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Sochi officials order stray dogs killed ahead of Olympics

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.<p>But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new …

Antarctic penguins forced up 100-foot ice walls, study shows

Emperor penguins are having to struggle up 100-foot walls of ice as warmer temperatures force them out of their traditional breeding grounds, a study has shown.<p>The gravity-defying march of the penguins was spotted by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientists in satellite images of four colonies.<p>The …

Microsoft loses top engineer to Google

Blaise Agüera y Arcas, a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft, is joining Google. Agüera y Arcas originally joined Microsoft in 2006 after the software giant acquired his Seadragon startup. He was a key software architect who helped develop and build Microsoft’s Bing Maps service and its …

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Sneak Peek [HD]

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Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Is a Superior Sequel

If nothing else, Peter Jackson’s second film in his second Middle Earth series (oof), <i>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</i>, gets one thing exactly right: That titular dragon (pronounced smOWg), given voice by Benedict Cumberbatch and made flesh by the wizards at Jackson’s Weta Workshop, slithers and …