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17 Ridiculous Questions Google Has Stopped Asking During Interviews

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Sometimes the hiring practices of even the biggest and most successful companies can be outright ridiculous.<p>There can be bizarre interview questions that seemingly have no answers. There can be standards -- like not hiring anyone who attended a …

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Calif. escort charged in client's heroin death

SAN FRANCISCO — An alleged prostitute has been charged with manslaughter for injecting a Google executive with heroin and then leaving him to die of an overdose on board his yacht.<p>Alix Tichelman, 26, who is being held on manslaughter and other charges, did not enter a plea Wednesday when she …

IBM spends $3 billion to push the far future of computer chips

IBM will invest $3 billion over five years to develop processors with much smaller, more tightly packed electronics than today's models, and to sustain computing progress even after today's manufacturing technology runs out of steam.<p>The first goal is to build chips whose electronic components, …

Crabs nurse their wounds and may feel pain

Ask any biologist and they'll tell you — whether they agree or not — that there's no conclusive evidence that crabs and lobsters feel pain. In fact, unless a study involves an octopus or a squid (both animals that possess complex nervous systems), researchers don't have to obtain clearance from …

What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

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What Happens in the Brain When Blind People Learn to See With Sound

Deprived of sight, blind people manage to squeeze an amazing amount of information out of their other senses. Doing this requires their brains to do …

Good Art Is Popular Because It's Good. Right?

In July of last year, a man named Sidney Sealine went to see the Mona Lisa in Paris.<p>The idea was to spend some time with the picture, see for himself the special spark that made the painting so famous.<p>But Sealine couldn't even get close.<p>In his video of the visit, you see people of every race and …

In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction

One of the challenges of writing about China is the country moves fast — sometimes faster than the publishing business. Take <i>Enigma of China</i>, the latest detective novel by Chinese-American author Qiu Xiaolong.<p>In one scene, Qiu's main character, Inspector Chen, sits in a Shanghai restaurant scanning …

In pictures: War Games

A selection of miniature tableaux depicting scenes of conflict by the American photographer David Levinthal.

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Modern life 'turning people off sex'

<b>Money worries and the distractions of social media mean people are having sex less frequently, researchers say.</b><p>A once-a-decade poll of 15,000 Britons found those aged 16-44 were having sex fewer than five times a month.<p>The figure compared with more than six times a month on the last two occasions …

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How science goes wrong

A SIMPLE idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea …

Biology's Big Problem: There's Too Much Data to Handle

Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of …

The Better Model for Hadoop: Open Source or Proprietary Approach?

There’s a debate going on inside the Hadoop community. On one side are open source purists who believe that data infrastructure software should be …

Republicans Shut Down Prefrontal Cortex

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In an escalation of the stalemate gripping Washington, House Republicans voted today to shut down the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that controls reasoning and impulses.<p>The resolution, which passed with heavy Tea Party support, calls for a partial …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

Watch the Sagrada Familia's endless construction come to a close

Antoni Gaudi's masterpiece to be completed in 2026, nearly 150 years after construction began<p>More than a century has passed since construction began on the Sagrada Familia, the ornate Barcelona church designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi, and it will be another 13 years before it's finished. …