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Tiny Fish May Be Ancestor of Nearly All Living Vertebrates

A stunningly preserved, soft-bodied fish that is more than 500 million years old could be the ancestor of almost all living vertebrates.<p>The fossilized fish, called <i>Metaspriggina,</i> sports characteristic gill structures that later evolved into jawbones in jawed vertebrates, according to a new …

Paleontology

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

After 'Flappy Bird' takedown, phones with the game list for thousands on eBay

Miss out on the chance to download <i>Flappy Bird</i>? You may still be able to get the game, but this time, you'll have to pay big for the privilege of playing it: on eBay, dozens of listings have appeared for popular phones with the game already installed on them — an added value that's put a premium on …

South Korea bans unremovable mobile bloatware

The South Korean ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning has banned the common practice of mobile manufacturers and networks putting …

Magical Portraits Of Modern-Day Witches

“Women of Power,” a photo and interview series by Katarnzyna Majak, features powerful women from alternative spiritual disciplines, from Wicca to Druidism to Asatru.<p>If you ever find yourself feeling nostalgic for your secret middle school Wiccan phase, or have a friend crush on Hermione (or just …

Spirituality

Samsung Galaxy S5 concept video borrows iPhone 5s features

A new concept video for the Samsung Galaxy S5 shows what Samsung’s next phone could be like if it takes a couple features from the iPhone 5s and iterates on them.<p>The major focus of the new concept video is what the video creators Rozetked call Reach ID. The idea of Reach ID is very similar to …

Samsung Galaxy S5

Free online Android programming course starting next month

An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.<p>Spotted by a <i>reddit</i> user, the eight-week long course offered by the …

Android News

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Has the Great Barrier Reef just been approved for destruction by the Australian government?

One of the natural wonders of the world is about to have 3 million cubic metres of seabed dumped on top of it.<p>Who could forget, back in 2009, the launch of the "Best Job in the World"?<p>The campaign by Tourism Queensland generated global interest in the Sunshine State and the role of park ranger and …

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

Pulitzer Prize winner explains how to fix journalism, saying press should 'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'<p>Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the …

The Biggest Social Network No One Is Talking About: Gamers

The NSA is spying on gamers for the same reason it wants to spy on your Facebook account. It's a clear map of your relationships.<p>The easy reaction to today's revelation in the Guardian that the National Security Agency spied on major games and gaming networks is amusement. Yes, it's innately …

5 Android apps you shouldn't miss this week! - [Google Play Weekly]

As usual, the Google Play Store was a whirlwind of activity with some big apps being updated and some more being released. To start, Koushik Dutta released AllCast to the Play Store as a beta and you can see how you can get it by clicking here. Some savvy tech heads found some Chromecast files in …

Apps

Ryan Seacrest funded Typo iPhone Keyboard coming in January for $99

Advertisement<p>19 Comments<p>Even after six years, some folks just can’t get used to the software keyboard of an iPhone(s aapl). How else do you explain …

Google Pushes White House Petition Demanding The Government Secure A Warrant To Read Your Email

Google is promoting a White House petition calling for reform to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), amending it to require a warrant for the government to read the email of its citizens.<p>In a Google+ post – natch – Google asked its followers if they felt their online missives deserve …

Confusion reigns over 4K gaming on PS4 and Xbox One

What's really happening with 4K gaming on the next generation of game consoles?<p><b>It's been four months since we last wrote about the new consoles and</b> …

Samsung CEO promises to deliver devices with 'folding displays' in 2015

At Samsung's Analyst Day, alongside talking serious financial numbers, forward looking statements and such, the company has announced that it will bring fully-foldable screens to willing customers some time in 2015. The screen tech (which we've seen an incremental nudge towards with the Galaxy …

3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.<p>Such evidence could turn our …

Nobel Prize

Nic Cage’s $276,000 Tyrannosaurus Skull Might be Illegal

Celebrities often have to list their assets in bankruptcy cases, which can give us incredible information, like the time we heard about Gary Busey’s old surfboard and collection of tambourines and moccasins (the shoes, not the snakes). Likewise, back when Nic Cage was having money troubles, one of …

Noah's Ark: the scientific version

With the weather worsening, it may be time to build a second ark to preserve the ecosystem. But can it be done using science, instead of divine intervention?<p>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. …

Assassin's Creed 4's secret connection to another Ubisoft game

<i>Spoiler: While not tied to the plot, this story and the accompanying video does contain information about Ubisoft's upcoming pirate game. Be warned.</i><p>There's been some speculation about what, if any, connection Ubisoft's upcoming hacker-centric <i>Watch Dogs</i> has with Assassin's Creed. <i>Watch Dogs</i> depicts a …

Archaeologists Pull 5 Of Blackbeard's Cannons From The Sea

A research team recovered the big guns from a 300-year-old pirate wreck off the coast of North Carolina.<p>In 1718, legendary Caribbean pirate Blackbeard sank his ship, _Queen Anne's Revenge, _after it got stuck on too-shallow land outside the coastal city of Beaufort, N.C. For almost three centuries, …

The Coming Resolution Wars Between PS4 And Xbox One

It’s been a rumor for some time now and technically still is, but it seems like it’s time to talk about this coming/current controversy of the differences in resolution between certain launch games for Sony's PS4 and Microsoft's Xbox One.<p>There are a growing collection of “insiders” who are all …

The President's Devotional: What Obama 'Did In Secret' In Newtown (EXCERPT)

<i>Excerpted from THE PRESIDENT’S DEVOTIONAL: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama, by Joshua DuBois by arrangement with HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollins. Copyright © Joshua DuBois 2013.</i><p><b>By Joshua Dubois</b><p>The White House is not supposed to be a place for brokenness. Sheer, shattered, …

‘Evolved’ Samsung Exynos 5 Octa teased, launching next week

Move over <b>original</b> Exynos 5 Octa, after such a short time on the market, you’re already being replaced by something better! Earlier today, Samsung took to Twitter to announced it will be launching a <i>“more powerful, enhanced”</i> version of the Exynos 5 Octa sometime next week.<p>Any other details? No, but …

Electronics Industry

And the Sony Xperia Z Ultra can be yours for the low, low price of $1239!

The first device in the world to hit the market with the <i>zeus-like</i> powerful SoC, the Qualcomm Snapdragon, is the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.<p>A behemoth by even my standards, the Xperia Z Ultra is packing some incredible tech. Check out the specs below!<p>Oh, before you look down any further, I have to remind …

Phones

Are You Passionate Or Delusional?

The author was broke, without a “real” job, and his family couldn’t take it anymore. Was he truly following his dreams to success, or just kidding himself?<p>“You’ve got a law degree. You’ve got an MBA. We have no food for the kids. You’ve got to get a real job.”<p>These were the words that came out of …

Entrepreneurship

'Nuclear Option' In Play As Senators Meet In Secret

(Most recent update: 9:40 p.m ET.)<p>The microphones are ready. The cameras are in position. The reporters are poised.<p>As The Associated Press says, with "a showdown looming," Republicans and Democrats are meeting Monday evening to see if they can reach a compromise over stalled White House …