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11 popular programming languages that can help you land a job

There are thousands of programming languages, but some are far more popular than others. When a company goes out to find new programming talent, they're looking for people familiar with the languages and systems they already use — and they don't always want to experiment with newcomers like Google …

Programming Languages

What Were The Best Video Games Of 2014?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What were the best video games of 2014?</i><p><i>Answer by David Cole, Director of Design, on Quora</i><p>Here are the games that provided my favorite experiences last year:<p><b>#1 —</b> <b>Nidhogg</b><p>Stripped down, high-energy fencing. 2014 was a really good year for local multiplayer, …

Sequels

Impossible? No, upsalite really is the wonder stuff

An accident in a university lab has produced a new material that has previously undreamed-of absorbent properties – and opens up an exciting wealth of possibilities<p>Making a mistake at work is seldom a good thing. Whether it's spilling hot coffee over yourself before a meeting or sending an …

An audience of 100 million gamers has fired over 32 quadrillion shots in Call of Duty (infographic)

Germany has 80.4 million people. That’s fewer than the number of people who have played a Call of Duty game since Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare debuted in 2007.<p>That fact comes from an Activision inforgraphic that reveals just how insanely popular the modern-military shooter franchise really …

Lingua.ly Transforms The Web Into A Language-Learning Opportunity

Learning a language with the help of texts that were specifically written for learners is one thing, but over time, that tends to get boring and once you venture out to read “real” texts, you quickly realize how artificial the texts for learners are. With Lingua.ly, a smart language-learning …

Microsoft Sculpt keyboard and mouse look to bring cool factor to ergonomics

For nearly two decades, Microsoft has sold ergonomic keyboards, but you likely haven't used one for very long, if at all. The reason? It isn't because typing on a flat surface is more comfortable or healthier for you. It's largely because ergo-hardware has been bulky, dated, and just plain uncool, …

15 Of The Most Expensive Domains Of All Time

A website can be a simple thing to set up, but picking a name for your page or for your business can be tricky if you’re doing it based on web addresses that haven’t been claimed already.<p>It’s no surprise then that all of the best, usually single word, domains are already taken – but how much do …

Oracle's Larry Ellison calls Google 'absolutely evil,' says NSA surveillance is 'essential'

Even before it aired in its entirety earlier today, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's rare interview with Charlie Rose for CBS This Morning already caused quite the stir last night, with early clips revealing Ellison's prediction that Apple would suffer without Steve Jobs in charge. But those were far …

Australian quits election after Quran gaffe

An anti-immigration politician has withdrawn from the Australian election after the screening of an interview in which she called the Quran the "haram", said Islam was a country, and asserted that Jews followed Jesus.<p>Stephanie Banister quit as the One Nation party's candidate for Franklin, …

Technology and Science News

Mueller team zeroing in on political consulting firm with Trump ties: Sources<p>Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges 'mistakes' made in privacy scandal<p>Travel …

Rumor: Amazon May Be Getting Into The Console Business

Another tech giant may be getting into the games business. Sources are telling Game Informer that online retailer and gadget maker Amazon is prepping an android-based console for release in 2013, likely before Black Friday. When contacted for comment by Forbes, an Amazon rep said that it did not …

Is Kickstarter Hostile To Science?

By discouraging a promising science project, Kickstarter could be encouraging corporate monopolies, enabling sloppy legislation, and keeping cool glow-in-the-dark plants out of our houses.<p>On July 31, Kickstarter updated its guidelines to include this sentence: "Projects cannot offer genetically …

Fall asleep to the sound of Wikipedia

When one thinks of edits to Wikipedia, back and forth bickering and arguments over minutia generally come to mind. A project called Listen to Wikipedia offers a very different vibe, however, as it translates Wikipedia edits into soothing sounds and pleasant animations. Using the data provided by …

NSA releases outline of security programs, says it 'only' touches 1.6 percent of internet traffic

Even as President Obama proposes a review of NSA procedures and oversight, the organization published a seven page document laying out in broad terms what it does, how it does it and why it thinks that's OK. As <i>Ars Technica</i> points out, the memo claims "We do not need to sacrifice civil liberties for …

Researchers build 'robogut' to make fake feces for safer transplants

Canadian researchers have built an artificial gut to synthesize feces in the lab in an attempt to make fecal transplants safer for the patients who need them. Along with her colleagues at the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe is working to eliminate the risk that the …

Father And Son Who Fled Vietnam War Bombs Emerge From Jungle After 40 Years

In 1971 Ho Van Thanh, now 82, fled into the jungle with his 2-year-old son after his wife and two other children were killed when their house was bombed during the Vietnam War, Thanh Nien News reports.<p>Scott Neuman of NPR reports that on Wednesday Thanh and Ho Van Lang, now in his forties, were …

Vietnam

What Twins Reveal About The Science Of Faith

Studies of twins suggest that faith is influenced by genes.<p>I am frequently asked by journalists to recall the most surprising finding of our twin studies. The study of religion and belief in God is the one that always comes to mind, and the results are not easily accepted by many people. Most …

The trailer for ‘Her’, the new film from Spike Jonze - The Fox Is Black

You’ve gotta love Spike Jonze. He’s back with a new film called <i>Her</i>, about a lonely man named Theodore Twombly who finds companionship in a …

A Stroke Journey: Beautiful line and dry brush illustrations by Matteo Berton - The Fox Is Black

Matteo Berton is an illustrator and a graphic designer based in Pisa, Italy. Starting out in comics, these days Matteo focuses on illustration and …

Horizontal Frames by 10¹² TERRA

Horizontal Frames is a minimalist design created by Japan-based company 10¹² TERRA. The name of the brand was inspired by the number of cells that …

Furniture

ZIIIRO Gravity Watch - The Fox Is Black

Beautiful, simple timepieces are certainly in vogue these days. Gone are the horrendous, bulky, over-the-top watches fueled by some men’s needs to …

New Mind-Warping Animated GIF Art from Paolo Čeric | Colossal

<p>Digital artist Paolo Čeric (previously) continues to crank out some of the most elegant and bizarre gifs I’ve seen lately. The Croatian artist …

Stunning Cityscapes Formed with Photographic Slices of Time

These gorgeous compilations are not the result of your typical long-exposure photography. However, photographer Fong Qi Wei does capture more than just a single moment in this series entitled <i>Time is a Dimension</i>. To create each composition, Wei repeatedly photographed one location over the course of …

Photography

Vegetable Silverware Designs That Look Real Enough to Eat

Boring, white plastic silverware is old news to artist Qiyun Deng. Recently, the innovative product designer developed a collection of environmentally-friendly, but still disposable, silverware and serving bowl concepts that look just like everyday plants and vegetables. The series, entitled <i>Graft</i>, …

Environmentally Friendly

Zulia Pro Calligraphy Script Font by Sudtipos

Zulia Calligraphy Typeface<p>The <b>Zulia Pro</b> calligraphy script font is named after a location in the western part of Venezuela. It’s the state where font …

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

Love Stories

Books To Read In 2013 Before They're Made Into Movies

Not only are novels an age-old inspiration for film, they're the best special feature available! Forget about DVD commentary and featurettes.<p>The best way to learn about your favorite film is to go to the source before you see it.

Movies

Cool Stuff: J.E. Fullerton's Insanely Detailed 'Game of Thrones' Map – /Film

It’s to <b>George R.R. Martin</b>‘s massive credit that the world of <b>Game of Thrones</b> (or <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i>, if you insist, bookworms) feels so incredibly …

Here's what Samsung's iWatch rival could look like

This is what the Samsung Galaxy Gear could look like. The mock-up above shows what we could expect from the hotly-anticipated smart watch that talks …