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Not so sweet: Chocolate prices are set to rise

NEW YORK (AP) — That bowl of chocolates for ninjas and ghosts won't cost you more this Halloween. Picking the perfect sweet for your Valentine could.<p>The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not …

Project Management Apps: Which Is Best For Your Team?

In past jobs, I always found managing team projects by email a challenge.<p>Members not on key email chains are left in the dark, and important messages get buried in overstuffed inboxes.<p>At one workplace, we instituted a team task management system that I won’t name, but it was so awful, I actually …

Why NASA Blew Up a Rocket Just After Launch

A National Geographic staffer's on-scene account of the Antares rocket failure.<p><b>WALLOPS ISLAND, Virginia—Every time NASA launches a rocket, two safety officers have one weighty decision: They have to decide whether to push a self-destruct button if it appears the launch is going awry.</b><p>If they make …

As You Start Your Career, Focus on People Skills

All across the country, this year’s soon-to-be graduates are revving up to start their careers. You may be one of them. You’re already thinking about what you’ll do when get into your new position. You’re smart and energetic, and you’re eager to commit both of those attributes to moving ahead. But …

2013 MLB Mock Draft: Best-Case Scenarios for All 30 Teams' First-Round Picks

The big-league draft is a funny thing.<p>For the two teams picking at the top of this year's draft, their decisions are as easy as pie.<p>For the Houston Astros, the choice is simple: Which front-of-the-rotation arm do they prefer?<p>For Chicago, the decision is even easier: Which front-of-the-rotation arm …

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First Impressions: Dell XPS 18 Portable All-in-One

Recently, Dell hasn’t led the pack when it comes to inspired design language and eye-popping hardware. This isn’t to say Dell hasn’t been churning out reliable products, but nothing that’s made an indelible impression or pushed the envelope. Two notable exceptions spring to mind, however: Last …

FYI: Do Wind Farms Make It Less Windy?

Related: Do they change the surrounding temperature?<p>Wind turbines extract kinetic energy from the air around them, and since less energy makes for weaker winds, turbines do indeed make it less windy. Technically speaking, the climate zone right behind a turbine (or behind all the turbines on a wind …

Navy Dolphins Searching For Mines Uncover Sunken 19th Century Torpedo

It's only the second torpedo of its kind ever found.<p>Dolphins have been used for 50 years to help the U.S. Navy echolocate mines. That project is going away in 2017 (to be replaced by robots) but in the meantime, a team of Navy dolphins have picked up something a little more vintage.<p>Off the coast of …