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10 Organizing "Tricks" That Are Actually Huge Mistakes

Make sure you're not making these blunders.<p>Having "a place for everything and everything in its place" doesn't necessarily mean you're organized — it just means you have enough space to become a borderline hoarder. Before you crown yourself queen of organization, make sure you're not making these …

Microsoft's Twitter account: Don't use our e-mail

In an apparent hacking of the Microsoft News Twitter account, a tweet emerges saying the company sells customer data to the government. The Syrian Electronic Army claims responsibility.<p>Sometimes, irony adorns Twitter like the sugar on a doughnut.<p>On Saturday morning, however, the Microsoft News …

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An Unholy Alliance Is Forcing Veterans To Pay For 12 Years Of War

In doing so, it was given aid and comfort by knowledge-starved pundits, axe-grinding editorial boards, and self-anointed armchair analysts everywhere, as it left the military and veteran community standing with their jaws on the ground in despairing disbelief. Exploiting pressure to strike a budget …

Florida School Named After KKK Grand Wizard Will Get New Name

After decades of blistering debate about the balance between honoring Southern history and glorifying slavery and white supremacy, the Duval County School Board in Jacksonville, Fla., voted unanimously on Monday to rename Nathan B. Forrest High School.<p>Forrest is a polarizing figure from the Civil …

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8 Tricks to Expand a Small Space

From hanging floor-to-ceiling curtains to using mirrors strategically, find out how to make a small room look bigger by tricking the eye with these design tips. See more ways to make the most of a small space.<p><b>1. Window Treatments</b><p>Hang curtain rods and draperies at the ceiling to make the room feel …

From fertiliser to Zyklon B: 100 years of the scientific discovery that brought life and death

Several hundred scientists from across the globe will gather in Ludwigshafen, Germany, next week to discuss a simple topic: "A hundred years of the synthesis of ammonia." As titles go, it is scarcely a grabber. Yet the subject could hardly be of greater importance, for the gathering on 11 November …

How General Motors Was Really Saved: The Untold True Story Of The Most Important Bankruptcy In U.S. History

<i>Editor’s Note: Lots of people–including President Obama–have trumpeted their role in the success of the government-backed turnaround plan that saved General Motors, the most important industrial company in the history of the United States.</i><p><i>But on the fifth anniversary of the crisis, Forbes presents</i> …

GOP congressman smacks down Tea Party

“I’m not sure they’re Republicans and I’m not sure they’re conservative”<p>In an interview with National Journal, Louisiana Republican Charles Boustany expressed his great frustration with the "20-30" members of Congress who make up the Tea Party wing, accusing them of caring more about appearances …

MAP: Here Are The States With The Highest Percentage Of Native-Born Residents

Are the people who live in your state predominantly people who were born in that state, or did they come from somewhere else?<p>Seth Kadish at the brilliant Vizual Statistix Tumblr has come up with this great visualization which answers just this question, using Census data.<p>The redder an area is, the …

30 minutes of exercise better for weight loss than longer workouts

A short daily workout of just 30 minutes a day can help dieters lose more weight than exercising for an hour, scientists have found.<p>For anyone wanting to lose weight, you may need to exercise less than you thought.<p>A new study has found that people who exercised for just half an hour a day lost a …

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Remembering Hiroshi Yamauchi, The Man Who Made Nintendo

The long-serving Nintendo president died today at 85.<p>Hiroshi Yamauchi was the president of Nintendo from 1949 to 2002, and might be the person most responsible for bringing gaming into mainstream culture. He shepherded the company when it was a small business selling playing cards, and, through …

FHA Change Adds 2.5 Million Potential Boomerang Buyers Two Years Ahead of Schedule

Up to 2.5 million formerly foreclosed homeowners — or those who sold while in the foreclosure process — could be re-entering the housing market as buyers much faster than anticipated thanks to a recent change in Federal Housing Administration (FHA) guidelines.<p>Introduced August 15, 2013, by the U.S. …

New Study Says Fracking Doesn’t Contribute to Global Warming

Frack­ers, re­joice.<p>A new study in the <i>Pro­ceed­ings of the Na­tion­al Academies of Sci­ence</i> con­cludes that hy­draul­ic frac­tur­ing—the …

The Stock Market May Have Crashed 18,000 Times Since 2006 — And No One Noticed

A new paper examines the "machine ecology" of our economy.<p>What if someone told you the stock market crashed and spiked 18,000 times since 2006, and you had no idea?<p>That’s the contention of a group of scientists who study complex systems after analyzing market data, collected by Nanex, since the …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

The Uber App Now Lets You Tell Friends When You’ll Get There With A Live ETA Map

The Uber app for iOS and, presumably, Android is today getting a couple of new features centered around estimated times of arrival. The app now lets you share your ETA with contacts from the app, letting them know exactly when you’ll arrive.<p>The app also lets you text a live map of your trip to your …

Why Apple's 64-bit iPhone chip is a bigger deal than you think

iOS is about to go beyond post-PC<p>In the wake of Tuesday's iPhone event, you've likely heard the news that iOS 7 and its core apps have been ported to 64-bit, and Apple's new iPhone 5s now has a 64-bit "A7" system-on-chip (SoC) inside. You might have also heard that it's just a marketing stunt; a …

Even If Someone Chops Off Your Finger They Won't Be Able To Unlock Your iPhone 5S With The Fingerprint Scanner

If someone chops off your finger and then tries to use the fingerprint to unlock the phone, it won't work. The iPhone 5S's fingerprint reader relies on "the living layer of skin under the surface of your finger, using an RF signal," Mary Branscombe at CITEWorld reports.<p>Via: Daring Fireball

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Startup founders are better off with a college degree

<i>This originally appeared on LinkedIn. You can follow Vivek Wadhwa here.</i><p>Frustrated that Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs “were not on focused on breakthrough technologies that will take civilization to the next level,” Peter Thiel announced the Thiel Fellowship in September 2010. He paid children …

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The reason American tech firms like Ireland isn’t just the low taxes

Airbnb, the accommodation rentals website, just became the latest American tech company to set up its European headquarters in Ireland. It joins Google, Facebook, Adobe, LinkedIn, Apple and countless others on an island that is colder and wetter even than its British neighbor.<p>In a blog post …

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2014 Audi Q5 TDI: Diesel Comes to This Small SUV

A torquey diesel in Audi's small SUV means that performance and fuel economy are no longer mutually exclusive.<p><b>On-Sale Date:</b> Now<p><b>Base Price:</b> $47,395<p><b>Competitors:</b> Acura RDX, BMW X3, Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC, Volvo XC60<p><b>Powertrain:</b> turbocharged diesel 3.0-liter V-6, 240 hp, 428 lb-ft; eight-speed …

Diesel Mazda6 Is Delayed, But Brand Has High Hopes For It

Mazda just moved back the U.S. debut date for its Mazda6 SkyActiv-D clean-diesel version to late spring of next year from the end of this year because of complications with final emissions testing and certification of the car for the crucial California market.<p>But the brand harbors high hopes for …

10 reasons millennials are screwed

Call them pampered and spoiled if you want, but the country they’ve inherited is broken<p>Generation gaps are nothing new. Back in the 1930s, members of the World War I generation complained bitterly about their World War II generation offspring and all the swing-dancing, noisy big bands and awful …