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Grab a Beer, Explore the Globe

Beer is the third most widely consumed beverage in the world, after water and tea. Many of us love it but don’t give much thought to where it originated, how it has changed with the migration and climate of its creators and how much it drives economies today.<p>Take two beer-loving geographers and a …

Beer

Week's Best Space Pictures: Galaxies Stretch, Stars Tilt, and Mars Beckons

Secrets of a frozen moon, gravity playing tricks on galaxies, and the watery past of a desert world are spotlighted in this week's best space pictures.

HSBC closes some Muslim groups' accounts

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Money Laundering

Revealed: the dirty secret of the UK’s poultry industry

• Two-thirds of fresh retail chicken in UK contaminated with campylobacter • Guardian findings prompt investigations at three major supermarkets • Government shelves plans to name and shame suppliers<p>Food poisoning scandal: how chicken spreads campylobacter<p>Three of the UK’s leading supermarkets have …

Sun Appears Eerily 'Quiet' During Period Of Peak Activity

Our sun erupted with activity, sported several sunspots and unleashed massive solar flares just last month in what scientists dubbed a "solar mini max." But now, the sun appears to have gone strangely quiet.<p>In fact, the side that faces us appeared spotless on July 17 for the first time in almost …

So Where the Heck IS Voyager 1, Anyway?

For a space probe that’s at least two decades beyond its sell-by date, Voyager 1 has a pretty impressive record of keeping itself in the news. Even …

The Power of Maps, Past and Present

New ways of envisioning how America once looked, and how it is changing.<p>One of our partners in our American Futures project, along with <i>Marketplace</i> radio, is the Esri mapping/geographic-info company of Redlands, California. Here are two interactive maps Esri has recently produced that I think are …

Six Things You Should Know About Amazon's Drones

Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes. With this request, the company has signaled that they are serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to …

Technology bridges gap between brain and muscles for victim of paralysis

First they screwed the end of the grey cord into the metal silo rising out of Ian Burkhart's skull. Later they laid his right forearm across two foam cylinders, and they wrapped it with thin strips that looked like film from an old home-movie camera. They ran him through some practice drills, and …

Best Space Pictures: A Hurricane Simmers, the Milky Way Glimmers, and a New Rocket Is in the Works

A satellite spies a reservoir, a hurricane portrait is snapped, and part of a new rocket passes design review in this week's space gallery.

How Companies Track People Without Becoming Big Brother

<i>Andre Lavoie</i> <i>is the CEO of</i> <i>ClearCompany</i><i>, the first talent alignment platform that bridges the gap between talent management and business strategy by contextualizing employees’ work around a company’s vision and goals.</i><p>Privacy is a huge buzzword in today’s digitally-connected world. Companies are …

US ship arrives in Italy port for Syria weapons

GIOIA TAURO, Italy (AP) — The U.S. ship MV Cape Ray sailed into the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro on Tuesday to handle the unprecedented …

Stuff tech magazine pulls half-naked women from its covers: 'We're in a post-lads' mags era'

Stuff magazine, the UK's biggest gadget magazine, has stopped using female models on its covers for the first time since it launched 18 years ago<p><b>Stuff,</b> the UK’s biggest-selling gadget magazine, will no longer use semi-naked women on its cover because it was ‘alienating’ readers.<p>The technology …

How Netflix Is Changing Our Brains, And Why That May Not Be All Good

With season two of Netflix’s breakout hit Orange is the New Black now airing, I’m struck by a profound change in the psychological calculus of entertainment. Netflix has changed the game, and I don’t just mean the game of how shows are served to hungry eyes. I mean the game going on behind our eyes …

How Steve Jobs Inadvertently Helped Create The World Wide Web

He was trying to solve a problem that many others had tried and failed to solve, he explained during a recent an interview at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.<p>Scientists would come to the CERN research center from all over the world, bringing their own computers that used all sorts of operating …

The 5 Best Ways To Learn How To Code

Photo: Courtesy of Skillcrush.<p>It’s no secret that the world of tech has a serious diversity problem. From bro-y CEOs and founders behaving badly on …

Nigeria's Nobel Winner Wole Soyinka Blames Corrupt Political Elite Over Kidnapped Girls

I wanted President Goodluck Jonathan "to get off his butt and stop treating this episode in a perfunctory manner,” Nigeria's leading writer told BuzzFeed.<p>Wole Soyinka, Africa's first Nobel laureate for literature, blames government inaction and political corruption in Nigeria for the kidnapping of …

'Trojan horse' teacher breaks into girl's phone

Parent complains to police over school's action to uncover 'forbidden' relationship with a fellow 16-year-old pupil<p>A teacher at one of the Birmingham state schools allegedly taken over by Muslim radicals in the so-called “Trojan Horse” plot has been reported to police after he broke into a female …

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8 Tips From Apple’s Official Guide To App Design

The book is 245 pages long, and free as an iBook now.<p>Anyone who’s spent $100 to register as an iOS app developer has already had access to Apple’s <i>iOS Human Interface Guidelines</i>. Now, the 245-page design tome is free for anyone to download in the iBooks store.<p>Delay a login requirement for as long as …

Exclusive: RadiumOne’s very strange story just got stranger

If the aim of the game in Silicon Valley is getting noticed, RadiumOne definitely stands out.<p>But not just for its technology.<p>The San Francisco-based provider of digital ad-buying tech was pushed into the spotlight last month after founder and CEO Gurbaksh Chahal got fired following his conviction …

Parking App Asks: What's Wrong With Paying for Someone Else's Spot?

You've circled the block six times. Fifteen minutes have passed. Would you pay to secure someone else's parking spot? A startup called MonkeyParking …

Desperate to get pregnant? There's an app for that

Smartphone technology combined with wearable temperature sensors has given new hope to couples diagnosed with unexplained infertility<p>Vicky and Jonathan were 23 when they got married and started trying for a baby, and it hadn't occurred to them that they might have any trouble conceiving. That was …

Coral Reefs: the Seawall That Nature Built

Wildlife<p>Wave breaking over a healthy coral reef in Tumon Bay Marine Preserve, Guam, Mariana Islands. Photo credit: Curt Storlazzi, U.S. Geological Survey<p>By Dr. Michael Beck, lead marine scientist, The Nature Conservancy<p>Here’s an optimistic idea for you to consider: We can save our coral reefs.<p>Yes, …

Big Bang Discovery Comes Under Fire

Rumors ripple about flaws in the discovery of gravitational waves in the big bang's aftermath.<p>An acclaimed "smoking gun" discovery explaining the unfolding of the early universe faces rumors of a cosmic misfire. (See: "Big Bang's 'Smoking Gun' Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth.")<p>In March …

Far-Flung Exoplanet Puzzles Astronomers

Changing Planet<p>Artist’s view of the planet GU Psc b (at right) and its distant star GU Psc (at left). Courtesy of Lucas Granito<p><b>Talk about a cosmic outsider! A newfound exoplanet sets the record for orbital distance from a host star.</b><p>Dubbed GU Psc b, the giant planet is on an orbit more than 2,000 …

Typhoons Moving Toward Poles, Scientists Say

The shift in location of tropical storms is seen in historical records.<p>Tropical storms appear headed for the Poles, peaking in ferocity at successively higher latitudes over the past three decades, according to a new study in the journal <i>Nature</i>. (Related: "Hurricanes 101.")<p>Climate scientists …

5 things you should never pay for on Android

The idea that the best things in life are free is true up to a point. So why do some people pay for things they don’t really have to? We’re not talking about piracy here, but there are premium apps and services out there that simply don’t offer anything over the best free examples. Anyone that …

Everything You Need to Know About Juicing at Home

The founder of Juice Generation spills his secrets.<p>Whether it's bottled on a Whole Foods shelf or squeezed on the spot in a wheatgrass-filled storefront, a fancy juice can set you back six dollars or more in most markets, making even your Starbucks addiction look cheap in comparison. Couple that …

Nutrition

Week’s Best Space Pictures: Titan Winks, Rover Strikes, and Suns Burn

Infant stars illuminate, a rover drills, and tragedies scar our own planet.<p>This May 7 peek by not one but two NASA space telescopes lays bare secrets hidden in the heart of the Flame Nebula. There a stellar nursery, the star cluster NGC 2024, has older stars (some 1.5 million years old) around its …