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The Tinkerbell Fairyfly, also known as Tinkerbella nana, is one of the Top 10 New Species of 2014. Photograph by Jennifer Read. To see the full list of species, visit science.time.com.

Google 'Right To Be Forgotten' Ruling Unlikely to Repeat in U.S.

Europe's moves to rein in Google — including a court ruling this month ordering the search giant to give people a say in what pops up when someone searches their name — may be seen in Brussels as striking a blow for the little guy.<p>But across the Atlantic, the idea that users should be able to edit …

Watch these Caterpillar excavators play the biggest game of Jenga ever

Catfight.<p>Jenga is fun, but it's a lot more fun when played using heavy construction equipment weighing a few hundred tons.<p>Caterpillar, maker of all manner of dozers, backhoes, cranes, and other construction site awesomeness put together this video of some its machinery playing everyone's favorite …

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'Star Wars' Cooking Gadgets That Feed Our Inner Nerd

"Star Wars: Episode VII" doesn't come out until next year, but we're already getting excited about it. While the latest "Star Wars" movies can't even be compared to the original ones, obviously, we're still holding out hope for Episode VII.<p>The original "Star Wars" movies will always hold a special …

Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm

We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera, a speaker, web browser, voice control, GPS and …

With Enrollee Goal Met, Obamacare Still Faces Political Trial

President Obama and his supporters had a rare opportunity to celebrate this week.<p>A last-minute surge in people signing up for health insurance sent the total government enrollment figures over the seven-million mark.<p>That number seemed out of reach just a few months ago, when a crash-prone website …

Goonies Sequel: Director Richard Donner Says "We're Doing A Sequel"

A <i>Goonies</i> sequel? There have been many rumors over the years, and supposedly a script that fell into development hell, but as Hollywood continues to …

Mars Crater-Naming Campaign Sparks an International Blowup

A fundraising campaign that lets Internet users give unofficial names to craters on Mars has triggered an angry exchange with the group that gives the official names to such features — the International Astronomical Union.<p>The crater-naming campaign is the latest controversy to pit the IAU against …

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Afghan vice-president Mohammad Qasim Fahim dies

<b>One of Afghanistan's two vice-presidents, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, has died of natural causes aged 57, a government spokesman has said.</b><p>The Afghan government has called for three days of mourning, during which flags will be flown at half-mast.<p>Marshal Fahim was a leader of the Tajik ethnic …

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Flappy Bird and the Renaissance of Challenge

Or, why "hard fun" is a valid design choice.<p>News of Flappy Bird’s existence first came to me via a series of wry high-score tweets: 3 ... 7 ... 2. …

Palin mocks Obama's 'Yes you can'

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Sarah Palin offered a tour of the past year of anti-establishment Republican politics in a speech that stirred activists here on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference.<p>The 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee contrasted her current optimism with the …

How Lego Become The World's Hottest Toy Company

They will add to the already gigantic heap of Lego bits: 86 for every person on the planet. The toymaker has enjoyed ten years of spectacular growth, almost quadrupling its revenue.<p>In 2012 it overtook Hasbro to become the world's second-largest toymaker. The number one, Mattel, is now seeking to …

First priest to defy Church ban on gay marriage for clergy

Church of England facing stand-off with its own clergy as first priest openly defies ban on gay clerics marrying<p>The Church of England is facing a rebellion within its own ranks over same-sex marriage after a vicar became the first priest to publicly defy its ban on gay clergy marrying.<p>Father Andrew …

The Murmurations of Starlings

When starlings flock together, wheeling and darting through the sky in tight, fluid formations, we call it a murmuration. These murmurations can range from small groups of a few hundred starlings in a small ball, to undulating seas of millions of birds, blocking out the sun. I thought today would …

Egypt's military leaders unveil devices they claim can detect and cure Aids

Egypt's military leaders have come under ridicule after the chief army engineer unveiled what he described as a "miraculous" set of devices that detect and cure Aids, hepatitis and other viruses.<p>The claim, dismissed by experts and called "shocking to scientists" by the president's science adviser, …

Ukraine Crisis: New Government Takes Shape As Crimea Simmers

We're adding updates throughout this post as the day continues.<p>Tensions continue to rise in Ukraine, where months of public protests led last week to the downfall of President Viktor Yanukovych's government. His opponents are now installing pro-Western ministers to replace the pro-Russian leaders …

Clinton files show worries over health care bill

A newly-disclosed batch of previously-secret documents from President Bill Clinton’s White House offer new details on that administration’s early failures that could serve as a reminder that any future presidential bid by former first lady Hillary Clinton will inevitably involve revisiting and …

Happy Birthday: World Wide Web to Turn 25

In 1989, Bart Simpson made his television debut, Danielle Radcliffe was born and Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed an “information management” system that would allow people to access pages hosted on computers across the globe.<p>Yes, Harry Potter is (almost) the same age as the World Wide Web, which turns …

Had cam sex between 2008 and 2012? GCHQ may have seen

UK spy agency GCHQ intercepted images from the webcams of millions of Yahoo customers, secret documents obtained by the <i>Guardian</i> reveal.<p>Between 2008 …

Hong Kong brothers jailed for trying to blackmail 'Transformers 4' crew | Reuters

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong man was sentenced to 2-1/2 years in jail and his brother got six months on Wednesday over an attempt to extort nearly $13,000 from American director Michael Bay and his crew during filming of “Transformers 4”.<p>Mak Chi-hang and his younger brother Mak Chi-shing …

Stealth Search: Embattled Al Qaeda Hunts for a New Bin Laden

Battered and on the run, al Qaeda is quietly looking for a charismatic leader capable of taking command when Ayman al-Zawahri’s tenure comes to what will likely be a violent end. And just as quietly, the U.S. intelligence community is searching for that same man -– so they can kill him.<p>The deadly …

New Spider-Man movie to be released every year, says Sony

The head of Hollywood studio Sony has revealed ambitious plans to release a new Spider-Man film in cinemas every year.<p>Co-chairman Amy Pascal confirmed the proposal would be implemented by expanding the world of the iconic masked vigilante to include other linked characters the studio owns the …

Missouri Murderer Executed After Supreme Court Rejects Appeal

A Missouri man who kidnapped, raped and murdered a 15-year-old girl near Kansas City 25 years ago was executed early Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay.<p>The state Department of Public Safety said Michael Taylor, 47, died from a lethal injection at 12:10 a.m. (1:10 a.m. …

Childhood Obesity Dropped Significantly Over a Decade — As Did Food Security

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p><i>The New York Times</i> reports a "stunning" finding on childhood obesity: between 2003-2004 and …