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Mexico sees its first village cellphone network

Two men use their cellphones while conducting small-scale tests for their town's local independent GSM network in San Juan Yojovi, Mexico. Agustine Sacha<p>The communications revolution that swept the globe missed the Zapotec village of Talea de Castro high in the mountains of southern Mexico, where …

A Tale Of Two Bond Deals: Apple, Verizon Show The Voracious Appetite For Yield

Two companies have come to market with record-breaking corporate bond deals this year and their reasons for doing so are vastly different. But there is a common thread between this week’s $49 billion, eight-tranche offering from Verizon Communications and May’s $17 billion six-tranche deal from …

Amazon model favours yakkers and braggers, says Jonathan Franzen

The acclaimed US novelist Jonathan Franzen has likened Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos, to one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse and claimed that the online retailer-publisher is decimating literary culture in favour of the "yakkers and tweeters and braggers".<p>Bezos, one of the world's richest men …

Central Texas woman penned now-viral obit about ‘evil’ mother

A Central Texas woman authored a harshly worded obituary about her recently deceased mother that has generated online buzz around the world.<p>On …

Silver 'boost to antibiotic success'

<b>Adding silver to antibiotics makes them 10 to 1,000 times more effective at fighting infections, research suggests.</b><p>Silver has been used as an antimicrobial for centuries, but little has been known about how it works.<p>The new research suggests adding it to existing antibiotics could counteract the …

What Is It About Bees And Hexagons?

Solved! A bee-buzzing, honey-licking 2,000-year-old mystery that begins here, with this beehive. Look at the honeycomb in the photo and ask yourself: (I know you've been wondering this all your life, but have been too shy to ask out loud ... ) Why is every cell in this honeycomb a hexagon?<p>Bees, …

Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein

There are a lot of open questions in modern physics.<p>Most of the universe is missing, for example. The atoms we know about account for less than 5% of the mass of the observable universe - the rest is dark matter (around 25% of the mass of the universe) and dark energy (a whopping 70%). No one knows …

Astronomers shocked: Neutron star slows down

<b>McGILL U. (CAN) —</b> Neutron stars are known suddenly to begin rotating faster, but researchers say they’ve observed a sudden slowdown in one special …

'Crazy Ants' Spreading In The Southeastern US

In parts of the southeastern US, aggressive fire ants have been driven out by an even more recent arrival, the tawny crazy ant. Edward LeBrun, a researcher at the University of Texas at Austin, describes the newcomers and how one invasive species can out-invade another.<p>Transcript<p>FLORA LICHTMAN, …

Mammoth With Blood Found in Siberia

Russian researchers found a female mammoth with flowing blood trapped in ice in Siberia.<p>Scientists said the animal’s tissues are in nearly perfect …

Why Hass Avocados Are Too Big To Fail

<b>We Americans aren't usually known</b> for our wanton fervor for fruits and vegetables, but avocados are having something of a star turn over there in the produce aisle. You'll find them piled high in every supermarket, slathered on Subway footlongs, studding Panera salads, topping Burger King Whoppers. …

The reason American tech firms like Ireland isn’t just the low taxes

Airbnb, the accommodation rentals website, just became the latest American tech company to set up its European headquarters in Ireland. It joins Google, Facebook, Adobe, LinkedIn, Apple and countless others on an island that is colder and wetter even than its British neighbor.<p>In a blog post …

17 Times 'Pokémon Snap' Was Too Adorable For This World

Gaming<p>Find out what the hottest game news, new game releases.<p>Gaming<p>'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' launched with much excitement, and with some …

Hyper Light Drifter explores futuristic, ruined world

<i>Hyper Light Drifter</i> by Alex Preston (aka Heart Machine) is an exploration and combat game seeking funding on Kickstarter. It's been created with the help of Beau Blyth (<i>Samurai Gunn</i>) with soundtrack by Rich Vreeland (aka Disasterpeace) whose previous work includes <i>Fez</i>.<p>The 2D RPG features a drifter …

'Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2' ready for binge viewers on Sept. 26

The full second season of live-action drama series Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 will launch on YouTube on Sept. 26.<p>Produced by Warner Bros. and hosted by Machinima, the show is directed by Kevin Tancharoen (also handling the forthcoming Mortal Kombat movie) and stars Harry Shum, Jr. (Glee) as Kuai Liang …

RetroN 5 pre-orders open; plays multiple classic console games

RetroN 5 — the console that allows you to play NES, SNES, Super Famicom, Genesis, Mega Drive, Famicom, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and GBA cartridges on one system — is now available for pre-order.<p>Priced at $99.99 for an Oct. 31 release, the Hyperkin machine was first announced back in March. It …

Phosphor Games' new survival game Nether never lets players feel safe

Players of Phosphor Games' upcoming urban survival massively multiplayer online PC title, <i>Nether</i>, will constantly be at the mercy of their environment and its many threats, director and co-founder Chip Sineni told Polygon in a recent interview.<p>The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where …

Smarter than you think: the internet isn't dumbing us down after all

Clive Thompson argues technology is helping us learn faster<p>A writer for publications including <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Wired</i>, Clive Thompson is used to defending the latest trends in digital technology from naysayers and skeptics. In 2008, he was one of the first to describe how sites like Twitter …

Gigabyte’s Brix II makes big promises for little gaming PCs

Over the past year, there’s been plenty of talk about the concept of Steam Boxes: small, portable PCs that can seamlessly stream entertainment media …

Microsoft's 'Cortana' is like Siri for Windows Phone

Microsoft is currently testing and readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that is believed to include a new personal assistant. <i>ZDNet's</i> Mary Jo Foley reports that the Siri-like feature, codenamed "Cortana" after the <i>Halo</i> character, will let Windows Phone users interact with a handset through voice …

How Squid Are Inspiring Better Camouflage For Soldiers

A squid-like film can be switched on and off chemically to change how infrared light is reflected.<p>If there's one thing squid are good at, it's hiding. The mysterious giant squid is one of the most elusive creatures on Earth, and even the common calamari squid can alter its appearance to blend into …

Kleiner Perkins Has Invested In A Stealth Startup To Improve Battery Power By 300%, Says Moore’s Law Is Running Out Of Steam

Kleiner Perkins has invested in a startup that partner John Doerr says will improve battery power by 300% compared to the usual 1-2% improvements that we normally see in the industry.<p>Doerr declined to name the startup, saying it was “still in stealth”, but he said that he has “seen it work in a …

Apple announces 64-bit A7 chip and 'motion coprocessor' — pay attention, game and fitness-app developers

Apple announced that its new iPhone 5S will be driven by an ARM-based A7 processor that can process data in 64 bit chunks, or twice the number for past chips.<p>That processor will be able to handle code for more demanding applications, including high-end games, as demonstrated onstage by Epic …

Kerbal Space Program offers scientific update

<i>Kerbal Space Progam</i>'s Update 0.22 has been announced featuring a new Research and Development system.<p>The space exploration simulation's forthcoming update features an R&D center that allows players to explore and unlock a 42-item tech tree offering engineering parts for missions. <i>KSP</i>'s tech tree is …

Top 1% take biggest income slice on record

The gulf between the richest 1% of the USA and the rest of the country got to its widest level in history last year.<p>The top 1% of earners in the U.S. pulled in 19.3% of total household income in 2012, which is their biggest slice of total income in more than 100 years, according to a an analysis by …

Texas Film Commission makes it easier for game devs to get rebates

Texas is now more welcoming to video game makers as a result of new economic initiatives enacted by the state's film commission to encourage game development.<p>The Texas Film Commission recently announced a reduction in the threshold to qualify for top-tier status from $5 million to $3.5 million of …

Jack Nicholson: a career in film - in pictures

Reports from Hollywood suggest that Jack Nicholson has called time on his film career. The 76-year-old has been nominated for an Oscar 12 times, more than any other male actor, a good reason for us to bring you some highlights.

Lords of the Fallen offers a less punishing form of demon slaying

The tactical melee combat of <i>Lords of the Fallen</i>, CI Games and Deck13 Interactive's medieval fantasy action role-playing game, may draw some justifiable comparisons to From Software's Souls series for its weighty, deliberate combat encounters. Players must take care in both offense and defense when …