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18 Cool Color Blocked Buildings

Sunday’s a good day for eye candy, don’t you think? Assuming you already read the title of this post, no we’re not about to post 18 photos of Ryan Gosling looking awesome. We are, however, here to serve up a whole bunch of outrageously colorful buildings from all over the world. Color block month …

San Francisco

Childhood Lead Exposure May Cost Developing Countries Nearly $1 Trillion

The greater amount of lead you are exposed to as a child, the dumber you get. Paint, batteries, and leaded gasoline could all be threatening a …

Aaron Swartz’s Father Praises ‘Aaron’s Law’ Proposal

Six months after prominent Internet activist Aaron Swartz killed himself in his Brooklyn apartment, his father endorsed new legislation designed to …

Weiner Leads in Polls While His Sext Recipients Get Harassed. Double Standard, Anyone?

Correction appended: July 8, 2013<p>In 1949, U.S. Senator Edwin Johnson took to the Senate floor to denounce Swedish film star Ingrid Bergman, the …

Free to Be Happy

Sitting in his small two-room suite in the bricklayer Jacob Graff’s house at Seventh and Market Streets in Philadelphia — he hated the flies from …

What Milk Shakes Teach Us About Food Addiction

Have you ever craved a piece of chocolate? Or felt the lure of a hot slice of pizza? And been convinced that the force responsible wasn’t your …

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Are PETA’s Sexiest Celebrity Vegetarians

<b>Updated June 28, 5:10 p.m. EST*</b><p>Now we know why Kristen Bell loves sloths so much: they’re both plant-eaters!<p>The People for the Ethical Treatment of …

Unique Brain Pattern Could Predict Autism in Youngest Children

Genetic changes are almost certainly behind many cases of autism, and the latest research suggests that some of those alterations may be contributing …

James Gandolfini funeral draws family, fans and stars in New York

Family, friends and fans of James Gandolfini gathered in New York Thursday for a final remembrance of the actor known for his role as the tough-guy mob boss on "The Sopranos." Co-stars from that series -- usually recognized for their stoicism -- embraced one another with trembling lips and …

Gov. Perry: Wendy Davis hasn't 'learned from her own example'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Thursday that the Democratic state lawmaker who halted a restrictive abortion law “hasn’t learned from her own example” after having been born into adversity and becoming a teenage mother before going on to success as a Harvard law grad and legislator.<p>Speaking at the …

Aerial launch puts NASA's IRIS satellite in orbit to study the sun

Science News<p>NASA's newest solar observatory launched into space late Thursday, beginning a two-year quest to probe some of the sun's biggest mysteries.<p>An Orbital Sciences Corp. Pegasus XL rocket carrying the new solar telescope — called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph satellite, or IRIS — …

Macy's fined over treatment of immigrant workers

Business News<p>Macy's Inc has agreed to pay a $175,000 civil fine and improve its practices to resolve a U.S. government probe that found the retailer had discriminated against immigrant employees when verifying their eligibility to continue to work.<p>The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday said …

US suspending Bangladesh trade benefits after factory tragedies - source

Business News<p>President Barack Obama is expected to announce on Thursday that the United States is suspending trade benefits for Bangladesh after two tragedies in a year in the country's garment sector that killed more than 1,200 workers, a congressional source said.<p>U.S. trade officials have said …

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New VW Ad Demonstrates That Life Is Short (When You’re A Baby)

A swerving van rudely interrupts the perfect moment and the family’s car–a VW Jetta–narrowly avoids a collision. At that moment, we see the newborn’s …

Map The Climate Disaster Nearest You

A 30,000-acre fire in Southern California. Record low water levels in the Great Lakes. Drought-induced killer bee swarms in Texas (really? Really.)<p>Environmental blog Grist has put together a Google Map of the summer’s natural disasters, most of which can be tied to historically high temperatures. …

The Surprising Evolution Of The Term “Innovation”

To call someone an “innovator” would have been an accusation. Here’s how things changed.<p>Being on staff at <i>Fast Company</i>, I read permutations of the word “innovator” about 5,000 times a day. Co.Design has its Innovation By Design Awards and Conference. The magazine runs lists of the 50 Most Innovative …

Facebook Accounts Can Be Hijacked Via Text Message

A security researcher claims to have discovered a security hole, or exploit, in Facebook that lets anyone hijack an account via SMS text message. Fin1te, a researcher based in the United Kingdom, posted the details on a Tumblr blog. A Facebook flaw in a PHP file used to handle mobile phone logins …