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When Doing Good Means You're Bad

Want to know a sure way to be seen as immoral, unethical and unlikable? Raise $1 million for charity. Want to know how to have people think a lot …

New Study Shakes Up Science On Midwest Quake Zone

One of the biggest earthquakes in U.S. history didn't occur in California. Or Alaska. It happened in the country's midsection some 200 years ago in an area where today seven states straddle the Mississippi River Valley.<p>And seismologists from the United States Geological Survey believe they've …

Can Andrea Rossi's Infinite-Energy Black Box Power The World--Or Just Scam It?

Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?<p>On January 14, 2011, a 61-year-old Italian inventor named Andrea Rossi staged a …

Plantwatch: A vicious, but useful, weed

The mild weather this winter has tricked many plants into growing early. Unfortunately that includes a very aggressive plant – the stinging nettle, one of Britain's most troublesome weeds, which thrives on the copious amounts of nitrogen fertilisers washed off farmlands and gardens.<p>But the plant is …

Finding What Puts The Heat In Hot Peppers

A newly published genome holds some spicy secrets.<p>To engineer a better pepper, you'd have to go out into the field—actual fields, around the world—and look at different traits, measurements, and yield. Then, after extracting DNA from various leaves and seeds, you could painstakingly evaluate for …

This Frog Just Wants Love. Instead He Gets The Kiss of Death From A Bat

Poor tiny túngara frog just wants to find a lover. Sitting in the prettiest pond-shallow he can find, he whines and chucks repeatedly, inflating his vocal sac into a painful-looking, swollen balloon. With each tun-gara sound, his balloon swells into the water, producing ripples that spread away …

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Killing One Owl, To Save Another, Ruffles Feathers

Barred owls are being killed to save endangered spotted owls.<p>To save the endangered northern spotted owl, biologists have begun killing barred owls, a more widespread and aggressive bird that has invaded the former species' territories in the U.S. Northwest. Once a barred owl enters a spotted owl's …

Mosquito-Borne Chikungunya Virus Arrives In Americas

The virus can cause debilitating joint pain that can last for weeks, and sometimes years.<p>A potentially debilitating African virus has now officially made its way to the Americas, and is being spread between people by mosquitoes in the Caribbean. From early December to mid-January, the chikungunya …

APOD: Opportunity's Decade on Mars (2014 Jan 25) Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ/Arizona State Univ http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140125.html Explanation: On January 25 (UT) 2004, the Opportunity rover fell to Mars, making today the 10th anniversary of its landing. After more than 3,500 sols (Mars solar days) the golf cart-sized robot from Earth is still actively exploring the Red Planet, though its original mission plan was for three months. This self-portrait was made with Opportunity's panoramic camera earlier this month. The camera's supporting mast has been edited out of the image mosaic but its shadow is visible on the dusty solar panels arrayed across the rover's deck. For comparison, a similar self-portrait from late 2004 is shown in the inset. Having driven some 39 kilometers (24 miles) from its landing site, Opportunity now rests at Solander Point at the rim of Endeavour Crater. http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17759 http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA07372 http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/ http://athena.cornell.edu/ http://www.mars.asu.edu/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140125 #APOD

Stephen Hawking Says There Are No Black Holes

The physicist offers a new theory that allows energy to escape.<p>Stephen Hawking has a big announcement. No, it's not that aliens exist or that humans won't survive another 1,000 years on Earth. The physicist claims, in a paper posted online Wednesday, that the idea of an event horizon—the point of …

Seven Ideas For Nintendo On Mobile

In light of Nintendo's announcement of a deal with DeNA for development of new Nintendo games on mobile platforms, we've went back to an earlier …

Six Days in Chernarus: The Many Dangers of DayZ

Meanwhile, in the zombie apocalypse.<p><i>This article was originally published on IGN Africa.</i><p>I died of starvation today, about halfway through a can of …

Minecraft for PS3 sells more than 1M units

More than one million copies of <i>Minecraft</i> have been sold for the PlayStation 3, developer Mojang announced today.<p>The sandbox game launched on PS3 on Dec. 17, 2013, a bit more than a month ago. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita versions have been promised for 2014.<p><i>Minecraft</i> originally launched on …

Three ways troubled Nintendo could find extra lives

With its warning last week of a big annual loss and a dramatic shortfall in Wii U sales, things have perhaps never looked darker for Nintendo. The adoption of casual games on smartphones and tablets and the shift to online gaming elsewhere have evidently caught the venerable Japanese company …

Yahoo Acquires Virtual World Gaming Startup Cloud Party, Will Shut It Down

Yahoo is doing more than just throwing shade at Google on Twitter today and then taking it back – the company has acquired Cloud Party, a browser-based game creation engine. In a blog post today, the Cloud Party team shared that they will be joining Yahoo after two years of operation, and that the …

Google search bug floods random man's Hotmail account with 10,000 emails a day

Blank missives are arriving at a rate of roughly 500 per hour<p>Starting yesterday afternoon, the Hotmail account of California resident David Peck suddenly became a lot more popular. It's the result of a bug in Google search, which <i>The Verge</i> was able to reproduce. Search for "gmail" and the first …

One Of World's Rarest Video Games Is On eBay

If you're a Nintendo fan with a few thousand bucks to spare, have we got a deal for you!<p>An extremely rare Nintendo World Championships NES game cartridge has surfaced and is currently for sale on eBay. The bidding started at $4,999 on Jan. 18, but the ante has been upped to over $7,000 as of Friday …

Take Your Next Flight On This Gigantic Solar Whale-Like Plane

When we picture transportation of the future, we tend to think “sleek.” A Spanish designer has gone in the opposite direction with his vision for an environmentally friendly, futuristic “whale plane” that looks like a cruise ship in the sky.<p>Oscar Viñals, from Barcelona, envisioned the “AWWA Sky …

Uber Admits To Aggressively Trying To Steal Rival’s Drivers

Key to Uber’s continued success has been reliability, and that means always getting more drivers on the road. The e-hailing startup has used several tactics to achieve this, including its controversial surge-price policy during periods of high demand, preferential car financing rates for qualified …

The Monster iPhone is Finally Coming

According to the Wall Street Journal, sources familiar with the situation said that two new iPhones could be released later this year, one with a display larger than 4.5 inches and the other with a screen measuring in at more than 5 inches.<p><i>Photo illustration by Anthony Verducci</i><p>It would appear that …

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Cowboy Junkies – review

Inevitably, Cowboy Junkies are not the band they were in 1988, when The Trinity Session swept them from Toronto alt-folk obscurity to high placings in every album of the year list. Life and family have intervened – guitarist Michael Timmins has three kids, and his vocalist sister Margo has an …

Which Band Should Break Up Next?

In what's just about the worst-kept secret in rock, Mötley Crüe are going to announce a farewell tour next week. Against all odds, the four original …

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European Court of Human Rights will hear case about GCHQ spying

This is huge news: the European Court of Human Rights has agreed to hear a challenge to bulk Internet surveillance by the UK spy agency GCHQ. The …

South Korea's 5G Network Will Let You Download a Full Movie in a Second

South Korea has announced a $1.5 billion plan to upgrade its network to 5G capability by 2020.<p>“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the …