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39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

Language

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

Photograph: Columbia TriStar/Getty<p>Group Captain Lionel Mandrake, left, and General Jack D Ripper discuss the pros and cons of water fluoridisation in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. …

Critical Thinking

Kevin Durant Reveals His Thoughts on the 'You the Real MVP' Meme

"You the real MVP."<p>That line was said with a lot of emotion, but it has turned into an Internet craze.<p>Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant included that signature line during his acceptance speech for the 2013-14 NBA MVP award. During that speech, Durant called his mom the real MVP because …

Basketball

Caterpillar's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Caterpillar Inc. is about as American as you can get, except that these days it’s not, having been partially shuffled off to Switzerland. But it still must deal with the IRS, and the IRS isn’t happy with the heavy equipment maker. In fact, the IRS is trying to add $1 billion in taxes and penalties …

Tim Cook

Jeb Bush isn't George W. He just thinks the same and hires the same people

It ain’t easy being Jeb – I mean, it is for the rest of us Jebs, but for the guy who wants to be president, not so much. Just think of the family hassles: he probably has to unplug all his appliances when his brother comes over at Christmas, just in case George tries to touch one and shorts it out …

Jeb Bush

Hannah Earnshaw explains why she wants to be part of the mission to colonise the red planet<p>I have always been in awe of the night sky, trying to comprehend the vastness of space and the countless wonders it contains. But I have always felt a certain dissatisfaction with only being able to see it at …

Mars

Amazon opens its first store

Look out, retailers. Amazon has opened its first-ever brick-and-mortar store.<p>Amazon (AMZN) announced that it has opened a pickup and drop-off location on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.<p>Students can order everything from "textbooks, laptops, or mac and cheese," according …

eCommerce

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

Netflix leads to record drops in US TV viewing

Traditional TV viewing has dropped by more than 12% year on year in the US in the face of competition from streaming services such as Netflix, according to a study.<p>Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente and Benjamin Black, say the figures showed “one of the worst declines we have seen since we launched …

Television Industry

FCC's net neutrality proposal to treat high-speed internet like public utility

Among other rules the regulatory agency will release on Thursday are greater powers over service providers and a ban on hotly contested internet ‘fast lanes’<p>The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is planning tough new rules for regulating the internet that will treat high-speed internet as a …

Net Neutrality

UK Church groups have recently been criticised for campaigning against the legalisation of mitochondrial donation. As their efforts failed, a group of emboldened scientists has vowed to turn the tables and interfere with matters of religion<p>The Catholic Church and Church of England have recently …

Church of England

5 Sky Events This Week: Green Giant, Lunar Triangle and Jovian Shadows

A planetary pairing and moon dances take center stage in the heavens this week.<p>Neptune meets Mars this week for stargazers, while Jupiter's retinue plays shadow games.<p><b>Neptune and Mars.</b> About an hour after sunset on Monday, January 19, look towards the southwestern sky for Venus and Mercury hanging …

3D printed sculptures spin to Fibonacci sequence

John Edmark, a professor of design at Stanford University, has mashed together geometry and art to create these 3D printed kinetic sculptures based …

Man says police beat him after shots outside Biden home

A man arrested shortly after gunshots were fired near Vice President Joe Biden's Delaware home says police officers beat him up.<p>Fifty-seven-year-old Rock Peters of Hockessin says New Castle County Police officers left him with a swollen nose, rib injuries, cuts on his face and a black eye. Photos …

Get Spit-Free Drinks While Flying

I just went to a fabulous conference last week, even though, like most hermits, I hate to travel. HATE. IT. I especially despise air travel because it includes other people in my personal space, breathing my air, giving me germs. Hey, airline bigwigs, could we put the seats just a little closer, …

Supreme Court says Muslim prisoner can keep beard

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of the religious freedom claims of a prisoner in Arkansas who wanted to grow a beard in accordance with his Muslim faith, but was blocked by the Department of Corrections' policy that forbids beards except for diagnosed dermatological …

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health

Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease,<p>type 2 …

Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss spiral.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/9/1418159374839/6f595021-96b3-44d2-89e7-d6c08bf35881-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Edmund Harriss<p>The Harriss …

Mathematics

2 Futures Can Explain Time's Mysterious Past

Physicists have a problem with time. <br>Whether through Newton’s gravitation, Maxwell’s electrodynamics, Einstein’s special and general relativity or …

Counting Calories? You Might Not Want to Trust Food Labels

<b>If your dieting self has ever tried to piece together one whole chip from several fragments to determine what a food label’s “about six chips” looks like so you stay within a 130-calorie serving, this one’s for you.</b><p>Who decided that one ounce of chips is the standard serving anyway? Large bags of …

Missouri lawmaker hit for 'white privilege' remarks on social media

A Missouri state senator who has made controversial comments on social media following the shooting death in Ferguson of Michael Brown, an unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer, is facing renewed criticism over her recent remark apparently about “white privilege.”<p>State Sen. …

Apple sued because iPhone isn't really 16 GB

If you have a 16 GB iPhone, you've probably noticed that you don't <i>really</i> have 16 GB of storage space -- some of that space is taken up by Apple's iOS software. But you probably haven't thought to sue Apple over it.<p>That's the difference between you and two Apple (AAPL) customers in Miami who sued …

Hacker behind Sony, Xbox attacks allegedly arrested by UK police

A member of the hacker group Lizard Squad, which claimed credit for taking down Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live on Christmas …

Fort Worth

St Louis man arrested over alleged Twitter threats against police

A man in St Louis has been charged with threatening to kill police and cause an explosion at the city jail in Twitter posts that referenced Ferguson, the nearby town where an officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old led to protests and rioting.<p>Jason Valentine is accused of 10 counts …

Social Media

Dozens of states increase minimum wage, as Washington debate over federal increase continues

The minimum wage increased Thursday in 21 states means extra money for an estimated 3.1 million U.S. workers, while Congress and the White House continue to battle over whether to increase the federal wage.<p>Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island …

Marriott petition to the FCC to block personal Wi-Fi meets big resistance

In a move that could save travelers a lot of money on Internet access, Marriott will offer free basic Wi-Fi to guests who are enrolled in its rewards …

Seven Turning Points To Watch For In 2015

Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many sectors, 5) tech/media/fashion …

8 apps to help you actually keep your 2015 New Year's resolutions

New Year's resolutions are tough.<p>Though we may start the year with the best of intentions, old habits die hard and too often we're back to our old …

What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015

Shortly before 9/11, officials foresaw a fundamental shift in the nature of power.<p>Nine months before the September 11 attacks—and just days after the Supreme Court halted the Florida recount, handing the presidency to George W. Bush—U.S. intelligence officials published an 85-page prediction for …