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Before you rush to prepay your property tax bill, make sure the IRS will allow the deduction

Congress has passed the massive Republican tax bill, and President Donald Trump signed it into law before Christmas.<p>For taxpayers who itemize their deductions, that could mean an increased tax bill in 2018. But there are some things you can do now to prepare for the changes, including maximizing …

Weekly Plan Spotlight: 4 Unlimited lines for $25/ea, free phones included

We’re back with this week’s Plan Spotlight, and this time the offer comes from everyone’s favorite “Un-Carrier.” Okay, technically the deal comes courtesy of <b>MetroPCS</b>, which is T-Mobile’s prepaid brand, not big Magenta itself. Nevertheless, what we’re looking at is <b>4 lines</b> with <b>unlimited</b> talk, text, …

4G LTE

20 essential Mac keyboard shortcuts to save you a click

Power to your fingertips.<p>The right keyboard shortcuts can save you a huge amount of time. Whether you're browsing the web or editing a document, these commands will cut the precious moments you spend reaching for the mouse and sifting through menus. Over hours, days, and weeks, that saved time …

Operating Systems

5 perks you didn’t know you could negotiate in a job offer, and how to ask for them

And we're not just talking salary, either. Sure, it's important to negotiate your base pay, because what you take home today can impact your future earnings.<p>But remember, "Your salary is not the only 'benefit' from your job," says Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach and founder of …

Breakthrough Gene Technology Attracts Investors Amid Patent Dispute

Deals continue to be signed for gene-editing tool called Crispr-Cas9<p>Last month, Bayer AG opened the doors on a $335 million joint venture with Crispr Therapeutics to develop therapies using a new gene-editing tool. Later this year, rival Editas Medicine Inc. will move into larger digs as it, too, …

Genetics

Sex, Lies and Wang Baoqiang

For a particular subset of Chinese showbiz stars, the defining feature of the celebrity experience is the dizzying rocket ride up the steep ladder of social stratification. To be sure, most Chinese people went through quite impressive upward movement in terms of wealth and relative social standing …

Closest potentially habitable planet to our solar system found

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a discovery that has been years in the making, researchers have confirmed the existence of a rocky planet named Proxima b orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our sun, according to a new study. It is the closest exoplanet to us in the universe.<p>Given the fact that Proxima b is …

Astronomy

This New Equation Might Finally Unite The Two Biggest Theories in Physics, Claims Physicist

Linking general relativity and quantum mechanics with wormholes.<p>One of the most stubborn problems in physics today is the fact that our two best …

Beyond CRISPR: A guide to the many other ways to edit a genome

The popular technique has limitations that have sparked searches for alternatives.<p>The CRISPR–Cas9 tool enables scientists to alter genomes …

University of California

A team of cancer researchers led by scientists at UC San Francisco and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center demonstrated in human cells and mouse models that a first-of-its-kind hybrid drug can outsmart drug-resistant cancers.<p>The new drug physically yokes together two existing drugs against a …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

How a chemist at Yale found a whole new way to take on cancer

It would spark a revolutionary approach to treating cancers, attract tens of millions in investments, and set rival companies on a scientific race. At the center of it all? A tiny garbage truck.<p>It's called the proteasome, and its job is to chew up and get rid of your cells' obsolete and broken …

2 Drug Stocks To Buy For Safe Dividends And 20% Gains

With all the bloviating on the campaign trail about reeling in drug costs these days, it’s safe to say the pharmaceutical industry is under siege.<p>But it’s not all the politicians’ fault; many of the sector’s injuries are self-inflicted. Case in point: <b>Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ (VRX)</b>, whose stock has …

Why You Might Want To Re-Think A 529 Plan

As a financial planner, I meet with people far too often who have a child who is just entering their sophomore year of high school and they have yet to start planning for college expenses. I don’t often recommend waiting until there are only two years before the funds are needed to pay for what may …

Retirement

Can LIGO Test Quantum Gravity?

<b>Tl;dr:</b> Unlikely, but not impossible.<p>Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that accelerating masses emit gravitational waves. And last week, a century after this prediction was made, the LIGO collaboration announced their first direct detection of gravitational waves. But this was only …

Physics

17 Simple Ways to Become a Powerful and Likable Boss

If you want to be a better manager, you can read a dozen management books...or just this short post.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the conversation on</i> …

New dietary guidelines emphasize big picture

New dietary guidelines for 2015–2020 have arrived, just in time to assist people whose New Year’s resolutions involved better eating.<p>On January 7, …

Nutrition,Nutrition,Food science,Diets and dieting,Health & wellbeing,Food & drink,Life and style,Science<p>Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p>Have you ever wondered why …

Nutrition

Science says it's better to convince people you're naturally talented than a hard worker

Big deal.<p>Tell us how you were promoted to the C-suite within a day of arriving at the company because they could tell you were a born visionary — <i>then</i> we'll be impressed.<p>A new study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and cited on the Science of Us blog, reveals hard work is …

The 13 best Chinese restaurants in New York City

But here in New York, we have our own tradition: eating at a Chinese restaurant.<p>In the beloved tradition of eating Chinese food on Christmas, we've found the best Chinese restaurants in Manhattan.

BioBuilding using banana-scented bacteria to teach synthetic biology.

2011;497:255-71. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385075-1.00012-3.<p>1Sharon High School, Sharon, Massachusetts, USA.<p>Abstract<p>Student interest in synthetic …

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they don’t always understand what we’re looking for when we ask them …

Siblings

Need new headphones? We’ve got the ones you’re looking for, at the right price. [Deals]

If you’ve got a phone, you’ve got to have a good set of headphones. We’re all looking for something different from the music makers we put into our ears, whether it’s studio quality sound, wireless convenience, or something that can survive a daily workout regimen. No matter what your needs, we’ve …

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

20 best places to go apple picking in the northeastern U.S.

Feel that chill in the air? Apple picking season has arrived.<p>With every season comes the quintessential seasonal getaway, and with our fall sweaters, …

New Hampshire

Hour-long afternoon naps may increase risk of diabetes

People who feel excessively sleepy in the daytime and like to nap for an hour or longer are at increased risk from diabetes<p>Napping for an hour or more each day and extreme sleepiness raises the risk of developing diabetes, new research suggests.<p>Although recent evidence has suggested that a daily …

Sleep

Can the Chinese Government Get Its People to Like G.M.O.s?

In China, which has one-fifth of the world’s population but just seven per cent of the world’s arable land, food security is a national obsession. Pesticides and enhanced fertilizers no longer improve crop yields as markedly as they once did, and staple crops, such as rice, may not grow as reliably …

Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”

As romance gets swiped from the screen, some twentysomethings aren’t liking what they see.<p>It’s a balmy night in Manhattan’s financial district, and at a sports bar called Stout, everyone is Tindering. The tables are filled with young women and men who’ve been chasing money and deals on Wall Street …

Relationships