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Harvard confirms century-old book is covered in human skin

Harvard owns a book that's bound in human skin. It's sure of it, too. One of its curators announced today that tests on a book titled <i>Des destinées de l’ame</i> (<i>Destinies of The Soul</i>), which was published sometime in the 1880s, have confirmed with 99.9 percent confidence that it's been bound in human …

U.S. government urges caution after Microsoft reveals dangerous Internet Explorer bug

Microsoft revealed a nasty bug in its Internet Explorer browser on Saturday. Today, the U.S. government issued an advisory warning people not to use Microsoft’s browser.<p>The bug, Microsoft reported, “may corrupt memory in a way that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of …

This Startup Is Going To Revolutionize The Credit Card You Already Have In Your Wallet

Admittedly, the bank was doing something most do: trying to stay one step ahead of card thieves.<p>But what if there were a way to pair your card with your smartphone — implementing what is essentially two-factor authorization to purchases — to make sure it's always you handing the card over at a …

FinTech

How to Find Coupon Codes You Never Knew Existed

Almost every place you shop online has a "promotional code" box at checkout—but fewer than a quarter of shoppers use it. We asked the experts for …

Personal Finance

Heartbleed: Hundreds of thousands of servers at risk from catastrophic bug

Code error means that websites can leak user details including passwords through 'heartbeat' function used to secure connections<p>Hundreds of thousands of web and email servers worldwide have a software flaw that lets attackers steal the cryptographic keys used to secure online commerce and web …

Climate change threatens to bring eradicated viruses back from the dead

Scientists revive a frozen 30,000-year-old giant Siberian virus<p>All it took was a single sample of frozen Siberian soil for an international collaboration of researchers to discover, and revive, a new type of "giant virus" — a virus whose unusually large size means scientists can spot it through a …

Hillary Clinton dissed individual mandate

Hillary Clinton may be a champion of the individual mandate now — the centerpiece of Obamacare — but that’s not how she felt in 1993.<p>At a September 1993 briefing for Senate and House Democratic leaders, Clinton said an individual mandate would be a “much harder sell” than the employer coverage …

China's toxic air pollution resembles nuclear winter, say scientists

Air pollution now impeding photosynthesis and potentially wreaking havoc on country's food supply, experts warn<p>Chinese scientists have warned that the country's toxic air pollution is now so bad that it resembles a nuclear winter, slowing photosynthesis in plants – and potentially wreaking havoc on …

CBO: Minimum Wage Hike Could Boost Paychecks – And Cut Jobs

Whatever you already believed about raising the federal minimum wage, you now have more ammo for your argument, thanks to a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office, titled "The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income."<p>Yes, you're right: Raising the wage …

Verizon's rumored 'More Everything' plans could double monthly data caps

Verizon is set to unveil a new set of service plans that double data limits for some customers, and discounts monthly service for those on its Edge upgrade program, according to a new report. Citing sources — and what looks like a Verizon store flyer — Droid-Life says "More Everything" plans are …

The FAA Shuts Down Beer-Delivery Drone

Ice fishermen on Lake Waconia in Minnesota were pleasantly surprised when a Wisconsin brewery, Lakemaid, flew a twelve-pack of their frothy suds over the icy wastes to their warm fishing cabins using a hefty, remote-controlled quadcopter. It was a match made in zero-degree weather: the brewery took …

Smartphone Use At Night Hurts Sleep And Workplace Productivity: Study

Sure, we know that screen time right before bed is bad for sleep. And turns out, using your smartphone late at night also makes you feel depleted in the morning, thereby making you less focused and engaged at work, according to a small new study.<p>The study, published in the journal Organizational …

Build your own open source hardware Nest-style smart thermostat

Alan sez, "Spark.io provides instructions for making your own Nest-like 'smart' thermostat. Of course it's entirely open source, with files on …

China: Where Marathon Mania and Epic Air Pollution Levels Collide

9 Bad Fashion Tips Men Should Stop Following

Even if well-intentioned, the wrong fashion tips can sabotage your style.<p>A recent Reddit men's fashion thread asked "what is bad clothing advice that people give?"<p>We selected some of our favorites.<p><b>1. "As long as the shirt fits at the collar, it's fine."</b><p>"I'm a small skinny guy with a bull neck and …

New 15-Minute At-Home Test May Detect Alzheimer's, Goes Viral

According to research published yesterday in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, a 15-minute at-home test may be able to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and cognitive decline.<p>Titled the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination test, or SAGE, and …

What is on the Other Side of a Black Hole?

Picture an entire star collapsed down into a gravitational singularity. An object with so much mass, compressed so tightly, that nothing, not even …

Black Holes

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Jet in 'near miss' with UFO

An airline pilot reports a close encounter with a UFO near Heathrow Airport which has baffled the aviation authorities<p>It was certainly a close encounter, but with precisely what remains a mystery.<p>An airline pilot has reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet …

December 8, 2013: Discovering Record Setting Remains, Climbing Antarctic Peaks and More

Wildlife<p>National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Mike Libecki takes a break from climbing in Antarctica. He tells Boyd why he prefers cold adventures – his answer includes hot chocolate. (photo by Cory Richards)<p>Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries …

Sign language interpreter a 'fake'

JOHANNESBURG — The national director of the Deaf Federation of South Africa says a man who provided sign language interpretation on stage for Nelson Mandela's memorial service, attended by scores of heads of state, was a "fake." Asked about the claim by The Associated Press, South Africa's …

Thursday-Night Openings Spark Brawls at Stores

Black Friday, usually the biggest shopping day of the year, came a day earlier this year as several large chains opened their doors on Thanksgiving …

The TSA Is No Match For This Mad Scientist And His Gun Made With Junk From Airport Stores

Evan Booth hacks together working weapons–like a shotgun, a grenade, and a crossbow–with purchases anyone can make after they go through security, to show that the TSA is more spectacle than real protection. And the FBI is taking notice.<p>Things you can’t bring on a plane: Scissors, gel candles, …

Guns

Active Volcano Found Under Antarctic Ice: Eruption Could Raise Sea Levels

Inevitable eruption will speed up ice loss on frozen continent, study says.<p><b>A newly discovered volcano found buried beneath a thick layer of ice in Antarctica could speed up ice loss and raise global sea levels when it erupts, scientists say.</b><p>The finding, detailed in the current issue of <i>Nature</i> …

Inside the Cradle of Humankind

Human Journey<p>The Rising Star Cave system is a series of cracks, chambers, and tunnels through a hill of dolomitic limestone, just like all the other hills in the area. Walk to the top of the hill and within your field of vision are the entrances to hundreds of known caves.<p>This is not the only one …

Fox News website claims zombies are coming after internal error

Zombies are coming, according to the Fox News website Tuesday morning.<p>The news outlet's homepage accidentally displayed numerous fake but funny headlines Tuesday morning after accidentally turning live a homepage prototype. Initially, many believed Fox News' website had been hacked.<p>For about half …

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