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Your ‘bestie’ is probably your distant cousin

People tend to pick friends who resemble them genetically. In fact, according to a new study, close friends are the genetic equivalent of fourth …

Is this the ultimate watering hole?

Google gets 12,000 requests to be 'forgotten' on first day

Google has received 12,000 requests from people seeking to be "forgotten" by the world's leading search engine on the first day it offered the …

Classical music explodes, both in sales and in expanding boundaries

Classical music is becoming the new pop.<p>As the music world reels from declining sales, the one bright spot in the market this year came not from rap, …

Watch Sampology Take an Audio/Visual "Dip" Into Danny Brown

How many dips does Danny Brown have to take to screw in a lightbulb?<p>This year, Danny Brown has had a lot to say about your favorite crystalline concoction. He gave us his two cents on the quality of what's been going around, he penned an entire song devoted to the act of shoving this crazy candy …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …

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Largest human migration takes place around now

Hundreds of millions return to their home villages around the Chinese New Year. In a week to 10 days, 3.6 billion passenger miles are clocked on …

Spotify opens up analytics in effort to prove its worth to doubting musicians

Streaming music service Spotify is hoping to win over its musician critics by launching a new Spotify Artists website explaining how its business model works.<p>The company is also launching free analytics for artists to get data on streams of their music; announcing plans to help them sell …

This ‘air modem’ could hack your PC or phone via sound waves — without any electronic connection

The one thing you’ve always been certain of is that a computer that’s not connected to a network, doesn’t munch data from any USB sticks, and doesn’t accept any kind of electronic connection requests is reasonably safe against hackers and crackers breaking into its electronic vaults.<p>Not so much, …

Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

The Worst Jobs in Science and Three Awesome Ones

Bjork Explaining Television Is Everything You'd Imagine Bjork Explaining Television to Be

"This is what an Icelandic poet told me. And I became so scared to television that I always got headaches when I watched it. Then, later on, when I got my Danish book on television, I stopped being afraid because I read the truth, the scientifical truth and it was much better."<p>Björk.<p>Ethereal, tiny, …

The World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Is Still in China

Today is that twice-a-year day when the world pays attention to big iron. The latest edition of the Top 500 list of the most powerful supercomputers …

Apply for Cash Loans

Where To Start<p>Let's take some time to discuss money and finance, especially cash loans. What are they and how do they work? With so many options on …

An Argentine car mechanic invents birthing tool inspired by wine corks

It all started with wine: Jorge Odón, a car mechanic in Argentina, was inspired by a YouTube video demonstrating the removal of a sunken bottle cork to invent — of all things — a new birthing device that's been enthusiastically endorsed by doctors, donors, and the World Health Organization.<p>Called …

Biscuits 'as addictive as cocaine'

Auto-Brewery Syndrome: Apparently, You Can Make Beer In Your Gut

This medical case may give a whole new meaning to the phrase "beer gut."<p>A 61-year-old man — with a history of home-brewing — stumbled into a Texas emergency room complaining of dizziness. Nurses ran a Breathalyzer test. And sure enough, the man's blood alcohol concentration was a whopping 0.37 …