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'Duck Dynasty' star Phil Robertson suspended by A&E

"Duck Dynasty" dad Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely by the A&E Network following his recent comments on homosexuality, the network announced Wednesday night.<p>"We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are …

Obama: No more rabbits in our hat

President Barack Obama stayed firm Tuesday in his refusal to negotiate with Republicans to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, and suggested that he has few options left if Congress fails to take action.<p>But Obama did offer House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) some wiggle room, saying …

Mesmerizing Translucent Waves from 19th Century Paintings

The late 19th century Armenian-Russian painter Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky created some truly spectacular paintings of seascapes that capture the beautiful, shimmering essence of the tumultuous waters. The marine artist gained recognition for his impeccable ability to recreate the expressive …

Richest 1 Percent Hold 46 Percent Of The World's Wealth

Oct 9 (Reuters) - Global wealth has risen by 68 percent over the past 10 years to reach a new all-time high of $241 trillion and the United States accounts for nearly three quarters of the increase, Credit Suisse said in its World Wealth Report.<p>Average global wealth has hit a peak of $51,600 per …

5 Do-It-Yourself Science Experiments With Grover

Come for the science, stay for the dubstep interlude.<p>In this adorbs video, which will make you want to be 5 years old all over again, scientist and perennial Sesame Street denizen Grover (the thinking man's Elmo) wants to bring back dinosaurs. Unfortunately, science isn't exactly on his side. …

The National Ignition Facility Just Got Way Closer To Fusion Power

In a major first, an experiment in the California lab got more energy out of its fuel than went into the fuel. We're one step closer to ignition, when the reaction becomes self-sustaining.<p>Researchers at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California …

Samsung curved smartphone allegedly leaks in new image

The latest news about Samsung's expected smartphone with a flexible display just leaked via @evleaks on Twitter.<p>The account, which has leaked images of devices in the past, posted an image that's believed to be the Samsung Galaxy Round. The device resembles the Galaxy S4, but it has slight dip in …

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Why the world’s bees are dying: They’re stressed out

Scientists have struggled for years to pinpoint the cause of the global crash in bee populations, an affliction known as Colony Collapse Disorder. Everything from pesticides to poor nutrition to automotive exhaust has been blamed for the apian apocalypse. But if British scientists are right, bees …

Ecology

Many Teens Admit To Coercing Others Into Sex

Almost 1 in 10 high school and college-aged people have forced someone into sexual activity against his or her will, a study finds. The majority of those who have done it think that the victim is at least partly to blame.<p>The results come from a multiyear study funded by the Centers for Disease …

Male brain versus female brain: How do they differ?

Chapter 16 of my book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about topographic mapping, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience.<p><b>Summary</b>: Subtle observable differences exist between male and …

The Week In Numbers: NASA Shuts Down, The First Artificial Pancreas, And More

<b>97 percent</b>: the portion of NASA employees who were furloughed by the government shutdown this week. Happy 55th birthday, NASA.<p><b>1,800 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the estimated temperature of Kepler-7b, the first planet outside of our solar system on which scientists have been able to map out clouds<p><b>5</b>: the …

Large Hadron Collider

This is the first interesting search engine since Google

It’s hard to build a really new search engine. Microsoft has spent enormous resources trying to convince people that Bing’s search results are just as good as Google’s. Bing has won market share, but not at Google’s expense. Other Google alternatives like DuckDuckGo are growing rapidly because they …

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Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.<p>The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the …

Wall Street Journal Kicks The New York Times While It's Down

A dropped paywall and a promoted tweet. This is a different kind of war.<p>The <i>New York Times</i> was apparently taken down today, at the hands of the notorious Syrian Electronic Army hacker group. The group claims to have hacked Twitter, too, but the site is still up.<p>While journalists at most institutions …

Governments made 38,000 requests to Facebook

Facebook said Tuesday that it has received government requests for information on more than 38,000 members worldwide - and as many as 21,000 in the United States - in just the first six months of 2013.<p>The Menlo Park company released its first "transparency report" to "make sure that the people who …

The 9 Coolest Space Photos From Astronaut Karen Nyberg

Dispatches from Nyberg's Pinterest page<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Our Earth can be a violent, desperate place. Sometimes it's nice to take a broader view and be reminded the blue marble can also be a beautiful place to live. Astronaut Karen Nyberg joined the International Space Station as a …

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Wolves howl because they care

When a member of the wolf pack leaves the group, the howling by those left behind isn’t a reflection of stress but of the quality of their …

The sharpest photos ever taken of the night sky - Futurity

U. ARIZONA (US) — Scientists have used a new type of camera to take super …

Americans are clueless about Obamacare, which could raise prices

With just 38 days to go before the opening of Obamacare insurance exchanges, sky-high public ignorance about those marketplaces threatens the goal of offering affordable health care to the uninsured, several studies show.<p>And according to a troubling conclusion in at least one study earlier this …

The top 15 American cities for social media jobs (study)

Sure, San Francisco is one of the top American cities for social media jobs. And New York is hot for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn marketers.<p>But some of the cities on the list might surprise you.<p>Indeed.com, the world’s biggest job site, has quite a bit of insight into which …

New Clues To Why Some Autistic Kids Are So Good At Math

Differences in cognitive organization turns some people with autism into math whizzes.<p>Though children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty with social interaction and communication, they're also much more likely to be savants--to show extraordinary skill in a particular area, like …

Astronauts’ sunrise with night-shining clouds

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took this panoramic photo looking northeast from a point about halfway along the Aleutian Island …

Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Remember those frog transparencies from biology class? The ones in the textbook where you could lay the circulatory system on top of the digestive system on top of the skeleton system? Here's that same idea, updated and gently presented for kids, from a company called Tinybop. This time, the layers …

Humans value sight over sound even when it comes to music, study says

It turns out that humans may prioritize visual cues over auditory ones, even when we're supposed to be judging the quality of music.<p>A new study from Harvard graduate and University College London professor Chia-Jung Tsay used video and sound recordings from live classical music competitions and …

Apple Supplier to Ship New High-End and Low-End iPhones in Early September

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has asked Hon Hai, its chief supplier, to ship new high-end and low-end models of the iPhone in early September.<p>Suppliers first began preparing components back in June, according to the paper’s sources. The cheaper iPhone is expected to be dubbed the …

Hyperloop revealed: Elon Musk foresees rapid transit in a tube

Electromagnetic acceleration: That's the high technology behind the high-speed transit concept that billionaire Elon Musk calls the Hyperloop.<p>Musk — who already plays leading roles in the SpaceX rocket venture, the Tesla electric car company and the SolarCity solar-energy company — unveiled his …

5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …