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Just four months until we can understand dogs! Dog-to-English translator to become a reality

Anxious to know what your dog is thinking? The wait could soon be over as a ‘dog-to-English’ translator is set to become a reality in just four …

Tonight's Meteor Shower: Live, From Space, It's The Quadrantids

It's early January, and that means it's time for the Quadrantid meteor shower to peak. Despite winter weather that might cloud the skies in some areas, forecasters say this year's event is worth getting up for, citing lunar conditions that will darken the night sky.<p>If you haven't heard of the …

Apple investor Carl Icahn presses chief executive over $150bn share buyback

Carl Icahn, America's most powerful activist investor, has warned Apple's board he is "not going away" after meeting the iPhone maker's chief executive.<p>Icahn is pushing for Apple to spend $150bn lifting its stock price by buying back its own shares, and invited Tim Cook to dinner at his apartment …

Apple, Google, Facebook don't pay the highest engineer salary

Some of tech's heavy hitters slide down the rankings for the 25 highest-paying companies for software engineers, according to a new Glassdoor survey.<p>For software engineers, life must seem like it keeps getting better. Not only are salaries on the rise as companies compete for talent, but there are …

Employment

Camera makers are desperately trying to stay a step ahead of smartphones—and failing

The best camera, experienced photographers say, is the one that’s with you—and the truth of that adage is spelling doom for many of the world’s camera brands, who are desperately trying to stay afloat as their businesses are eroded by the omnipresent smartphone.<p>The average point-and-shoot has …

Cameras

China's Latest Food Scandal: Fox-Tainted Donkey Meat

Walmart has yanked the compromised meat, a venerated dish in parts of the country.<p>As if a nasty bribery scandal in Mexico was not enough to deal with, Walmart is now embroiled in a fox-meat scandal in China. Over the holidays, I watched <i>Fantastic Mr. Fox</i>, and now just can’t help but imagine Walmart …

3 Weird Things Breakfast Does To Your Brain

The day’s purportedly most important meal is more than meets the eye: science shows that the <b>when</b> and <b>what</b> of your breakfast transforms how your mind works the rest of the day.<p>How so? As a new paper published in the <i>Frontiers of Human Neuroscience</i> argues, breaking your fast is a many-faceted thing. …

Data-Driven Insights On Landing Your Dream Job

The author, a behavioral scientist, sheds light on what you really need to get your dream job.<p>You’ve spent most of your early life learning how to fit in. It’s a process called socialization –- we all want to belong, we all want to be a part of something, we all want to be accepted at some level. …

5 Productivity Tips for Incredibly Busy People

What’s your personal strategy to staying productive even during explosively busy times? It’s easy to get sidetracked when your to-do list is a mile …

Noah's Ark: the scientific version

The UK experienced a major storm this week. Cardiff, where I live, had the highest rainfall in the country. This is nothing unusual in Wales. They say there's an obesity epidemic in Wales, but we're probably just evolving layers of blubber to keep warm/buoyant, like walruses.<p>Still, the storm was …

How Einstein’s Brain Was Probably Different Than Yours, And Why He Was So Creative

When it came to the connection between the left and right brain, Einstein was one remarkable specimen.<p>In 1905, at the astoundingly young age of 26, Albert Einstein came up with the quantum theory of light, proved the existence of atoms, and created the theory of special relativity. If you’re …

Physics

Looks Can Be Convincing: To Get Promoted, Just Appear Competent

If you’re confident enough, new research suggests, people will think you’re right.<p>In a perfect–or at least more rational world–the most qualified people would rise fastest. But new research suggests that just appearing to be competent is as important to getting ahead.<p>How so? Think about why …

Obama administration knew millions could not keep their health insurance

President Obama repeatedly assured Americans that after the Affordable Care Act became law, people who liked their health insurance would be able to keep it. But millions of Americans are getting or are about to get cancellation letters for their health insurance under Obamacare, say experts, and …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Republicans Lost the Shutdown Battle, but They’re Winning the Fiscal War

If there’s one thing just about every­one can agree on, it’s that the Re­pub­lic­ans lost this fight — and badly. They sur­rendered on every point, …

Tea Party

iPhone 5S Touch ID Likely On iPad 5 Even Though Performance Is Erratic

Am I the only one disappointed by Touch ID on the new iPhone 5S? Apparently not. My own experience has been that it worked great the first day after I got the phone and almost not at all since. So I feel a little like I’ve been duped into actually using a passcode (which I never did before) so that …

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SpokeLit Bicycle Light

If you’re heading out on your bike at night, it pays to be as visible as possible. But unless you start mounting extra lamps along your handlebars …

Britpop

An inane, money-eating sham: Drug tests for welfare a huge failure

Drug tests for welfare is a huge waste. But if we’re testing those getting taxpayer money, how about politicians?<p>Plenty of politicians have been guilty of flip-flopping, but if there's one idea to which many hold, it's that people on welfare are a bunch of lazy drug addicts. Most recently, the …

Nearly 20 Percent Of Scientists Contemplate Moving Overseas Due In Part To Sequestration

WASHINGTON -- New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving less federal help than they were three years ago, despite spending far more time writing grants in search of it. Nearly one-fifth of scientists are …

America's Form Of Capitalism Kills Free Enterprise And Democracy

Many believe that Capitalism is synonymous with free enterprise and democracy. Capitalism is neither free enterprise nor democracy. After-all, China …

The South killed the safety net

Europeans came to this country for a better life. It hasn’t always meant helping the less fortunate<p>The South’s aversion both to taxes and to mandated government safety net structures had a long, and somewhat surprising, pedigree. In the late eighteenth century, popular radical writers such as …

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers

When the super-rich feel threatened, they foment grass-roots uprising on their behalf. Here’s why it always works<p>On Election Day, November 2, 2010, more than eight million Americans voted for congressional candidates who claimed to represent the Tea Party and its grassroots insurgency against the …

How to save the Republican Party, courtesy of two Democrats

<i>William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck are senior fellows in the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution. Galston was a deputy assistant to the president for domestic policy from 1993 to 1995. Kamarck created and managed President Bill Clinton’s “reinventing government</i> …

Obama made a very good argument on Syria — and a very bad one

First, the news: President Obama announced tonight that he has "asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path."<p>So for now, the vote is off. The deal with Russia is on.<p>The problem is that if the diplomatic path is going to work, …

11 questions to see if libertarians are hypocrites

Eleven questions that expose their contradictions and faulty logic<p>Libertarians have a problem. Their political philosophy all but died out in the mid- to late-20th century, but was revived by billionaires and corporations that found them politically useful. And yet libertarianism retains the …

Misusing the Bible, Abusing the Poor

From cover to cover, the Bible is 100 percent clear that God requires us to care for our brothers and sisters in poverty. When the U.S. Census Bureau recently announced that more than 46 million Americans were poor last year, it was a stinging reminder that we're failing to fulfill this moral …