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What If Your Smartphone Could Bend Into a Smart Watch?

As technology advances, the list of gadgets we own grows longer: laptops, music players, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and Google Glass — it's …

A Simple Google Search Allowed This Reporter To Hack 8 Smart Homes

"Smart homes" are houses that are fully wired and internet-enabled, so that owners can control devices — like door locks and thermostats — remotely from their desktops or phones.<p>A "smart homes" Google search led writer Kashmir Hill to a list of homes with an automation system from Insteon, she …

Smart Homes

Flat Paintings Produce Incredible 3D Optical Illusions

New York-based artist Justen Ladda has an amazing eye for perspective and distortion. Since the 1980s, he has combined painting with sculpture to produce flat installations that, from a distance, appear three dimensional. With precision and a vivid imagination, Ladda has developed so many different …

Digital Art

How An Overconfident Billionaire Brought A 111-Year-Old Retailer To Its Knees

The actions of hedge fund manager Bill Ackman have sent J.C. Penney into a three-year tailspin. Now that he is gone, the question everyone is asking is if the damage he inflicted is permanent.<p>J.C. Penney, the American department store company with more than 1,000 locations, celebrated its 111th …

YouTube ads are the new frontier for fraud

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial …

The 5 weirdest world records of 2013 (so far)

Forget world's smallest dog or tallest woman—we've found the truly bizarre world records. Who comes up with this stuff?<p>1. Most Golden Retrievers in …

How Instagram Almost Ruined My Life

Insecurity, FOMO, and the other unfiltered harms that everyone’s favorite photo app can do to you.<p>In 2013, the phrase “you have no filter” no longer means you’re not invited to dinner parties. It just means you don’t have Instagram, an app that turns its users into monsters. Don’t get me wrong–the …

A new year every four hours? It's possible with exoplanets

Astronomers have detected a scorching-hot planet that zooms around its alien sun in just eight and a half hours. And if you think <i>that's</i> something, wait until you hear about the iron planet that spins through a whole year in just a little more than four hours.<p>Two overlapping teams of researchers …

For Want of a Toilet, a Life Will Be Lost

<b>Nowhere to Pee</b><p>Did you ever have a moment when something you already understood <i>intellectually</i> suddenly lands on an almost cellular level?<p>Last Thursday, a conversation at work did that, for me. "Robert" who endured chronic homelessness for nearly three years, was recently successfully referred into a …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Increased flooding may cost the world $1 trillion by 2050

Flood damage in the world's major coastal cities may top $1 trillion a year by 2050 due to rising seas and subsiding land, according to a new study.<p>The startling figure is "not a forecast or a prediction," but rather a means to "show that not to adapt and not to improve protection is impossible," …

People trust eyes -- not ears -- when judging musicians

Over 20 years or so of competing in classical piano competitions, psychologist Chia-Jung Tsay often noticed that she was more likely to win when she was onstage and audiences could make a visual connection with her.<p>"I could go into a studio and produce a really clean recording, but it didn't seem …

This DIY Bed Bug Trap Is Cheap, Shows Signs of an Infestation Early

Most bed bug traps and tests can cost $50 or more, but this DIY trap is so simple and cheap that the researchers that came up with it want people to …

Social entrepreneur brings light to the electric-less -- with a soda bottle and some water

Think of a life-changing technology these days and the image that comes to mind might be an iPhone — something incredibly complex and sophisticated that expands your whole idea of what’s possible.<p>Keep that idea in mind, but instead of an iPhone, picture this: a clear plastic soda bottle, some water …

Ground zero: The first few days

<b>Rescue workers sift through debris at the scene of what was once the plaza area of the World Trade Center twin towers, Sept. 24, 2001. (Reuters)</b><p>The beginning of America’s most fought-over public space<p>Elizabeth Greenspan<p>August 18, 2013 2:45pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Battle for Ground Zero”<p>The most …

3 U.S. Cities Are Among the World's Most Vulnerable to Flood Disasters

The Prince Who Blew Through Billions

When two British lawyers, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, signed on in 2004 to manage the affairs of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, notorious playboy brother of the Sultan of Brunei, they entered a world of orgiastic wealth: 250 companies, 2,000 cars, luxury hotels, planeloads of women and polo ponies, …

10 Heartbreaking Photos That Might Reduce You To Tears

They say a photo speaks a thousand words, so with the greatest respect to these heartbreaking moments from our history & the photographers that have …

The art of survival in China: how some of Bo's cronies cling on

BEIJING (Reuters) - Three years ago, the mayor of China’s sprawling southwestern city of Chongqing was asked to describe how well he got along with his then boss, the ambitious Communist Party leader Bo Xilai.<p>Chongqing mayor Huang Qifan speaks during a news conference in Beijing in this March 4, …

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Recycling centers in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastic “clamshell” containers used for berries, plastic hospital gowns and plastic bags, …

Sustainability

School Clerk In Georgia Persuaded Gunman To Lay Down Weapons

Tuesday's terrifying incident at an elementary school near Atlanta — in which a gunman with an assault rifle and other weapons entered the building — ended with no one being hurt after a school clerk apparently spent about an hour talking to the young man. She says she persuaded him to put down his …

Syria rebels say scores dead in poison-gas attack

BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition activists Wednesday accused the government of killing scores of civilians, including women and children, in a poison-gas assault on rebel strongholds outside Damascus.<p>The official Syrian news agency called the reports “untrue” and designed to derail a United Nations …

Middle East

Manning gets 35 years in prison for massive leak of US secrets

FORT MEADE, Md. — Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier who leaked hundreds of thousands of secret government documents, was sentenced by a military judge Wednesday to 35 years in prison and a dishonorable discharge.<p>Because of credit for time served and military parole rules, Manning could be out of …

We start turning into our parents aged 32, according to new survey

We may have always understood it’s only a matter of time until we turn into our parents, and now we know this will happen by the time we reach 32.<p>We …