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Texas sets aside Chris Kyle Day in honor of American sniper

<b>(CNN) —</b> Texas is setting aside Monday to honor Chris Kyle, the Navy SEAL marksman depicted in the film "American Sniper."<p>Kyle became a legend in military circles due to his 160 confirmed kills and developed a deadly reputation in Iraq, where he served several times. He's considered one of the most …

A 23-Year-Old Set A Guinness World Record For Playing A Video Game At 18,569 Feet

"I was on the phone with a new hire at my company," he said. "My phone beeped, and I looked at it, and I got this email saying 'Congratulations, you won,' and immediately I checked out," he tells Business Insider. "Like, I couldn't understand one thing the guy was saying anymore. I just held my …

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Virginia court says fingerprint-locked smartphones are fair game

Here's some trivia for your next trip to the pub. Did you know that, in Virginia, you don't have to tell the cops your phone's unlock code, but you're obliged to open it if you use a fingerprint based passcode? It's a quirky piece of legal precedent that's just been established in the state after a …

A Developer Says Apple Sent Him Screenshots Of Porn In Order To Confirm How Easy It Is To Search For Porn With His App

In a Medium post, developer Carl Smith has a detailed story about how his app was denied access to the Apple Store because of how easy it was to search for porn (and find it) using the app.<p>In order to prove this to Smith, Apple allegedly sent him a screenshot of a man masturbating.<p>And, there was no …

This bizarre bendable phone wears like a shirtsleeve

For the past few years, the standing lazy punchline about wearables has been something about awkwardly strapping a computer or a phone to your body. Finally, a crowdfunding campaign has taken the joke to the next level and made that punchline a reality.<p>San Francisco Bay Area startup Arubixs has …

Amazon Fire phone now just 99 cents, but it’s probably still not worth it

In news that will probably surprise no one, Amazon announced today that the Fire will be available for 99 cents on AT&T, where it’s been exclusively available since June.<p>After scathing reviews and a lack of excitement from users, it was obvious that Amazon would eventually have to take the Fire’s …

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6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …

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Scientists May Have Found The Fix For Nut Allergies

The threat of death does not loom over most people who dip their fists in a bowl of honey-roasted cashews. For those with severe nut allergies, however, such a treat can quickly turn into a trip to the emergency room. Now, preliminary research focusing on modifying the protein structures of peanuts …

Woman Grows A Nose On Her Spine After Stem Cell Experiment

And other reasons not to mess around with unproven therapies<p>Eight years ago, doctors took nasal tissue samples and grafted them onto the spines of 20 quadriplegics. The idea was that stem cells within the nasal tissue might turn into neurons that could help repair the damaged spinal cord, and the …

$10,000 Is On Offer For Anyone Who Can Hack A Tesla Car

Security experts will be competing to hack a car for a $10,000 prize next week. It’s no ordinary car, though. It’s a Tesla Model S, the famous electric supercar brought to life by Elon Musk and his whizz-kid mechanics. And this might just be the first ever open competition to hack a car.<p>Anyone who …

FDA approves new insulin inhaler for diabetics

The US Food and Drug Administration today approved a new insulin inhaler for use in treating diabetes, its first in years. The product, which is made by California-based MannKind Corporation, uses a dry powder that people can breathe in to control insulin levels. It's been designed not as a …

World's oldest human poop may have been found in Spain

Maybe archaeologists should watch where they step. Researchers have stumbled across what may be the world's oldest human poop, deposited by Neanderthals about 50,000 years ago atop an ancient campfire in Spain.<p>If the discovery is truly a prehistoric latrine – a claim that has provoked skepticism …

Astronomers discover Earth-sized 'diamond' 900 light years away

The world's largest diamond, the Cullinan, is a tad over 3,100 carats uncut. Its estimated value is some $2 billion, and it only weighs about 1.37 pounds. That stone, while enormous relative to others like it, is but an invisible speck when up against the Earth-sized diamond discovered 900 light …

Yo earns top 10 spot and $1 million just for being silly

Social media helps drive popularity<p>A free app that does nothing but trumpet "Yo." at your contacts has found its way into the US App Store's Top 10 list, thanks to social media's irrepressible love for the inane. The attention even attracted $1 million in angel funding for Life Before Us LLC, the …

Defend Your Cubicle With A Nerf Sentry Gun

You'll be the undefeatable champion with this one<p>Tell workplace pen thieves and pranksters how you really feel with a barrage of foam darts. This project hacks a Nerf gun to automatically fire at large heat signatures. Simply replace the toy’s trigger system with a servomotor, wire up a home …

Being a bully may be good for your health, study finds

Children who bully others have lower levels of inflammation later in life<p>Childhood bullying has been linked to a number of physical and mental health effects, including lower self-worth, depression, and serious illnesses later in life. But until now, researchers had largely focused on examining …

Android users are promiscuous hillbillies, iPhones are for the rich and hip — so suggests two new surveys

This morning started like any other work day. I got up and started reading my email, I then followed up with checking various news feeds and other sources to get a better grasp at what’s going on in the world of Android. It wasn’t much more than thirty minutes into my day that I was made aware of …

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Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.<p>With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to …

'Earth's Cousin': Scientists Find Alien Planet That's Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

EA won't let a server shutdown turn out the lights on old Battlefield games

Video games and movies crib ideas from each other quite a bit these days, but seeing Electronic Arts go back and save some of its fallen comrades is a bit unexpected. The outfit's announced that in the wake of GameSpy's back-end multiplayer tech going dark, it's transitioning three <i>Battlefield</i> games …

U.S. Navy Has Found A Way To Turn Seawater Into Fuel

Scientists with the United States Navy say they have successfully developed a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, calling it a potentially revolutionary advancement.<p>Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed technology to extract carbon dioxide from seawater while …

Iraq Wants To Legalize Child Marriage

A new law would approve marriage to girls as young as nine in a bid to appease the nation’s conservatives ahead of parliamentary elections.<p>In a bid …

America Is The Only Country Where A Child Can Be Sentenced To Life Behind Bars

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without parole. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute argued in front of the Inter-American Commission …

West Nile virus may have met its match: tobacco

A drug made inside tobacco plants neutralizes West Nile virus in mice<p>Some people think of tobacco as a drug, whereas others think of it as a therapy — or both. But for the most part, it's hard to find people who think of the tobacco plant in terms of its medical applications. Qiang Chen, an …

Idaho Has Declared It Won’t Obey New Federal Gun Laws

Last Fri­day, Idaho passed a law de­clar­ing that the state does not have to abide by fed­er­al gun laws go­ing for­ward. The law, which …

Violence flares again in Gaza, southern Israel

A cease-fire didn't last very long Thursday as more than a dozen rockets from Gaza were fired at southern Israel and the Israeli air force hit what it labeled as seven terror sites, according to Israel Defense Forces.<p>Of the 18 rockets fired, eight struck Israel and eight landed in Palestinian …

North Korea fires artillery shells into sea amid South Korean naval wargames

South Korea has reported that North Korea fired seven suspected artillery shells into the ocean on Tuesday, in what Seoul called a provocation apparently directed against its ongoing military drills with the US.<p>North Korea has already launched six Scud missiles into the sea since the annual …

Finally, A Strip-Proof Screw

Using your head<p>The common screw may not have been screaming for a makeover, but consider its shortcomings: stripped heads, tedious pilot holes, endless bit swapping. The company Outlaw has developed a new fastening system that cures all those headaches and could unseat the Phillips head as the …

Grown-Up Men Take More Selfies Than Grown-Up Women

A new study measuring how people take selfies found that women take more selfies than men—but only to a point. After the proverbial hill, it reverses, with men over age 40 snapping more selfies than women over age 40.<p>Surprised? I was.<p>I just assumed selfie-ing was always more of a female thing, …