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Google gave itself superpowers with sneak change to Gmail's mobile settings

Google made itself unstoppable last month and it took us all weeks to notice.<p>As reported yesterday, discovered in the fine print of a nearly month …

The Greatest Ever Infographic - Napoleon's Invasion of Russia

<b>Video by Dr James Grime. Let's hope that mankind can learn from history. "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it." (George</b> …

American Philosophy

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Older dads have less attractive kids? This fertility debate is getting ugly

Hold on to your hats and gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen, because there is life-changing news afoot: older dads have uglier children. Yes, you read that right. Choose to breed with a man twice your age and your spawn are likely to have faces that barely even a mother could love. In fact, one …

How to Spot a Sociopath (Hint: It Could Be You)

M.E. Thomas describes herself as a cutthroat attorney who sailed through law school without much effort, landed a position at a prestigious law firm, …

Anti-Social Network Helps You Avoid People You Don’t Want To See

Sick of running into your ex? Brian Moore was, so he developed Cloak, an app that warns you when other people are nearby.<p>There is no shortage of social media apps out there that will loudly broadcast to everyone where you are at every second of the day. Rarer is the app that exists to obfuscate …

Social Media

Dear Dictators: Yes, Please Try to Block Twitter

So how was your day, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan? We're guessing it didn't go quite the way you intended. For example, several …

Rockin' Nun Shocks 'The Voice of Italy'

This is not your average nun.<p>The Catholic church is no stranger to music, but when 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia appeared on <i>The Voice of Italy</i>, …

Teen's Stunt Exposes That WTC Has No Working Surveillance Cameras

A 16-year-old boy snuck his way to the top of the tallest building in the United States earlier this week — and there is no video to prove it.<p>Justin …

Fighting Turkey's Twitter Ban With DNS Graffiti

When Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he wold eradicate Twitter, he wasn't joking.<p>The Prime Minister's office issued a statement on …

Texas obtains new supply of execution drugs from source kept secret

Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month.<p>But correction officials will not say where they bought the drugs, arguing that information must be …

Thanks to Anti-Vaxxers, Mumps Are Back. What’s Next?

During my studies for the pediatric board exams, I learned a lot about diseases I never expected to encounter. Some were incredibly rare. Others were …

Rescape wants to turn the world around you into a first-person shooter

Ambitious augmented reality platform maps your environment with a smartphone.<p>Since before the days of <i>Doom</i>, first-person shooter fans have wanted to …

“Negropodamus” disses Internet of Things, predicts knowledge pills

The founder of MIT MediaLab kicks off TED 2014.<p>VANCOUVER—TED’s 30th anniversary kicked off with MIT MediaLab founder Nicholas Negroponte, who took …

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Hidden Portals in Earth's Magnetic Field

<b>June 29, 2012:</b> A favorite theme of science fiction is "the portal"--an extraordinary opening in space or time that connects travelers to distant …

Biggest winners and losers since the start of the bull market

It’s been five years since the S&P 500 index bottomed on March 9, 2009.<p>The benchmark index for broad stock market closed at 676.53 that day and is …

Book Written Entirely In PowerPoint Aims To Reinvent How Businesses Communicate

Reading business documents and attending presentations might actually be fun with Slidedocs, Nancy Duarte’s new concept for communicating ideas.<p>Raise your hand if you like sitting through slide-show presentations. How about reading dense, jargony business documents? These are the staples of modern …

15 Truths I Wish I'd Known About Love 15 Years Ago

Last week I turned 30, which means that -- holy cannoli, I've been dating for 15 years now.<p>Yikes!<p>To celebrate this momentous occasion, here are 15 things that I wish the 15-year-old Therese had known about love.<p><b>1. Your appearance ≠ your worth.</b><p>It's easy to get the two confused -- believe me, I know. …

Relationships

Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jeff Richards</i> <i>is a managing partner at</i> <i>GGV Capital</i><i>, a $1.6 billion venture capital firm investing across the US and China. He was on the board of BlueKai and Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce), and led GGV’s investments in Appirio, HotelTonight and Percolate.</i><p>Despite what many are led …

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Invaders and the Lies They Tell From Nazi Germany to Russia and the US

Vladimir Putin justifies Russia’s military presence in Crimea as the only defense against gangs of neo-Nazi hooligans who destroyed the rightful, …

Read the Pentagon’s $59 Billion ‘Black Budget’

President Obama proposed a $495.6 billion defense budget yesterday, almost half a billion dollars leaner than the previous year’s. But there’s still …

Feds drop most charges against former Anon spokesman

In 2012, Barrett Brown was hit with 12 charges related to a link he posted in IRC.<p>Barrett Brown, a self-proclaimed spokesperson for the hacking group …

The U.S. Economy's Big Baby Problem

Where did all the infants go?<p>Last September, the U.S. government announced that our birthrate fell to "another record low" in 2012, following a long, steady slide since the Baby Boom after World War II.<p>It goes without saying that, morally speaking, there's nothing <i>wrong</i> with this. It's natural, in a …

SAT to drop essay requirement and return to top score of 1600 in redesign of admission test

By Nick Anderson<p>Nick Anderson<p>Reporter covering higher education, national education policy and the global education market<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The SAT college admission test will no longer require a timed essay, will dwell less on fancy vocabulary and will return to the familiar 1600-point scoring scale …