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‘Hobbit’ Beats ‘Anchorman 2’

Here's What Happened When Cracker Barrel Briefly Decided To Get Rid Of 'Duck Dynasty' Merchandise

Here's a funny and instructive side story in the "Duck Dynasty" affair. Cracker Barrel, the popular roadside "home cooking" restaurant chain, announced today it would stop carrying Duck Dynasty merchandise after Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments. Their change didn't last long.<p>From Hilary Sargent, …

The Navy’s Amazing Ocean-Powered Underwater Drone

While you were out shopping Sunday for those last-minute holiday gifts, the Navy pushed ahead with its own vision of an underwater sugar plum: a …

Tomorrow's robots drive, climb, and drill through walls at DARPA trials

Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.<p>The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of …

Pictures of the Week 12.20.13

How America abandoned its “undeserving” poor

<b>Ronald Reagan (AP/Jeff Taylor)</b><p>With poverty on the rise in the late 1970s, Reagan conservatives waged war on the needy — and won<p>Michael B. Katz<p>December 21, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Undeserving Poor: America’s Enduring Confrontation With Poverty”<p>After the mid-1970s progress against …

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The best films of 2013: Mark Kermode's choice

It was the year that someone finally made a movie which made me think that 3D might not be just a headache after all. After the adventurous experiments of Ang Lee's <i>Life of Pi</i> and Martin Scorsese's <i>Hugo</i> (both of which used the format inventively, but not essentially), Alfonso Cuarón's <i>Gravity</i> was a …

Vin Diesel is Officially in 'Guardians of the Galaxy' – /Film

This whole business of <b>Vin Diesel</b> being in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b> has been really interesting to watch, because while Diesel talked about playing the …

Best of 2013: System of the year

<i>Check here for more from GamesBeat’s 12 Days of the Best and Worst of 2013</i><p>Originally, I was ready to crown GamesBeat’s best system of the year all by myself. Then my boss politely reminded me that we should probably do a staff vote for that sort of thing. So vote we did, choosing our favorite …

The 30 Fastest-Growing Jobs In America

Using projections from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on job growth from 2012 to 2022, we've identified the fastest-growing jobs in America.<p>There's something for everyone, with at least 10 jobs that don't require any education beyond high school, several that require only an associate's …

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FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Weak U.S. card security made Target a juicy target

Experts predict even bigger, more damaging thefts of credit card data in future.<p>NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. is the juiciest target for hackers hunting credit card information. And experts say incidents like the recent data theft at Target's stores will get worse before they get better.<p>That's in part …

Of Squirrels and Men: How We Moved Squirrels Into Our Cities

<b>It’s hard to imagine</b>, but before the nineteenth century, there were no squirrels in Central Park or Harvard Square or Lafayette Park. Today, squirrels are all around us, not just in parks but everywhere. They go about their business as we go about ours, invisible to one another though we tread the …