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2015 was the year of Minions and “isms,” says Merriam-Webster dictionary

In 2015, we had minions on the mind.<p>So says Merriam-Webster. According to the English-language dictionary’s list of most-searched this year, the word for “a servile dependent, follower, or underling” was one of the most searched online, of the year. <i>Minions</i> made headlines in 2015 as one of the …

5 Android Apps you shouldn't miss this week! - Android Apps Weekly

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly!<p>[Price: Free / $2.45]<br>This week’s Android Apps Weekly is sponsored by CloudCal. Last week you may have remembered that we showed you an app called CloudTasks. Well, CloudCal is done by the same developers and the two apps actually work together well by syncing …

NASA is recycling Space Shuttle engines for a very important purpose

When finished, this rocket will be able to launch up to 2.16 million pounds into space. That kind of weight requires a powerful engine — four of them, to be precise.<p>NASA will use four RS-25 engines — along with two rocket boosters — to get the SLS from ground to space and on its way to Mars. …

Watch Urbane LTE impressions: LG's little known WebOS experiment

When LG announced its pair of rounded, metal-made smartwatches earlier this year, all attention was focused on the WiFi only model that made use of Android Wear. The standard Urbane has already been discussed and dissected to death in the media, though very little is known about its sibling. But …

Who’s that with Pope Francis? The seven kinds of people you meet in a papal entourage.

The pope’s entourage is about 100 people, which makes it less of a flock and more of a herd. No, His Holiness is not trailed by a stylist and personal trainer, although there <i>is</i> a papal physician and a few attendants in charge of wardrobe. When you’re traveling as both a head of state <i>and</i> the leader …

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The 17 most memorable quotes from Yankees legend Yogi Berra

The catcher was a 15-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, according to AFP.<p>He was also well-known for his goofy sayings.<p>Berra might never have said some of the quotes that have been attributed to him for years, but he's remembered for them …

The Wrath of Volkswagen’s Drivers

Volkswagen’s stunning admission that it sold diesel-powered cars that intentionally faked emissions testing results has left many of their owners — who thought they were buying fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly vehicles — angry and feeling betrayed.<p>The deception could prove a major threat …

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Evernote, the first dead unicorn

According to famed Silicon Valley investor Bill Gurley, 2015 will be the year of at least one dead unicorn.<p>"I do think you'll see some dead unicorns this year," said Gurley earlier in 2015 at SXSW.<p>For all the talk in technology about embracing failure, we've seen relatively little among the highly …

'Open Tree Of Life' Shows How 2.3 Million Earthlings Are Related, From Microbes To Mankind

"This is the first real attempt to connect the dots and put it all together," one researcher said.<p>Researchers from multiple institutions have come together to publish Earth's most complete family tree to date, illustrating the evolutionary relationships between about 2.3 million named species of …

See Breathtaking Photos of the Galapagos Islands on the Anniversary of Darwin's Voyage

Caption from LIFE. A giant tortoise, sensing danger, draws in its head with a hiss of alarm. It weighs 500 pounds, measu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Alfred …

The 10 Most Affordable Places To Live In The U.S.

Midwest is best.<p>Wanna live somewhere cheap? One particular region has your back.<p>The most affordable places to live in the U.S. based on housing, commuting and utilities costs are mostly cities in the midwest. The picks come from a new Trulia study that found America's most affordable cities based …

A historian thinks he’s pinpointed the oldest known use of the f-word

A British historian has stumbled upon what he believes is the earliest known use of the word “fuck” in a sexual context.<p>Paul Booth, a research fellow at the UK’s Keele University, found the name “Roger Fuckebythenavele” in a 1310 court document in the UK National Archives.<p>Booth believes that this …

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This Wildfire Escape Video Is a Drive Through Hell on Earth

He's lucky to be alive.<p>Wildfires ravaged Northern California this weekend. The "Valley Fire" in Lake County, northwest of Sacramento started as a 50-acre blaze on Saturday afternoon, growing steadily to a 50,000-acre inferno by Sunday night. A resident of the area—mulletFive on YouTube—recorded his …

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Study: Birds that mate for love have more successful bird families

At least in some birds, it seems a love match is much better than an arranged marriage. A new study published on Sept. 14 in PLOS Biology shows that birds and their offspring fare much better when they pick their own mates.<p>Behavioral ecologist Malika Ihle and her team at Max Planck Institute for …

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BYU students' nanocrystals could create more efficient solar panels

Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo<p>By | Posted Apr 10th, 2015 @ 11:51am<p> 3 photos<p>13<p>PROVO — Low-cost solar energy could be the end product of research carried out …

How one California farmer is battling the worst drought in 1,200 years

On a warm March afternoon, farmer Cannon Michael walks alongside wheat fields adjacent to his house in Los Banos, in California’s Central Valley. Most of these fields won’t be watered again this year.<p>“Wheat’s not a glamorous crop, but it makes a lot of bread,” Michael quips.<p>This wheat, though, …

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Missing Pet Posters From Around The World Are Weirdly Moving DIY Designs

Making a poster for a lost pet is one of the saddest design projects there is. But as Canadian artist Ian Phillips reveals in <i>Lost: Lost and Found Pet Posters from Around the World,</i> many of these posters end up as moving artistic homages to our animals. “The posters are like little mystery stories,” …

The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Knock knock.<p>Who's there?<p>Joe King.<p>Joe King who?<p>Joking like this used to be considered a sickness by some people.<p>The knock-knock joke has been a staple of American humor since the early 20th century. With its repetitive set-up and wordplay punchline, the form has been invoked — and understood — by …

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Secret’ Talent: A Look Back at His Intimate Photography Exhibition

Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. Back in 2010, the Star Trek legend unveiled an eye-opening portrait show at Mass MoCA called Secret …

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Mapped: These are the quietest spots in America

If you want some peace and quiet, get away from people and water and trek to the valleys in between western US mountains.<p>The US National Park Service released new maps of the loudest and quietest parts of the country, and the winner for the quietest overall area is the Basin and Range region, which …

Winners and losers: A breakdown of the net neutrality vote

We're hours away from the Federal Communications Commission's vote on major changes to how the regulator handles broadband Internet and the companies …

Net Neutrality

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

The top 10 wearables you can buy right now

This year's CES was awash in wearables and while many of them took the form of wrist-worn fitness trackers and smartwatches, the genre has expanded beyond the basics. While some iOS users may be holding out for the Apple Watch in April, there's still a great selection of cross-platform devices …

This Site Visualizes Your Death

And your birth, plus everything in between.<p>Ever wonder how you fit into the teeming swarm of humanity, statistically? Now in beta, Population.io is a great new site designed by Benedikt Groß (previously featured on Co.Design for his typeface made up of satellite imagery) that visualizes your place …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …