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10 Small Fixes That Could Save You Big Money in Your Home

You're not doing the Earth — or your wallet — any favors by handwashing your dishes.<p>Don't let the cost of energy-efficient upgrades — new windows or appliances, large-scale insulation rehab — scare you into inaction when smaller tweaks could still shave hundreds of dollars off your utility bills. …

Home Improvement

15 of the best video games you may have missed in 2016

A Chinese gang tried to smuggle meth in thousands of gel inserts for push up bras

Australian police have arrested three Hong Kongers and one mainland Chinese man in connection with the seizure of the largest-ever haul of liquid methamphetamine in the police’s history.<p>Around 190 liters of the drug, also known as ice, was discovered inside thousands of gel pads that are inserted …

China’s latest trade data are much worse than anyone expected

China’s trade data released today (Feb. 15) show the country’s economic slowdown may be even steeper than feared.<p>In January, exports from China dropped by 11.2%, the worst fall since March last year. Its imports fell by a massive 18.8%, the 15th month in a row of declines.<p>Both drops were far worse …

Neuroscience For Kids - the senses

The Senses<p>Many of these experiments and activities require children to be blindfolded. Remember that some people may not like to be blindfolded. In …

Ten Deadly Lies about Israel

As Israeli civilians are butchered by Palestinian terrorists, the truth about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is also being butchered by a campaign of vicious lies. Here are 10 of the most pernicious myths about the current attacks:<p><b>First</b>: <i>Israel is trying to change the status quo on the Temple</i> …

Israel

Rihanna on Domestic Abuse: 'It's Not a Subject to Sweep Under the Rug'

Rihanna opened up about her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown, his assault and the unfair treatment she and other victims of domestic abuse …

Domestic Abuse

The Surreal Reasons Girls Are Disappearing In El Salvador: #15Girls

<i>In many countries, the decisions teens make at 15 can determine the rest of their lives. But, often, girls don't have much say — parents, culture and tradition decide for them. In a new series, #15Girls, NPR explores the lives of 15-year-old girls who are seeking to take control and change their</i> …

El Salvador

Cuba to US: We don’t want your food

As the White House tries to open up a trade relationship, Cuba shuts off the spigot. What’s going on?<p>As President Obama’s Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker journeys to Havana tomorrow to promote the idea of a warmer U.S. trade relationship with Cuba, she's shadowed by an awkward fact: The existing …

Cuba

Texas Executes Inmate Who Murdered A Man Over $8

Juan Garcia on Tuesday was executed by lethal injection for fatally shooting a man during a 1998 robbery in which he stole $8. He was denied clemency.<p>Texas executed Juan Martin Garcia by lethal injection on Tuesday for the 1998 murder of Hugo Solano during a robbery over $8.<p>Garcia, 35, was …

The Evacuated Chernobyl Is Now Teeming With Wildlife

Human habitation is more devastating to animals than nuclear fallout<p>On April 26, 1986, reactor four of the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine, was destroyed by an unexpected surge of power during testing. The explosion was followed by a violent fire that spewed tremendous amounts of …

Altering how sperm develop could lead to a reversible male birth control

Blocking a certain protein in male mice prevented the rodents from impregnating any females<p>It may be possible to create male birth control by altering how sperm develop, according to new research published this week in <i>Science</i>. Researchers blocked a protein that plays a role in sperm production — …

In future, the internet could come through your lightbulb

The tungsten lightbulb has served well over the century or so since it was introduced, but its days are numbered now with the arrival of LED lighting, which consume a tenth of the power of incandescent bulbs and have a lifespan 30 times longer.<p>Potential uses of LEDs are not limited to illumination: …

Meet the electric bus that could push every other polluting bus off the road

<i>By Adele Peters</i><p><i>This article originally appeared on Fast Company and is reprinted with permission.</i><p>Electric cars might be sexier. But Ryan Popple, who was an early employee at Tesla, is now convinced that electric buses are more interesting.<p>Gallery: Meet the electric bus that could push every other …

Speaking Freely of Guns

I am about to speak freely of guns, because I can. When I do, many of you will no doubt be inclined to mutter "amen," quietly to yourselves. Others of you will no doubt feel compelled to throw up all over me, as you have done under similar circumstances before. I expect to hear preferentially from …

Ditch debt and start saving

Getting yourself out of debt requires a solid plan. Get pointers on how you can reduce your credit card or student loan debt and start saving.<p>THE …

The ATLAS and CMS collaborations, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, have combined their data to produce our most precise view to date of the Higgs boson<p>Another of those “freak” research publications, which so befuddle the makers of university league tables, is on the way¹. Having made the best …

Physics

Cerberus Turns Military Dogs Into Cyborgs

Helping good boys fight bad guys<p>Named for the mythical guardian of the underworld, the Cerberus camera system from Visual Engineering puts a second head on a military or police dog. On display at London’s Defence and Security Equipment International exhibition this week, Cerberus upgrades dogs of …

Even When Wrong The Computer Is Learning

Young A.I.s say the darndest things<p>Computers lack common sense. This isn’t a fault of theirs: The world of context and relations that humans learn from birth isn’t something innately grasped by computers, so when given simple cognitive tasks, they sometimes answer like toddlers eager to try out new …

Articles about these common home security weak points are easy overlook and even easier fix on Dwell.com - Dwell

Technology giants like Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple are all vying to coalesce the still-nebulous array of smart home...<p>These easy, effective ways to improve your rented home can be tackled in less than a day—and are budget-friendly to boot.<p>In the hot and humid South, time seems to stand …

First drive: Mercedes-AMG's 563hp G63 '463 Edition'

Top Gear's Ollie Kew takes the wheel of the most over-endowed SUV on the planet.<p><b>What’s the occasion?</b><p>The artisan off-roader formerly known as the G-Wagen – now the Mercedes G-Class – is 35 years old this year. Germany’s answer to the Land Rover Defender is still going strong, selling a couple of …

Top Gear

10 Cozy Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall

It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.<p>It's just not autumn without pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple scents.

Slow Cookers

Get Hooked on Apple Nachos This Fall

It's official: Apples > corn chips.<p>Nachos are one of those foods that are delicious no matter how you prep them — even if your base is far from the traditional tortilla chip. In this fall variation on the beloved appetizer (or dinner, if we're lucky), we topped slices of red and green apples with …

Recipes

Belly Up: Why Do Some Snakes Have Elaborate Belly Patterns?

Plain or patterned bellies can help snakes avoid predators.<p>Snakes aren’t in the habit of standing upright. That thought prompted Dave Patrington to ask Saturday’s Weird Animal Question of the Week via Facebook: "Why do so many snakes have pattern and color on their bellies?" If you’re a …

What Will The Battleship Of The Future Look Like?

Will there even be battleships in the future?<p>Just like video killed the radio star, airplanes killed the battleship. After a few centuries of innovation, large, gun-firing ships suddenly found themselves in World War II outranged and outmatched by flat-topped vessels with no guns at all. Aircraft …

Robot mother builds and improves its own children

Scientists from the University of Cambridge have built a mother robot that independently builds its own children and then tests their performance to inform the design of the next generation. By analyzing the data it collects from observing the child, the mother robot ensures that preferential …

Porn app for Android takes pictures of users, holds them for $500 ransom

<i>BBC News</i> reports that security firm Zscaler recently discovered an app for Android which advertised itself as a way to access pornography, but which actually blackmailed its users for money:<p>Adult Player appeared to offer pornography, but secretly took pictures of users with the phone’s front-facing …

FYI: Can Anything Move Faster Than Light?

Yes, the universe itself will eventually outpace the speed of light. Just how this will happen is a bit complicated, so let's begin at the very beginning: the big bang. Around 14 billion years ago, all matter in the universe was thrown in every direction. That first explosion is still pushing …

The 10 most important things in the world right now

<b>1.</b> Chinese stocks are getting hammered again, sliding as much as 5% in early trade on Tuesday.<b><br>2.</b> Islamic State militants have blown up parts of the Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra, considered the most important temple in the ancient city.<p><b>3.</b> A business journalist who has been accused of writing a …