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What Do Cats Think About Us? You May Be Surprised

Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says.<p>Since cats first got their adorable claws into us about 9,500 years ago, humans have had a love affair with felines.<p>Today more than 80 million cats reside in U.S. homes, with an estimated three cats for every dog on the planet. …

How to Take a Picture of a Single, Ultra-Magnified Snow Flake

You—yes, you!—can help prove that no two flurries are alike. All you need is a good camera, a plastic bag, and some tape.<p>No two snowflakes are alike, they say. And yet: We rarely get proof of that. Our eyes perceive snow not as individual, idiosyncratic crystals ... but rather as uniformly fluffy …

Ambitious Bill Targets HIV/AIDS Discrimination

"It's about trying to be fair to people who have a treatable chronic disease rather than being literally criminals armed with a deadly weapon," Sen. Chris Coons says. Advocates are hopeful.<p>WASHINGTON — Activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS are hopeful that a new piece of legislation being …

Barack Obama, Oprah and Bono to visit South Africa to pay tribute to Mandela

Most guests are due to attend a memorial service at the FNB football stadium, also open to members of the public<p>Dozens of heads of state, retired politicians and other assorted luminaries are expected to arrive in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela this week. The bulk are due to attend a …

There Are Huge Reserves of Live-Saving Fresh Water Below the Oceans

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Scientists in Australia have identified vast meteoric groundwater reserves (VMGRs) of freshwater …

Why Touch ID is bigger news than any of us appreciated

Touch ID is far, far more important than most people have realised – the core message behind a <i>Quora</i> post by the CEO of a card payment service. We can expect to learn far more “in the next few months, and that’s likely to eventually include both Touch ID Macs and use of the fingerprint system for …

Homeless man in Boston honored by police for turning in backpack full of cash, checks

A homeless man in Boston was honored Monday for flagging down police after he discovered a bag filled with $2,400 in cash and nearly $40,000 in travelers checks, The Boston Globe reported.<p>Last summer, Glen James, who is in his 50s and lives in a homeless shelter, noticed a young man at the South …

Man in his underpants danced on the wing of Angela Merkel’s jet

Germany’s security services are urgently investigating how a man was able to board Angela Merkel’s military jet where he partied alone for four hours wearing only underpants while high on drugs.<p>The man, a bodybuilder of Turkish descent named as Volkan T, 24, danced on a wing of the German …

Ecuador Scraps Plan to Block Rain Forest Oil Drilling

Idea had been hailed as a revolutionary way to combat climate change.<p><b>The decision by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to abandon a plan to spare the species-rich Yasuní rain forest in eastern Ecuador from oil development has dashed hopes for what environmentalists had hailed as a historic</b> …

4 Sky Events This Week: Ice Giants and Celestial Fishes

<b>This week the moon helps sky-watchers catch some celestial fish and trawl the night sky for the most distant worlds in our solar system.</b><p><b>Mars and Gemini Twins.</b> At dawn on Tuesday, August 20, look for ruddy-colored Mars forming a picturesque arc formation with the bright stars Pollux and Castor from …

OpenDesk.cc Is Like Ikea For Open Source Zealots

Furniture is probably the last thing on the mind of most open source proponents but now it doesn’t have to be. OpenDesk is a free, open source line of furniture that you can make yourself or order unassembled from a maker with a CNC machine. Not only is the furniture cheap – free if you have the …

Japan's nuclear clean-up: costly, complex and at risk of failing

The most ambitious radiation clean-up ever attempted has proved costly, complex and time-consuming since the Japanese government began it more than …

Nuclear Energy

Is Voyager 1 still in our solar system? NASA doesn't know

In March, more than 35 years after leaving Earth, NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft traveled beyond our solar system and into a new frontier — interstellar space. Or well, maybe not. Shortly after NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced that Voyager 1 had broken into uncharted territory, the original …

Oracle's Larry Ellison slams Google's Larry Page as person behind 'evil' decisions

Larry Ellison, chief executive of Oracle, had harsh words on Google CEO Larry Page in a new interview, calling him the primary decision maker …

Gladbecker Geiseldrama: 54 Stunden Staatsversagen

Gladbecker Geiseldrama 54 Stunden Staatsversagen<p>Von<p>-Aktualisiert am 14.08.2013-08:30<p>August 1988: Mit einer Waffe bedroht der Entführer Dieter …

Your Best Photos of Perseid Meteor Shower

Dozens of you submitted Perseid meteor shower photos to National Geographic’s Your Shot community. Here are the best.

57 Startup Lessons I've Learned The Hard Way

<b>Editors Note:</b> This is a guest post by Slava Akhmechet, founder of RethinkDB. You can follow him on Twitter here.<p>There are already very good lists of startup lessons written by really talented, experienced people (here and here). I’d like to add another one. I learned these lessons the hard way in …

How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasn’t had much time to himself.<p>On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantir’s lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around …

Andy Biersack on Twitter: ""They say they can break you again and again, if life is a radio, turn up to ten""

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California Supreme Court rejects bid to revive Prop. 8

SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to revive<p>Proposition 8, ending the last remaining legal challenge to same-sex marriage in the state.<p>Meeting in closed session, the state high court rejected arguments by ProtectMarriage, Proposition 8's sponsors, that only an appellate …