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More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

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Scientists Are Writing Honest Reviews of Amazon Products, And They're Just So Good

"Fits neatly inside a lizard's cloaca."

Over 400 Scientific Papers Have Cited a 'Phantom' Reference That Never Existed

There's a ghost haunting your bibliography.<p>It can be pretty frustrating when you're searching for an academic reference and just can't find it …

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How Facebook’s news feed algorithm works.

Every time you open Facebook, one of the world’s most influential, controversial, and misunderstood algorithms springs into action. It scans and …

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Overcast 2’s new business model is a popularity litmus test

If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ve likely heard of Overcast. In releasing version 2 of his app, Marco Arment is also testing a new business model, allowing fans to support his efforts monthly.<p>Overcast’s original model was freemium; you paid for a very basic podcasting app, and an in-app purchase …

Drinking Song

Deep Flip: The Washington Post Comes to Flipboard

Few publications can claim that their articles led to the impeachment of a U.S. President. In fact, only one comes to mind: The Washington Post, whose shoe-leather reporting during the Watergate scandal made the newspaper (as well as reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein) a household name.<p>Since …

Ring, Ring! Dial Up to Get Flipboard Delivered to Your Ear

With Flipboard already on mobile, the Web and (soon) the Watch, what’s next? Today, we’re excited to reveal the final frontier: the FlipPhone. Now you can call 1-248-206-FLIP to get your personal magazine read to you over the phone.<p>Finally, there’s a safe way to use Flipboard while you’re driving …

Music labels are reportedly pressuring Spotify to limit free streaming

It's no secret that the digital age hasn't been kind to the music industry. Streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, and Pandora have buoyed a long-declining market with the support of eager music labels, but it seems those very same labels are starting to get nervous about their revenue …

Financial Times to change way it charges for online content

The Financial Times is ditching the metered access model it pioneered and switching to an approach that will require users to pay to access most of the newspaper’s content online.<p>Currently, readers can access up to three articles a month if they are registered, but must become subscribers to access …

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The history of the stereotyped "Asian" melodic riff

Carl Douglas's 1974 <i>Kung Fu Fighting</i> made it ubiquitous, but NPR found that the distinctive, stereotyped combination of rhythm and scale dates to the …

The people who challenged my atheism most were drug addicts and prostitutes

They prayed whenever they could find 15 minutes. "Preacher Man", as we called him, would read from the Bible with his tiny round glasses. It was the only book he had ever read. A dozen or so others would listen, silently praying while stroking rosaries, sitting on bare mattresses, crammed into a …

The Top Five Most Racist Moments of 2013

From Ann Coulter to George Zimmerman, crazy black preachers to Miley Cyrus twerking—these are the five most embarrassing, depressing, and racially questionable news stories of 2013.<p><i>Photo by Nate Miller</i><p>It has been a banner year in many respects. We saw some amazing films released (I'm looking at …

You Have No Control Over Security on the Feudal Internet

Facebook regularly abuses the privacy of its users. Google has stopped supporting its popular RSS feeder. Apple prohibits all iPhone apps that are political or sexual. Microsoft might be cooperating with some governments to spy on Skype calls, but we don’t know which ones. Both Twitter and LinkedIn …