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Why Did Humans Invent Music?

Darwin and others have said it was a way to woo. Others believe music is social glue—a theory bolstered by a new study.<p><b>Why did humans invent music?</b><p>Until the hot tub time machine becomes a reality, the answer to that question will remain as mysterious as the true identity of the '60s garage band ? …

Charles Darwin

The Big Picture photography competition: round 270

São Paulo

How to Travel Solo

It's an invigorating idea we've all pondered at some point -- leaving everything behind to embark on a solo journey. Thanks to memoirs like Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love and Cheryl Strayed's Wild, traveling alone has a reputation for fostering self-discovery. Without the crutch of friends or …

You Built What?!: A Compact Mechanical Crossbow With the Precision of a Laser

Wrist-mounted weaponry brought to you by the letter Y<p>Last October, after hurting his knee playing hockey, Patrick Priebe was holed up in his apartment near Cologne, Germany, with nothing to do. He was sitting at his computer, staring at his keyboard, when the "Y" key caught his eye. Priebe didn't …

Nintendo should make two great games for iOS

The idea that Nintendo should make games for iOS has been floated for a while now. Many disagree. I don't. It's not so much that their market share …

Microsoft Says Xbox One Is Worth $100 More Than PS4

<i>It’s only a Benjamin.</i><p>The pre-next-gen console wars are all fiery and hot even before product release.<p>Fans and corporations alike continue to throw punches, defending their system and attacking the other.<p>One of the major remaining differences between the next consoles on offer from Microsoft (MSFT) …

Kim Dotcom to launch political party in New Zealand

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has announced he will launch a political party in New Zealand to contest next year's elections, drawing a scornful response from prime minister John Key.<p>Mr Dotcom said his plans were still embryonic but the yet-to-be-named party would launch on January 20, the second …

Kim Dotcom

Xbox One's Improved Voice Chat Quality Demonstrated

Hear the difference for yourself.<p>Microsoft has detailed the changes made to Xbox Live voice chat for Xbox One, revealing a much-improved level of …

One Microsoft On, Ballmer Out, ValueAct In — Get Ready for the Next Shoe to Drop at Microsoft

It would seem that all it takes to be in a position to make big changes at Microsoft is $2.2 billion.<p>That’s the value of the tiny 0.8 percent stake …

Steve Ballmer

Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after 'civil unrest' began

FURIOUS politicians have demanded Prime Minister David Cameron explain why chemical export licences were granted to firms last January – 10 months …

Middle East

#F1Chat Preview – more silly season and looking ahead to Italy

Next weekend sees the final European race of the 2013 Formula One season, and while we have the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to look forward to, we …

Auto Racing

How Astronauts Train at the Bottom of the Sea

Since 2001, planners at NASA's Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) program have been sending people to live in Aquarius, an underwater laboratory three and a half miles south of Key Largo, Florida. Last month, during NEEMO's 16th mission, three astronauts lived there for 12 days, testing …

Cost of Formula 1

Last week, AUTOSPORT published in their magazine details of the budgets of the Formula 1 teams together with their estimated spending, this is …

Scuderia Ferrari