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The Verge Review of Animals: the killer whale

<i>This column is part of a series where Verge staffers post highly subjective reviews of animals. Up until now, we've written about animals without telling you whether they suck or rule. We are now rectifying this oversight.</i><p>I have good news: despite recent events that have thrown our position on top …

Students Can Take Studying Paperless With These Apps and Gadgets

Gadgets<p>The diligent student may often be pictured with a pencil behind her ear, her chicken scratches adorning countless spiral notebooks — but these days she's just as likely to be organizing a study group on her smartphone while reviewing a lecture on her tablet. Here are a few gadgets and apps …

8 Reasons A Trip To The Philippines Should Be In Your Future

There's an incredible chain of tropical islands in the Pacific that is sprinkled with pink, white and black sand beaches, ultra-relaxing luxury resorts, charming countrysides and villages, exotic foods and an enticing nightlife. You know it exists, but you've probably never thought of planning a …

This Is How Drastically Your Windows Computer Has Changed Over The Years

We've come a long way from the aging, chunky monitors we used to play "The Oregon Trail" in elementary school.<p>And, as computers have become slimmer and more sleek, so has the software that goes along with it.<p>Here's a look at how Windows has changed throughout the years.

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The 20 Most Beautiful And Clever Tech Logos

We've put together this list of the best, most beautiful tech company and product logos, spanning from startups to more-established companies.<p>Let us know in the comments if we skipped any other great ones.

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Dry-Aged Beef Is a New Trend in Restaurants Around the Country

Old (like, 140 days old--or older!) is new when it comes to the best beef you can get in a restaurant<p>First comes the fat, like butter's big brother, sent out with your bread. Then comes a broth made from the bones, so rich it coats your throat, leaving the tiniest bite of salt at the back. Finally, …

29 Photos That Show The True Meaning Of Playing With Death. These People Are Insane.

The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

Dinosaurs Were 'In The Middle' Of Warm-Blooded And Cold-Blooded, Scientists Say

By Will Dunham<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The hot question of whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded like birds and mammals or cold blooded like reptiles, fish and amphibians finally has a good answer.<p>Dinosaurs, for eons Earth's dominant land animals until being wiped out by an asteroid 65 million years …

6 of the Most Interesting International Borders on Earth

What do a triangular picnic table, two rivers, and a friendly volleyball game have in common? At one time or another, they've all acted as a border between two or more countries, of course!<p><i>Credit: Wikimedia User Jerome</i><p>Unless you've ever lived on, bought books from, or had trouble crossing one, you …

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Understanding Golden Hour, Blue Hour and Twilights

We all know that light is the crucial element in photography. Understanding how it behaves and the factors that influence it is mandatory.<p>For …

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the …

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, …

Australia's Hidden Gem: Rottnest Island

It's pretty easy to find yourself jealous of Australians when you find places like Rottnest Island.<p>Letting your mind wander to beautiful sunny beaches with attractive men surfing and saying "G'day mate" could become something of a hobby. Especially when you find a gem of a place like Rottnest …

Five things successful PhD students refuse to do

When my first year as a PhD student became a daily grind of going to several classes a day and learning endless new experiments and procedures in the lab, I looked around for inspiration from older and more successful students.<p>What were they doing differently? I eventually realised that the …

How-to: Get started with Instant Alpha and Smart Lasso in Preview for OS X

As you may know, Instant Alpha is a feature that allows you to remove an object in an image from its background. You can find this feature in apps like Pages and Keynote, as well as the Preview app that comes built-in on Macs. As we’ve written recently in articles about signatures and marking up …

IBM demonstrates next-gen phase-change memory that’s up to 275 times faster than your SSD

By on May 8, 2014 at 9:15 am<p>IBM has demonstrated a new type of memory technology that the company believes could one day be a replacement for NAND …

Synthesized 'solar' jet fuel: Renewable kerosene from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide

With the first ever production of synthesized "solar" jet fuel, the EU-funded SOLAR-JET project has successfully demonstrated the entire production …

21 Food Hacks That’ll Make You Run For The Kitchen

1.) Make easy cheesy bread with an already-baked loaf.<p>2.) Breakfast just got interesting.<p>3.) Use a peeler to create pretty lemon flowers.<p>4.) Melted …

Google's Street View now lets you step back in time

Three years ago, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of Japan and moved the entire island by 8 feet, changing the way the Earth spun on its axis in the process. The devastation of the tsunami that followed resulted in the loss of thousands of lives and billions of dollars in damage to …

IBM's Watson Supercomputer May Soon Be The Best Doctor In The World

"Watson, the supercomputer that is now the world Jeopardy champion, basically went to med school after it won Jeopardy," MIT's Andrew McAfee, coauthor of The Second Machine Age, said recently in an interview with Smart Planet. "I'm convinced that <b>if it's not already the world's best diagnostician,</b> …

Hashing It Out: The Art and Science of Pushing Pot To Its THC Limits

The intoxicating effects of cannabis have skyrocketed in the last 50 years as the plant's rapidly widening acceptance has spurred a race among …

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Researchers uncover link between Down syndrome and leukemia

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during …

Healthy Snack Startup NatureBox Raises $18 Million Series B Led By Canaan Partners

Founded in early 2012, NatureBox set out to become synonymous with providing healthy snacks direct to consumers. It’s made great strides toward that goal, and will continue to push forward with $18 million in new funding led by Canaan Partners.<p>Existing investors General Catalyst and Softbank …

Glow in the dark road unveiled in the Netherlands

<b>Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.</b><p>The paint contains a "photo-luminising" powder that charges up in the daytime and slowly releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights.<p>Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde …

Game of Thrones Film Locations: When the Small Screen Isn't Enough

Intrigue, suspense, battle and fantasy aren't the only thing that has captured Game of Thrones fans around the world. Scattered across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Morocco, Iceland and Malta, the show's evocative film locations have become stars in their own right.<p>Intrigue, suspense, battle and …

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