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Is Afghanistan really impossible to conquer?

<b>It's 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us?</b><p>Last Ramadan I drove through the badlands outside Kandahar to see the house where President Karzai …

4,000-year-old Dartmoor burial find rewrites British bronze age history

Some 4,000 years ago a young woman's cremated bones – charred scraps of her shroud and the wood from her funeral pyre still clinging to them – was carefully wrapped in a fur along with her most valuable possessions, packed into a basket, and carried up to one of the highest and most exposed spots …

How In-app Purchases Have Destroyed The Industry

I don't like writing negative articles that don't include a solution to the problem, but in this case, there is no solution. The state of in-app …

Spider-Man star quashes rumour of Oscars snub to cancer survivor 'Batkid'

The British star of The Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, has fiercely denied reports that he upset a five-year-old cancer survivor at last Sunday's Oscars through alleged "egotistical" behaviour.<p>Five-year-old Miles Scott, who is in remission from leukaemia, made headlines around the world last …

Are Calorie Counts on Nutrition Labels Making Us Fat?

Misleading calorie counts on nutrition labels may be steering us toward energy-dense, processed foods.<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>For the first time in two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed sweeping changes to the familiar nutrition</b> …

2014 NBA schedule: Trail Blazers try to keep Rockets from blasting off

In the midst of a Texas road trip, Portland will try and put an end to the Rockets' four-game winning streak.<p>Sunday's slate of games in the NBA are sure to keep you satisfied as some of the best teams go head-to-head throughout the day. We've got it all, from Eastern Conference rivalries to …

The Truth About 'The Most Interesting Man In The World'

For over 40 years, Jonathan Goldsmith worked as a journeyman actor with hundreds of IMDB credits to his name.<p>In 2006, he booked the role of a lifetime: the spokesperson for a Dos Equis beer campaign that soon made him known to millions as "The Most Interesting Man In The World."<p>Goldsmith lived and …

Facebook Brings Back F8 Conference for Developers on April 30

At SXSW today, Parse co-founder and CEO Ilya Sukhar announced Facebook’s F8 conference will be held this year on April 30 at the San Francisco Design Concourse. That the announcement comes from Sukhar is fitting because Facebook, Instagram, as well as Parse engineers and product team members will …

FBI to investigate disappearance of a Malaysian Airlines jet

WASHINGTON — The<p>FBIis deploying agents and technical experts to assist in investigating the disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines jet, based on the American citizenship of three of the passengers aboard the lost flight, a top federal law enforcement official in Washington said Saturday.<p>He said that …

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This robot is teaching college kids how to code robotics apps (exclusive)

Robots: they build your Teslas, assemble your iPhones, and now they teach your college kids.<p>The Baxter Robot, created by Rethink Robotics, teaches undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, the principles of using and coding for robots — the same kinds of robots that will be …

Oscar Mayer Wants to Make Your iPhone Smell like Bacon

Finally, a scent-emitting device that attaches to your iPhone and wakes you up to the smell of bacon.<p>Unfortunately, it’s not <i>quite</i> that simple. For …

Windows XP: It's time to say good-bye

I've got to tell it to you straight. If you're still on an old computer running the Windows XP operating system, D-Day is at hand. And by "D" I mean "dump it."<p>I understand if you don't want to face this. You have a computer and the setup works for you. Sure it's a bit clunky, but you don't want to …

Dennis Rodman: I won't go back, OK?

Dennis Rodman, two months after traveling to North Korea for the second time to visit leader Kim Jong Un and conduct an exhibition basketball game, …

Blake Griffin stars as Clippers edge Hawks for seventh straight win

LOS ANGELES -- Coming off a resounding victory over the Lakers in which they posted the largest winning margin in franchise history, the Los Angeles …