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Yahoo Adopted One Of Microsoft's Worst Ideas, Just As Microsoft Killed It Off

Looks like Yahoo and Microsoft are pulling a switcheroo.<p>Microsoft told employees on Tuesday that it's ending its so-called "stack-ranking" system. Under Microsoft's infamous system, workers were ranked on a curve, and those at the low end would be fired or dealt with in some way. The goal in …

Milky Way may host billions of Earth-size planets

There's no place like home, but scientists now say that Earth-size planets orbiting sun-like stars in a so-called habitable zone are so common that there could be as many as 11 billion in the Milky Way alone.<p>Using a clever method to detect Earth-sizeexoplanets they may have missed, astronomers …

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9 Reasons Why Beer Is Even Better Than You Thought

Happy National Beer Day!<p>In honor of this great and extremely important holiday, we've decided to round up all the reasons why you should love this awesome drink. It turns out that beer has many uses you may have never known of before. Did you know that in many places in Europe people use it to …

You Need A College Degree To Get A Job (And Crushing Debt To Get A Degree)

The September jobs report was a reminder of just how critical it is to have a college degree. Which is itself a reminder of our economy's cruel Catch-22: You have to go into near-permanent debt to get a college degree.<p>Here is that first reminder, in chart form. (Story continues after chart.)<p>As you …

What is the difference between a lager and an ale?

Hint: it has nothing to do with the beer's flavor.<p>For the average beer drinker, the difference between an ale and a lager comes down to how the beer looks, smells, and tastes. Ales tend to be fruity-estery, while lagers are clean-tasting and frequently described as "crisp." But to a brewer, the …

When Canada used hunger to clear the West

Twenty years ago, Saskatoon scholar Laurie Barron cautioned that stories of sexual and physical abuse at Indian residential schools should be taken with a grain of salt; he thought they were just too horrific to be believed in their entirety. But national leader Phil Fontaine's public admission of …

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

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Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Richard Dawkins: 'I don't think I am strident or aggressive'

Richard Dawkins,Evolution,Autobiography and memoir,Culture,Douglas Adams,Peter Kay,Ayaan Hirsi Ali,Christopher Hitchens,Books,Charles Darwin<p>Richard Dawkins is outspoken in denouncing religion. But what really drives him, he says, is the wonder, and truth, of Darwinism<p>On the top floor of Random …