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10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple Watch preorders start today!</b> The smartwatches don't go on sale until later this month, but Apple started accepting preorders this morning and will let potential customers try them on in stores (with appointments).<p><b>2. Reviews are in for the new MacBook — and it's a mixed bag.</b> The new …


Why our resemblance to mushrooms may hold the key to life on Earth

Nick Lane’s book The Vital Question attempts to solve one of the universe’s biggest conundrums: why life is the way it is<p>You might not think you have much in common with a mushroom, but Nick Lane begs to differ. “If you look at one of your cells down a microscope and you look at the cell of a …


20 best apps and games for April

From Periscope’s live video streaming to the latest Angry Birds game<p>PERISCOPE<p><b>iOS, free</b><p>Periscope is a new video app from Twitter, but while its other Vine app is about sharing six-second looping clips, Periscope is about broadcasting live video from your smartphone to any of your Twitter followers …


Cool Arctic squirrels may hold key to Alzheimer’s cure

The processes in their brains during hibernation are exciting scientists<p>This month, Arctic ground squirrels emerge in Alaska after eight months’ hibernation. It hasn’t been easy: during hibernation, their body temperature can drop as low as -2.9C, a record for mammals, and stay there for two to …

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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 …