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After two weeks of anarchy, 100,000 simultaneous 'Pokémon' players may actually beat the game

We still don't know if infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters can produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but it appears that tens of thousands of people collectively controlling a <i>single</i> Game Boy can beat a famous game. Two weeks ago, viewers of game streaming site Twitch.tv started playing a …

Excessive gaming 'can cause involuntary actions'

New research reveals that playing for long periods can cause "automatic" impulses<p>Playing video games excessively can cause "automatic thoughts, impulses and behaviour", such as involuntary movement and verbal outbursts, new research has revealed.<p>Respondents to the study -- carried out by scientists …

Yelp's first top 100 restaurants list upends conventional wisdom

Yelp has revealed its first ever list of the top 100 places to eat in America and a small seafood restaurant in Hawaii has taken top spot. According to users of the crowdsourced recommendations site, Da Poke Shack in Kailua-Kona is the most impressive US restaurant, with an average five-star rating …

Senate Democrats Push Minimum-Wage Fight to March

Demo­crats are delay­ing a bill to raise the fed­er­al min­im­um wage un­til at least late March. The le­gis­la­tion, which rep­res­ents a key …

China's Awful Air Pollution Is Turning Into a 'Nuclear Winter'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Faced with pollution conditions that experts say is like a "nuclear winter", people in Beijing are …

North Korea Atrocities 'Strikingly Similar' To Nazis, UN Says

North Korea has committed horrors on a level with the Holocaust, according to a United Nations report cataloguing the country's crimes against humanity.<p>The atrocities carried out by Kim Jong Un's regime in North Korea are "strikingly similar" to what the Nazis did during World War II, said Michael …

Obama To Propose $302 Billion Highway Repair Program

President Obama will propose a four-year, $302 billion transportation program on Wednesday to repair and rebuild roads, bridges and transit systems, …

Stand Your Ground With Your Smartphone

If law enforcement can track people with impunity, why not fight fire with fire and record the police?<p>Yesterday’s paper brought yet another amazing …

Dems get fodder in Camp tax plan

Dave Camp is giving Democrats a big, fat election-year gift.<p>His long-awaited tax reform bill released on Wednesday includes something to offend seemingly everyone: manufacturers, the poor, Wall Street banks, governors and deficit hawks.<p>The Ways and Means committee chairman emphasizes what taxpayers …

House unanimously passes FOIA bill

The House on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would make Freedom of Information requests easier with potentially faster response times.<p>H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2014 was co-sponsored by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa …

Clinton helps Grimes raise $700K

Former President Bill Clinton helped Alison Lundergan Grimes rake in a substantial amount of cash during a fundraiser this week for the Kentucky Democratic Senate contender.<p>A Grimes campaign official confirmed Wednesday that the previous day’s event in Louisville raised $700,000, higher than …

Reid tempers Koch criticism

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid walked back his accusation that all political ads backed by the billionaire Koch brothers are lies.<p>Opening the Senate on Wednesday morning, the Nevada Democrat said that Americans for Prosperity, a group backed by Charles and David Koch, is spending millions on ads …

American Military Dominance In One Staggering Chart

Despite a proposed slashing of U.S. Army personnel to pre-World War II levels, American military might is beyond question.<p>This chart from April 2013, which is making the rounds again, shows that America's 2012 defense budget surpassed that of the next 10 countries combined.<p>Another example of …

GOP’s staggering chutzpah: Why they’re attacking Medicare cuts now

<b>John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul (Jeff Malet, maletphoto.com/AP/Alex Brandon)</b><p>Republicans voted many times to cut overpayments to Medicare carriers. But — voilà — now they suddenly love them<p>Brian Beutler<p>February 26, 2014 4:44pm (UTC)<p>After spending weeks subjecting the public to unfounded and …

John Kerry’s policy of surrender: His failures are redefining American exceptionalism

<b>John Kerry (Reuters/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Perhaps the secretary of state knows what he is doing: His many failures actually point to a smarter foreign policy<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>February 24, 2014 6:45pm (UTC)<p>We have just marked a year since John Kerry launched himself, at 69, as America’s chief diplomat. And for …

I Won't Eat, You Can't Make Me! (And They Couldn't)

It was found in Baja California, in the water, scuttling about. It's an isopod — a many legged, many jointed, bottom-crawler, related to prawns and crabs and it happily eats dead things. Scavengers aren't that particular about what's for dinner. When they find it, they eat it.<p>This particular isopod …

Forecasting The 'Future' By Tapping Into Human Consciousness

Now more than ever before, we have the tools to study the mysteries of consciousness. Memory, dreams, the self are now being examined using high-tech brain scans developed by physicists on the cutting edge of their field.<p>Dr. Michio Kaku, professor at the City College of New York, is among them. In</i> …

Chicken eyes may hold clues to new state of matter

Research with chickens could one day lead to advanced materials such as self-organizing colloids, or optics that can transmit light with the …

Biology

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …