p>The new OS from Apple brings …

Daily Roundup: Nintendo and indie gaming, HTC's attempt at VR and more!

In today's <i>Daily Roundup,</i> we take a look at Nintendo's relationship with indie game makers, find out how Valve wants to change VR and chat with HTC's chief designer. Head past the break to get caught up on all of the day's top stories.<p>It's complicated: Nintendo's relationship with indie …

Godfathers of Chilean right charged with tax fraud, bribery and money laundering

Political heirs of dictator Augusto Pinochet accused of running ‘a machine to defraud the state’ using more than 1,000 fake documents<p>Chile’s top prosecutor has filed tax fraud, money laundering and bribery charges against senior former officials and financiers of a rightwing political party created …

Corruption

Nvidia's New Console Doubles as a Superpowered Streamer

It's tempting to ignore Nvidia’s new Shield box if you're not a gamer. A $200 streaming box and console, with powerful enough guts to run Crysis 3 …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

The UK Is Building 6 Electric Lagoons To Generate Electricity From The Tides

The tides are always rising and falling. It’s time to use that energy.<p>Few things are more dependable than the tides. As long as the moon is in the sky and gravity rules the earth, the ocean will always run in and run out. So, it’s perhaps not crazy to think of harnessing tidal movements for energy …

Hydroelectric Power

Ambassador slashed in South Korea

<b>(CNN) —</b> The U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was attacked in Seoul, and is in stable condition, receiving treatment at a local hospital, according to the U.S. embassy.<p>According to Seoul police, Lippert was slashed on his right cheek and hand with a knife measuring about 10 inches long …

North Korea

Stress Kills - Unless You Choose To Proactively Combat Its Harmful Effects

The cumulative effects of chronic stress creep up on you slowly. Initially, you may be able to shrug off minor health issues and sleep difficulties and explain away decreased productivity and increased irritability. But eventually, the toll stress takes on your health adds up, and ultimately, it …

Self-help

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Apple won't start manufacturing 'iPad Pro' until September, say reports

12-inch MacBook Air with Retina display expected to ship in Q2<p>"Delays involving the supply of display panels" have resulted in Apple pushing back manufacturing of its oft-rumored "iPad Pro" to sometime in September, according to reports published by <i>Bloomberg</i> and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. The company …

IPad Pro

Ford Opens New Silicon Valley Research Center Led By Former Apple Engineer

Ford is ready to get a little cozier with the tech industry. In an event today, Ford took the wraps off its brand new research center located in the Stanford Research Park.<p>At the 25,000-square-foot facility today, Ford CEO Mark Fields was there to made it clear the car maker was hunting for the …

Silicon Valley

Homer Simpson almost discovered the Higgs boson before any scientist

Some may refer to <i>The Simpsons</i> as "genius" but nobody expected this.<p>A new book titled <i>The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets</i> claims that …

Physics

New report claims the iPhone 6s will give Apple fans something they’ve wanted for a long time

AppleInsider is reporting that the next-gen iPhone 6s models will reportedly see significant performance improvements thanks to the inclusion of 2GB …

Mobile Technology

Earliest reference describes Christ as 'magician' - Technology & science - Science - DiscoveryNews.com | NBC News

A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that is engraved with what they believe could be the world's first known reference to Christ.<p>If …

Ancient History

Valve's virtual reality headset is great, but its controllers are the real story

Valve has a lot of trust to regain when it comes to hardware. The Steam Machine concept — a fusion of consoles and gaming PCs, running Valve's own OS — was huge news in 2013 and early 2014, then dropped almost completely off the map, as it became clear that the strange, slightly yonic controller …

Nobody cares about your book: Why that “Things I Can Say About MFAs” essay struck such a nerve with writers

A former writing instructor causes outrage by trashing his old job and students — but he makes some good points<p>It was the rant that launched a thousand tweets, open letters and indignant blog posts: Ryan Boudinot's "Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One," …

The case against private education: Why we put our kids in public school

It’s chaotic, academically less rigorous and far less nurturing. It’s also giving my children challenges they need<p>Just over two years ago, my husband and I pulled our children out of private school and sent them into the wilds of public education. Now, as they settle into their third year in our …