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Apple's earnings were awful, but Wall Street has its eyes on the iPhone 7

On Wednesday morning, analysts on Wall Street say ... they loved it!<p>The main theme from notes to investors on Wednesday is that the bad news about the iPhone — declining units sold this quarter and maybe throughout the rest of the fiscal year — is now priced in and quantified. So they are looking …

The Invisible Catastrophe

‘It just seems like a beautiful day in Southern California,” Bryan Caforio said.<p>It was late January in Porter Ranch, an affluent neighborhood on the northern fringe of Los Angeles. Caforio and I sat at a Starbucks overlooking an oceanic parking lot crowded with shoppers. The air was still, dry, 70 …

'We know so little about so much': Robert Newman talks skulls, science and psychology

The comedian talks us through why Freud was was wrong, Isaac Newton’s brain capacity and why thinking of the brain as a ‘wet computer’ is an error<p>I discovered Rob Newman’s comedy when I was 16. His shows were relentless: packed full of quotes, arguments, anger, history, philosophy and, above all, …

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American bikers prepare for Dakar Rally, the world's most dangerous motor sports event

On Jan. 2, a "Mad Max" phalanx of 354 cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads will blast out of downtown Buenos Aires and begin the treacherous 8,000-kilometer (4,971 miles) Dakar Rally across the mountains and deserts of Argentina and Bolivia.<p>The annual off-road race, considered the world's most …

World's Largest McDonald's Shuts to Make Way for Even Larger McDonald's

The biggest McDonald’s in the world closed this week to make room for an even larger McDonald’s.<p>McDonald’s shut down the 12,000-square-foot location …

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How To Turn Your Old Smartphone Into A Smart Mirror

A reflective dashboard for your morning routine<p>Ditch your Post-it notes for reminders built right into a mirror. Software engineer Hannah Mittelstaedt programmed an old Android tablet to show time, weather, and other information in bright letters on a dark background. Place the device behind a …

I Defend My Backyard With A Bottle Bazooka

You should check your local laws and regulations before firing off your own<p>I’ve always wanted my own bazooka, but my neighbors might not look upon that too favorably. So instead, I satisfied my craving with a bazookalike contraption capable of launching plastic bottles clear across my backyard. …