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Why asparagus makes pee smell funny, and other amazing facts about everyday foods and spices

By digging deep into the molecular chemistry of everyday foods and spices, Cambridge-based chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has the answers.<p>And you don't have to be a chemistry-expert to understand them.<p>Brunning heads the popular science website Compound Interest and recently published the book "Why …

Spices

Russia and the Curse of Geography

Want to understand why Putin does what he does? Look at a map.<p>Vladimir Putin says he is a religious man, a great supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church. If so, he may well go to bed each night, say his prayers, and ask God: “Why didn’t you put mountains in eastern Ukraine?”<p>If God had built …

Russia

Is Your Job Search Too Old-Fashioned?

I hear from many "older" job seekers these days who are frustrated with today's job search process. They are convinced that their "advanced age" (30, 40, 50, 60, or more) is causing them problems. I think they could be right, but NOT, perhaps, for the reason they think...<p>Although I do not doubt …

Employment

"Psychopaths Are Running The World" Former US Marine Blows Whistle On Syrian False Flag, Exposes Real Agenda

<i>"All of these players, these politicians are nothing more than puppets, they don't serve the people there is no real democracy, they serve the rich</i> …

Middle East

Russian Military Forces Arrive In Syria, Set Forward Operating Base Near Damascus

While military direct intervention by US, Turkish, and Gulf forces over Syrian soil escalates with every passing day, even as Islamic State forces …

Middle East
Peer Review

14 Items All Your Kitchen Dreams Are Made Of

When we saw these genius corner drawers on Imgur, we were seriously taken aback.<p>Why didn't we think of that? And how do we get those in our kitchen? If you're thinking the same thing, don't worry, we've found 14 kitchen appliances and gadgets that you need to purchase to turn your kitchen into what …

Hershey considers removing high-fructose corn syrup from products in favor of sugar

Chocolate maker looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar, joining Gatorade and Yoplait<p>Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar.<p>Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co, told …

8 Things Picky Eaters Wish Their Parents Knew

It's hard for parents to understand how a toddler can go from eating everything to barely touching his or her meals. It's even more difficult for them to understand why kids are so reluctant to try new foods. And without a big picture understanding of why kids eat the way they do, parents are left …

Parenting

Android Circuit: Galaxy S6 Details, Lollipop's Slow Rollout, Nokia's Android Ambitions

Taking a look back at the week in news across the Android world, this week’s Android Circuit highlights a number of stories including the Samsung Galaxy S6 leak, reviews of the Nexus 9, will Nokia return with an Android handset, Android Lollipop is available (and needs a bug fix for the power …

DIY: How To Light Up Your Bike Wheels [Video]

Crafty, safe fun<p>As the winter months approach, darkness is falling earlier and earlier. Do not bike gently into that good night! By spending a few hours tinkering with LEDs, you can outfit your dull wheels with hypnotically glowing rings.<p>Some kits on the market use customizable circuit boards to …

Arduino

14 Niche Netflix Alternatives

For TV shows and <i>some</i> movies, there’s Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video. For the latest release blockbusters, there’s Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Instant Video or Blinkbox, depending on where you live in the world. But the video-on-demand (VoD) realm extends far beyond the well-established, …

FreshGrade takes in $4.3M to get more teachers to take schoolwork digital

Education software firm FreshGrade just took $4.3 million in seed funding to help teachers manage student work from the cloud.<p>FreshGrade is the brain child of Lane Merrifield, Steve Wandler, and Mark Payne. Merrifield previously founded Club Penguin, a multiplayer gaming platform for kids that …

3 ways Modi can turn India’s economy around

Since the close of India’s election last month, investors have been hopeful that the world’s largest democracy can finally turn its economy around …

Want To Make $1 Billion? Just Solve One Of These Huge Tech Problems

There's a lot of room for improvement when it comes to things like artificial intelligence, mobile payments, internet speeds, and even how we think and communicate.<p>So here's our list of the ten biggest problems in tech right now. Solve one of these, and you're on your way to billions.

Artificial Intelligence

20 Excellent IKEA Hacks You Should Try

Make sure your home doesn't look like everyone else's by using some DIY know-how and hacks like these—and even more at IKEAhackers.net.<p>1. Coffee …

This Earth Day, "Clean" Your Device Before You Recycle It

One man’s trash is another man’s new identity? Yes, because that “junk mail” you toss in the garbage contains valuable data about yourself. A crook bent on identity theft can potentially have a field day with your discarded pre-approved credit card applications, bank statements, etc. Using a paper …

Information Systems

The most powerful Indian technologists in Silicon Valley

Engineers and executives from the sub-continent are hugely influential in the industry, from USB and Pentium to journalism<p>• Bangalore's techies seek Indian election sweep<p>• Indian election 2014: your interactive guide to the world's biggest vote<p>Ever since waves of Indian graduates poured into …

University Challenge: Are these the 20 toughest questions Jeremy Paxman has ever asked?

As Jeremy Paxman hosts the final of University Challenge this Monday, here are 20 of the toughest questions he has asked during his reign as the show's quizmaster. How many can you answer?<p>On Monday night, quiz show devotees will settle down to watch Jeremy Paxman host his 21st University Challenge …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

What is Alzheimer's disease? - Ivan Seah Yu Jun

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, affecting over 40 million people worldwide. And though it was discovered over a century …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Kandu Teaches Kids How To Make iPad Apps, No Coding Required

Whenever a challenge lies before you, and you feel like you can’t go on any further, I implore you to remember this article, and this startup, and realize that you, in fact, “Kandu” whatever you set your mind to.<p>Kandu, the latest venture out of betaworks, founded by David Bennahum and Gerry …

Is Planet Earth Under New Management?

A hundred million years from now, when we're all dead and gone, a team of geologists will be digging in a field somewhere ...<p>... and they will discover, buried in the rocks below, a thin layer of sediment — very thin, about the width of a cigarette paper, says British stratigrapher Jan Zalasiewicz. …

Sriracha Chemistry: How Hot Sauces Perk Up Your Food And Your Mood

Anyone who has ever drizzled, doused or — heck — drenched their food with Sriracha knows the hot sauce can make almost any dish taste better.<p>But could these spicy condiments also make us a little happier?<p>The science geeks over at the American Chemical Society made a little video that breaks down …

Point-and-shoot camera does what Mars rover can't - Futurity

Engineers have turned an off-the-shelf digital camera into an imaging device that could be key in the search for life forms on other planets.

Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …

Diabetes

Let This Robot Write An Employee Farewell Letter For You

"P.S. Alvaro, you still owe me a drink for that thing, okay?"<p>Ah, the employee goodbye letter. Sentimental, all-encompassing, and most importantly, time-consuming. You only get one shot and the people you're directing this letter to are human beings you've spent family-levels of time around. Better …

Time I

Bored of your normal résumé? Sumry wants to replace it with an interactive timeline

Looking for a job and sending out résumés is a full-time job in itself, and in order to make yourself stand out from the crowd you might be considering adding some flourishes to your existing CV.<p>However, tweaking that existing Microsoft Word template isn’t going to cut it. According to Sumry, a …