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The Frog Slime Cure for Flu

A compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported Tuesday.<p>The compound, a small structure called a peptide, cured mice of killer doses of human flu, the research team reported in the …

Common painkillers linked to increased risk of heart failure, BMJ finds

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen add to dangers, particularly in the elderly, study of 10 million users concludes<p>Common painkillers such as ibuprofen used by millions of people in the UK are linked to an increased risk of heart failure, experts have said.<p>Non-selective non-steroidal …

The New Way You'll Get Hacked: Through That Banking App on Your Phone

You’ve changed your computer passwords and you stay away from dodgy Wi-Fi hotspots. But hackers have found a new way to access your online banking accounts — and it’s on the rise across America.<p>Hackers are accessing smartphone users’ bank accounts through an increasingly inventive array of malware …

Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time

Steve Wanner is a highly respected 37-year-old partner at Ernst & Young, married with four young children. When we met him a year ago, he was working 12- to 14-hour days, felt perpetually exhausted, and found it difficult to fully engage with his family in the evenings, which left him feeling …

The truth about due diligence

There’s an expression in venture capital. It’s called the “Oh, shit” board meeting. “That’s when you learn all sorts of things that you wish you’d known after writing a company that first check,” says general partner David Hornik of August Capital.<p>It’s easy to imagine that they’ve been happening …

Amgen Finds Anti-Heart Attack Gene - MIT Technology Review

When Sean Harper took over as Amgen’s head of research in 2012, one of his first moves was to get the biotech giant to pay $415 million to buy DeCode …

Amgen

Privacy hawks in Congress prep last stand against Justice hacking rule

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Privacy advocates in Congress are preparing a last-ditch effort to block the Justice Department from pushing through a change in procedure that they say will vastly expand federal law enforcement's ability to hack into computers worldwide.<p>Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, is planning to …

Cryptography expert casts doubt on encryption in ISIS’ favorite messaging app

Telegram, the encrypted messaging app of choice for terrorist groups like ISIS, may not be as secure as the company wants people to think.<p>Telegram …

5 Products That'll Have You Stepping Off the Plane Looking (and Feeling!) Fabulous

Jet lag who?<p>There are a lot of instances where walking off of an hours-long flight looking well-rested and even remotely as good as you did when you …

Want to feel happier? Watch a film that makes you cry

Watching a tearjerker will spark a burst of happiness 90 minutes after the film has ended scientists have found<p>It is said that laughter is the best medicine, but when it comes to feeling blue, crying might be the best cure.<p>Researchers in the Netherlands videoed a group of 60 volunteers watching two …

The path to penury

A journey from the capital to the hinterland shows how grim life has become, and how Russians cope<p>ALMOST 500km (310 miles) separate Moscow, Russia’s …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Life's Stories

How you arrange the plot points of your life into a narrative can shape who you are—and is a fundamental part of being human.<p>In Paul Murray's novel <i>Skippy Dies,</i> there’s a point where the main character, Howard, has an existential crisis.“‘It’s just not how I expected my life would be,'" he …

'Leaks over Nemtsov murder signal both dissent and democracy in Russia'

Steady flow of information about the Chechen connection suggests many insiders would like to see the end of Ramzan Kadyrov, says <b>Mark Galeotti</b><p>After early confusion and contradiction, an increasingly clear picture is emerging from the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris …

The Secret Startup That Saved the Worst Website in America

How a team of young people, living in a repurposed McMansion in Maryland, helped rebuild Healthcare.gov<p>Loren Yu was on a weekend trip in Los Angeles when he received an urgent email from a friend. The friend, Kalvin Wang, had a proposition.<p>"If your response isn’t ‘no way,’ then we should talk ASAP, …

Health Care

Is Transparency The Music Industry's Next Battle?

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media's trending topics recently, whether that's Taylor Swift demonstrating her clout via a successful protest of Apple Music or Jay Z's Tidal promising artists higher royalty rates …

The Best Sushi Tips and Etiquette From a Real Sushi Chef

<i>What"s the correct way to eat sushi?: originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.</i><p><i>Answer by Kaz Matsune, Food Director/Executive Sushi Chef</i> …

Japan

The Abuse of Satire

Garry Trudeau on Charlie Hebdo, free-speech fanaticism, and the problem with “punching downward”<p>My career—I guess I can officially call it that now—was not my idea. When my editor, Jim Andrews, recruited me out during my junior year in college and gave me the job I still hold, it wasn’t clear to me …

Political Cartoons

Yahoo Answers Is Not Research, Or How Two Startups Are Fighting For The Future Of Knowledge

We’re told never to forget the ultimate laziness of humans, but when it comes to research in the internet age, sometimes that laziness can shock even the most prepared of minds. Students in grade school have grown accustomed to “remixing” internet sources to create their research reports, copying a …

The last places on Earth with no invasive species

Pockets of land and water that are free from ‘alien’ species are few and far between, finds Rachel Nuwer. Yet could we reverse the tide of these pests?<p>When Piero Genovesi received my email, his interest was piqued. Is there anywhere left, I asked, free from invasive species? Genovesi chairs the …

Zoology

Scout’s DIY Home Alarm Gets So, So Much Smarter With An IFTTT Channel

I’m really digging Scout‘s install-it-yourself modular home alarm.<p>It has its quirks, but it’s a massive step toward everything I want in a security system. I can add new components easily, I can control everything from my phone, there’s no ridiculous contracts or hidden fees, and it’s all …

Chrome: Avoid message trackers in Gmail

Read receipts are useful when you're talking to friends on an IM client and each party wants to know if their message was seen. However, you may not want this same feature to work in your Gmail.<p>Many marketing companies are using trackers in their promotional email to learn whether or not you've …

Old Routers Pose Serious Security Risk, Researcher Finds

If your Internet service provider gave you a router to use with your DSL connection a few years ago, you might want to upgrade. Security researcher Kyle Lovett found that a number of low-cost models provided by ISPs have serious security flaws that could get your Internet traffic or computer …

15 apps for transforming your phone into the ultimate toolkit

From apps that makes budgeting beautiful to ones that let you know the exact minute it's going to rain, there's something for every lifestyle.<p>We've collected the best of the best in this unique mix, and we tossed in a few lesser-known surprises to show what modern apps can do.

Apps

The driver's license of the future is coming to your smartphone

"We have a number of serious unresolved concerns about how the use of the smartphone as a driver's license may implicate privacy rights."<p>Rita Bettis, legal director, ACLU of Iowa

Chinese anti-censorship group Greatfire.org suffers massive hack

Group that helps Chinese internet users get around censorship barriers to access sites such as Google targeted by denial-of-service attack<p>An advocacy group that helps internet users inside China bypass blocks on censored content says it is suffering a denial-of-service attack disrupting its …

Encryption

Do your genes determine your entire life? | Julian Baggini

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?)

An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia<p>Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale …

Humanity