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The True Cost of Extreme Weather…Or is it Climate Change?

Politicians and businesses have long complained about the price of fighting climate change. Now they're getting a taste of just how expensive …

LearnVest CEO: 'Financial literacy is a fundamental human right'

Somehow New Year’s Day has come and gone, and the resolutions that we make year after year are already haunting us. <i>Exercise. Save money. Don’t spend so much. Don’t eat so much. Pay off that debt.</i><p>Finding the right diet or the right exercise routine, as hard as it can be, is nothing compared to …

Intel killed its internet TV project because it couldn't make content deals

Intel spent much of the last year talking up its ambitious plan to launch an internet TV service — but its grand plans eventually fell by the wayside. Now, we're hearing why: new CEO Brian Krzanich told <i>Recode</i> that Intel's plans went up in smoke because it wasn't able to get the content it needed. …

DreamWorks to launch Android 'DreamTab' with original content this spring

DreamWorks certainly knows what kids want to watch, and Android tablet maker Fuhu knows a thing or two about children's tablets -- having produced the Nabi 2 Disney edition model, for instance. It looks like the two are putting that youth savvy together to create a new slate called the DreamTab …

BBM beta for Android gets Channels and voice chat

Android users who've enjoyed their first taste of BBM will want to visit the BlackBerry Beta Zone today. BlackBerry has just released a private beta of the messaging client that introduces promised Channels and Voice support, giving Android users the same social feeds and free WiFi calling as their …

Video Syndication Startup Vidible Raises $3.35M Round Led By Greycroft

Vidible, a startup connecting buyers and sellers of video content, is confirming that it has raised a $3.35 million Series A led by Greycroft Partners.<p>The round was first revealed in a regulatory filing in late December, but the company is only confirming the news and sharing details now. In …

Triple star system 'can reveal secrets of gravity'

<b>Astronomers have discovered a unique triple star system which could reveal the true nature of gravity.</b><p>They found a pulsar with two white dwarfs all packed in a space smaller than Earth's orbit of the Sun.<p>The trio's unusually close orbits allow precise measurements of gravity and could resolve …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …

Aereo: the cloud based content upstart that could upend the TV industry

America’s most powerful broadcasters are trying to shut down an emerging TV recording service. If their case is heard, the implications could be far reaching.<p>Late on Friday (Oct. 11) the major free-to-air broadcasters filed a petition in the US supreme court against Aereo, a start up backed by …

Twitter 'See it' Button Lets you Watch TV Shows from Within Tweets

Comcast announced a groundbreaking partnership with NBCUniversal and Twitter today, which will allow users to tune into live streaming from their set-top box, smartphone or tablet just by tapping the ‘See It’ button that will be embedded in selected tweets.<p>The feature, available only to Xfinity TV …