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Has Twitter given birth to a new literary genre?

As the second #TwitterFiction festival opens for submissions, it's time to ask if the social networking site has given birth to a new, 140-character genre.<p>Maybe we should call it the storyella – Penguin US has already snaffled the term twitterature, assembling an anthology of "humorous reworkings …

Bill Gates Funds A Smartphone Battery That Runs On Human Urine

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is on a mission to improve human sanitation, particularly in areas of the world that don't have a reliable water supply. Much of that effort is about reinventing the toilet but the foundation has also challenged scientists to find ways to turn human waste into …

How the “internet of things” will replace the web

<i>The second in a series.</i><p>We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives.<p>But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from …

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Uruguay becomes first country to legalise marijuana trade | Reuters

MONTEVIDEO (Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalise the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalisation.<p>People participate in the so-called "Last demonstration with illegal …

Harlem will soon be home to the largest Wi-Fi network in the US

In his final weeks as New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg today announced that Harlem will soon be the home of the largest public Wi-Fi network in the US. The network will extend a whopping 95 blocks, and will provide free wireless internet to the neighborhood's 80,000 residents — and the crop …

Game of Thrones game coming in 2014 from Telltale

Telltale Games is working on a <i>Game of Thrones</i> game for 2014 based on the HBO television series inspired by George R.R. Martin's <i>Song of Ice and Fire</i> series of fantasy novels, the studio announced today during VGX 2013.<p>The news confirms a report from IGN last month. Telltale did not specify any …

US Rappers Use North Korea for a Video Shoot

A pair of U.S. rappers say they have filmed a music video while on a trip to North Korea.<p>Dontray Ennis and Anthony Bobb, known as Peso and Pacman, …

APOD: Comet ISON Rising (2013 Nov 27) Video Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado (TWAN, Earth and Stars) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131127.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPNriMnVi5M Explanation: Will Comet ISON survive tomorrow's close encounter with the Sun? Approaching to within a solar diameter of the Sun's surface, the fate of one of the most unusual comets of modern times will finally be determined. The comet could shed a great amount of ice and dust into a developing tail -- or break apart completely. Unfortunately, the closer Comet ISON gets to the Sun, the harder it has been for conventional telescopes to see the brightening comet in the glare of the morning Sun. Pictured in the above short time lapse video, Comet ISON was captured rising over the Canary Islands just above the morning Sun a few days ago. If the comet's nucleus survives, the coma and the tails it sheds might well be visible rising ahead of the Sun in the next few days or weeks. Alternatively, satellites watching the Sun might document one of the larger comet disintegrations yet recorded. Stay tuned! http://twanight.org/casado http://starryearth.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131127 #APOD

Google Has Designed A Throat Tattoo That Is Also A Lie Detector

The tattoo isn't permanent — it's applied to a sticky substance on the skin.<p>The intent of the device is to allow someone to wear a communications device on their throat, keeping a mobile phone or similar device in their pocket. The tattoo communicates with the device, transmitting conversation. …

'Invisible' Bike Helmets Are A Real Thing Now

If so, then two Swedish industrial design students have solved your problem and have created an "invisible helmet" for cyclists.<p>Bike helmets are a very important safety feature, especially for those who cycle around a busy city where both drivers and pedestrians can be a problem. But there is no …

Insane Photo From International Space Station Shows Typhoon Haiyan

An American astronaut took an unbelievable photo of Typhoon Haiyan from the International Space Station.<p>Easily besting radar images, the photo shows …

LG developing flexible smartphone batteries

<b>LG's chemical technology division has developed new batteries that aren't tied to the traditional rectangular form factor, opening the door for a new</b> …

New York City Opera Will File For Bankruptcy After Failed Last-Ditch Kickstarter Campaign

The company hoped to use the fundraising website to raise at least $1 million of the $7 million they needed to stay in operation. According to The Wall Street Journal, a total of $301,019 was raised by 2,108 donors, but it was not ultimately enough to save the struggling company, which has run …

US nearly detonated atomic bomb over North Carolina – secret document

A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would have been 260 times more powerful than the device that devastated Hiroshima.<p>The document, …

'Hiccup girl' convicted of murder in Florida robbery gone awry

A woman whose uncontrollable hiccupping brought her national TV appearances was convicted of first-degree murder Friday in Clearwater, Fla.<p>Jennifer Mee, 22, was accused of masterminding a 2010 robbery, luring a man to an apartment supposedly to buy marijuana, NBC station WFLA of Tampa reported. …

Thirteen people dead after gun rampage at Washington naval yard

Thirteen people died after a gunman opened fire at a naval complex in the heart of Washington DC on Monday, in what became the worst attack on a military base in the US since the Fort Hood killings in 2009.<p>As authorities struggled to piece together the details of what happened at the Washington …

Gloppy blobfish wins ugliest endangered animal

The public has voted, and the sad-faced blobfish has been declared the ugliest endangered animal on the planet.<p>Some have said the gelatinous deep-sea dweller that can grow up to 12 inches long resembles a mini-Jabba the Hutt. We think it also looks like a gloppy version of the comic strip character …

Denver activists hand out joints to protest high pot tax

Hundreds of people lined up in Denver for a free marijuana cigarette Monday as part of a protest against a ballot proposal that would impose high taxes on the drug, which is now legal in Colorado for recreational use.<p>The measure on the November ballot asks Colorado voters to approve a 15 percent …

US police kill 107-year-old suspect in home shootout

<b>A 107-year-old man was killed in a shootout with police, after he held two people at gunpoint in the US state of Arkansas, authorities said.</b><p>Officers were called to a home in the city of Pine Bluff following reports that the man, named as Monroe Isadore, was threatening the pair with a gun.<p>They were …

Ariel Castro's family claims body, coroner says

The family of kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro, who hung himself with a bedsheet in an Ohio prison, has claimed his body, the county coroner’s office told NBC News on Friday.<p>The Franklin County coroner, Dr. Jan Gorniak, said she did not know if the funeral home working with the family was hired to …

Positive pregnancy tests in high demand on Craiglist

Classifieds advertise tests for women hoping to trick their boyfriends into popping the question<p>Troubling new trend alert: In the last few months, there’s been a preponderance of Craigslist ads selling positive pregnancy tests. In May, a woman in Buffalo offered hers for $25, apparently as a …

A work of art: Crayola turning markers into fuel

Crayola has found a way to turn dried up markers into clean fuel capable of being used in boilers, ships and even cars.<p>The company makes up to 700 million markers a year and has partnered with New York clean energy company JBI to create the Colorcycle initiative.<p>Under the initiative, about 600 …

Picture of the Day: Hong Kong at Night

HONG KONG AT NIGHT<p>Photograph by <b>SPRENG BEN</b> <br>Website | Flickr | Facebook | Tumblr<p>Seen here is the breathtaking Hong Kong skyline at night. The photo was …

Study: Positivity is contagious on social media

If an article is “liked” on a website such as Facebook or Reddit, new readers are more likely to approve of it<p>Aug. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Positive opinions are more influential than negative ones, at least on the Internet.<p>If an article is “liked” on a website such as Facebook or Reddit, new readers are …

Musk says he ‘shot himself in the foot’ revealing Hyperloop

Anyone smart enough to build a tube that transports people 600 miles per hour to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles in only 30 minutes should step up because creator Elon Musk says he’s too busy to actually build it.<p>“I think I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop. I’m too …

These Contact Lenses Give You Telescopic Vision

The lenses magnify stuff up to 3X. Finally, the future we've been waiting for.<p>So this is pretty much one of those things you've always wanted from the future, right? Researchers have created a prototype contact lens-and-glasses system that lets you zoom in on something to 2.8X magnification. The …

Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say

Legal sources tell NBC News that the former second ranking officer in the U.S. military is now the target of a Justice Department investigation into a politically sensitive leak of classified information about a covert U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program.<p>According to legal sources, Retired …

Gloomy Thinking Can Be Contagious

When students show up at college in the fall, they'll have to deal with new classes, new friends and a new environment. In many cases, they will also have new roommates — and an intriguing new research study suggests this can have important mental health consequences.<p>At the University of Notre …

Inspector of Philadelphia Building That Collapsed Committed Suicide

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The man responsible for inspecting the Philadelphia construction site where a building collapse …

By 2050, one in five people in Africa will be Nigerian

Last year Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan called on families to stop having more children than they can afford, but it appears no one listened. The Sub-Saharan nation is expected to become the world’s fourth most populous country by 2050, with 400 million people. That’s an addition of 11,000 …

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