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Gut feelings? Cold feet? Body maps show where emotions go

Have the winter blues got you down? Is a promotion at work making you swell with pride? Does watching kids take "selfies" (and then use the word) elicit contempt?<p>Chances are, these emotions are making you feel physical sensations in the same parts of your body that others feel them in their bodies, …

Best free sites for learning how to write code

Not so long ago, typing was for secretaries, journalists, and would-be authors. Now we're all tapping away at keyboards and screens from morning until night.<p>The number of people who spend their workday coding continues to soar. In the not-too-distant future, writing code may be as commonplace as …

How to turn a developer into a founder: Advice from those who’ve done it

For six years, Peter Relan specialized in turning developers into founders. At his YouWeb incubator, the investor/tech veteran found talented developers such as Jason Citron and turned them into the creators of companies.<p>It isn’t easy to make that switch. Citron did, founding OpenFeint, a social …

These weird stories prove that extraterrestrials love Russia

Americans and Europeans like to imagine that aliens will land in London, New York, or Washington, DC, but Russian history is filled with mysterious …

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Indian government said to secretly track Web activity

The Indian government is reportedly carrying out Internet surveillance on its citizens, in contrast with the government's rules and notifications for ensuring communications privacy.<p>According to an investigation by Chennai-based publication The Hindu, Lawful Intercept and Monitoring (LIM) systems …

Some 2013 Nexus 7 users report buggy multitouch, Google is investigating

A muddled sense of direction isn't the only problem affecting the new generation of Nexus 7 slates, it seems, as some users are also reporting issues with multitouch on the 1,920 x 1,200 display. The clip below the fold demonstrates the bug, and shows the touchscreen registering phantom inputs …

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 …

Kids And TV: Watching An Extra Hour Can Harm Kindergarten Performance, Study Says

Yet another data point has been added to the ongoing debate over how much TV watching is too much for young children.<p>A study of Canadian children has found that even an extra hour of TV time -- above the daily average of 72 minutes -- could significantly harm a child’s performance in kindergarten, …

Your App Is Slow Because Our World Is Ending

The meatiest article I ran across on the Internet this week was also–maybe–a harbinger of doom for life as we know it. I mean Drew Crawford’s superb piece <i>Why mobile web apps are slow</i>. It’s long, and somewhat dense, but definitely worth reading if you’re technical enough to follow along.<p>Its upshot: …

Painkiller increases chance of heart attack, health officials advise

Health officials have advised patients with heart problems to avoid an over-the-counter painkiller used by millions after research found that it can …

U.S. releases details on PRISM

In response to the furor over reports of a classified surveillance program called PRISM, the U.S. director of National Intelligence has released a statement saying PRISM-related activities are "lawful" and "fully debated and authorized by Congress" and has issued a fact sheet on PRISM that says the …

What is the NSA's PRISM program? (FAQ)

<i>Editors' note: Updated on June 12 to include new information.</i><p>You've been hearing about a top-secret government program reportedly giving the NSA access to digital consumer information held by large tech companies. But what is it, really, and how does it affect you? Reports are changing fast, so we …

Monitor your world with $39 Motes sensors

You're sitting in the living room. You're wondering if the Mother-in-Law's Tongue growing in a pot in the back room needs to be watered. You could get up and stick your finger in the dirt, or you could check your smartphone and see what the plant's personal sensor says.<p>The Motes Indiegogo project …

NASA to blastoff solar satellite to gather images of the sun

Despite Earthlings depending on the sun for survival, there's a lot that scientists still don't know about our solar system's star. NASA is looking to change this.<p>The U.S. space agency is launching a solar satellite called the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) on June 26 to get a closer …

Amazon quietly launches online marketplace in India

Amazon on Tuesday quietly launched an online marketplace in India that allows users to list and sell their products directly to consumers.<p>The site, Amazon.in, lists more than 7 million print books, as well as 12,000 movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray. It plans to introduce mobile phones and …

How to delete your Windows 8 personal settings from the cloud

Windows 8 can sync your settings and personal preferences over multiple PCs, as long as you log in with your Microsoft account. It's a convenient feature if you frequently switch between computers, like a laptop and a desktop. If you don't want to sync your settings, you can disable it by going to …

The Misuse and Meaning of GDP, the Main Gauge of Economic Growth

The GDP report profits the broadest barometer of economic performance. But the data is constantly under revision and can often be misused and …

The Sequel to Gangnam Style Has Arrived

Oppa sequel style!<p>South Korean musical dynamo Psy just released his musical followup to “Gangnam Style,” the very definition of a viral video that …

This Amazing, Zoomable Universe-In-A-Browser Puts Everything In Perspective

And another one helps you see just how far it is to Mars.<p>From nanoparticles to galaxies, we can understand a lot about how our universe works--but it's hard to keep things in context. Can you really grasp how far you'd have to travel to reach Mars? Or wrap your head around the infinitesimally small …

Administration confirms NASA plan: Grab an asteroid, then focus on Mars

NASA's accelerated vision for exploration calls for moving a near-Earth asteroid even nearer to Earth, sending out astronauts to bring back samples within a decade, and then shifting the focus to Mars, a senior Obama administration official told NBC News on Saturday.<p>The official said the mission …

NASA to launch planet-hunting mission with Google-backed satellite

NASA this week announced plans to launch two new projects: a mission to search for new planets, and an International Space Station (ISS) experiment to analyze X-rays emitted from neutron stars. Both are slated to launch in 2017, under the agency's Astrophysics Explorer Program.<p>NASA's Transiting …

Details of Mark Zuckerberg's immigration reform group reportedly revealed in leaked memo

Mark Zuckerberg's entry into politics through a rumored immigration reform group made up of Silicon Valley industry pioneers appears to be going forward, but not without a little bit of controversy. <i>Politico</i> apparently got its hands on an internal email from Joe Green — Zuckerberg's former Harvard …

How to copy a file path in OS X

<b>Info windows</b><br>The first option is to use the information window for the item, which will show you the full path to it up to its parent folder. Select the item and press Command-I to open the information window for it, and then locate the path in the General section next to the keyword "Where."<p>While …

Immigration Reform Advocates Struggle With Obama 'Love-Hate' Relationship

WASHINGTON -- There's a long-simmering tension between President Barack Obama's administration and immigrant rights advocates, who support his views, but not necessarily how he executes them. When Obama promised a first-term push for immigration reform and instead boosted deportation to record …