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'Zombie gene' could be why so few elephants die of cancer

Elephants are bringing a genetic gun to a cancer knife-fight.<p>The longer you live, the higher your chances of developing cancer creep toward 100 percent. Moreover, the larger you are, the greater your chances are of developing cancer as well—more cells in your body mean there are more opportunities …

Scientists sequence wheat genome in breakthrough once thought 'impossible'

Sequencing the wheat genome – once considered by scientists to be an insurmountable task – has been achieved through a worldwide collaboration of researchers spanning 13 years.<p>On Friday the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) published a detailed description of the genome of …

Genetics

This rugged, waterproof Wi-Fi smart plug lets you control the great outdoors with Alexa

Wi-Fi smart plugs are great for controlling all of your “dumb” gadgets like lamps and fans, but there’s a whole different class of devices that you …

Home Automation

Senate adopts resolution backing free press after Trump attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution affirming support for a free press and declaring that "the press is not the enemy of the people."<p>The non-binding resolution approved by voice vote was a rebuke to President Donald Trump who for more than 18 months …

Donald Trump

'Very Abnormal Behaviour' From Russian Satellite Sparks Fears It May Be a Space Weapon

We know almost nothing about it.<p>High above our heads, there's a mysterious Russian satellite. And the strange way it's acting – according to the US …

United Nations

14 Agility Drills For People Over 40

Feel like an athlete again with moves that build speed, reaction time, and conditioning.<p>Basketball isn’t just a “young man’s game.” Neither is ice hockey, tennis, touch football, or martial arts. In fact, there’s no sport or leisure activity you should have to give up completely just because you’re …

Exercise

Verizon Is Close to Apple, Google Deals for 5G TV

Verizon Communications Inc. announced deals making Apple Inc. and Google its first video providers for a superfast 5G wireless service the company …

Smart TV

Want Your Customers To Tell The World How Great You Are? Do This

Do you want your customers to tell the world how superb your company is? They will if your employees provide an outstanding customer experience.<p>If you heed the call to action at the end of the column, your customers will be much more likely to sing your praises.<p>But before we get there, here are …

Customer Experience

GO Chair Ultra Compact Portable Chair

If you are searching for an ultracompact chair that can be easily transported in your backpack or bag you may be interested in the aptly named Go …

Crowd Funding

24 words that show leadership on a resume

Crafting the perfect resume is an important step to land your next leadership role. Because resumes are meant to be a concise rendition of your …

Leadership

Now We Understand How Marijuana Makes Inflammatory Bowel Disease Bearable

No wonder people with IBD often turn to the drug.<p>People who live with inflammatory bowel disease deal with a lot of physical discomfort, and for some …

Immune System

We may finally know why marijuana helps people with chronic gut problems

And it could have implications for other inflammation, too.<p>As John Mayer tells us (and tells us, and tells us), your body is a wonderland. When it comes to microbial life, this holds especially true for your gut. There, hundreds of residential species eat, breed, and excrete waste. Somehow, your …

Research

Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found

The nearest neighbor problem asks where a new point fits in to an existing data set. A few researchers set out to prove that there was no universal …

Mathematics

How to Enjoy a Threesome

A while back, I wrote about how to set up a threesome. Today I’m going to talk about the nuts and bolts of how to actually enjoy your threesome in …

Condoms

Brother’s iPhone-enabled Bluetooth Label Maker returns to Amazon low at $30 ($25 off)

Amazon offers the Brother P-Touch Cube Smartphone Label Maker for <b>$29.99 shipped</b>. You’ll also find it at Office Depot and Staples. That’s good for a $25 discount from the going rate at Walmart, matches our previous mention for the Amazon all-time low and is the best offer out there. This Bluetooth …

Typography

This $20 Car Charger is so Much More Than Just a Car Charger

Everyone loves a good multifunction tech accessory, and <i>Boy Genius Report</i> has found an awesome car charger that prevents you from getting lost and …

Genius

NASA Logo Designer Bashes Trump's Space Force

<b>Donald Trump</b>'s amateurish designs for potential Space Force logos are out-of-this-world bad ... so says the artist who created an older NASA</b> …

Donald Trump

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

English grammar, beloved by sticklers, is also feared by non-native speakers. Many of its idiosyncrasies can turn into traps even for the most confident users.<p>But some of the most binding rules in English are things that native speakers know but don’t know they know, even though they use them every …

Language

A Fascinating List of Autonomic Functions That Occur Within Human Bodies Every 60 Seconds

That narrator of a fascinating episode of the animated <i>Infographics Show</i> explains the complexity of the human body, focusing specifically on what …

Infographics

My darling, remember when we wanted what we currently have?

<b>My darling,</b><p>On our wedding day, we had big dreams—dreams for our careers, dreams for our home, dreams for the family we'd build, dreams of …

Positive Thinking

Dora The Explorer Live Action Movie Is Actually Happening And Here's The First Image

Nickelodeon's hugely popular animated kids show <i>Dora the Explorer</i> is getting a live-action makeover, and the first image has been released. The movie stars <i>Transformers: The Last Knight</i>'s Isabela Monar as the intrepid Dora, who embarks on an adventure with her pals.<p><i>Dora the Explorer</i> is now in …

Movies

What Would U.S. Money Look Like, Given the Proper Attention of an Industrial Designer?

Bills so pretty you'd never spend them<p>Industrial designer Andrey Avgust hails from Belarus, a country whose currency I admit I've never seen. But …

Industrial Designer

Be Proactive: Give Your Customers What They Need Before They Ask for It

What’s the difference between reactive service and proactive service? In this piece, we’re going to cover:<p>The difference between proactive and reactive service.<br>• What internal tools and capabilities are required to deliver proactive service.<br>• The metrics you need to track the effectiveness of your …

Customer Experience

Amazon is having a great smart home sale, with savings on smart plugs, lightbulbs, doorbells, security cameras, and more

Incase you've been dabbling with the idea of turning your house into a full-blown smart home (we know, once you've experienced Alexa it's hard not to …

Smart Homes

How To Perfect Your Masculine Look With Stubble

Before the days of hipster beards and incongruous sleeve tattoos to mark the arrival of one's manhood, there was plain old stubble. That short facial …

Men's Fashion

Probiotics not always beneficial and may cause brain fogginess and severe bloating

While current research is finding that modulating our gut microbiome through probiotics can have a number of positive health outcomes, a new study is …

Wellness

Luxury homes, live-in housekeeper and a balmy tropical climate: The three overseas destinations where Aussies can live the 'good life' for just $40,000 a year

Many of us have dreamed about relocating to tropical and exotic climes to escape the stresses and strains of big city life and the associated …

Chiang Mai

These Are Some of the Prettiest American Towns to Retire in

Are you dreaming of retiring to a quaint town on a lake or beach? Maybe a historic, walkable college town or a charming village nestled in the …

New England

Turn your old iPad into a photo frame for $2

Got an old tablet lying around? I'm a huge fan of repurposing it into a full-time digital photo frame. (Indeed, it's at the top of my list of new uses for old tablets.)<p>I say this as someone who's owned an actual, dedicated photo frame for years -- one that cost around $150 when I bought it. I love …

Gear & Gadgets

The Very Best Office Design, According to 42,764 Workers

Somebody finally bothered to ask the office workers themselves what THEY think will make them happier and more productive.<p>A recent Harvard study revealed that open plan offices stifle rather than encourage face-to-face collaboration. That finding, combined with numerous scientific studies, now …

Work from Home