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This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth's First Cousin

Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.<p>Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright …

Neanderthals bred with modern humans, study confirms

Advanced genetic analysis and statistical modeling have confirmed that early humans mated with Neanderthals.<p>Mating between modern humans and their …

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Snake eats centipede that fought back

A snake found by scientists in Macedonia had a meal that bit back as a centipede ate its way through the predator's stomach<p>Reptile researchers on the island of Golem Grad in Lake Prespa, Macedonia were amazed to discover the remains of a horn-nosed viper which had died when its prey – a huge …

Evernote And Moleskine Team Up To Create Smart Business Notebook

The notebook is geared toward workers jotting down notes in meetings.<p>Evernote and Moleskine are at it again. The two companies have partnered up to create a special notebook for Evernote users geared toward enterprise customers.<p>The primary difference between the Evernote Business Notebook and the …

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Microsoft's new keyboard is meant to be used with Smart TVs

This fall marks 20 years that Microsoft has been making keyboards (make that "computer hardware," as it was quaintly called back in 1994). Ironically, though, as the company approaches this milestone, it's now making accessories not just for PCs, but... Smart TVs? Yes indeed. The company just …

The 4 Most Underrated Feelings in the World

How are you today? Feeling good? Happy? If you answered yes, statistically you're a liar. Only 1 in 3 Americans is happy. The other two are reading …

3 Modern Satirists Screwed by People Who Didn't Get the Joke

I've spent most of my life loving satire and hating people who don't understand it. It was that love and hate that inspired me to write two prior …

The 4 Most Baffling Driving Behaviors Everyone Encounters

Scientific studies of the driving brain tell us that driving lulls you into a meditative state. This always made sense to me. When having trouble …

5 Scenes From History That Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

Whether it takes the form of a somewhat historical film like <i>Braveheart</i> or an only slightly more fictionalized epic like <i>Lord of the Rings</i>, we do love …

6 Hilarious Old-Timey Versions of Modern Vices

The media like to claim that millennials are the most narcissistic and overall useless generation in history, but it turns out that all the silly …

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New MRSA Superbug Emerges in Brazilian Patient

A new, highly drug-resistant type of the superbug methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i> (MRSA) recently caused a fatal blood infection in a …

Why Your Dog Is Smarter Than My Baby

Dolphins are as smart as 3-year olds, and dogs as smart as two-year old children, and some chimps are better at remembering things than any adult I know. But what do intelligence comparisons actually show us?<p>On the surface, human babies appear to be miles behind the rest of the animal kingdom. …

Nokia stops sales of Lumia 2520 tablet over electric shock fears

Nokia has suspended sales of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet around the world over fears that the charger could give you an electric shock -- leaving current owners with a device Nokia admits is "virtually useless."<p>Nokia has suspended sales of the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet over fears that the charger …

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Microsoft’s (MSFT) neophyte CEO Satya Nadella held an event in San Francisco Tuesday, his third public appearance in three weeks. Unlike his last outing, to unveil Microsoft’s Office app for the iPad, the daylong affair didn’t get much attention, most likely because it was focused on enterprise …

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

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Microsoft Lets Windows Phone Developers Respond to App Reviews

Microsoft today announced the launch of a pilot program that lets Windows Phone developers respond to app reviews. The company says the roll-out will begin this week with a small group of developers who have been pre-selected to participate, though it didn’t say based on what criteria.<p>Developers …

Apple iCloud sparks divorce cases

Apple’s iCloud is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them<p>Cloud-based software, including Apple’s iCloud, is providing a new way for people to learn whether their partners are cheating on them, according to a leading divorce lawyer.<p>Sam Hall, family law …

Microsoft Breaks Silence On Xbox One Sales...Sort Of

Yesterday, Sony announced that it had sold 7 million PS4s to consumers, a colossal number any way you look at it. It left us wondering how its chief competitor, Microsoft's Xbox One, was faring — all we had heard was that Microsoft had sold 3 million units in 2013. Well now, we can wonder at least …

Everest avalanche leaves Sherpas counting dead and considering future

Survivor tells of ominous crack in the darkness as the search continues after at least 13 people are killed<p>Chechhee Sherpa was cooking dinner when her husband called from Everest. Just 23, Abiral Rai was working for the first time on the mountain, carrying loads for his New Zealand client in …

Drone strike in Yemen kills suspected al Qaeda militants

A drone strike in Yemen on Saturday killed at least 10 suspected al Qaeda militants but also inadvertently resulted in the deaths of three civilian day laborers, a high-level Yemeni government official told CNN.<p>The strike targeted a pickup in al-Hazemiyah district of al-Bayda province, three Yemeni …