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Radio Shack: A Pioneer Which Lost Its Way

By: Truth Is Cool

I always envied the arch-typical Radio Shack customer of my fantasies: A maker whose super power was buying diodes and circuit boards and third-hand clamps. These titans were in full command of the aisle containing bins of uninteresting parts which did nothing individually but together, in the right combination, in the right hands, created pure magic. These conjurers were the electronics equivalent of master chefs who could glance at my kitchen and whip up a restaurant-grade meal in the time it would take me to boil water.

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Writer Automaton: Ancestor to the Modern Computer

By: Vicky Victoria

This 240 year-old machine is an ansester to the modern computer; a doll that can write, a clockwork creation by Pierre Jaquet-Droz, a Swiss watchmaker.

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Meddling with the Matrix of Life

By: Josh King

I believe that living one's truth in a time when everyone lies to themselves and others is a powerful thing.

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Was Humanity’s Trek Out of Africa A Weekend Getaway?

By: James Sullivan

The apes that have been linked to all modern humans as our ancestors via mitochondrial DNA evidence have been long thought to have migrated through the African continent, first originating in the deserts before the land became too harsh to support life. However, a burning question is why they began their migration – was it due to sudden unforgiving terrain, that perpetually placed them at odds with unusual surroundings and merciless predators and extremes, or were these departures gradual ones, happening as a few members of the tribe sought out new frontiers before traveling ahead? To answer the title, I would say probably not, but thanks to some recent studies, apes like orangutans and chimpanzees have demonstrated the ability to make plans, particularly migratory journeys, suggesting a common learned memory that may have passed along the species millions of years ago.

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Where're we going? Creationism Becoming Extinct?

By: James Sullivan

With twelve years of Rick Perry as governor, better known as the decorated veteran of the so-called War on Christmas from his presidential campaign last year, and fanatics like Alex Jones, David Barton and Justin Lookadoo, and of course twelve seasons of King of the Hill, it has for some time now been fashionable to ridicule Texas and its people, as a large desolate badland populated by zealots and bigots who would secede from the rest of the country with a violent revolution at the first given opportunity. I'd say it's hardly fair to assess this judgment across an entire state and its people. In the approaching weeks, it is fair to say that what happens in Texas will severely impact much of the country.

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Skulls of Hominids: Other Beings Left to Uncover

By: James Sullivan

It was Charles Darwin, observing the vast communities of chimpanzees and gorillas occupying the African jungles who speculated that most likely the first ancestors of modern humans appeared in Africa before beginning a vast migration to the north as the climates shifted, the Sahara growing more unforgiving. However, in Darwin’s time, there remained a debate among scientists over whether humans had their origins in Africa or Asia, with renowned scientist and artist Ernst Haeckel claiming that humans bore more of a resemblance to the Orangutan apes of Borneo than they do with gorillas.

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Rating Men: The Inside Scoop #CheaperThanABigMac

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

With the creation of the Lulu App, women have the opportunity to review all the males in her life, including friends, past lovers, and family members. Women can anonymously rate men in several categories, such as personality, spending habits, and kissing style. Based on these reviews, each man is assigned a ranking. In addition to an assigned number placement, men are also subdivided into certain classes thanks to hashtags. Unsurprisingly, most of these hastag categories are negative in nature, pegging men as #Boring and/or #CheaperThanABigMac. Yikes.

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Scientist Pursued By Crazies

By: James Sullivan

In the years since the blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow, An Inconvenient Truth, and even a decade prior to President Clinton's warning of el nino effects throughout the approaching millennium, we've long heard of the threat of global warming, seen the people who panicked at the idea that one day Miami and New York would somehow end up underwater and heard the preaching of impending doom.

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Red Tape! Bureaucracy! Inefficiency!

By: Matthias Resch

Haiti was once lush and green from the north to the south, to the east and to the west, but now only 1 percent of all natural forest remains. Like in many a country where people lack access to safe and reliable energy, they know no other way than to cut and burn tress for their everyday energy needs. Three quarters of that energy is used for cooking food; millions of meals equals million of trees. It is not only Mother Nature that is harmed, but also cooking with firewood or poorly made wood-charcoal kills around 4 million people globally every year, mostly women and children.

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The Pandoravirus

By: James Sullivan

The Pandora reference is probably lost on most – the heroine of Ancient Greek mythology for which a new type of macrophage virus was named, after its discovery in an Australian pond this July.

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Robot Girl

By: Ellen Xie

Smart phones have invaded. Wherever you go—the subway, a café, a concert—people are at it—tapping, swiping, and twisting their bulgy screens for the latest update of trivial importance. In China, the girls I meet watch Lady Gaga videos on a Chinese version of YouTube. The Korean dance, Gangnam Style, has become a worldwide phenomenon. Technology has and continues to bridge the cultural and language barriers designated by the boundaries of geography.

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La Brea Tarpit

By: James Sullivan

he Rancho La Brea Tar Pit of Los Angeles has been infamous as testimony of a bygone Ice Age, days before the dawning of humanity, a time when strange titans dominated the North American wilderness – mammoths, dire wolves and saber tooth cats, creatures of a savage time that met a dismal and merciless fate.

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The Tree of Life: Phylogenetics

By: James Sullivan

Some time ago there was the speculative question of what would be genetic science's equivalent to the Walkman – questioning the advances in genetic research that would be applicable to our own everyday lives, if for nothing else but to make them more convenient.

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The City Under the Sea

By: James Sullivan

In 1995, some strange circular structures were first observed underwater off the coast of Japan – strange structures jutting out of the sand which reached up to two meters in diameter. The missing portals of Atlantis? Signs of alien visitors?

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The NSA isn’t the only online spy – we need to smarten up about our technology.

By: Roy Klabin

Not too long ago, grabbing your secretary's behind with a wink and smile was an acceptable form of praise. It took a long civil movement and sexual harassment laws to slowly push the tendencies of the vulgar out of the workplace.

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Newest iPhone Update A Sign of Desperation?

By: Artie Vincent

Apple unveiled the biggest software update since the creation of the iPhone on June 10. The most glaring change has been its similarity to Android, Apple's closest competitor. Even so, the technology giant will never admit it felt heat with Android's growing sales.

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Four Key Prism SEO and Content Strategies

By: David Vyorst

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has come a long way in the last 15 years, but all of our assumptions about how the Internet is indexed for search were turned on their

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Climate change extends range of brain-eating amoeba

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

PAM has been rare in the United States, killing an estimated three to eight people a year; historically confined to souther states like Texas and Arizona. Compare this to the closely related bacterial meningitis that affects around 9,500 Americans a year. For meningitis, a bactera (usually Neisseria meningitidis or Streptococcus pneumoniae in adults) enters the brain through the nasal cavity and causes similar symptoms to PAM

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Faster discrete log algorithm and your internet security

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

Significant progress has been made toward an efficient algorithm for computing discrete logarithm.

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The Destiny Makers for the ET UFO Awareness Earth Presence

By: Naomi Semeniuk

The Director of the Paradigm Research Group Stephen Bassett has cornered the White House to pay attention by inviting our government officials

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True or False: Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Some People More than Others?

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

This one wives’ tale is actually supported by the scientific community… But don’t be fooled completely: the “garlic will ward off mosquitoes”

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Yet Another Reason to Skip Splenda

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

As if sucralose artificial sweeteners didn’t already have a bad enough rap, a new study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine has

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Why Aren't Parents Worried About Media Addiction In Kids

By: Candace Bryan

When I was a kid, my parents were pretty strict, especially when it came to matters of technology. I was only allowed to watch a limited

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Understanding the financial system with ecological models

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

The brand new Centre for Networks and Collective Behaviour at the University of Bath offers a new lens through which to view the financial crisis.

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How to Lose Your Phallus (If You're a Bird)

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

If you've ever peeked inside your spam folder, then you know there is nothing more important than enlarging your penis.

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Hepatitis C Cure Found - 12 Week Treatment Has 90% Success Rate

By: Roy Klabin

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has released incredible results for a new oral drug treatment for Hepatitis C.

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Religious Fundamentalism Is A ‘Mental Illness’ That Could Soon Be ‘Cured’

By: Roy Klabin

The vast majority of us who find comfort in our spiritual beliefs and philosophical contemplations, often hang our heads in shame when

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Genetically Modified Babies, Cyborg Citizens and the Civil Liberties of Tomorrow

By: Roy Klabin

Politicians have always enjoyed segmenting us into predictable voting blocks over divisive wedge issues.

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MIT's Open Relativity to Pave Way for More Trippy Games

By: Artem Kaznatcheev

MIT's Game Lab releases an open source engine for building games and simulations that accurately capture the paradoxical effects of special relativity.

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Capri Sun Consumers Ask The Ultimate Question: To Drink or Not to Drink?

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Unless you’re living on your own private planet that does not offer Wi-Fi, chances are that you have heard about the latest Capri Sun conundrum: researchers at...

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Stress Beneath the Surface: The Realities of Pinterest

By: Candace Bryan

Growing up, I remember thinking Martha Stewart was essentially a superhero. Everything she did was perfect...

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The End of Gray Hair – Researchers Discover Way To Reverse Process

By: Roy Klabin

The age of silver foxes and vanity dye jobs may soon be over, according to a group of European researchers.

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New Deadly Coronavirus Reportedly Spreading – Fatalities in Several Countries

By: Roy Klabin

The World Health Organization has reported 30 cases of human infection with the new coronavirus.

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RFID Blocking Wallets: Too Good to be True?

By: Jessica Elizabeth Pawlarczyk

Many brands of RFID (radio-frequency identification) blocking wallets and purses promise consumer protection without quantifying exactly what their product “covers…

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Reports of a “Sex Superbug” more deadly than AIDS – are greatly exaggerated.

By: Kate Zen

This past week, the internet was infected with viral reports of a new strain of “sex superbug from Hell,” which can be potentially deadlier than AIDS.

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The Maddening Prospects of De-Extinction

By: Ellen Xie

A 70's movie plays on television. A man wearing a white lab coat bends over glass tubes filled with some strange purple liquid...

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The Yelp Mafia: Internet Giant Extorting Small Businesses For Good Reviews

By: Roy Klabin

In the last few years, Yelp has come under increased fire for its sordid business practices. Accusations from hundreds of small...

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Tylenol could reduce anxiety associated with death

By: Stephanie Wharton

Scared of death? Tylenol might be the solution to your problem, according to findings published in Psychological Science.

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Why 15 Second Commercials on Facebook Are Happening

By: Candace Bryan

It has recently come to light that the social media giant Facebook is planning to launch 15-second commercial interruptions to their service...

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Stop Killer Robots Before It's Too Late

By: Adam Yellin

As wars become increasingly automated, we must ask ourselves how far we want to delegate responsibility to machines. Where do we want to draw the line?

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