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The end of the world

It has been a very good year for cherries, in quantity, size and taste. Yet we know that a bowl of these juicy fruits is not what life is. All the same, we tend to console ourselves in the face of reverses in fortunes by declaring: it’s not the end of the world. But the end of the world was exactly …

A Facebook trick to prevent embarrassment

How long have you been using Facebook? A year? Five years? Ten years? Even if it's been only a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don't even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, a family member or a potential employer …

Online Privacy

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

5 ways to eat healthier this year and lose weight in the process

<b>(Health.com) —</b> Nutrition is a hot topic these days, yet many of my clients still struggle with consistently following through with "the basics," and the stats show that missing the mark on many healthy habits is the norm. For example, the median daily intake of produce for U.S. adults is 1.1 …

Nutrition

A Star Just Got Swallowed By A Warp In Space-Time

Om nom nom<p>A star has slipped out of view thanks to the space-time warp it creates as it orbits.<p>The disappearing star is part of a binary star system called J1906. It's a pulsar, which means it's a rotating neutron star, the result of a massive star collapsing in on itself. Researchers have been …

CISPA, the infamous cybersecurity bill, is headed back to Congress

An infamous cybersecurity bill may be headed back to Congress in the new year. Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) has told <i>The Hill</i> that he will be reintroducing CISPA to the House on Friday, as a response to the growing cybersecurity challenges facing the nation. The bill has been put before …

Surveillance

Winter may be knocking on your window, but 2014 was the warmest on record

You don't have to look hard to find evidence that the earth is warming up. In fact, you have to look pretty hard to find something that suggests that the earth isn’t warming up.<p>You have to look past the rapidly melting ice around both poles and on most of the world's glaciers. You have to look past …

Global Warming

String of attacks leave many dead in Iraq

At least 23 people have been killed in Iraq in a series of attacks which targeted security checkpoints and Shia worshippers, officials have said.<p>Police said a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint on Thursday in the town of Youssifiyah, just south of the capital …

Middle East