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The limitations and perils of scientific studies

A staple in college psychology courses is the story of polio and "spongy tar." It seems that decades ago, researchers noticed that there were higher polio rates during times when tar was spongier in children's playgrounds. Based on that, they mistakenly concluded that spongy tar causes polio and …

Social Sciences

Thousands at Hong Kong protest as Occupy Central is launched

<b>The leader of Hong Kong's Occupy Central pro-democracy movement has announced the launch of a mass disobedience campaign.</b><p>Benny Tai addressed thousands who had gathered outside government headquarters in central Hong Kong.<p>It comes a day after the arrests of more than 60 protesters who had entered a …

Hell in the Hot Zone

As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the …

Yosemite fire near Half Dome forces airlifting of 85 people

Investigators are trying to determine whether a raging fire near Half Dome that forced rescue workers to airlift 85 people out of the backcountry in Yosemite National Park is part of a fire that had been smoldering for more than a month.<p>The wildfire, which sent plumes of smoke over Yosemite, is …

Obama says military will help fight Ebola outbreak in West Africa

President Obama has said that the United States military will begin aiding the response to an outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa that has claimed the lives of at least 2,100 people in five countries.<p>In an interview broadcast Sunday on NBC's "Meet The Press," Obama said the epidemic was a …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

Happiness

Tomorrow Tesla Motors will announce the location for its battery 'Gigafactory' is Nevada

Several states have been in the running for a multi-billion dollar facility Tesla Motors has envisioned to build components for its electric cars (including the $35,000 Model 3), but it appears Nevada is the one. <i>CNBC</i> sources indicated a deal was close earlier today, and now Nevada Governor Brian …

Intel and Opening Ceremony Introduce Smart Bracelet

The problem with most smartwatches and wearables is that they’re not exactly stylish. Plus, unless you have a large wrist, they look huge and garish.<p>Intel and Opening Ceremony have teamed up to make wearables something women will actually want to wear with the stylish MICA (My Intelligent …

Baidu's new headset and chopsticks record, ID and judge the food you eat

Chinese search giant Baidu has formally launched its answer to Google Glass, but unlike Mountain View's creation, it doesn't actually come with a display. The headset, called Baidu Eye, wraps behind your head instead. It recognizes voice and gesture commands, including being able to look up …

Pay TV penetration continues to decline as new households don’t get cable

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Zastolskiy Victor<p>New evidence that cord cutting is happening comes from the Leichtman Research Group …

West Africa struggles to contain Ebola as warnings and deaths mount

Interactive map shows you where internet censorship is strongest

If you're reading this, you probably enjoy open internet access as a matter of course. However, other countries aren't quite so liberal. How do you know where you're truly free? IVPN's new interactive censorship map might just answer that question for you. The site lets you click on a given country …