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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

While testing whether a dash of yeast could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty …

Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services.<p><b>[Update 6:45pm PST</b>: Apple has …

Experts: MH17 Victims Could Have Remained Conscious During Fall

Vadim Ghirda—AP<p>Mauricio Lima—The New York Times/Redux<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Bulent …

North Korea Made It To World Cup Final, Presumably Won

UPDATE: Presumably satire. FAKE HAIR, DON'T CARE. Pubic hair, do care -- especially if it's in my fast food.<p>This is a North Korean news report …

Remarkable Macro Photograph of a Hummingbird by Chris Morgan | Colossal

<p>Photographer Chris Morgan snapped these great macro shots of hummingbirds in 2011 at Bosque De Paz, a 3,000 acre privately-owned biological reserve …

Ex-dictator Manuel Noriega sues Activision over 'Call of Duty' game

Former Panama dictator Manuel Noriega is suing the Santa Monica video game publisher<p>Activision Blizzard Inc.for depicting him and using his name without his permission in one of the fastest-selling video games.<p>In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Noriega alleges that …

Felipe Scolari apologizes for Brazil’s World Cup drubbing at hands of Germany

<b>BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil —</b> Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari apologized to fans for failing to lead the host to the World Cup final, saying the …

Low sympathizes for Brazil after crushing loss to Germany

Joachim Low felt sympathy for Brazil after watching his Germany team crush the hosts 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.<p>Low insists he knows how the …

Five Points: How Germany turned Brazil’s World Cup dreams into a nightmare

It takes more than one or two factors to create the circumstances behind the sensational proceedings in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. Germany 7, Brazil …

How He Hit That: Angel Cabrera's tee shot bombs at The Greenbrier

<b>By Matthew Rudy</b><p>Each time Angel Cabrera overpowers a major championship with huge tee shots at critical moments, we wonder why he doesn't do it a "regular" Tour stop.<p>At The Greenbrier, the 44-year-old Argentine finally did, shooting a pair of weekend 64s to take a third title to go with his 2007 …

Martin Kaymer is having a mini-U.S. Open hangover

<b>By Luke Kerr-Dineen</b><p>Regardless of how the rest of his season turns out, 2014 has been an excellent year for Martin Kaymer -- winning the Players Championship and the U.S. Open in the same year is a success by any measure. But just as we thought Martin Kaymer was ready to go all 'Tiger Woods' on the …

A little later than expected, Sun Mountain rolls out Combo Cart

<b>By Keely Levins</b><p>Sun Mountain recently announced the roll out of the Combo Cart, an all- in-one golf bag/pushcart. If this sounds familiar, it's because the company made a similar reveal in early 2013, anticipating the Combo Cart would hit the market later that year. Design tweaks delayed the launch, …

British Open: Know Your Open Courses

New book says Tiger Woods paid controversial doctor Anthony Galea $76K for 14 visits

By Sam Weinman<p>A new book that examines baseball star Alex Rodriguez's use of performance-enhancing drugs also sheds new light on the treatment Tiger Woods received from the controversial Canadian doctor Anthony Galea.<p>*Woods' treatments under Galea spanned from January to August 2009.<p>Photo by Getty …

Brazil Gutted in 7-1 Rout by Germany

Wall Street stoked over Alcoa earnings

Alcoa unofficially kicked off earnings season with gusto Tuesday, delivering second-quarter results that smashed expectations.<p>The aluminum giant reported an adjusted quarterly profit of 18 cents a share — 50% more than expected. The news boosted shares of Alcoa 2% in after-hours trading.<p>Positive …