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These are the 10 smartest countries in the world when it comes to science

1/<p>10. Portugal had 25% of its students graduate with a STEM degree. It has the highest percentage of doctorate holders — 72% — that work in education …

Demographics

Cable crews' live airing from San Bernardino shooters' house triggers criticism

Future broadcast journalism students got another unique case study Friday when camera crews barged into the townhouse belonging to the now-dead suspects in the San Bernardino shooting.<p>In the grim and brazen scenes aired repeatedly on cable news and other news outlets' websites, reporters and …

California

Exclusive: Most Americans see Muslims like any other group after California shooting - poll | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Just days after two Muslims were accused of gunning down 14 people in California, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 51 percent of Americans view Muslims living in the United States the same as any other community, while 14.6 percent are generally fearful.<p>Muslim students pray before …

North Africa

Inside the Home of Syed Farook: Pictures

Policing

Hands-on with Facebook M: the virtual assistant with a (real) human touch

There’s something eerie about realizing you live in a time people once considered a sci-fi fantasy. In Spike Jonze’s <i>Her</i>, Joaquin Phoenix's character uses an artificial intelligence-powered operating system voiced by Scarlett Johansson. He can ask her to oversee his calendar, play music to match his …

Apple Developed a Super Resolution Mode for iPhone Cameras Using Image Shifting

One of the technologies that’s emerging in the camera world is using sensor-shifting to capture high-resolution photos. It involves shooting a …

Armenian hopes crushed as Obama decides not to use the word 'genocide'

White House officials have decided that President Obama will not use the word "genocide" to describe the killings of more than 1 million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks when he commemorates the deaths Friday, the 100th anniversary of the massacres.<p>The decision, revealed Tuesday in a meeting …

The White House

Architizer

A primer on the bird flu affecting Midwest poultry flocks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Scientists believe 70-degree temperatures will kill the deadly bird flu virus — and the change in weather can't come fast …

Bird Flu

Scientists Have Figured Out a Way to Convert Solar Energy Into Liquid Fuel

Researchers at Harvard have discovered how to convert solar energy into liquid fuel, potentially accelerating our switch to the alternative-energy …

French law blocking terrorist and child abuse sites comes into effect

Law that allows blockade of offending sites without a court order criticised by free-speech groups as circumventing judicial power<p>France has introduced a new law that allows government agencies to order the blocking of websites that advocate acts of terrorism or contain images of child abuse.<p>The …

Privacy

How to Easily Switch to Smart Home Lighting

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Android Phones Are Leaking Valuable Information, Here's How To Stop Them

In a Reddit post a user called Gooz announces his new Android app. Its goal is simple: to stop Google's Android leaking information to anyone who cares to probe for it. Gooz’s real name is Bram Bonné and he’s given a TEDx talk about the problems with Android giving over data that enables almost …

Information Systems

Samsung On A Possible Collision Course With Qualcomm

Investor weren’t happy last week to hear what Qualcomm had to tell them. The San Diego chipmaker’s said during its first quarter financial report that a major player wasn’t going to be using its latest mobile application processor, the Snapdragon 810, in its flagship device. The culprit? Samsung’s …

Mobile

MIT's Zipperbots Could be Coming to a Fly Near You

MIT's Personal Robots Group has created a tiny mechanized zipper that zips itself — good news for the absent-minded among us who forget now and then, but also for disabled people and any situation where manual zipping might be troublesome. It could, for example, help paraplegics and multiple …

Robotics

What the Internet of things means for business app developers

Are you getting tired of hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT)? Well, get used to it because IoT is gaining steam as it moves from what has been a consumer focus to business adoption in 2015. And this crossover will radically change application developers should be thinking about IoT.<p>According …

Internet of Things

Your total is $57.67 — will that be cash, credit or phone?

New payment technology is coming this year to the US, in a big way.<p>In 2015, credit card companies and banks are finally starting to introduce chip-and-PIN, or chip-and-signature technology, more broadly throughout the US. Chip technology is touted as a more secure alternative to the magnetic stripe …

Indictment: Bosnian immigrants plotted over Facebook

CHICAGO (AP) — Six Bosnian immigrants accused of sending money and military equipment to extremist groups in Syria used Facebook, PayPal and other …

Corruption

Europe and U.S. clash over how to confront Putin on Ukraine

MUNICH (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress.<p>The heated exchanges at a security …

Russia

Brian Williams To Take Temporary Leave From 'Nightly News'

Brian Williams is going to take a brief absence from the "NBC Nightly News" broadcast, he said in a press release Saturday. The move follows Williams' admission that he was not actually aboard a helicopter in Iraq that was shot down by enemy fire in 2003, as he had previously said.<p>In the midst of a …

Sending A Handwritten Letter Is Now As Easy As Using Gmail

But does a note in your handwriting done by a bot look like it’s sent from uncanny valley? We test out letter-writing company Bond to see.<p>Sitting on my desk is a lovely note, written on thick, customized stationery with my name scrawled across the top. It’s in my handwriting, but I didn’t write it. …

Sites of the Week: Sampedro, Formagramma, Intercom and more

Beautiful sites to show portfolios, explain services and sell great apps are what we'll find here today! Take a special look at Intercom, Formagramma …

This Interactive Map Shows How Americans Get To Work

Flowing Data’s new infographic delves into the commuting habits of Americans, drawn from United States Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey. Unsurprisingly in the land of automobiles, driving to work alone is nearly unanimous in its popularity. After that, the second most common …

London’s Skyline Is About To Get Very Crowded

Few cities’ skylines have changed as much as London’s. Settled by Romans on the banks of the Thames in 43 A.D., London has almost 2,000 years of architectural history under its belt, and the next few years are expected to bring about even more dramatic change. More than 200 tall towers and …

New Fascinating Macro Photos of Bees by the United States Geological Survey

The United States Geological Survey has released another fascinating batch of macro photos offering intimate portraits of bees. The often-feared insects are photographed against black backgrounds in great detail, revealing large, shimmering eyes and rainbow-colored wings. One bee is even seen …

Nature

Poetic Photos of Women Surrounded by the Beauty of Nature

Madrid-based photographer Elena del Palacio crafts images that conjure ethereal, dream-like scenarios in the wilderness. The vivid pictures feature young women who are often surrounded by the vast beauty of nature. They're shown contemplating the world around them as well as being at rest. Babbling …

Photography

Textscapes: Words That Come Right Off the Page, Literally

Hongtao Zhou, a Chinese artist and designer who lives in Hawaii, creates 3D documents that marry technology with text. Printing technology was first …