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Stunning Video: 3 Years Of The Sun In 3 Minutes

We all deserve a break from the past week's news. This NASA video could be just the right thing.<p>According to the space agency, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) "captures a shot of the sun every 12 seconds in 10 different wavelengths." The video features images from the past three years, "at …

Top 10 US travel destinations for 2013

Every year our US-based editors team up with Lonely Planet’s expert authors to compile a list of US destinations that are prime for the next year. <i>Best in Travel 2013</i> already covered two places we think the world should be looking at – San Francisco and the Gulf Coast – but here we wanted to dig …

National Parks

Renault Twizy Renault Sport F1 Concept

Improbable and spectacular!<p>Examples of weird, bizarre automotive nonsense cross our desks on a fairly consistent basis. Just recently, we’ve covered the ridiculousness of Smart’s Fortwo Edition by Jeremy Scott and Toyota Europe’s ME.WE concept. But sometimes the oddball stuff is actually cool, as …

Personalized Portrait Pendant - Children's Silhouette Laser Engraved in Wood Cameo - Mother's Day Gift Idea (Choose Your Color)

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Here's 100 self-portraits in the style of 100 different cartoons. How many can you recognize?

by kmcshane<p>Original<p>This is me.<p>100 self-portraits in 100 different animation styles by cartoonist and animator Kevin McShane http://cartoonkevin.com

Moscow hospital fire turns spotlight on Russia's terrible safety record

Fire swept through a decrepit psychiatric hospital in a Moscow suburb in the early hours of Friday, killing 38 people.<p>The hospital's windows were …

Rare 1913 nickel fetches over $3.1M at auction

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois (AP) — A rare century-old U.S. nickel that was once mistakenly declared a fake has sold at auction for more than $3.1 million.<p>The 1913 Liberty Head nickel is one of only five known to exist. But it's the coin's back story that adds to its cachet: It was surreptitiously and …

Lagarde list whistleblower faces nervous wait for extradition verdict

When he appeared in a Madrid court, banking whistleblower Hervé Falciani was disguised with a wig and thick-framed glasses.<p>Facing extradition, the …

Study: 45 percent of Bitcoin exchanges end up closing

Good luck getting your money back!<p>A study of the Bitcoin exchange industry has found that 45 percent of exchanges fail, taking their users' money …

Greece starts firing civil servants for first time in a century

The Greek government began its first mass-firing of public-sector workers in more than 100 years this week, part of an effort to lay off 180,000 by …

Google’s executives make it rain but Apple’s cause a downpour

Google surprised many this week when it revealed executive compensation for 2012. The annual statement showed that Nikesh Arora, Google’s chief business officer, was paid more than any other named executive in the company: $51 million in salary, bonus, stock, and options grants.<p>As large as his …

Tim Cook

Mark Zuckerberg Joins The $1 Salary Club

But he's not exactly taking a vow of poverty. When Facebook went public last year, Zuckerberg exercised 60 million stock options, then worth nearly $2.3 billion, buying those shares for next to nothing. (He sold half of the stock to cover his tax bill.) And he's still sitting on another 60 million …

Silicon Valley

Amazon Creeping Up On Google and Apple in Key Markets

The Apps market is the unsung hero of Apple and Google‘s platform and ecosystem businesses. Apple brings in at least $20 billion in revenue from its App Store and iTunes, and the figure is likely to be closer to $23 billion.<p>Google is thought to draw in about a quarter of Apple apps revenues, and is …

Fake Twitter Followers: A Dirty Marketing Secret

A few weeks ago, I alerted readers to the growing problem of Twitter spam and now news comes that this is not the domain of underground players but one where large brands and stars may also be playing, purchasing fake followers to puff up their social media presence.<p>To understand how one identifies …

Dumbest Guys in the Room: Does Wall Street Understand Utilities?

In January, investigators concluded that Consolidated Edison of New York had lost more than $225 million as the result of potentially criminal accounting improprieties from 2000 to 2009.<p>In response to this damning evidence of systemic and severe mismanagement at one of America’s largest investor …

US tourists survive 12-hour ordeal in shark-infested Caribbean waters

An American brother and sister who swam through the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean for 12 hours after their fishing boat sank in rough seas …

Keystone XL pipeline to be delayed

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — TransCanada Corp. says the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline will be in service months later than expected and cost more than its current $5.3 billion price-tag as it continues to await U.S. government approval.<p>TransCanada had been sticking to its late 2014 or early 2015 …

Boston bombing suspects' mom in terror database

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva was added to a terrorism database with her son Tamerlan Tsarnaev about 18 months before the attack.<p>About 18 months before the Boston Marathon bombings, the CIA added the mother of the two suspects to a terrorism database after Russian authorities raised concerns that she and her …

LivingSocial Hacked — More Than 50 Million Customer Names, Emails, Birthdates and Encrypted Passwords Accessed (Internal Memo)

LivingSocial, the daily deals site owned in part by Amazon, has suffered a massive cyber attack on its computer systems, which an email from CEO Tim …

Dutch cyberattack suspect arrested in Spain

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with what experts described as the biggest cyberattack in the history of the Internet, one launched against an anti-spam watchdog group last month, prosecutors announced Friday.<p>The Netherlands National …

When will harassment change? It already has

Those sickening stories about powerful, predatory men refuse to go away. Just as the Jian Ghomeshi revelations started dying down, the Bill Cosby business reared its ugly head. America's dad alleged to be a serial rapist? As with Mr. Ghomeshi, there are so many women with similar stories that it's …

HIV and hepatitis warning over illegal tattooists

<b>Illegal unlicensed tattoo parlours are putting customers at risk from HIV and hepatitis, council bosses in England and Wales have warned.</b><p>The Local Government Association (LGA) said such operators were more likely to use substandard equipment and conduct inadequate sterilisation techniques.<p>They were …

Iran Arrests Thousands Of Men For Claiming To Be A Fake Messiah

A website based in Qom, Iran's holiest city, deemed the men "deviants", "fortune-tellers" and "petty criminals", who were exploiting credulous Iranians for alms during the Persian new-year holiday, which fell in mid-March.<p>Many of the fake messiahs were picked up by security men in the courtyard to …

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