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The ghost of Bitcoin

In search of Satoshi Nakamoto, the man behind the most famous virtual currency, Polygon finds a harrowing digital economy only a gamer could love.<p>S<p>atoshi Nakamoto doesn't exist. Or, at least, if he does, he's one of the rare modern individuals who is practically impossible to locate.<p>Nakamoto is the …

Why Obama's Plan to Strike Syria Makes No Strategic Sense

Even a humanitarian operation demands a logical premise and a well-designed goal. The administration's proposal has neither.<p>So, what then?<p>An editorial in the German business daily <i>Handelsblatt</i>, helpfully translated by <i>Der</i> <i>Spiegel</i>, puts the case brilliantly:<p>Humanitarian wars are also wars. Those who …

'Grand Canyon of Greenland' discovered under ice sheet

Science News<p>The age of discovery isn't over yet. A colossal canyon, the longest on Earth, has just been found under Greenland's ice sheet, scientists announced Thursday in the journal Science.<p>"You think that everything that could be known about the land surface is known, but it's not," said …

'What I Am Opposed to Is a Dumb War'

Here's a shorter version of the latest long Syria post.<p>"What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by [officials] to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in …

Photos Of Kids Holding Guns Found On Social Media In Massive Gang Sweep (PHOTOS)

In a raid dubbed "Operation Thumbs Down," roughly 800 FBI agents and LAPD officers Thursday arrested about three dozen alleged members of the infamous Rollin’ 30s Harlem Crips street gang.<p>During their investigation, authorities found photos on social media sites of children posing with guns, …

Iran's Teaching Hacking in High School

Courses in computer hacking will be added to the senior high school curriculum in Iran. The announcement was made in mid-August, in order, I assume, to drum up interest and excitement. The Iranians want to enlist high school students to hack foreign drones. I kid you not, this is real.<p>The …

Scientists raise mini human brain in a petri dish

Petri dishes have hosted all sorts of experiments, such as cultivating mold or breeding amoeba. But now, truly futuristic events are happening in these circular glass plates -- most notably, growing brains.<p>That's right, scientists are now raising brains in petri dishes.<p>According to a study in the …

150 Million People Have Decided That Standard Web Browsers Aren't Safe Enough

When FORBES last spoke to AnchorFree in August 2012, CEO David Gorodyansky put forth a modest goal for his 7 year-old company: “We want to be the way the whole world browses the Web,” he boasted. In the last year, the company’s trajectory has matched its lofty ambitions. A year ago 70 million …

Sleep Deprivation Affects Face Appearance, Study Shows

This is for everyone who's ever been asked "Are you feeling OK?" after a bad night's sleep.<p>A small new study in the journal Sleep shows that sleep-deprived faces look more, shall we say, <i>weary</i> -- in the form of redder and more swollen eyes, dark under-eye circles, more wrinkles and droopier eyelids …

The Authority to 'Declare War': A Power Barack Obama Does Not Have

A Syrian intervention is exactly the sort of situation the Framers had in mind when they gave Congress, not the president, the authority to "declare war."<p>The prime minister of the United Kingdom, armed with the Royal Prerogative, does not need Parliament's assent to lead Britain into war. The …

Is It Hip to Be an Intellectual Again? Hell Yeah!

An American President who is a thinker. A Pope who values the life of the mind--not to mention, hipsters in stylish fake glasses and Jon Stewart's comedy. It all adds up to smart is in. Abstract ideas and the people who have them are making a comeback.<p>Instead of the Algonquin Round Table, today's …

When Artists and Intellectuals Were Rich

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

NSA Hacked The UN By Cracking Its Internal Video-Conferencing System

German publication Der Spiegel is reporting (via Google Translate) that the NSA successfully hacked the United Nations.<p>The agency apparently cracked the encryption code needed for the organization’s internal videoconferencing calls, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden, which also show …

Vogue Makes A Complete Joke Out Of Google, And Google Doesn’t Even Notice

Google Glass made it into Vogue’s esteemed September issue. But its treatment says a lot about how the fashion industry views the geek elite.<p>Google Glass just scored a 12-page spread in <i>Vogue</i>‘s September issue, or what’s easily the most influential issue of the most influential publication in all of …

Video and pictures of the Gold iPhone 5S leak online

A new round of pictures claiming to be the Apple iPhone 5S has found its way online. The images were posted on Japanese tech site ASCII and show a …

5 Beloved Scientists Who Were Actually Bullies

Electrocuting animals, stealing credit, self-aggrandizing, and more<p>Unfortunately, scientific genius doesn't necessarily come with superhuman social skills. The great minds on this list may have made significant contributions to their fields, but even hundreds of years later, we're still shaking our …

There Are No More Good Guys in Egypt

One thing that makes this crisis so vexing: Each of the country's major groups have done something totally horrible in the past few weeks.<p>CAIRO -- Almost a thousand people dead, dozens of churches burnt, its capital's most affluent districts subjected to raging firefights: Even in a region all too …

Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos

Join Rewards and earn points when you explore and search on MSN.<p>See your recent documents, or start one for free with Office Online.<p>Sign in to your …

Who Hacked China's Internet Yesterday?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>On Sunday morning, China's Internet was hit with the largest Denial of Service attack it has ever …

Facebook will pay $15 per user after judge approves final $20M ad settlement

Facebook(s fb) will pay out $9 million to approximately 614,000 users as part of a $20 million legal settlement that is intended to compensate users …

How to Read a Book | The Art of Manliness

1. Open book.<p>2. Read words.<p>3. Close book.<p>4. Move on to next book.<p>Reading a book seems like a pretty straightforward task, doesn’t it? And in some …

Less time at the office doesn’t make people happier, study shows

Problem<p>Work is making you miserable. Your boss is a mean little man with a clip-on tie and a rub-on tan and he’s got you running round the office like a dog around a track. Your coworkers unironically say things like “hump day” and “working hard, or hardly working?” If you could just spend a few …

Everyone Went Insane When 'NSYNC Reunited At The VMAs

'90s band 'NSync reunited at MTV's Video Music Awards to perform with old bandmate Justin Timberlake.<p>Timberlake was performing a medley of hits before accepting the Vanguard Award, which is the VMA equivalent to a lifetime achievement award, before Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, J.C. Chasez, Chris …

Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

Mika Brzezinski Hated Miley Cyrus’s VMA Performance More Than You Did

It seems everyone hated whatever it was Miley Cyrus was doing at last night's VMAs, but MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski really, really hated it.<p>On this …

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Wall Street Hearts Tesla

Wise men say only fools rush in. Yet Wall Street has fallen head-over-heels for electric car manufacturer Tesla, and for its capitalist super-hero …

Kids Today Getting High on Unlimited Campaign Spending

A trend far more corrosive than merely “snorting cinnamon” is quickly becoming widespread among America’s youth. Known as “forming Super PACs”—street names: PAC man, PAC-ing heat, S.P., PAC-a-lacking, PAC marks, PAC-a-moling, PAC-ity PAC don’t come back, The Suite Life of PAC & Cody, PAC-ary …

I want to be a bone marrow donor – does it hurt?

<b>The question:</b> I'm thinking of becoming a bone marrow donor, but how painful is it and are there any risks involved?<p><b>The answer:</b> Let me tell you about a seven-year-old patient of mine. I have been her family doctor since she was four. She was healthy and growing well, but last year, her parents …