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Wickr Is The Messaging App You'll Turn To If Snapchat Screws Up Again

Nico Sell is an entrepreneur and privacy advocate who co-founded Wickr, an app for sending and receiving self-destructing messages. If the description stopped there, you'd probably decry it as a Snapchat knockoff. It's just not. The comparison is laughable.<p>The gist of the app is similar, however: …

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CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco Products

Saying it is "the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," the CEO of CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that the company's 7,600 pharmacies will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products by Oct. 1.<p>Larry Merlo also said CVS will try …

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The weight of a television set has nothing at all to do with the clarity of its picture. Even if you measure to a tenth of a gram, this precise data …

The Mystery of Sloth Poop: One More Reason to Love Science

<b>Correction appended Jan. 23, 2014</b><p>Among the greatest mysteries of the tropical rainforest are the pooping habits of sloths. Really. Those furry, …

Light Table wants to give you coding superpowers

Chris Granger is a computer programmer who thinks programming kinda sucks. It's too complicated and too esoteric and too sprawling. But he hopes that …

Why Philips Flattened The Light Bulb

Introducing the SlimStyle, a pancake-shaped light bulb that represents the LED industry’s latest attempt to court skeptical consumers.<p>Yesterday, a federal ban on production of 40- and 60-watt incandescent bulbs went into effect, forcing consumers to switch to more efficient (if less aesthetically …

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Guns in movies replaced with thumbs-ups [15 pictures] | 22 Words

The site Thumbs & Ammo takes stills from violent scenes in movies and replaces the weaponry with that classic symbol of positivity — the thumbs-up — …

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Microsoft’s Windows 8 Is The Perfect OS That Nobody Wants

Windows 8 looks perfect. But new updates may revert its design to appease consumers. What is going on?<p>With Windows 8, Microsoft did the unthinkable: The company designed a groundbreaking interface of boxes called Metro that could scale from laptops, to tablets, to phones, to Xboxes–meaning any …

Teachers Give Better Grades to More Attractive Students: Study

If you were of a mind to forgive good-looking people for their freakishly good genetic makeup because you figure you got better brains than they did, …

1 in 3 Children Under the Age of 5 Does Not Officially Exist, Says UNICEF

In Pakistan, 3 out of 4 newborns last year were not registered with the government. It’s worse in Yemen, where 4 out of 5 were not registered. And in …

Even Politicians Agree: Kids Should Learn to Code | Inc.com

About the only code most non-programmers are familiar with is Da Vinci's. Even within cutting-edge tech companies, there is often very little institutional knowledge of the lines of commands that make products work. Programming has not been a high priority in schools, and it's a subject that people …

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Who’s Biggest? The 100 Most Significant Figures in History

Who’s bigger: Washington or Lincoln? Hitler or Napoleon? Charles Dickens or Jane Austen? That depends on how you look at it.<p>When we set out to rank …

Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 3)

English artist Simon Beck never ceases to amaze us with his large-scale murals of geometric patterns in snow. Each visually breathtaking piece, which Beck manually creates by walking through the snow and leaving behind his track prints, adds a surreal element to its natural landscape. Walking …

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5 Ways To Reframe Your Thinking To Be More Like Elon Musk

How do innovative minds like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs come up with their groundbreaking ideas? Here’s five ways they think differently.<p>Drawing parallels between Elon Musk and Steve Jobs is irresistible, but how do big thinkers like them come up with their innovative ideas and how can we reframe our …

The Astronomical Hijinks of the Shortest Day of the Year

The solstice isn't for more than a week, but the earliest sunset of the year is already upon us. How's that possible?<p>If you live around latitude 42N—a well-populated latitude in North America and Europe, taking in Boston, Rome, and Vladivostok—today is the day you'll experience the earliest sunset …

Peter Higgs: I wouldn't be productive enough for today's academic system

Physicist doubts work like Higgs boson identification achievable now as academics are expected to 'keep churning out papers'<p>Peter Higgs, the British physicist who gave his name to the Higgs boson, believes no university would employ him in today's academic system because he would not be considered …

8 Powerful Ways to Improve Your Body Language | Inc.com

We're all students of body language. Too bad we're not students of our <i>own</i> body language.<p>Here are some tips to help ensure your body language works for, and not against, you:<p><b>1. Prep with a power pose.</b><p>It turns out Leo was on to something: According to Harvard professor Amy Cuddy, two minutes of power …

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Koala Bellowing Explained

Next time you're watching <i>Jurassic Park</i> and a <i>T. rex</i> roars, remember that what you're hearing could include the call of a male koala—along with the seemingly more appropriate sounds of tigers and elephants. In fact, the koala's bellow would make more sense coming from an elephant: The deep, gravelly …

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The Next Generation Of USB Connector Will Plug In Either Way

Truly revolutionary<p>The USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which is a group of tech companies that promotes USB, has announced that the next USB plug specification is currently being developed.<p>The new plugs and receptacles will be bilaterally symmetrical, so <i>never again will you try and fail to plug in a USB</i> …

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Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

Why Science Deserves Its Popularity

A friend of mine told me this fantastic joke recently: Werner Heisenberg is driving down the highway and a police officer stops him. “Sir, do you …

How to Start a Business in 10 Days

This story appears in the September 2013 issue of <i>Startups</i>. Subscribe »<p>With an executive staffing venture about to open, a business loan from the in-laws gnawing at her conscience and a new baby to care for, Michelle Fish was already feeling the pressure. But what really pushed her over the edge was …

5 Secrets of Public Speaking From the Best TED Presenters | Inc.com

Ask just about anyone these days for great examples of public speaking and you'll hear a variation on a single thing--"Did you see that TED talk by so and so?" Powerful enough to change your life in 18 short minutes and garnering millions upon millions of views, the best TED talks are well-deserved …

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Bitcoins: Widely known and widely misunderstood

Back in the 1980s, when I lived in Nairobi, foreign residents had a simple way of obtaining Kenyan shillings.<p>They'd write a check in, say, U.S. dollars on their U.S. bank accounts to the Indian man who owned the ice cream store down the block. He'd pay over shillings at the current black market …

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There Is No 'I' in Startup: The Importance of Having a Solid Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No matter how hard you try, you can't do it all.<p>As an entrepreneur I understand the desire to take the bull by the horns and be the lone captain of your startup. You are the idea-generator and innovator behind the company, and you may …

5 Reasons Why Most People Never Discover Their Purpose | Inc.com

<i>"The deepest form of despair is to choose to be another than himself."</i> Soren Kierkegaard<p>After my last post on How to Know if You're Working (and Living) with Purpose, I had the opportunity to hear from a handful of readers about their fear that the path they've chosen isn't the right one.<p>We are …

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